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Upcoming Auditions

"Oklahoma!"AUDITION DATES

Sunday, March 15, 2015 starting at 6 p.m.
Monday, March 16, 2015 starting at 6 p.m.

Callbacks (if needed) will be Wednesday, March 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

The auditions for Oklahoma! are set up by appointments only.

Please pick one of the two days (either March 15 or 16) and then CLICK HERE to book your audition appointment online.

If you do not have access to a computer to book your audition appointment, call the Weathervane Box Office during the following hours only: Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The audition slot you select will be an approximately 30-minute block of your time.

What to Prepare for Your Audition

Please prepare 32 bars of music of a Rodgers and Hammerstein vocal selection (or another musical-theater song in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein). Please bring sheet music (in the correct key) with you; an accompanist will be provided.

Please be prepared to learn a short dance combination. Dress in comfortable clothing that allows for movement.

In addition to presenting your vocal selection, you may be asked to read from the script.

Please bring your calendar with you to the auditions in order to declare any "conflict dates" you may have between April 19 and June 28, 2015

CASTING REQUIREMENTS

Oklahoma! requires a large ensemble of male and female adult performers. Additionally, four children between the ages of 7 and 12 are needed.

Character Breakdown

AUNT ELLER (female, mezzo, can play 30+) — She acts as the town’s aunt, a fun-loving caretaker. She watches over the town and a ranch with her niece, Laurey and a hired hand, Jud. She sees the good in everyone.

ANDREW CARNES (male, tenor, can play 30+) — He is very protective of his daughter, Ado Annie. He doesn’t want Will Parker to marry her because he believes the cowboy’s life to be risky and unreliable. To prove this isn’t true, he asks for Will to maintain $50 in order to have his daughter’s hand in marriage. He is a rancher, and doesn’t feel very kind to cowboys in general.

CURLY (male, baritone, can play 20 to mid-30s) — A man with a confident swagger who deserves it, he is the most handsome man in the whole county. He is in love with Laurey, but he refuses to admit it. He’s a cowboy and the romantic lead. He is called Curly for his curly hair.

LAUREY (female, soprano, can play 20 to mid-30s) — She has an innocence and yet an air of knowledge about her. She lives with her Aunt Eller on a ranch and is in love with Curly, though she may not admit it.

DANCE CURLY (male, dancer, can play 20 to mid-30s) — May be doubled as another character or in the ensemble. He must be able to dance a ballet (and should resemble the actor playing Curly) for his major role in the dream-ballet sequence.

DANCE LAUREY (female, dancer, can play 20 to mid-30s) — May be doubled as another character or in the ensemble. She must be able to dance a ballet (and should resemble the actress playing Laurey) for her major role in the dream-ballet sequence.

WILL PARKER (male, tenor, can play 20 to mid-30) — Will is a cowboy who is skilled enough to compete in rodeos. Being able to do rope tricks is a plus. Will is a dance role, tap dancer preferred. He is interested in Ado Annie, but he isn’t the brightest bulb.

JUD FRY (male, baritone, can play 20 to mid-30s) — Described as dark and growly by others, Jud takes care of the ranch where Laurey and Aunt Eller live. Jud does not fit in with his society. He is seen by most as an outsider and is often misunderstood. He has feelings for Laurey, though she does not return his attention. Through it all, he works hard to take care of Laurey and Aunt Eller on the ranch.

ADO ANNIE CARNES (female, soprano, can play 20 to mid-30s — Andrew Carnes’ daughter, she “can’t say no” to anyone. She wants everyone to be happy. Her heart is always in the right place, but she isn’t always the best judge of character. A comic, romantic lead, she is wooed by Ali Hakim, but deep down she feels a connection to Will Pparker.

ALI HAKIM (male, baritone, can play 20 to mid-thirties) — He's a traveling peddler who says he’s from Persia (present-day Iran), though we aren’t sure how much of what he says we can believe. He, like Jud, is an outsider to this community but is not feared by most. He likes pretty things and women. He pursues Ado Annie and Gertie Cummings.

GERTIE CUMMINGS (female, alto or soprano, can play 20 to mid-thirties) — A woman from the next town over, she has her eyes on Curly and isn’t waiting around for Laurey to say no to him. She has a unique laugh.

Other Characters:

Ike Skidmore (male, baritone, 30s+) — A farmer, he owns the ranch where the box social takes place.
Fred (male, baritone) — Farmer
Slim (male, dancer) — Farmer
Ellen (female, alto/mezzo/soprano)
Kate (female, alto/mezzo/soprano)
Sylvie (female, alto/mezzo/soprano)
Armina (female, alto/mezzo/soprano)
Aggie (female, alto/mezzo/soprano)
Cord Elam (male, tenor/baritone/bass)
Jess (male, tenor/baritone/bass)
Chalmers (male, tenor/baritone/bass)
Mike (male, tenor/baritone/bass)
Joe (male, tenor/baritone/bass)
Sam (male, tenor/baritone/bass)
Ensemble Members: Four children (ages 7 to 12 only) and five adults.

ABOUT THE REHEARSALS

The first rehearsal is Sunday, April 19 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Thereafter, rehearsals will Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m.

A full schedule of rehearsals will be provided at the first rehearsal. Depending on the scheduled agenda for rehearsals, not all of the actors may be required to be at all of the rehearsals.

In addition to the 16 performance dates, these are the "must dates" for which no conflicts will be accepted:

Saturday, May 30: 6 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 31: Noon to 9 p.m. This is the "double dress rehearsal." Dinner will be provided.

Monday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 3: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. These are the dress rehearsals.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES

Oklahoma! plays for 16 performances between June 4 and 28, 2015.

During this four-week run, the performance days and times are

► Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
► Fridays at 8 p.m.
► Saturdays at 8 p.m.
► Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE SHOW AND ITS CREATORS

Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma!

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

SARAH ELAINE BAILEY recently celebrated her twelfth consecutive year as the director of Weathervane’s annual Young Actor Series production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. On our stage this past summer, she directed and choreographed The Wizard of Oz. Her other Weathervane directorial credits include The Music Man, Honk!, Annie, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Seussical, Madeline and the Gypsies, Madeline’s Rescue and Go, Dog. Go!. As a performer on the Weathervane stage, she played Trix (the aviatrix) in The Drowsy Chaperone, Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music and Sister Amnesia in Nunsense (for which she won a Chanticleer Award, the Playhouse’s version of the Tony Award!). She has taught Weathervane youth-theater classes for nearly a decade and she is a frequent performer with The Not-Ready-for-Mainstage Players at the Playhouse’s annual Chanticleer Awards ceremony. Since September 2010, as Weathervane’s Education Outreach Coordinator, she has also assisted the Playhouse’s education department in coordinating the hiring and training of the many teachers who staff the Playhouse’s participation in Akron After School (on-site, after-school theater-education classes at dozens of Akron Public Schools facilities). She received her bachelor’s in music from Ohio Northern University and her master’s in music and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She has sung at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic and was a grand finalist in Guangdong, China, International Vocal Competition and has also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Her favorite roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Juliette in Romeo and Juliette and a Cherubino in Le Nozze de Figaro. Her grandest roles, however, remain mother to three daughters — Isabelle, Sophia and Cecilia — and wife to husband Kyle, with whom she makes her whom in Cuyahoga Falls.

ABOUT THE MUSICAL DIRECTOR

SHARON DOBBINS ALBERSON is a graduate of Kent State University School of Music and was a Blossom Music Scholar with the Cleveland Orchestra. A graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, Harvard Divinity School and Oxford University, Sharon is a minister, lawyer and musician.  She is the founder and director of Faith Musicals, a faith-based musical company that produces eight original musicals for the benefit of local and national charities.  For Weathervane Playhouse, she served as the musical director for 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz (2014), Honk! (2013), The Music Man (2013), Annie (2012), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (2011) and Seussical (2010). She lives in Cuyahoga Falls with her husband Ramsey and is the proud mom of Heather, who is a junior at The Ohio State University.

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER

MARISSA MONTIGNEY-LEENAARTS most recently for Weathervane Playhouse served as the guest choreographer for the 2014 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She grew up performing in the Akron and Cleveland area and moved back to Ohio after five years as an Equity performer for Walt Disney World. At Disney, she was contracted in several shows including The Hoop Dee Doo Revue, Disney's Voyage of the Little Mermaid and My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party. Marissa has performed in both professional and community theaters throughout Ohio and Florida, including her stint as the Narrator in Weathervane's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat during the show's first five productions (2000 to 2005). Elsewhere, she has choreographed the Akron School for the Arts’ productions of Mary Poppins and Ghost: The Musical as well as the Akron All-City Musical Bye Bye Birdie. Marissa is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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