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Calliope is accepting audition submissions for The Taffetas, a musical revue by Rick Lewis and Arthur Whiteclaw.
The Taffetas is a musical revue set in 1956. It spotlights four singing sisters performing on a nationally-televised program. They are convinced that Ed Sullivan is watching, and the big break they have been waiting for may be upon them! The sisters sing, dance, and banter through such numbers as "I'm Sorry," "Tammy," "Fly Me to the Moon," and "Where the Boys Are."
The CastFour sisters. No specific age is given, but they are young and interested in getting married in the mid-1950s, so probably mid-20s and younger. They must all have a keenly developed ability to sing harmony. Mostly one sister, Kaye (the eldest), does the lead melody while the others sing back-up harmonies throughout the show; although all singers have great solo opportunities.
There are four female roles (all sisters) for anyone who can play ages 18 to 30. Those auditioning must be able to read music and learn 4-part harmony. The roles include:
- Kaye (a Mezzo) the oldest sister who is the "brains" of the group, a take-charge type
- Peggy (a Mezzo) a sweetie pie who charms the men in the audience and is a ladylike homemaker
- Cheryl (Mezzo/Alto) lovable and simple, a sex kitten, but sings like an angel
- Donna (Mezzo/Alto) loves Chevy convertibles & masked men, and is perky, with a tomboyish quality that makes her humorous
The DirectorJohn Leslie will be the stage director and Music Director for the show. For Calliope Productions in the past, John has directed “Oliver,” “Annie,” Grand Night for Singing” and other revues.
The RehearsalsRehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons, Monday & Wednesday nights, beginning in mid-February (as soon as rehearsal materials are available).
This is a 4-person ensemble show, and attendance by all 4 is required at all scheduled rehearsals.
The PerformancesPerformances are at 7:30pm, with the exception of Sundays, which are at 2pm.
Thu. May 19, Fri. May 20, Sat. May 21, Sun. May 22, Fri. May 27, Sat. May 28, Sun. matinee May 29 (NOTE: This is Memorial Day weekend. There is no opportunity to miss a performance due to holiday time away.)
AuditioningPreliminary auditions are by electronic submission only. Please read below, and prepare what is required.
Submit no later than January 24.
Submissions will be reviewed by the show’s artistic staff.
Selected candidates will be scheduled for live “call-back” auditions.
“Call-back” auditions will be either the last week of January or the first week of February, and will consist of 1) a prepared live vocal solo from the show, 2) singing prepared harmony with other candidates and 3) script reading.
- Fill out the Audition Form: audition_form-taffetas.doc
A regular theater resume is not required for the preliminary video audition. Recent performance experience will be included in the Audition Form.
A head shot or photo is not required.
- Record a video of you singing a prepared solo from the show, and upload it to a video-sharing or file-sharing service. A full-body video is preferred over a selfie-sized video.
Choose from the following Song Choices, making your song selection based on which character you might like to play.SONG CHOICES:KAYE: I’m Sorry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGLR25EJtfE (Brenda Lee)
You may use any of the suggested recordings as your accompaniment on your submission video, so long as your own voice is prominent. Or you may use other accompaniment or karaoke, so long as it is in the same key as the original recording.
We want you to be natural in front of the camera. Please feel free to use your face and body for movement and expressions appropriate for the song. We hope this will make all the auditions more natural and less nerve-filled than a live audition.
On the Audition Form, you must provide a link for us to find your video submission. (Possibilities include a private YouTube video link, Dropbox file-sharing, etc.)
"Call-back" auditions will be held at Calliope's performance facility at 150 Main Street, Boylston, MA 01505. See directions and maps.