4TH WALL ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR AVENUE Q
4th Wall Theatre will hold open auditions for all roles in the musical Avenue Q, the 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical by Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez, and Jeff Marx. The musical will be directed by Kate Swan with music direction by Markus Hauck. The show will be presented at The Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield, NJ, where the company is in residence. Rehearsals will begin in mid-April, and the performances are scheduled for June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15.
About the Show: Princeton, a new college graduate, can’t afford to live anywhere but Avenue Q, a city neighborhood where reality includes a mix of human and puppet neighbors, like Sesame Street. Unlike Sesame Street, however, life for the residents of Avenue Q is full of grown-up obsessions and problems, uncertain outcomes, and extreme irony; the search for purpose is a difficult one. Being a satire, the show is definitely rated R for language, full puppet nudity, and the inclusion of adult themes such as racism, pornography, homosexuality, and schadenfreude, not to mention Gary Coleman!
Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, March 23, at 3:00pm and Monday, March 24, at 7:00 pm. Sign-up begins at 1/2 hour prior to the audition start time, and anyone auditioning must arrive no later than one hour after the audition begins (4:00 on Sunday, 8:00 on Monday). All auditions will be held at the Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street in Bloomfield, easily accessible by train or bus from Manhattan; directions are available on the 4th Wall website. Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, March 25, at an assigned time, if required, and will include some light puppetry work (with sock puppets).
4th Wall is seeking 7-14 very strong singers/actors (over age 18) to play 3 human characters and 11 puppet characters. No previous experience with puppetry is required. All roles are open, and some actors may double certain roles. Non-traditional casting will be strongly considered. Prepare two contrasting 32-bar selections from contemporary musical theatre songs that show off your voice in the range and style of the character(s) you are auditioning for; please be ready to sing the song(s) while using a sock puppet (to be provided, or you may bring your own). Bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Also bring a headshot and resume stapled together, and be prepared to provide all potential conflicts for evening and weekend rehearsals beginning April 12th.
Character Break Down
BRIAN (human): A laid-back, out-of-work guy married to Christmas Eve. Male, 30-45 yrs old. Range: B2 - F#4
CHRISTMAS EVE (human): A therapist who recently moved to Avenue Q from Japan. Female, 30-45 yrs old. Range: B3 - F#5
GARY COLEMAN (human): Yes, that Gary Coleman. Lives on the Avenue and is superintendent of the apartment buildings. Female (yes, female), 30-40 yrs old. Range: D3 - Bb5
PRINCETON (rod puppet): A fresh-faced kid just out of college and the protagonist - think Walter from recent film “The Muppets.” Male, 20-25 yrs old. Range: Bb2 - G4
KATE MONSTER (live-hands puppet): A Kindergarten teaching assistant, a bit older than Princeton - think adult Prairie Dawn. Female, 25-30 yrs old. Range: F#3 - F5
ROD (rod puppet): An investment banker who is Republican and a closeted homosexual - think Bert. Male, 25-30 yrs old, Range: A2 - G4
NICKY (live-hands puppet): A slacker who lives with Rod - think Ernie. Male, 20-30 yrs old. Range: B2 - B4
LUCY T. SLUT (rod puppet): A vixenish vamp with a dangerous edge - think Jessica Rabbit. Female, 25-30 yrs old. Range: F3 - F5
TREKKIE MONSTER (live-hands puppet): A reclusive creature obsessed with the Internet and all it has to offer - think adult Cookie Monster. Male, 30-40 yrs old. Range: Bb2 - Eb4
ENSEMBLE: various puppet right-handers, understudies, and ensemble roles will come from the ensemble, such as:
THE BAD IDEA BEARS (rod puppets): Two snuggly, cute teddy-bear conscience types.
1 Male, 20-40 yrs old; Range: Bb3 - G4;
1 Female, 20-40 yrs old. Range: Bb3 - C5
MRS. T. (rod puppet): Crabby and ancient: Kate's boss. Female, 50-65 yrs old, Speaking Role.
MOVING BOXES (puppets): Princeton’s belongings. Singing roles.
by Anthony Rubolotta