The Wedding Singer Auditions!

It’s time to party like it’s 1985

The PAIJ Players (Performing Arts In the J) will hold auditions for it’s winter musical, The Wedding Singer, on October 15 & 16 at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts.

AUDITIONS (Ages 14 – adult)

ACTING: Please prepare a 1 minute monologue that best illustrates your acting ability.

SINGING: Please prepare 16 bars of a song that best shows off your vocal abilities.  We prefer, but do not require, it to be from the American Songbook (musical theatre).

DANCE: Come dressed in comfortable clothes, ready to dance.  Close toed shoes (tennis shoes or dance shoes) are preferable.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Certain characters play instruments on stage, please check the character breakdown for specifics and notify the directorial team if you play any instruments.

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Wedding Singer is a musical with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. It is based on the 1998 film of the same name. The musical revolves around Robbie, who sings at weddings, his failed relationship with his former fiancée, and his romance with a new love, Julia. This fabulous fun musical is romp thru everything fun and delicious that the 80’s had to offer. Upbeat, dance filled, and laugh out loud riot.

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals will be Sundays, Mondays & Wednesdays beginning October 22, 2017.  The full rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions.  Cast members are required to attend all technical rehearsals and performances.

PERFORMANCES

  • Thursday, January 25 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27 | 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 28 | 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 31 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 1 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 2 | 8 p.m.

To sign up for an audition slot, please call 248.661.1900 or email theberman@jccdet.org


THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Lisa Melinn

Lisa Melinn earned a BFA in drama from the Professional Actor Training School at Syracuse University.  She has taught acting, movement for the actor, and improvisation to students of all ages, for Farmington Hills Schools, The Second City/Detroit, Michigan Actors Studio, Water Works Theatre Company, Michigan Youth Theatre, Jewish Community Centers of America, and Oakland Community College’s Theatre Program. Lisa is proud to serve as the National Artist in Residence in Acting and Improvisation for JCC Maccabi ArtsFest. Lisa believes that the best performing arts teachers are those who are constantly learning; she works professionally as an actor on stage, screen, and in voice-overs.  A published author, Lisa co-wrote the chapter “Action Against the Chaos” featured in Open Court’s Hamilton and Philosophy.

Producer: Elaine (Hendriks) Smith

Elaine (Hendriks) Smith is the Senior Director of The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, The JCC Ethan & Gretchen Davidson Music Festival and the PAIJ Players.

Elaine has been the Artistic Director of The Historic Gem & Century Theatres (Detroit, MI), Deputy Director of Matrix Theatre Company (Detroit, MI), the Production Manager of Commotion Entertainment and has over 25 years’ experience as a theatrical manager, designer and presenter nationwide on such production as: Say Goodnight Gracie (Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, Production Manager), Altar Boyz (Production Stage Manager), The Second City, Detroit (Stage Manager & Designer) and Trinity Irish Dance Company (Lighting Designer).

Elaine has been a proud mentor of youth at Matrix Theatre Company, Minnesota Festival Theatre, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, The Second City, Detroit, Roeper Summerstock Theatre and The Berman.  She strongly believes that to help art thrive, you have to educate people that it is accessible and invaluable.

 CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Robbie Hart (Lead): Male: The lead singer of a band; handsome and charismatic; a truly ‘nice’ guy that has the classic lead singer aura and personality; also a bit of a dreamer. In love with love; Rock Tenor (B3 to Ab5, Strong Falsetto High C6), extremely strong singer and actor who can adapt to different styles, great comic timing, basic movement required. ability to play guitar a plus, but not necessary; if able, bring and include a guitar in your audition.

Sammy (Lead): Male: Holly’s ex and the bass player in the wedding band and one of Robbie’s best friends; a total guy’s guy, but beneath his pretending to love being a bachelor he is actually in love with Holly; not terribly bright but well-meaning and supportive; Rock n’ Roll Baritone/Tenor (D4 to G5), excellent comic timing and basic movement required.

George (Lead): Male: the wedding band’s keyboardist and one of Robbie’s best friends; he is sensitive and somewhat flamboyant and eccentric; the foil to Sammy’s super guy attitude; the Boy George type; Rock n’ Roll Baritone/Tenor (C4 to G5), strong character singer/actor who can rap and has a strong falsetto.

Julia (Lead): Female: Robbie’s friend, a sweet and understanding yet naive waitress who longs to get married; comedic ingénue; Pop Mezzo Soprano (G3 to E5), strong singer and actor with good movement ability.

Holly (Lead): Female: Julia’s cousin; sexually promiscuous and always up for a good time, but wants to be loved and is looking for romantic fulfillment in all the wrong places; across between 80’s Madonna and Cyndi Lauper; pop Mezzo (A3 to E5); strong singer/dancer; comedic timing a must.

Glen Guglia (Supporting): Male: Julia’s fiancé; a Wall Street broker; he is rich, shallow, and materialistic; constantly tries to buy Julia’s love with money; he is a bit of a womanizer; high Baritone/Tenor (D4 to Bb5); strong actor and singer with basic movement/dance.

Rosie: Female: Robbie’s feisty grandmother who raised him. Lovable but with no shame; motherly but adventurous and always trying to remain “hip” despite her age; mezzo Soprano (C4 to C5), strong musical theatre voice, but must learn rap, great comic timing, basic movement (age 60 – 70ish; younger actor may be cast and made to look age relevant).

Linda (Supporting): Female: Robbie’s fiancé who keeps Robbie around as a back-up plan; is more in love with the idea of Robbie being a rock star than she actually is with Robbie. Hard core rocker chick; Rock n’ Roll Alto Belt (A3 to D5); strong belter with strong movement and flexibility.

Angie: Female: Angie; Julia’s conservative and overprotective mother; divorced and still bitter about it; wants Julia to marry Glen for his money and security; alto (Bb3 to Eb5), good singer; a main acting role with a couple of solo lines

Ensemble: Male & Female: A physically and ethnically diverse group of strong singer-actors who dance or are good movers; interested in anyone with acrobatic or break-dancing ability; if you can perform any of these celebrity impressions, be prepared to do so at auditions: Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper, Mr. T, Ronald Reagan, Tina Turner, Imelda Marcos.