The rehearsal process starts approximately 3 to 4 weeks prior to a show opening with day and evening rehearsals. Shows run for 3 weeks, with performances Wednesday to Sunday at 7:30pm and Saturday matinees at 1:00pm.
On The Edge & Family Series
The rehearsal process starts 2 weeks prior to opening with a 2 week run, with performances Wednesday to Sunday and Saturday matinee.
Cast must be available for all rehearsals and performances.
Kelowna Actors Studio pays all artists a weekly rate for rehearsals and performances. Providing accommodation for out of town artists can be arranged.
Young Frankenstein - The Musical
Book by Mel Brooks Thomas Meehan / Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Show Dates: October 10 to 28, 2018
From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendary funny film into a brilliant stage creation. Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s.
Frederick Frankenstein: A famous scientist dedicated to his work and innocent of the world at large. Intent to distance himself from his notorious grandfather whose scientific legacy is less than legitimate. A warm lyric Baritone who sings to E-flat, and a comic actor who combines the manic energy of Danny Kaye with the charm and elegance of Fred Astaire. Sings with effortless charm ("Puttin' On the Ritz") and requires vocal power for a full-voice traditional Broadway ballad.
Elizabeth: Frederick’s spoiled and self-centered fiancée. Great comic role. A lyric Soprano with wide range (to High C) who can deliver a showy coloratura fireworks with complete ease. Music has a comic-operetta-ish sensibility that reflects the songs of Romberg, Herbert, Friml, and early Kern.
Igor: A hunchback servant at the Frankenstein estate in Transylvania. Great comic role. High light Baritone (to F#), should have the nimble charm to sing English music hall style songs and the show-biz savvy of Jimmy Durante.
Inga: A young local Transylvanian woman who becomes Dr. Frankenstein’s eager assistant. Oblivious to her own sexuality and appeal. A bright, clear youthful Broadway Mezzo with a high sustained belt to D-flat and a sweet mixed voice that extends up to high E.
Frau Blucher: The housekeeper at the Frankenstein estate. She keeps the secrets of the past. A great slyly comic role. Requires skilled, dark, dramatic Lotte Lenya Alto with a real sense of the Berlin Cabaret world of the 1920s and 30s. Solid belt up to B-flat and a workable mix that extends up to E-flat.
Inspector Kemp / Blind Man: One actor to play both roles. Head of the local police with highly developed sense of his own power and a keen desire to keep order in the town. The Blind Man is a recluse who enjoys a meal with Frankenstein’s monster. This double role requires a great comic, transformational actor. Big legit Bass-Baritone voice that can really open up and soar to high F. Should demonstrate very dramatic singing chops in terms of volume and the break-your-heart quality of a singer, like Al Jolson in his prime.
ELF - The Musical
Book by Thomas Meehan Bob Martin / Music by Matthew Sklar / Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Show Dates: December 5 to 23, 2018
Based on the cherished film with Will Ferrell, Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf!
Buddy: Funny and warm with an infectious personality; has been raised as one of Santa's elves and has the innocence of a child; has outrageous enthusiasm for everything he sees and does but it is very genuine; comedian with great subtle timing and a strong singing voice up to a G; must be a very strong mover with a great sense of physical comedy.
Jovie: Comedic, appealing, and relatable; New Yorker that doesn’t have much Christmas spirit until meeting Buddy; must have an amazing singing voice with a strong belt up to a D flat.
Walter: Upscale successful businessman who has become cold and distant with his family until Buddy enters their life; workaholic with little time left for enjoying life or appreciating simple things; must have a good singing voice.
Emily: Walter’s wife and Michael’s mother; at first overwhelmed by Buddy, but soon embraces him as part of the family; warm, amazing singing voice with a strong belt up to a C.
Michael: Funny and smart; quickly bonds with Buddy and is determined to share a great Christmas with his entire family; amazing singing voice up to an E.
Deb: Funny secretary at Walter’s office, full of character and sharp wit; must be a very strong character singer with a strong belt; must be a very strong mover.
Mr. Greenway: Shrewd businessman, must have great comic timing and should sing well.
Santa: Jolly, warm, funny, good singing voice; down to earth, a beer and pizza kind of Santa.
Store Manager: Funny, physically large, full of character, lots of attitude, sassy and spirited; must be able to sing well and have great comic timing.
Ensemble: Must be very strong singers and movers; able to deliver various comedic bit parts
Dance Ensemble: Must be strong jazz dancers with great musicality and very strong voices, tumbling is a plus.
The Marvellous Wonderettes (Musical)
Created by Roger Bean
Show Dates: February 6 to 24, 2019
A non-stop pop musical. Opening in 1958 at the Springfield High School prom, with the second act taking place ten years later. The Wonderettes are four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match. Featuring pop songs from the 1950's and 1960's."
Cindy Lou: Mezzo soprano belt, knows she is the prettiest girl at Springfield High, knows she will be named Prom Queen and acts out against her best friend Betty Jean when things don't go her way, she makes the biggest change between Act 1 & 2, having learned the lessons of true love and loss, sings lead line on most songs, including "Allegheny Moon" and "Son of a Preacher Man".
Missy: Soprano with a wide range, the overachiever of the group, very controlled, concerned that everything at the prom turns out wonderful and perfect, head of the prom decorations committee, and absolutely smitten with her music teacher, best friends with Suzy, high vocals and belts throughout the show, songs include "Secret Love" and "You Don't Own Me".
Betty Jean: Alto with a strong, low range, the class clown, a tomboy, always vying for attention with her best friend Cindy Lou, but holds a grudge against Cindy Lou for stealing her boyfriend, songs include "Lipstick on Your Collar" and "I Only Want To Be With You".
Suzy: Mezzo alto, with a sweet, soulful voice, best friends with Missy, the happy-go-lucky one of the group, sometimes stereotyped as the ditzy blonde, always smiling and giggling, nothing ever seems to bother her, in love with the lighting operator, completely surprised when named prom queen, and is frustrated, sad, hormonal, and pregnant in Act 2, songs include "Stupid Cupid" and "Hold Me, Thrill Me".
Steel Magnolias (Play)
Written by Robert Harling
Show Dates: March 27 to April 13, 2018
Honey, it’s the 1980s. At Truvy’s beauty shop in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where anyone who is “anybody” comes to have their hair done, the motto is: “There is no such thing as natural beauty.” These Louisianian women are all sass and brass. Witty Southern banter flows like refreshing sweet tea on a hot summer day. Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six Southern spitfires gather each week to gossip. But those bonds are about to be tested when these ladies face a life-changing event. The inspiration for both the 1989 and 2012 films of the same name, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.
Truvy Jones: Owns the beauty shop. Vivacious. Free with giving advice.
Annelle Dupup: Newly hired assistant. Originally from Desoto. Moves from unsure to wild to religious.
Clairee Belcher: Widow of former mayor. Grand dame. Elegant, sophisticated, a true beauty.
Shelby Eatenton‐Latcherie: Prettiest girl in town. Loves pink. Strong willed, passionate.
M’Lynn Eatenton: Shelby’s mother. Always knows what’s best, strong, stubborn, the heart of the piece.
Ouiser (pronounced Weezer) Boudreaux: Wealthy curmudgeon. Tough, eccentric character.
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner / Music by Frederick Loewe
Show Dates: May 29 to June 16, 2019 (Special Father’s Day Performance)
The love triangle of King Arthur, Guenevere and Sir Lancelot leaps from the pages of T.H. White’s novel in this award-winning, soaring musical. From the creators of My Fair Lady and borrowing from the Arthurian legends, Camelot is the fantastical masterpiece which triumphed on Broadway in a legendary original production that lead to a film version, and numerous revivals in New York, London and across the globe. An idealistic King Arthur hopes to create a kingdom built on honour and dignity, embodied by his Knights of The Round Table. His Ideals, however are tested when his lovely queen, Guenevere, falls in love with the young Knight, Lancelot and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance.
King Arthur: At once wise, generous, compassionate and boyish – rather unsure of himself, yet an inspiration to others. Baritone (low A to Eb).
Guenevere: A young, spirited girl, who is quite caught up in chivalry and the exciting possibilities of a promising life. She loves Arthur but is very much thrown by the arrival of Lancelot – the start of the famous “love triangle.” Mezzo (low B to high #F).
Lancelot: An abundantly self-assured knight from France who is a passionate disciple of Arthur and his Round Table. “The greatest knight in the world,” whose only weakness is his love for Guenevere. Baritone (low A to D).
King Pellinore / Merlin: One actor to play both parts. KING PELLINORE: a wonderfully funny and stuffily “British” old knight – provides the most consistent comic relief in the play. Dedicated to Arthur. Very eccentric. Doubles as Merlin. MERLIN: the famous wizard who teaches Arthur almost all he needs to know. He disappears after the second scene in the show. Doubles as Pellinore.
Mordred / Squire Dap: A truly evil young man, who was “sired” by Arthur when the king was young and naïve. A thoroughly and fascinatingly unlikable fellow. Tenor.
Nimue / Morgan Le Fay: NIMUE: the “nymph” who lures Merlin away with her hauntingly beautiful singing. Mezzo (low C# to high D#). Doubles as Morgan Le Fay. MORGAN LE FAY: a beautiful and powerful sorceress.
Lords and Ladies of Camelot (Chorus / Ensemble)
Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Musical)
Music by Alan Menken / Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater / Book by Doug Wright
Show Dates: August 1 to 10, 2019
Ariel: A mermaid and King Triton's youngest daughter. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and dreams of becoming a part of life above the water. Hardheaded, naive, and emotional, but also kind hearted. Mezzo Soprano Ab4 - E5
Prince Eric: A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. A handsome, affable lad with a buoyant, adventurous nature. After Ariel saves his life, he becomes obsessed with finding her and hearing her voice once more. Tenor B3-F#4
Grimsby: Prince Eric's British guardian. Droll, stuffy, and constantly urging Eric towards his royal duties, specifically marriage. Will also appear in Ensemble - Baritone/Tenor C3-C4
Flounder: A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but cautious, fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water. Tenor A3 - G4
Scuttle: A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite his supposed expertise. Will also appear in the Ensemble. Tenor C3 -G4
King Triton: King of the Sea and Ariel's father. Beneath his imposing presence and commanding nature lurks a harried single father who will do anything to protect his daughters. The death of his wife has also given him an irrational fear of humans. Will also appear in the Ensemble. Baritone Ab3-F4
Sebastian: A crab and advisor to King Triton. A musical virtuoso who is constantly distraught from keeping after Ariel. Despite his paranoia, he can't bring himself to stand in Ariel's way. Caribbean Accent. Tenor Bb3-C5
Flotsam and Jetsam: Eels and Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, they will say anything you want or need to hear. Both roles require a seamless transition between head voice and chest voice. Strong control of falsetto range and dynamic contrast. Alto/Tenor B3-C5
Ursula: The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Supposedly spurned at childhood, she will use whatever method necessary to steal the kingdom and claim it as her own. Malevolent, calculating, and deceptive.. Contralto EB3-C5
Chef Louis: The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular. Exaggerated French Accent will also be in the ensemble. Tenor Bb3-A4
Mersisters: Ariel’s sisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana)
Ensemble - Various: Sea Creatures, Gulls, Maids, Chefs, Animals, Princesses
Ship Crew Members/Pilot, Sailors- Various
THE FAMILY SERIES
The Velveteen Rabbit (Musical)
By James Still / Lyrics by James Still
Show Dates: November 8 to 18, 2018
Although it is the most modest toy in the nursery, the Velveteen Rabbit earns the love of a young boy and learns about the joys and pain of becoming "Real." Margery Williams' classic book springs to magical life in this enchanting musical about love, loss and self-esteem, with music by the composer of the smash Off-Broadway revue I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
Steve: A boy who looks up to his older brother, and wishes he would like him more. Imaginative, playful, and curious.
Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: C4
Ben: Steve's older brother. A bully filled with angst. Thinks himself to be very cool and claims to hate having a nerd for a brother, but secretly loves him. Spends most of his time engrossed in his skateboard and girlfriend.
Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: C4
Velveteen Rabbit: A naïve, wide-eyed stuffed animal who desperately longs for attention from Steve and later becomes his best friend. Adventurous. Loyal. Loving. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: E3
Rocking Horse: An older toy, she was once Ben's favorite but has now been replaced by other, newer toys. Wise and patient. A little sad. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: B3
Boat: The shiny new toy. Proud and cocky about that fact that she is Steve's latest and greatest toy. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3
Wild Rabbit: A real rabbit who makes fun of the Velveteen Rabbit for not being real. Possesses all of the abilities a real rabbit has. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: B3
The Three Little Pigs (Musical)
Music by George Stiles / Book and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Show Dates: February 14 to February 24, 2019 (Special Valentine’s Day Performance)
From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway's Mary Poppins, comes The Three Little Pigs, a "very curly musical tail" that is perfect for the whole family! This new version of the classic story is full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family. When the pigpen starts to look like a real sty, Mama says it's time to leave and build something new. Help Cha, Siu and Bao watch for wolves while they use hay, sticks and bricks to make it in a big, bad world.
Cha: The oldest of the three little pigs. Popular, athletic, sometimes arrogant. Does not always think things through.
Siu: The middle of the three little pigs, and the only girl. Feisty, energetic and passionate about environmental issues. Often annoyed by her brothers.
Bao: The youngest of the three little pigs. Much more brainy than brawny; an avid reader and studier, but not very athletic. Loves his family and wants them to be together. Clever and resourceful.
Mother Pig: The Pigs' mother. Loves her children very much, but also wants them to be responsible in the real world.
Big Bad Wolf: A cocky, ravenous, Wolf with a taste for pig. Believes himself to be misunderstood.
Twit/two: Two owls who sing backup for the Big Bad Wolf.
ON THE EDGE SERIES
NEXT TO NORMAL (Musical)
Music by Tom Kitt / Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Show Dates: January 9 to 20, 2019
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning "Next To Normal" is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to care for each other and survive with their spirit intact, while dealing with the pain that cripples their family at its core. The story concerns a mother, Diana, a suburban housewife who struggles with a worsening bipolar disorder. This, coupled with hallucinations that stem from a trauma sixteen years earlier, and the intense rounds of psychotherapy she must undergo, affects her compassionate but frustrated husband, Dan and their alienated daughter Natalie, both of whom suffer by comparison to the superhero image she has created for her son Gabe. "Next To Normal" vividly dramatizes the lengths two parents will go to keep themselves “sane" and their family intact.
Diana: A sexy and sharp housewife, who is manic-depressive and delusional. She suffers from a worsening bipolar disorder that has been medicated for sixteen years. Seeking a strong singer/actress who capture the audience’s empathy, and can cover the full emotional range that this role requires, including a crucial and deadly sense of humor. Vocal Range (belt/mix to an E).
Dan: Diana’s husband and the father to Gabe and Natalie. An architect, he is handsome and genuine, and perpetually frustrated. He provides a non-ending support for his family as he fights to keep his wife’s mind and illness stable. A belabored, dedicated father, also with a wicked sense of absurdist humor. Vocal range (high baritone/tenor to A).
Gabe: Diana and Dan’s son, he is dashing, gentle, bright, and playful. He can be both an angel and a demon to his mother, who idolizes him as a superhero. Vocal Range (rock tenor to a B with a falsetto & comfortable mix).
Natalie: Diana and Dan’s daughter. Compelling, attractive in her own unique way, bright, contentious, and trying to be perfect. She is also a classically trained pianist who takes refuge in the practice room. Vocal range (belt/mix to an E).
Henry: Jazz musician, romantic, stoner, slacker, philosopher king. A classmate of Natalie and eventually her boyfriend, he supports her during one of the roughest times in her life. Vocal range (high baritone/tenor to an A).
Madden / Doctor Fine: Diana’s doctor. He is assured, charismatic, a rock star of psychiatry, on the young side of ageless. Vocal range (high baritone/tenor to A with a rock sound).
By Peter Shaffer
Show Dates: April 3 to 14, 2019
Dr. Dysart, a psychiatrist, is confronted with Alan Strang, a boy who has blinded six horses in a violent fit of passion. This very passion is as foreign to Dysart as the act itself. To the boy's parents it is a hideous mystery; Alan has always adored horses. To Dysart it is a psychological puzzle that leads both doctor and patient to a complex and disturbingly dramatic confrontation. Part detective story and part psychological thriller, this international success reached new acclaim on Broadway when revived in 2008, starring Daniel Radcliffe. This production contains nudity.
British accents are required for all roles.
Note: All actors except Alan and Dysart are also part of the chorus and remain onstage for the entire production.
Martin Dysart: A psychiatrist at a hospital, who works with youths. He has recently been questioning his life and work.
Alan’s Father: Hates religion, TV, has a hard time talking about personal issues
Dora Strang: Alan’s mother, a very religious woman
Hesther Salomon: A magistrate, Dysart’s friend and confidante
Jill Mason: Works in the stables, loves horses and riding, down to earth approach to life, pretty, attracted to Alan. Required nudity in 1 scene.
Harry Dalton: A stable owner
A Horseman/Nugget: The Horseman is a speaking part. Nugget requires a physically strong actor with excellent movement skills.
A Nurse: Alan’s nurse.
Five Actors: Horses, shop customers, theatre patrons, chorus – some dance ability preferred as the horses require choreographed movement.
Please do not submit your resume and headshot for this audition unless you are available for the entire contract. Thank you in advance for your interest.