2014-2015 SEASON AUDITIONS – Equity Principal Auditions

Bristol Riverside Theatre

Bristol PA

LOA $453/week minimum.

Producer: Susan Atkinson

Artistic Director/Stage Director: Keith Baker

Season Runs: September 30, 2014 to May 31, 2015

Equity Performer Auditions (Principal/Chorus):

Wednesday June 11, 2014 - 10AM to 6PM (lunch break 1PM to 2PM) – Accompanist provided.

Thursday June 12, 2014 - 10AM to 6PM (lunch break 1PM to 2PM) – Accompanist provided


Prepare EITHER a) two contrasting 1-minute monologues OR b) a brief song (appropriate for RAGTIME or ALWAYS …PATSY CLINE) OR c) a brief song and a 1-minute monologue. If singing, bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided, but may not transpose.

Please bring a photo and resume, stapled back-to-back.

2014-2015 BRT Show casting descriptions:


THE 39 STEPS – adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock

Director: Gus Kaikkonen


LOST IN YONKERS – by Neil Simon

Director: Keith Baker

1st Rehearsal: October 21, 2014

Opens: November 11, 2014

Close: November 30, 2014

JAY KURNITZ: About 16. The play tells his coming of age story. Independent, self-serving jokester.

ARTHUR KURNITZ: About 13 ½. Mostly an observer. A little childish.

BELLA KURNITZ: Mid 30’s. Looks neat, sweet and pretty but older than her age. Mentally challenged, yet loving and protective.

LOUIE: Late 30’s. Jovial, mercurial and flamboyant but with a certain underlying dark side. He works for “the mob.”

GRANDMA KURNITZ: 70’s. Stern and harsh. Unforgiving of weakness. Blunt, yet often funny.

EDDIE: Early middle age. Down on his luck. Terrified around grandma.

GERT: Grandma’s daughter. Traumatized by grandma, she has the tendency to suck in while speaking.

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE – by Ted Swindley

Director: Susan Atkinson

Musical Director: Ryan Touhey

1st Rehearsal: January 6, 2015

Opens: January 27, 2015

Closes: February 22, 2015

Patsy Cline: full voiced country Alto (D3-Eb5). Accomplished Country/Western vocalist late 20s-30s who can create a credible physical and vocal impersonation of the late great Patsy Cline.

Louise Seger: Mezzo, with a country flare, (A3-F5). Accomplished actress/singer 40s-50s. Charismatic down- home raconteur with a ribald sense of humor. Should have a zany and a uniquely unforgettable personality.

RAGTIME The Musical – book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Director: Keith Baker

Choreographer: Stephen Casey

1st Rehearsal: February 24, 2015

Opens: March 17, 2015

Closes: April 12, 2015

COALHOUSE WALKER, JR. (lead) African-American male. 25-35 (baritone with strong top range; range Ab to G, with a sustained high F#). Intense dance; pianist; proud, confident, and stubborn.

SARAH: (lead) African-American female. Late teens-early 20’s (lyric soprano; range: low G to high Eb on staff)

MOTHER: (lead) Anglo-American female. 30+ (lyric soprano; range: low G# to high Eb on staff) gentle, compassionate, optimistic.

FATHER: (lead) Anglo-American male. 40+ (baritone; range: B to E on staff) cautious, resistant to change.

MOTHER’S YOUNGER BROTHER: (supporting) Anglo-American male. 20-25+ (tenor/baritone with strong top range: B to high F#) passionate anarchist; intense and high-strung.

YOUNG BOY: (supporting) Anglo-American male. 8-12 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on staff) precocious and curious.

TATEH: (lead) Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant male. 30+, slight accent (tenor; range: Db to high F#) intelligent, passionate, creative.

EMMA GOLDMAN: (cameo - historical) Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female/Anarchist. 40+, slight accent (alto; range: low G# to Db on staff)

HARRY HOUDINI: (cameo-historical) Hungarian Immigrant male/Magician/body builder. 30+ (tenor; range: mid. C to high G)

EVELYN NESBIT: (cameo - historical) Anglo-American female. Vaudevillian performer. 18-25 (belter/soprano, range: middle C to Db on the staff) dancer preferred.

YOUNG GIRL: (supporting) Tateh’s daughter: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female. 8-12 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on the staff) quiet and shy.

SARAH’S FRIEND: (supporting) African-American female. Late teens – 30. (Gospel lyric soprano or alto range: low G to stratospheric scat top note)

GRANDFATHER: (cameo) (Mother’s father) Anglo-American male. 55+ (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone) gruff and outspoken.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON: (cameo - historical) African-American male, distinguished. 45+ (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone).

HENRY FORD: (cameo – historical): Anglo-American male. 30-45 (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone)

JP MORGAN: (cameo – historical): Anglo-American male; banking mogul. 45+ (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone)

LITTLE COALHOUSE: (cameo) Walk-on at end of show. African-American male. Age 3-4 (no spoken lines or singing)

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE – by Henrik Ibsen, Translated by: Brian Johnston and Rick Davis

Director: Susan Atkinson

Co-Director: Amy Kaissar

1st Rehearsal: April 21, 2015

Opens: May 12, 2015

Closes: May 31, 2015

Doctor Thomas Stockmann - A practicing medical doctor, the medical officer of the town baths, and the brother of the mayor, who got him the job at the baths. Stockmann is idealistic and excitable. For much of his life he was destitute and lived in the countryside; now he is happy to be fairly prosperous and living in a bustling town.

Mrs. Katherine Stockmann - Dr. Stockmann's wife. She is loyal and practical and often encourages her husband to think of his family when he is being rash. Morten Kiil is her adoptive father, or grandfather, depending on translation.

Petra Stockmann - The daughter of Thomas and Katherine, Petra is as idealistic as her father. She is a hard-working teacher, and she is frustrated that the law requires her to teach things she doesn't believe in.

Peter Stockmann - Peter is Dr. Stockmann's brother. He is also chairman of the baths committee. He is a cautious but sometimes ruthless politician.

Hovstad - Hovstad is editor of The People's Herald, the town's leftist newspaper. Although slightly corrupt, he is at heart a political radical.

Aslaksen - Aslaksen is the newspaper's printer. Because he lets the paper print on credit, he has a degree of editorial control. He is also the chairman of the homeowners association, which represents the town's small business class, the majority of voters. He also has great influence with the Temperance Society, and he is a lover of moderation.

Billing - An assistant at the newspaper, he is a radical, like Hovstad, but he is also ambitious and plans to run for office. He is in some way courting Petra.

Captain Horster - A ship captain who has little interest in local politics, Horster provides the hall for Doctor Stockmann's speech, but he is fired from his ship as a result.

Morten Kiil - A rich old man, Kiil owns several of the tanneries that Dr. Stockmann implicates in his water pollution report. He is the adoptive father or grandfather (depending on the translation) of Mrs. Stockmann, and his will assigns a good deal of wealth to her and her children.

Questions? Please contact David J. Abers at