Auditions


St. Mark’s Players in Capitol Hill is currently seeking adult and child actors and singers who can move well for their upcoming production of Gypsy. All races/types/ages are encouraged to audition. This is a non-equity/ non-paid opportunity.

Running May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 (evening performances on all days with an additional matinee on the 18th only)

 

AUDITION LOCATION:

St. Mark’s Church, 301 A St SE Washington, DC 20003

 

AUDITION DATES:

Saturday January 12th CHILDREN ONLY with appointment – see below for information on scheduling a time slot.

Sunday January 13th CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW.

Monday January 14th from 7:30pm to 10pm – No appointment necessary.

Wednesday January 16th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm – No appointment necessary.

Wednesday January 23rd from 7:30pm to 10:30pm – callbacks by invitation.

 

GENERAL AUDITION GUIDELINES:

The first rehearsal will be February 19th. Please note that this show does contain adult themes involving partial nudity/ burlesque dancing.

Please prepare:
-32 bars or one minute of a song in the style of the show. Please bring clearly marked sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.
– We will also ask you to read from a side of your choosing. Copies of the sides will be provided at the audition, but if you would like to read them ahead of time, you can find them here.

In addition, please fill out the following form before auditioning here.

 

CHILDREN AUDITION GUIDELINES:

A special audition time for children will be Saturday January 12th from 10am to 1pm. We invite parents to sign their children up for an hour long time slot here.  At the audition, we will ask each child to sing 32 bars or 1 minute of a song that they love to sing. They may either sing it acapella or bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. We encourage the child to wear comfortable clothing that they can move in, as we will be playing some theatre games, and learning a short movement combination.

Children may be invited to callbacks on Wednesday January 16th at 7:30pm. If you are unable to make the children’s auditions, but can make the general audition dates, you are more than welcome to attend general auditions.

Please be aware, that while the children will be performing in only the first act of the show, the second act does contain some adult themes revolving around stripping/ burlesque dancing.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 

Adult Women

Rose (ages from 35 – 50) The ultimate stage mother. Lives her life vicariously through her two daughters, whom she’s put into show business. She is loud, brash, pushy and single-minded, but at times can be doting and charming. She is holding down demons of her own that she is afraid to face. Minimal dance but must move well. Comic timing a must. Mezzo/Alto.

June (16-24) Baby June as a young teenager. The older she gets, the less she enjoys being under her mother’s thumb. Must have strong dancing skills. Alto.

Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee (18 – 25) Baby Louise as a teenager, who grows up to be Gypsy Rose Lee. Still pushed aside by Madam Rose in favor of June, until she herself becomes her mother’s new pet project. Should be able to move well. Must be able to portray both the awkward teen and a sophisticated woman we know now as Gypsy Rose Lee. Should be comfortable with partial nudity onstage. Mezzo

Tessie (20s-40s) A burlesque dancers, who takes Louise under her wing. Strong movement/dance, ballet training helpful. A burlesque dancer that shares her dressing room with Louise. She was once a ballerina and still has some of the moves. A course broad who’s been around the block. Very funny. Actress will play other ensemble roles. Mezzo.

Mazeppa (20s-40s) A burlesque dancers Strong movement/dance, powerful character. Trumpet playing skills would be outstanding but not required. Actress will play other ensemble roles. Alto.

Electra (20s-40s) A burlesque dancer. Strong movement/dance. Quieter than her counterparts but her costume is wired with lights, allowing her to “shine” without working up a sweat. Ditzy and sweet. Actress will play other ensemble roles. Mezzo.

Women’s Ensemble (20’s-30’s) – Will play various roles including the Touradorables, who join Louise in her touring show. Strong movement and singing skills. Puppeteering skills a plus.

 

Adult Men

Herbie (about 45) agent for Rose’s children and Rose’s boyfriend and a possible husband number 4. He has a heart of gold but also has the power to defend the people he loves with strength. Baritone.

Tulsa (age 17 – 20) Boy-next-door type. Strives to break out of the troupe with an act of his own. Sings and dances “All I Need Is the Girl.” Extremely strong dancer in all styles of show dance including tap. Good singer, charming, very athletic and handsome young man. High Baritone.

Young Men’s Ensemble (ages 16 – 20’s) Three young men sing and dance backup for teenage June, plus join in the number “Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone.” Should be strong singers and dancers. Will play other various roles.

Men’s Ensemble (ages 30’s-40’s) Two men to play various roles including Mr. Goldstone, Rose’s Pop, Jocko, and others.

 

Children

Children’s Ensemble (ages 10 -12) Four boys/ girls to play Baby June’s back up dancers and singers, as well as vaudevillian child actors. Ability of one child to play an instrument a plus. Must sing and dance.

Baby June (about 10) is a Shirley Temple-like up-and-coming vaudeville star, and Madam Rose’s youngest daughter. Her onstage demeanor is sugary-sweet, cute, precocious and adorable to the nth degree. An adorable character – Mama Rose’s shining star. Strong child singer, strong dancer, preferably can tap. Mezzo. This role will be double cast. The actress will be in the children’s ensemble on their “off” performances.

Young Louise (about 12) She should look a couple years older than Baby June. She is Madam Rose’s brow-beaten oldest daughter, and has always played second fiddle to her baby sister. She is shy, awkward, a little sad and subdued; she doesn’t have the confidence of her sister. Strong acting skills needed. The character always dances slightly out of step but the actress playing this part must be able to dance. Mezzo singer. This role will be double cast. The actress will be in the children’s ensemble on their “off” performances.

 

Things to know before auditioning for the St. Mark’s Players Productions:

  1. The St. Mark’s Players conduct open auditions. We are an all volunteer organization (we do not pay). All are welcome to audition.
  2. All roles are open – no parts have been pre-cast. To audition, just show up; auditions are open call. We will have you fill out some paperwork. We will also ask for you to include all scheduling conflicts Please list all known and potential conflicts. We generally can work with your schedule if we know of conflicts in advance. If cast and some new conflict should arise, you are expected to communicate immediately with the Stage Manager.  You can also bring a resume that we will attach to your information sheet.  A head shot is not required, but feel free to bring one.
  3. If cast, you will be expected to pay a membership fee to join the Players and a script fee or script deposit (script fees will vary from show to show).
  4. We are an active company where everyone in the cast and crew participates in moving sets, resetting from church to theater and vice versa EACH WEEKEND, and striking the show following our final performance. Everyone is expected to participate in these endeavors. Tasks during these activities will be assigned to match your capabilities by the stage manager.
  5. You will be expected to be at rehearsals on time, and ready to work.

 

For more information, please contact info@stmarksplayers.org.