Uptown Players announces auditions for the musical The View Upstairs, running June 21 – July 7 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. The production is under the direction of Cheryl Denson, with music direction by Kevin Gunter, and choreography by Trevor Wright.
For an audition appointment, fill out the online request HERE or call 214-219-2718.
This provocative new musical pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The forgotten community comes to life when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration. The View UpStairs asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future. Glam-rock, gospel and modern pop collide in this smash Off-Broadway hit by Max Vernon!
The following roles are open to both equity and non-equity actors. There are three LOA/LORT principal equity contracts available for this production.
Wes – Male 25-29 - vocal Range: pop tenor/bari-tenor; any ethnicity; 20-something fashion designer from the current day; self-consciously hip, prematurely jaded, and perpetually anxious; Wes wears a fabulous facade, but deep-down harbors real insecurities and dissatisfaction with his life; has never experienced real tragedy or love.
Patrick – Male 20-25, vocal range: tenor with a pop sound; any ethnicity; young, runaway hustler who projects innocence and fragility, but is a lot tougher than he appears; Patrick creates fantastic, imaginative stories to distract from the harsher realities of his life; has the ability to see a vulnerability and sweetness in Wes.
Buddy – Male 45-59 vocal range: tenor/bari-tenor; the resident piano player of the UpStairs Lounge; charismatic, but also very temperamental and somewhat bitter; loves the attention he commands within the community, but also resents being stuck in it; dreams of one day being a big star but knows it will never happen; closeted, with a wife; does not have to actually play piano.
Willie – African American Male 40-59 – vocal range: tenor; Black; holdover from another era of gay life with a more camp sensibility; might know all the secrets of the universe.
Henri – Female 30-59 - vocal range: Strong R&B, belt to E; tough as nails, no-nonsense, old school butch; Henri is the bartender of the UpStairs Lounge and runs a tight ship; although she comes across as a bit severe, she cares very deeply for the community within the bar.
Freddy – Male 20-39 - vocal range: high tenor or belt with falsetto; Latino/Hispanic; a construction worker by day, Freddy also doubles as the drag queen Aurora Whorealis by night; big personality, energetic, and bright; a close friend to Willie and on good terms with everyone else in the bar.
Inez – Latina/Hispanic Female 45-69 - vocal Range: soprano; Inez is 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.
Richard/Rita-Mae – Any Gender 35-55 - any gender; priest of the Metropolitan Community Church; perhaps more conservative than other patrons in the bar, but level-headed and warm.
Dale – Male 30-49 - sensitive and more radical in his sexual politics; a raw nerve and someone who's experienced a good deal of hardship at society's hand.
Cop – Male 30-49 - in the past the cop is corrupt, homophobic, and violent; in the present, the cop is still stern, but has a sense of humor, and seems to be in service of justice.
Vocal auditions will be held by appointment on Saturday, March 30 from 12n-530pm at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard (@ Blackburn), Dallas TX 75219. An accompanist will be provided. Please prepare 16-20 bar cuts of two contrasting Broadway selections in the style of the show. You must bring sheet music in the correct key. A headshot and resume are required at auditions. For an audition appointment, fill out the online request HERE or call 214-219-2718.
Callbacks, including a movement call, will take place on Monday, April 1 from 630pm to 1030pm. Rehearsals will begin the week of May 27, 2019. The production runs June 21 - July, 2019 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. For additional information, visit www.uptownplayers.org.