Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, IL announces general auditions for My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Summer 2021), conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson, book by Todd Olson. My Way will be directed by Joe Keefe, choreography by Jessica Miret Garcia, and musical direction by Kenneth McMullen. Seeking strong non-Equity adult actors/singers/dancers and actors/singers who move very well and are open to/eager to learn various forms of movement. Particularly seeking BIPOC, all gender identities, and people with special needs and disabilities as actors for all roles.
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra is an award winning musical revue featuring more than 50 songs recorded by ‘Old Blue Eyes’. It is not an impersonation, but rather a classy tribute to Frank Sinatra’s style, his era and some of the 20th century’s most beautiful songs. It is set in a stylish nightclub and performed by four singers who each bring out a facet of Sinatra with their vocal style.
Metropolis’ Standards & Procedures: The health and safety of our artists, staff and patrons are our first priority. As such, a daily online symptom questionnaire will be offered to artists and staff. Prior to any in-person rehearsals and performances, artists and staff will need to be tested for Covid-19. Artist and staff health Covid-19 tests will be paid for by Metropolis. The Metropolis Theatre complex and outdoor performance spaces have been disinfected and protected with an EPA and FDA registered antimicrobial coating. These sites are cleaned after each use and daily. The Metropolis Theatre HVAC systems have been sanitized and upgraded to MERV 13 filtration levels.
Subject to updated guidelines by Illinois Department of Health, for the production a) actors for the first month in rehearsals will be in their homes with sanitized equipment/props provided by the theater, followed by b) actors in rehearsals and tech rehearsals masked and socially distanced will be in sanitized spaces within the Metropolis Theatre complex and/or in a sanitized outdoor tented performance space, and finally c) actors in performances will be in a sanitized outdoor tented performance space. Actors will be socially distanced per IL Department of Public Health standards from the audience. Audience and staff will be masked at all times. Masks will be worn by actors when not in performance. Audience caps will be based on state guidelines. Metropolis will meet and exceed the health mandates as determined by the IL Department of Public Health.
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Material to Prepare:
To be considered, please prepare 16-32 bars of two songs in a jazz/blues big band style of the 1940s-1950s. Female-identifying actors’ songs should highlight their full range. Also prepare a 1-2 minute comedic contemporary monologue. Also, please share a link to any recorded dance footage of (or create) 4-8 counts of 8 that showcase your dance/movement ability. If a tapper, please include 16 counts of your tap skills. In your email, please list what styles of dance you have experience in, and where you would place yourself on a dance technique scale of 0 to 10 (10 being highly technical). In your resume, please also highlight special skills that apply to 1950s cabaret themes: performance-level musical instruments, ease with standup comedy, proficiency with close-up or related magic, etc.
How to submit:
Please let us know that you plan to audition by emailing your current headshot, resume, and any conflicts with the rehearsal/tech/performance schedule with MY WAY AUDITIONS in the email header to Metropolis Casting at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following that, by Fri 5/15 at 2pm, please submit a clickable link(s) of your self-tape for consideration. This link(s) should include the two (2) songs, the monologue, the dance footage, your dance styles, and dance ranking. The self-taped should be in a shareable format, such as an Unlisted YouTube link(s), that Casting can forward to the creative team. The self-tape submission may be submitted as separate links or a single link. Please make sure that your resume includes your vocal range, current phone number, and special skills. After reviewing Metropolis’ Standards & Procedures, we welcome you to share your comfortability with the rehearsal and performance process. Please let us know if we can assist with any accessibility accommodations or questions to facilitate the casting process. Casting questions and requests for online coaching can be directed to the same email as well. Casting Authority – Robin Hughes, Casting Director, Metropolis Casting.
Rehearsals – Mon 5/24–Sun 6/27, 2021: Weekly rehearsals include 6-10pm Mon-Fri, 1-6pm Sat, & 6-10pm Sun. There is a designated evening off each week TBD before rehearsals begin. Understudy rehearsals TBA. Please note that initial rehearsals will be held online.
Tech Week – Mon 6/28–Fri 7/16, 2021: Actors with tech week conflicts will not be under consideration. Schedule is as follows: Mon 6/28-Thur 7/1, 6-11pm; Sat 7/3, 11am-11pm; Mon 7/5-Thur 7/8, 6-11pm; Mon 7/12-Wed 7/14, 6-11pm; Thur 7/15-Fri 7/16, 3-5:30pm TBA; there are no rehearsals Fri 7/2, Sun 7/4, & Fri 7/9-Sun 7/11. Tech rehearsals will be in-person.
Previews & Performances – Thur 7/15–Sat 8/28, 2021: Standard performance schedule includes 7:30pm on Thur, Fri, & Sat; 3pm matinees on Sat & Sun. There is no 3pm matinee on Sat 7/17. The 3pm matinees on Sat 8/7 & 8/14 are TBA.
Man #1 – Male-identifying. Leader of the pack. Is the center of the party and able to guide the audience through the life of Sinatra with ease. Smooth, classy and savors attention. Man #1 should have a rich strong velvety baritone voice in the Sinatra sound. Man #1 sings many of the Sinatra standards, so needs to have a feel for Sinatra’s unusual phrasing and distinctive vocal style, but not necessarily an impersonation. Should be able to dance or at the very least move extremely well. Tap dance skills are a big plus as there are several tap/dance breaks, but tap is not essential to be cast.
Man #2 – Male-identifying. 1940’s big band crooner. Should have a strong legit lyric baritone voice and be an excellent part singer. Sings up to a G. Listen to the Sinatra recordings with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to understand that smooth easy vocal style. Man #2 should also have a natural and unaffected flair for comedy as he carries much of the show’s humor and lighter moments. He spends much of the show trying to learn how to be “cool”. Moves well. Tap dance skills are a big plus as there are several tap/dance breaks, but tap is not essential to be cast.
Woman #1 – Female-identifying. Represents the female-identifying version of Frank (“rat pack” period). She is classy, drips with style, and sophistication. Vocally she is a strong mezzo-soprano, who can also belt and has soprano capability. Her vocal style is based on great singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Judy Garland. She sings through a wide range vocally and must also be a capable part singer. Should be able to dance or at the very least move extremely well. Tap dance skills are a big plus as there are several tap/dance breaks, but tap is not essential to be cast.
Woman #2 – Female-identifying. Energetic and youthful. She represents the era's leading actresses. Vocally this character needs to have a smooth liquid big band sound of the 40’s. She is a mezzo-soprano but needs a strong soprano capability as well. She should be a capable part singer. Should be able to dance or at the very least move extremely well. Tap dance skills are a big plus as there are several tap/dance breaks, but tap is not essential to be cast.
Understudies – An understudy for each role will be hired as well.
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