4th Wall Theatre is holding open auditions for singers its upcoming NEW JERSEY MUSICAL THEATRE COMPOSERS SHOWCASE. Each composer will be casting several singers to present his/her material to 4th Wall’s audience. The performance will take place at Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield, NJ, on Monday, December 15th at 7:30pm.
The composers and composing teams to be featured are:
David Maglione and Tomas Ruiz
Gonzalo Valencia and Michael Campbell
Colby Dezelick and Mark De La Rosa
Kevin M. Lynch
Each composer will music direct their own material and provide their own set of musicians. The intended audience is a mix of theatregoers and industry guests (agents, publishers, reviewers, etc). No pay, but nice potential for exposure and experience.
Auditions are scheduled on two separate Mondays at two separate locations:
• Monday, November 10th at 7:00 pm
at the Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St, Bloomfield
• Monday, November 17th at 7:00
at Montclair Operetta Club, 494 Valley Road, Montclair
(See directions below.)
Sign up each night starts at 6:30 pm and you must sign-in by 8:00 pm. Different composers will attend each session. If a composer wants to explore your voice further, he or she will do an on-the-spot “callback.” If the director would like you to sing for a composer who is not there on the evening you attend, arrangements will be made for a separate callback date or, with the singer's permission, a video audition will be created for sharing only with the composer in question.
Actors should prepare two songs that show off their voices (see style list below). Bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring conflicts for the rehearsal period (Nov 18-Dec 14) and headshot and resume (stapled together) to the auditions.
Rehearsals will begin as soon as possible after the auditions are finalized and will take place in northern NJ and New York City. Because each composer will be working only with his or her own singers, scheduling will be based on availability. There will be one REQUIRED tech rehearsal at Westminster Arts Center on Monday, December 8th, beginning as early as possible after 4pm.
About the Showcase material
The showcase will feature stand-alone songs as well as sections of new musicals by the composers. There are solos and group numbers, power ballads and quiet thoughts, dramatic and comedic songs, you name it.
WOMEN OF ALL AGES AND ETHNICITIES: sopranos, mezzos, belters, soul singers, singers interested in Eastern European and Middle Eastern styles, and singers with alternative sounds.
MEN OF ALL AGES AND ETHNICITIES: rock/pop baritenors and tenors, singers interested in Eastern European and Middle Eastern styles, and singers with alternative sounds (think Thom Yorke or Matthew Bellamy of Muse)
There are close to 30 songs in the show. Some of the composers have pre-cast some of their material, and we are seeking Broadway performers for some of the songs. That said, we really want to spread the wealth and use many different singers with many different sounds throughout the night.
For directions to Westminster Arts Center, please visit our Directions page: http://www.4thwalltheatre.org/directions.htm
To Montclair Operetta Club (Mass Transit):
Take the DeCamp 66 Bus to Bellevue Plaza, Upper Montclair stop.
This puts you in the parking lot at Bellevue Plaza. In front of you is the Bellevue Movie Theater. Walk to the left to the traffic light and turn right onto Valley Road. Walk approximately ¼ mile. There will be an A&P Grocery Store on your right. Just past the store is Alvin Place. Keep walking on Valley. MOC is the second building after Alvin Place. It is a white one story cinder block garage building set back from the road. The entrance is on the side of the building as you come down the driveway.
New Jersey Transit Bus 28 from Penn Station Newark to Montclair State University will also get you to Valley Road in Montclair. The drop off/pick up spot is in front of the A&P next door to the studio.
New Jersey Transit trains also serve the studio on the Montclair Boonton Line. The station stop is Upper Montclair. The walking directions are as above as the train lets you off at the same place as the bus.