Announcing Auditions for the September/October production of

My Fair Lady

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Directed by Ron Warren
Musical Direction by Kelsey Morrow

AUDITIONS: Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 11-3pm. Audition appointments will be on the hour and will last for the full hour. Please request your slot for auditions below.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the sides and your vocal selection. Please choose a segment of a song from the show that you feel best showcases your vocal ability. When singing your selection, please choose to do so in your natural voice - accents will be worked on in the rehearsal process.

REHEARSALS: Begin in mid-July, Sunday - Thursday from 6-10pm.

PERFORMANCES: Performances will take place Fridays and Saturdays, September 28 - October 20, with a possible Thurday or Sunday matinee performance.

When Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady opened on Broadway, it collected six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, while the film version took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores, including: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with an unmistakable working class accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. When Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish.  

Parts to be Cast:

  • Eliza Doolittle- A flower girl who works outside Convent Garden. Strong willed and working class.
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: G5
    Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Henry Higgins- A world renowned phonetician of the upper class British society. 
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: E4
    Vocal range bottom: B2
  • Colonel Pickering- A former British officer and author. Friends with Henry Higgins and a fellow phonetics enthusiast. 
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: D4
    Vocal range bottom: C3
  • Freddy Eynsford-Hill- A young, upper class British man who falls in love with Eliza. 
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: F4
    Vocal range bottom: C3
  • Alfred P. Doolittle- Eliza's boisterous and charismatic father. 
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: E4
    Vocal range bottom: G3
  • Harry- A friend of Alfred P. Doolittle's. 
    Gender: Male
  • Jamie- A friend of Alfred P. Doolittle. 
    Gender: Male
  • Mrs. Pearce- Higgin's housekeeper. 
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: G4
    Vocal range bottom: E4
  • Mrs. Eynsford-Hill- Freddy's mother and a friend of Mrs. Higgins.
    Gender: Female
  • Mrs. Higgins- Henry's mother. 
  • George- A bartender at the Tottenham Court Road Pub. 
    Gender: Male
  • Mrs. Hopkins- A working class woman. 
    Gender: Female
  • Professor Zoltan Karpathy- A Hungarian phonetician and former student of Henry Higgins.
    Gender: Male
  • Ensemble- Working class men and women, townspeople, servants, stewards, lords, ladies.
    Gender: Any

Announcing Auditions for the August/September production of:

Dancing at Lughnasa

By Brian Friel
Directed by Mendy McMasters

 

AUDITIONS: Sunday July 1: Time 11:00am to 3:30pm

Be ready to read a scene and/or a monologue from the play. Most of the cast will be learning a Donegal/Irish accent so please play with an Irish accent at the audition.

For help go to https://youtu.be/nAFfM8Qmz-A

The women and Gerry will be asked to dance so please bring character shoes.

APPOINTMENTS: Appointments are required. Please click the link below to sign up. Be ready to read a monologue and/or scene from the show; if you are given a scene, you will have a reader. Please arrive early to get your side and rehearse before your appointment time.

For any problems, please e-mail the Stage Manager, Michael Pawloski, at michael_pawloski@yahoo.com.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals begin July 9th, Monday through Thursday, 6:00 to 10:00 with two Friday rehearsals to learn the dances. There will be a more detailed schedule at the auditions; please bring your calendar to check conflicts.

PERFORMANCES: Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, August 24, 25: August 31, Sept 1: Sept 7, 8

SYNOPSIS: Michael’s memory of the summer of 1936 drives this story of a family in transition. Set in Catholic Ireland we see the Mundy sisters try to survive in a world where they are limited by gender roles and the Catholic Church; where shifts in the economy, and financial insecurities showcase the realities of life at this time. This is a memory play and it is through Michael's eyes that we see the five Mundy sisters bravely struggle through each day, finding joy in song and dance before their lives are changed forever.

CHARACTERS TO BE CAST:

Michael: Young man, narrator (20s to 30s). The actor must be able to hold the audience’s attention through a series of monologues that emotionally connect him to the action of the play.

Kate: Unmarried schoolteacher, eldest sister, behaves as the mother figure, and is devoutly Catholic (40s). Kate takes the responsibility of the family upon herself as she tries to hold it together. The challenge for the actress playing Kate is to balance her sternness with the love she has for her family.

Maggie: This part has already been cast.

Agnes: Middle sister, knitter (30s). Agnes is quieter than the other sisters are, but underneath her quiet demeanor is a passionate woman looking for more out of life.

Rose: Knitter (late 20s early 30s). Rose is simple-minded and therefore seems younger than she is. Rose and Agnes have a special connection that the actors will need to foster.

Chris: Michael's mother and unmarried (late 20s early 30s). Chris is full of sadness, hope, passion, frustration, and love for the people in her world and she is struggling with how to handle her circumstances.

Gerry: Gramophone salesman, Michael's father, from Wales, and very charming (late 20s early 30s). Gerry’s charm must be apparent from the first moment we see him. He represents what all the women don’t have: a care-free, responsibility-free life.

Jack: Missionary priest who has spent years in Africa, has difficulty with his memory (50s). Jack starts out sickly and confused and gets better with the help of Kate’s motherly actions. The actor will need to show that transformation physically and emotionally.


7.7

MARIE AND BRUCE

A dark comedy

Written by Wallace Shawn

Directed by John Spitzer

Late-Night

 

7.28 & 7.29

BUS STOP

The charming 1950s American comedy

Written by William Inge

Directed by Bob Kempf

Main-Stage

 

8.26

IT'S LIT

An eclectic selection of short plays

Directed by Brian Purcell

Late-Night

 

9.1 & 9.2.18

SHE LOVES ME

A romantic holiday musical

Written by Masteroff, Harnick, & Bock

Directed by Mystie Peters

Main-Stage

 

9.8

PROJECT: PHOBIA

Original short plays about our favorite fears

Plays and directors TBA

Late-Night


STAGE FRIGHT?

In addition to actors, The Empty Space is always looking for volunteers in all aspects of technical production: stage managing, lighting & sound design, set construction, costume creation, and more! Show up to auditions and let us know what you'd like to help out with!