EQUITY PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS
THE ARKANSAS REPERTORY THEATRE EMPLOYS GUEST AND LOCAL ARTISTS TO PRODUCE WORKS – CREATED, REHEARSED, AND BUILT IN DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK.
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2022/23 SEASON VIRTUAL EPA (EQUITY PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS)
AEA contract TBD; 2021/22 contract was an LOA ref. to LORT-D ($667/week minimum salary for AEA members)
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For the safety of all involved, Actors’ Equity Association is offering employers the opportunity to request video audition submissions from members in place of holding in-person Equity auditions for principal roles. Please note – everyone working on this show will be required to show proof of up-to-date vaccination against COVID-19 prior to rehearsals.
We are only accepting video audition submissions from AEA members or those participating in the EMC Program.
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
For the safety and security of actors, Actor’s Equity and Arkansas Repertory Theatre agree that personal information and content provided on an actor’s headshot, resume, or audition recording is provided in confidence and is to be used solely for casting purposes. The theatre shall not use this private information or content for the purpose of marketing and/or advertising or for unsolicited contact of a personal nature. The recording will be destroyed, no later than 30 days from the date of the recorded audition submission. The Directors will be viewing submissions for their respective production along with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre personnel are listed below:
- Will Trice, Executive Artistic Director, Arkansas Repertory Theatre
- Ari Edelson, Director, LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR
- Gustavo Zajac, Director, GUYS & DOLLS
- Stephanie Klemons, Director, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
- Josiah Davis, Director, CLYDE’S
- Felicia Dinwiddie, Company Manager/Casting Associate, Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Please visit this link and follow the instructions found there to submit directly to the theatre. For organizational purposes, our strong preference is for performers to submit using the link above — but if for any reason that is not possible, materials may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the volume of submissions, we will not be confirming receipt — if a performer is called back or if any further information is required, we will follow up directly with the performer. Address all questions to email@example.com.
Stage Managers should submit resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NON-TRADITIONAL AND INCLUSIVE CASTING POLICY
Together with AEA and LORT, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre recognizes the need for expanding the participation of actors of color, women, and actors with disabilities in the artistic process. Toward that end, the Arkansas Rep reaffirms its commitment to non-discrimination and a flexible imaginative casting policy, which includes casting actors with disabilities, actors of color, actors over 60, and women in roles where race, ethnicity, gender, sex, age, or the presence or absence of a disability is not relevant. Theatre is interested in ethnic and gender diversity for all roles.
- For Laughter on the 23rd Floor: one contemporary monologue that showcases humor.
- For Guys & Dolls: one contemporary monologue that showcases humor plus 16 bars of a classic or legit music theatre song, or one of the provided selections below.
- For Little Shop of Horrors: one contemporary monologue that showcases humor plus 16 bars of a pop or rock song, or one of the provided selections below.
- For Clyde’s: one contemporary monologue that showcases humor.
“If I Were a Bell” – Music Side – Soprano
“If I Were a Bell”- Accompaniment – Soprano
“Adelaide’s Lament” – Music Side – Alto
“Adelaide’s Lament”- Accompaniment – Alto
“Guys & Dolls” – Music Side – Tenor
“Guys & Dolls”- Accompaniment – Tenor
“I’ve Never Been in Love Before” – Music Side – Bass
“I’ve Never Been in Love Before” – Accompaniment – Bass
“Suddenly Seymour” – Music Side – Soprano
“Suddenly Seymour” – Accompaniment – Soprano
“Little Shop of Horrors” – Music Side – Alto
“Little Shop of Horrors” – Accompaniment – Alto
“Suddenly Seymour” – Music Side – Tenor/Bass
“Suddenly Seymour” – Accompaniment – Tenor/Bass
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
By Neil Simon
Directed by Ari Edelson
Rehearsals begin September 6, 2022
Performances begin September 30 through October 16, 2022
Possible extension to October 23, 2022
Max Prince is the star of The Max Prince Show, a popular comedy-variety series that is a major hit on the East Coast, but network executive insists that it’s too sophisticated for the Midwest, and urges Prince to dumb down his act. Between the tensions of producing an hour of top-quality comedy each week and being pestered and his ratings, Prince is beginning to unravel. His last line of defense against both the network and the ratings is his writing staff, which spends its days coming up with business for the show while hurling humorous invective at each other and anyone else within earshot.
Guys & Dolls
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Directed by Gustavo Zajac
Music Directed by Michael Rice
Rehearsals begin November 1, 2022
Performances begin December 2 through December 31, 2022
Possible extension to January 8, 2023
Set in Depression-era Times Square, Guys & Dolls is about a couple of big city gamblers and the women who love them. It tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club. Nathan runs a famous floating crap game, and an ongoing plotline involves his quest for a safe place for the game as Adelaide continues her quest to convince him to marry her. Meanwhile, Sarah, mistakenly believing that Sky set up an illegal game at the mission, tries to fight her affection for the charismatic crapshooter.
Little Shop of Horrors
Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Stephanie Klemons
Rehearsals begin March 7, 2023
Performances begin April 7 through April 30, 2023
Possible extension to May 7, 2023
A sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop an R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world domination.
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Josiah Davis
Rehearsals begin May 16, 2023
Performances begin June 9 through June 25, 2023
A truck stop sandwich shop frequented by truckers making the long journey across Pennsylvania. The kitchen is staffed exclusively by formerly individuals looking for their shot at redemption. Even as the shop’s callous owner, Clyde, tries to keep them under her thumb, the staff members are given purpose and permission to dream through their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich.
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The Arkansas Rep regularly holds auditions in Little Rock throughout the year. Auditions are announced here on our website as well as in local newspapers, and on our Facebook page.
Season EPAs are scheduled once a year and take place in Chicago or New York City, with Chorus calls scheduled for each chorus musical. These EPAs and Chorus Calls are announced on www.actorequity.org and in Backstage Magazine, www.backstage.com.
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