KISS ME KATE
Directed by Doug Miller
Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter
Book: Sam and Bella Spewack
Choreographer: Kelly McCain
Musical Director: Mary Medrick
Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 11:00am – 2:30pm
Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Monday, August 27, 2018 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Rehearsals are set to begin on or around October 1.
Performances: November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17
(Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm – Sunday performances are at 2:30pm)
Auditions will be held at the Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75062
Please be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of a TRADITIONAL musical theatre up-tempo and ballad. Please bring sheet music with your cuts clearly marked. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring a headshot/resume. We will not dance at the initial audition.
ABOUT THE SHOW
A clever retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” this Cole Porter classic boasts romance, comedy, a scintillating score, and a hilarious look at the behind-the-scenes hijinks of a musical. In this musical-within-a-musical, an ex-husband and wife are cast in “The Taming of the Shrew,” where, despite their constant bickering, it becomes clear that they are still in love. This dazzling Broadway show features musical numbers like “So In Love,” “Wunderbar,” “Tom, Dick or Harry,” “Too Darn Hot,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” and “I Hate Men.”
Kiss Me, Kate is the first musical ever to be awarded the Tony Award for Best Musical!
FRED GRAHAM/PETRUCHIO - The leading man, mid 30s – late 40s. Writer, producer, director, actor and superman. His ego is as large as his resume is long. Must have a physically imposing presence, excellent facility with Shakespeare’s text, and be extremely handsome, charismatic, and funny. Classic Baritone. Vocal range: Bb - G
LILLI VANESSI/KATHARINE - The leading lady, 30s – early 40s. Returning to the stage after a not-so-successful Hollywood turn. A regal diva with a fierce temper and rapier-like wit, but a vulnerability underneath it all. Must have the beauty, poise, and elegance of a 1940s Hollywood movie star. Glorious soprano who also has a rich mezzo/belt. Vocal Range: A – B
BILL CALHOUN/LUCENTIO - Broadway song and dance man, 20s - 30s. His compulsive gambling is always getting him into trouble with Lois Lane, who he loves but can’t trust around other men. Must be a first-rate entertainer with irresistible charm. Excellent actor, singer, and dancer. Bari-tenor. Vocal range: G - F
LOIS LANE/BIANCA - A nightclub hoofer with Broadway dreams, 20s. Sexy, charismatic, and dumb like a fox, she makes up for her lack of book smarts with an enthusiastic employment of feminine wiles. Excellent actor, singer, and dancer with a knockout Broadway belt/mix. Vocal Range: G - F
HATTIE – 30s – 40s. Lilli’s dresser. A true theatre professional, she has seen it all. Full of charisma. Part dresser, part psychologist, she remains unflappable amidst the drama of backstage life. Has an ongoing flirtation with Paul. Soloist. Vocal range: A - F
PAUL – Male, 30s – 40s. Fred’s dresser. Cool under pressure. Has an ongoing flirtation with Hattie. Featured vocalist/dancer with Jazz style in “Too Darn Hot”. Vocal Range: C - F#
FIRST MAN and SECOND MAN (GANGSTERS) - Character men, 30s - 60s. Two tough gangsters who look completely out of place in this world of bright lights and poetic beauty, but after six years in the prison library, they have developed a unique way with words and a great appreciation for Shakespeare and the theatre. Must have a great sense of classic vaudevillian comedy. Good movers. Soloists.
GENERAL HARRISON HOWELL - 40s - 50s. A highly distinguished General of the US Army with strong political ties to the White House. A man of rigid discipline determined to uphold military order and patriarchal family values, he clearly does not fit in with the bohemian nature of Broadway or even Baltimore. Must have strong comedic skills. Baritone. Vocal range: B - F
RALPH/Stage Manager (Chorus / Ensemble): Male or Female, 30-59 - Stage manager of The Shrew.
POPS (Stage Doorman)/Padua Priest (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 40-69
GREGORY/Dance Captain: Male 20-40. Actor who sing in the ensemble throughout and plays Petruchio’s man servant in The Shrew.
PHILLIP/Stagehand #2 (Assistant Electrician) - Chorus / Ensemble: Male, 20-40. Actor who sings in the ensemble throughout and plays Petruchio’s man servant in The Shrew.
NATHANIEL/Stagehand #1 (Electrician)/Cab Driver (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 20-40. Actor who sings in the ensemble throughout and plays Petruchio’s man servant in The Shrew.
HARRY TREVOR/BAPTISA MINOLA (Chorus / Ensemble): Male, 40-69 – veteran character actor.
FLYNT/GREMIO: Male, 20-35 – Bari-tenor. Featured in several numbers. Should sing and dance.
RILEY/HORTENSIO: Male, 20-35 – Bari-tenor. Featured in several numbers. Should sing and dance.
HABERDASHER/Stagehand #3 (Carpenter & Driver for Gen. Howell): Any age, can be played by a woman. An actor who sings in the ensemble throughout.
ENSEMBLE (5F / 2M) — Actors, stage crew, wardrobe, etc., who sing in the ensemble throughout, both in modern day and in The Shrew. Many opportunities for small singing and dancing solos.
All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Some actors will play more than one role.
MainStage is a non-union theatre that offers actors a gas allowance.
MainStage Irving-Las Colinas supports the City of Irving's efforts to improve the quality of life for its citizens by providing:
• Quality theatre to the Irving Community through the organization of qualified individuals.
• Affordable theatre to the Irving Community as a result of MILC’s all-volunteer organization.
• Entertaining theatre to the Irving Community through careful selection of material presented.
• Opportunities for involvement by the community in all areas of theatrical production through open auditions, mentoring, special project support, and formal classes.
• The Irving Community with the benefit of top local volunteer and professional expertise in all areas of theatrical production and arts management through the ability to involve participants from many disciplines.
Irving Community Theatre (dba MainStage Irving-Las Colinas) is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
Funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.
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