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    The Colonial Players

    The Colonial Players announces auditions for the upcoming production of

    NINE
    Book by Arthur Kopit, Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
    Adaptation from the Italian by Mario Fratti
    Directed and Choreographed by Ron Giddings
    Music Direction by Andrew Gordon
    Produced by Judi Wobensmith
    Performance Dates: March 31 – April 30, 2017

    TIME AND PLACE
    Saturday, January 7, 2017, 3 p.m., sign-in starting at 2:30 p.m. (Men and boys)<span class=”text_exposed_show”>
    Sunday, January 8, 2017, 3 p.m., sign-in starting at 2:30 p.m. (Women)
    Monday, January 9, 2017, 7 p.m., sign-in starting at 6:30 p.m. (Women)
    The Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis, MD 21401

    Auditioners will be seen in hour-long sessions. To request an audition slot, please email Judi Wobensmith at nine@thecolonialplayers.or<wbr />g.

    CALLBACKS
    Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7 p.m.
    The Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis, MD 21401
    Individual actors will be notified following auditions if needed.

    SIGNIFICANT DATES
    Performances: March 31 – April 30, 2017
    8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
    2 p.m. on Sundays (no performance on Easter Sunday)
    7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017 (Sunday evening performance)
    First Read-Through: TBD
    Rehearsals: Determined based on cast availability
    Publicity Photo Shoot: Sunday, January 29, 2017 (tentative)
    Tech-In: Can start Monday, March 13, 2017
    Invited Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8 p.m.
    Archive Photo Shoot: Sunday, April 2, 2017 following the matinee performance

    AUDITION INFORMATION
    – To streamline the registration process, we recommend you download an Audition Form from the website and bring two completed copies with you, along with a resume and a headshot (or if you don’t have a headshot, an informal snapshot of yourself). The audition form is available on the Downloads page of our website under Forms.
    – Auditioners will be seen in hour-long sessions. To request an audition slot, please email nine@thecolonialplayers.or<wbr />g. If you do not sign up for an audition slot, you will be accommodated as time permits. We appreciate and respect your time, however, some down time is unavoidable.
    – Auditioners should prepare a 3-minute cut of a song that tells a story (may not be from Nine). Much of Nine’s story is told through song. Please choose a song that shows off your acting, as well as your singing, ability. Style is not as important as your ability to bring the audience in and shape your song from beginning to end. An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music in the key you will be singing. A capella auditions and pre-recorded accompaniment are not permitted.
    – In addition, auditioners will be asked to sing a short selection from Nine in harmony, in small groups. This selection will be taught at auditions.
    – Actors needed for Callbacks will be notified following regular auditions. If asked to return for Callbacks, auditioners will be given sheet music from the show to prepare, will be asked to do cold readings from the script, and may be asked to learn a dance sequence.
    – Perusal scripts are available by emailing nine@thecolonialplayers.or<wbr />g.
    – Auditioners are asked to provide a schedule of conflicts from January 11, 2017 through March 29, 2017.

    SHOW SYNOPSIS
    Winner of a combined seven Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Musical Revival, Nine is one of those rare, sophisticated musicals that requires subtlety, nuance, and real emotion-driven performances from its cast. Filmmaker Guido Contini is an exceptional tragic hero at the center of a whirlpool of wine, women, and song. His fame guides his ego, but the pressure from the world’s desire for more, more, more from him leads to his ultimate undoing. While Guido’s descent is at the center of the musical, the conceit that his daydreaming turns ordinary scenes into splashy production numbers provides great fun and excitement for all.

    CHARACTERS

    MALES:
    Guido, 39 (tenor, G#2-G4) – A fading playboy struggling to keep his career and life afloat amidst mounting pressures from everyone in his life. He is quick to daydream, and experiences a serious existential crisis over the course of the show. An actor who commands attention when on stage and can be lovable, despite saying and doing some horrible things, is a must. The charisma, sophistication, and boyishness of an Italian man all in one. Guido has a major arc, reliving the journey from childhood to this moment in his life. The audience (and Guido) wants to know, “how did it come to this?”

    Young Guido, 9 (boy soprano, A3-F5) – Guido as a nine-year-old boy…ornery and engaging, with an eternal twinkle in his eye. This role is significantly large for a young actor, but special effort will be made as far as call times and rehearsal expectations. Parental permission will be required for this young actor, to include a signed release, as there are some adult themes in the musical.

    FEMALES:
    The Wife – Luisa, mid-late 30s (Eb3-E5) – Luisa and Guido have been together for their entire adult lives. She loved the man he was, but is unsure about whether she still fits alongside the man he has become. She is fed up with his philandering and is at a real crossroads when the musical begins.

    The Mistress – Carla, 20s-30s (A3-C6 – strong belt up to D5) – Carla is the picture of an overblown Italian woman; she has the big hair, the gaudy jewelry, the highest heels she can stand; everything is done to attract attention, in an almost desperate way. Her character arc is massive throughout the show, from flirtatious to clinging to devastated. An actress with great emotional and vocal range is required, one willing to immerse herself completely in a role.

    The Muse – Claudia, 30s (B3-F#5) – Claudia has been in several of Guido’s films. She has him to thank for her career, but she has moved on, despite feeling an attachment, bordering on obligation, to Guido for helping her become an international superstar.

    The Mother – Mrs. Contini, 30s (C4-A5) – Only appearing in flashbacks, the deeply-religious Mrs. Contini loves her son intensely and tries to protect him from all of the world’s harms, even from the grave.

    The Producer – Liliane, 60+ (G#3-C5) – French Producer of Guido’s next film. An ex-Follies girl, she can work a crowd like the best of them. A grand dame of the theatre in every way. French accent and strong dance ability required.

    The Press – Stephanie, 20+ (A3-C#5 – strong belt) – An American reporter out to dish Guido’s struggles. Think the embodiment of Vogue magazine in 1960. She is confident, aggressive, career-driven, and not a fan of Guido.

    The Whore – Sarraghina, 40+ (F3-D5 – strong belt) – Sarraghina is the woman who helped Guido have his first sexual experience. She lives in a shack on the beach and is fiercely protective of him in an almost menacing way.

    The Cover – Our Lady of the Spa, 20+ (G4-E5) – Our Lady of the Spa is a near-mythical figure who narrates much of the story, as well as running an upscale spa in Venice. She is elegant and domineering, a great role for a character actress.

    The Heat – Lina, 20+ (no solo singing) – Lina is Liliane’s muscle. She packs a pistol and threatens Guido when he cannot produce more than a passing explanation of his next film.

    Ensemble – An ensemble of 7 triple-threat women to play reporters, spa guests, ex-lovers, nuns, Follies girls, whores, and various characters throughout.

    DIRECTOR’S NOTE
    Actors may be asked to speak in various accents: Italian, French, British, and German. Ages listed are character ranges, not actual age. All roles have solo speaking and/or singing lines, and all have lots of opportunities to shine.

    The Colonial Players, Inc. is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer community theater with an open casting policy. All auditions are open to the public and no roles are pre-cast. All roles are non-paying. Auditions are held in our Annex at 2132 Renard Court (off General’s Highway near the Annapolis Mall) unless otherwise noted. All performances are held at 108 East Street, just off State Circle, in historic Annapolis. We welcome actors and other volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels. For more information on The Colonial Players, now in its 68th season, visit us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/<wbr />thecolonialplayers) or explore our website,http://www.thecolonialplayers.org<wbr />.</span>

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