Auditions

Albuquerque Little Theatre announces plans for a new murder-mystery musical to be presented online this spring!

Video auditions for A KILLER PARTY are being solicited and accepted starting now!  This will be a completely Covid-19 safety-compliant production directed by Henry Avery.  Please check out details below:

The story revolves around the murder of a prominent community theatre director at a dinner party in his own home.  The guests/suspects are all typical character-types associated with community theatre.  A young, inexperienced meter maid who is the only “official” available at the time of the murder, gets the assignment to investigate.  She divides the guests into separate rooms in the mansion, and, through humorous dialogue and musical numbers, the investigation begins, ultimately resulting in a fun and surprising conclusion.

This new, Broadway-style murder mystery musical was written for the Covid-19 pandemic era.  It is designed to be filmed remotely and with all safety protocols in place.  Therefore, more than the usual restrictions and requirements will be placed on the individual performers as to the remote, safe recording of dialogue and musical numbers.  This will be a new adventure for all involved, so flexibility, creativity and PATIENCE will be important in making this project successful and fun.  The professional version of A KILLER PARTY was released last spring and is still available for On Demand viewing at akillerpartymusical.com.  It is highly recommended that you watch the show in preparation for your audition.

Your audition video should contain a 32-bar Broadway-style song that showcases your range and personality PLUS (in the same video) a one-minute monologue that shows good diction, character and humor. You are welcome to cut/pause between song and monologue, making sure you submit only one YouTube video link. (You will need to upload your video to YouTube, and then send us the link). A KILLER PARTY is a broad musical COMEDY.  Have fun!

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All roles are currently open and available.  Casting is open to anyone who feels they would like to try for a particular role.  ALL roles are singing roles, so vocal quality is important.  There is some flexibility in casting in regard to gender, race, age and body type.  All auditions will receive equal consideration!  There are eleven defined roles, but we are hoping to cast some backup singers as well.

Audition videos must be submitted by February 2nd.  Casting should be finalized by mid-February, and music rehearsals will begin immediately.  Filming and editing will take place in March, aiming for an early April air date.

ROLES:
Varthur McArthur — Artistic Director of a community theatre.  Big fish in a little pond.  Mature; pompous; arrogant.  Doubles as his twin brother.

Justine Case — Young, mild-mannered meter maid.  Spunky; quirky; determined.  Being the only “official” available, she has been assigned to investigate the murder.

Clark Staples — Forever the community theatre stage manager, an all-around theatre junkie.  Both loyal and beleaguered.

Shea Crescendo — Theatre designer.  Androgynous, flamboyant, melodramatic, over-the-top personality.

Vivika Orsonwelles — The community theatre Leading Lady.  Pharmacist by day, actress by night.  Protective of her leading lady status and vengeful.

George Murderer — Community theatre Leading Man.  Vain, rich, spoiled.  A would-be writer.

Lily Wright — Ambitious ingenue.  Real estate broker by day, catty actress by night.  Aiming for the spotlight.

Cameron Mitchelljohn — Perennial chorus boy who longs to be the star.  A cater-waiter by trade, with big dreams and fantasies.

Joan McArthur — Varthur’s wife.  Rich, successful lawyer who backs her husband’s ventures but has her own secret, private life.  Must have excellent Russian accent.

Detective Case — The mature Justine Case, now a prominent detective trying to write her memoirs.  A real Grande Dame of police work.

Jeremy Jordan — A typical Broadway musical comedy star who appears in Cameron’s fantasies.  Vain and self-confident.


Audition Tips:

Be prepared! If you are asked to present a song or monologue, prepare your piece well. Memorize your selection and practice it! For cold reads, familiarize yourself with the story and the characters (excerpts from scripts can be found online). Do your homework on the project. This includes knowing all the players and the show’s tone and style.

Be kind! Remember that your audition for every show begins the moment you walk in the door. You may be perfect in the audition room, but rudeness or misbehavior in the lobby will be noticed.

Be on time! We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment or open call time so that all of your paperwork can be completed before you go in for your auditions. Arriving early also gives you time to relax and focus and not feel rushed.

Use your waiting time wisely! It is great to see old friends and make new ones at an audition, but be sure to take some time to focus on your audition.

Dress appropriately! Come dressed for movement. This means you should dress in clothes that are comfortable and will not impede your movement, but still be neat, clean and nice looking. Sturdy shoes that stay on your feet are a must!

You can only be you, so be yourself and enjoy the process! Perform because you love performing. Share your artistry above all else. Try to relax and enjoy your moment to shine, to perform, and grow with experience.

Remember that we’re all human in that room, and you have the power to affect us on an emotional level. It’s what we all really want. That’s your job as an actor. We want you to be fully present, truthful, personal, and vulnerable to give us the ingredients we need to make each show at ALT better than the last. We all want to present the Albuquerque community with great work. We’re rooting for every actor. You show up and do your fullest, deepest work, and we will have the opportunity to present OUR fullest work on opening night! Welcome to Albuquerque Little Theatre!