Artistry MN Seeks Adult Submissions for Holidays With Bing

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**The listed Roles Available are based on a previous version of the production and the Creative Team is open to integrating other historic characters from that time period.


Commitment to IDEAA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Anti-racism Artistry Theater is grateful to be creating theater again with and for our community. As we have re-opened we are mindful of the events of the past two years - what we have lost and what we have learned. We are committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable space for all to see themselves in the magic of this art form we love. We are putting practices into place to make sure we are safe, have room to be brave, and create space that is intentional in its diversity and accessibility. Over the years Artistry has worked towards this commitment but we are aware that we have fallen short. To that end, we have added ongoing training and assessment from the board level to staff, production teams and ushers. We are creating opportunities for listening sessions with our alumni theater-makers to learn how we can continue to build upon the good work that was being done and to help us avoid the missteps and pitfalls that will set us back. We are committed to becoming a more anti-racist and equitable organization and invite you to join us on this journey.

COVID-19 Safety Policies
The safety of our audience and theater-makers is our number one priority. As a result, we require that all artists and staff working on our theater productions have up-to-date vaccinations against COVID-19. In addition, we follow the latest City, State, and Federal guidelines as well as guidelines set forth by Actors’ Equity Association.

Type of Actor(s)

Equity (AEA) and non-Equity, Twin Cities Locals please.


Artistry operates under the Small Professional Theater (Tier 5) agreement with AEA. Minimum union scale under this contract is $510.00 with a maximum of 34 hours per week. All union, non-union performers, and theater-makers both onstage and backstage employed this season will be paid at least $15 per hour regardless of the AEA minimum.




Please complete the audition intake form and submit a video audition of you performing either Jingle Bells (tracks and key options can be found in this Dropbox folder: OR 16-32 bars of a 1940s/50s accompanied standard song of your choice, in the impersonation style of the 1940s/50s celebrity of your choice. Please slate with your name and impersonation performer. No a capella please.

Video submissions will be used for casting purposes only and will not be utilized or distributed for any other purposes.


  1. Fill out an audition intake form. You must fill out this form for us to process your submission.

  2. Upload your headshot and resume.

    1. You can upload directly to Artistry’s Dropbox by clicking here, OR

    2. Include a direct link to your materials when you fill out the above form.

  3. Upload your audition video(s). Be sure to include your full name and label the videos if you upload separate files for acting and singing. (See above for guidelines)

    1. You can upload directly to Artistry’s Dropbox by clicking here, OR

    2. Share a direct link to your video(s) in the above form.

  4. Submissions are open until 5:00 PM CST on Thursday, August 11, 2022. Callbacks for Holidays with Bing will be held in-person mid August.


Structured as a vintage radio broadcast featuring guest appearances from many of Bing Crosby’s legendary friends, HOLIDAYS WITH BING features Artistry favorite C. Ryan Shipley (A New Brain, Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone, Singin’ in the Rain, On the Town) as Bing Crosby himself. Shipley’s spot-on impersonation will transport you to the 1940s era when crooners owned the airwaves.

Creative Team
Creator: C. Ryan Shipley
Director: Bradley Greenwald
Music Director: Anita Ruth

Casting Director: Sheena Janson Kelley

C. Ryan Shipley is an actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer & educator. He has been working in the Twin Cities for the past 17 years, performing at multiple theatre companies including Children’s Theatre Company, Theater Latté Da, The Ordway, Yellow Tree Theatre, Old Log Theater, Girl Friday Productions, Skylark Opera, Minneapolis Musical Theatre & Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji MN. Holidays with Bing will mark C. Ryan’s 18th production at Artistry. He has directed & choreographed multiple shows at Cedar Summerstock Theater in Iowa, and choreographed for Old Log Theater & Girl Friday Productions. As a teaching artist & educator, C. Ryan has taught for Project SUCCESS, Guthrie Theater, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Stages Theatre Company, Steppingstone Theatre, Mill City Summer Opera & many others. He currently works as the Company Manager for Children’s Theatre Company and lives with his partner Reese and their cat Celia.

Bradley Greenwald is a singer, actor, writer and director. He has performed opera, theater, music-theater, concert and recital repertoire with several Minneapolis/St.Paul arts organizations, including Jungle Theater, Theater Latté Da, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, 10,000 Things Theater, Nautilus Music-Theater, Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, VocalEssence, Frank Theatre, and Skylark Opera. He adapted Madeleine L'Engle's novel A Wrinkle in Time into a libretto for Libby Larsen’s opera; wrote the book and lyrics for C., an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac (Robert Elhai, music), produced by Theater Latté Da; and is co-adapting with Steven Epp Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi for Theater Latté Da. He directed two productions for Lyric Opera of the North--Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and Let's Make an Opera, a video production for elementary schools, which he also wrote. Bradley is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in music, the McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists, and a 2006 Ivey Award. Bradley lives in South Minneapolis with his husband, John Novak, the ever-resourceful stage manager and props designer at Jungle Theater.

Important Dates*
First Rehearsal:    Monday, December 5, 2022
(Holidays with Bing will include some daytime rehearsals and will rehearse primarily Sunday-Friday with Saturdays off.)
Opening:                Thursday, December 22, 2022
Closing:                Saturday, December 31, 2022

Holiday Scheduling Note: There are no performances on December 25 or 26. The performance on December 24 is at 2 PM (no evening show). The New Year’s Eve performances are on December 31 are 2 PM and 5 PM.

Roles Available: (The role of Bing Crosby is pre-cast)

  • Ella Fitzgerald: Dubbed "The First Lady of Song" and "Queen of Jazz", Fitzgerald possesses an effortless improvisational vocal ability.

  • The Andrews Sisters (Patty: mezzo-soprano; Laverne: contralto; & Maxine: soprano): The seamlessly harmonizing and playful sister trio.

  • Rosemary Clooney: Iconic singer, actress, and jazz vocalist. Impeccable chemistry with Bing.

  • Bob Hope: Comedian, vaudevillian, singer & Bing’s best show-biz pal. Quick witted, spontaneous and brilliant with a one-line zinger.

  • Louis Armstrong: Among the most influential jazz musicians & singers of all time. His unmistakable voice & trumpet playing led critics & scholars to dub him “the first great jazz soloist.”

  • Ken Carpenter (Announcer & Host): Bing’s radio announcer for 27 years. Bing called him, “The man with the golden voice.”

Contact information

Artistry MN
Sheena Janson Kelley
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Posted July 18