AUDITIONS

 

OPEN CALL AUDITIONS FOR THE 2019/2020

If you are unable to attend the audition, please email your headshot and resume to casting@karamuhouse.org along with a request to submit a video audition. Please make note of your union status when submitting.

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Seeking Equity and non-Equity actors for the following 2019/20 theatre season plays:

Paradise Blue
Black Nativity
Sassy Mamas
Hoodoo Love
Next to Normal


All roles are available. Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, ages, as well as performers with disabilities are encouraged to attend every audition. If you are unable to attend the audition, please email your headshot and resume to casting@karamuhouse.org along with a request to submit a video audition. Please make note of your union status when submitting.

APPOINTMENTS
For an appointment, schedule an appointment here:

https://calendly.com/karamu/2019-20-acting-and-vocal-open-call-1

https://calendly.com/karamu/19-20-season-dance-open-call

and submit the following materials to casting@karamuhouse.org to complete your audition appointment:
(1) A current headshot and up-to-date resume with accurate contact information.
(2) The SHOW(s) and ROLE(s) you would like to be considered for (see below for BREAKDOWNS.) �
(3) Your current status with Actors' Equity Association union (i.e. AEA/non-AEA.)


PREPARATION

For July 23rd, please come prepared with two contrasting monologues. Total monologue time should not exceed 3 minutes. If you wish to be considered for a singing role, please prepare two vocal pieces: uptempo and ballad. Total vocal pieces should not exceed 3 minutes. Actors who play the following instruments are encouraged to audition: trumpet, trombone, and saxophone.

To be considered for any of the roles above, please following this link:
https://calendly.com/karamu/2019-20-acting-and-vocal-open-call-1
https://calendly.com/karamu/19-20-season-dance-open-call
to set up an audition appointment.

For July 24th, please come prepared to move. Group dance auditions will be held from 6:30-10:00 PM; you may be asked to stay the duration of the audition.

Callbacks will be held on Saturday July, 27th.

An Equity Monitor will not be provided.

 
PARADISE BLUE
written by Dominique Morisseau

ABOUT THE PLAY
A Regional Premiere. When Blue needs to just get things out, he picks up his trumpet and lets it sing. His jazz club, Paradise, was once the place in Detroit’s Black bottom neighborhood—until the day Silver, a mysterious woman with a walk that drives men crazy, shows up with her own ideas for Paradise and turns everyone’s world upside down. Dynamic, sultry, and spiced with humor, Paradise Blue is a new American classic you’ll want to experience. This dynamic and musically-infused drama shines light on the challenges of building a better future on the foundation of what our predecessors have left us.

PRODUCTION DATES

Rehearsals begin August 19th
* Evening rehearsals run from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
* Sat from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sun from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Performances: Sept, 26 – Oct. 20, 2019
* Evening performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 PM
* Matinee performances on Saturdays at 2:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM
* Special Matinee performances on Thursdays at 11:00 AM

ROLES**
Pumpkin (Female, 27-33, African American) - Pretty in a plain way. Simply. Sweet. Waitress, cook and caretaker of Paradise Club. A loving thing with a soft touch. Adores Poetry.

Blue (Male, 35-43, African American) - Handsome. Mysterious. Sexy. Quiet danger. Aloof. A hard shell and hard interior. Battling many demons. A gifted trumpeteer.

Corn (aka Cornelius) (Male, 47-53, African American) - Slightly chubby, Easygoing and Thoughtful. A real sweetheart with a weakness for love. A pianoman.

P-Sam (aka Percussion Sam) (Male, 34-39, African American) - Busybody. Sweet talker. Hustler. Always eager for his next gig. The percussionist.

Silver (Female, 37-43, African American) - Busybody. Sweet talker. Hustler. Always eager for his next gig. The percussionist.


** There will be one AEA Contract available for this production.



BLACK NATIVITY
with book and lyrics written by Langston Hughes
music written by Aaron Robinson


ABOUT THE PLAY
Langston Hughes’ famed retelling of The Nativity Story, performed in a gospel style, and including popular Christmas carols.

PRODUCTION DATES
Rehearsals: Oct. 21 – Dec. 4, 2019
* Evening rehearsals run from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
* Sat from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sun from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Performances: Dec. 5 – Dec. 29, 2019
* Evening performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 PM
* Matinee performances on Saturdays at 2:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM
* Special Matinee performances on Thursdays at 11:00 AM


ROLES**
Seeking an ensemble of singers, dancers, and actors to retell Christianity's famous Nativity story. Traditionally, the play has been performed in a gospel style, which includes Christmas carols. The birth of Jesus plays prominently in the play’s production.

** There will be up to one AEA Contracts available for this production.



SASSY MAMAS
written by Celeste Bedford Walker

ABOUT THE PLAY
Back by popular demand, in the autumns of their lives, three sophisticated and successful women find themselves living single and ready to mingle...but this time with much (much) younger men. A recent widow, a divorcée, and a career woman all use their social status and wealth to ensnare their younger male suitors. But don’t you dare call them “cougars,”...they would prefer “black panthers.” This fun, feisty, romantic comedy explores the dynamics between the sexes, and highlights when a woman knows what she wants...she knows how to get it.

PRODUCTION DATES
Rehearsals: Jan. 2 – Jan. 29, 2020
* Evening rehearsals run from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
* Sat from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sun from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Performances: Jan. 30 – Feb. 23, 2020
* Evening performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 PM
* Matinee performances on Saturdays at 2:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM
* Special Matinee performances on Thursdays at 11:00 AM


ROLES**
WILHEMINA: (Female, early 50s, African-American.) National Security Advisor to the President. Never been married. She meets WES who becomes her first real love. Athletic physique. Wears distinctive eyeglasses.

 
JO BILLIE:(Female, late 50s-early 60s, African-American.) Hospital Administrator, a widow on the prowl for a young man. Robust figure.
 
MARY: (Female, mid/late 50s, Any Ethnicity.) Married for 30 years and now suddenly divorced. “Good catholic girl.” Can be a little judgmental. Still slim and petite. Former beauty queen.
 
WES: (Male, early 30s, Any Ethnicity.) Handsome, with character, a former football player turned sports journalist. Hopelessly in love with WILHEMINA.
 
LADONTE: (Male, 30s, Any Ethnicity.) JO BILLIE’s love interest
 
COLBY: (Male, late 20s, Any Ethnicity.) A gardener from a small town who develops a relationship with MARY.

** There will be one AEA Contracts available for this production.



HOODOO LOVE
written by Katori Hall

ABOUT THE PLAY
A Regional Premiere. A tale of love, magic, jealousy, and secrets. Young Toulou escapes from the Mississippi cotton fields in the 1930s to pursue her dream of singing the blues in Memphis. When she meets a rambling blues man, the notorious Ace of Spades, her dreams are realized in a way she could never have imagined. She gives into the suggestions of the local madam, Candylady, and conjures up a hoodoo trick to make him fall in love with her. When her brother Jib, a born-again Christian missionary, arrives in town, Toulou is forced to confront all that she was running away from, and a chain of events with devastating consequences is set in motion.

PRODUCTION DATES

Rehearsals: Feb. 24-March 18, 2020
* Evening rehearsals run from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
* Sat from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sun from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Performances: March 19 – April 12, 2020
* Evening performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 PM
* Matinee performances on Saturdays at 2:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM
* Special Matinee performances on Thursdays at 11:00 AM

ROLES**
Toulou (Female, 20-25, African American) - A young black woman who runs away from the cotton fields of Mississippi to the bluesy streets of Memphis. In stature she is tiny, but her presence makes her seem taller than she is.

Candylady (Female, 55-60, African American) - A former slave and the Hoodoo Madame of Beale Street with a timeless essense, yet with a quick tongue of a youngin’.

Ace of Spades (Male, 30-35, African American) - A young sexy, ramblin’ bluesman with a “behind like a caboose” and hands that can play the blues out of any woman’s back.

Jib (Male, 30-35, African American) - Toulou’s older brother, a born-again Christian missionary.


** There will be one AEA Contract available for this production.


NEXT TO NORMAL
Music and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt
ABOUT THE PLAY
This soulful rock musical explores the American family and the underbelly of suburban life. Dianna, a stay-at-home mom has lived in and out of reality for the past seventeen years. She and her loving, yet frayed family, navigate their daily lives, struggling to function in society as her mental illness spirals out of control. Brimming with humor and wit, this provocative and electrifying musical examines the trauma of mental illness, and the meaning of putting family first.
PRODUCTION DATES

Rehearsals: March 30-May 8, 2020
* Evening rehearsals run from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
* Sat from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sun from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Performances: May 7 – May 31, 2020
* Evening performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 PM
* Matinee performances on Saturdays at 2:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM
* Special Matinee performances on Thursdays at 11:00 AM


ROLES**
Diana (Female, 30s-40s, all ethnicities) - Sexy. Sharp. Delusional bipolar depressive.

Gabe (Male, 16-25, all ethnicities) - Diana’s son. Almost eighteen. Dashing. Gentle. Bright. Playful. Everything a mother, etc.


Dan (Male, 30s-40s, all ethnicities) - Diana’s husband. Thirties or forties. Handsome. Genuine. Constant. Tired.


Natalie (Female, 16-25, all ethnicities) - Diana’s daughter. Sixteen and trying to be perfect. It's not going well.

Henry (Male, 16-25, all ethnicities) - Seventeen. Musician, romantic, stoner, slacker, philosopher king.

Doctor Madden (Male, 30s-50s, all ethnicities) - On the young side of ageless. Assured. A rock star.
Voices, and Anesthesiologist, Nurses, Doctors, and others, all played by the company.

** There will be one AEA Contract available for this production.


COMPENSATION
All actors receive compensation for their work in our productions.
Equity members appear under a GA Tier 2 contract. Non-Equity actors receive a modest stipend.


OTHER
STAGE MANAGERS are also invited to send up-to-date resumes to casting@karamuhouse.org. Please make note of your union status when submitting.

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