Category: Auditions

Santaland Diaries – Call for Auditions

CALL FOR AUDITIONS:

Monday October 10th and Tuesday October 11th at 7pm
Confetti Stage, Inc.
67 Corning Pl, Albany, New York 12207

Show runs at the Linda Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th.

This December, Confetti Stage will present David Sedaris’ curdled classic, The Santaland Diaries. For everyone who gets nautious at the mere mention of “Dominick the Donkey”, “Black Friday Door-busters”, and “That one must-have toy of the season!”, here is the Christmas show that understands, and provides an antidote to Holiday Overload.

The Santaland Diaries is a wicked comedy detailing one man’s time working as an elf in the very special purgatory that is, was, and will always be Macy’s Santaland. Adapted from real-life experiences, the show’s hero tells a story of horrible children, worse parents, long hours of cheek-breaking smiles, dashed attempts at love and fortune, and then, possibly, a moment of surprising revelation.

This is a fabulously dark comedy, a true joy to perform, and the one holiday show this season that doesn’t need an insulin chaser.

Cast: David.

This is a one-man show. David can be anywhere from mid-twenties to “none of your buisness”. The important thing is, he’s old enough to be at home with his bitterness, but still young enough to believe he has a shot at landing a role on “One Life To Live”. He’s sarcastic, depressed, desperate, angry, and game for almost any work. He’s funny and smart and strong enough to power through horrible situations.

Auditionees are welcome to prepare a short section of Mr. Sedaris’ writing for performing in lieu of a monolog. Please try to find something besides Santaland Diaries. Memorization is not necesary, and copies of the writer’s work will be on hand at auditions.

Confetti Fest 12 – Call for Auditions

Confetti Stage seeks actors and crew for our 12th annual short play festival!  This year we have selected 5 original works by local playwrights to showcase in our 12th season opening show.  For years, Confetti Stage has been devoted to developing new works and local talent, and Confetti Fest 12 is the hallmark of our collaborative and creative process.

AUDITIONS:

Monday, August 22nd & Tuesday, August 23rd

6:30pm sign-in; 7:00pm audition start

Albany Masonic Hall, 67 Corning Place, downtown Albany

Actors should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. It does not have to be memorized.  Monologues will be available at the auditions for cold readings.   Actors may also be asked to read selected sides from the plays.  Actors of all ethnicities, ages, and genders are encouraged to audition for the 20+ roles, character descriptions below are suggestions.

Performance dates:

Performances will be held October 7-9 and 13-16 (7:30pm for Thurs-Sat performances; 2:00pm for Sundays)

Tech week schedule to be determined during rehearsals, but actors are expected to clear their schedules the weekend and week before opening.

Please come to auditions prepared with your scheduling conflicts.

Please contact Linda Shirey at sweetp7386@aol.com with any questions.

 

DEATH OF A HAMSTER

By Kate Carter

directed Patricia Keister

Death receives an unexpected visitor.

Characters (1M, 1 M or F):

DEATH (Sam): Could be played by a man or a woman.  Death does his/her job well and quietly, taking pleasure in the small rewards.  He/she has an odd, dry sense of humor.

JOHN MILLS: The father of a willful and adorable five-year-old girl who he loves very much.  John is a very curious and strong-willed man.

 

FUNNY VOICES

by Stephen Henel

directed by Mark Dalton

Funny Voices is about the children of a voice actor connecting with his memory through the ads and cartoons he recorded in life.  As they play their father’s recordings, we see their father in the recording booth, struggling with the challenges of his career and the regrets of his family life.

Characters (1F, 2M, possible multiple M/F):

LARRY THOMAS: Voice actor best known for starring in “Cosmus of the Cosmos,” an animated serial for children.  He is brusque and affable, but has a mean streak as well.

VOICE DIRECTORS: They are all separate characters, but can be played by the same actor or actress.

BETTY: Larry’s daughter. Survivor of an abusive marriage and mother of a young boy, Kenneth.  She has had a troubled relationship with Larry, and is somewhat resentful of her brother for not being more present after their father’s health took a turn for the worse.

BARNEY: Larry’s son.  He’s the drummer in a moderately successful metal band.  He left home at an early age, and while he bears little malice for his father, he also avoids spending any time with him.

 

THE GIRL WITH WINGS

by Julie Demers

directed by Tony Pallone

It’s hard to be different when you had thought you were all different together.

Characters (5F; 4M, possible casting of multiple parts):

CASSIE: The main character, in her teens or early 20s, kind and hopeful, a bit naïve

MOTHER: 40s, wants the best for her daughter in her own way

FATHER: 40s, wants the best for his daughter in his own way

GIRL: typical 10-year-old

BOY: college-age boy, oblivious

MISSY: sweet and curious 13-year-old

KID: typical 12-year-old

MISSY’S MOTHER: 40s, overprotective

GUY ON SUBWAY: cross-dresser with spunk

Note: It is best if the cast are all adults.  Actors may be cast to play more than one part.

 

SURVIVOR’S DATE

by Valerie Kavanaugh

directed by Matthew Teichner

From the mundane to the sublime, switchblades to French horns, dejection to ecstasy, this blind date has it all.

Characters (2F, 1M):

WOMAN: Able to play 40s

MAN: Able to play 40s

WAITRESS: any age

 

SYMBIOSIS

by Amy Sarah LaMena

directed by David Braucher

Well-traveled newlyweds, Ken and Marcy, are thrown into turmoil as a parasite diagnosis shines light on a crack in their near-symbiotic marriage.

Characters (1F, 1M, 1 M or F):

KEN: 50-55, A devoted world traveler, Ken rejects everything about his old, pencil-pushing life.  He adores his new wife, Marcy, but can be myopic and pushy in pursuit of his own goals.

MARCY: 40-45, A practical woman swept up in the whirlwind romance offered by Ken.  His lust for travel is putting a strain on her, as is the parasite in her leg.

DOCTOR: male or female, any age, A busy ER physician who attempts to treat his patient depite the surrounding marital drama.

Auditions – The Comedy of Errors

2688212829_710e72d87c_oConfetti Stage, in collaboration with Ten Broeck Mansion, announces auditions for

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
by William Shakespeare
Directed by John A. Nickles

Auditions Dates & Times:
Monday, May 16th & Wednesday, May 18th
6:30pm sign-in; 7:00pm audition start

Audition Location:
The Albany Masonic Hall
67 Corning Place
Albany, NY  12207

Performance Dates:
August 5-6 & 11-13 @ 7:30pm
August 7 & 14 @ 2:00pm
(Tech week July 31-August 4; specific schedule to be determined in rehearsal)

Confetti returns to the beautiful gardens at Ten Broeck Mansion this summer to present a classic farce by Shakespeare.

The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare’s early plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies,
with a major part of the humor coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. It has been
adapted for opera, stage, screen and musical theatre.

The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

Actors should prepare a short Shakespearean monologue (comic or tragic).Does not need to be memorized. Headshots and resumes are not required.  Some physical activity, including slapstick, will be necessary for this show.  All roles are open, and actors of all ages, gender, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Any questions please contact director John A. Nickles at john.a.nickles@gmail.com.

CHARACTERS (some characters will be doubled):

Antipholus of Syracuse, merchant and twin

Antipholus of Ephesus, merchant and twin (N.B. The Antipholuses should look somewhat alike.)

Dromio of Syracuse, long-suffering servant and twin

Dromio of Ephesus, long-suffering servant and twin (N.B. The Dromios need not look ANYTHING alike.)

Adriana, fed-up wife of Antipholus of Ephesus

Luciana, philosophical sister to Adriana

Solinus, Duke (or Duchess) of Ephesus

Egeon, merchant and father to the Antipholuses

Abbess, later revealed to be Emilia, wife of Egeon and mother to the Antipholuses

1st Merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse (will be doubled)

Angelo (or Angela), a goldsmith

2nd Merchant, to whom Angelo is in debt

Balthasar, yet another merchant

Doctor Pinch, schoolmaster and would-be wizard (may double with Balthasar)

Luce, maid to Adriana

Courtesan, a courtesan

Jailer, an officer of the Court

Elephant’s Graveyard – Stage Manager

We are seeking an enthusiastic stage manager to join to production team for Confetti Stage’s upcoming production of Elephant’s Graveyard by George Brant.

Elephant’s Graveyard is the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee, which resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant. Set in September of 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exploring the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence and revenge.

Be part of a unique rehearsal process, as we build the environment of the circus organically through improvisation of movement and sound, and develop a cohesive ensemble of actors.

Performance Dates: 4/29/16 – 5/8/16 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm; Tech week schedule TBD: 4/22/16 – 4/28/16)

Any one interested can please contact the director, Linda Shirey at sweetp7386@aol.com

Auditions for Agnes of God: 01/11 and 01/13

AGNES OF GOD

by John Pielmeier
directed by Nate Beynon

Auditions Dates & Times:
Monday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 13
6:30pm sign-in; 7:00pm audition start

Location:
The Albany Masonic Hall
67 Corning Place
Albany, NY 12207

Performance Dates: 2/26/16 – 3/6/16 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm; Tech week schedule TBD: 2/19/16 – 2/25/16)

Readings will be from sides.

The body of an asphyxiated newborn has been found in the room of Agnes, a young novice in a convent. When asked where it came from, she insists that God gave her the baby. Enter Doctor Martha Livingstone, tasked with determining whether Sister Agnes is competent to stand trial for murder. Dr. Livingstone soon finds that her questions only beget thornier mysteries, and Mother Miriam, the convent’s mother superior, is clearly hiding just as much as she’s allowing the doctor to see. Agnes of God is a psychological thriller packed with enough plot-twists, family secrets, and cringe-worthy acts of violence to fill a whole season of Law and Order: SVU. It is also a meditation on faith and reason. It explores our need for miracles and their terrible price, and also the cost of living in a world where only what is measurable and proven can exist.

Characters:
Agnes: Young-ish. Agnes is living with an un-named mental, emotional, or psychological handicap that keeps her, as Mother Miriam says, “simple”. There is something undefinably magical about her. Having acknowledged this, it must be said she is a specific person with a specific past and has specific likes, dislikes, fears, dreams, and desires. All of which is to say, Agnes is neither Saint Joan nor Forrest Gump. For starters, Saint Joan was never never sexually abused by her mother.

Mother Miriam: At least fifty-something, or thereabouts. A former smoker, who still misses it. A woman who has found a little of her faith again after loosing all of it. She is a fiercely protective foster-mother to Agnes, and will fight tooth and nail to keep the young nun’s innocence in tact. Having said all that, Mother Miriam is as warm, funny, and sincerely nurturing as she is calculating and antagonistic toward Doctor Livingstone, if not more so.

Doctor Martha Livingstone: In her forties. Overworked, underpaid, a smoker and probably a drinker, too. She has careened through the past decade of her disheveled life with a wry sense of humor, a belief in her chosen profession, and keen knack for self-deceit. She is smart, funny, bitter, broken, and resilient. She wants to rescue the world, to take it all home with her and feed it soup, but knows this sort of thing is frowned upon. As is usually the case in stories like this, she has issues with The Church.

For further info, contact the director, Nate Beynon at natebeynon AT gmail.com

Confetti Fest 11 Call for Auditions

Confetti Stage seeks actors and crew for our 11th annual short play festival!

This year we have selected 6 original works by local playwrights to showcase in our 11th season opening show. For years, Confetti Stage has been devoted to developing new works and local talent, and Confetti Fest 11 is the hallmark of our collaborative and creative process.

AUDITIONS:
Monday, June 15th & Tuesday, June 16th
6:30pm sign-in; 7:00pm audition start
Albany Masonic Hall, 67 Corning Place, downtown Albany

Actors should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. It does not have to be memorized. Actors may also be asked to read selected sides from the plays. Actors may be asked to improvise or demonstrate movement capabilities for certain roles.

This year, in the spirit of the collaborative process, we have added a script development period to the festival for playwrights, directors, and actors. After casting, actors may be called upon in June and July for readings and to be part of workshopping plays. Rehearsals will begin in earnest in August.

Performance dates:
Performances will be held in early to mid-October. Exact dates to be finalized.
Please come prepared with your scheduling conflicts up to October 18th.

Please contact us at confettistageinc@gmail.com with any questions.

We are seeking actors to fill the following 20+ roles for our 6 shows:

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Auditions for Robin Hood and the King’s Ransom: 5/18-5/19

Confetti Stage, in collaboration with Ten Broeck Mansion, announces auditions for

Robin Hood and the King’s Ransom
by Stephen Henel & Marty Egan
directed by Chris Kowalski

Auditions Dates & Times:
Monday, May 18th & Tuesday, May 19th
6:30pm sign-in; 7:00pm audition start

Audition Location:
The Albany Masonic Hall
67 Corning Place
Albany, NY 12207

Performance Dates:
August 7-8 & 13-15 @ 7:30pm
August 9 & 16 @ 2:00pm
(Tech week August 1-6; specific schedule to be determined in rehearsal)

Confetti returns to the beautiful gardens at Ten Broeck Mansion this summer to present an original comedy by award-winning local playwrights.

This is the tale of that famous rogue and his quest to free the common folk from tyranny, which resonates as much in modern society as it ever did in the past. Featuring all the classic characters, but with a twist. This is the story of the people before they were legends. It is a story not of epic heroes, but of humans. Flawed humans. Deeply flawed humans.

Actors should prepare a short comedic monologue, either classical or contemporary. Headshots and resumes are not required. Some physical activity, including light stage combat, will be necessary for this show. Please note that all roles may be filled by a performer of any gender/age/race.

Rehearsals will begin May 25th. Please bring all available scheduling conflict info to the audition.

For further information, please contact Chris Kowalski, director, at kowalski_christopher at yahoo.com.

CHARACTERS:
Robin Hood: (M – 20+) A legend in his own mind, about to find out what it means to be a legend for real. Also fancies himself a charmer and a criminal genius. Much better with a sword or bow than he is with a plan. Experience with sword fight choreography a plus.

Little John: (M – 20+)Robin Hood’s best friend. Soft-spoken and thoughtful. He tries to keep Robin grounded but is rarely successful. Must be big enough for the name to be ironic.

Maid Marion: (F – 20+) A mix between Machiavelli and Mary Poppins. Shrewd and calculating, but with hidden reserves of compassion. Experience with sword fight choreography a plus.

Will Scarlet: (F – able to play 17-20) Also known as Angelina, Marion’s younger and more criminally-inclined sister. “Will” is a powderkeg of chaos, irreverence, disorder, and all the other things her older sister hates.

Alan a Dale: (M – 20+) The narrator of the story. Also the resident minstrel and coward of the Merry Men. Any musical talent (i.e. singing, guitar, flute, etc.) is a plus.

Friar Tuck: (M – 30+) A holy hedonist. Tuck enjoys food, wine, fighting, and social justice. He is the conscience of the Sherwood outlaws.

Prince John: (M – 30+) Usurper, schemer, and jealous younger brother. Prince John took the throne after his brother Richard was kidnapped by pirates.

Sheriff: (M – 20+) Marion’s fiancee and the Prince’s right hand man. Just as egotistical as Robin, but without a conscience to slow him down. Experience with sword fight choreography a plus.

King Richard: (M – 30+) A small role, but a grand entrance. King Richard is the rightful ruler of England who has been kidnapped by pirates and is currently being held for ransom. His is noble, just, and blustery. This role may doubled with Guy.

Guy: (M – 20+) The Sheriff’s toadie. Guy is a sycophant, and if there were yearbooks back then, he probably would have been voted “Most Likely to Be Asked to Fetch Something.” This role may be doubled with King Richard.