Antioch, IL - Auditions for Chess, the musical, will be held at PM&L Theatre (877 Main Street, Antioch, IL) on Monday, September 9th, and Tuesday, September 10th, starting at 7:00 pm. Callbacks will be on Wednesday, September 11th. Please arrive a few minutes early to fill out an audition form.
The director, Lorrie Ferguson (recent directing credits include Man of La Mancha and The Game's Afoot), is looking to cast a minimum of 19 – 20 cast members.
Principal Characters (ages are stage ages):
Florence – Strong belt voice (to E). Mid 30's.
Freddie – Rock tenor (to C). Mid 30's.
Anatoly – Baritone (to G -sharp). Early 40's.
Molokov – Bass (down to F-sharp). 50's.
Svetlana – Strong belt voice. Late 30's.
Walter – Bass-baritone (down to G-sharp). 50's.
Arbiter – Rock high baritone (up to A). 30 - early 40's.
Ensemble: Minimum 12 singers and dancers. Many will be multi-cast in various roles: Dancers, street people, press, waiters, patrons, conference vendors, etc.
Director is looking specifically for 4 strong dancers. Please indicate on audition form if you would like to be considered for a dancing role. Dancers will be seen at the callbacks on Wednesday.
Auditioners should prepare and memorize a 16 bar vocal selection in the style of the musical. Songs from the show are encouraged. There will also be cold-readings from the script.
The collaborators on Chess are giants of rock music and rock musicals. The music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) of Mamma Mia fame, lyrics/concept by Tim Rice (Evita, Aladdin, The Lion King), and book by Richard Nelson. In Chess, the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics, and international intrigues. A love triangle forms: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American, but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of amonumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok”, “Heaven Help My Heart", and "I Know Him So Well."
Chess opens on Friday, November 8th, and will run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until Sunday, November 24th. Actors should be available for four nights of rehearsal a week.
PM&L is a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization located in historical downtown Antioch, IL. We are proud of our open auditions policy. Please call 847-395-3055 or visit us online at www.pmltheatre.com for ticket purchasing, show announcements, news, and more about our season. We are also on facebook and twitter.
|| Rebecca Zellar