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Sacramento Public Library (Arcade)
2443 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento, California 95821
Errant Phoenix Productions is proud to announce our auditions for
Failure: A Love Story
by Philip Dawkins
Directed by Elizabeth Dean
«By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead — expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.»
We like to describe this show as being very «Lemony Snicket» in the way it tells the story. The content might sound sad, but the way it's told is fun and quirky.
The back of this script says that this show can be cast with anywhere from 5-50 actors. This is because actors will play multiple roles including, but not limited to, clocks, snakes, dogs, heartthrobs, dames, moms and dads. Actors must be willing to sing, make animal noises and fake swim across a lake.
Nelly Fail (Lead): Female, 18-40
The youngest sister, the dreamer, effervescent, outgoing, full of life.
Jenny June Fail (Lead): Female, 20-45
Middle sister, a high achiever, athletic, wants to be the first woman or man to swim Lake Michigan.
Gertrude Fail (Lead): Female, 25-50
Oldest sister, protector, provider, and nurturer, willing to give her life for her sisters.
John N. Fail (Supporting): Male, 18+
Brother, an introvert, sensitive, has no trouble speaking his truth, loves animals and enjoys euthanizing them.
Mortimer Mortimer (Lead): Male, 18+
A hopeless romantic in search of meaning, a strong singer. Charming.
Chorus/Narrators (on stage constantly): Gender open
Strong diction needed, able to handle a heavy line load, will play multiple supporting characters.
Only two characters sing. Mortimer Mortimer and one of the narrators. Must have a strong, 1920's style singer.
NOTE: In reference to the character descriptions — most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see. However limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary and disabled actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities.
AUDITION DATES / LOCATIONS
Open auditions: January 12 @ 6PM-9PM
Open auditions and callbacks: January 14 @ 7PM-10PM
2443 Marconi Ave
Sacramento, CA 95821
Mar 29, 30, Apr.5, 6, 12, 13, 2019. 8PM
Mar.31, Apr 7, 1 p.m. — 5 p.m., Apr. 14, 2019 @ 2PM
William J Geery Theatre
Tech Rehearsals: March 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Rehearsals will start Saturday, January 19 @ 5:30PM
Rehearsals will continue every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evenings at 7PM and Saturday evenings TBD until opening.
Rehearsal space is TBD.
Come prepared to move. There might be some simple movement or dance choreography at the audition.
Please bring a 16 bar song snippet for you to audition with. Bring your own music accompaniment for you to be able to follow. There isn't a piano at our audition location. We don't care if we can't hear the music. We want to know if you can carry a tune. (NOT ALL ROLES ARE SINGING! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO OPT OUT OF THE SINGING PART OF OUR AUDITION, PLEASE LET US KNOW ON YOUR AUDITION FORM. YOU JUST WON«T BE CONSIDERED FOR THOSE SINGING ROLES.) The only singing roles are Mortimer Mortimer and one of the narrators.
Bring a head shot (if you have one), and your resume.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be posted soon, but it is recommended you find a copy of the script to understand the plot before auditions.
This is going to be a really fun production. We hope that you'll join us! Please feel free to ask questions!