Open Auditions will be held on
Thursday, May 30th from 6 – 10 p.m.
by appointment only.
This Open Audition is ONLY for Actors who’ve NOT worked with Pandora Productions before.
Pandora Veteran Actors will be seen at subsequent Callbacks in the days following the Open Call.
Veteran Actors are encouraged to email Michael at ArtisticDirector@PandoraProds.org to express interest in particular roles.
Actors attending the Open Audition, please prepare two contrasting monologues no longer than 2 minutes each. If you wish to be considered for a musical (and all shows for the season have musical elements) please prepare 16 of your best bars. You may be asked for a contrasting musical piece so please bring a variety.
Pandora Productions auditions and roles are open to ALL. Read our Cultural Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Statement HERE.
Additionally, unless the playwright or publisher demands that a character be a certain gender,
we will consider all genders for all roles.
Auditions will be conducted by the company’s Artistic Director, Michael J. Drury and Guest Directors: Alonzo Richmond (Choir Boy) and Seth Lieber (Torch Song).
A Note about Our Rehearsal Schedule: In order for us to continue to produce high quality productions and use local and regional actors, please consider that Pandora’s rehearsal schedule is rigorous. We work around all reasonable conflicts and every effort will be made, if cast, to create a schedule that fits your commitments. If we don’t feel we can work around your conflicts, we’ll let you know.
Our typical rehearsal schedule is: Mon – Thu 6:30 – 10 p; Sat 10 a – 4 p; Sun 4 – 10 p.
Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal. We don’t rehearse a show in order but rather in smaller French scenes then put the pieces together later to create the whole. This allows us to honor your conflicts in advance. Once a schedule is created it is set, absences will not be honored that weren’t agreed to up front.
We rarely rehearse a show in linear fashion and not all actors are called for each rehearsal.
When you are called you will be used. You won’t sit around waiting and never get to rehearse.
That’s not how we roll at Pandora.
Please consider if this is a structure that can work for you.
TORCH SONG by Harvey Fierstein – The 2018 Revival Version
The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and 1980s, from Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, and other ground-breaking milestones for the LGBT community. Told with a likable, human voice, Arnold struggles through love, disease, and the challenges of child-rearing. This award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre during it’s original run and most recent revival on Broadway: “At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, author Harvey Fierstein challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man’s longings for love and family.”
ARNOLD BECKOFF: Male, 27-37, a female impersonator, Jewish and proudly gay. Possesses great wit and want.
ED REISS: Male, 30-39, handsome, masculine with a boyish charm, Bisexual. The love of Arnold’s life.
LAUREL: Female, 30-39, Ed’s girlfriend, thoughtful and bright with a girlish enthusiasm.
ALAN: Male, 18-27, Arnold’s “considerably younger” boyfriend, model/actor/hustler; very used to being wanted for his stunning looks.
DAVID: Male, 15 – 18, Wonderfully bright and handsome boy. Soon-to-be adopted son of Arnold.
MRS. BECKOFF: Female, 60-69, Arnold’s mother. A widow. A fighter.
LADY BLUES: Female, 25-50, a singer of torch songs. She represents every female blues singer that Arnold assumes as a female impersonator.
Rehearsal Dates: July 28 – September 7, 2019
Tech Rehearsals: September 9 – 12, 2019 (usually 6p-11p)
Performances: Sept. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30 p; Sept. 15 @ 2:30 & 22 @ 5:30 p
Photo Call: September 11 during Dress/Tech
Preview: September 12 during Final Dress/Tech
Strike: September 28 after the final performance (all cast expected to assist)
FUN HOME book + lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori
The coming-of-age story of lesbian author Alison Bechdel, from her youth, to her years at Oberlin College, and finally to the present, where Alison, now grown, is struggling to write her own graphic autobiography. As she reflects on her past, she struggles to make sense of her relationship with her father, Bruce, a closeted gay man and the owner of the family business — the Bechdel Funeral Home (“fun” home, as it’s known to young Alison and her brothers, John and Christian). As she watches her father’s self-loathing consume him, Alison recognizes her own experience of discovering, and ultimately embracing, her identity. Alison is drawn deeper and deeper into her memories, finally entering into them, desperate (but unable) to reverse her father’s self-destruction.
MEDIUM ALISON: Female, 16-20, a freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality; an incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent teenager; her uncertainty about who she is makes her socially awkward at times; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E.
CHRISTIAN: Male, 10-15, Alison’s older brother; oldest of the three children; strives to be the leader but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality; seeking a singer with a natural unchanged boyish (falsetto) sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.
JOHN: Male, 6-9, Alison’s younger brother; like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination; looks up to his siblings; seeking a singer with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.
BRUCE: Male, 40-49, high-school English teacher, funeral home director, spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home; complex man with a hot temper as a result of years of repression; can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range B to G.
ROY/PETE/MARK/BOBBY/JEREMY: Male, 20-30, Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination; singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound – to a B.
OLDER ALISON: Female, 30-49, narrator; now a self-aware adult, she is able to reflect with insight on her own life and her relationship with her father before his tragic death; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range = low E to light belt C sharp.
HELEN: Female, 30-39, Alison’s mother; frustrated, exhausted by her tumultuous marriage; has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while turning a blind eye to the irreverent activities of her husband; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range = A flat to strong mixed E.
JOAN: Female, 18-20, student at Oberlin; exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor; unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian; must be comfortable with harmony singing, alto lines.
SMALL ALISON: Female, 8-10, Alison Bechdel as a child; precocious and opinionated; on the cusp of finding herself and forming her own views on how a girl her age should behave and dress; confident and intelligent; strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song, natural sound, B to B.
Rehearsal Dates: September 1 – November 2, 2019
Tech Rehearsals: November 4 – 7, 2019 (usually 6p-11p)
Performances: Nov. 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 7:30 p; Nov. 10 @ 2:30 & 17, 24 @ 5:30 p
Photo Call: November 6 during Dress/Tech
Preview: November 7 during Final Dress/Tech
Strike: November 24 after the final performance (all cast expected to assist)
CHOIR BOY by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Race and sexuality collide with the gravity of history at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus, a flamboyantly gay youth, is determined to make his mark like those before him, as the best choir leader in the school’s history. He’s an outsider in a world of ritual and tradition who must gain the respect of his peers. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? The sweet harmonies of spirituals and gospel unite the fractious voices of the young men but when they raise their voices in unison, they offer a glimpse of a world in which the cruelty that can divide and destroy is dissolved in a graceful order.
CASTING CONSIDERATIONS (Teens may be cast with 20 something men)
PHARUS: Male, 17, extremely smart; effeminate; senior student and lead of the Charles R Drew Prep School for Boys Choir; opinionated, outspoken, charismatic, sly sense of humor; must be a proficient singer: gospel hymns.
ANTHONY: Male, 18, senior student, baseball player, choir member Charles R Drew Prep School for Boys; athletic; kind, level-headed, easy to like. Pharus’ roommate; must be a proficient singer –gospel hymns.
BOBBY: Male, 16, junior student, choir member, nephew to the headmaster; arrogant, confrontational, entitled; an alpha male; must be a proficient singer: gospel hymns.
DAVID: Male, 17, senior student, choir member; religious; planning to be minister; a peace-maker, usually a boy of few words; must be a proficient singer: gospel hymns.
JUNIOR: 16, junior student, choir member; the most innocent of the boys; Bobby’s milder sidekick; must be a proficient singer: gospel hymns.
HEADMASTER MARROW: Male, 40-59, the youngest and latest Headmaster at The Charles R. Drew Prep; dedicated to maintaining the high standards and mission of his school; devoted, committed, impassioned; a man with heart who leads with tough love; Bobby’s uncle.
PENDLETON: White Male, 65-75, returning professor at the Charles R. Drew Prep; teaches African American History; avuncular in nature with life experience to share; humble and down-to-earth; challenges his students to think beyond their immediate perceptions of the world they live in.
Rehearsal Dates: November 11 – January 4, 2020
Tech Rehearsals: January 6 – 9, 2020 (usually 6p-11p)
Performances: Jan. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 @ 7:30 p; Jan. 12 @ 2:30 & 19 @ 5:30 p
Photo Call: January 8 during Dress/Tech
Preview: January 9 during Final Dress/Tech
Strike: January 25 after the final performance (all cast expected to assist)
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES book by Harvey Fierstein, book + lyrics by Jerry Herman
Georges is the owner of the La Cage nightclub, which features a drag show starring the love of his life, Albin. After 20 years they face the hardest challenge of their relationship, yet: meeting their son, Jean-Michel’s fiance’s parents. Albin has always raised Jean-Michel, Georges’ biological son, as his own. But when Jean-Michel becomes engaged to the daughter of an ultra-conservative, anti-gay politician, Georges feels compelled to try to present a more “traditional” family to potential in-laws. When Albin tries and fails to take on a masculine persona in the role of Uncle Al, he gets more creative. A musical filled with delightful spectacle and great heart.
ALBIN: Male 45-55 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4) A performer of star quality; mature; great powerhouse of a Broadway voice; fine comic actor
GEORGES: Male, 50’s (Range: G2-F4) A star; mature and attractive; good singer; energetic, loving and caring; must move well
JEAN-MICHEL: Male, 20 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4) Handsome; brunette; masculine, well-mannered, educated; desperately in love with his fiancee, Anne; acts, sings, and moves well
JACOB: Male, Early 20’s (Range: Bb2-Ab4) Male butler/maid; brilliant comedian who sings and moves well
ANNE: Female, 18-21 (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible) Jean-Michel’s fiancee; lovely to look at; spunky; a superb dancer who acts well
EDOUARD DINDON: Male, Early 50’s (Range: Bb2-Eb4) Anne’s father; right-wing radical politician; pompous; quirky; must sing, move well, and be a fine comedian
MARIE DINDON: Female, Late 40’s (Range: F4-A5) Anne’s mother; 48-52, shy, retiring, sexually repressed and sex-starved; good singer and actress who moves well; must look great in a leotard for the finale
JACQUELINE: Female, Middle Age (Range: B3-F5) Mature, female friend of Georges and Albin; owns a chic restaurant; attractive, charming; very theatrical; not necessarily a singer
RENAUD: Male, Middle Age (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible) Mature, male friend of Georges and Albin; owns a small cafe; understudies both of the 2 leads
FRANCIS: Male, 40’s (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible) Male stage manager in Georges’ club; strong actor/dancer
LES CAGELLES: (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible) Chantal, Monique, Dermah, Nicole, Hanna, Mercedes, Bitelle, Lo Singh, Odette, Angelique, Phaedra, Clo-Clo
TOWNSPEOPLE: (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible) Madame Renaud, Paulette, Hercule, Etienne, Babette, Colette, Tabarro, Pepe
Rehearsal Dates: January 4 – February 29, 2020
Tech Rehearsals: March 2 – 5, 2020 (usually 6p-11p)
Performances: Mar. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30 p; Mar. 8 @ 2:30 & 15 @ 5:30 p
Photo Call: March 4 during Dress/Tech
Preview: March 5 during Final Dress/Tech
Strike: March 21 after the final performance (all cast expected to assist)
SOUTHERN COMFORT book + lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis
A courageous, heart-soaring musical that tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia. At its core, it is a love story between patriarch, Robert Eads, and newcomer Lola Cola. Through a unique folk inspired score, the musical chronicles a year in the lives of this unique American family as they courageously defy the odds by simply remaining on the land to which they were born, reminding us that home is where we find comfort in our skin.
CASTING CONSIDERATIONS (only interested in casting authentically trans-actors)
Actors who were seen last season, please re-submit.
ROBERT: Transgender Male, 50-59, trans man/male identifying, an “electric” man, he has the ability to seem like a wide-eyed child and a wise old prophet all at once.
LOLA: Transgender Female, 43-47, a transgender woman who is new to the group and is the apple of Robert’s eye, Lola has an interesting journey in the story, having to sometimes assume the identity of John, for work, but slowly becoming more comfortable with her true nature.
JACKSON: Transgender Male, 36-45, trans man/male identifying, full of warmth and mischief but struggling with a deep resentment and anger at the world around him.
CARLY: Transgender Female, 26-35, transgender woman, Jackson’s girlfriend, a naughty Catholic school boy turned naughty Catholic school girl, tough, feminine, and confident.
SAM: Transgender Male, 36-45, trans man/male identifying who might almost be intimidating, were it not for his extremely gentle and somewhat sad demeanor.
MELANIE: Female, 40-47, Sam’s wife, spirited and full of good humor, but apprehensive of the world around her.
STORYTELLERS [All Cast]: 18+, an onstage folk band and chorus that serves as the “orchestra,” choral singers and storytellers for the show; acting as all the characters in the piece aside from the primary six. They are the passing time and the changing seasons, Robert’s parents, the haunting voices of his doctors, and so on. They serve as the storytelling backbone to our “Modern-Day Folk Tale,” while also embodying the environment/atmosphere/world around our primary characters – both physically and musically.
Rehearsal Dates: March 15 – April 29, 2020
Tech Rehearsals: May 4 – 7, 2020 (usually 6p-11p)
Performances: May 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @ 7:30 p; May 10 @ 2:30 & 17 @ 5:30 p
Photo Call: May 6 during Dress/Tech
Preview: May 7 during Final Dress/Tech
Strike: May 23 after the final performance (all cast expected to assist)