Auditions for New Line’s 28th Season
June 11 @ 7:00 pm - June 18 @ 11:00 pm
New Line Theatre will hold open auditions on two Monday nights, June 11 and 18, 2018, for two shows, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s classic musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’ new rock musical BE MORE CHILL, based on the bestselling novel. The auditions will start at 7:00 p.m. both nights, at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive (63103), just three blocks east of Grand in the Grand Center Arts District. Performers need to come to only one of the dates. No appointment is necessary.
Both shows will run twelve performances over four weeks at the Marcelle. La Cage will run Feb. 28-March 1-23, 2019, and Be More Chill will run May 30-June 22, 2019. The season’s opening show, The Zombies of Penzance, has already been cast.
La Cage will have a cast of 16, and Be More Chill will have a cast of 10. For both shows, New Line is looking for a multi-racial cast of intelligent, fearless, singing actors who are willing to take risks onstage. We do not cast anyone under 17. We are very eager to cast actors of color. Performers are asked to bring a prepared contemporary theatre song, with printed piano music for our pianist (no karaoke tracks and no a cappella). Performers may also be asked to sing from the score. There will be a dance audition.
Roles and ranges for both shows can be found at http://www.newlinetheatre.com/audition-breakdown.html
No appointments for the audition are necessary. All performers should arrive for the audition before 7:00 p.m. If we need to call actors back, it will be on the same night. New Line continues its long-standing policy of considering people of all backgrounds for all roles that are not ethnically specified. We are proud to be part of a diverse community, and our stage will represent that inclusivity.
New Line is a non-union professional theatre company. Performers will share a guaranteed 10% of box office receipts, with a minimum of $150 per actor for the run.
ABOUT THE SHOWS
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is subversive comedy about real family values in a world that doesn’t always value family. In its original 1983 production — long before gay marriage was legal — the show was a safely old-fashioned musical comedy. But in its 2008 London revival and 2010 Broadway revival, the show was transformed from a genial comedy into a more serious story, with laughs. Without rewriting it, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES has become a 21st-century musical — and a New Line show.
Based on the 1973 French play and its 1978 film adaptation, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES tells the story of a middle-aged show business couple, grappling with aging, fidelity, kids, and holding on to their dignity when the world around them would rather strip it away. At the center is Georges, a St. Tropez nightclub owner, and his husband Albin, who is also the club’s erratic drag headliner Zaza. When Georges’ son gets engaged to the daughter of a right-wing politician, all hell breaks loose — and suddenly we can see 2018 in the politics and culture war onstage.
BE MORE CHILL, based on the bestselling novel by Ned Vizzini, centers on Jeremy, an average teenage nerd — until he finds out about the Squip (“Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor”), a tiny Japanese supercomputer — in a convenient pill taken with Mountain Dew — which promises to “upgrade” him and bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the coolest party of the year, and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? What would you do?
The show made its world premiere at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey in 2015, and it’s now being produced across the country. BroadwayWorld called it “a vibrant, inventive musical that makes the most of every moment.” The New Jersey Star-Ledger called it “a high-energy, imaginative, well-crafted world premiere musical.” The Tri-City News called it “sharp and smart, the musical perfectly balances the tragedy and hilarity of high school.”
New Line rehearses on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., plus every night the week the show opens. For shows with choreography (which includes both La Cage and Be More Chill), there is a fourth rehearsal for the first several weeks of the process, on Sunday afternoons or Weds. nights. Rehearsals are at First Congregational Church of St. Louis, in Clayton.
Rehearsals for La Cage begin the first week of January, and rehearsals for Be More Chill begin the first week of April.
For more information, call us at 314-773-6526 or email us at [email protected],.com