Bas Bleu Theatre holds auditions for it’s main stage season each spring for the following season April 22 and April 23, 2017. To make an audition reservation, call (970) 498-8949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a 5-minute audition time slot. Click here or read below about the plays and roles.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (sign up for 5 minute slot)
Callbacks: April 24 – April 26, 6-10 p.m. as called
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.
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.
Bas Bleu Theatre 2017–2018
1) Elephant’s Graveyard – by George Brant
directed by Garrett Ayers – Run Dates: 9/07/17 – 10/8/17
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.
ROLES 13 – gender and ethnicity flexible, except where noted
RINGMASTER – obsessed with the bottom line
TRAINER – 20’s-40’s male, loves his work
BALLET GIRL – 20’s-40’s female, a showgirl in control
TOUR MANAGER – 40’s-50’s male/female, bit of a bully
STRONGMAN – 20’s-40’s male, a proud muscleman from Europe’s far-off shores
CLOWN – 20’s-40’s male/female, a comedian with an inferiority complex (juggling a plus)
DRUMMER – open age range, keeps the beat (interest in both music & creating sound/foley a plus)
HUNGRY TOWNSPERSON – 20’s-70’s, African-American male/female, a steel-trap memory
MARSHAL – 30’s-60’s male/female, keeps the peace
MUDDY TOWNSPERSON – 20’s-50’s female, a haunted widow
PREACHER – 20’s-50’s male, doggedly hopeful
STEAM SHOVEL OPERATOR – 20’s-40’s male/female, looking for escape
YOUNG TOWNSPERSON – teen-30’s male/female, excitable dreamer
GUITARIST/HARMONICA PLAYER – open age range, sets the rhythm (interest in both music and creating sound/foley + familiarity with Piedmont Blues-style a plus)
ENGINEER – 30’s-60’s male, confident Time is on his side
2) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – by Christoper Durang
directed by Graham Lier – Run Dates: 11/16/17-12/23/17
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live quiet, melancholic lives in their deceased parents’ farmhouse. But when they receive a surprise visit from their sister Masha, a famous actress, and her new boy-toy Spike, the household is turned upside-down in a sudden surge of costume parties, absurd prophecies, and threats of selling the family home. Masterfully blending Chekhovian themes with his own outrageous brand of humor, playwright Christopher Durang creates a comedy that not only serves nonstop laughs, but also makes us wistfully aware of our culture and how it has evolved, for the better, but also for the worse. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play..
VANYA- 50’s – gay, resigned to his life, more or less, at least compared to Sonia
SONIA – 50’s – Vanya’s adopted sister. Discontent, upset, regretful.-
MASHA– 50’s – Vanya’s sister. Glamorous and successful actress who goes gallivanting around the world.
SPIKE – mid to late 20’s – Masha’s new companion. An aspiring actor, sexy, self-absorbed.
NINA– early 20’s – visiting her aunt and uncle next door to Vanya and Sonia. Lovely, sincere would-be actress. Starstruck and energetic.
CASSANDRA – any age – Vanya and Sonia’s cleaning lady. Soothsayer.
Audition to be held in the fall of 2017
3) Waiting for the Parade – by John Murrell
co-directed by Ami Dayan – Run Dates: 2/1/18-3/4/18
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.
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.
4) Dirt, A Terra Nova Expedition – by Laura Pritchett
directed by Lowrey Moyer – Run Dates: 4/7/2018- 5/6/2018
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.
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.
5) Equus – by Peter Shaffer
directed by Robert E. Braddy – Run Dates: 5/24/2018 – 6/24/2018
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.
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.
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