Calling all actors, singers and dancers. Auditions are scheduled for a number of upcoming productions at Venues throughout Pinellas, including the following.
HMS Pinafore – Tarpon Springs TARPON SPRINGS – Auditions for “HMS Pinafore” are Monday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m., at the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane.
The production, presented by the Gilbert and Sullivan Players, will run Nov. 15-17. Directed and choreographed by Jamie Bierchen, with musical direction by Constantine Grame, “HMS Pinafore” is a classic Gilbert and Sullivan with an excellent score.
People who are interested in auditioning for a specific principal role should bring a prepared song. There are several principal roles for adults, and a large chorus of children and adults. All ages and levels of experience welcome to audition.
For information, call Bierchen at 813-334-3747.
The Greatest Christmas Villain – Largo LARGO – Dick Budin Productions presents "The Greatest Christmas Villain," a new-fangled, old-fashioned, "Hiss and Boo" musical melodrama in mid-November at the Largo Community Center.
The play takes place in Alaska and features Santa, his Elves, the old Minor, little Nell and others in a minimum cast of 19 characters.
Auditions are Sunday, Sept. 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Room A at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Lisa Obst will direct. Mary Ann Boos is the music director.
Many adult and young adult roles are available. Candidates should bring music in their own key. Auditions will include cold readings from the script.
Volunteers also are needed for backstage and tech crew. Those interested should attend the auditions.
The Curious Savage – Pinellas Park and Safety Harbor PINELLAS PARK – Open auditions for John Patrick's funny, profound, and touching comedy classic, “The Curious Savage,” are Sunday, Sept. 8, 7 to 9:30 p.m., at Venue Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19, Pinellas Park; and again on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor.
The production will run Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10, at the Safety Harbor Public Library. The show will then run the following two weekends, Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 22-24, at Venue Theatre in Pinellas Park.
The theater is hoping to use the same cast for the whole run of the play. The cast and crew will be receiving monetary compensation for the two-week run at Venue, based on the box office receipts for the six Venue performances. Double casting of certain roles is possible.
This unique production schedule requires a cast that should be open-minded, creative, flexible and resourceful. The play is set in the Cloisters, a private New England asylum, in the early 1950s. The plot involves Ethel Savage's greedy children trying to commit her to the Cloisters in order to control her vast fortune.
The available roles and their suggested ages are as follows:
Rehearsals will be at Venue Theatre most Sundays, 7 to 9:30 p.m.; and at Safety Harbor Library, most Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m. Small group scene work will be at Safety Harbor Library on Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. A specific schedule will be available at auditions.
Auditions will include a cold reading from the script.
The Last Room – Pinellas Park PINELLAS PARK – Venue Ensemble Theatre is auditioning for the musical "The Last Room," by Donna Tripp, on Sunday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., at the theater, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park.
The play tells the story of the Nativity from the viewpoint of the innkeeper, and how it affected his life. Director Vic Carr is seeking 12 men, ages 30 to 60; and three women, ages 30 to 50 and older. All should be good singers with minimal choreography. Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars of a ballad from a musical and bring sheet music in their key, or a CD accompaniment in their key.
The production will run Dec. 6-22. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 3 p.m. All roles receive a stipend based on ticket sales.