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"Once Upon A Mattress"
Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Stage Direction by Ariana Wyatt and Cara Rawlings
Musical direction by Mathias Elmer
Performed in collaboration with the VT Philharmonic

Open auditions on Oct. 11 & 12 between 6 pm and 10 pm, Theatre 101 (200 College Ave, Virginia Tech)
Callbacks on Oct. 13, 6-10 pm

"Once Upon a Mattress" is a humorous musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea." The music is by Mary Rodgers with lyrics by Marshall Barer. Family friendly, and entertaining, the show highlights unusual heroes and unexpected twists and turns.

Performances: April 13-16 in the Ann and Ellen Fife Theatre at the Moss Arts Center.

Rehearsals will take place from January 17 - February 1 and February 20 - April 1.

Music and vocal coaching will be scheduled from 11-12:15 Tuesdays and Thursdays as needed.  Staging rehearsals will be held six days a week:  6-10PM Monday-Friday and afternoon rehearsals on Saturdays.

Technical rehearsals will be on stage at the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre at the Moss Arts Center April 3-12.

WHAT to prepare: For your audition, please prepare a 1 to 2 minute excerpt of a musical theater selection as well as a 1 to 2 minute monologue. Please make sure to bring a clean copy of your music in a binder for the pianist.

HOW do I sign up for an audition time? To sign up for an audition, please complete the online audition sign-up form here. After you submit your sign-up form, you will receive an email from assistant stage manager Kate Gonzales within 48 hours with confirmation of your specific audition appointment time. fter you submit your sign-up form, you will receive an email from assistant stage manager Kate Gonzales within 48 hours with confirmation of your specific audition appointment time.

Cast Size: 9-15 actors. We are seeking to cast a diverse ensemble of actors including actors of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, gender presentation/identities, and actors with disabilities.  All are highly encouraged to audition.

Characters:
● Prince Dauntless - The son of Queen Aggravain and King Sextimus, who is slightly childlike, but easily falls in love with the princess just as he has with the many that have come before.

● Princess Winnifred - The princess that comes from the swamp, who is brought to the castle by Sir Harry. She is also childlike and also much less refined than the rest of the castle's residents.

● Queen Aggravain - The wife of King Sextimus, who makes every princess take the extremely hard tests she creates. She is arrogant and full of herself and is in constant disagreement with the King despite his not being able to talk.

● King Sextimus - The (cursed) husband of Queen Aggravain. He communicates via hand gestures before he speaks at the end and allows for the prince and princess to be married.

● The Minstrel - The narrator of the musical, who helps the king and the jester many times, and all are very good friends. He is also very clever in his way of getting things, but is kind and smart with the way he does it.

● The Jester - A complicated character of sorts, the jester is great friends with the king and the minstrel, and translates for the king frequently.

● Sir Harry - The noble knight of the kingdom, who is in love with Lady Larken. He is the one who searches for the Princess Winnifred, after passing the mountains and the badlands. His true reason for bringing a princess to the kingdom was so that he and Lady Larken could be married, as well as all the rest of the kingdom.

● Lady Larken - The very kind and refined nobility, who wishes to be married with Sir Harry, and carries his child. She believes at first that Princess Winnifred was a chambermaid, and still voiced that she did afterwards. She attempts to escape the kingdom after breaking up with Sir Harry for a night, but returns to him and they fall in love again.

● Wizard - A very quiet person, who usually keeps to himself, although he is basically the Queen's minion, and puts her tests for the princesses in action. He does like the jester and minstrel though, and they bond over the jester's father and other things, and then proceeds to tell her and the minstrel of the test idea.

● Ensemble - The men and women of the kingdom, who wish to be married to each other throughout the play. They also highly encourage the prince to get married because they cannot be married until the prince marries a princess.

If you have question or want to know more in advance of auditioning, please do not hesitate to email Ariana (director) at ariana1@vt.edu or Cara (director) at carar@vt.edu.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding signing up for an audition, or this form, please reach out to assistant stage manager Kate Gonzales via email at kategonzo@vt.edu

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‘Loose Ends’ a stage play by Michael Weller

The 1970s was a period of progress, love and counterculture. However, while some found liberation, others found constraint.

Playwright Michael Weller’s Loose Ends, is a story of Paul, a Peace Corps dropout, and Susan, a young aspiring photographer, meeting on the beach in Bali and falling in love.

The two marry and settle down in Boston and all seems well for the happy couple until Paul’s dream of a suburban lifestyle clashes with Susan’s photography ambitions.

The story is an honest testament of modern relationships, gender roles and how they can contradict desires – Zack Johnston: Daily Titan

Misheck Mzumara, a second year MFA student in Theatre: Directing & Public Dialogue is seeking interested students and community members! 

Cast Size: 9 actors (5 men, 4 women)
Actors of all gender presentation/ identities, ethnicities, races, and ages are encouraged to audition. If you want to audition but for some reason cannot make it on the indicated date, email Misheck.

What do I need to prepare for my audition?
Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. The monologue does not have to be memorized. It can be a short poem or story.

AUDITIONS will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm and on Monday, September 26 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in Theatre 101 (Theatre 101,200 College Ave, Blacksburg, VA 24060) you will be seen on a first come, first served basis.

NOTE: Since the characters of Paul and Susan meet on the beach, the playwright asks for partial nudity from the actors playing the characters of Paul and Susan. Body parts that may be exposed include the arms, stomach, chest, and décolletage -- similar to the level of exposure of a swimsuit.  The playwright also calls for moments of intense physical contact between the characters of Paul and Susan.  Contact may include closed-mouth kissing and simulated pre-and post-coital physical contact.

All the moments of intimacy will be carefully and choreographed by Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC) Certified Intimacy Director and SOPA faculty member Cara Rawlings

Those that consent to play Paul or Susan (in the Google audition form or through the physical form that will be available on the audition days) should note that any prior consent will not be used as an assumed consent in the development of the piece. Consent and respect for the actors’ boundaries will be a foundational part of our daily practice and in the collaborative development, rehearsal, and performance of intimate scenes.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Misheck (misheck@vt.edu)
Fill in the audition form by using the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeISFtZ_aQhfyHjiUBR4VIz_C2E9JMf903_8fo9XuvSiLoa2Q/viewform