All In Productions is pleased to announce its Spring 2018 production, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD by Jason Robert Brown, under the direction of Tim Backes and music direction of Tom Reifenberg and Alison Bekolay.
“It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.”
To schedule an audition time, please email email@example.com. Auditions will take place at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 N. 19th St (corner of 19th and Wisconsin) on Thursday, February 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night. Please enter the 19th street doors. Callbacks will be held Saturday, February 17 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Further information about callback scheduling will be sent via email to those who are called back.
For initial auditions, please prepare a one-minute cut of a song in the style of the show, and bring your sheet music, a headshot and resume. An accompanist will be provided. Callback materials are available below for study ahead of time. Video auditions are also able to be submitted via email, and are due by 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 15.
Please also see this note from the director on auditioning:
“This is an extremely vocally demanding show, so obviously I want to see your range and singing ability. But equally important in a show like this where you’re playing multiple characters is your storytelling ability. The ability to form a genuine emotional connection with the audience is crucial. I strongly suggest picking an audition song in the style of the show (contemporary theater) you personally connect with, and tell us a story. The same is true for callback materials—figure out what’s at stake for the characters and sell the story, not just the notes on the page.”
Rehearsals will begin in March. Auditionees will be notified via email of callbacks Thursday night after auditions are concluded, and casting calls will be made over the weekend after callbacks are complete.
We are casting all four roles. Here are some general descriptions of qualities these characters show off in their character arcs, and demographic descriptions for these roles:
WOMAN 1: Female, 20s-early 30s, any race/ethnicity. Soprano. Through her songs, we watch her progress through the stages of a relationship, from initial fears and self-doubt through love, loss, motherhood and reconciliation. Sings “I’m Not Afraid,” “The World Was Dancing,” “Christmas Lullaby,” “I’d Give It All for You,” “Hear My Song.”
WOMAN 2: Female, late 20s-early 50s, any race/ethnicity. Alto/Mezzo. Vast acting range, from over-the-top comedic to tender and reflective. Capable of physical comedy. Sings “Just One Step,” “Stars and the Moon,” “Surabaya-Santa” and “The Flagmaker, 1775.”
MAN 1: Male, 20s-30s. High tenor. African-American/African. Latinx, multiracial/multiethnic, and ethnically ambiguous actors will also be considered. Self-assured and determined to take on the world and be remembered. Plenty of bravado. Sings “On The Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship,” “The River Won’t Flow,” “The Steam Train,” “King of the World” and “Flying Home.”
MAN 2: Male, 20s-late 30s, any race/ethnicity. Baritone/tenor. Experienced in love with a bit of a swagger. Past experiences have perhaps made him jaded and afraid of commitment, but his arc sees him mature and finally be willing to accept love. Sings “The River Won’t Flow,” “She Cries,” “The World Was Dancing” and “I’d Give It All For You.”
PLEASE PRINT AND BRING YOUR OWN CALLBACK MATERIALS IF CALLED BACK. Thank you!