Auditions

The Empress Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for

 

“Crazy For You,” directed by Michelle Groves

 

A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, Crazy For You tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theatre owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can't Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

 

The Empress encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition. The Empress is committed to providing a space for community and inclusion free from discrimination.

 

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Michelle Groves

Music Director: Marla Hintze

Choreographer: Kathryn Baker

 

GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION

In person auditions will be held at The Empress Theatre, located at 9104 W 2700 S, Magna UT. Individuals should enter through the main front entrance and check in with the stage manager in the lobby.

Video auditions must be submitted to busymic@msn.com, with an audition form (see empresstheatre.com/audition for the video audition form) and conflict sheet attached to the email.

Dates and Times:

  • Monday December 14th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Wednesday December 14th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Individuals with an audition form in hand by 9:00 PM will be seen. The doors will lock promptly at 9:00 PM each evening of auditions.

  • Video auditions will be accepted until Wednesday December 14th at 9:00 PM.

  • Callbacks, by invitation only, will take place the morning of Saturday, December 17th, 2022, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 12:30 PM.

What to Prepare:

  • 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. A speaker with Bluetooth and aux-cord hookups will be available (if your device uses a dongle, please bring one). We will not have a piano or CD player, and no acapella singing will be permitted.

  • A list of all conflicts between December 17th, 2022 and March 18th, 2023. The conflict list should be an accurate representation of your availability and is expected to be as complete as possible. You should include anticipated late arrives, early departures, and full absences according to the anticipated rehearsal schedule. This information is used to create the rehearsal schedule and when considering adding additional performances. If no conflict is listed, it is assumed you will be available. Conflicts will not be allowed after February 11, 2023 without prior approval from the production director.

 

 

 

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

Callback Date: December 17, 2022

First Rehearsal Date: December 24, 2022

Rehearsal Schedule: Rehearsals will take place December 24, 2022 – March 2, 2023

  • Monday – Thursday evenings (occasional Friday rehearsals may be called, as needed), blocked in the hours of 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

  • Saturday mornings, blocked in the hours of 7:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

  • Rehearsals may extend beyond these parameters, particularly during tech rehearsal (February 13, 2023 – March 2, 2023).

Preview: March 2, 2023
Opening: March 3, 2023
Closing: March 18, 2023
Days/times of planned performances: March 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17, and 18 at 7:30 PM; March 11 and 18 at 2:00 PM.

 

 

 

DISCLOSURES

  • Casting Authority: The Production Team with Artistic Director Approval.

  • Who is in the Audition Room: Production Director, Choreographer, and Music Director. Other approved individuals may be in the Audition Room as needed.

  • Who is at Callbacks: Production Team and Theatre Artistic Management

  • A full copy of the script is available if needed.

  • Portions of this audition may be recorded or photographed at the Director’s discretion. All recordings will only be used by the production team and will be destroyed after callbacks.

  • Actors will be expected to help build and strike the set.

  • There may be understudies for this production, at the discretion of the casting team.

  • This production is accessible to actors who use a mobility device.

  • This production will have a designated day off of Sunday, meaning no mandatory rehearsals will be scheduled on Sundays. Sundays may be utilized for optional activities, such as set building or review time. 

  • This production will follow an adapted Holiday Rehearsal Schedule: This show rehearses for a period that includes several major holidays. No rehearsals will be held on Christmas, however, rehearsals may be called for the day before and after the holiday at the discretion of the production team.

 

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Polly Baker — postmistress in Deadrock, Nevada, an “All-American girl”
Irene Roth — New York society debutante
Patricia Fodor — an English tourist

Bobby Child — young man from New York in love with musical theatre
Bela Zangler — an established theatrical producer in New York
Eugene Fodor — an English tourist, Patricia's brother
Everett Baker — Polly’s father
Lank Hawkins — saloon proprietor in Deadrock, Nevada

Mother (Mrs. Lottie Child) — Bobby’s business-oriented and controlling parent
Perkins — Mother’s business assistant
Chauffeur — for Mother’s limousine
Tess — dance director; Zangler’s favorite
Patsy — showgirl with high speaking voice
Mitzi — a principal dancer
Elaine — follies girl
Louise — follies girl
Susie — follies girl
Betsy — follies girl
Margie — follies girl
Sheila — follies girl
Vera — follies girl
Moose — member of Cowboy Trio
Mingo — member of Cowboy Trio and of Male Quartet
Sam — member of Cowboy Trio
Harry — member of Male Quartet; Bartender
Junior — member of Male Quartet; card player
Wyatt — member of Male Quartet; card player
Billy — card player
Pete
Custus
Jimmy

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