4/4 & 4/5 Curtains at The Arvada Center

The Arvada Center will hold auditions for the musical, Curtains at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., on April 4 and 5. Chorus dance call is in Denver on April 8. New York City auditions are April 15-17. Gavin Mayer will direct Curtains with musical direction by David Nehls and choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck. The Arvada Center Artistic Producer is Rod A. Lansberry.


Denver auditions are April 4 and 5, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. On April 8, the women’s chorus dance call is 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and men’s chorus dance call is from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. by appointment only. Call the Arvada Center Box Office at 720-898-7200 to schedule an appointment time. Please do not contact the production staff to schedule an appointment. Actors must be 18 years & older to audition.


Wojcik/Seay Casting will coordinate the New York City auditions, April 15-17. To be considered for a New York audition, mail a hard copy of your headshot and résumé and indicate the role you are interested in (if known) to the following address:

Wojcik/Seay Casting

Attn. Curtains, Arvada CO production

247 West 38th Street 10th Floor

New York, NY 10018

NO CALLS PLEASE – qualified actors will be contacted to schedule an audition


Experienced performers with strong acting and singing abilities are needed. Strong movement abilities are required.  See the character breakdown (below) for specifics on available roles. Actors should prepare 16-32 bars from a song appropriate to the style of show. Please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Recorded music or a cappella audition will eliminate casting consideration. A current headshot and résumé are required. Equity members must have a current equity ID card.


This is an Equity LORT B production, non-equity actors will be considered. Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds including a wide range of ages, physiques are needed and encouraged to audition for all roles.


Rehearsals for Curtains begin on June 18, 2013. The show opens on July 9 and runs through July 28. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a total of eight shows per week.


Character Breakdown:

LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFI (40s) Baritone – Local Boston detective who is also a musical theatre aficionado. Aside from being exceptionally good at his job, he has also aspired to be a musical theatre performer his entire life. He falls in love with Niki.

NIKI HARRIS (20s-early 30s) Soprano – Pretty, naive ingénue. Niki is a chorus girl/understudy in the chorus of the show-within-the-show during its Boston tryout. She aspires to make it as a performer on Broadway. She meets and falls in love with Dt. Frank Cioffi who is investigating a murder at the theatre. Actress must have legit Soprano and good comic timing.

GEORGIA HENDRICKS (30s) Mezzo – Female half of the songwriting team. She ends up taking on the leading lady role. She must sing and dance well.

CARMEN BERNSTEIN (45-65) Alto – Brassy Broadway producer. She is a terrific comedic actress who sings well.

AARON FOX (40s) Baritone – The composer of the show-within-the-show. His songwriting partner, Georgia, is also his wife from whom he’s separated. He’s a sexy, charming ladies’ man.

SIDNEY BERNSTEIN (Late 50s-Mid 60s) Must sing in ensemble. The producer of an out of town flop. Sidney is tough and self-serving. Actor should have good comic timing.

CHRISTOPHER BELLING (40-60) Baritone – English director. Very camp. Very funny. Requires a good comic lead actor.

BAMBI BERNET (Early 20s-early 30s) Soprano – Performer in the chorus and daughter of Carmen, the lead producer. Hungry to work her way up to leading performer many think she was only hired because of her mother. Bambi is a good dancer/comedienne who sings well.

DARYL GRADY (30s) Must sing in ensemble. A Theatre critic for the local Boston newspaper, he enjoys using the power he has to make or break shows during their out of town tryouts.

JOHNNY HARMON (40s-50s) Must sing in ensemble. The Stage Manager of the show-within-the-show. Johnny is a character man who is gruff but lovable. He keeps the company in line and on their toes throughout the rehearsal process.

OSCAR SHAPIRO (45-65) Baritone – The general manager. He is an agreeable if slightly gruff man. He is always looking for any angle to find money. Requires a good comic actor who sings.

BOBBY PEPPER (20s to early 30s) Baritone – The choreographer and lead dancer. He is a strong singer who dances well.

JESSICA CRANSHAW (30s-40s) Soprano -Fading Hollywood star. A diva, who has no right to be one, she is a terrible singer and actress who stars in the show-within-the-show and gets murdered on its opening night.

SASHA ILJINSKY Must sing in ensemble. The show’s pit conductor. He/She sings the opening song in Act II and leads the orchestra.

ENSEMBLE ROLES:  Randy Dexter, Mona Page, Harv Fremont, Roberta Wooster, Detective O’Farrell, Marjorie Cook, Arleen Barruca, Roy Stetson, Brick Hawvermale, Jane Setler, Connie Subbotin, Peg Prentice, Ronnie Dricoll, Russ Cochran.


About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Since its opening in 1976, the award winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada and by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. For more information go to www.arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200.




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