Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, IL announces general auditions for Shout! The Mod Musical (Fall 2021) by Phillip George and David Lowenstein. Shout! will be directed by Lauren Berman, assistant directed by Tuesdai Perry, musical direction by Kailey Rockwell, and choreography by Lexi Bailey. Seeking strong non-Equity adult female-identifying, gender-fluid, and non-binary vocalists/actors. Particularly seeking BIPOC actors and actors with special needs and disabilities for all roles.
Shout! The Mod Musical is a jukebox musical review that gives us a glimpse of those glorious days that made England swing. Traveling in time from 1960 to 1970, Shout! chronicles the dawning liberation of women, from the rise of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Cilla Black as independent women with major careers, to their American counterparts, redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender. Featuring exciting new arrangements of such classic tunes as “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Goldfinger.”
Material to Prepare:
To be considered for Shout!, please prepare two contrasting style classic rock songs (1 minute/around 32 bars each) from the 1960’s-70’s. Feel free to choose your own, or we also welcome any of the songs from the show! (A link to the show song list can be found online under the search “Shout the mod musical song list.”) Please select songs that allow you to show both your acting and vocal skills.
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 SHOUT! AUDITIONS in the email header to Metropolis Casting at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following that, by Fri 7/30, please submit a clickable link(s) of your self-tape for consideration. This link(s) should include the two (2) songs. 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 and current phone number. 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 (she/her/hers; LGBTQ+), Casting Director, Metropolis Casting.
Rehearsals – Mon 8/9–Tue 9/7, 2021: Weekly rehearsals may include hours between 6-10pm Mon-Fri, 1-5pm Sat, & 6-10pm Sun. There is a designated evening off each week TBD before rehearsals begin. Understudy rehearsals TBA. Please note that some rehearsals will be held online. There are no rehearsals Mon 9/6 & Tue 9/7.
Tech Week – Wed 9/8–Fri 9/17, 2021: Schedule may fall within these days/times: Wed 9/8-Thu 9/9, 6-11pm; Sun 9/12, 12-11pm; Mon 9/13-Wed 9/15, 6-11pm; Thu 9/16-Fri 9/17, 3-5:30pm TBA. There are no tech rehearsals Fri 9/10 & Sat 9/11. Actors with conflicts on Wed 9/15 & Thu 9/16 will be considered.
Previews & Performances – Thu 9/16–Sat 10/30, 2021: Standard performance schedule includes 7:30pm shows on Thu, Fri, & Sat; 3pm matinees on Sat & Sun. Actors with conflicts on Thu 9/16 will be considered.
Roles – Five strong vocalists/actors portray five women on their journey from 1960 to 1970, during the dawning liberation of women. Age range 18-35.
Understudies – An understudy for each role to be hired as well.
Metropolis’ Standards & Procedures
The health and safety of our artists, staff and patrons are our first priority. As such, an 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 rehearsal 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 rehearsals will be either in online rehearsals in their homes with sanitized equipment/props provided by the theater or at in-person rehearsals in sanitized spaces within the Metropolis Theatre complex, and b) actors for tech rehearsals and performances will be in the sanitized theatre within the Metropolis Theatre complex. Actors will be socially distanced per IL Department of Public Health standards from the audience. Audience caps and masking will be based on state guidelines. Metropolis’ vaccination requirements TBD. Metropolis will meet and exceed the health mandates as determined by the IL Department of Public Health.
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