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Casting: 7 female and 8 male featured roles, plus a chorus of 6 (3 female / 3 male)
Audition Dates: Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with callbacks (if necessary) on Tuesday, November 26 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at LabO, Room 1202, 10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa (located in the Ottawa Art Gallery)
Rehearsal Schedule: Two evening rehearsals and one weekend rehearsal of three hours each from December through February. Specific days to be determined in consultation with cast. There will be a holiday break from December 22 through January 2. Rehearsals will be at LabO, 10 Daly Avenue.
Performance Dates and Location: The Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, from February 27 through March 7 at 7:30 PM nightly with 2:30 matinee performances on February 29 and March 7. Dark on March 1 and 2. Eleven performances in total.
Welcome to Saint Cecilia’s Catholic School, home to the students who inhabit the world of BARE. They are, for the most part, average grade 12 students with average problems. Or are they?
Starting with the Feast of the Epiphany and following the students through to the end of their
graduation, this sung through Pop Opera explores so many of the problems facing teens not just now, but always. On the surface, it is the story of Peter and Jason, star-crossed lovers who dare not express what they truly feel. It is a story of how they try to reconcile their feelings with the teachings of the Church, navigating the maze of how family and friends might feel if they found out. How can anything that feels so right be wrong? But it is also a story about identity, about the need to be seen as who we are; from the “fat” girl who seems to embrace her identity, to her beauty queen roommate, to the preppy boy in love with someone who ignores him, to the class drug dealer. Add in a priest who blindly follows the word, a nun who is truly there for her students and a mother who knows her son better than she is willing to admit. Throw in rehearsals for the school play…Romeo and Juliet.
This is truly an ensemble piece. Each character is deep and multi-faceted and plays a compelling part in the unfolding universal stories of identity, truth, love and acceptance. If you want to travel on this wondrous journey with our production team, then lay bare your soul and audition.
Booking an audition: Please book your audition by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Your audition application must include: a recent headshot* and your theatre resume. Also, please indicate the role(s) for which you wish to audition or if you will accept any role.
*Headshot: Don’t worry if you don’t have a professional head shot. A good selfie taken with your phone will do just fine.
What you need to bring to your audition:
1. Applicant Information Form
The application form can be found at the bottom of this page. You should download the Audition Form, complete it and bring it to your audition with you. It will provide the audition panel with essential information such as your contact information and any time conflicts you may have during the rehearsal period.
2. The sheet music for the song you have chosen for your audition
Your sheet music must be clearly marked with start and end points and must be in the correct key (the accompanist will not transpose). It must be an appropriate piano accompaniment (no lead/lyrics sheets), and be clean and legible with no notes cut off.
Regarding your audition song, please choose 16 to 32 bars of any song of your choice, keeping in mind the musical style of the show and using a song that will demonstrate your vocal range. Singing something you know well will allow you to sing with confidence. We are not opposed to hearing songs from BARE if this is what you choose.
The Audition Process
You are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear that you can move in easily.
On your arrival, please provide your Applicant Information form and sheet music to the person at the Registration Table.
The audition will be in three parts:
1. Choreography: In a group along with 6 or 7 others, you will learn a short movement/dance sequence, geared to all levels of experience, for group presentation to the audition panel. Following the choreo presentation, you will return to the waiting area to be called into the audition space for the music and reading portions of the audition.
2. Music audition: You will sing your selected 16 to 32 bars of your song.
3. Reading: There will be no readings from BARE. Rather, you are asked to prepare a monologue of your choice of 30 seconds to one minute in length. Choose a monologue that will demonstrate a depth of emotion. It's preferred the monologue is memorized, however, do your best and if necessary have a script handy for reference.
Auditions can be stressful. We’ve all been there and we understand. Keep in mind that we want you to do well. Just be yourself, be professional, and have fun! If you trip up/forget a song lyric, just keep singing. If you miss a dance step, just keep moving. We’re more interested in how you recover than looking for perfection.