Upcoming Auditions & Workshops


KISS ME KATE

Auditions for Tarpon Art’s summer musical,the Cole Porter classic Kiss Me Kate, will be Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane.   Inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, it tells the tale of musical theater actors, Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, who were once married and are now performing opposite each other in the roles of Petruchio and Katherine in a Broadway-bound musical version of William Shakespeare’s play.  Already on poor terms, the pair begin an all-out emotional war mid-performance that threatens the production’s success. The only thing keeping the show together are threats from a pair of gangsters, who have come to collect a gambling debt from the show’s Lucentio, Bill Calhoun. In classic musical comedy fashion, slapstick madness ensues before everything is resolved.  The show is famous for such songs as “Another Op’nin, Another Show”, “Why Can’t You Behave”, and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”   The original show won numerous Tony Awards including Best Original Musical, Best Author, Best Original Score, and Best Costume Design.  The various revivals won numerous Tony’s for both its performers and its technical staff.  Principal roles are open to various ages and vocal ranges. Performers wishing to be considered for solo singing roles should prepare at least sixteen bars of a song in a classic Broadway style, and should bring either sheet music for the accompanist or a CD of an accompaniment track.  A CD player will be provided.  No a capella singing please.  Readings will be from the script.  Performance dates are: July 14-16, 21-23, 2017.

For questions please contact director Jamie Bierchen at jamiebierchen@gmail.com.


THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

Director Dee O’Brien is looking for a Gremio to round out what is already an incredible cast in the Tarpon Arts performance of The Taming of the Shrew.  If you are an experienced character actor (40+), the comic role of Gremio might be for you.  Performance dates are August 18-20 & 25-27, 2017.  Anyone interested should contact her at djaob68@aol.com.


Youth Musical Theater Experience – Disney’s The Little Mermaid Junior!

 

Dream of acting on stage, but have never tried? Had some experience, but want to do more? Are you between 8 and 16 years of age? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the Youth Musical Theater Experience is for YOU this summer!

Seasoned Theater Director Jaime Bierchen and multi-talented Musical Director Constantine Grame will be your coaches for 10 weeks every Thursday evening (6:30-8:00 p.m.) and Saturday morning (9:00-10:30 a.m.) teaching acting skills, voice enhancement and projection, theater terminology, poise and confidence on stage in front of your peers and audience and more! This is all accomplished during the 10 week rehearsal period that culminates in your terrific appearance in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Junior at the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane in Tarpon Springs on two Saturdays, July 15 and July 22 at 2:00 p.m. – pretty exciting, right?

Now the how, when and where:

  • The cost per youth actor: $75
  • Multiple youth actors in the same family: $50 per 2nd and any additional family members
  • All participants will audition for roles and be cast by Jaime Bierchen and Constantine Grame
  • Payment for the Youth Musical Theater Experience (10 week program) should be paid before the May 18 audition meeting by visiting the Tarpon Arts Box Office at the Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue (Alt. 19); or by calling 727.942.5605; the Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ready, set, go:

The first meeting (mandatory) and auditions for Disney’s The Little Mermaid Junior is Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane.

Parents note: this is a shortened version of the full musical production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  All roles are open to young performers between 8 and 16 years of age. Limited number of roles available – sign up now!

A few scholarships are available.

For more information, please email Jamie Bierchen at jamiebierchen@gmail.com.


ONE ACT PLAYS FESTIVAL

This is an open audition call for actors to be cast in various roles in Tarpon Springs annual One Act Plays Festival. There will be 10 short, one-act plays performed, requiring 25 – 30 actors of all ages, genders, ethnicities and experience. Everyone is invited to audition, experienced actors as well as those who have little or no stage experience, including anyone who has always wanted to perform but never have had the opportunity to get started.


Auditions will be held at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs. Auditions begin at 7:00 PM, Apr. 23rd & 24th, with the introduction of the plays and the directors. You are encouraged to arrive early to fill out an audition form. Please bring any resume or description of your performing experience with you. Headshots are not necessary, as we will take pictures of all auditionees.


Performance dates are June 8th – 11th at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Thursday – Saturday curtain time is at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 2:00 PM. Actors must be available for all performances.


Please come and join us. In the past this production has been great fun for all who participate. Any questions should be directed to the Producer, Rick Kastel at email: 2017oapf@gmail.com.

 


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