AUDITIONS FOR MAN UP: AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
Man Up is an original musical by Cordelia Zars, inspired by the 2017 #MeToo Movement. In three acts, it tells the story of a boy and his sister, Duncan and Jill, who come of age together on a ranch in the West. They begin as very similar children—both are expressive, fun, and quirky. Jill loves dancing; Duncan nurses an obsession with frogs. But their path through life splits when Duncan begins struggling to reconcile his identity with society’s expectations of what it means to be a man. The closer he comes to reaching an ideal of masculinity, the further he strays from his closest relationships—and from himself. Can he find his way back?
Auditions Feb. 12-13, Nomad Playhouse, Boulder CO. Performances April 8, 9, 10 2022 at the Nomad Playhouse, Boulder, CO. Rehearsals at Grace Luteran Church, Boulder CO.
Actors will be paid a stipend from $100-$300 depending on size of role.
Character descriptions below. Actor ages do not have to exactly match character ages.
DUNCAN STANWOOD: Son of Robert, brother of Jill. A spirited boy, loves learning, adores animals. Duncan begins to struggle with his identity when he starts to get bullied for being “too sensitive” in middle school. Played by three actors.
Act I: begins age 7, ends age 9. Soprano.
Act II: begins age 14, ends age 16. Alto/tenor.
Act III: age 19. Tenor.
JILL STANWOOD: Daughter of Robert, sister of Duncan. Loves ballet, and takes care of her little brother. Played by three actors. Dance experience necessary.
Act I: begins age 10, ends age 12.
Act II: begins age 17, ends age 19.
Act III: age 22. Soprano.
FATHER (ROBERT) STANWOOD: Father of Duncan and Jill. Played by a single actor. His wife died some time ago. He lives and works on a ranch in the rural West, where he grew up. Their property is surrounded by mountains. Baritone.
CLARA COLSON: Best friend and childhood sweetheart of Duncan. Complicated family history & takes care of a mother who suffers from addiction. Played by three actors.
Act I: begins age 7, ends age 9. Soprano/Alto.
Act II: begins age 14, ends age 16. Soprano.
Act III: age 19. Alto.
SCHOOL BOYS: Duncan’s peers in the classroom and on the football field. Ages can range from 9-18.
SCHOOL GIRLS: 3-5 girls for Act I, age range 7-11. Act II 3-5 girls, middle school/high school age. Act III, 3 young women, dancers, who join Jill in the dance studio for rehearsal.
TEACHER: A curmudgeonly, washed up public school teacher who plays solitaire at the back of the classroom.
OIL RIG MEN: Duncan’s colleagues on the oil field. 3 grown men. Don’t need to be solo vocalists– they only sing in the Finale with the ensemble.
Please bring a Headshot, Resume, and 32 bars of a song to auditions. You may choose to sing a capella, or bring sheet music for an accompanist. Sides will be provided.
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Auditions Feb. 12-13, Nomad Playhouse, Boulder CO. Please bring a Headshot, Resume, and 32 bars of a song to auditions. You may choose to sing a capella, or bring sheet music for an accompanist. Sides will be provided.
This casting notice was posted by: Empathy Theatre Project