Auditions2018-09-20T14:12:59+00:00

MVT AUDITIONS AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

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AVENUE Q
A musical comedy
by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty

Performance Run Commitment: January 10 – February 24, 2019

When:

Monday, September 24, 7pm
Tuesday, September 25, 7pm

Where:   Manoa Valley Theatre

Guest Director/Choreographer
Ahnya Chang

Guest Musical Director
Jenny Shiroma

Puppetry Specialist
CoCo Wiel


About the show

Part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, this laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad who, with new human and puppet neighborhood friends on New York City’’s Avenue Q, struggles to find jobs, dates, and the ever-elusive Purpose in Life. Addressing a wide range of humorous adult issues, and filled with gut-busting humor, not to mention puppets, the show is similar to a beloved children’s television show and offers a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned. Winner of the 2004 Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Auditions

Avenue Q has roles for four females, five males, and at least four additional actors of any gender. All roles are available.  Reading the play in advance is strongly recommended.

Despite featuring puppets, Avenue Q is R-rated, featuring adult topics, adult language, and an onstage portrayal of puppet sex.  Minimum age to audition is 18 years old. All actors and puppeteers must sing and move well.  Previous puppetry experience is not required.

Please prepare a song (uptempo or ballad) from the traditional or contemporary Broadway repertoire. Bring sheet music in your own key. An accompanist will be provided. No transposition onsite, and no a cappella singing, karaoke, and recordings will be allowed.  For dance, a short combination from the show will be taught. Please bring covered shoes to dance in, and clothes that allow movement.  For puppetry, please bring a puppet (simple sock puppets are perfectly acceptable) and prepare a joke (no longer than one minute in length) for your puppet to tell. No ventriloquism is required. All audition requirements need to be met, even by those only interested in human roles.

NOTE:  MVT will be holding a puppetry workshop to afford “hands-on” puppetry experience prior to holding of auditions.  Please see details at end of this message.

Roles in the show (all roles are available):
Princeton – A fresh-faced kid just out of college, pursuing a career and looking for his purpose in life.
Puppet.
Male, 18-40
Vocal range: Bb2 to G4
Kate Monster – A Kindergarten teaching assistant in her mid-late 20’s. Kind, considerate, and feisty.
Puppet.
Female, 18-40
Vocal range: F#3 to F5
Nicky – A slacker who lives with Rod. A good guy, who means well.
Puppet.
Male, 20-45
Vocal range: B2 to B4
Rod –- A conservative, uptight investment banker struggling with his closeted homosexuality.
Puppet.
Male, 20-45
Vocal range: A2 to G4

Brian – A laid-back guy engaged to Christmas Eve. Dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. Currently unemployed.
Male, Caucasian, 30 to 45
Vocal range: B2 to F#4

Christmas Eve – A therapist who recently moved to Avenue Q from Japan. Intelligent and bossy.
Female, Asian, 30 to 45
Vocal range: B3 to F#5

Gary ColemanFormer child actor. Superintendent of the apartment buildings.
Female, African-American, 25-45
Vocal range: D3 to Bb5

Trekkie Monster – A reclusive creature obsessed with the Internet and all it has to offer. Sometimes abrupt and rude, but sincere.
Puppet.
Male, 20-60
Vocal range: Bb2 to Eb4

Lucy the SlutA vamp with a dangerous edge and a sultry, powerful belt.
Puppet.
Female, 20-50
Vocal range: F3 to F5

The Bad Idea Bears, Mrs. T, Additional Puppeteers
Gender/Age non-specific.

Production Schedule

Rehearsals: November 13, 2018 – January 9, 2019
Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30pm
Saturdays from 2:00 to 5:30pmThere will be no rehearsal on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day.CASTING DECISIONS WILL BE BASED HEAVILY ON REHEARSAL AVAILABILITY.
Performance run commitment: January 10 – February 24 (maximum 34 performances)
curtain times: Wed, Thur – 7:30pm, Fri & Sat – 8:00pm, Sun – 4pm
call time: 90 minutes prior to performances (or as otherwise set)

Performances will be held at Manoa Valley Theatre. Rehearsals will be held at `Iolani School, 563 Kamoku Street, and other locations as necessary.  The rehearsal schedule will be Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary. Cast members will uniformly receive an honorarium to help defray the out-of-pocket expenses associated with volunteerism and participation in this production. This honorarium is not an offer of employment.

Please note: participating in a Manoa Valley Theatre production is a serious commitment and rehearsal attendance is very important. As determined by the director, specific rehearsal schedules have some flexibility.


About The Directors

Ahnya Chang (Guest Director/Choreographer) has enjoyed almost 30 years and over 50 productions in local theatre, working in costume shops, scene shops, backstage, and onstage. Her previous directing assignments include Calendar Girls, Camelot, and To Kill a Mockingbird, all at Diamond Head Theatre, and many years with the Hawaii Society of Professional Journalists’ Gridiron Show.  She also has extensive performance and dance credits.  Her previous work at MVT includes performing in Working, A Little Night Music and Cabaret, and choreography for Urinetown: The Musical. She received her training at Punahou Dance School and continued in Pittsburgh, New York, and New Delhi.  She is the recipient of four HSTC Po’okela Awards for Acting, Directing, and Choreography, and is currently on the faculty at Punahou Dance School.

Jenny Shiroma (Guest Musical Director) studied piano with Julie Jordan at Juilliard. She holds a degree in music education from the University of Hawaii. She has been the pianist as well as musical director for many productions in Hawaii as well as NYC including Renewal and Sex on Trial, which were both performed in the Times Square Arts Center.  Her recent MVT production work includes The Full Monty and The Princess and the Iso Peanut.  She received a Po’okela Award for her musical direction of Fun Home.

CoCo Wiel (Puppetry Specialist) has lived on Oahu since infancy. Her passion for theatre and performing began at a young age, which subsequently led her to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.  After returning to Hawaii, earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UH.  She has teaching experience in California and Hawaii including 13 years at Mid-Pacific Institute where she teaches performance.  CoCo earned a masters degree in theatre for young audiences with a specialty in puppetry. She was the director and puppet creator/designer for East of the Sun West of the Moon at Hawaii Theatre Center.

Script Perusal

Scripts are available for perusal on premises at the Manoa Valley Theatre business office, 2833 East Manoa Road, between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays.


Puppetry Workshop


A puppetry workshop will be held at Manoa Valley Theatre on Saturday, September 22 at 2 pm, and repeated on Sunday, September 23, at 7 pm.  ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, BUT IS NOT REQUIRED TO AUDITION FOR THE SHOW. Cost: $20 per person.  More details will follow shortly in a separate email.


More Information
For more information, please contact MVT at 988-6131 or businessoffice@manoavalleytheatre.com.

Allegiance

by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione


Performance Run Commitment: March 28 – April 7, 2019

Performance venue:  Hawaii Theatre

 

WhenCASTING IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
Guest Director
Paul Mitri
Guest Musical Director
Kip Wilborn

Guest Choreographer
Christine Yasunaga

About the show

One family’s extraordinary experience suffering the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II creates familial turmoil in a troubling time of a nation at war.  Young Sam Kimura enlists in the army to prove his family’s loyalty, while his sister, Kei, joins the draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people.  Their divisiveness threatens to tear them apart forever. But as long-lost memories are relived and a new perspective is gained, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and experience the redemptive power of love.

The story was inspired by the true-life experiences of George Takei (Ensign Sulu in the original ‘Star Trek’ television show) who was interned in a detainment camp at the age of 5 with his family.

Allegiance was presented on Broadway in the 2015-16 Season.  It enjoyed a limited run revival in Los Angeles in 2018.


Auditions

Allegiance is a musical drama which is performed by a cast of 9 men and 6 women.  Some performers play multiple roles.

The following roles have the following vocal ranges.

Kei: high belt with ability to switch easily to head voice.
Young Sammy and Frankie: tenor with easy top to A4.
Tatsuo: strong baritone.
Hannah: Soprano
Band Singer: easy F4
Ojii Chan- to C4

This production by Manoa Valley Theatre will be a professional, non-union show.

The following roles are in the show.  CASTING IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY.

SAM KIMURA – Asian male, elderly, a WWII hero.  Also plays OJII-CHAN, his grandfather.

KEI KIMURA – Asian female, 20s-30s, Sam’s sister

SAMMY KIMURA – Asian male, 20s-30s, the young memory of Sam

TATSUO KIMURA – Asian male, 50s, a farmer, father to Sammy and Kei, son of Ojii-San

MIKE MASAOKA – Asian male, 30s-40s, National Secretary of the Japanese American Citizens League

FRANKIE SUZUKI – Asian male, 20s-30s, an activist

HANNAH CAMPBELL – Caucasian female, 20s-30s, an Army nurse

ASIAN MALE – DR. HIDEO TANAKA, an Issei doctor; BEN MASAOKA, brother of MIKE; JOHNNY GOTO

ASIAN FEMALE MRS. NATSUMI TANAKA, a picture-bride wife

ASIAN MALEMR. MASATO MARUYAMA, an Issei farmer

ASIAN FEMALE – MRS. KAORI MARUYAMA, his picture-bride wife; SANSEI WOMAN

ASIAN MALE – TOM MARUYAMA, their college-age son

ASIAN FEMALE – PEGGY MARUYAMA, their college-age daughter

ASIAN FEMALE – NAN GOTO, his Nisei wife

CAUCASIAN MALE – PRIVATE EVANS; Recruiting Officer; MP

Additional doubling will be assigned after casting.

Production Schedule

Rehearsals:  January 28 – March 27, 2019

Performance run commitment: March 28 – April 7, 2019

Up to 14 performances will be held over the 11 day run, including up to 4 double-performance days
Evening curtains are at 7pm; Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2pm.
All performances will be held at Hawaii Theatre.

Rehearsals will be held at `Iolani School, 563 Kamoku Street, and other spaces as required. The rehearsal schedule will generally be Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary.  A unique schedule will be crafted once casting and actor availability is known for possible rehearsing outside of the above hours.  Cast members will receive an honorarium for participation in this production. This honorarium is not an offer of employment.

Please note:  MVT will be aspiring to Broadway artistic standards for this production, and seeks performers who will make the commitment to that goal.  Rehearsal attendance and home study are very important.

About The Directors

Paul Mitri (Guest Director) has worked on more than 175 productions as an actor, director, playwright, fight choreographer, dance choreographer, videographer and producer. He is the Head of Acting and a Professor of Theatre at UHM’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and recently served as chair of the department. He is also artistic director of ATWS Theatre Company, and received multiple Po‘okela awards for acting and directing. His past MVT directing includes Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, The Elephant Man, RENT, Spring Awakening and The Full Monty.

Kip Wilborn (Guest Musical Director) has appeared as a leading tenor with opera companies and symphonies around the world, and has also enjoyed success in both film and Musical Theatre.  He previously directed MVT’s production of Closer Than Ever and musical directed its It Shoulda Been You and Boys On Broadway.  Kip performed lead roles in the Hal Prince productions of Showboat and Phantom of the Opera. In Honolulu, he appeared as Jean Valjean in the PTW production of Les Misérables, in the title role in HOT’s production of I Pagliacci, the title role in Chaminade University’s Sweeney Todd, and Don José in HOT’s Carmen, among others.

Christine Yasunaga (Guest Choreographer) has danced on Broadway in the Original Cast of The Lion King, The King & I, the pre-Broadway production of Flower Drum Song and Radio City Music Hall’s Spring Spectacular.  She has a B.A. in Dance from UCLA and is currently choreographing the newest Waikiki show, “Waikiki’s Rockin’ Reception”, as well as, “The Dukes of Surf”.  She has received six Po’okela Awards for her choreography at DHT.

More Information

For more information, please contact MVT at 988-6131 or businessoffice@manoavalleytheatre.com.

auditions: February 4 & 5, 2019

guest director: R. Kevin Doyle

auditions: May 18 & 20, 2019

guest director: Rob Duval

guest musical director: Jenny Shiroma

Check back for audition date updates as they sometimes change.

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