The Wild Party

Director BRIAN CLEMENTE
Music Director DAN GALLIHER
Choreographer CAROLYN FRANTZ
Producers MICHAEL CAMELO & AMY CLARK

In 1920’s Manhattan, lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw a decadent party, inviting a host of dark and fascinating guests. As the long night reaches its climax, jealousy, passion, and violence ensue, and it becomes clear to Queenie that this is an evening that they can never come back from. For mature audiences.

The Wild Party is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Audition Dates and Times

Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7 pm – Sign in begins at 6:30.

Callbacks (by invitation only) Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11 am.

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

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, October 22nd, 2018.

Audition Specifics

  • Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of music from a Broadway show – ideally in a style similar to the show or from the show itself.
  • Please also bring your own sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.
  • There will be a dance audition and everyone should be prepared to dance, so please dress accordingly.
  • Readings from the script will be provided.
  • Please bring a calendar with all your conflicts to the audition as well.
  • Anyone under 18 is welcome to audition, but due to mature content, a parental signature will be required on the The Wild Party Audition Form.
  • All ethnicities are encouraged to attend and will be considered for ALL roles.

PLEASE NOTE: This show contains mature language, violence, drug use and sexual situations. 

If you have any questions, please contact the producers Michael Camelo (m.camelo@aol.com), Amy Clark (aclark@bhbl.org), or the director Brian Clemente (bclemente612@gmail.com)

About the Show 

Adapted from a 1927 narrative poem of the same name, The Wild Party tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie and Burrs, a vaudeville dancer and a vaudeville clown. In a relationship marked by vicious behavior and recklessness (mirroring the time in which they live), they decide to throw a party to end all parties. As the guests arrive, we meet an assortment of people living on the edge, and Queenie’s wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black. As the decadence reaches its climax, so does Burrs’ jealousy, and it soon becomes clear to Queenie and all that this is a evening that they will never be able to come back from.

Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party premiered Off-Broadway in 2000 at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. Ironically, the 1999-2000 season also featured a Broadway production based on the same poem, written by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe. The Off-Broadway production starred Julia Murney, Brian D’Arcy James, Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, and went on to win multiple Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel, and Obie Awards.

About the Director 

Brian Clemente has a BA in Theatre and English Literature from SUNY Geneseo, and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Stony Brook Southampton. Over the last few years, he has worked as an Assistant Director to both Stephen Hamilton and Scott Schwartz on numerous professional productions including the American Premiere of Angry Young Man at Urban Stages in New York City, as well as the Guild Hall production of All My Sons with Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf.

He is also a Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the Knot Theatre Company, with whom he has directed Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph and several new-play reading nights in New York City. Although he is a new face to SLOC, he is a native of the Capital Region, having grown up in Broadalbin, New York. He couldn’t be more excited to finally get the chance to work on this show, and with this welcoming and vibrant theatre community!

Character Breakdown

Queenie – Female, 20-30

Blonde and beautiful. Sexy. A Vaudeville performer. Looks a little older and more tired than her age would indicate. Afraid of being alone. She has become attached to Burrs’ presence and his ability to match her ravenous sexual appetite.

Vocal Range – F3 to F5/Strong belt preferred.

Burrs – Male, 25-40

Handsome; dangerous; charming; comical as hell. A professional clown. Sexually ravenous and drawn to Queenie like a moth to the flame.

Vocal Range – G3 to A5

Black – Male, 25-35

Strong, handsome. Protective. The fire burning inside of him is controlled by a cool exterior. An enigmatic loner. Recently moved to New York and is looking for something to excite him.

Vocal Range – F3 to G5

Kate – Female, 20-30

Sexy, sensual, and confident. A lush. A woman who takes pride in her rags-to-riches background regardless of how she got where she is. Enjoys being the life of the party, and can be terribly jealous of Queenie

Vocal Range – F3 to E5

Madelaine True – Female, 30-50

A tired woman with slanted eyes and a cruel mouth. An announced lesbian. Sexually hungry. Blunt and very dry.

Vocal Range – A3 to E5

Eddie – Male, 25-40

Mae’s boyfriend who is perhaps even more dim-witted than she is. A big oaf. Can be a lovable teddy bear but also a quick tempered brute with an athletic past. Above all, he loves Mae and would do anything for her.

Vocal Range – A3 to A5

Mae – Female, 20-35

Eddie’s girlfriend; sweet and beautiful, but not particularly bright. Small in stature with a heart the size of the Empire State Building; Adores Eddie.

Vocal range – A3 to D5

Oscar D’Armano – Male, 25-35

Phil’s brother and lover who dresses as his twin. A composer and an entertainer in every sense of the word. Very flamboyant.

Vocal Range – A3 to B5

Phil D’Armano – Male, 25-35

Oscar’s brother and lover who dresses as his twin. A composer and an entertainer in every sense of the word. Very flamboyant.

Vocal Range – A3 to A5

Dolores – Female, 25-40

A party-goer pitching ideas and hoping to score with Sam. A wild woman of the night.

Vocal Range – A3 to A5

Jackie – Male, 25-35

Silent. A sweet dancer. The kind of person who is always there with a smile yet seems to be inherently sad.

Nadine – Female, 16-18*

The only minor at the party. Waifish and somewhat naïve. She is in over her head and trying to keep up.

Vocal Range – A3 to A5

Sam – Male, 30-50

Busy producer and lover of attention. Trying to avoid Dolores’ pitches until they become sexual.

Vocal Range – A3 to A5

Max – Male, 25-35

Full of energy and life. Bartender, and usual member of “The Gang”

Vocal Range – A3 to B5

Ensemble – Other party goers/members of “The Gang”. Lots of opportunities to feature ensemble members in both singing and dancing.

 

January 18-20 & 24-27, 2019