Audition Information

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Pioneer Theatre Company is a fully professional theatre company in residence, acting under a LORT-B contract with Actors’ Equity Association.

Working for PTC is a full-time commitment, and auditioners must be available all day, everyday for the rehearsal and production periods of a show. The production run includes two matinee performances per week.

Rehearsal times are decided on the first day of most rehearsal periods, but usually run from 7 to 9 hours, including a meal break.

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Upcoming Auditions:

Oslo : May 10, 2018

Oslo

By J.T. Rogers
Upcoming Audition:
Pioneer Theatre Company will produce the winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, J.T. Rogers’ Oslo, in the first slot of the 2018-2019 season.
Directed by Karen Azenberg.
Synopsis:
Oslo tells the true–albeit little-known–story of Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen, who together coordinated top secret peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat in the early 1990s. Their efforts culminated in the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.
Audition and Callback Dates: 
Auditions will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. is reserved for Actors Equity Association members ONLY. Callbacks will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018, by invitation only.
Please be aware that PTC does not accept video or online submissions.
Rehearsal and Performance Dates:
Rehearsal dates for the production are August 20 – September 13, 2018; performance dates are September 14 – 29, 2018.
Audition Information:
All auditions will be held in Room 245 at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. A headshot and resume are recommended.
Sides will be available one week prior to auditions.
Sign Up:
All roles are available. Auditioners must come in to sign up on the callboard in Room 325 at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sign-up sheet will be posted on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
http://www.pioneertheatre.org/contact-us/audition-information/
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Oslo Character Breakdown
Use of appropriate dialect is encouraged but not required.
MONA JUUL – Norwegian. Mid 30’s – Early 40’s. Our narrator/guide to the story. Elegant and charismatic. She holds any audience in the palm of her hand. Under her impeccable manners is a sharp wit and a will of steel. Her grace and ability to be two moves ahead of all the men on the proverbial chessboard is what keeps the game going.
TERJE LARSEN – Norwegian. 40’s. Mona’s husband (and, back in the day, her professor in school). A dynamic, charming, raconteur; Norway’s answer to Noel Coward, if the latter went into politics. The crazier things get, the more joyous it is for him. A true intellectual whose charm dazzles.
AHMED QURIE – Palestinian. 50’s. A great and formidable man, full of passion and speechmaking. Rabelaisian in his appetites and operatic in his emotions. He has a volcanic temper that he uses to his advantage. When he loses control is he acting? Is it real? Sometimes even he doesn’t know. Not an intellectual and defensive about that. Immensely charming, intensely clever.
HASSAN ASFOUR – Palestinian. Mid 30’s – Late 40’s. A hardline Communist; cold, unbending, he speaks as infrequently as he can. He is full of anger and slashing words and a walking compendium of the history of the Middle East and its grievances.
YOSSI BEILIN – Israeli. Mid 30’s – Mid 40’s. Israel’s boyish, earnest George Stephanopoulos (when he was in the White House with Clinton). Friendly, excited, passionate… seems so nice until he has to lower the boom and then, ah, that’s why he’s powerful.
URI SAVIR – Israeli. Mid 40’s – Mid 40’s. The wonder boy of Israeli politics. Loves NYC, jazz, besting others in argument, and showing off his ballroom dancing. He can flip from charm to cold ruthlessness on a dime. Speaks many languages; a brilliant mind. Competitive as the day is long.
JOEL SINGER – Israeli. 40’s. Twenty-year veteran of the Israeli Defense Force who’s a partner now in a law firm in NYC. He kicks ass and takes names; he has no use for the diplomatic language of the rest of the negotiators. He is very good at breaking china. He’s often bad cop to Uri Savir’s good one. Sharp as hell and knows it.
JOHAN JORGEN HOLST/FINN GRANDAL 
 
JORGEN – Norwegian. 50’s – 60’s. The soon to be Foreign Minister of Norway and Mona’s boss. Like, say, John Kerry. At the end of a long and distinguished career and loves to hear the sound of his own voice.
GRANDAL – Norwegian. 50’s – 60’s. The grounds keeper at Borregaard Castle. Toril’s slower, and very taciturn husband. Speaks very little English. A man who prefers to keep quiet and make and do things with his hands.
MARIANNE HOLST/TORIL GRANDAL 
 
HOLST – Norwegian. 40’s-50’s. The political wife, with all the baggage and frustration that comes with that never-enough-respect role. Thinks she’s a great mover and shaker.
GRANDAL – Norwegian. 50’s. Housekeeper and cook at Borregaard Castle. Roughhewn and ruddy cheeked, her English is rough but her enthusiasm and warmth are copious. She is the master of the domicile and takes fierce pride in her cooking prowess.
JAN EGELEND/RON PUNDAK
JAN EGELAND – Norwegian. 30’s – 40’s. The golden boy of the Norwegian foreign service and Mona’s former lover in college. Okay political chops but has great hair. Smart but vain.
PUNDAK – Israeli. 30’s. A professor as well. The academic Hardy to Hirschfeld’s Laurel. He’s garrulous and fun-loving–often too much so.
THOR BJORNEVOG – Norwegian. 30’s – 40’s. Senior officer with the Norwegian Secret Service. Hired by Terje and Mona to be completely immersed in all the activities scheduled for the weekend. Discrete, confident, intelligent, and with a good sense of humor, he approaches the task at hand with full gusto.
SHIMON PERES – Israeli. 60’s – 70’s. The elegant, larger-than-life scion of the Israeli left. More European than Israeli. A charmer and seducer held in awe by those around him. One of his nation’s founding fathers–an Old World Intellectual… who will twist the knife in when needed. The most powerful man in the room.
All members of the company may play additional roles
Sweeney Todd : May 18, 2018

Sweeney Todd: 

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Book by Hugh Wheeler.
From an Adaptation by Christopher Bond.
Upcoming Audition:
Pioneer Theatre Company will produce the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Artistic Director Karen Azenberg will direct and choreograph this production. Phil Reno is musical directing.
Synopsis:
A barber who was unjustly imprisoned for years by a corrupt judge returns to England bent on revenge – a revenge that turns indiscriminately murderous, leading his resourceful accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, to bake the victims into meat pies.

Audition and Callback Dates: 

Auditions will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. is reserved for Actors Equity Association members ONLY. Callbacks will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018, by invitation only.
Please be aware that PTC does not accept video or online submissions.
Rehearsal and Performance Dates:
Rehearsal dates for the production are October 1 – 25, 2018; performance dates are October 26 through November 10, 2018.
Audition Information:
All auditions will be held in Room 245 at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Audition slots are three minutes, singing only. A headshot and resume are recommended.
Please prepare 16 bars from a Sondheim musical theatre selection or something in the style of the show. Accompanist will be provided.
Sign Up:
All roles are available. Auditioners must come in to sign up on the callboard in Room 325 at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sign-up sheet will be posted on Friday, May 11, 2018.
http://www.pioneertheatre.org/contact-us/audition-information/
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Sweeney Todd Character Breakdown
Principals:
SWEENEY TODD – A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna’s father, singularly focused on taking bloody revenge.
Gender Identified: Male. Age: 40 to 55. Vocal Range: F2- B4.
MRS. LOVETT – A chatty, engaging, entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner. She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture.
Gender Identified: Female. Age: 35 to 50. Vocal Range – G3-E5.
ANTHONY HOPE – A sincere and youthful sailor who helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna.
Gender Identified: Male. Age: 20 to 30. Vocal Range: Bb2- F4.
JOHANNA – A young woman, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd’s long-lost daughter and Turpin’s ward.
Gender Identified: Female. Age: 21 to 29, must play 18-20. Vocal Range: A5-Bb3.
TOBIAS RAGG – A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. Vulnerable and kind. He finds a surrogate family with Mrs. Lovett.
Gender Identified: Male. Age: 20 to 25, should play younger. Vocal Range: Bb2-Ab4.
JUDGE TURPIN – A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. An imposing figure, he takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd.
Gender Identified: Male. Age: 50 to 65. Vocal Range: E2-Gb4.
THE BEADLE – A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin. Strong tenor.
Gender Identified: Male. Age: 40 to 55. Vocal Range: D3-D5.
BEGGAR WOMAN – A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret. Should be physically agile.
Gender Identified: Female. Age: 35 to 50. Vocal Range top: F5-Ab3.
ADOLFO PIRELLI – A flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past. Strong tenor – will also play in the ensemble.
Gender Identified: Male. Age: 30 to 45. Vocal Range: B2-C5.
Ensemble:
ENSEMBLE – Strong singers – 18 years or older, ethnicities and types encouraged to audition. Movement skills are a plus.