Auditions

No experience, membership or fee is required to audition/perform with us.  Please download the audition form, complete it and bring it with you when you audition.  Copies of the form will be available at the audition.  [Download Audition Form] All auditions take place at The W.H.A.T. Theatre (in residence at the First Lutheran Church) 65 Oakwood Ave, Kearny, NJ. WHAT is currently auditioning for the following productions:

 

  • Little Shop of Horrors [April 18 & 19 6pm-8pm]
    • About The Show: The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
    • Show Dates: The show will run June 8,9,14,15, and 16, 2018
    • About The Audition: Come prepared to sing a song from the show.
    • Characters:
      • SEYMOUR (playing age of mid 20s) Our insecure, naïve, put-upon, florists’ clerk hero. Above all, he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man. He is not a silly nerd, and therefore, should not be played as the hero of a Jerry Lewis film. Strong acting and singing. VOCAL RANGE: TENOR
      • AUDREY (similar playing age to Seymour) The bleached-blond, Billie-Dawn-like secret love of his live. If you took Judy Holiday, Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe and Goldie Hawn, removed their education and feelings of self-worth, dressed them in spiked heels and a short black dress, and then shook them up in a test tube to extract what’s sweetest and most vulnerable – that’d be Audrey. Strong acting/comedy and singing. VOCAL RANGE: MEZZO-SOPRANO
      • MR. MUSHNIK (middle aged? Old enough to ‘adopt’ Seymour as his son) Seymour’s boss. A failure of an East Side florist. His accent, if he has one, is more that of middle class New York than of Eastern Europe. He seldom smiles. Strong character actor (some singing). VOCAL RANGE: BARITONE
      • ORIN (late 20s-early 40s) A tall, dark, handsome dentist with a black leather jacket and cruel tendencies. He is not, however, a leftover from the movie version of Grease. Think instead of an egotistical pretty-boy – all got up like a greaser but thinking like an insurance salesman and talking like a radio announcer. Makes a couple of brief, but high impact, appearances. Strong character actor and singer. VOCAL RANGE: BARITONE
      • THE PLANT (AUDREY II) An anthropomorphic cross between a giant Venus flytrap and an avocado. It has a huge, nasty-looking pod which gains a shark-like aspect when open and snapping at food. The creature is played by a series of four increasing large puppets, manipulated by one non-speaking Puppeteer hidden invisibly inside. The plant grows from a few inches tall, to almost filling the stage. The role requires someone with physical acting skills to portray character and emotion purely through movement, and stamina to operate the large, heavy puppet.
      • VOICE OF AUDREY II – Provided by an actor on an offstage microphone, lip-syncing to the movements of the puppets. His voice is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White and Wolfman Jack. Think of the voice as that of a street-smart, funky, conniving villain – Rhythm and Blues’ answer to Richard the Third. Strong character singer. VOCAL RANGE: BARITONE/BASS
      • CRYSTAL, RONNETTE and CHIFFON – (playing age of late teens to 20s) Three female ‘street urchins’ who function as participants in the action (when they have dialogue) and a Greek Chorus commenting and narrating the action (when they sing together in close harmony). They’re young, hip, smart, and the only people in the whole cast who really know what’s going on. In their “Greek Chorus” capacity, they occasionally sing to the audience directly. And when they do, it’s often with a “secret-smile” that says: “we know something you don’t know.” Strong harmony singers with good movement skills to perform tightly drilled choreographed movement. Significant presence in the show with 5-6 songs. VOCAL
        RANGES: MEZZO-SOPRANO
      • ENSEMBLE – we will be looking for an ensemble to appear in various scenes and numbers. Since this will be a small cast, the ensemble will play an active role in the production. The minor roles of CUSTOMER, RADIO ANNOUNCER, MR. BERNSETIN, MRS. LUCE, SKIP SNIP and PATRICK MARTIN can be assigned to the ensemble. VOCAL RANGES: VARIOUS

 

  • Teaching:A Futility in Four Marking Periods [TBD]
    • About The Show: No Apology Theatre is teaming up with W.H.A.T. to produce a show as a fundraiser for W.H.A.T.. Teaching takes you through the day to day life and trials of a high school teacher. Dealing with lesson plans, students, parents and the administration. Written by Ann Mary Mullane a Kearny native whose work has been performed at Rutgers Newark, New York City and Memphis Tennessee.
    • Show Dates: Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12
    • About The Audition: Audition materials will be provided.
    • Characters:   DOUBLING POSSIBLE
      • Ms Drake: Female mid 40s and up. A high school teacher with over 15 years experience in teaching.
      • Ms Drake: Female late 20’s to Mid 40s. A high school teacher at the start of her career.
      • Ollie high school senior who is the teacher’s pet/pest. Looking for male or female looks 16-18 years old.
      • Assorted other teachers and students. Looking for male and female aged 16 & up