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Season 39 Auditions

2024/2025 SEASON - Open Stage is holding general auditions for its upcoming 39th Season. Rehearsals and performances in Harrisburg, PA. Non-equity. Compensation paid.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2024.


CASTING BREAKDOWN & PRODUCTION CALENDARS ARE BELOW.


MUSICAL THEATRE ACTORS

If you are auditioning for a musical or cabarets, please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song. An accompanist will be provided, please do not sing a cappella. Musical theatre actors are encouraged to bring two contrasting songs, though we may not need to hear both.


MONOLOGUES

All auditioning for POTUS, RIDE THE CYCLONE, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and THE COLORED MUSEUM, should prepare a one-minute monologue. No Shakespeare or classical works, please. Bring a resume (if you have one) and headshot or recent picture that we may keep.


RETURNING OPEN STAGE ARTISTS

For those artists who have worked with Open Stage in the past three seasons, you do not need to sign up for an audition slot. Please email casting@openstagehbg.com noting for what shows you are interested in being considered.


YOUTH

All actors auditioning should be 18+, please, unless auditioning for Anne or Peter in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK or the walk-on Young Girl in THE COLORED MUSEUM. There are no roles available for any other youth at this audition call. A CHRISTMAS CAROL will have a separate youth audition if needed; students of The Alsedek Theatre School are given preference for those roles in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Productions of The Alsedek Theatre School, including PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and THE HOBBIT.


VIDEO SUBMISSIONS

Video submissions should be unlisted Vimeo or Youtube videos. Google Drive videos will not be accepted. Please send link, headshot, and resume to casting@openstagehbg.com.


LOCATION

Auditions will be held at Open Stage, located at 25 N. Court St. Harrisburg PA 17101. The theatre is located on the street level of the Walnut Street Parking Garage. Street parking is free up to 4 hours on Saturdays with the discount code LUVHBG on the ParkMobile app.


NOTES

No phone calls, please. If you are unable to attend any of the auditions listed, please feel free to submit materials, including videos, to casting@openstagehbg.com. Alternate audition dates may be available, too.

CASTING BREAKDOWN & PRODUCTION CALENDARS ARE BELOW


CASTING FOR THESE SEASON 39 PRODUCTIONS

Sat Jun 8 Open Stage Gala Cabaret at King Mansion 

Fri Jun 14 Broadway Cabaret at Fort Hunter

Sat Jun 29 Court Street Cabaret: Broadway Edition

Jul 27 & 28, 2024 POTUS; or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Sep 6-21, 2024 Go Your Own Way: A Celebration of Fleetwood Mac Studio Theater

Oct 12 - Nov 2, 2024 Ride the Cyclone

Oct 17 - Nov 1, 2024 Court Street Cabaret: Oversung Edition**

Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2024 A Christmas Carol (25th Annual Production)

Dec 4-20, 2023 A Very Court Street Cabaret Christmas**

Feb 7-28, 2025 Court Street Cabaret: Miscast Edition**

Feb 8 - Mar 1, 2025 Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Mar 22 - April 12, 2025 I'm Proud of You (co-production w/ Someone to Tell it To)

Mar 25-28, 2025 The Diary of Anne Frank (25th Annual Production) at Scottish Rite Theater

May 31 - Jun 21, 2025 The Colored Museum (co-production w/ Sankofa African American Theatre Company)


Audition Casting Breakdown & Schedules


**Court Street Cabaret

Evenings of song from Broadway and beyond!

SEEKING: 8-10 singers for each of the 4 productions


COURT STREET CABARET: Broadway Edition

CSC BWAY Rehearsals

Tue Jun 4 6-9pm

Wed Jun 5 6-9pm

Thu Jun 6 6-9pm

Sat Jun 8 3pm call

Tue Jun 11 6-9pm

Thu Jun 13 6-9pm

Fri Jun 14 5pm call

Sat Jun 29 4-6:30pm

CSC BWAY Performances

Sat Jun 8 Open Stage Gala

at King Mansion, Harrisburg

Fri Jun 14 7pm Broadway Cabaret at Ft Hunter

Sat Jun 29 7:30pm Court Street Cabaret:  Broadway Edition at Open Stage



COURT STREET CABARET: OVERSUNG EDITION

OVERSUNG Rehearsals:

Tue Oct 1 6-10pm

Tue Oct 8 6-10pm

Sat Oct 12 2:30-5pm

Tue Oct 15 6-10pm

CSC OVERSUNG Performances at Open Stage:

Thu Oct 17 7:30pm

Fri Oct 18 9pm (following RIDE THE CYCLONE)

Sat Oct 18 9pm (following RIDE THE CYCLONE)

Fri Oct 25 9pm (following RIDE THE CYCLONE)

Sat Oct 26 9pm (following RIDE THE CYCLONE)

Fri Nov 1 9pm (following RIDE THE CYCLONE)



A VERY COURT STREET CABARET CHRISTMAS!

CSC XMAS Rehearsals:

Wed Nov 13 6 – 10pm

Sun Nov 17 12 – 3pm

Sat Nov 30 10am – 1pm

Tue Dec 3 6 – 10pm

CSC XMAS Performances at Open Stage:

Wed Dec 4 7:30pm

Fri Dec 13 9:30pm (following performance of WHO’S HOLIDAY!)

Fri Dec 20 9:30pm (following performance of WHO’S HOLIDAY!)



COURT STREET CABARET: MISCAST EDITION

CSC MISCAST Rehearsals:

Tue Jan 21 6-10pm

Wed Jan 22 6-10pm

Tue Feb 4 6-10pm

Wed Feb 5 6-10pm

Thu Feb 6 6-10pm

CSC MISCAST Performances at Open Stage:

Fri Feb 7 7:30pm

Sat Feb 15 9:30pm (following HEDWIG)

Fri Feb 21 9:30pm (following HEDWIG)

Sat Feb 22 9:30pm (following HEDWIG)

Fri Feb 28 9:30pm (following HEDWIG)



Jul 27 & 28, 2024 in the Capital Blue Cross Main Stage at Open Stage

POTUS

or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

a staged reading of the play by Selina Fillinger; directed by Francesca Amendolia

About the show: A wild ride through the chaos of the White House, where a single misstep can lead to global mayhem. When the President turns a PR disaster into an international crisis, it's up to seven formidable women to clean up the mess. 100m

Seeking: 7 actors. From the playwright: “Any of these women can be any ethnicity. At least three of them should be WOC. Actors can be female-identifying or non-binary. Age is flexible. Beauty is subjective. So long as they’re fast, fierce, and fucking hilarious.”

The Women, in order of their emotional proximity to POTUS (closest to farthest):

HARRIET– She/her. Late 40s-60s. Chief of Staff. A political bulldog who has chosen every aspect of her life, appearance, and personality in service of her career. A sexless and humorless middle-aged woman who lives and dies by the polls. Starts the play at a 7 and skyrockets from there. Everything is a means to the end.

JEAN– She/her. 40s-60s. Press Secretary. A hawk in a turtleneck. A high-strung, quick-witted woman who can handle any pressroom and sterilize any scandal. A single working mother whose pristine life is threatened only by her knee-weakening attraction to disastrous sexual partners—one, in particular. Harriet’s more polished and more tactful counterpart. Think CJ from West Wing, but with more bite, cynicism, and learned paranoia.

STEPHANIE– She/her. 20s-30s. Presidential secretary. An obedient and diminutive millennial, terrified of failure and perpetually on the edge of nervous breakdown. Deeply brilliant, just crippled by her own imposter syndrome. So much potential energy and rage just waiting to be set free.

DUSTY– She/her. 20s-30s. President’s plaything. A glowing, curious, sex-positive girl with a multitude of skills and a bright future! Loves civic duty! Loves democracy! Determined to make the world better!

BERNADETTE– She/her. 30s-50s. White. President’s sister. A total trash fire. Strife and mayhem. A coked-up tornado with raw sexual charisma, fiery temper, and fantastic sense of humor. Jean’s kryptonite.

CHRIS– She/her. 30s-40s. Black/African-American. A journalist. Overburdened, under-slept, postpartum, newly-divorced, on the brink of irrelevancy. A dogged reporter with much to gain and everything to lose.

MARGARET– She/her. 40s-60s. Black/African-American. The First Lady. An impeccable combination of high fashion, corporate experience, and legal savvy. Regal, sophisticated, brimming with bitterness and pent-up rage. Goes for the jugular.

POTUS Rehearsals:

Mon Jul 22 6-10pm

Tue Jul 23 6-10pm 

Wed Jul 24 6-9pm (potential)

Thu Jul 25 6-9pm (potential)

Fri Jul 26 7-10pm

Sat Jul 27 12:30pm-4:30pm

POTUS Performance Schedule: 

7:30pm: Jul 27

2:00pm: Jul 28



Sep 6-21, 2024 in The Studio Theater at Open Stage

Go Your Own Way: A Celebration of Fleetwood Mac 

About the show:  A musical journey through the timeless hits of this iconic band, from their early days to their greatest hits. Featuring classics like "Dreams," "Landslide," "Rhiannon," and more. 1h 30m with one intermission

Seeking: 3 to 5 singers with incredible voices and high energy. Singers who also play instruments welcome. 

GYOW Rehearsals begin July 23; Tech begins August 24.

GYOW Performance Schedule: 

7:30pm: Sep 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21

4:00pm: Sep 8



Oct 12 - Nov 2, 2024 on the Capital BlueCross Main Stage at Open Stage

Ride the Cyclone

with music, lyrics and book by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell

About the show: a darkly humorous and poignant musical that follows the lives of six teen chamber choir singers tragically cut short by a roller coaster accident. In afterlife's dilapidated carnival they are offered a chance to return to life through storytelling. 90min. 

RTC Rehearsals begin September 3, 2024; Tech starts Sep 28

RTC Performance Schedule: 

7:30pm: Oct 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, Nov 1, 2  |  3:00pm: Oct 13, 20, 27

RTC Production calendar: 

RTC Casting Breakdown: 

THE AMAZING KARNAK- He/him. Non-singing role; the narrator; a mechanical fortune-telling machine

OCEAN O’CONNELL ROSENBERG- She/her. The leader of the group, relentlessly competitive. High Broadway mix, with a pop quality; big range.

MISCHA BACHINSKI- He/him. Adopted from Ukraine as a teenager; he has a thick Ukrainian dialect and a lot of rage; obsessed with Gansgsta Rap and auto-tune; soulful romantic side; Baritenor with the ability to sing lyrical Ukrainian folk music as well rap.

NOEL GRUBER- He/him. The only gay kid in Uranium; never had a relationship; obsessed with French New Wave cinema. Must be able to sing in the style of a French chanteuse.

RICKY POTTS- He/him. Suffers from a degenerative disease that has left him speechless and mostly immobile; he discovers at the beginning of the play that in this strange purgatory, he has regained these abilities. Baritone rock voice; basic accordion a plus.

CONSTANCE BLACKWOOD- She/her. Overweight, and outwardly okay with it, but there is a very deep self-loathing. Will do anything for Ocean's friendship; "the nicest girl in town." Very likable comic actress; alto belt, with a rock edge.

JANE DOE- She/her. She was decapitated in the accident and no one claimed her body; even though she isn't headless in the piece (but often carries around a headless doll). She reacts in a literal way and largely without emotion, almost robot-like; the other contestants are totally freaked out by her. Classically trained soprano with a flexible coloratura upper range, and some grit and meat in the lower register.



Nov 30 - Dec 22,  2024 on the Capital BlueCross Main Stage

A Christmas Carol

adapted by Stuart Landon & Rachel Landon; based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel; directed by Stuart Landon; featuring Nicholas Hughes as Scrooge

Seeking: actors for various roles

ACC Rehearsals begin Oct 12, 2024; Tech Starts Nov 16; [No rehearsals Nov 27-29]

ACC Performances:

7:30pm: Nov 30, Dec 5, 7, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21

2:00pm: Dec 1, 15

6:00pm: Dec 22

Special event: Sun Dec 8 - call time TBD

Potential Student Matinees: Dec 6, 13, 18 at 9:30am



Feb 8 to Mar 1, 2025 on the Capital BlueCross Main Stage

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

text by John Cameron Mitchell; music and lyrics by Stephen Trask; directed by Chris Gibson

About the show: rock musical follows Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer East German singer of a fictional rock and roll band. 

HEDWIG Rehearsals begin Dec 28, 2024; Tech starts Jan 25

HEDWIG  Performances:

7:30pm: Feb 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28. Mar 1  |  3:00pm: Feb 9, 16, 23

Casting Two Roles: 

HEDWIG- Male/NB. 20s-50s. East German rock singer and front woman of The Angry Inch; formerly Hansel, a slip of a girly boy who grew up in communist East Berlin, fell in love with an American GI; became Hedwig and underwent a botched “sex change” operation in order to marry and move to the states; glamorous, charismatic and always commanding even when at her most bitchy or vulnerable; has had high highs and low lows; very strong rock tenor (high to B4); must have a convincing East German accent; actor must be able to dexterously shift from persona to persona (Hedwig's mother, husband, rock icon ex-lover, Tommy Gnosis); actor should have terrific physical stamina.


YITZHAK- Female/NB. 20s-50s. Hedwig's Croatian male husband and roadie/back-up singer; he is Hedwig's vocal sparring partner; theirs is an emotional and at times abusive relationship; the actress playing Yitzhak should be believable as a butch male but one that chafes at the bonds of traditional masculinity and longs to explore his feminine, creative side; very strong singer with rock and roll vibe; wide vocal range a must (High belt to a G); must have a convincing Balkan accent; should be able play basic percussion instruments - tambourine; maracas.


March 22 - April 12, 2025 on the Capital BlueCross Main Stage at Open Stage

I’m Proud of You

by Tim Madigan and Harry Parker; based on the book I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers by Tim Madigan; a co-production of Open Stage and Someone to Tell it To; directed by Kelli Kauterman; part of The Good at Heart Festival 2025

About the show: The true story of a life-altering friendship between Tim Madigan, an “anonymous guy who wrote stories for a newspaper in Texas,” and Fred Rogers, the icon of children’s television and one of history’s most beloved celebrities. 90m.

IPOY Rehearsals begin Feb 11, 2025; Tech starts Mar 8

IPOY Performances:

7:30pm: Mar 22, 28, 29, Apr 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12  |  2:00pm: March 23, 30

IPOY Casting Breakdown: 

TIM MADIGAN- He/him. 30s-40s.

FRED ROGERS- He/him. 60s. 

ACTOR 1- Male or non-binary. 30s-40s. Plays multiple roles. 

ACTOR 2- Female or non-binary. 30s-40s. Plays multiple roles.



Mar 25-28, 2025 at the Scottish Rite, Harrisburg

The Diary of Anne Frank

adapted by Wendy Kesselman;  from the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett; based on the memoir Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl; staged by Stacy Reck, originally directed by Stuart Landon; part of The Good at Heart Festival 2025

DAF Rehearsals begin Feb 8, 2025; Tech starts Mar 22

DAF Performances:

9:45am: Mar 25, 26, 27, 28

7:30pm: Mar 27

Note: performances are held at Scottish Rite, Harrisburg, 2701 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17110

DAF Casting Breakdown: 

ANNE FRANK: Female, teens-20s to play 13.

OTTO FRANK: Male, 40s-60s. Anne's father. 

EDITH FRANK: female, 40s-60s. Anne's mother. 

MARGOT FRANK: female, 14-25 to play Anne's older sister. 

PETER VAN DAAN: Male, 14-25 to play 16.

MRS. VAN DAAN:  Female, 40s-60s. Peter's father. 

MR. VAN DAAN: Male, 40s-60s. Peter's mother. 

MR. DUSSEL:  Male, 20s-50s. A dentist.

MR. KRALER:  Male, 20s-50s.

MIEP GIES: Female, 20s-50s.

OFFICERS: 3 Males.

DAF About the show: Open Stage celebrates the 25th season of this iconic play!

Anne Frank's unforgettable story, born from the depths of the 20th century's darkest chapter, remains a poignant reminder of human resilience. 105min 


May 31 - Jun 15, 2025 on the Capital BlueCross Main Stage at Open Stage

The Colored Museum

a play by George C. Wolfe;  directed by Johntrae Williams; a co-production of Open Stage and Sankofa African American Theatre Company

About the show: a bold satire that presents series of 11 "exhibits" that challenge and redefine Black American culture. 100m 

TCM Rehearsals begin April 15, 2025; Tech begins May 17

TCM Performances:

7:30pm: May 31,  Jun 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21  |  3:00pm: Jun 1, 8, 15

Seeking: 2 men and 3 women, all Black, who perform all of the characters. A little girl, 7-12 years old, is needed for a walk-on part.





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