Songs for a New World

Songs for a New World

Director  ROSE BIGGERSTAFF
Music Director  DAN GALLIHER
Producer  JOHN MEGLINO
Choreographers  EMILY FULLER & MANI MCCALMON

With a small, powerhouse diverse cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score, this production features an array of moving songs and stories that examine life, love and the choices we make.

Songs for a New World is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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AUDITION NOTICE:

Audition Dates:
● Auditions are being accepted by online video submission only
● Video submission deadline is Friday, October 22nd.
● Performers must be aged 18 or older
● In-person call backs (by appointment only) on Thursday, October 28th from 7-9pm
● Call back invitations will be made via phone on Tuesday, October 26th

Callback Audition Location:
Schenectady Light Opera Company Education Building
418 Liberty Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Free parking is available in the city-owned lot across the street

Performance Dates:
January 21-30, 2022 (Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm)
SLOC Mainstage:427 Franklin Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

About the Show:
It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

Characters:
You may audition for any role

Woman 1: Classic Mezzo (Feature Songs- “I’m Not Afraid of Anything”, “Christmas Lullaby”, “I’d Give It All For You”)

Woman 2: Belty Mezzo (Feature Songs- “Just One Step”, “Stars and the Moon”, “Surabaya Santa”, “The Flagmaker, 1775”)

Man 1: High Tenor (Feature Songs- “On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship, 1492”, “The Steam Train”, “King of the World”, “Flying Home”)

Man 2: Baritone (Feature Songs- “She Cries”, “The World was Dancing”, “I’d Give it All For You”)

Ensemble: We will be casting 2-4 background dancers that may also be used as understudies.
*understudies are not guaranteed a performance*

What to Prepare:
For this show we are casting 4 vocalists and 2-4 dancers. Auditioners, including, but not limited to Dancers may be cast as understudies to the vocalists. Please specify all roles you’d like to be considered for on your audition sheet.

Vocalist Auditions:
● Begin your video by announcing your name, where you live, phone number, email address, the title of what you are singing, and which role you are auditioning for.
● Record 16-32 bars of a Broadway show tune in the style of the show.
● Share video on a private YouTube link sent to sfanw@sloctheater.org, with your name in the subject line by the deadline date.
● Vocal recordings must be sung with recorded or live accompaniment. No a capella singing will be allowed. If you need assistance finding accompaniment tracks, please reach out to Music Director Dan Galliher at gallih28@gmail.com.

Dancer Auditions:
● Begin your video by announcing your name, where you live, phone number, email address, and which role you are auditioning for.
● Showcase any style of dance for 30-60 seconds. Something fun and upbeat is preferred.
● Share video on a private YouTube link sent to sfanw@sloctheater.org, with your name in the subject line by the deadline date.
*Vocal and dance auditions may be submitted as one video*

Please submit the following material with your email no later than October 22nd:
● a completed Audition Form
● a headshot or recent photo
● an acting/performance resume (a written paragraph summing up your theatrical experience is acceptable if you do not have a resume)
● a link to your audition video online (shareable but private YouTube link)
● a copy of your COVID vaccine card; if you have it at this point. PLEASE NOTE: All actors will need to be fully vaccinated by the time we begin rehearsals in November.

Rehearsals:
● Rehearsals will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, and on Sunday afternoons. This is subject to change based on cast/crew availability.
● Readthrough will take place on Monday, November 8th
● Rehearsals will begin Monday, November 15th
● Attendance is mandatory for Tech Week and all performances.

Commitment to COVID Safety:
The health and safety of our artists, staff, and audience members are our first priority. We will be following all safety guidelines at this time and ask that you wear a mask, keep socially distant whenever possible and follow other guidelines per the CDC & NYS DOH.
*All actors will need to be fully vaccinated by the time rehearsal begins*

Schenectady Light Opera Company pledges to continue to advocate for, and are aiming to build a diverse cast reflective of the Schenectady community. Any and all ethnicities, BIPOC actors and actors of all gender identities are encouraged to audition for all roles.

If you have any questions, please contact sfanw@sloctheater.org.

January 21-30, 2022