December 26, 2012

AUDITIONS...for The Barn Players production of CHESS on January 5th and 6th!

For the Barn Players Productions of…


Music by Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Anderssen
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Book by Richard Nelson

Directed by Barb Nichols
Musical Direction by Martha Risser

Saturday, January 5th from 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, January 6th from 1pm – 3pm
At St. Pius School
55th and Woodson, Mission, KS

Auditions will be an open call both days, and will consist of singing a prepared 16 to 32-bar selection of a musical theatre or pop/rock song in the style of the show. Be prepared to move /dance at auditions.

Please Provide: Sheet Music…no CDs & NO ACAPPELLA auditions
Headshot/Resume (if available)

Invited Callbacks will be held on Saturday, January 19th from 1pm to 5pm. If you are auditioning, please make sure to clear your schedule that evening, as callbacks are critical to putting together the strongest ensemble for this ensemble piece.

Rehearsals will begin March 3rd. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday through Thursday nights from 6:30pm – 10pm. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week

April 12 – 28, 2013
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

All performances take place at…
The Barn Players Theatre
6219 Martway in Mission, KS

The collaborators on Chess (Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA and lyrics by Tim Rice of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita) have created a complex rock opera that played to full Broadway houses and standing ovations. Here, the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes "One Night in Bangkok" and "Heaven Help My Heart."


Florence – Strong belt voice (to E). Mid-30's. Born in Hungary (so musn't look like an "All-American Girl"); has been brought up in America since 1956. She is clever, theatrical, touching, vivacious, volatile. Frederick's chess "second."

Freddie – Rock tenor (to C). Mid-30's. An American chess champion. A cross between Bobby Fisher and John McEnroe. Arrogant and temperamental, but a genius; his chess playing is revolutionary. We need to see his artistry along with his danger and his obsessiveness.

Anatoly – Baritone (to G sharp). Early forties. A Russian chess champion. Unexpectedly charming. He doesn't seem a romantic hero at first, but becomes one through his personality. An intelligent, feeling, passionate man.

Molokov – Bass (down to F sharp). Fifties. Not a fake, comic, stage Russian. Intellectually formidable. Seeminly a father figure to Florence. Anatoly's chess "second." An actor who sings well.

Svetlana: – Strong belt voice. Late thirties. Anatoly's wife. Domestic, wholesome, homey. A dramatic contrast to Florence-not a contemporary cosmopolitan woman.

Walter – bass-baritone (down to G sharp). Fifties. A marketing agent. Seemingly respectable, substantial, trustworthy. An actor who sings well.

Arbiter – Rock high baritone (up to A). Thirty to early forties. International businessman. Smooth, but with a quick temper.

The Barn Players embraces diversity in all aspects of our organization. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.

For more information, please contact Eric Magnus, Artistic Director of
The Barn Players, at

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