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GENERIC THEATER
215 St. Paul's Blvd
Norfolk, VA
Box Office:
757.441.2160

The Generic Theater is holding auditions for "Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical"
book by Terrence McNally
music by John Kander
lyrics by Frank Ebb
based on the novel by Manuel Puig

Director: Garney Johnson
Music Director: Roy George
Choreographer: Shon M. Stacy

Dates and Times of Audition:
Monday, March 23 - 7pm
or
Tuesday, March 24 - 7pm
CALLBACKS:
Thursday, March 26
(those auditioning will be notified on Wednesday, March 25 with full details)

DIRECTIONS

See www.generictheater.org/parking.html - Auditions will be in the Scope Exhibition Hall Lobby, to the immediate right upon entering the Scope Parking Garage. See the above link for directions, then follow signage when on site. We'll be easy to find!

PARKING ADVISORY: The Scope garage now charges for parking at night, so be prepared to spend a dollar or two, or do as we do and park free on Bute Street and walk across the street. Parking Map


REHEARSALS

Weeknights and some weekends

PERFORMANCES

At Generic Theater
June 5 - June 28, 2015 (Thursdays-Sundays)


SYNOPSIS

Kiss of the Spider Woman revamps a harrowing tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies. Cell mates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough revolutionary undergoing torture and Molina is an unabashed homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior. Molina shares his fantasies about an actress, Aurora with Valentin. One of her roles is a Spider Woman who kills with a kiss. Winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and 3 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical.


PREPARATION

Please prepare 24 bars (each) of two contrasting Broadway musical selections (one ballad and one up tempo) that show off vocal range and ability. Please bring sheet music in the correct key., accompanist will be provided. Headshot and resume are encouraged, but not required. Those auditioning are asked to provide all conflicts they may have through June 28, 2015.

If you have questions about the auditions, you may contact the director by emailing gjohnson [at] generictheater.org


ROLES

Aurora/Spider Woman -20's to 50's, mezzo soprano
The central figure of Molina’s fantasy world – a “vampy diva”, stunning, dazzling and comforting in all her roles except for that of the Spider Woman, who is treacherous and frightening to Molina. Role requires strong acting, singing and movement.

Molina - 30's, tenor
A homosexual man serving an 8 year sentence for deviant behavior, who worked as a window dresser. Very smart and imaginative with a tremendous ability to shape language into images. Must be a strong actor and singer and must move well.

Valentin - Mid 20's to early 30's, high baritone
A man imprisoned for his 'fanatical' political views. Passionate and angry, Valentine carries a deep hatred for the corruption in the Argentine government and is not afraid to fight against those who would oppress the working class. Deeply suspicious, he trusts no one. Must be a very strong actor and singer

Marta - 20's, soprano
Valentines love. Earthy and beautiful. Appears mostly in dreams, but retains her earthiness. Must be a strong actor and singer.

Molina's Mother - 50's to 60's, contralto
Molina's loving mother. Careworn, but warm and loving. Years of worrying about her son have taken their toll on her appearance and health. Must be strong actor and singer.

Warden - 40's to 50's, speaking role
A hard-edged authoritarion. Sharp and intelligent, he is not without a certain amount of charm which he uses to get the information he seeks. Enjoys the position he holds. Strong actor needed.

Esteban and Marcos - 20's - 40's, speaking roles
Prison Guards. Must have some heft and weight to them in order to appear threatening. Pretty funny and comedic, but can turn deadly on a dime. Must be comfortable with lifting bodies and dragging them around.

Gabriel - 20's to 30's, high baritone
Molina's current infatuation. A waiter, handsome and straight. He is warm and appealing, but not interested in Molina in the way that he wishes him to be. May double as prisoner.

Prisoners - 20's to 40's, all voices
An ensemble of 4-8 men who play prisoners that double as other characters. Looking for strong singers who can move well.


 

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Audition FAQs

So you're interested in auditioning and not sure what to expect. Here are some the more common questions we receive. If we do not have the answer to your question here on this website then please send us an email at contact@generictheater.org.

Remember the most important thing about auditioning at the Generic Theater is that you have Fun.

Who can audition?  

Ready for this... ANYONE can audition.

Do I need a head shot?  

Headshots and resumes are strongly encouraged.

What should I bring?  

Interested actors are strongly encouraged register for an audition; walk-ins are welcome and will be asked to register. Those pre-registered will be auditioned first. Bring registration confirmation email, your headshot and resume (encouraged but not required), and a list of potential conflicts with you at the determined check-in time.

How do I prepare?  

Electronic scripts are usually available for you to peruse. This will provide you an opportunity to get to know and understand the character(s) that you wish to audition for. We also encourage you to do an internet search to better understand the script.

Please contact us using the information in the audition notice if you are interested in perusing a copy of the script.

What should I expect?  

On the first night of auditions, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to give you ample time to complete a short questionaire. The questionaire is designed to let our directors get to know you and your acting strengths.

Upon completing the questionaire, you will be asked to wait in a designated waiting area until you are called into the theater to meet the director. The director may choose to speak with you one-on-one or with a small groups. You will 'cold read' samples taken from the script. You may be asked to read multiple times with different groups of actors. For musicals or plays containing singing, you will be asked to provide a vocal sample; check above for details.

Auditions typically run for two days with a third day reserved for call backs, or in some cases for three days with a weekend callback. Call backs require additional readings from the script and may involve other actors.

This is a mere guideline into what you may expect during an audition. Auditions are conducted by the director, so dates and times may fluctuate. Please check the website or call the theater for the current dates and times of the production you wish to participate.

The only hard rule we have at the Generic Theater is have FUN.



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