Overview

Pay Rate: $500 stipend
Audition Date and Time: Self-tape auditions accepted through January 14, 2022. Likely in-person callbacks to be on days between Jan 21-25.
Contact Person Email: casting@underscoretheatre.org
Contact Person Name: Sophia Sinsheimer, Casting Director

Notes and Letters
By Annabelle Revak
Directed by Leah Geis
Music Directed by Anna Wegener

Notes and Letters follows Joe’s journey from war-torn Prague to Williams Piano Shop in Chicago in 1917. Joe quickly befriends the shop’s owner Charlie, his girlfriend Nora, and composer Olivia. The foursome become inseparable – until World War I hits the United States. Businesses, relationships, and lives are put to the test. Based on a true story and set to a jazz-contemporary score, four young people struggle to make choices amid complete chaos.

COVID-19 Protocols:
All members of the cast and team must be fully vaccinated to participate in this production. Underscore Theatre is deeply committed to COVID safety and will assign a safety officer to manage all safety protocols in the rehearsal room. Any necessary testing will be arranged and paid for by Underscore. We will observe state and local COVID safety guidelines as well as the guidelines of the performance venue, Victory Gardens. If you have any questions about our COVID safety protocols, please feel free to email casting@underscoretheatre.org.

Material to Prepare:

Auditions for Notes and Letters will be self-tape submissions, with the possibility of in-person callbacks from January 21-25.

Please send us 16 bars in a jazz-contemporary or contemporary MT style. We strongly suggest selecting a piece that shows off your acting skills in addition to your musicianship. Additionally, if you play the piano, please send us a separate short jazz or classical piece that shows off your piano skills (can be previously recorded).

Please email your self-tape(s) to casting@underscoretheatre.org and include a copy of your headshot and resume. Please use the following format for the subject line: “LAST NAME - Notes & Letters Audition”

Time Commitment:

Rehearsals begin: March 21
Tech: April 30-May 9
Previews: May 10-11
Run: May 12 - June 5

Character Type/Restrictions:

JOE: (male, mid 20s-30s, tenor, any race or ethnicity) Optimistic, charismatic, hard-working farm boy who hasn't quite figured out what he wants. Recently arrived from a suburb of Prague (Czech Republic). Falls for Olivia on sight.

CHARLIE: (male, mid 20s-30s, bari-tenor, Black) The owner of Williams’ Custom Pianos. Charming, unflappable, hopeful - the glue of the group. Charlie has a deep love and knowledge of pianos, but no business sense whatsoever. He is Nora's boyfriend. NOTE: Actors interested in this role must be able to play the piano.

NORA: (female, mid 20s-30s, alto/mezzo with belt, Black) Headstrong, sarcastic, a big personality. Nora is an aspiring business woman with a deep sense of loyalty to her friends, and the piano shop, which she wants to help her boyfriend Charlie run.

OLIVIA: (female, mid 20s-30s, mezzo, any race or ethnicity) A composer and piano teacher, brimming with wit, intelligence, and dedication. Moved from Prague to the US when she was 14. A bit of a workaholic; has been hurt in the past and is therefore resistant to her feelings for Joe. NOTE: Actors interested in this role must be able to play the piano.

To apply for this job email your details to whitney.rhodes@underscoretheatre.org