Pay Rate: $80 Stipend to be paid following strike

Blank Theatre Company is seeking submissions for external understudy roles in their production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes. The production will be directed by Blank’s Co-Artistic Director Danny Kapinos with music direction by Aaron Kaplan and choreography by Britta Lynn Schlicht.

Rehearsals begin on Sunday, October 20th. Rehearsals will run Sunday afternoon/evenings TBA and Monday-Thursday nights from 6:30-10:30pm from October 20th-November 26th. Actors will be off November 27-30 for Thanksgiving. Rehearsals will be held at Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640.

Tech will be the week of December 1st. There are 2 preview performances December 7th & 8th. The show then runs December 10th-29th. Performances will be Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3 pm. There is an industry night performance Monday, December 16th at 730pm. Performances will be held at The Edge Theater, 5451 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640.

There is an $80 stipend for this production. As per the Chicago theatre standards we are disclosing that actors are expected to help with strike.

Material to Prepare:

Please send your headshot and resume to blanktheatrecasting@gmail.com. Please put DROOD UNDERSTUDY in the subject line. If you are submitting for our production of Nine please send a separate email. We will send you sides to film and will provide an accompaniment track. Casting for these roles will be done via video submission.

Character Type/Restrictions:

Track 1 covers:

John Jasper - 20s-30s, baritone (A2-A4). Brooding, the type of person you wouldn’t want to be alone in a room with. Drood’s uncle who harbors a not-so-secret desire for his nephew’s betrothed.

The Chairman - any age, baritone (D#3-F#4). Narrator and master of ceremonies, a warm presence who takes his role very seriously and is ready to step in for any actor unable to perform their duties.

Track 2 covers:

Bazzard - any age, bari-tenor (A2-G4). Reverend Crisparkle’s assistant, apparently innocently longing for the opportunity to play a larger role in the narrative.

Deputy - 18+ to play young teenager, tenor. Durdles’s protege. Despite a young appearance, he is every bit as sharp as his quick-witted father.

Track 3 covers:

Rosa Bud - 20s (to play teenager), soprano (A3-B5). Resents the unwelcome advances she receives from almost every man she meets, she is looking for a simple way out of her engagement but finds herself the subject of another man’s obsessive desire wherever she turns

Ensemble - All ages and voice types. Townspeople and members of the company. There are 3 ensemble tracks.

Please note: Although the show presents characters who are traditionally white, cis-gendered, and able-bodied, we are excited to work with actors who do not necessarily identify with all of the above. If this applies to you, feel encouraged to let us know if there is a particular role you would like to be considered for when you submit to us.