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NCTC Casting, 25 Van Ness Ave, Lower Lobby, SF CA 94102
New Conservatory Theatre Center is pleased to announce casting for our World Premiere of a new play, written by one of NCTC’s beloved playwrights.
About the show: Ditty Blaylock, the most prolific singer in gospel music history, is being honored by Gospel Music Network. All the stars are aligning to sing Ditty’s songs on her TV special. But there is one glitch. A little hiccup. Ditty has promised a reunion of The Blaylock Sisters, her three adult daughters who were once national sensations – “little superstars for Jesus.”
Rachel, the oldest sister, who lives with Ditty, is furious when she finds out that her baby sister Bethany, an atheist and lesbian, and Abigail, her middle sister, who has “anger issues” and currently is confined to a mental facility, are headed home.
What the public is unaware of is that these complicated sisters have been estranged for over eighteen years -- and extreme past circumstances, including a husband left in a coma, have made reconciliation impossible.
Once reunited, secrets are revealed, tempers flare and family wounds are exposed.
But… the show must go on!
Casting the following roles (NON-AEA ONLY):
This story is loosely based on the life of a Caucasian Gospel music singer and her family, so all actors should be adept at learning Southern accents and be able to sing well.
DITTY BLAYLOCK. Around 70, but some “work” has perhaps kept her looking younger. She is Southern through and through, and is the most prolific, celebrated songwriter in gospel music history. As a former stage mother, she created The Blaylock Sisters, composed of her three young daughters – her “little superstars for Jesus”. A storm recently hit her life when Gospel Music Television offered her a special celebrating her 50 years in gospel music. Ditty has promised the reuniting of The Blaylock Sisters, and she is determined to make this happen, which will complete her life’s journey. Ditty is a narcissist with no censor and is a force to be reckoned with. She usually lives for the dramatic and the spotlight, but is currently living with secrets, deceit, and depression. This role has equal elements of comedy and drama, heavy dialogue, and lengthy monologues. Playing the piano is a plus, but not required.
RACHEL BLAYLOCK HANKS. The oldest sister. She’s 48, pretty, conservative and well-preserved. Rachel lives with her mother, Ditty, in their well-maintained, extremely clean (thanks to Rachel), Kentucky mountain home. She has a complicated relationship with her mother, and they argue easily. She loves the color pink, which is reflected in her home and wardrobe. Rachel was always the prettiest and always got what she wanted – including her sister Abigail’s fiancé, Jude, with whom she eloped nineteen years ago. Upon hearing the marriage news, Abigail strangled him, and he’s been in a coma since. Jude’s only real function since the strangulation is sex. Rachel loves sex, her only real joy in life, so there is no unplugging of the machines that keep Jude alive, much to her mother’s dismay. Rachel also has a very popular YouTube show called “Good Christian Women” where she gives women spiritual advice.
ABIGAIL BLAYLOCK. The middle sister. She’s 46, but looks older and has lots of suppressed anger. Betrayed by her sister Rachel, who stole her fiancé, Abigail strangled the man who also betrayed her. In the cover-up of the century, Ditty told authorities that a field hand did the deed (for Jude’s pocket watch) and fled the country. Abigail agreed to be institutionalized and signed over guardianship of her life to her mother. Rachel agreed to keep this secret as long as Abigail is “locked up,” and Bethany was sworn to secrecy. Abigail has not seen either sister since the crime was committed, nineteen years ago. She lives with regret daily, smokes non-stop, has learned to accept her plight, but understands she wasn’t the only person who caused this horrendous act. Coming home brings out anxiety, suppressed anger, old demons and confusion about her relationships with her mother and sisters. Her signature color is lavender, but she hasn’t seen a new outfit for years.
BETHANY BLAYLOCK. The youngest sister. She’s 45, physically fit, an atheist, and a lesbian. She has failed at marriage and love too many times to count. She is always thinking, questioning, and most likely has untreated ADHD. After that unfortunate strangulation that destroyed The Blaylock Sisters, Bethany could not flee fast enough to Nashville to claim country music stardom. Her career didn’t go as planned, so she chose to be a stripper to make a living and to continue her dream of being a “star.” She has struggled financially for years, and has returned home to perform and reunite with her sisters on television specifically for the bribe money. Scratch deeper though, and Bethany also desperately needs her family back. Bethany was always the best singer, but was the most insecure, in need of constant validation, which she never got from her mother. Her signature color is yellow.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (General Auditions/by appointment only, from 11am)
Sunday, January 20, 2019 (Callbacks, by request of the director, from 11am-2pm)
New Conservatory Theater Center 25 Van Ness @ Market, Lower Lobby.
A monologue from the script will be provided with an audition appointment, and please prepare a few bars of a song to sing a capella (hymns preferred). (The director/playwright appreciates when actors have read the script and are off book — or close.)
February 23, 2019 – 1pm -5:30pm
June 8, 2019 – 1pm – 5:30pm
We begin rehearsal on August 11 and will rehearse 4-5 days a week.
Previews begin September 20; Runs September 28 thru October 20, 2019.
Wednesdays - Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm (Talkback October 6).
Possible extension until November 3, 2019.
To set up an audition time, please send a headshot and resumé to CASTING@NCTCSF.ORG. You may also request a copy of the script & rehearsal schedule using the e-mail above. Auditions are by invitation only, based on submission. E-mails that do not include headshots and resumés will not be considered. NO PHONE CALLS OR LINKS TO WEBSITES, PLEASE!
The View upstairs AUDITIONS
New Conservatory Theatre Center is pleased to announce casting for the Bay Area Premiere of The View UpStairs by Max Vernon, orchestrations by James Dobinson. Directed by Ed Decker and Musical Direction by Kelly Crandell.
About the show: When Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant seventies gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history.
Casting the following roles (NON-AEA only):
INEZ/REALTOR (late 40's-60's, Latinx) Freddy's mother and also occasionally a mother to the other men in the UpStairs Lounge. Born in Puerto Rico, she moved her family to America when Freddy was still young. Lovable, warm, and supportive, Inez assists with her son's drag performances. As realtor, she is smarmy, fake, smiles too much, etc. Soprano, highest note is an E must be able to sing with a little authentic Latin flair.
Saturday, January 26, 2019 (General Auditions followed directly by Callbacks, from 2-5pm)
New Conservatory Theater Center 25 Van Ness @ Market, Lower Lobby.
You will have a 4 minute time slot. Please prepare one song that is most appropriate for your voice and a one-minute contemporary monologue.
Director or Music Director may stop you partway through your song or ask you to skip to a specific section. Please bring sheet music single-sided as loose sheets, or double-sided in a book or binder.
(Callback sides will be provided in advance of January 26 so that actors have time to review those in the event of a callback that day)
There will be mandatory pre-rehearsal music workshops March 2, 3, and 9 for the entire ensemble.
We begin rehearsal on March 31 and will rehearse 4-5 days a week.
Previews begin May 10; Runs May 18 thru June 9, 2019.
Wednesdays - Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm (Talkback on May 26).
Possible extension until June 30, 2019.
Pay: $825.00 (non-negotiable and inclusive with rehearsals and performances).
To set up an audition time, please send a headshot and resumé, to CASTING@NCTCSF.ORG. You may also request a copy of the script & rehearsal schedule using the e-mail above. Auditions are by invitation only, based on submission. E-mails that do not include headshots and resumés will not be considered. NO PHONE CALLS OR LINKS TO WEBSITES, PLEASE!