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CIVIC THEATRE ANNOUCES AUDITIONS FOR “CARRIE: THE MUSICAL”

Civic Theatre of Allentown will hold auditions for its October 2016 production of “Carrie: The Musical” at 7 pm on Wednesday August 17th. Auditions will be in the rehearsal hall above Civic Theatre at 527 N 19th Street in Allentown. If necessary, callbacks will be held on Thursday August 18th.

All roles in the production are open.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

18-36 bars of a song from a Broadway show in the Rock/Pop or Contemporary style demonstrating your vocal and dramatic range. Please bring sheet music properly marked with cuts and in the correct key.
No a cappella singing accepted. Songs from the show are allowed.
Bring a headshot or picture in which your face is clearly visible.
Bring a list of your conflicts from audition date 8/17 until the show’s close on 10/23.

If you are unable to attend auditions you may email a video of your audition to wm@civictheatre.com. The deadline for video submission is Friday August 5th. Please state your name and the role you interested in playing before you sing on the video. If we need to see more we will contact you and arrange an in person audition or an audition via FaceTime or Skype.

SCHEDULING:
Rehearsals to start following auditions.
Schedules will be made around actor availability to the best of our ability.

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it…
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn’t been seen since its notorious 1988 Broadway production. Now, the show’s original authors have created a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale. “Carrie” features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

CAST BREAKDOWN:
CARRIE WHITE (Female, to play 17) – A painfully shy outsider with a strong desire to belong. Victim of frequent pranks and bullying at school as well as abuse under her mother’s strict religious control at home. She transforms from ugly duckling into graceful – and then vengeful – swan. Vocally, she must be capable of lyrical sweetness as well as fierce power.

MARGARET WHITE (Female, to play mid 30’s to mid 40’s) – A commanding, intense woman of visceral extremes, possessing zealous religious convictions, and almost abusive maternal love for her daughter. Like Carrie, with whom she shares several duets, her voice must range from expressive and melodic to ferocious and frightening.

SUE SNELL (Female, to play 17-18) – A popular over achieving student. Her unthinking participation in a cruel act of bullying causes a crisis of conscience that leads her on a complicated emotional and psychological journey to make amends. Smart with just a touch of shrewd edge. The play is told through her memory. Vocally, she has a pop ballad voice that delivers sincerity and strength.

TOMMY ROSS (Male, to play 17-18) – Popular star athlete, valedictorian, and all around standout, he’s the boy that all the girls want to be with, and all the boys want to be. Yet he also has unexpected, quirky sensitivity and is just starting to mine his personal life and feelings – a budding poet. His voice should have an effortless pop quality.

CHRIS HARGENSEN (Female, to play 17-18) – Rich, spoiled, and dangerous. Chris is a popular beauty whose arrogant self-assurance makes her believe that the rules don’t apply to her. Loaded with sexual dynamite, she has serious daddy and anger management issues. Her voice is pop/rock percussive: rangy and powerful. Must be an equally strong dancer.

BILLY NOLAN (Male,to play early 20s) -Now in his sixth year of high school, Billy’s a sexy, trashy, stupid-like-a-fox bad boy whose wise mouth troublemaking has led him to spend more time in detention than in class. All these qualities make it easy for Chris to manipulate him to do her bidding. His voice is that of a wailing rocker.

MISS GARDNER (Female, mid-30’s) This girls’ P.E. teacher can be a strict disciplinarian when necessary, but when Carrie arouses her maternal instinct, she surprises herself by also revealing a protective “Fairy Godmother” side. Her voice is warm and strong, just like the woman with a powerful pop belt.

MR. STEPHENS / REV. BLISS (Male, adult 30’s-50’s) -This well-intentioned English teacher and guidance counselor struggles to help his students realize their potential. A dedicated educator, he’s stretched thin in his duties, woefully underpaid, and a bit overwhelmed as to how to handle the Billy Nolans of the classroom combat zone. Possibly doubles as Reverend Bliss, a holy-rolling radio evangelist. His voice should be a clear rock tenor/baritone strong and clear and capable of converting the faithless.

NORMA (Female, to play 17-18) – Bitchy, gossipy and a shameless suck-up to authority, Norma is second-in-command to Chris’ queen bee. A strong singer/dancer.

FRIEDA (Female, to play 17-18) – Sue’s sometime friend. She’s an easygoing, get-along follower and a tireless extracurricular committee volunteer. A strong singer/dancer.

HELEN (Female, to play 17-18) – Giggly and easily shocked, her immaturity and need to belong make her the perfect example of the herd mentality. A strong singer/dancer.

GEORGE (Male, to play 17-18) – A jock. Preppy. Somewhat unsure. Tommy’s wingman since childhood, George idolizes him a little too much. Perhaps more than Tommy realizes…

STOKES (Male, to play 17-18) – A bit of a nerd, he’s happy to be sometimes included as one of Tommy’s posse.

FREDDY (Male, to play 17-18) – The wise-cracking class clown and official yearbook photographer, he can’t believe any girl would ever give him the time of day.

MALE/FEMALE ENSEMBLE (Male, to play 17-18) – 2-4 additional students who flesh out the various cliques at Chamberlain High School. They are cheerleaders, jocks, drama dorks, brains, and rebels. Most of all they are real people. A mix of strong singers, actors and dancers.

Directed by Civic’s Artistic Director, William Sanders with musical direction by Steve Reisteter, “Carrie: The Musical” will play Civic’s Nineteenth Street Theatre from Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 23rd. Please visit www.CivicTheatre.com for more information.

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Carrie: The Musical
October 7 – 23

Book by Lawrence D. Cohen Lyrics by Dean Pitchford Music by Michael Gore Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, Carrie is the gripping tale of an awkward teen outcast with a powerful gift, her fanatically religious mother, and the classmates who push Carrie from unimaginable humiliation to devastating fury. This is a reworked version of the infamous Broadway show from 1988 with an eclectic score and the wild moments from the film made fresh onstage at Civic.

A Christmas Carol
December 2 – 17

Adapted from Charles Dickens by William Sanders and Sharon Glassman The time honored Lehigh Valley tradition returns to the Civic stage for a 27th year. This timeless and magnificent tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption has allowed literally thousands of children and adults to share the magic of the brilliant Charles Dickens with their “fellow passengers” on the road of humanity. In the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, every one.”

The Santaland Diaries
December 9 – 18

By David Sedaris Adapted by Joe Mantello An alternative holiday celebration, this outrageously funny one-man play from popular humorist David Sedaris about the author’s experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s in NY. A winking take on how the holiday season brings out the best – and the worst – in us all.

9 to 5 The Musical
February 10 – 26

Music & Lyrics by Dolly Parton Book by Patricia Resnick 9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and is based on the beloved hit movie. Set in the late 1970s, this is the hilarious story of three unlikely friends who unwittingly need to kidnap their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigeot boss and subsequently take over the office…to extraordinary results. Join us for this office party!

Angels in America
Part 1: Millennium Approaches May 5 – 20 // Part 2: Perestroika May 11 – 20

By Tony Kushner   Tony Kushner’s groundbreaking two-play masterpiece, and one of the most honored American plays in history was first produced at Civic in 1997. This anniversary production of the great American play subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” spans the Reagan-Bush eras and spirals around the AIDS crisis in 1980s New York, weaving the lives of fictional and historical characters into a feverish web of social, political and sexual revelations. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, Angels in America was awarded two Tony Awards for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Enroll your young actor at Civic Theatre School and unlock the transformative power of the arts!

Grow! Civic Theatre School kids don’t just learn how “to act” but gain important life skills that help them grow.  Students involved in the arts watch less TV and display more tolerant behavior towards others! Classes like those at Civic Theatre help foster positive achievement, collaborative-working and critical-thinking skills. Studies have shown that theatre classes can not only enhance creativity, but help develop skills that assist in learning languages and even mathematics.

Learn! Since theatre education is an interdisciplinary art form it satisfies our human need to express thoughts and feelings through written text, dramatic interpretation and multimedia production. The Civic Theatre School, the oldest continually operating theatre education program in the Lehigh Valley, is based in solid educational principles and incorporates many of the elements of the Pennsylvania Education Standards for the Arts and Humanities.

Optional Specialty Classes for Grades 3-8

In addition to our engaging Drama and Movement program, students in grades 3-8 will have the option to participate in an additional specialty package of classes. If this package is purchased (full day option), students will bring a lunch each day and have a supervised lunch break from 12-12:30. From 12:30-3, students will enjoy and experience a variety of exciting topics taught by talented and qualified instructors. Classes from 2015 session included: STOMP (percussions), Vocal class, Voice and Diction, Storytelling with Music, Comic Improv, Character Creation, Tap, Stage Combat, Let’s Make a Commercial!, Set Design, Writing for the Stage, Monologues for Auditions, and Acting for the Camera.

Class Schedules, Descriptions, and Tuition Information

Session I:
July 11 – July 22, Monday through Friday

Session II:
July 25 – August 5, Monday through Friday

PreK/K (9am-11am): $225/session, $450 both sessions
During Sessions One and Two students will:
Participate in creative expression, learn to take stage directions, learn basic theatre terminology, play simple acting games, work on projecting their voice, work on cooperating in small group settings and explore imaginary characters such as super heroes and fairy tale characters.
Each two week session will culminate in a theme based showcase involving all students for families and friends to attend.

Grades 1-2 (9am-12pm): $255/session, $500 both sessions
During Session One students will:
Explore story dramatization, work on speaking and listening skills, engage in creative performance games, work on stage directions and theatre terminology and participate in lively movement and dance opportunities.
During Session Two students will:
Work on character exploration, focus on vocal development, participate in basic pantomime activities, work on stage directions and theatre terminology, participate in lively movement and dance opportunities and play clever theatre games.
Each two week session will culminate in a theme based showcase involving all students for families to attend.

Grades 3-8 (9am-12pm): $255/session, $500 both sessions
Grades 3-8 Full Day (9am-3pm): $510/session, $900 both sessions
During Session One students will:
Work on improvisation skills, explore character work, refine vocal projection, play theatre games, engage in scene work, develop movement and dance skills and explore staging and directing.
During Session Two students will:
Focus on scene work, practice memorization, explore character development, play theatre games, refine vocal projection, participate in scene blocking, develop movement and dance skills and be exposed to audition skills.
Each two week session will culminate in a theme based showcase involving all students for families to attend.

Grades 9-12 (6pm-9pm): $255/session, $500 both sessions
Grades 9-12 w/ Voice (6pm-9:45pm): $345/session, $680 both sessions
During Sessions One and Two students will:
Enjoy two unique sessions that focus on character development and scene work with an introduction to
the Stanislavsky method for actors. Students will be actively engaged in the process of character and scene analysis and will play an important role in creating their showcase piece.
Each two week session will culminate in a theme based showcase involving all students for families to attend.

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Mainstage Productions Ladies Night Receptions

Held the Thursday after each opening of a mainstage production , bring your female friends to our complimentary pre-show reception in Civic’s Theatre514!

Save the date!

  • Carrie: The Musical: Thursday, October 13 at 6:00 pm
  • A Christmas Carol: Thursday, December 8 at 6:00 pm
  • 9 to 5 the Musical: Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 pm
  • Angels in America: Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 pm

Pre-registration is required & your ticket will be collected at the reception. Call the Box Office to reserve your reception tickets – 610-432-8943.