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AUDITIONS 2022-23 Season
Spark Theatre Company is seeking performers for its 2022-2023 touring show program. These productions usually have 1 public performance but primarily travel throughout NE Ohio to schools as assemblies for approximately 15 performances. Actors do not need to be available EVERY day throughout the touring timeline, but should have general availability during school days and/or flexibility in their schedules. Actors receive a stipend beginning at $500 and are reimbursed for travel to schools at the IRS rate of $0.58/mile.
By Finegan Kruckemeyer
This production is the United States premiere of the Australian play, My Robot by award-winning playwright, Finegan Kruckemeyer and will be directed by Erin E. Dolan. When Ophelia and her family move to a new house by the seaside, she is feeling alone and unimpressed by her new surroundings...until she assembles her new friend, Olivetti, the robot. Together the pair faces daring rescues, local bullies and the sea! Children will discover that we’re all just made from pieces, and that when we feel less than whole we can find – or make – a part that fits!
Rehearsals Begin: Mid-September around actor availability
Performances: October 10th-November 4th, 2022
Ophelia- (female identifying, any type, adult to play young girl) compassionate, smart, inquisitive, and lonely, Ophelia has just moved to the seaside with her family and hasn’t made any friends. She finds an unusual collection of items with the instructions “Make Me” and builds Olivetti, the piece she was missing.
Dad/Orson/Otis/Ogilvie- (male identifying, any type, plays various ages) This track requires an actor to play multiple roles including Ophelia’s father, a lonely child, a bully, and a neighbor.
Olivetti- (any gender, any type, not age specific) a robot created by Ophelia who is smart, compassionate, silly, and adventurous. This actor may be utilized as the robot’s voice through a microphone and operating the character remotely.
Miss Courageous: Women of Science
By Joanna Halpert Kraus
Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in the United States with a medical degree, and Marie Curie, discoverer of radium, helped make possible today's scientific community where discovery knows no gender. This show invites students to share their obstacles and fight the prejudices against them before savoring their triumphs.
Rehearsals Begin: February 20, 2023
Performances: March 20th-April 14th, 2023
Seeking 4 actors total to play Elizabeth Blackwell, Marie Curie, and several other characters throughout the story. All actors will play multiple roles. Casting may include 2 men, and 2 women, or 3 women and 1 man. All types are encouraged to apply.
EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES: SPRING CO-PRODUCTION w/ LCCC
When two strangers arrive in the city of Logos, they call attention to themselves by claiming to be able to make the most magnificent and magical clothing. Emperor Caecus cannot resist such a claim, especially when he finds out that the magic in the cloth means that those who are unfit for their position cannot see the garments made from the fabric. The ensuing silliness can only be sorted out by the most intelligent and sensible person in the empire, a child name Captiosus. This adaptation is written by Cleveland playwright, Erin E. Dolan! This show is a co-production with LCCC Theatre Department. Auditions will be held in person at a later date to include LCCC students, but actors interested in being involved are encouraged to submit their interest early. Casting may vary for public performances and the touring performances based on actor availability.
First Rehearsal: March 6th
Public Performances: April 20th-22nd
Touring: May 1st-26th
Narrator/Conciliario/Captiosus (any gender, any type) – The strong thread that holds our story together as the narrator, with distinct differences between the easily confused advisor, Conciliario, and very intelligent child, Captiosus.
Emperor Caecus/Puppet Townspeople (any gender, any type) – Incredibly vain, silly and overly confident. It is hard for him to see the truth because he is surrounded by “yes men.”
Barbarus/Accola/Puppet Townspeople (any gender, any type) – A stranger who is often in a strange land, who can use rhyme and reason to almost always get what is desired. Also plays Accola, the neighbor of Captiosus and Pater (or Mater).
Peregrinus/Mater or Pater/Townspeople (any gender, any type) – Companion of Barbarus, who uses a great ability for pantomime to trick others into seeing what is not there. Also plays the Mater (Mother) or Pater (Father) of Captiosus.
How to Audition
For MY ROBOT, please record the side(s) for which you would like to be considered. Send a link to this video along with your headshot, bio, and any known conflicts to SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com. Sides do not need to be memorized, and an phone video is fine. For MISS COURAGEOUS and EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES, please submit headshot and resume, along with a video reel OR recorded monologue to SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com. Please include which shows/roles you would like to be considered for. Callbacks will be held as needed. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FOR MY ROBOT is 08/25/2022. Casting for the rest of the season will continue as needed throughout the fall.
Callbacks will be scheduled individually as needed. For stage management position, email SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com to express interest. If you have previously performed in a touring show for Spark, you do not need to resubmit materials, feel free to simply express interest to be invited for callback.
Spark Theatre Company and LCCC Theatre embrace diversity and inclusion and utilize a non-traditional casting policy. Non-Traditional Casting is a method designed to increase artistic options by expanding casting opportunities for women, actors of color, seniors, and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender, age or the presence or absence of a disability are not germane. To that end, we encourage all actors to audition, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or physical ability.
Other Production Positions Available:
Those interested in non-performing positions such as stage management are encouraged to email Rachael Endrizzi at SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com to express their interest.
Please email any questions to SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com.
Seeking qualified teaching artists for drama classes at various locations throughout the 2022-23 School year. Please email resume to Rachael at SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com
Spark is always looking to connect with designers, stage managers, and carpenters for its productions. To submit materials, please email Rachael at SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com