Sunday, October 10, 2010

AUDITIONS: “SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS”

Vagabond Players are holding auditions for

SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS
Written by Richard Alfieri
Directed by Roy Hammond
Dances choreographed by Richelle “Rikki” Howie

WHEN: Sunday, October 24, and Monday, October 25, from 7:30–9:30 PM; (If necessary, call backs will be Wednesday, October 27, at 7:30 PM)
Rehearsals will start on  November 17, 2010.
WHERE: 806 S. Broadway, Baltimore
410.563.9135

Performance dates are January 7 – February 6, 2011, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Rehearsals are scheduled for time off for the holidays and enough time has been allowed for any snow days.

SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS is a Baltimore area premiere and is a touching and human comedy about an aging but still formidable widow of a Southern Baptist minister who hires an acerbic dance instructor to give her private dance lessons at her condo in St. Petersburg Beach,  Florida. Antagonism between the two gives way to profound compatibility as they swing dance, tango, waltz, foxtrot and cha-cha while sharing more than dance steps—loyalty, compassion and most of all friendship. The play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

MICHAEL MINETTI: actor able to convincingly portray a man from around mid-30s to early 40s. Michael is an ex-Broadway chorus boy who returned to Florida to take care of his dying mother during the last year of her life. Instead of returning to NYC where his career was at a standstill he took a job as a dance instructor at a local dance studio. His life in NYC was not a great one due to failed romances and a career that went nowhere. Even now, he is alone in Florida with no lasting relationships and a career teaching elderly women how to ballroom dance. His dance lessons for Lily are his first assignment and he is very nervous and not sure what to do which he covers up by his acerbic wit and lying about his life. Instead of thinking through the things he says before he says them he instead blurts out the first thing that comes to his mind which causes trouble in his relationship with Lily. Over the six weeks, through the dance lessons they become friends and he finally lets down his defensive guard and found someone who he can trust and be himself with. This is a two character play so the actor chosen should not have any problems learning lines. Also, the actor playing Michael should have physical rhythm with music and/or capabilities at ballroom dancing. Besides the choreographer, there is a ballroom dance instructor available to the actor.

The role of LILY HARRISON has already been cast.

Auditions will be comprised of cold readings from the script and a short dance audition. A familiarity with the script is advisable but not necessary. Resumes and headshots appreciated. Please wear suitable clothes for the dance audition.

Additional information and directions may be found on the Vagabond’s website (http://www.vagabondplayers.org) or by calling 410.563.9135 or by contacting the director at hammond_balt@excite.com.

All roles are volunteer positions.