Auditions

 





Avenue Q  School Edition


JCAT Youth Production










GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS...

Kids! Read this whole page carefully with your parents!


    1. If you plan to audition, please realize this is a serious commitment of time and will require a lot of work... but it’s loads of fun and worth it. Be sure you’re serious about this before you sign up for an audition time.


    2. YOU WILL EACH HAVE TO COME TO 2 AUDITIONS: One for both READING-&-VOICE together… and one for DANCE-&-PUPPETRY.


    3. Yes! All actors must go through BOTH of these… even if you don’t think you can sing or dance or do puppets. We still need to get to know your voice and your ability to move and if you have potential for puppetry.


    4. The reading/singing audition can be scheduled on Tuesday 2/6 (5:30-8:30), Thursday 2/8/(5:3-8:30). See the instructions below on how to schedule your time slot with DOODLE.


    5. The READING and VOICE ARE DONE PRIVATELY, one actor at a time. Each of these auditions takes about 5-6 minutes. You should plan to be there at least 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time to relax and prepare.


    6. DANCE/PUPPETRY audition will be for 3 hours (4-7) on Sunday, 2/11. Please come in dance clothing: dance shoes preferable or shoes (no flops or sandals). If you are a trained dancer, let us know that at your reading/music audition. ALL AUDITIONERS MUST BE AT THIS AUDITION FOR THE FULL TIME. (Some may be dismissed early... but assume you’ll be there)


    7. MICHAEL WILL BE DOING TWO PUPPET-WORKSHOPS BEFORE AUDITIONS. They will be on:

         Tuesday, 1/23                   5:30-7pm                            Puppet Workshop

         Tuesday, 1/30                      5:30-7pm                                 Puppet Workshop


It is super-highly recommended (read “essential”) that you attend one of these two workshops… even if you’ve used puppets before. We have the actual puppets for Avenue Q at JCAT already! Some of them are a little trickier than the ones you MAY be used to. e.g.: some may be too big for your hands. Either way, this is the most complex ‘puppet’ show we’ve ever done since so many of the key characters are puppets who play in both comic and serious scenes… and you have to sing and dance — in character (realistic characters) -- at the same time!


        Even if you don’t sing or dance, THERE ARE ROLES IN THE PLAY THAT DON’T SING OR DANCE.

        Trust us! If you are selected, we’ll make sure you look good.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO AUDITION?

Students, GRADES 6 and up. If you are younger and want to audition, you must speak to Michael first.


HOW TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION TIME

You can schedule your audition on-line!


To sign up for your read/voice audition time:

  1. 1. CLICK HERE: https://doodle.com/poll/94vmd4b5g36efcny

  2. 2. Select only one 6-minute Time Slot. Be sure you check on the correct day you want: Tuesday or Thursday. Tuesday 2/6 (5:30-8:30), Thursday 2/8/(5:3-8:30).

3. Enter all required info (email and phone number, etc), as requested

  1. 4. Click “DONE”


Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time. Keep the link so you can go back and check your time. You can change your audition time if an emergency comes up. Go back to the link, select ‘edit’ and change your time to an available slot. If you are unable to do that, call Michael at 305-798-5088.



AUDITION DATES:

Tuesday 2/6 (5:30-8:30)      Reading and singing

Thursday 2/8/(5:30-8:30)    Reading and singing

Sunday, 2/11 (4-7)              Dance and Puppetry

Tuesday, 2/13, 5:30-8:30                     CALLBACKS



THE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Most rehearsals are:

SUNDAYS 4-7pm

TUESDAYS,  5:30-8:30

THURSDAYS, 5:30-8:30

This will vary at times… they are typed in red on the schedule

Toward opening, rehearsals are lengthened

Not everyone is needed at every rehearsal.

Of course, there are no rehearsals on Shabbat or Jewish holidays (first and last days of Passover].


THE SHOW DATES:

May 9-27


PREPARING AN AUDITION

For READING:

We strongly recommend that you read the entire script. You can get that once you’ve filled out the doodle... when I receive your signup notification, I’ll forward a script to your email. If you want it sooner, send me an email at michaela@marjcc.org


Be prepared to read any of the three dialogues below...surprise us! If it’s a puppet character, (Princeton, Kate or Rod), think about a ‘voice’ for your puppet. Rod is often done with a Bert voice (of Bert and Ernie) on Sesame Street.


NOTE: Please try to memorize your audition piece and be well-prepared to perform it. You will be reading the scene with another actor... you must look and react to that person... something that is difficult if you are looking down at a script.


Check with parents, or the dictionary, or us, on pronunciations, meanings of words, etc.!


For SINGING:

Choose a song ...ONLY from the list below... and be prepared to sing it (we will have music for you). You can bring your own track… but without lyrics, please (that is, karaoke style). Try to find it in a key that enhances your audition. You may be asked to sing it in a different key with our music. There is ABSOLUTELY NO SINGING a cappella (without music)


IMPORTANT!

Do NOT try to learn the song from the internet.

Listen ONLY to the  Broadway cast album (or the links I’ll send)!

Then, sing it a lot until it’s second nature!

Do Not Come Unprepared!


THESE SONGS ARE APPROVED FOR MALE OR FEMALE AUDITIONS: (Lyrics below)

   

    Purpose (preferred)        or   The beginning of: What do you do with a BA in English?


THIS SONG IS APPROVED FOR THE FEMALE ROLES: (Lyrics below)

   There’s a fine fine line


NOTE: A Male-puppet character might be played by a female actor.


As soon as you sign up for your audition on DOODLE, I will send a link for each of these three songs to your email address


For DANCE:

Wear shoes and loose clothes in which you can move freely… if you do gymnastics, please let us know (and wear clothes you can do that in). Girls: Please wear tights... Over that, only loose skirts, if you wish, so you can move freely.


In addition to director Michael Andron, we have experienced professionals as musical director (Roy George) and choreographer (Ron Headrick). We set the bar high; work hard… and you’ll reach it. So, do your very best at auditions. It doesn’t pay to be shy… Take a risk and go for it!


AUDITION MATERIAL: Avenue Q: School Edition

We recommend you read the whole play prior to your audition.


IMPORTANT!

You will be asked to: 

1. Perform one or all of the short dialogues below (with Lillian reading the other part)

3. Sing a song from Avenue Q, School Edition. Choices above.


Girls, you may choose to read a male role, if you choose to.

Memorize them!


Final Note to Parents: If your child is cast...

There is a $250 participation fee for being part of any JCAT Youth productions. Check or credit card is OK. For those who are not members, there is an additional annual JCC Membership of $54... if you paid that in Joseph, no need for this one)

Scholarships, when necessary, are available; speak with Michael or Lillian

Michael: Cell: 305-798-5088, mandron@me.com

Lillian: Cell: 305-308-8055, landron@me.com


SONG LYRICS

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A B.A. IN ENGLISH


What do you do with a B.A. in English

What is my life going to be

Four years of college and plenty of knowledge

Have earned me this useless degree

I can’t pay the bills yet

‘Cause I have no skills yet

The world is a big scary place

But somehow I can’t shake

The feeling I might make

A difference to the human race


PURPOSE

Purpose

It’s that little flame

That lights a fire

Under your ass

Purpose,

It keeps you going strong

Like a car with a full tank of gas

Everyone else has a purpose

So what’s mine

(He finds a penny – spoken – Oh, look! Here’s a penny! It’s from the year I was born)

(Singing again) It’s a sign!

I don’t know how I know

But I’m gonna find my purpose

I don’t know where I’m gonna look

But I’m gonna find my purpose

Gotta find out, don’t wanna wait

Got to make sure that my life will be great!

Gotta find my purpose

Before it’s too late


THERE’S A FINE, FINE LINE

There’s a fine, fine line

Between a lover and a friend

There’s a fine, fine line

Between reality and pretend

And you never know till you reach the top

If it was worth the uphill climb

There’s a fine, fine line between love

And a waste of time


There’s a fine, fine line

Between a fairytale and a lie

There’s a fine, fine line

Between “you’re wonderful” and “goodbye”

I guess if someone doesn’t love you back

It isn’t such a crime

But there’s a fine, fine line between love

And a waste of time


And I don’t have the time to waste on you anymore

I don’t think that you even know what you’re looking for

For my own sanity, I’ve got to close the door

And walk away…

Whoa…


There’s a fine, fine line

Between together and not

There’s a fine, fine line

Between what you wanted and what you got

You’ve got to go after the things you want

While you’re still in your prime…

There’s a fine, fine line between love

And a waste of time


SCENE 1: (Both Puppets without a character voice)

ACT I, Scene 4: PRINCETON and KATE

PRINCETON

Oh – hey, Kate Monster.


KATE

Princeton! Hi!


PRINCETON

Say, Kate – can I ask you a question?


KATE

Sure!


PRINCETON

What’s your purpose in life?


KATE

Oh! Well – I’m a kindergarten teaching assistant.


PRINCETON

Right.  But what’s your purpose? Your dream! Your mission!


KATE

Nobody ever wants to know that!


PRINCETON

I do!


KATE

Well, since you asked – No, I can’t! I barely know you!


PRINCETON

Awww, come on.


KATE

Okay. When I was a little monster, I always wished I had a special place I could go. A special school, only for Monsters. The media only talks about the bad things Monsters do, but some of the most productive members of our society are People of Fur. So my dream is to start a special school, only for Monsters, where little Monsters can become part of the global community. So that, in short, is my purpose. But I’m not an egghead! I like to have fun, and party –


PRINCETON

So you’re, like, all into Monster stuff!


Kate

Uh huh.


PRINCETON

Do you know Trekkie Monster upstairs?


KATE

Uh huh.


PRINCETON

Well, he’s Trekkie Monster and you’re Kate Monster.


KATE

Right.


PRINCETON

You’re both Monsters.


KATE

Yeah.


PRINCETON

Are you two related?


KATE

What? Princeton, I’m surprised at you!? I find that racist.


PRINCETON

I’m sorry. I was just asking.


KATE

Well, it’s a touchy subject. No, not all Monsters are related. What are you trying to say – that we all look the same to you?


PRINCETON

No, not at all. I’m sorry, I guess that was a little racist.


KATE

I should say so. You should be much more careful when you’re talking about the sensitive subject of race.


PRINCETON

Well, look who’s talking!


KATE

What do you mean?


PRINCETON

What about that special monster school you just told me about?


KATE

What about it?


PRINCETON

Could someone like me go there?


KATE

No, we don’t want people like you – (she gasps).


PRINCETON

You see?


SCENE 2 Gary is NOT a puppet. He is based on Different Strokes star, Gary Coleman

ACT 1, Scene 3: PRINCETON and GARY


PRINCETON

Thanks for helping me move in


GARY

No sweat! And look – you got your first day of mail!


PRINCETON

Oh, thanks!


GARY

What’s in all these boxes? Anything good?


PRINCETON

My parents sent all of my stuff from home!


GARY

How nice! And you also got your rent bill, your utility bill, your student loan bill, your credit card bill, your phone bill, your cell phone bill –


PRINCETON

Oh, no!


GARY

You got any money?


PRINCETON

Well, I start work tomorrow – (phone rings, Gary answers it)


GARY

Gary Coleman.  It’s for you. (hands the phone to Princeton)

It’s for you.


PRINCETON

Um, hello? – Oh, hi! It’s my job. I can’t wait to meet you all tomorrow – Uh-huh. Did you just say “Downsizing?”  Uh-huh – But how can I be laid off when I haven’t even started? – No, please don’t hang up! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE?? Hello?


Gary

Oh, kid. Don’t look so long in the face. You know what they say – if you rearrange the letters in the word “unemployed” it spells “opportunity!”


PRINCETON

What?


GARY

Here’s a bit of advice – never underestimate the power of long-range planning. If life gets you down, don’t sit on your butt and let it pass you by. Take it from someone who learned the hard way: Gary Coleman.


PRINCETON

Maybe this is and opportunity! Maybe I’m not meant to work in some dumb office for the rest of my life! Maybe – maybe I have a higher purpose!


SCENE 3: Christmas Eve is an Asian American from Japan; Rod is usually voiced like Bert (Ernie’s friend) from Sesame Street

ACT I, Scene 6: CHRISTMAS EVE (written in Japanese dialect) and ROD


ROD

I think it’s wonderful that you have someone so special in your life.


CHRISTMAS EVE

Are you okay, Rod?


ROD

Christmas Eve, you’re a therapist, right?


CHRISTMAS EVE

I have two Master degree!


ROD

So you help people who have all kinds of problems?


CHRISTMAS EVE

Nobody want to come to me for helping. I meet people, we talking for an hour, then they go away and never come back. And I wonder: why? Am I fixing them in one appointment? Maybe I too efficient. Maybe I should spread my helping out! Why, Rod, do you need some helping?


ROD

Well – I have this friend –


CHRISTMAS EVE

Nicky?


ROD

No, no – another friend. And I think he has a very big problem. I think – I think my friend is (whispers) gay.


CHRISTMAS EVE

What wrong with that? You know, Rod, gay people make major contribution to art and philosophy and literature for many hundreds of years, now.


ROD

But my friend isn’t an artist – he’s a Republican. And an investment banker.


CHRISTMAS EVE

Oh, well, tell him to stay in closet, then. He good for nothing.


ROD

Well, okay! Great! Thanks for the advice!


CHRISTMAS EVE

Yeah, I wouldn’t want a friend like that.


ROD

Thanks again!


CHRISTMAS EVE

Bye, now.


ROD

Bye, bye! Crap.