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The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde      
Director – Ann Hedger

Auditions:  Monday & Tuesday, February 19 & 20, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Callbacks by invitation only: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rehearsals:  Mon-Thu 6:30-9:30 pm & Sun time TBA beginning Monday, February 26, 2018

Performance Dates:  April 20-29, 2018
Fridays/Saturdays 7:30 pm; Sunday matinees 2:00 pm
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 1:00 pm senior matinee in the Corning Auditorium.

Requirements:
- Appointments Needed.  Call Ann Hedger at 440-951-7500 x103. 
- Cold readings from the script.  Please be familiar with the show.
- Must be available for all performances, including the daytime senior matinee.
- Bring a headshot or snapshot of yourself to attach to the paperwork.
- Bring a list of any and all conflicts beginning February 26, 2018.  Must be available for all tech week rehearsals beginning April 15.
- Questions? Call 440-951-7500 x103

Casting Information:
ALL roles are available. (see role descriptions below)

Men:
John Worthington – Age 29-35
Algernon Moncreiff – Age 21-29
Rev. Canon Chasuble – Age 50-64
Merriman – Ages 30-65
Lane – Ages 30-65

Women:
Lady Bracknell – Age 50-65 (open to reading men for this role as well)
Gwendolen Fairfax – Age 25-29
Cecily Cardew – Age 18
Miss Prism – Age 50-65

The Fine Arts Association supports non-traditional casting.
No AEA contracts are available for this production. 

About the Show: 

The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage.

Role Descriptions:

John (Jack) Worthing – Age 29-35 - A young, eligible bachelor about town. In the city he goes by the name Ernest, and in the country he is Jack — a local magistrate of the county with responsibilities. His family pedigree is a mystery, but his seriousness and sincerity are evident. He proposes to The Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax and, though leading a double life, eventually demonstrates his conformity to the Victorian moral and social standards.

Algernon Moncrieff – Age 21-25 - A languid poser of the leisure class, bored by conventions and looking for excitement. He, too, leads a double life, being Algernon in the city and Ernest in the country. Algernon, unlike Jack, is not serious and is generally out for his own gratification. He falls in love and proposes to Jack's ward, Cecily, while posing as Jack's wicked younger brother, Ernest.

Lady Bracknell – Age 50-65 - The perfect symbol of Victorian earnestness — the belief that style is more important than substance and that social and class barriers are to be enforced. Lady Bracknell is Algernon's aunt trying to find a suitable wife for him. A strongly opinionated matriarch, dowager, and tyrant, she believes wealth is more important than breeding and bullies everyone in her path. Ironically, she married into the upper class from beneath it. She attempts to bully her daughter, Gwendolen. (Open to reading men for this role)

The Honorable Gwendolen Fairfax – Age 25-29 - Lady Bracknell's daughter, exhibiting some of the sophistication and confidence of a London socialite, believes style to be important, not sincerity. She is submissive to her mother in public but rebels in private. While demonstrating the absurdity of such ideals as only marrying a man named Ernest, she also agrees to marry Jack despite her mother's disapproval of his origins.

Cecily Cardew – Age 18 - Jack Worthing's ward, daughter of his adopted father, Sir Thomas Cardew. She is of debutante age, 18, but she is being tutored at Jack's secluded country estate by Miss Prism, her governess. She is romantic and imaginative, and feeling the repression of Prism's rules. A silly and naïve girl, she declares that she wants to meet a "wicked man." Less sophisticated than Gwendolen, she falls in love with Algernon but feels he would be more stable if named Ernest.

Miss Prism – Age 50-65 - Cecily's governess and a symbol of Victorian moral righteousness. She is educating Cecily to have no imagination or sensationalism in her life. Quoting scripture as a symbol of her Victorian morality, she reveals a secret life of passion by her concern for the whereabouts of her misplaced novel and her flirtation with the local vicar. She becomes the source of Jack's revelation about his parents.

Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. – Age 50-65 - Like Miss Prism, he is the source of Victorian moral judgments, but under the surface he appears to be an old lecher. His sermons are interchangeable, mocking religious conventions. Like the servants, he does what Jack (the landowner) wants: performing weddings, christenings, sermons, funerals, and so on. However, beneath the religious exterior, his heart beats for Miss Prism.

Lane – Age 30-65 - Servants of Algernon and Jack. Lane says soothing and comforting things to his employer but stays within the neutral guidelines of a servant. He is leading a double life, eating sandwiches and drinking champagne when his master is not present. He aids and abets the lies of Algernon.

Merriman – Age 30-65 - Keeps the structure of the plot working: He announces people and happenings. Like Lane, he does not comment on his "betters," but solemnly watches their folly. His neutral facial expressions during crisis and chaos undoubtedly made the upper-class audience laugh. 

 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Based on the Victor Hugo Novel and Songs From the Disney Film
Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Peter Parnell

Director/Choreographer – Lisa-Marie French
Musical Director – David A. Thomas

Auditions:    Saturday, March 3 (Room 156) & Sunday, March 4 (Room 212), 2018: 1:00-4:00 pm. Callbacks by invitation only: Sunday, March 4, 2018 – 5:00-9:00 pm

Rehearsals Begin:  Sunday, April 8, 2018
Rehearsals will generally run Mon-Thu 6:30-9:30 pm & Sun 2:00-5:00 pm
There will be two LONG Sundays (1:30-9:00 pm) the final two weeks before opening.

Performance Dates:  June 8 – 24, 2018
Fridays/Saturdays 7:30 pm; Sunday matinees 2:00 pm in the Corning Auditorium.  NOTE:  There will be a 1:00 pm senior matinee on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Audition Requirements:
No appointments needed.  Arrive at 1:00 pm on either of the audition dates
- Open call applicants will be heard in the order of arrival and placed in small groups for the movement segment of the audition.
- Prepare a vocal ballad solo of 32-64 bars.  Bring sheet music or music track.  Pianist, boom box with Bluetooth and Broadway songbook will be available to provide support for applicants.
- Prepare either a joke or a short monologue. (Not required if auditioning for the Church Choir)
- Dress for movement for the dance portion of the audition. (Not required if auditioning for the Church Choir)
- Applicants invited to callbacks should be prepared to cold read from the script and sing from the score.
- Bring a headshot or snapshot of yourself to attach to our paperwork.
- Bring a complete list of conflicts beginning April 8, 2018.
- Questions? Call 440-951-7500 x103

Casting Information:  ALL roles are available.  No AEA contracts available for this production. 

Needed:  Looking for cast of 30+.  Men & Women - Ages 16 to 80.

About the Show:  Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical…Music Theatre International.

Roles available:
Dom Claude Frollo – Arch Deacon of Notre Dame
Jehan Frollo – Claude’s reckless younger brother
Florika – a gypsy woman
Father Dupin – Priest of Notre Dame, guardian of Claude and Jehan
Quasimodo – the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame
Clopin Trouillefou – Kng of the gypsies
Phoebus De Martin – Captain of the Cathedral Guard
Frederic Charlus – Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard
Esmeralda – free spirited gypsy
King Louis XI – King of France, nicknamed Prudent
Official – an officer of the court of King Louis XI
Madam – brothel owner, protector of gypsies
Saint Aphrodisius – a stained glass image that comes to life
Congregation:  Ensemble of five storytellers who portray:  gypsies, gargoyles, statues, soldiers, revelers, parishioners, priests, prostitutes and citizens of Paris
Church Choir – a group of 12 vocalists that are on stage for the entire production and who sing throughout the production.  The set is designed to provide seating for the choir so they can alternate between sit and stand throughout the duration of the show.

FAA Theatre Arts Camp 2018 – Audition Dates & Requirements

Audition appointment required.

It is imperative that all campers go through the audition process for placement purposes. All levels of experience are considered. Schedule an audition time by calling the FAA Customer Service Center at 440-951-7500. Audition appointments will be taken beginning Saturday, February 17, 2018.  Auditions must be completed by Saturday, June 9, 2018 for participation in the 2018 camp.

Age:  Students entering grades 3 through 12 in Fall 2018

Audition Dates
Saturday, April 7, 2018 – beginning at 1:00 pm (until 4:30 pm)
Saturday, May 12, 2018 – beginning at 1:00 pm (until 4:30 pm)

If you are unavailable for either of the audition dates, please contact TAC director, Sandy Kosovich Peck at sandykosovich@yahoo.com, or FAA at 440-951-7500, to arrange an alternate audition date.

Audition Preparation

  • Student must memorize a short poem or monologue (a short, single character speech) from a play, book or movie no longer than 1 minute in length.
  • Student must prepare a short song, any style. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key for the accompanist.  Please, NO CDs or recorded accompaniment.  Sheet music can be found at local music stores such as Arrowhead Music or Pfabe’s Music, at local libraries or online at websites such as www.musicnotes.com.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before scheduled time and plan to stay for 1/2 hour.
  • Visitors or guests are NOT permitted to watch the auditions.  Parents may wait in the hallway or gallery while their student is auditioning.

Camp Registration
Students may register before or after they audition.  However, placement auditions must be scheduled during one of the dates listed above.  

Payment Options
Payment can be made in full at time of registration

OR

a 50% deposit of the total camp tuition per camper can be made to secure placement.  The camp deposit is fully refundable if the student withdraws from Theatre Arts Camp PRIOR to the end of the business day on May 5, 2018.  Beginning May 7, 2018 the camp deposit is non-refundable.  The remaining camp balance is due by the end of business day on May 26, 2018.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for summer camps.  Please call (440) 951-7500 or visit fineartsassociation.org/about/scholarships.html for scholarship information. 

Scholarship deadline: May 15, 2018.

Important Theatre Arts Camp 2018 Information

Camp Dates:
June 18 - July 27, 2018 (no camp on July 4) -6 weeks
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Before Care: 8:00-9:00 am and After Care: 3:00-4:00 pm are included in camp tuition.
Attendance during the sixth week and all of the performances is mandatory.

Performance Dates:
July 27 & 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm
July 28 & 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Audition information will be posted when available.

General Information

Upcoming Auditions

 The Importance of Being Earnest

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Theatre Arts Camp Auditions

Audition information also appears on NEOhioPAL listserve (http://lists.neohiopal.org/listinfo.cgi/neohiopal-neohiopal.org), in the News Herald and in the Tribune.  Audition flyers may also be picked up at The Fine Arts Association.  If you would like more information regarding auditions, contact Ann Hedger, programming coordinator, at 440-951-7500, ext. 103.