A Little Bit of Magic Auditions
Director: Kristen Rogers
Music Director: Danie Payne
Choreographer: Jesee Smart
Stage Manager: Courtney Satterfield
The Georgetown Palace Theatre Education Department announces auditions for our Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production of A Little Bit of Magic. The production is scheduled to open Tuesday, October 17, 2023 and close on Saturday, November 4, 2023.
Being a TYA production, rehearsals and performances will happen during daytime hours. Performances will be scheduled for Tuesday – Friday at 10:00am and at NOON. Cast members MUST be available for all performance dates and times. However, actual performances are confirmed based on reservations from schools for group field trips. Actual performance dates/times will be confirmed for the cast and crew 2 weeks prior.
There will also be two performances with ticket sales open to the public on Saturday, October 28, 2023 and on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 11:00am.
About the Show!
Princess Patricia’s birthday is coming up, and she loves magic and spells. So, for a birthday treat, she summons all of the wizards in her kingdom to compete for Wizard of the Year. Do-Nothing Dale, a little picked-upon wizard, wants to compete! But first, she needs to figure out what her little bit of magic is. On her journey to find out, she visits Musicland, Laughterland, and the Planet of Flowers, meeting fun characters like Marilyn Melody and Coco the Clown along the way, and finds her gift just in time to return home for Princess Patricia’s party. This charming musical play teaches us that everyone is special and, if we keep our eyes and our hearts open, we will see that we all have a little bit of magic in us.
RUN TIME: approximately 45-50 minutes
What we’re looking for:
We’re looking for talented and diverse performers who will have a lot of fun bringing this educational musical to life for young audiences. We are seeking performers, ages 18 & up, of all ethnicities, gender identities, and abilities for all roles in this production.
The Georgetown Palace desires to be as inclusive as possible and we enthusiastically encourage gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and nonbinary actors to submit to audition for any roles listed. We also seek all races and ethnicities. Our character descriptions on the following pages are gender binary and are written with he/him or she/her. While they are limited in their writing, we hope that anyone who identifies with any of the roles, will come out and audition.
A Cast of 4 – 6 ACTORS will play 9 CHARACTERS
There will be doubling; names and indicated genders are flexible.
as written per the script, each actor takes turns narrating the story at different moments
a haughty wizard (perhaps with a British accent)
a country western star like Dolly Parton
a down-trodden, hunched-over flower (who possibly speaks with a Polish/Eastern European/Old World accent). She’s like a chronically depressed grandma.
another haughty wizard (perhaps with a British accent)
COCO THE CLOWN
a fast-talking funny-man (perhaps with a New York accent)
a melodrama-type villain
a little, picked-upon wizard
young, pretty ruler of Conjureland
Video recorded auditions will be accepted until 8:00PM on Sunday, September 17th. Please record yourself performing a 1-2 minute monologue, as well as a 32-bar (or approximately 1 minute) cut from a song. The origin of the monologue and the song are not important – they do not necessarily need to be from a play or musical. We want to be able to assess your acting and singing, of course, but most importantly, we want to see and hear you being playful and fun, maybe even silly – whatever that means to you.
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Callbacks will take place at the Doug Smith Performance Center (206 W. 2nd St.) on Tuesday, September 19 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.
If you would like to audition, but you are not available for callbacks on September 19, please submit an audition video anyway and let us know that you cannot be there for callbacks. We would still like to consider you and may try to work something out.
If you are called back, you will be notified via email.
Callbacks will consist of singing predetermined cuts of songs from the show, cold readings of sides from the script, and a simple dance/movement assessment. When you are invited to callbacks, you will also be given access to the available callback materials.
We will ask everyone to arrive at 12:00pm, and we will likely dismiss everyone at the same time, when the dance/movement assessment portion of the callback is complete.
A Little Bit of Magic will begin rehearsals on or around Friday, September 29, 2023. Scripts and Scores will be available for pick up before the first rehearsal to those who are offered roles in our production.
Rehearsals are typically held Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm and possibly Saturday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 pm. (There is some flexibility in the exact times based on the role and the needs of the director and cast, but rehearsals do take place during daytime hours).
Performances are tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10:00am and at NOON, starting on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. Cast members MUST be available for all performance dates and times. However, actual performances are confirmed based on reservations from schools for group field trips. Actual performance dates and times will be confirmed for the cast and crew two weeks prior.
There are also two Saturday performances with ticket sales open to the public on October 28, 2023 and November 4, 2023 at 11:00am.
Due to the truncated rehearsal period, we will be looking for actors who can provide very few conflicts. Please make sure to notate any and all conflicts that you are aware of on your conflict sheet when filling out your audition form. Adding all of your conflicts after casting could result in removal of the production.
Once casting is completed, emails will be sent to the actors that will be offered a role in the production. Once the full cast has accepted, everyone else who auditioned will be notified via email.
**For this TYA show, performers will be paid a stipend of $200.00 for each full week of the rehearsal and performance period (September 29, 2023 – November 4, 2023). This stipend will be paid at the same amount for all performers regardless of the actual number of rehearsals and/or performances completed per week.
The total stipend per actor is $1000 (5 weeks @ $200.00 per week). It is paid bi-weekly on the schedule of the organization payroll ($200.00 on Friday, 10/6, $400.00 on Friday, 10/20, and $400.00 on Friday, 11/3). The intent is to help offset the cost of reduced availability for other work hours/job opportunities due to the scheduling commitments of daytime rehearsals and performances.**
Health and Safety Protocols:
Masks are currently optional for all patrons, front of house staff, performers, crew, and musicians during rehearsals and performances.
Everyone should self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if they do not feel well. You should also wear a mask if you have direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and get tested on the 5th day following the exposure.
We’re constantly monitoring and evaluating our policies and will update them based on guidance from the CDC.
The Georgetown Palace Theatre is committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment in which all community members feel a sense of belonging and does not discriminate in casting practices on the basis of an individual’s ethnicity, age, gender, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, country of origin, or other factors. We strongly encourage candidates of all ages, abilities, gender, and ethnicities to audition.
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Everyone involved with the production must submit to a background check at the Palace’s expense. If you are cast, you will receive a secure link where you can fill it out. There is no cost to you.
The Georgetown Palace Theatre is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
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