Blue Springs City Theatre*
BIG, the Musical
Book by John Weidman, Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Directed by Nino Casisi
Music Directed by Deana Wagoner
The 1987 hit movie bursts on-stage in this vibrant, tuneful, funny and touching musical by three of Broadway's modern masters. When frustrated adolescent Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid, wishes he were "big" at the local carnival and wakes up the next morning a 30 year-old man, he discovers there's much more to being an adult than he'd bargained for - and learns we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time. A witty, moving, insightful book and a dazzling, energetic, heartfelt, contemporary score make this already-classic motion picture fantasy into an unforgettable theatrical experience.
AUDITION DATES: Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21 from 6:30-10PM (both days).
CALLBACKS: Wednesday, May 22 (By Director Invitation Only)
Callbacks will consist of singing from the score, a more complex dance routine and cold readings from the script.
LOCATION: Blue Springs High School, 2000 NW Ashton Drive, Blue Springs, MO 64013
PRODUCTION DATES: July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30PM and July 21 & 28 at 2PM
WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare 32 bars of a Broadway style selection (not from the musical BIG) in your vocal range. Please make sure it is completely memorized and you have a copy for the accompanist with your vocal part highlighted. NO ACCAPELLA singing. Also, no music from a device (i.e. CD, I-POD, MP3, etc.) Also, try to be familiar with the concept of the movie, the characters and music from the musical (if possible). The more you are prepared, the better chances you have to get a role. Dress accordingly for a short dance audition, including footwear, whether the character you are auditioning for dances or not.
BRING: Current Resume and a complete list of conflicts from May 24 – July 28. If you have conflicts from July 7-28, you may not be offered a role in BIG, the Musical. Dedication and commitment to Blue Springs City Theatre, the director and fellow actors is of utmost importance. Headshots are welcome, but not required. Rehearsals will start on Friday, May 24 and run Monday – Friday with weekends being used for set construction and possibly additional weekend rehearsals (ample notice will be given if a weekend is needed).
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Josh Baskin (Tenor, age 11-13) – a young man who makes a wish to be big after being rejected for being too short, too young or a "child." He wants the glamorous life of a grown-up but just isn't ready for all it's worth.
Josh Baskin (Tenor, age 25-35) who must believably play a 12-year-old trapped in a man's body. Very energetic and acts like a child for most of the show. He just wants his old life back.
Billy Kopecki (Tenor, age 11-13 years old) - Josh's best friend who helps him cope in the grown-up world.
*Cynthia Benson (Soprano, age 11-13 years old) – the girl who Josh likes, but doesn't know he exists.
*Derek (age 16 years old) – young man who Cynthia Benson is dating unbeknownst to Josh at the carnival.
Mrs. Baskin (Soprano, age 30-40) - Josh's mom who desperately wants her son back.
*Mr. Baskin (Tenor, age 30-40) - Josh's dad
*Mrs. Kopecki (Soprano, age 30-40) - Billy's Mom
*Mr. Kopecki (Tenor, age 30-40) - Billy's Dad
George MacMillan (Baritone, age over 50) - Josh's boss at MacMillan Toy Company; distinguished, playful, spry.
Paul Seymour (Baritone, age 30-45) - Vice President for Product Development at MacMillan Toy Company
Susan Lawrence (Soprano, age 25-30) - Vice President of Marketing at MacMillan Toy Company who is a fun loving, youthful person beneath a "business woman" exterior.
*Tom (age 25-30) - Susan's friend, snobbish.
*Abigail (age 25-30) - Susan's friend, snobbish
*Diane (age 25-30) - Susan's friend, snobbish
*Nick (age 25-30) - Susan's friend, snobbish
*Arthur Lipton (age 25-40) - MacMillan Toy Company Executive
*Miss Watson (age 35-45) - Josh's secretary at MacMillan Toy Company
*Rick Birnbaum (age 35-45) - MacMillan Toy Company Executive
*Ron Barrett (age 25-45) MacMillan Toy Company Executive
*Zoltar (Bass, any age) will sit in the machine and be mechanical. Must be in bass vocal range.
Child Ensemble (ages 8-17) – to play Neighborhood boys and girls, Macmillan Toy shoppers
Adult Ensemble (ages 18 and up) – to play Sales People #1, #2 and #3, Adults in various locales, the Detective, Bean Bag Toss Lady, Ticket Taker, Secretaries, Receptionists, Panhandlers, Junior Executives of MacMillan Toys
• DENOTES THE PERSON CAST IS THIS ROLE WILL ALSO BE IN THE ENSEMBLE IN OTHER ROLES.
Blue Springs Civic Center, 2000 NW Ashton Dr, (816) 510-6853, www.bluespringscitytheatre.com
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