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ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS FOR OUR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER PRODUCTIONS
CABARET
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The Heights Players is thrilled to announce the auditions for its upcoming September production of Cabaret. Book by Joe Masteroff, Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Musical Direction by Leslie Wickham and Directed and Choreographed by Michael Kidney.

Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it is based in nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub.

All roles are open:

Emcee - Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub. Open to both men and women. The host at the Kit Kat Klub — presented as a gender-questionable character comfortable with being close to both men and women — comedic — loveable. Jazz and Tap required. Age range and appearance flexible. Speaks with a German Accent.

Sally Bowles - A British Cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub. Alto with Strong Belt. A quirky character that comes across as flighty — yet at times struggles with knowing the darkness of the reality of her life as a cabaret performer. Jazz and tap required. Age range — 20s to 30s. Speaks with a British Accent.

Cliff Bradshaw - An American novelist and English teacher traveling to Berlin. Baritone. Presented as clearly bisexual or gay. Age range — 20s to Mid 30s. Speaks with an American accent.

Fraulein Schneider - A landlady who rents rooms in her large flat. Alto. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance — waltz. Age range — 40+. Speaks with a German accent.

Herr Schultz - One of Fraulein Schneider's roomers and the proprietor of a Fruit Shop. Baritone. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance - waltz. Age Range — 40+. Speaks with a German accent.

**The following roles are encouraged (but not required) to play instruments. If you play an instrument, please bring it to the initial audition.

Fraulein Kost - Another of Fraulein Schneider's roomers. Mezzo/Soprano with belt. She earns money by offering favours to sailors — presentation of the character should exhibit a strong sexual comfort and commanding nature. May double as Fritzi so dance may be required. Age Range — 20s to early 30s. Speaks with a German accent.

Ernst Ludwig - A friendly and Likeable German. Sings in the Chorus or plays in band. Takes English lessons from Cliff and smuggles funds for the Nazi Party. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance. Age Range — flexible. Speaks with a German accent.

Kit Kat Girls - Kit Kat Klub Performers. Strong Singers in all voice parts. The ladies can be of various sizes and backgrounds — the key is to be comfortable with your femininity and in skimpy attire that shows off your body and sexuality. Must be proficient in jazz and tap. Age Range — 20s to early 30s.

Kit Kat Boys - Kit Kat Klub Performers. Strong Singers in all voice parts. Must be comfortable with portraying sexual fluidity. Must be proficient in jazz and tap. Age Range — 20s to early 30s.

OPEN CALL auditions will take place on Monday July 17th and Tuesday July 18th, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Heights Players, 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn NY 11201. We ask that you arrive early to sign in. The audition will start with a dance call. All those auditioning for the Emcee, Sally Bowles or as Kit Kat Girl or Boy, please bring jazz and tap shoes. Those auditioning for any other part do not have to attend the dance call and can arrive later. Sign up will end by 9 p.m. Everyone must prepare a 32 bar cut of a song in the same style of the show or a standard. Please do not choose a song from the show. Callbacks will be on Wednesday July 19th, 2017 by invitation only.

Rehearsals will take place in the evenings at the Heights Players. Performance dates Friday thru Sunday, September 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, & 24..

Please direct all questions to kidneycasting@gmail.com.



BORN YESTERDAY

The Heights Players is thrilled to announce the auditions for its upcoming October production of Born Yesterday, by Garson Kanin. Directed by Ed Healy.

About the show: The vulgar, egotistic junkman Harry Brock has come to a swanky hotel in Washington to make crooked deals with government big-wigs. He has brought with him the charming but dumb ex-chorus girl Billie, whose lack of social graces embarrasses even Harry. Billie must be taught some of the amenities, and a few basic bits of information. The young, idealistic magazine reporter Paul Verrall, who has been investigating political skullduggery and is interested in Brock's activities, agrees for a salary, to educate Billie. He finds Billie has a natural honesty and a frank streak in her, and she begins to learn about history, politics, and what Harry really is and what he wants.

At a dramatic moment she rebels against being merely a tool in Harry's crooked schemes and refuses to sign the documents which she has come to learn are part of an ambitious effort to defraud the public. This precipitates a crisis, as Billie readies to leave Harry for a new life of her own. Harry's reaction takes the only form he knows: physical violence. Billie now knows that she can no longer have anything to do with Brock, and realizes she and Paul have fallen genuinely in love. Just before she leaves Harry, she helps Paul get hold of incriminating documents of Harrys which will result in scandal and disaster. At the end, Paul and his promising pupil turn their backs on the anti-social and anti-democratic Brock and strike out on their own.

Character breakdown
Billie Dawn (Lead): Female, 25-40
A charming but poorly educated ex-chorus girl, Billie Dawn is entirely lacking in social graces. Her natural honesty and desire to improve her lot in life, however, soon cause her to experience a wonderful transformation.

Harry Brock (Lead): Male, 30-45
A vulgar and egotistical junkman, Harry Brock has come to Washington full of fraudulent schemes. Loud and verbally and physically abusive of those around him, including Billie, he soon finds his crooked machinations going awry when he crosses her.

Paul Verrall (Lead): Male, 25-40
An idealistic reporter, Paul Verrall has been investigating Political Skullduggery in Washington. He is hired by Harry Brock to educate Billie Dawn and eventually sees past her rough exterior and falls in love with her.

Ed Devery (Lead): Male, 35-60
Harry Brock's lawyer: years ago Ed Devery was considered a man destined for greatness. Now, with Brock as his only client, the future looks far less bright, but with a salary of $100,000 a year and plenty of fine Scotch, Devery is past caring.

Norval Hedges (Lead): Male, 50-69
Worn down at sixty years old, Senator Norval Hedges is a nervous politician currently on the payroll of Harry Brock, who plans on using the senator for his own means.

Mrs. Hedges (Supporting): Female, 50-69
The wife of Senator Norval Hedges.

Eddie Brock (Supporting): Male, 20-40

Assistant Manager (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 35-45

Helen (Chorus / Ensemble): Female, 30-40

Bellhop (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 18-27

Bellhop (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 18+

Barber (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 40-59

Manicurist (Chorus / Ensemble): Female, 20-30

Bootblack (Chorus / Ensemble): Males & Females, 18-29

Waiter (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 20-39

Rehearsal and Production Dates
Auditions will take place on Sunday, July 23 and Monday, July 24 with callbacks, if necessary, on Wednesday, July 26. Rehearsals take place on most Sunday through Thursday evenings beginning Sunday, July 30 (6-9 on Sundays, 7-10 Mondays through Thursdays) at The Heights Players, 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights, NY. Production dates are October 6 through 22, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Thursdays, October 5 (dress rehearsal), 12 and 19 are mandatory brush-up rehearsals.

Auditions: Auditions will take place on Sunday, July 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Monday, July 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Please do not arrive after 8:45 p.m. Callbacks, if necessary, will take place on Wednesday, July 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be no additional auditions on this date. Please prepare a one-minute monologue and bring a headshot and resume to the audition. Please do not arrive to auditions after 8:45 p.m.


The Heights Players is a non-paying, non-equity organization.
There is a $20 membership fee if cast.