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9/19 & 9/20 1940’s Radio Hour at Arvada Center

The Arvada Center Announces Auditions for The 1940’s Radio Hour

Arvada CO – The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will hold
auditions for The 1940’s Radio Hour at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., September 19 and 20, 2011. Bev Newcomb-Madden will direct the 1940’s Radio Hour, with musical direction by David Nehls and choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Artistic Producer, Rod A. Lansberry.

Denver auditions are September 19 and 20, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., by appointment only. Call the Arvada Center at 720-898-7200 to schedule a time.

Experienced actors 18 years & older with strong performing and singing abilities are needed. Dance and/or movement experience and background are required. See the character breakdown (below) for specifics on available roles. Actors should prepare 16 – 32 bars of an up-tempo period music appropriate to the show and a 1-minute comic monologue appropriate to musical comedy. 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, although non-equity actors will beconsidered. Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds including a wide range of physiques are needed and encouraged to audition for all roles.

Rehearsals for The 1940’s Radio Hour begin on November 8. The show opens on November 29 and runs through December 23, 2011. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a total of eight shows per week.

About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Now celebrating its 35th Season, the award winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is 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). For more information, visit http://www.arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200.

ARVADA CENTER – THE 1940’S RADIO HOUR CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Pops Bailey – Doorman, over 60. Crotchety, wizened stage door keeper.

Lou Cohn – Stage manager. Cues the show & runs sound effects. Plenty of authority & no real responsibility.

Clifton A. Feddington – Announcer & general manager. Always has
problems, but is genuine & vulnerable. Singing required. Range C to middle C

Neal Tilden – The show’s not too talented comic. Wants to do it all, sing, dance & act. Would like to be more important than he is. Sings & dances. Range C to C#

Biff Baker – All American boy who is in uniform & will be going overseas tomorrow. Maybe plays the trumpet & definitely sings & dances. C to C

Johnny Cantone – Featured vocalist. Crooner who drinks too much even during the show. Sad, but sweet. Good looking, but never became what he might have been. Sings. Range A to D

BJ Gibson – Student at Yale. Sings, taps & does a mean jitterbug. Very aggressive about his career. Good looking & squeaky clean. Range Bb to D

Wally Ferguson – to play late teens, works in the drugstore across the street. Brings food & drink to the cast, but really wants to be one of them. We love him because his is so innocent and eager.

Stanley – studio technician who lugs cable. Not too bright, but lovable.

Ann Collier – “Classic Big Band Singer” of the period. Dances.
Everybody’s favorite, but what’s she doing here with all that talent? Range Gb to Cb

Geneva Lee Brown – African-American high class lady with a voice like velvet. Dressed to kill. Can be brassy & sassy too. Range F – C

Connie Miller – Bobbysoxer. High energy with good singing voice. Has a bit of the young Judy Garland in her. Taps & jitterbugs. Range C to D

Ginger Brooks – Bubble headed parody of a ‘40’s “pin up girl.” Sings, dances and is always aware of herself and her sexuality. Range F to C

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