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Auditions for Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical

Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical
By Todd Almond & Sarah Ruhl
June 7-16, 2024

When: 

  • Monday, April 8  |  6:00-9:00pm

  • Callbacks on April 9th as needed

  • Actors who cannot make this time can schedule a time BEFORE this date to be seen, or may self-tape. Contact production@iowastage.org to schedule or submit.

Where:

Iowa Stage Theatre Company Rehearsal Space

1472 NE 69th Pl, Ste 101  |  Ankeny, Iowa 50021

General Audition Information:

  • Every auditioner should prepare a monologue and a song. 16 bars is requested. Please provide your own music. Sides are available below.

  • Iowa Stage has adopted the Chicago Theatre Standards as a code of conduct.

  • If you are unable to attend the scheduled time for auditions, you may make alternate arrangements for a time prior to the scheduled audition, or may self-tape an audition for consideration. All self-taped auditions will be reviewed by the Director and Artistic Director. Contact production@iowastage.org to schedule or submit.

  • Auditions may be recorded. Attendance or non-attendance of these auditions does not restrict future opportunities with Iowa Stage.

  • Actors who wish to read together will be permitted to do so, but may also be asked to read with others, including the audition reader.

  • Except as noted, all roles are open to all ethnicities, and LGBTQ actors and actors of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to attend. 

  • Iowa Stage Theatre Company has a Resident Artist Company, but welcomes and relies on artists across the community to create our work.​​

 

Shows and Audition Requirements:

Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical by Todd Almond and Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Emily Davis

First Rehearsal: April 12, 2024

Performances: June 6-16, 2024

 

Audition scenes from the show will be provided at the audition. Sides are shared below. An audition reader will be provided. The role of Tilly has been precast. Please note that the ages below are merely suggestions, characters may be older or younger within certain ranges. Actors of all ethnicities, identities and backgrounds are encouraged to audition.

 

  • Tilly: Bank teller, melancholic but in love with the notion of it, fully experiences her emotions in a way that makes others jealous but draws them to her anyway. 

  • Lorenzo: Any gender 35-50 Tilly’s psychiatrist with an unidentifiable Italian accent who is in love with her. They start off emotionally disconnected and jaded but become more and more emotional and obsessive as they interact with Tilly. (Has a fight scene with Frank)

  • Frank: Male 25-35 Tailor, a passionate dreamer who is swept along by Tilly's essence and tries to follow her, tripping over the other characters as they all try to keep up with her. Is Frances’ long lost twin. (Has intimacy scenes with Tilly and a fight scene with Lorenzo)

  • Joan: Female 30-40 British nurse, partner to Frances, No nonsense and unshaken by most of the play's events while being slowly enraptured by Tilly's essence, she fully opens up emotionally to help Frances recover. (Has intimacy scenes with Frances)

  • Frances: Female 25-40 Hairdresser, partner to Joan, falls in love with Tilly while doing her hair, left a career of being a physicist to follow her dreams, feels very strongly and finds deep connection with Tilly's melancholic outlook, slips into a depressive state in second act when Tilly finds “happiness”. Is Frank’s long long twin. (Has intimacy scene with Tilly, has an intimacy scene with Joan)

  • Julien: Any gender any age Cellist with minimal lines, brooding musician with an air of mystery.

Thank you for your interest in auditioning!

In January 2024, we held general auditions to scout talent and meet members of the theatre community. We hope to continue this practice annually. We will be holding show-based auditions for remaining 2024 productions at dates to be announced. To stay notified:

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Notes about Iowa Stage auditions and practices:

  • Iowa Stage Theatre Company has adopted the Chicago Theatre Standards as a code of conduct.

  • Attendance or non-attendance at auditions does not restrict future opportunities with Iowa Stage.

  • Except as noted, all roles are open to all ethnicities, and LGBTQ actors and actors of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to attend. 

  • Iowa Stage Theatre Company has a Resident Artist Company, but we welcome and rely on artists across the community to create our work. To learn more about joining the Resident Artist Company, contact business@iowastage.org.

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Iowa Stage Theatre's high standards for quality, consistency, and inclusion attract some of the best artists in Central Iowa. Furthermore, Iowa Stage Theatre pays a stipend to ALL performers for their work. In addition to our Resident Artist Company, Iowa Stage Theatre relies on the contributions of many local artists.

 

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