CPCC Summer Theatre Announces Auditions for Summer 18

CPCC Summer Theatre Auditions 2018:

CPCC Summer Theatre is holding auditions for all 5 shows of Summer Theatre ’18 on February 17th from 9:00am to 3:pm in the Halton Theatre. Auditions are by appointment only. Appointments can be made by phone or email staring February 1st.   We are looking for actors to be in the Resident Acting Company (4 of 5 shows), actors to be in individual shows, and for interns to appear in one or two shows and work backstage.  For Oklahoma actors will need to be available starting April 15th through June 9th in the evenings.  Actors for Grease rehearse May 28 – June 23 during the day. Shrek, TYA and The Mousetrap rehearse June 11 to July 8 in the daytime. Disney’s Newsies will rehearse in the evenings and afternoons from June 25th to July 21st..  All shows except Oklahoma are basically 4 week commitments.

You do not have to be a current CPCC student to audition. All genders and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Resident Acting Company actors are paid $375.00 a week. Actors who are in for just one show are paid on a per show basis: Principals – $975.00, Supporting Roles- $675.00 and Cameo/Chorus roles $475.00. Interns are unpaid. All non-intern actors receive college credit for each show in which they participate.

Housing is provided for out-of-town resident acting company members (Actors not living in Mecklenburg or adjacent counties.) This year, we will be partnering with Queens University of Charlotte to provide company housing on the Queens campus which is located about two miles from the CPCC campus. These fully furnished suites each have two bedrooms and a private bathroom.  Shared kitchen facilities are available on each floor. Company members are responsible for furnishing linens, kitchenware, and other personal items. A list of roommates will be provided to all company members to help establish any shareable items each might bring (and to avoid duplication.)

The contract gives the specifics on performance dates, roles and other duties. It contains the standard two week’s notice clause. The Resident Acting Company will be signed to a nine week period of employment that begins May 21st and ends July 21st. Individual show acting contracts are for a 4 week rehearsal/performance period except for Oklahoma which is for eight weeks.

Generally there is a morning and an afternoon rehearsal period. No rehearsal will take place before 9:30am and there will be no rehearsal after an evening performance. The performance schedule will not exceed six shows in a week. Breaks are in accordance with Equity standards. We try to keep the schedule somewhat flexible. On most occasions rehearsals occur in the mornings and afternoons. The first and last show require evening rehearsals. The amount of time needed is determined by the talents of cast/directors and the ease/difficulty of the show, etc. All actors are required to participate in the strike of all shows. As the summer progresses, less time is needed. During the final week, daytimes are relatively free.

We hold two auditions/interviews each year. One is at Halton Theatre in Charlotte on February 17th and the other at SETC in Mobile, AL in early March. We will start to hire locally within a few days of the first audition.  Within a few days after the SETC auditions, we contact via phone those we wish to hire from that audition. Hopefully by mid-March we will have organized most of our actors for the season. We ask you to hold options open for at least until that time. Due to the large numbers of people that we see at these auditions it is impossible for us to contact everyone who auditions.

Most actors in the Resident Acting Company are cast at least two major roles. Actors brought in for an individual show can be cast in leads, supporting or chorus roles.  Roles are stipulated by the contract offered. An actor may be asked to assume a better role if casting changes but is never asked to take a lesser role than stipulated.

This is our 45th season of successful operation. We are located on Central Piedmont Community College’s Central Campus. CPCC is one of the largest community colleges in the state system and located in the state’s largest city. The recipient of countless awards, CPCC Summer Theatre works in the Halton Theater and Pease Auditorium which seats 1000 seats and 482 respectively. Acoustically sharp and fully equipped with a state of the art sound system and computerized lighting system, the Halton stage a proscenium theatre that is 50 feet wide and 40 feet deep while Pease Auditorium is a modified proscenium that is 29 feet deep and 50 feet wide. We use a fully professional orchestra. Our Costume and Scene shops are fully equipped and adjoin the stage. The audience is very loyal; we frequently play for sold out houses. Last year we played to over 26,000 patrons.

Why choose CPCC Summer Theatre?

Quality productions by quality performers

A realistic view of the demands of professional theatre

A variety of roles for the actor

Air-conditioned rehearsal halls and theatre with proper dance floors.

A competitive pay-scale

A fully equipped scene shop and costume shop on premises

Option of receiving college-transfer academic credits

Thanks for considering CPCC Summer Theatre. Visit our website at blogs.cpcc.edu/theatre for more info.

Tom Hollis, Artistic Director – For appointments – 704-330-6835 or tom.hollis@cpcc.edu

CPCC Theatre Announces the Cast for The Crucible

CPCC Theatre is happy to announce the Tentative Cast List for  The Crucible.

 

Betty Parris……………………………………………………………………Melinda Harrison

Reverend Samuel Parris………………………………………………………….Cole Long

Tituba………………………………………………………………………………Corlis Hayes

Abigail Williams…………………………………………………………………Sarah Clifford

Susanna Walcott………………………………………………………………….Anna Young

Mrs. Ann Putnam……………………………………………………………Jerilyn McDonald

Thomas Putnam…………………………………………………………………Deevo Tindell

Mercy Lewis………………………………………………………………………Selina Lewis

Mary Warren………………………………………………………………Ashley Gildersleeve

John Proctor……………………………………………………………………..Josh Logsdon

Rebecca Nurse…………………………………………………………………Deborah Rivers

Giles Corey……………………………………………………………………Tom Ollis

Reverend John Hale…………………………………………………………Tony Wright

Elizabeth Proctor……………………………………………………………..Caryn Crye

Francis Nurse………………………………………………………………Richard Meier

Ezekiel Cheever………………………………………………………………Jared Tuton

John Willard…

Martha Cory……………………………………………………………………Iris DeWitt

Judge Hathorne……………………………………………………………Richard Thompson

Deputy-Governor Danforth…………………………………………………….Tim Huffman

Sarah Good…………………………………………………………………………Iris DeWitt

Thanks to everyone who auditioned. We hope to see you at Evita audition’s in December. Tickets on sale now at the SunTrust Box office 704-330-6534 or online at CPCCTix.

CPCC Theatre Auditions for The Trip to Bountiful

             The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote

Auditions August 10 or 11 at 7:00pm in Pease Auditorium on the CPCC Central Campus. Director: Charles LaBorde

The Trip to Bountiful is the poignant story of Mrs. Watts, an aging widow living with her son and daughter-in-law in a three-room flat in Houston, Texas in 1953. Fearing that her presence may be an imposition on others, and chafing under the watchful eye of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Watts imagines that if she can get away and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind. First presented on television and then produced on Broadway, this award winning play is “…the rarest of theater experiences, an evening which will prove an indelible memory… “—NY World-Telegram

The role of Carrie Watts has been cast. All other roles are open. Age ranges are character not actor specific. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of conflicts for the August 17th through October 1st time period.  Rehearsals begin August 17th. Rehearsals run Monday – Thursday evenings 7:00p to 9:30ish. Performances September 25, 26, October 2, 3 8pm, September 27 & October 4 2:30p, October 1 7:30pm.

We are also looking for people interested in working backstage, set crew, props, etc.

Character Breakdown

Mrs. Carrie Watts—an aging woman who now lives in a cramped apartment with her adult son and his wife.  African-American—60.  Role has been cast.

Ludie Watts—the son who has recently returned to work after a lengthy illness.  He is devoted to his mother, but is growing weary of acting as referee in the conflict between his mother and his wife.  African-American—30-50 years.

Jessie Mae Watts—the daughter-in-law, who would rather go to the corner drugstore to drink Cokes and spend her days at the beauty parlor with her friends than serve as monitor of her aging mother-in-law.  African-American—30-40 years. 

All other roles are non-race-specific.  The play is essentially about family, not race.

Thelma—a young woman who befriends Mrs. Watts at a bus station and on a bus trip.  She is a newlywed facing the prospect of being separated from her husband for an extended period of time.  A fragile, intelligent, and caring woman in her 20′s.

Houston Ticket Man #1—a somewhat impatient station employee with a long line of customers, who tries to remain civil to Mrs. Watts.  Indeterminate age.

Harrison Ticket Man—another station agent at a small-town bus station who goes out of his way to help Mrs. Watts.  Indeterminate age.

Sheriff—competent and rather business-like small-town sheriff who treats Mrs. Watts with the respect that her age commands.  He is anything but the clichéd Southern sheriff.  Indeterminate age.

There are also several non-speaking characters who appear in the Houston bus station.  These include a second ticket man, janitor, people waiting for their buses, and others purchasing tickets.  The people come and go and interact to give realistic atmosphere to the busy bus station.  These do require acting ability and development of characters and their backstories.  A good role for someone looking to get into acting or back into it after many years away.

If you have any questions contact Tom Hollis at 704-330-6534 or by email at tom.hollis@cpcc.edu

 

 

CPCC Theatre Auditions for Joe Turner Rescheduled for Thursday Feb 19th and 20th

CPCC Theatre auditions for August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone have been rescheduled for Thursday Feb 19th and Friday February 20th at 7:00pm in the Overcash/Halton Rehearsal Hall OC 300.

We are seeking 6 men and 5 women for characters aged 20 -60+. 

Set in a black boardinghouse in Pittsburgh in 1911, this drama by the author of The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars and Fences is an installment in the author’s series chronicling black life in each decade of this century. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include the proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South and a mysterious stranger who is searching for his wife.

Seth Holly                           African American male 50′s

Bertha Holly                       African American female 40′s

Bynum Walker                   African American male 60′s

Rutherford Selig                Caucasian male 50′s

Jeremy Furlow                   African American male 20′s

Herald Loomis                   African American male 30′s

Zonia Loomis                     African American female 11

Mattie Campbell               African American female 20′s

Reuben Mercer                African American male 10-12

Molly Cunningham           African American female 20′s

Martha Pentecost            African American female 20′s

No preparation necessary.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You do not have to be a current CPCC student to participate. College credit is available to those who qualify. Rehearsals begin February 23rd. Rehearsals Monday – Thursday 7 – 10pm. Performances April 10 -19, 2015.

We are also looking for people interested in working backstage, set crew, props, etc.

For more info contact Tom Hollis tom.hollis@cpcc.edu or call 704-330-6835

Tom Hollis

Chair-Drama

Arts: Visual, Performing and Interior Design

Central Piedmont Community College

P.O. Box 35009

Charlotte NC 28235

704-330-6835

www.cpcc.edu

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CPCC Theatre Auditions for How to Succeed… December 8 or 9

December 8 or 9
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Halton Theatre
 
Power, sex, ambition, greed… it’s just another day at the office in this classic satire of big business.

Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser including “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man,” and “The Company Way.”

A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.
 
An irreverent and tuneful romp, jam-packed with sly, swift, and sharp jabs to the funny bone, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is a sure fire hit!
 
 
 
Cast size: Large (over 20)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast – Many featured roles, Star Vehicle – Male, Strong/Large Chorus
Dance requirement: Standard (Musical Staging/Some Dance/Optional)
   
Character Breakdown
BUD FRUMP Biggely’s nephew and scheming employee. He is an arrogant sycophant who tries to advance his career by exploiting his family connections. Male, 18-21 yrs old Range: C3 – F4
ENSEMBLE SCRUBWOMEN; EXECUTIVES; SECRETARIES
GATCH A sleazy executive with a penchant for the ladies. Male, 40-60 yrs old Speaking Role
HEDY LaRUE A voluptuous, sexually-charged woman adored by all of the men. She may appear dim-witted, but she knows how to manipulate men to get what she wants. Female, 25-35 yrs old
Range: C4 – Eb5
J. PIERREPONT FINCH Our story’s protagonist. An irrepressible, clear-eyed, almost puckish hero, he is a window washer who applies for a job at the World Wide Wicket Company and attempts to climb the ‘ladder of success.’ Male, 18-25 yrs old Range: C3 – G4
J.B. BIGGLEY The stuffed-shirt, philandering President of World Wide Wicket. Beneath his ruthless exterior, he is a college lad at heart with a passion for knitting. Male, 50-65 yrs old
Range: C3 – A4
MISS JONES J.B.’s stuffy secretary who is abrupt and tough, but soft and kind to those who are good to her. Female, 55-65 yrs old Range: Bb3 – Gb5
MR. TWIMBLE He is a fussy, old-fashioned, yet loyal employee at the company. Supervisor of the mailroom, he believes his success is due to his lack of ambition and ability to remain unnoticed. Male, 60-75 yrs old Range: C#3 – E4
ROSEMARY PILKINGTON A secretary at the company who is more interested in finding a man than advancing her career. She becomes Finch’s love interest. Female, 20-30 yrs old Range: A3 – B4
SMITTY A secretary with a painfully dry sense of humor. She is a cynical, working woman who is on the lookout for a man. Female, 30-40 yrs old Ragne: A#3 – G5
WALLY WOMPER The company’s Chief Executive Officer and a former window-washer. Male, 55-70 yrs old Range: D3 – E4
 
 You do not have to be a current CPCC student to audition. Auditions are open to all.
Each auditionee should have a prepared song of at least 16 bars and sheet music in appropriate key. Be dressed to move. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsal will not begin until after the New Year.
 
For more info contact Tom Hollis tom.hollis@cpcc.edu
 

CPCC Theatre annonces auditons for The Games Afoot

CPCC Theatre will hold auditions for The Games Afoot: or Holmes For the Holidays on Monday, September 15th and Tuesday September 16th at 7:00pm in the Pease Auditorium on the CPCC Central Campus.  The Games Afoot: or Holmes For the Holidays will be directed by Tom Hollis

 

Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

 

William Gillette                male                     40ish      “Strikingly” handsome. A modern day Ulysses

Martha Gillette                female                70ish      Gillette’s mother. Somewhat vague and dithering

Felix Geisel                         male                     40ish      Histrionic and arch in a Lionel Barrymore way

Madge Geisel                    female                40ish      Flamboyant and wry in a Rosalind Russell way

Simon Bright                      male                     20ish      Ingénue, sweet and enthusiastic

Aggie Wheeler                  female                20ish      Ingénue, beautiful and full of spunk

Inspector Goring               female                40 – 50ish  British eccentric in a Margaret Rutherford way

Daria Chase                       female                30- 40ish   Gorgeous, sexy, spiteful.  Chic

All roles are open. Age ranges are character not actor specific. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

 

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of conflicts for the September 15th through November 9th time period.  You do not have to be a current CPCC student to participate. College credit is available to those who qualify. Rehearsals begin September 18th. Rehearsals Monday – Thursday evenings. Performances October 31st through November 9th, 2014.

 

We are also looking for people interested in working backstage, set crew, props, etc.

For more info contact Tom Hollis tom.hollis@cpcc.edu or call 704-330-6835