New Jersey Theater Auditions

07/11/2011

4th Wall Theatre casting 4w, 3m for THE SPITFIRE GRILL (musical)
Casting notice posted on auditionsfree.com, casting location: Bloomfield, NJ
4th Wall Theatre will hold open auditions for all roles (4w, 3m) in the musical The Spitfire Grill with music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Fred Alley. Directed by Kate Swan with musical direction by Markus Hauck.

Auditions are scheduled for Thursday, and Friday, August 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm at the Westminster Arts Center, on the corner of Franklin and Fremont streets in Bloomfield. Sign up starts at 6:30 pm and you must sign-in by 8:00 pm. Directions are available at: http://www.4thwalltheatre.?org/contact/mapdirections.?html

Callbacks will be on Saturday, August 6 at 2:00 pm. Actors should prepare two songs in a strong folk/country or musical theatre style. Women auditioning for Percy and Shelby should have a strong belt to D. Bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. All singing characters must be able to carry tight harmonies. Please bring conflicts and headshot and resume (stapled together) to the auditions. Non union/small stipend paid.

The Spitfire Grill will be presented at The Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield, NJ, where the company is in residence. Rehearsals will begin in late August/early September and the production runs October 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 and 23.

Cast Breakdown:

Percy Talbolt – Early 20s. Pretty, if a bit rough-edged, her face declares the strength of her youth and a sadness beyond years. Her accent has a southern Appalachian cadence. Dynamite folk/country belt to D, some head voice required.

Hannah Ferguson – 55 to 70 years old. A tough-skinned and flinty old bird with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the bitter. Mezzo/alto chest range.
Shelby Thorpe – Early to mid-30s.A plain, soft-faced creature with a shy, almost ethereal manner. Shimmering folk soprano with a strong high belt to D.

Caleb Thorpe – Early 40s. Shelby’s husband. Out of work foreman of the local stone quarry. Frustrated working man clinging to the past. Solid folk/ rock voice with an edge. (Top G)

Sheriff Joe Sutter – Mid-late 20s. A young small-town policeman with an appealing intensity and a restless nature. Strong folk tenor to a G (touches an A).

Effy Krayneck – 50s. Postmistress and a busybody, a woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue. Solid singer in mezzo/alto chest range. (Carries close harmonies)

The Visitor – late 30s-40s. A mysterious figure who never speaks or sings. An actor with powerful eyes and a very strong sense of his body.
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About The Spitfire Grill:

Based on a 1996 film of the same name, The Spitfire Grill details the story of a young woman who is released from prison and decides to start a new life in a small mid-western town. She finds a place for herself working at the Spitfire Grill. But she – and the town – have old wounds that need healing, and it takes an unusual contest to pull everyone together to learn from one another and about themselves. The show is a tuneful and stirring tribute to small town life, and offers a charming and honest tale of hope and redemption. Additional details about the show (and the original cast recording is available) at www.thespitfiregrill.com.

Casting Location: Bloomfield, NJ
Contact email: kswan7321@aol.com

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