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Audition Notice: The Boy Who Stole the Stars

Where: Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter Street, Folsom

When: Sunday, July 1, 7:00 pm

 

Directed by Allen Schmeltz

 

What to bring: Please bring a resume and headshot if you have them.

Performance & Rehearsal Dates: The show runs August 11 through September 9 on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm.

Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday evenings starting July 16 with the possibility of some weekend rehearsals if needed.

The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.  You may get the script from Dramatic Publishing, if you wish.

 

Synopsis: 

“It steals the audience and steals hearts,” wrote a critic when this warm and moving play opened at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. A young boy discovers his grandfather is dying. The old man’s behavior is different; he’s short-tempered and no longer tells his wonderful stories. The boy enlists the grandfather’s aid in helping him with a school project—counting the stars. Their togetherness seems to renew the old man’s interest and he begins telling stories, one of them about the dragon in the sky. The dragon, he explains, is there to guard the stars. An old legend says that should the stars be returned to earth; it would mean a new paradise with no unhappiness, no death. Hearing this, the boy goes off to slay the dragon and return the stars to earth, seeking a means of keeping his grandfather from dying. At play’s end, the youngster comes to understand how important he is to his grandfather. “I don’t need to live forever,” says the old man. “I need you. I need you to care about me.”

 

Characters:
Nicholas: A young boy – Bright, inquisitive, genuine. Actor age early teens

 

Bessie: Nicholas Grandmother – In her 60s – warm, calm and loving.

 

Matthew: Nicholas Grandfather in his 60s or 70s. In the first half of the play his keen intelligence is belied by a befuddled or distracted effect. Toward the latter half of the play he becomes increasingly alert with animation and insight.

 

Genevieve: Tom boy, can be sharp tongued but is actually very thoughtful and sensitive. Age early teens.

 

2-3 actors of any age to manipulate a Chinese dragon.

Male or female to do voice over for voice of poet. This will be recorded.

Audition Notice: In the Heights

Where: The Annex, 710 Figueroa St, Folsom

When: Sunday, July 15th, 7:00 pm

 

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes

 

SYNOPSIS: In the hispanic community of Manhattan’s Washington Heights, bodega owner Usnavi is dating Vanessa, who works in a beauty salon. He dreams of opening a bar in his home country, the Dominican Republic. Nina loves Benny, a shy young man who has worked for Nina’s parents for years, but her father opposes their union because he wants Nina to finish her education at Stanford University. She doesn’t want her father to bankrupt himself paying for the expensive school, but her father is prepared to sell his car-service business.

 

WHAT TO BRING: A resume and headshot if you have them and be prepared to sing a short song or excerpt from a song. Bring piano sheet music, a CD or a bluetooth device. No a cappella please! There will also be a dancing audition so dress appropriately.

 

CHARACTERS
USNAVI DE LA VEGA, owner of De La Vega Bodega
NINA ROSARIO, a freshman at Stanford University
KEVIN ROSARIO, Nina’s father, owner of Rosario’s Car Service
CAMILA ROSARIO, Nina’s mother, co-owner of Rosario’s
BENNY, employee of Rosarios
VANESSA, works at the salon
SONNY, Usnavi’s cousin
ABUELA CLAUDIA, raised Usnavi, though not his blood grandmother
DANIELA, owner of Daniela’s Salon
CARLA, works at the salon
GRAFFITI PETE, an artist
PIRAGÜERO (PIRAGUA GUY), scrapes piraguas from his block of ice
ENSEMBLE, 5 Women, 6 Men

 

PERFORMANCE DATES: September 1 – September 30, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00, Sundays at 4:00