General Auditions 2020/21 Season
For the first time in our 18-year history, KAS will be holding its General Auditions for the 2020/21 season through online submissions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In an era of social distancing, KAS, which has run successfully through the times we will switch to an online-only format as the country’s cultural institutions have all closed their doors to protect the safety of staff, performers, and audiences.
We will continue to follow the recommendations set forth by Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Health Services.
Please fill out the information below to let us know what you are interested in auditioning for.
We are accepting these online submissions
Thank you for your continued support of KAS and the local arts community. We look forward to your audition.
WHO CAN AUDITION
All body types, races, and ethnicities are welcome and encouraged to audition. Please review the casting list below to see what we’re looking for in our 2020/21 season.
WHAT TO PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION
(Please note children's auditions for Sound of Music will be in January 2021) There are children's roles in A Christmas Carol Ages 7 and up)
-Please slate (tell us your name, age if under 18, what your monologue is from and what your song is from)
-One Musical Theatre song is required (2min MAX) (with piano or with orchestrated track recommended but not required)
-Please state your vocal range on tape or online form
-One Monologue of your choice (2min MAX).
Note: If auditioning for plays only, you are only required to present the monologue.
DO PERFORMERS GET PAID?
YES! Kelowna Actors Studio pays performers an honorarium for rehearsals and performances.
A callback schedule will be made available if you are successful in the first round of general auditions
If called back for a musical, acting sides and music will be available for download.
If called back for a play acting sides will be available for download
Please note the rehearsal process starts approximately 6 to 7 weeks prior to a show opening with weekend and weeknight evening rehearsals. Shows run for 3 weeks, with performances Wednesday to Sunday at 7:30pm and matinees at 1:00pm.
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL PERFORMANCES!
Please check your availability before committing to auditioning for a show.
Written by Peter Shaffer
Show Dates: February 10 to 27, 2021
We begin in the streets of Vienna in 1823 where rumors are flying that old man Salieri (once the famed director of the Italian opera and a favorite of Emperor Joseph II) has confessed to murdering Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri appears in his room and tells us, the audience, that he indeed poisoned Mozart, vowing to tell us the whole story. With that, we race backward in time to 1781, right before Mozart and Salieri meet. A young Salieri is a devout Catholic who has vowed to dedicate his life to composing music in the name of God. He is a favorite of the Royal Court and feels stable in his job and reputation until he hears the name Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart is on everyone’s minds and lips around Vienna, and Salieri becomes anxious to meet this young composer who has been known as a musical genius since childhood. Salieri finally meets this acclaimed Mozart and, to his horror, Mozart turns out to be a perverted, immature, vulgar young man. However, his music is indeed the thing of myths…it's genius pierces through to the very soul of Salieri, who can’t understand how this petulant young man received the musical gift that he has been working towards his whole life. Right then and there, Salieri swears off God and religion and decides to dedicate himself, instead, to ruining Mozart’s career. Along the way, he not only ruins Mozart’s career, but also his life, all while hiding behind a mask of friendliness and concern for the young artist. We watch Salieri poison Mozart’s reputation which eventually leads to his destruction and death. A highly fictionalized account of the relationship between these two real life composers, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus takes us on a wild ride through the trials and tribulations of genius, jealousy and revenge.
Director - Randy Leslie
Italian composer and musician in the court of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. He is proud, proper, restrained, ambitious. He has spent his life doing what is expected of him, and he wants the reward of being a magnificent composer, but his talent fails him. He is deeply jealous of Mozart.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Braying, obnoxious genius, surprisingly poignant at times, a broad range of emotion is displayed by our famous composer.
Mozart's wife, sassy, smart, dutiful wife of a genius, provides a good foil to Mozart.
The Greek chorus of the play - appearing and disappearing throughout the play.
Emperor Joseph II:
Vacuous aristocracy, easily manipulated by those around him.
Johann Kilian von Strack, Count Orsini-Rosenberg, Baron van Swieten:
Members of the "court" of Emperor Joseph, men of title and rank who intend to keep it, easily confused by Mozart, decidedly in favor of anything that keeps them in their status quo.
Salieri's mistress/young student, comfortable appearing scantily clad on stage an asset. Also could sing live if the artist has an opera background.
Salieri's wife, appears in several scenes on Salieri's arm.
Giuseppe Bono, Salieri's Valet, Salieri's Cook, Priest, Major-Domo, various citizens of Vienna.
Legally Blonde (Musical)
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin - Book by Heather Hach - Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture.
Show Dates: April 21 to May 9, 2021
Based on the novel and the hit-movie of the same name, Legally Blonde: the Musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy, UCLA sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner. In an effort to prove to Warner that she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately, she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink personality.
Director - Dawn Ewen Choreographer - Dawn Ewen Musical Director -
Elle Woods: (Vocal range: G5-Gb2 Soprano Belt)
Elle is a very bubbly college-age girl (“valley-girl”) who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School and realizes that she has more to offer than just a pretty face and a bubbly personality; lovable, determined, vulnerable, energetic and outgoing; a true triple threat (tap dance skills are a plus); must be comfortable handling dogs and be willing to be/become blonde.
Emmett Forrest: (Vocal range: A4-B2 Tenor)
Emmett is a smart, quirky, sensitive and personable law student; must be comfortable with dogs; a strong singer/actor.
Paulette Buonofuonte: (Vocal range: A5-A3 Belt) *THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST
Brash, caring and optimistic; must be comfortable with dogs; a strong singer with a powerful belt to match the personality.
Pilar: (Vocal range: G#3-F5 Belt)
Sassy and sensible sorority sister. Margot, Serena, and Pilar are Elle's entourage who follow her through the story acting as her “Greek Chorus”; strong singers and dancers with good comic timing and youthful energy.
Margot: (Vocal range: G#3-F5 Belt)
Seemingly dim-witted, boy-crazy sorority sister. Margot, Serena, and Pilar are Elle's entourage who follow her through the story acting as her “Greek Chorus”; strong singers and dancers with good comic timing and youthful energy.
Serena: (Vocal range: G#3-F5 Belt)
Energetic cheerleader, from Jewish heritage, sorority sister. Margot, Serena, & Pilar are Elle's entourage who follow her through the story acting as her “Greek Chorus”; strong singers and dancers with good comic timing and youthful energy.
Professor Callahan: (Vocal range: F#4-A2 Baritone)
Callahan is a pompous and manipulative law professor at Harvard; charismatic but able to turn instantly into a conniving shark at the turn of a hat.
Warner Huntington III: (Vocal range: Ab4-Eb3 Tenor)
A good-looking but shallow and pompous guy who breaks Elle's heart and heads off to Harvard Law.
Vivienne Kensington: (Vocal range: F5-A3 HUGE Belt)
A smart, savvy, and uptight law student and Warner's fiancee who initially dismisses Elle, but grows to be her friend.
Brooke Wyndam: (Vocal range: G5-A3)
An exercise video mogul who is also a former sorority girl. She is energetic and charismatic, yet currently on trial for murder. Ability to skip rope a must.
Female Ensemble: all must be excellent singers and dancers and funny versatile actors; some will also play many supporting roles including: UCSD students/Delta Nu Sisters/Prisoners/Dancers at Boston's Women's Correctional Facility/ Harvard Law students/Elle’s Mom/Harvard Law officers/courtroom characters/ Enid Hoopsand/or Chutney; ensemble.
Male Ensemble: all must be excellent singers and dancers and funny versatile actors; some will also play many supporting roles including: UCSD students / Frat boys/ Facility/ Harvard Law students/ Kyle/UPS Deliveryman/Elle’s Dad /Harvard Law officers and various Courtroom characters all must be excellent singers and dancers and funny versatile actors; ensemble.
Book & Lyrics: Bruce Joel Rubin - Music & Lyrics: Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard.
Show Dates: June 9 to 27, 2021
GHOST the Broadway musical hit inspired by a 1990s movie, tells the story about the strength of true love. When his beloved Molly is in danger, will Sam's ghost be able to defy the rules of the universe to save her? With a soundtrack full of nostalgic hits, this is a love story and thriller combined into a supernatural hit GHOST The Musical.
Director - Randy Leslie Choreographer - Dawn Ewen Musical Director -
Molly Jensen: (Vocal range: G3 to Eb5 - pop/rock with strong belt)
Molly is an artist living in New York City with her boyfriend, Sam Wheat, until he's murdered and his ghost comes back to save her; strong actor; able to interact well with Sam and be convincing when playing the grief-stricken girlfriend; be confident in transition from in-love to broken-hearted while demonstrating a deep sense of strength and inner-peace which is disrupted by the tragic events of the play.
Sam Wheat: (Vocal range: G# to Bb - Pop/Rock Tenor with high belt)
Sam is the hero of our story, an office-worker in New York City, living with his long-term girlfriend, Molly; one day Sam is murdered by Willie Lopez, and as a Ghost he seeks the help of a reluctant medium, Oda Mae, to protect Molly when Willie plans to strike again; this character needs to be a strong naturalistic actor and able to interact well with Molly, also needs to be able to move well; also, the ability to play guitar would be nice but not necessary.
Oda Mae: (Vocal range: Ab3 to F5) *THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST
Oda Mae Brown works as a spiritual advisor out of a storefront séance parlor in Brooklyn; though she was told as a child that she had "the gift" by her mother and grandmother (who were both able to communicate with the dead), Oda Mae did not actually experience communication with the spirits until she "met" Sam Wheat during a séance for an unrelated client. Larger-than-life character and able to play for laughs but still have sincerity and truthful moments; some dancing required.
Carl Brunner: (Vocal range: Eb3 to A4)
Carl Bruner is the main antagonist of the show and good friend and colleague of Sam's; when Sam discovers there are discrepancies in some bank accounts, which actually is a money-laundering operation run by Carl, he orders his partner, Willie Lopez, to attempt to steal Sam's security codes, which result in Willie killing Sam; strong actor and singer, who is able to play slimy businessman; needs to be able to transition from aggressive to slimy when seducing Molly.
Woman 1: (Molly US/Mrs. Santiago/Bank teller/Nun/Ensemble)
Strong Vocalist (should be able to understudy Molly).
Woman 2: (Oda Mae US): Clara/Ortisha Jones/Nun/Ensemble)
Vocal Range: C4 to G5 (strong soulful belt); Strong vocalists; one of Oda Mae's helpers at her séance parlor; comedic part.
Woman 3: (Louise/Officer Wallace/Ensemble)
Vocal Range: F3-G5 Strong vocalists; one of Oda Mae's helpers at her séance parlor; comedic part.
Man 1: (Subway Ghost/Orland Jones/Ensemble)
The Subway Ghost helps and teaches Sam to use his ghostly powers; he also thinks that the trains are his; aggressive "spooky” but within the realms of truthfulness; good physical actor required as well as physical character work experience; experience with rap is helpful.
Man 2: (Willie Lopez/Ensemble)
When Willie is introduced, he attempts to rob Sam's wallet; this results in a fight, and Sam is killed; physically intimidating
Man 3: (Hospital Ghost/Lionel Ferguson/Ensemble)
Vocal range: C3 to A4; The Hospital Ghost is one of the main ghosts Sam encounters, solo song; great actor and singer required, naturalistic with attitude to him while hiding his sadness. Will also double in other roles as listed.
The Sound of Music (Musical)
Richard Rodgers: Music - Oscar Hammerstein II: Lyrics and Book: Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse. Suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp.
Show Dates: August 5 to 14, 2021
The hills are alive! The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. One of the most powerful and romantic musicals of all time. Journey along with the spirited Maria, who takes a governess position with the von Trapp family, falling first for the children and then the widower Captain von Trapp himself, all against the stirring backdrop of pre-WWII Austria. With one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.
The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.
Director - Randy Leslie Choreographer - Randy Leslie/Dawn Ewen Musical Director -
Maria Rainer: (Musical theatre mix/Soprano)
Spirited, passionate and charming, though occasionally filled with self doubt, caring and committed; chest mix with strong head voice; principal.
Captain Von Trapp: (Baritone)
Strong actor, commanding presence, retired naval officer and proud Austrian. Highly organized and regimented, efficient and smart; baritone; principal.
Elsa Schraeder: (Mezzo soprano)
A wealthy widow, she is sophisticated, charming and clever; legit-mezzo range; A-E below high C; principal.
Max Detweiller: (Tenor/Baritone)
Witty and clever impresario who can be charmingly pushy when pursuing what he wants; strong character actor with good sense of comedy; baritone; principal.
Mother Abbess: (Legit soprano)
Wise, kind and strong; powerful chest and head voice; mezzo or soprano (B-Ab); principal.
Liesl Von Trapp: (Mezzo)
To play 16; a teen on the verge of adulthood; innocent, naïve, and initially infatuated with Rolf. Chest mix with a head voice (low G-F#) and comfortable with dance; principal.
Rolf Gruber: (Low Tenor)
To play 17, epitome of clean cut, athletic German youth; self important but pleasant, he can be somewhat aggressive; lyric baritone; must be comfortable with dance; principal.
A staunch Nazi sympathizer and eventually a leader in the Nazi regime. This track understudies the role of Captain Von Trapp; principal.
Distant and efficient butler. This track understudies the role of Max Detweiller; principal.
Admiral Von Schreiber:
A retired Admiral in the Austrian Navy and neighbor of Captain Von Trapp; principal.
Sister Berthe: (Alto)
Mistress of Novices, prudish, straight-laced with a quick tongue, she is less tolerant than other nuns.
Sister Margaretta: (Mezzo)
Mistress of Postulants, very kind, understanding and concerned.
Sister Sophia: (Soprano)
Neither demanding nor critical, sticks with the rules.
**Please note children's auditions for Sound of Music will be in January 2021
Nuns, Household staff and various other roles.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Musical)
Book: Jeffrey Lane - Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek. Based on the film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, written by Dale Launer and Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning.
Show Dates: October 13 to 31, 2021
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the popular 1988 MGM film starring Michael Cane and Steve Martin, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement and a hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end.
Director - Dawn Ewen Choreographer - Dawn Ewen Musical Director -
Lawrence Jameson: (Vocal range: Bb4-G2)
An experienced British con artist who is sophisticated, suave, and elegant.
Christine Colgate: (Vocal range: F#5-A3)
A seemingly good-natured heiress vacationing on the French Riviera, who is revealed to be a notorious con artist. Naive and clueless act at first, she is truly cunning and mischievous.
Muriel Eubanks: (Vocal range: C5-E3)
A wealthy and attractive socialite from Nebraska, she’s one of Lawrence's victims and Andre's subsequent love interest.
Freddy Benson: (Vocal range: B4-A2)
A young, clever, aspiring con artist. He is a sloppy, yet attractive womanizer, and is eventually conned by Christine.
Inspector Andre Thibault: (Vocal range: F4-F2)
Lawrence's French assistant. Official and mostly serious, he has a light-hearted nature and a quirky sense of humor.
Jolene: (Vocal range: D5-A3)
An heiress from Oklahoma and the "Princess of Petroleum," she is very eager, optimistic, and energetic.
Waiters; Butlers; Maids
A Christmas Carol (Musical)
Originally Presented by Radio City Entertainment At the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Music: Alan Menken - Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens - Book: Lynn Ahrens & Mike Ockrent. Based on the story by Charles Dickens.
Show Dates: December 1 to 19, 2021
A Christmas Carol is the Broadway adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 festive novella. It tells the tale of the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge. A prosperous businessman, he believes that personal wealth and heartless financial tactics are much more valuable than the friendship, happiness, and comfort of those around him. He treats his employee, Bob Cratchit, and his family with the same disdain and coldness that he shows everyone else. Scrooge’s miserable nature comes to a crescendo during the Christmas period--”Bah! Humbug!” However, this Christmas, he is forced to come face to face with his selfish ways when he is confronted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. In the course of one night, Scrooge is forced to recognize his faults and gains the chance to make amends. He greets the dawning Christmas morning with an unusually cheerful, “Happy Christmas” and finally reconnects with those that mean the most to him.
Director - Dawn Ewen Choreographer - Dawn Ewen Musical Director -
Scrooge: (Vocal Range: G5-A3)
A man who lost his father to creditors as a kid and has grown up heeding his father's advice to save his money. Until he realizes how terrible he's become, he is a grumpy, unsympathetic man and has no time for anyone or anything.
Jacob Marley: (Vocal Range: A3-A5)
Scrooge’s former penurious business partner, comes back as a ghost in chains to warn Scrooge.
Ghost of Christmas Past: (Male. Vocal Range: A3-G5)
A cheerful, sprightly ghost who comes back with the history book of Scrooge’s past to show him the events that led to his current state; actor doubles as Lamplighter.
Ghost of Christmas Present: (Male. Vocal Range: A3-G5)
Jovial, larger-than-life, this ghost comes back to show Scrooge all the joy, love, and celebration he is missing during Christmas; actor doubles as Sandwichboard Man.
Ghost Of Christmas Future: (Female. Vocal Range: G5-A3)
A beautiful, and terrifying wrath, the Ghost of Christmas Future is strong and silent as she shows Scrooge what will happen to him and those around him if he continues down the path he is currently treading; actor doubles as Blind Old Hag.
Bob Cratchit: (Vocal Range: A3-E5)
A father and husband who cares deeply for his family, particularly his youngest son; he works hard to provide for them but is mistreated by his employer, Scrooge.
Mrs. Cratchit: (Vocal Range: A3-E5)
Tiny Tim’s mother, a loving mother who tries to provide the best for her children.
Emily: (Vocal Range: A3-B5)
Scrooge’s fiancé from the past; she is a beautiful girl, not impressed or in need of money.
Mr. Fezziwig: (Vocal Range: A3-B5)
Portly, jolly, loves a good party, he was Scrooge’s first boss and after teaching him all he knew, he became deeply disappointed in the man Scrooge became.
Mrs. Fezziwig: (Vocal Range: A3-A5)
The consummate hostess, she loved to help throw the Christmas party every year.
Tiny Tim: (Vocal Range: A3-E5)
Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit’s youngest son; he is crippled and sick, but is the definition of loving Christmas spirit.
Fred: (Vocal Range: A3-F5)
Scrooge’s nephew and only living relative, a pleasant young man who believes in the good a joyful Christmas spirit can make in the world.
Charity Elves; Bankers; Street Vendors; Sailors; Ghosts; Jailers; Clerks; Monks; A Beadle; Three Charity Men; Mr. Smythe; Martha Cratchit; Poulterer; Jonathon; Mrs. Mop; Scrooge’s Double; Marley’s Four Acolytes; Judge; Scrooge Father; Scrooge Mother; Mr. Hawkins; Scrooge at 8; Scrooge at 12; Fan at 10; Young Ebenezer (Scrooge at 18); Young Marley; Two Gannies; Sally Anderson; Two Undertakers; Old Joe
Small group of ensemble players to play a variety of supporting roles; all need to be able to sing/move/dance well.