Miami – “Rock Odyssey” (PAID) – February 18, 2018

—Contact Information—
Name: Yamely Valido
Title: Manager, Community Engagement
Project Title: Rock Odyssey
Email: Ygonzalez@arshtcenter.org
Company or University: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

—Casting Details—
Casting Dates:
Auditions: February 17  10:00am-6:00pm
Callbacks: February 18 10:00am-3:00pm
Break from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Equity walk-ins as time permits.
Casting Location:
Peacock Education Center in the Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Shoot Dates:
Two weeks of daytime rehearsal begins: April 30, 2018 (Monday through Saturday)
Two weeks of daytime performances begin: May 14, 2018
Last Performance: May 23, 2018
Shoot Location:
The Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL 33132  (www.arshtcenter.org)

Type of Compensation:
Theater for Young Audiences contract Salary: $499.75/weekly minimum

Synopsis:

Book by Stephen Cole
Music & Lyrics by Billy Straus
Directed and Choreographed by Douglas Love (www.DouglasLove.com)

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, South Florida’s focal point of performing arts activity, is remounting their acclaimed large-scale production of Rock Odyssey for Miami-Dade county students at the Center in the beautiful Knight Concert Hall, free of charge. High adventure and high comedy are tied together in this rock musical from Emmy award winning composer Billy Straus and Kleban award winning playwright, Stephen Cole. It’s an original spin on Homer’s classic tale that has introduced hundreds of thousands of students to the magic of live theatre for the past 8 years. (www.arshtcenter.org)

Character Breakdowns:
BREAKDOWN

CASTING: 8 Men and 2 Women who sing very well and move well – Ages 18 through late 40’s – Actors should be able to sing in a contemporary Broadway “Rock” style.

ODYSSEUS – mid to late 30’s – vain and self-centered hero – a powerful, muscular warrior with a big ego. Should have a strong singing voice with a rock and roll edge. This actor engages in choreographed stage combat.

ZEUS – 30’s – 50’s – Father of all the Greek gods. Should have good comic timing and a booming bass voice.

TELEMACHUS – 16 – (actor should be over 18) Odysseus’s son.  Angst-filled teenager in a hurry to grow up – should have boy band looks and a voice to match. This actor engages in choreographed stage combat.

PENELOPE – mid to late 30’s – Odysseus’s wife: strong, smart and beautiful. She should possess a strong soulful voice. Gospel singers are encouraged to audition. Actress also plays CIRCE a mischievous and sensual goddess.

ATHENA – 20’s – the beautiful goddess of war with a strong alto belt.  She has empathy for Odysseus and pleads his case to her father Zeus.

HERMES – 20 – 30’s our narrator, the messenger god who jumps in and out of the action of the play.  A skilled comic actor with a great singing voice should have several different comic characters inside of him. This actor engages in choreographed stage combat and falls off a skateboard.

POSEIDON – 20’s – 40’s our villain, the god of the seas. He hates Odysseus’s boldness and uses his powers to keep our hero away from his home and family for 16 years.  He also plays the CYCLOPS a boisterous one-eyed monster in a full body puppet. This actor engages in choreographed stage combat.

3 men 20’s – 30’s to play Odysseus’s men and Penelope’s suitors: NESTOR, SEYMOUR, MELANTHIUS, AJAX, AGAMEMNON and ANTINOUS. These strapping comic actors should be able to play multiple roles convincingly, should have great timing and be able to perform physical comedy and light slapstick. They should move well and sing very well.  Although they are an ensemble, they are in most of the musical numbers and scenes and each have the opportunity to shine.  These actors engage in choreographed stage combat.

Additional Information:
AUDITION: February 17 and Callbacks: February 18

Actors should prepare 2 songs; 16 bars that showcase a contemporary Broadway voice and 16 bars that show us an edgier “rock and roll” sound. (Be prepared to sing entire song if requested.)

Accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music in your key.
BRING HEADSHOT AND RESUME TO AUDITION

Some actors may be asked to read from the script.

Please call 786-468-2047 for an audition appointment.

 

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