Mainstage Auditions

For the final shows of Bas Bleu’s 2017/2018 season, WAITING FOR THE PARADE, DIRTEQUUS, and  Special Event: TINY TIM’S CHRISTMAS, there will be auditions October 14 @ 10:00am to 2:00pm. Call backs are October 15 @ 10:00am to 4:00pm.

To make an audition reservation, call (970) 498-8949 or email boxoffice@basbleu.org to reserve a 5-minute audition time slot.

When:

Sunday, October 14, 2017– 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (sign up for 5 minute slot)

Callbacks: October 15, 2017 –10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What to Prepare:

A brief monologue is encouraged, but not mandatory. Cold readings are available.

Scripts will be available at the box office for a 48 hour check out.

What to bring:

When auditioning for Bas Bleu, bring a resumé if available (and photo for actors). During your audition, please be prepared to let us know about any schedule conflicts you may have.

Where:

Auditions are held at Bas Bleu Theatre Company, at 401 Pine Street in Old Town. If you are unable to attend the auditions, please contact Bas Bleu to make special arrangements.

AUDITIONS ARE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017

WAITING FOR THE PARADE

by John Murrell directed by Ami Dayan – Run Dates:  2/1/18-3/4/18

DESCRIPTION

This warm, wise and winning drama by a leading Canadian playwright from the point of view five women left behind to wait and to work for their men during WW II. The tragedy of war is there, but also, a lot of humor and comradeship as five women of Calgary kept the home fires burning in spite of doubts, loneliness and pain. Each woman responds very differently to civilian life. It is a portrait of Canadian society in the 1940’s. Produced at New York’s Hudson Guild Theatre, it shows the walking wounded are not always at the front.

ROLES

JANET – late 30’s – Her husband avoids active service by working for CBC radio. Janet likes to be in charge and right.

CATHERINE –  early 30’s – Her husband rushed to be employed overseas. She misses is also upset with him. She works in a canteen outside of her duties at the community hall.

MARGARET –  50’s – She has one son overseas and one son who is jailed for joining the communist party. She fears she will never see them again.

EVE – 30’s – She is a young school teacher who tries to discourage her students from enlisting. She is married to an older man who regrets being too old to serve in the war.

MARTA – 30’s – She is a German immigrant who has lived in Canada since she was nine years old. Her father has been arrested as a spy.

 

DIRT, A TERRA NOVA EXPEDITION

by Laura Pritchett directed by Lowrey Moyer – Run Dates:  4/5/2018- 5/6/2018

DESCRIPTION

An original play, to premiere at Bas Bleu—which is where it takes place, in an underground bunker below the theatre in a futuristic world which serves as a holding spot for a few to survive until the ruined soil above has healed. The play opens with a young girl, Estella, pregnant and alone, collecting dirt samples and checking on the roots that dangle in, which will signal life above. She’s recently lost her love, Leopold, who went up in order to sacrifice himself to preserve resources for others—just as the explorer Robert Scott did in the famous Tierra Nova Expedition of Antarctica in 1910. As she waits for the roots to regenerate, for microbes and nematodes and worms to reappear, she teaches herself the history, science, and mythology of dirt. She is running out of time: her baby has turned, the bunker walls are collapsing, her lab-grown food is low, and she is losing her sanity. When she re-emerges above earth in Act II—into Tierra Nova—she finds herself in the old theatre, and what she discovers is stunning.

ROLES

ESTELLA – a young (20-30) pregnant woman, trying to remain sane in an underground bunker

WES – an older man, her father, a scientist who becomes the teacher for everyone surviving in the bunker. He also serves as the Wise Farmer (of 3 eras) and Wise Diplomat.

MICHELLE – Estella’s best friend, who also briefly reenacts George Washington, Plato, Corporate Farmer, Bad Diplomat, and Eva.

LEOPOLD– Estella’s dead boyfriend and father of her child, who also briefly reenacts Thomas Jefferson and Historian.

THREE TO FOUR INTERPRETIVE DANCERS WILL PLAY THESE ROLES:

TRIBE OF NEMATODES – Steampunk-dressed creatures of the underworld

MYTH PEOPLE – One Lakota, one Sumerian, one Greek

DIRT PEOPLE: Loin-clothed creatures of the dirt itself, who will become dirt live-time, e.g., smearing on chocolate.  This play explores the relationship of humankind and nature by expressing new views of the world centered around natural and organic settings.

 

EQUUS

by Peter Shaffer directed by Robert E. Braddy – Run Dates:  5/31/2018 – 7/1/2018

DESCRIPTION

Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist in a public hospital has agreed to take on the case of Alan Strang, a young man who was recently arrested for putting out the eyes of several horses.  Eventually, after hours of hard work, Dysart is able to penetrate the defenses of Alan and begin to understand the roots of his sickness.  Unfortunately, as he comes to understand Alan’s problems, he begins to understand his own illness.

ROLES

MARTN DYSART -See above.  (NB:  This role is not open)

ALAN STRANG – Alan is a very intelligent boy who, as a result of family discord, has retreated into himself.   He had descended well beyond the borders of conventional norms.  Dysart, through major efforts, is able to bring Alan back to acceptable wellness.

FRANK STRANG – Alan’s father. A printer by trade, but of solid working class morality and is  a trade unionist.  He rejects the artifacts of the bourgeois life.  He is a committed atheist.  Frank Strong has a short and violent temper.

DORA STRANG – Alan’s mother.  She is from an economic class above Frank.  She is a strongly committed Catholic and is certain of the tenets and dogma of the Church. Both Frank and Dora have worked hard to instill their beliefs and attitudes in Alan.

HESTHER SALOMON – A regional magistrate and friend of Martin’s.  She is convinced that Martin is the only person who can help Alan.  She assigns Alan’s case to Martin.

HORSEMAN – A self-confident man in his early thirties. He is a class or two above the Strangs and therefore the object of Frank’s dislike. He is a good horseman, able to control his mount with ease. Alan is fascinated by him and his horse.

JILL MASON – A young vibrant girl.  She is attractive in a sensual way.  Her experience with the opposite sex is limited, but she is attracted to boys.  She seduces Alan.

HARRY DALTON – Owner of the stable.  He is a good man but a strict taskmaster.  He has employed Alan as his stable mucker.

NURSE– Dysart’s assistant.  She is efficient and able to handle most situations.  She looks after Alan.

THE HORSES –  (three or five): The horses must be seen as elegant animals as they move about the stage. They will play a number of roles throughout the play. Because the actors are to be on the stage from the first moment to the last, the horses will be changing in and out of the horse masks and other costumes. The actors playing the horses must be athletic and able to perform near dance movements. The horses are critical to the play since their movements and sounds set a mood quickly and precisely.

TINY TIM’s CHRISTMAS CAROL

by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig directed by Wesley Longacre Dates run: 12/21/17 – 12/31/17  TWO WEEKENDS ONLY

DESCRIPTION:

Tiny Tim hatches a plan to get his father home for Christmas day. With the help of some kindly sellers at the market and his friend Charlotte, Tiny Tim stages a spectacle filled with ghosts and Christmas cheer to convince Scrooge to give his father the day off. It all seems to be going according to plan until a little bit of real Christmas magic catches everyone by surprise.

ROLES

TINY TIM: 15 years old, earnest, kind; has survived disease and loves telling stories and not afraid of a good, friendly practical joke

CHARLOTTE: 15 years old, innocent, lively, best friend of Tim; helps teach Scrooge a lesson
SCROOGE: our favorite holiday miser, stubborn  and curmudgeonly, he finally learns to appreciate the meaning of Christmas
PUPPET SELLER: she is a little mysterious, well versed in puppetry, loves to create fantasy and illusion
PIE SELLER: warm, kind and thinks he is the best baker around; never afraid to sample his own baked goods
BOOK SELLER: intelligent, reads books everyday, adores creating and telling a great story for others to enjoy

 

NORTH POLE RADIO SHOW ( after Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol)

by Austin Doty directed by Austin Doty Dates run: 12/21/17 – 12/31/17  TWO WEEKENDS ONLY 

DESCRIPTION:

Come and experience an old fashion live radio show that will warm your heart this holiday season.This North Pole Radio program is hosted by a father-daughter duo, Holly and Patrick. They will share silly stories, touching moments, and an interview with Mrs. Claus! Don’t miss this family friendly original story at the Bas Bleu Theatre following Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol.

ROLES

PATRICK: (45ish-50ish)

Middle-aged, top mechanic for Santa’s sleigh. Likes dad jokes, bad puns, and has a ton of positive energy. At night, he hosts the evening slot of North Pole Radio as a hobby. His favorite thing is being a dad to his daughter Holly. They have a great, supportive relationship.
HOLLY: (17-18)
Soon-to-be college freshman. Has a fascination for all things science, but takes time to nurture her creativity. She knows her dad is embarrassing, but she doesn’t really care. Bright, kind, and precocious.
MRS CLAUS: (Older than Patrick)
She is timeless, highly educated, and chic. A Meryl Streep type. She triple-majored in International Affairs, Fashion Design, and Geology. She’s probably a doctor. She is sugar, spice, and everything nice.

Bas Bleu is also seeking Technical Personnel:

Designers: Sets, Costumes, Lights, Props, Sound, and Make-up/Hair

Crew: Asst. Director, Stage Manager, Sound Operators, Stagehand, House Manager; volunteer positions include set construction, light hang, docents, etc.

Upon committing to a production, you will meet with the Production Manager to complete a Personal Services Agreement detailing your responsibilities

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