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OPEN AUDITIONS - Cabaret

Updated: Aug 18, 2023



Cabaret

Kander and Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff

Director – Harriet Owen Nixon

Open Auditions: June 19, 20, 6:30 - 9:00 pm; callbacks June 21

Rehearsal Timeframe: Mid July through November 2

Evening Performances (7:30pm): Nov. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

Matinee Performances (2:30pm): 5, 12, 19

Content Label: This production may not be suitable for all audiences. It contains strong sexuality, violence, and pregnancy loss. Additionally, this production utilizes images and language of anti-Semitism and hate relevant to the time period in which it is set.

The Majestic Theatre (a division of the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation department) is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to creating a safe place for actors of all backgrounds to explore their craft. We are particularly eager to work with artists of color and other artists from marginalized communities. All auditions are free and open to the public. This audition is for an amateur, volunteer production. The Majestic Theatre staff and volunteers do not discriminate on the basis of age, national origin, race, gender, ethnic background, ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or any protected class.

Please note that we are only accepting auditions from actors 18+. No minors will be cast in this production.

Auditions will be held in person at the Majestic Theatre. Please download and fill out our audition form located at tinyurl.com/MTAuditionForm and bring it with you to the audition. If you can’t, forms will be available at the audition.

A headshot will be requested to be posted with the cast list.


June 19th 6:30 – 9:30 Singing and dancing Please bring character shoes if you have them, or something that you can dance in. June 20th 6:30 – 9:30 Sing and dance for those who could not make it on the 19th for the 1st half hour Then reading sides for everyone June 21st 6:30 – 9:30 Callbacks


SHOW SYNOPSIS

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish.


PREPARATION NOTES

You will asked to sing a song from the show.

Wear comfortable clothes to audition; be ready to dance as part of your audition.


CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Please note: All ages listed are the ages of the characters themselves. Actors of any age above 18 are invited to audition for any role.


EMCEE

Character Age: 20+

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Character Gender: Genderfluid/Nonbinary

Desired Actor Gender: Actors of all genders are invited to audition for this role, but preference for a non-binary or genderfluid performer.

Ability/movement: Sings while dancing vigorously; performs suggestive choreography including intimate touch.

Vocal Range: Tenor; Middle C to High C#

Character Description:

The Emcee of the Kit Kat Klub. They provide commentary throughout the play, as well as announcing and performing in numbers at the seedy night club at which they work.

SALLY BOWLES

Character Age: 20s-30s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Character Gender: Female

Desired Actor Gender: Female-presenting

Ability/movement: Sings while dancing vigorously; performs suggestive choreography including intimate touch; intimacy choreography with Cliff; fight choreography.

Vocal Range: Mezzo/Alto, strong belt; Low A – High C

Character Description:

The British star of the Kit Kat Club; wild, flirtatious, and brash.

CLIFF BRADSHAW

Character Age: 30s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Character Gender: Male

Desired Actor Gender: Male-presenting

Ability/movement: Sings while dancing; intimacy choreography with Sally; possible intimacy choreography with other actors of more than one gender; fight choreography.

Vocal Range: Tenor, A3 – E-4

Character Description:

An American novelist and teacher of the English language, staying in Berlin. Exploring his sexuality.

FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER

Character Age: 60s-70s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Character Gender: Female

Desired Actor Gender: Female-presenting

Ability/movement: Sings while dancing; intimacy choreography with Herr Schultz

Vocal Range: Alto, D3 – G#4

Character Description:

A landlady who rents rooms out in her Berlin flat. A strong-willed pragmatist, but can be coy and flirty with Herr Schultz. German.

HERR SCHULTZ

Character Age: 70s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Character Gender: Male

Desired Actor Gender: Male-presenting

Ability/movement: Sings while dancing; intimacy choreography with Fraulein Schneider

Vocal Range: High Baritone, G2 – F#4

Character Description:

Sweet, kind. Jewish owner of a fruit stand. Courting Fraulein Schneider. German.

ERNST LUGWIG

Character Age: 30s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Character Gender: Male

Desired Actor Gender: Male-presenting

Ability/movement: Sings in the chorus; fight choreography

Vocal Range: Flexible

Character Description: Charming, which is a front. He is working for the Nazis. German.

FRAULEIN KOST

Character Age: 30s-50s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Character Gender: Female

Desired Actor Gender: Feale-presenting

Ability/movement: Sings; intimacy choreography

Vocal Range: Alto/Mezzo, A flat 3-F5

Character Description:

A Lady of the evening, who lives at the boarding house. Comfortable with sexuality.

ENSEMBLE

4 Kit Kat Girls –

Any gender, size, age, but must be able to dance and sing and feel comfortable with performing suggestive choreography including intimate touch.

4 Female-presenting Chorus Members –

Any gender, size, age, but must be able to dance and sing, but will be taking roles as female ensemble members. Rotating rolls – patrons, party guests, acts in the Kit Kat Club etc.

8 Male-presenting Chorus Members --

Sailors, train conductor, waiters. Male-presenting ensemble roles.


AUDITION SONGS

Pick a song from the show for the character you are auditioning for.

Sally – “Don’t Tell Mama” or “Cabaret”

Cliff – “Why Should I Wake Up”

MC – “Willkommen” or “If You Could See Her Through My Eyes”

Schneider – “So Who Cares” or “Couldn’t Please Me More”

Schultz – “Meeskite” or “Married”

Kost and Ernst – “Tomorrow Belongs To Me”

If you are not auditioning for a main character, you may pick from any of the songs.

PLEASE USE THE MUSICAL SELECTIONS WE PROVIDE, IF YOU CANNOT COME INTO THE THEATRE TO PICK UP THE MUSIC, PLEASE E-MAIL US AT CABARETATMAJESTIC@GMAIL.COM.


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