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As a professionally based, not-for-profit and community-supported stock theatre, Mercury Summer Stock seeks local theatrical talent for performances of high-quality, premier or rarely performed works for Greater Cleveland audiences.  Auditions are held during the calendar year, and our theatrical season comprises three shows which are performed in June, July and August.

 

Mercury Summer Stock

Announces 2013 Season Auditions

SHREK: June 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29

RAGTIME: July 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20

PETER PAN: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE: August 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17

TEENSTOCK'S 13: July 12 and 13

 

DATES/TIME:        
Friday, March 1            7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 2       1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 3          TeenStock 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Callbacks by appointment 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


LOCATION:
     Notre Dame College 1851 South Green Road South Euclid, OH 44121

Auditions will be held in the PAC, basement of Admin. Building.

NOTE: Main entrance is at 1851 South Green Road (the old Regina High School driveway). The current listed college address is: 4545 College Drive. Regina High School is now part of Notre Dame College. The theatre is located inside the old Regina High School building (now called Regina Hall) – to your left as you enter the driveway. All performances will be held in Regina Hall.


APPOINTMENTS:
Audition appointments will be accepted starting Monday, February 4 at 9:00 am. If you are unable to attend the audition dates scheduled, recorded auditions are accepted by February 28, 2013. Video links may be emailed to mercurysummerstock@gmail.com or mailed to Mercury Summer Stock, PO BOX 21188 Cleveland OH 44121.

Call: 216.771.5862 For further information, or with questions.


AUDITION PREPARATION
: Please prepare two short (32-bar) musical selections of contrasting styles in your key; bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided. You may be asked to sing only one selection as time permits. Headshots and resumes will be accepted at the audition.


COMPENSATION
: All non-AEA actors appear in Mercury Summer Stock productions on a volunteer basis. College credit is available where applicable.


CASTING REQUIREMENTS
:  Non-Equity only. please email mercuryss@mac.com if interested for details.
Mercury Summer Stock is committed to non-traditional casting. Actors will be cast solely on the basis of talent, except in cases where age, race or physical ability are essential to a role. Ages listed in breakdowns are "character ages" not actor ages. Actors selected for casting may be cast in more than one production for the season.

 

FOR DESIGN AND TECHNICAL EMPLOYMENT:  Please send resume to Mercury Summer Stock PO BOX 21188 Cleveland OH 44121 or email mercuryss@mac.com

 

BREAKDOWNS

SHREK

Music By: Jeanine Tesori
Book & Lyrics By: David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on the DreamWorks film & book by William Steig

See it first at Mercury Summer Stock! The area premiere version for young people & families!

Shrek, an unsociable ogre, becomes an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey, a feisty princess who resists her rescue, and a cast of banished fairy tale misfits. Through heroic feats, Shrek reverses a curse and learns to raise his Freak Flag high. It’s a story of adventure, friendship and ogre love that’s bringing ugly back!

All roles are open except Lord Farquaad.

SEEKING:

SHREK – Male. 20s–30s, an ogre, has spent most of his life as an outcast, living in a swamp far from civilization, nothing amuses him more than felling a pitchfork-wielding mob with a deadly ogre fart, yet his crass and brutish exterior disguises a soulful and lonely heart, when forced to leave the safety of his swamp and embark on a quest to rescue a beautiful princess from a dragon-guarded castle, our reluctant hero starts to discover what it means to hope for something more. Seeking actors with a powerful presence, great wit, and a rock voice, should be able to sing to an A, principal role.

DONKEY – 20s–30s, Shrek’s self-appointed side-kick, as charming as he is clingy, a bright-eyed motor-mouth whose eagerness and quick wit barely disguise his desperate need for a friend. Seeking performers with a winning and easy charm, great comic skill, and a “burnin’” R&B vibe, should sing up to an A flat, principal role

PRINCESS FIONA – Female. 20s-30s, has spent most of her life locked in a dragon-guarded castle, reading fairy tales about damsels being rescued by handsome and charming princes. When she’s finally set free, she tries desperately to play the part she’s spent her life preparing for–the spoiled, swooning, romantic princess destined to live happily ever after–but she has a secret, and underneath the pretty dress lurks a smart, outspoken, tough-as-nails girl who can’t help burping or launching into hand-to-hand combat when the situation calls for it, principal role.

YOUNG FIONA/YOUNG SHREK – Male/Female. 8-12 years old, Princess Fiona is a bright little girl who was only recently locked in a tower, passes her time in the dragon-guarded castle, reading fairy tales about damsels being rescued by handsome and charming princes, and is hopeful a noble prince will rescue her soon, must be a great singer, principal role


ENSEMBLE/FAIRY TALE CREATURES – Excellent singer-actors for the ensemble. All should be vivid, strong comic actors, with wide singing ranges & dance ability. Seeking performers of diverse cultural backgrounds. Puppet training a plus. Ensemble roles include—Teen Fiona: to play age 13, Pinocchio, Magic Mirror, 3 Pigs, Papa Ogre, White Rabbit, Peter Pan, Wolf, Gnome, Wicked Witch, Gingy, Fairy Godmother, Ugly Duckling, Shoemaker’s Elf, Mama Ogre, Humpty Dumpty, Dragon, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear.

CASTING PERSONNEL STATEMENT: “We are seeking performers with strong legit and pop Broadway voices. Almost all ensemble members must sing well enough to cover a principal role. All cast must at least move well. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to attend this call.”

 

 

RAGTIME

Book By: Terrence McNally
Music By: Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics By: Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow

Ragtime paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America. Based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime intertwines three distinct stories that poignantly illustrate history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate.

All roles are open.

SEEKING:

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON/MATTHEW HENSON - African-American male; the dominant figure in the Black community of the United States at the turn of the century; speaks sings lyrics. / An African american explorer and associate of Robert Peary.

COALHOUSE - African-American male; a proud, sophisticated man who fights to live within his social boundaries and then rebels against them when even that is not good enough; baritone with strong top range.

EMMA GOLDMAN - Female: the Russian born radical anarchist in early 1900's New York City; slight accent, alto.

EVELYN NESBIT - Anglo-American female; the beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of her high profile lover by her rich husband; belter/soprano.

FATHER - Anglo-American male; Rich. Conservative. Staunch in his ways but not intentionally unkind.

GRANDFATHER/JP MORGAN - Anglo-American male; Mother's conservative father. A retired professor. Irritated by everything; Speak sings lyrics. / The rich, famous financier.

HENRY FORD/ADMIRAL ROBERT PEARY - Male. An American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. / An American explorer.

HARRY HOUDINI - Hungarian immigrant male; the famous magician who immigrated to America and made a name for himself largely as an escape artist; body builder; tenor range.

LITTLE GIRL - Female 7-10 yrs old: Tateh's daughter, a young Latvian girl in a new home.

MOTHER - Anglo-American female; a strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she feels are right.

SARAH - African-American female; a washwoman who is adopted into Mother's home when Mother finds Sarah's baby in her garden.

TATEH - A haggard, Latvian immigrant who dreams the "American Dream" for himself and his daughter; slight accent-tenor.

WILLIE CONKLIN - Male. A racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse's car.

YOUNGER BROTHER - Mother's younger brother-Anglo-American male, who has his heart broken by Evelyn Nesbit and joins Coalhouse in his protests towards discrimination. He is a young man in search of something; tenor/baritone with strong top range.

 

 

PETER PAN: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE

Composer: George Stiles
Lyricist: Anthony Drewe
Book By: Willis Hall
Based on J.M. Barrie’s original play

Sir James Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who never grew up is reborn as a spectacular musical by Stiles & Drewe and the late Willis Hall. Close your eyes and imagine - and join us for a trip beyond the stars to Neverland, where swashbuckling pirates, beautiful mermaids and mischievous fairies have adventures everyday, and children never grow up.

All roles are open except The Storyteller and Mr. Darling/Captain Hook.

SEEKING: 

Looking for a diverse group of 20 excellent singer-actors, who are energetic and imaginative “children” that won’t grow up to portray A Newspaper Boy, Mrs. Darling, Nana, Wendy, John, Michael, Liza, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Slightly, Tootles, Nibs, Curly, First Twin, Second Twin, Smee, Cecco, Mullins, Bill Jukes, Cookson, Gentleman Starkey, Skylights, Noodler, Tiger Lily, A Crocodile, Londoners, Mermaids.

 

 

13

Music and Lyrics by  Jason Robert Brown
Book by  Dan Elish and Robert Horn

A grown-up story about growing up!

When his parents get divorced and he's forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year. Easier said than done.

The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won't talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors.

With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.

All roles are open.

SEEKING:

EVAN - Male, 13 yrs old. Range: Bb2 - Bb4 A bright, nerdy boy who is excited to become a man. New in town and trying to find a place to fit in, he eventually becomes close with Patrice and Archie. Our story's protagonist.

PATRICE - Female, 13 yrs old. Range: Eb3 - E5 A shy, intelligent, bookworm. Archie's best friend and Evan's new friend.

ARCHIE - Male, 13 yrs old. Range: Ab2 - Bb4 A good-humored, intelligent, unpopular kid. Patrice's best friend who has to use crutches.

BRETT - Male, 13 yrs old. Range: Bb2 - C5 The vain star quarterback. Leads a pack of popular boys, including Malcolm and Eddie.

EDDIE - Male, 13 yrs old. Range: Bb2 - C5 A wannabe popular kid and one of Brett's sidekicks.

KENDRA - Female, 13 yrs old. Range: Bb3 - D5 T he bubbly, popular, head cheerleader. Lucy's best friend and unknowing rival.

LUCY - Female, 13 yrs old. Range: F#3 - D5 A manipulative girl who secretly desires to have Kendra's boyfriend. Sneaky and feisty.

MALCOM - Male, 13 yrs old. Range: F#3 - C5 A wannabe popular kid and one of Brett's sidekicks.

ENSEMBLE (RABBI'S/KIDS) - Looking for a diverse group of excellent teenage singer-actor-dancers

 

For more information or questions call 216.771.5862 or email mercuryss@mac.com