AUDITIONS & CASTING CALL
AUDITON DETAILS - for "Stepping Out" by Richard Harris
Directed and Choreographed by Ray Limon
Tuesday, May 9 @ 7:00pm
Be prepared to read from the script and learn a simple tap combination. Some tap training helpful but not mandatory. Bring tap shoes if you have them. Also looking for a character actress who can play the piano, but does not need to play well.
Resume and head shots are required.
This rollicking comedy chronicles several months in the life of a beginning dance class. Each of the eight students, who come from a variety of backgrounds, has his or her own reason for joining. Whatever the cause, they make a point of coming every week to chat, relax and, if they can manage to, learn a couple of dance steps. But before the dancing begins Mavis, their dance teacher, must mediate the minor dramas that erupt among this motley but loveable crew. By their final performance, not only have the class members developed some degree of skill, but they have also overcome the inhibitions, awkwardness and personality conflicts that have kept them out of sync.
Mavis- is an over-the-hill chorus girl whose personal life is a mess--- but she really loves to teach. She inspires her amateurs, and they reward her with school spirit and a touching concern for each other's welfare. Andy-a professional's wife who devotes herself to good causes but is -- for reasons we learn about late in the play--- repressed and on awkward terms with her body. Dorothy-has the ability to be a good dancer -- if only she could get in sync. Lynne-is a nurse who sees dancing as a way to leave stress and responsibility behind. Rose-voluptuous middle-class black woman, has a handsome husband and children who are rooting for her to perfect her moves. Maxine-a down-to-earth veteran of the garment business. Silvia-has five kids and an officially unemployed blue collar husband who does odd jobs for people who pay him under the table, is also a bit more buxom than is customary for dancers. Vera-is in excellent shape -- her rich husband insists on it, even as he neglects her in favor of her teenage daughter. Geoffrey-a forty two year old widower who is taking lessons because they remind him of his late wife, who loved to dance. Mrs. Fraser-pounds out piano accompaniment for the practice routines, and acts as both support and hindrance to Mavis, to whom she is a sort of substitute mother.
Rehearsals start May 16 (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays)