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Chess

Music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus

Lyrics by Tim Rice & Björn Ulvaeus

Presented through arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Director: Shon M. Stacy
Musical Director: Karla Robinson
Stage Manager: Suzie Finnerty

Performance Dates

  • June 28 – July 21
  • Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm
  • REQUIRED: All cast & crew rehearse Tech Week, which is Sat., June 22nd (12pm – 6pm), Sun., June 23rd (12pm – 6pm), Mon., June 24th (7pm – 11pm), Tues., June 25th (7pm – 11pm), Wed., June 26th (7pm – 11pm), Thurs., June 27th (7pm – 11pm).

Audition Dates

Mon., April 1, 7pm @ Scope Ex Hall Lobby

Tues., April 2, 7pm @ Scope Ex Hall Lobby

Wed., April 3, 7pm @ Generic Theater

Or by special appointment, email sstacy [at] generictheater [dot] org

Callbacks: Sat., Apr. 6, 10am @ Scope Ex Hall Lobby

See detailed Location Information below.

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Rehearsals will be scheduled around cast availability but are typically Sunday – Tuesday evenings [7:00pm – 9:30pm] and Saturdays mornings [10:00am – 3:00pm].
  • If you have any scheduling conflicts during the rehearsal dates, please note them on your audition form at auditions.
  • E-mail questions to sstacy [at] generictheater [dot] org
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This is a Non-Equity, non-paid performance role. If you have questions about the auditions, email contact [at] generictheater [dot] com.

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Synopsis

In this musical, the ancient game of Chess becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics, and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American, but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”

Preparation

Generic Theater is seeking NON UNION actors to fill multiple roles (see below).  Headshots and resumes are encouraged but not required.  Be prepared to provide all scheduling conflicts through July 21, 2019.  Auditioners are asked to prepare 32 bars of a song that best suits the style of the show and the character you’re auditioning for. Accompanist is being provided at auditions.

Callbacks will follow the first round of auditions with dance, vocal pairings  and scene work. We will be hiring understudies and singing-only chorus as well as the main character roles.

If you have questions about the auditions, email the director at sstacy [at] generictheater [dot] org.

Times & Locations

  • Monday, April 1, 7pm – Scope Ex Hall Lobby*
  • Tuesday, April 2, 7pm – Scope Ex Hall Lobby*
  • Wednesday, April 3, 7pm – Generic Theater**
  • or by special appointment, email sstacy [at] generictheater [dot] org
  • Callbacks: Saturday, April 6, 10am – Scope Ex Hall Lobby*

*Scope Exhibition Hall Lobby – The Scope Ex Hall Lobby is located just inside the mouth of the Scope Parking Garage. Enter the garage, go through the ticket gate, within 15′ look to your RIGHT and see a line of glass doors. There will be signage. Enter one of those doors to get to the auditions. 

**Generic Theater – Enter the Scope Parking Garage. Drive down to the lower parking level. At the end of the ramp you can either turn left or hit a wall. Turn LEFT at the end of the ramp. Drive down until you reach another wall. Again, you can either turn left or hit the wall. Turn LEFT. See the double doors to the theater on your right.

Notes About the Audition

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

FLORENCE – strong belt voice (to E). Mid-thirties. Born in Hungary (so shouldn’t look like the “All-American Girl”); has been brought up in America since 1956. She is clever, theatrical, touching, vivacious, volatile. Frederick’s chess “second.”

FREDDIE – Rock tenor (to C). An American chess champion. A cross between Bobby Fisher and John McEnroe. Arrogant and temperamental, but a genius; his chess playing revolutionary. We need to see his artistry along with his danger and his obsessiveness.

ANATOLY – Baritone (to G sharp). A Russian chess champion. Unexpectedly charming. He doesn’t seem a romantic hero at first, but becomes one through his personality. An intelligent, feeling, passionate man.

MOLOKOV – Bass (down to F sharp). Not a fake, comic, stage Russian. Intellectually formidable. Seemingly a father figure to Florence. Anatoly’s chess “second.” An actor who sings well.

SVETLANA – strong belt voice.  Anatoly’s wife. Domestic, wholesome, homey. A dramatic contrast to Florence – not a contemporary cosmopolitan woman.

WALTER – Bass-Baritone (down to G sharp). Fifties. A marketing agent. Seemingly respectable, substantial, trustworthy. An actor who sings well.

ARBITER – rock high baritone (up to A). Thirty to early forties. International businessman. Smooth, but with a quick temper.

YOUNG FLORENCE Young version of Florence.

MALE & FEMALE ENSEMBLE  Requires a large chorus of very strong singers and dancers.

Please email any questions or concerns to sstacy [at] generictheater [dot] org.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

How do I get the latest details or ask questions?

In the main audition description, there is typically contact information for the director or their designated preferred contact. But the best place to go is our Facebook page. “Like” us for any general updates:

More specifically, there is usually a Facebook event created for each audition, so that is a great place to go and ask questions, which we encourage as the answers will also help other people!

If all else fails, email our main address contact [at] generictheater.org, but be advised occasionally there can be a delay if the team is busy; we’re volunteers!

Who can audition?

Ready for this… ANYONE can audition.

Do I need a head shot?

Headshots and resumes are strongly encouraged but not required.

What should I bring?

Most auditions are first come first serve. If pre-registration is an option, it will be noted in the description. Bring your headshot and resume (encouraged but not required), any sheet music for musical auditions, and a list of potential conflicts with you at the determined check-in time.

How do I prepare?

Electronic scripts are sometimes available for you to peruse; check above. If so, 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 a search online to better understand the script, and if you’re really serious, buy and read your own copy. Please contact us using the information in the audition notice if you are interested in perusing a copy of the script.

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