Auditions - Theatre Ancaster’s Fall 2018 Mainstage Production

Chicago

Theatre Ancaster is proud to announce upcoming auditions for its major Fall production Chicago – the longest running American musical in Broadway history and winner of six Tony Awards!

Chicago is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Vocal and Dance Auditions

All auditions will be held at the [former] Ancaster Memorial School Building, 357 Wilson St. E, Ancaster, ON L9G 2C1
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here is no access from Wilson Street - you must enter at the rear of the building via Sulphur Springs Road and Queen St.

Chicago is very “dance heavy”. Consequently, all vocal auditionees are required to attend the dance audition.

Vocals:
Tuesday, May 1
from 7-10 pm FULL
Friday, May 4 from 7-10 pm FULL
Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

By appointment or drop-in. To reserve an audition time and for further information, please contact Bob Carle at chicagoancaster@gmail.com. If you attend an audition without booking a time, you may have to wait until there is a free segment available (usually at the end of the evening) or have to make arrangements to attend on another day.

Please come 15 minutes early for your audition to allow time to register. We will be recording your vocal audition.
It will be helpful if you would bring a recent resume with you.

Dance:
Wednesday, May 2 from 7-10 pm
FULL
Tuesday, May 8 from 7-10 pm

Please arrive before 7 pm as the auditionees will work in one group to learn the choreography, and then break into separate groups for their audition during the evening.

Call backs:

Auditionees will be contacted via email or phone if requested to attend a call back. Call backs will include additional song requirements and scene reading, which will be provided via email.

Sunday, May 6, from 1-4 pm
Monday, May 7 from 7-10 pm

All casting decisions will be made within two weeks of call backs. You will be notified by phone call or email if we can’t get in touch by phone first.

**By accepting a part in Chicago, you agree not to participate in other theatre projects that will interfere with your ability to attend rehearsals and performances of shows.**

Audition Materials and Character Descriptions

Please see the detailed information here »

Rehearsals

A cast read through and production team introductions will occur on Tuesday, September 11 at Memorial School; but regular rehearsals will begin on Thursday, September 6 at Memorial School. They will take place regularly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (7-10 pm) and Sunday afternoons (12-5 pm).

Additional weekday rehearsal times will be added in late October through to opening night, and weekend daytime rehearsals will begin in November. These dates will be confirmed in September as soon as our bookings for 2018 can be confirmed with Ancaster High School.

Rehearsals will take place in two locations: Memorial School and perhaps at Pure Rhythm Dance Studio. Closer to opening, rehearsals will move to our performance venue at Ancaster High School’s Theatre Auditorium. Note: All dates and times are subject to approval by the HWDSB.

Please see the production calendar here »

Performance Dates

To accept a role with us, you must be available for all dress rehearsals and performances:

Evenings: November 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, December 1 at 8:00 pm
Matinées: November 18, 25 at 2:00 pm
Student/Seniors matinee performances November 22 (time TBD)
Cast Call is two hours before each performance.

SET STRIKE is mandatory for all cast and crew members, and will follow closing weekend Sunday December 2nd or Monday evening December 3rd.  Cast and crew will be expected to participate in the set strike.

COMMUNICATION
Most communication for this production will be done via email, or phone. Please ensure that you are checking your email frequently for important information.

THEATRE ANCASTER ANNUAL BARBEQUE
All cast members of Chicago are invited to join us at the Theatre Ancaster Annual General Meeting and Barbeque on Tues, June 19 , (Rain Date Wed, June 20) 2018 at 6 pm held at 89 Sunnyridge Rd, Jerseyville. This is a great chance to meet other cast members and mingle with other Theatre Ancaster folk. The cast of Chicago will be introduced at this event, and this is where you will receive your script for summer reading.

SUMMER SCRIPT READING
If offered a role, please be available during the summer for a scene and character study session at the Director’s home. Read your script, give your work some thought, but please don’t try to formalize your approach to your part until after working with the director.

MEMBERSHIP
Membership in Theatre Ancaster is mandatory for all cast members. Please bring $20 cash/cheque to the first cast meeting in September to purchase your card. Benefits of membership will be explained to you at this meeting.

ATTENDANCE AND CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory. If you are to be late or absent, please inform our Stage Manager immediately. This contact information will be provided in September.
  • You are expected to be at all performances two hours before performance time.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for movement to all rehearsals. Shoes, or dance shoes, must be worn at all times backstage.
  • Please act responsibly and safely at all times. Theatre Ancaster holds substantial insurance against accidents and liabilities, but cannot be held responsible for lost or damaged items.
  • Illegal drugs and alcohol use is prohibited during involvement with Theatre Ancaster. The HWDSB has a strict no alcohol or smoking policy on school grounds, and if we fail to observe this policy we stand to lose our valuable partnership with Ancaster High School.
  • Please check for permission with our producers, Gord Conroy and Krys Croxall before posting any photos or video of rehearsal on social media. Remember that as a member of our cast, you are a representative of Theatre Ancaster as a whole.
  • Please inform us of any health issues immediately.
  • A formal Theatre Ancaster Code of Conduct Policy will be in place beginning in September 2018.

Creative Team

Producers: Krys Croxall and Gord Conroy
Director: Al Croxall
Choreographer: Tina Rath
Vocal Music Director: Erin Bree Pierce
Band Director: Roger Girard
Stage Manager: Bob Carle
Production Assistant: Nupi Gokhale

Volunteer Opportunities with TA

We always welcome volunteers to help with all areas of production, including but not limited to; stage crew, set design, costumes, make up, box office, Front of House, props, carpentry and set building, painting and photography.

Inquiries related to helping behind the scenes can be sent to outreach@theatreancaster.com and our Volunteer coordinator or Al Croxall or a member of his team will get back to you.

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