Jodi Purdy Casting Is Now Casting for Lightning House Players!

 

Jodi Purdy is now casting for Lightning House Players, a theatre company located in the Boston area, for all parts in an original musical set to premiere at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, Mass., October 2021. This is your chance to be part of the creation of a brand-new theatrical experience!

 

We are seeking non-union performers for a live theatrical performance.

 

A modest stipend is available to all performers.

We need singers, dancers, actors, and circus performers, e.g., contortionists, jugglers, hula hoop dancers, and any other specialty skills you may possess!

 

Talented dancers and circus performers regardless of vocal training are encouraged to apply!

ABOUT THE SHOW

TITLE: THE GLASSBLOWER’S DAUGHTER: AN AMERICAN FAIRY TALE

Book by Zareh Artinian, Jr.

Music and lyrics by Kelvyn Koning

Original choreography by Katherine Encarnação

Casting by Jodi Purdy-Quinlan

Email: GlassblowersDaughterCasting@gmail.com

  

Synopsis

 

The Glassblower’s Daughter is a coming of age story about a teenager living in a fictional early American colony. This inspirational tale follows Sandy as she learns to find her voice and grows empowered to fight against the injustices she sees, despite the limits imposed upon her by her community.

 

Character Descriptions

 

Emma / Narrator - Sandy’s mother, late 20s, motherly, protective, and joyful. There must be something special about her if she was able to lighten the Glassblower’s heart.

 

Young Sandy - Approximately 10 years old, cute, buoyant, optimistic

Sandy - A feisty 16-year-old girl, torn between loyalty to her father and a desire to carve out her own path in life.

 

George, the Glassblower - A man with a hardened heart, 40s; Sandy’s father. George spent years as an indentured servant. He enjoyed a brief period of happiness in his life, but it was taken away from him to soon when tragedy struck. Hides away from the rest of what he sees as a cruel, unforgiving world, while worrying about what will become of Sandy.

 

Kiminuna - Native American healer, any age. A friend to George, while wary of the Governor.

 

Governor Littleworth - A pompous man in his 40s-50s. Narcissistic, full of himself, grandiose to an obscene level.

 

Lady Littleworth - The governor’s wife, 20s-40s, materialistic, shallow, opportunistic, and those are her good qualities!

 

The Potter - World-weary, overworked member of the colony. Dealing with his own personal tragedies, but unlike George, not yet ready to give up the fight. 30-40s

 

Ratcliffe - Resembles a rat in manner and appearance, early 20s. Lovelorn, loyal, and sympathetic. The Potter’s son, he believes he’d been cursed by a witch and longs for acceptance, while experience has taught him not to get his hopes up.

 

Percival Grey, the Cabin Boy - An idealistic young man, newly arrived in the colony age 18

Captain Shrug - No-nonsense officer, 40s-50s, emissary of the king.

 

Master of Revels - Leader of the exiled troupe of entertainers, 30s. Not as entertaining to others as he is in his own mind.

 

Katerina - A fearless Russian animal tamer, female, early 20s

 

Captain of the Guard - A dedicated, but world-weary warrior in his 50s

 

Foreman - Cockney Workman, 30s-50s

 

Page - A teenager

 

Soldier - Strapping young man, 20s

 

The parts below may be considered members of the ensemble:

 

Merchants:

Tailor

Pewtersmith

Hatter

Farmer

Painter

Customers

 

Members of the Troupe:

Contortionist

Jugglers

Acrobats

Hula Hoop Dancers

 

Governors

Ladies

 

KEY DATES

Audition: First Round:

Video Submissions or Request to Schedule an Audition: May 5, 2021, by midnight

Live Auditions: By appointment on May 10 

Zoom Auditions: By appointment (to be held no later than May 11)

Call backs:

May 14 and 16, 2021

Rehearsals: September 7, 2021 - October 21, 2021

Performances: October 22, 23, and 24, 2021

 

AUDITION LOGISTICS!

 

We will hold two rounds of auditions.

 

ROUND 1: THREE WAYS TO AUDITION INITIALLY:

 

We are offering three different methods to audition for the first round. You only need to participate in ONE of the following:

 

1. Submit a pre-recorded video.

2. Schedule a time to audition live over Zoom.

3. Schedule a time to audition in person in the Boston area.

 

1. Submitting a Pre-Recorded Video:

 

If you would like to submit pre-recorded audition videos, please follow the following steps:

 

Send an email to Lightning House Players at the address below that includes the following:

 

1. Answers to the following questions:

  • Your Name

  • Your Age

  • Your Preferred Pronouns

  • Contact information and the best way to contact you: email, text, phone call

  • Preferred Role, if any

  • Singing Range

  • Willingness to consider other roles: Yes or No

  • Willingness to be part of the ensemble: Yes or No

  • Which of the specialty skills we’re looking for do you possess, if any

 

2. Links or attachments for two (2) video recordings of cuts of different songs. The first cut should be anything from the Golden Age of Broadway Musicals or Sondheim; the second cut should be a  contemporary pop song. Each cut should be about 1 minute in length.

 

3. Links or attachments for a one to two (1-2) minute video recording of a dance routine that shows off your strengths as a dancer. Style may be jazz, ballet, or contemporary.

 

4. Links or attachments for a video recording of a two-minute spoken monologue from a professionally-produced, contemporary (i.e., 20th century or later) play or musical. The monologue may be either comical or dramatic, or both. No original works or self-written pieces! Clearly identify the title and author of the show at the beginning of your recording. The video must be recorded as a full shot showing your entire body from head to toe. If you are able to speak in an authentic accent of a non-English native speaker, feel free to include a sample.

 

5. OPTIONAL: Circus and Specialty Acts only: If you also have any special skills and talents that you would like us to consider, please send links or attachments to a video recording of up to two minutes in which you demonstrate your skill. WE NEED PERFORMERS WHO CAN PLAY MEMBERS OF A TRAVELLING TROUPE THAT INCLUDES A CONTORTIONIST, JUGGLERS, HULA HOOP DANCERS, ACROBATS, AND ANY OTHER SIMILAR CIRCUS SKILLS!

 

6. You must also include a headshot and resume.

 

Send the materials listed above to: GlassblowersDaughterCasting@gmail.com

 

2. If you want to schedule a Zoom audition, be prepared to perform the items listed in 2 - 5 above. 

 

Send an email to: GlassblowersDaughterCasting@gmail.com with the following information and we will contact you to schedule your audition:

 

  • Your Name

  • Your Age

  • Your Preferred Pronouns

  • Contact information and the best way to contact you: email, text, phone call

  • Preferred Role, if any

  • Singing Range

  • Willingness to consider other roles: Yes or No

  • Willingness to be part of the ensemble: Yes or No

  • Which of the specialty skills we’re looking for do you possess, if any

  • Your headshot and resume

 

3. If you want to schedule an in-person audition, be prepared to perform the items listed in 2 - 5 above. Send an email to: GlassblowersDaughterCasting@gmail.com with the following information and we will contact you to schedule your audition:

 

  • Your Name

  • Your Age

  • Your Preferred Pronouns

  • Contact information and the best way to contact you: email, text, phone call

  • Preferred Role, if any

  • Singing Range

  • Willingness to consider other roles: Yes or No

  • Willingness to be part of the ensemble: Yes or No

  • Which of the specialty skills we’re looking for do you possess, if any

  • Your headshot and resume

 

ROUND 2: CALL BACKS IN PERSON

 

If you are called back for the second round of auditions, you must be available on either May 14 or May 16 to audition in person at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Mass. Remote or video auditions will not be held for the second round.