FMCT 2017-18 SEASON AUDITION INFORMATION

FMCT promises a fun, upbeat, and welcoming atmosphere throughout our audition and call-back process.  We encourage everyone of all ages, race, and level of experience to audition.  Our productions are chosen to both offer unique and challenging educational experiences for our actors as well as quality productions for our community.

 

When preparing for any of the auditions below, be sure to educate yourself about the show and about the characters for which you are auditioning.  In doing this, you can either search on-line for individual productions to find previous cast lists, music videos, and script excerpts  or you can come to The Stage at Island Park, home of FMCT, and check out a script. Those under the age of 18 must receive permission from a parent or guardian, and college students from the local universities must receive permission from their advisor or department chair before auditioning.  If you are new to the audition process, you can contact us for guidance.  For any questions about the productions or the audition process, please contact FMCT at (701) 235-1901.

 

Not sure about acting but still want to get involved?  There are countless offstage or technical opportunities available. Please call 701.235.1901 for more information.

1940's Radio Hour

 

This holiday, big band musical will be directed by Darcy & Lauren Brandenburg with choreography by Dawn Gunderson. The live, onstage orchestra will feature members of the FM Kicks Band.

 

A different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical and winning show, a live broadcast from the Hotel Astor on December 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war and pop music meant "Strike Up the Band" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with a drunk lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mike, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller.

Audition Dates:

Sunday & Monday, October 15 & 16, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

Callbacks (incl. Dance Call):

Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 PM

 

Performances:

December 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 PM, December 10, 17 at 2:00 PM

 

For the general audition, please prepare 32 bars of a song that demonstrates your vocal range.

 

AGES 15+ are encouraged to audition for this production.

 

 Any questions, please contact Adam@fmct.org.

To audition, please select the link below.

CHARACTERS

 

“Pops” Bailey – age range: 60+, non-singing role

WOV radio station stage door keeper. A former vaudeville comedian, still has great comedic timing. Crusty and crotchety with Neil, BJ and Wally, admires Johnny Cantone, genuinely fond of Ann Collier. Was in World War I and has a son in the Pacific. Lovable in his cantankerous way, non-singing role.

 

Lou Cohn – age range: 40 – 50, non-singing role

WOV stage manager. Plays the big shot in charge, always has multiple conversations going at once, repeats almost everything Clifton says. The surrogate boss during rehearsals. Always trying to impress Ginger Brooks. Handles the sound effects and cues the audience during the radio show.

 

Clifton Feddington – age range: 40+, baritone

WOV general manager, chief salesman, announcer and founder of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade. The man in charge. MUST use a radio announcer voice and delivery. Always worried and harried, runs the gamut of stages of hysteria, treats every radio show as though the whole world is listening.

 

Neil Tilden – age range: 30+, baritone

The station comic, drives a cab. Son of the wealthy Tildens of Grammercy Park but was cut out of the will for being “a bum in show business”. Wants to be important, but is a whiner, always sneaking around doing things he is not supposed to do (and getting caught). Always trying to undermine other members of the station cast to build himself up. A little slow on the up-take. Physical comedy skills a plus for this character.

 

Ann Collier – age range: 35+, alto

The station featured female vocalist – class all the way. Has a sultry, smooth voice like Helen Forrest, Margaret Whiting and Judy Garland all mixed into one. During the day works as an executive secretary at a large corporation. Has been married once before, currently “dating” Johnny Cantone. Has a soft spot in her heart for “Pops”.

 

Geneva Lee Brown – age range: 28+, alto

High-class singer from Kansas City.  Sassy, fun-loving. Has a group of her own with which she plays other spots when she is not performing at WOV. She is always performing and loving it.

 

Connie Miller – age range: 18+, soprano

Bobbysoxer from Ogden, Utah. Naïve, enthusiastic, always in love. “Seriously dating” BJ Gibson. Should be able to move well, jitterbug and tap a plus for this character. An elevator operator at the Astor Hotel during the day.

 

Johnny Cantone – age range: 35+, baritone

Featured male vocalist at the station, a Sinatra wannabe. Always dressed to the nines, drinks too much, drinks during the radio show. Wears a wedding ring, but his wife left him years ago. World weary, realizes his chance has passed him by but does not accept it.

 

Ginger Brooks – age range: 25+, alto

Bubble-headed waitress turned radio star discovery of Lou Cohn’s who found her in a restaurant where she still works. Chews gum throughout the show and takes it out and holds it in her hand while she is performing, then pops it back into her mouth. A combination pin-up girl and Gracie Allen.

 

BJ Gibson – age range: 18 - 24, baritone

The third of the Gibson brothers to work for Clifton. Preppy, a student at Yale who commutes to the weekend rehearsals and Monday night performances at WOV. Dating Connie Miller. Should be able to move well, jitterbug and tap a plus for this character. Eager to please, secretly idolizes Johnny Cantone.

 

Wally Ferguson – age range: 17 – 24, baritone

Poodle-eyed young hopeful from Allentown, PA who came to New York to work for his uncle at the drugstore and hopefully get his big break into show business. Always practicing everyone’s routines for the show, also makes deliveries during the show. The cast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade are the world’s biggest stars to him.

 

Stanley – age range: 20+, non-singing role

WOV stage hand. Lugs cable and runs around a lot and otherwise lives in the control booth. Drinks coffee and eats constantly. Has a thing for Ginger whose numbers he watches a little more animatedly. Not too bright.

 

Coming Soon:

 

 Calendar Girls

Sunday, January 21 and Monday January 22

 

 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Sunday, February 18 and Monday, February 19

 

 Auditions dates are subject to change.

NPPA’s Activities are made possible in part through the generous support of the following agencies: The North Dakota Council on the Arts through appropriations from the North Dakota State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts and the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through the Arts Partnership. NPPA is a member of The Arts Partnership, the American Association of Community Theatre, Red River Attractions, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, the Downtown Community Partnership and North Dakota Arts Alliance. NPPA is also listed with Dun & Bradstreet.

 

The activities of The Stage at Island Park are supported in part with proceeds from charitable gaming. In accordance with the North Dakota Games of Chance Administrative Rules, all financial information and tax returns are made available for inspection at NPPA by appointment. This information is updated quarterly. NPPA gaming sites include the Baymont Inn and the Windbreak Saloon, located in Fargo, North Dakota, Borrowed Bucks and The Loft in Grand Forks and Happy Trails in Argusville.

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