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Auditions for "The Pajama Game" December 9 & 10

Auditions for "The Pajama Game" December 9 & 10

Take a feisty female union leader, a macho factory superintendent and a frisky romance -- sprinkle in some pillow talk, pajamas and an immortal pop-hit-spawning score -- and you have The Pajama Game, Temple Civic Theatre's third show in the 2012-13 main series season.

Auditions will be Sunday, December 9 and Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m. at the theatre. Callbacks (if needed) will be Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Production dates are February 15-17 and 21-24, 2013.

Open auditions are for men and women who can read (appear onstage as) ages 18-60. Racial, ethnic and non-traditional casting will be considered. The director wants to see actors that will go the extra mile. Though the selection process does imply some competition, the process is made as pleasant as possible. Direction is given along the way and participants need not fear that they will in any way be embarrassed.

Prepare to sing 16 bars of a musical piece similar in style to the music of The Pajama Game. Please do NOT use songs from the show. Bring your own sheet music or CD instrumental accompaniment.

Prepare to dance a routine that will encompass various styles of the show choreography. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

Prepare a memorized 30-second monologue from a modern or contemporary play, either comedic or dramatic. This is not a requirement for auditions but it is highly encouraged for those looking for a featured role.

Roles include Sid Sorokin, the handsome, new factory superintendent who falls in love with Babe, despite their being on opposite sides of the labor dispute central to the plot. (Baritone/Tenor, Strong singing role with some movement/dancing.)

Babe Williams, a strong, confident woman, union mouthpiece and leader of the grievance committee, who in turn falls in love with Sid. (Mezzo/Belt, Strong singing role with some movement/dancing.)

Vernon Hines, the factory foreman and an obsessive compulsive time‐study man, who thinks his girlfriend Gladys flirts too much and, as a result, is always jealous. (Baritone, Sings well and moves well.)

Gladys Hotchkiss, attractive, quick‐witted, and flirtatious secretary, who dates Hines and is chased by Prez. (Mezzo, Sings well and dances well.)

Prez, the head of the union and a skirt chaser. (Tenor, Sings well and moves well.)

Ensemble – includes about 6 to 8 men and  6 to 8 women playing various singing/dancing/speaking parts (reads 18-60 years old, mix of vocal ranges and movement/dance levels to suit musical theater styles. Some doing lifts, leaps, and acrobatics and others just doing simple movement)

Guest Director for the show will be Jerry Morrison. He holds an MFA in Directing from Baylor University and has directed, performed in and/or produced over 100 productions. Mr. Morrison currently serves as Artistic Director for Ironfront Theatre, Helena, Montana’s “ultimate intimate contemporary theatre experience”.

In addition to being a founding member of the theatre in 2004, he has directed the Montana premiere productions of Seven Santas, Rounding Third, The Vampire Monologues, Soccer Moms, Columbinus, Greek Holiday and The History of the Devil.

Additional credits include the Los Angeles equity-waiver production of Earth and Sky; the Montana premiere of the Off-Broadway hit My First Time; The Dickens’ Christmas Carol Show at the Sheboygan Theatre Company in Wisconsin, Arsenic and Old Lace at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, and the (AriZoni award) nominated The Desperate Hours at Theater Works in Phoenix.

His most recent directing projects (2012) include the musical Clue, the psychological thriller The Haunting of Hill House at The Shawnee Summer Theatre company in Indianapolis and The Dixie Swim Club at The Barn Theatre in Minneapolis.

He also served as Artistic Director for MentorWorks Theatre of South Pasadena, CA whose mission was to pair adult theatre professionals with aspiring high school students to learn the craft of theatre production. At MentorWorks he directed their inaugural production of What I Did Last Summer. Prior to that, Morrison worked in and around the LA region, directing a variety of plays including Golden Boy, The Snowball, Kid Purple, Domino Courts, Broadway and the West Coast premiere of a revision of The Wisdom of Eve. While in Texas, he co-founded Texas Actors Theatre directing Lone Star, Lonely Planet, The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, The Voice of the Prairie and God’s Country.

Other production staff members include Wayne Bachus, musical director; Jana Connolly, choreographer; Dustin Ozment, technical director; and Jacob Duncan, stage manager.

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