ONCE UPON A MATTRESS audition video submissions for The Old Log Theatre

Rate of Pay: 
$500.00

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS FOR ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (DEADLINE 5.30.2022)

The Old Log Theatre is seeking 15 union and non-union performers for their production of Once Upon a Mattress running September 9th, 2022-February 18th, 2023. Music by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer.

Directed by Eric Morris

Choreographed & Associate Directed by Joey Miller

Music Directed by Kyle Baker

SCHEDULE

Rehearsals begin the week of August 15th, 2022 and extend until September 8th, 2022.

We will rehearse 34 hours each week. Daytime, evening, and weekend hours will be utilized.     

First public performance will be on Saturday, September 9th, 2022. 

Show runs 4 performances per week until Saturday, February 18th, 2023. 

Thursdays @ 1:30p, Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30p, Sundays @ 2p.

Additional shows could be added if demand is high enough.  Proper notice and compensation will be provided if necessary.

COMPENSATION

$500 per week.  If performances are added, rate will be $125 per show.

BREAKDOWN

We are actively seeking artists from diverse backgrounds for this production.

For more information about our hiring practices CLICK HERE.

SYNOPSIS

During a kingdom-wide search to find a princess fit for the hapless Prince Dauntless, in swims the less-than-regal Princess Winnifred the Woebegone. Unrefined and undeniably charming, Winnifred is like no princess Dauntless has ever seen and his heart is captured. The truly terrible Queen Aggravain goes on a mission to come between her son and his soulmate in this retelling of the classic story of “The Princess and the Pea.” This is a Happily-Ever-After unlike any other!

WHAT TO PREPARE 

Please submit a video submission including the following:

  1. 32 bars of a comedic musical theater up-tempo song from the Golden Age of musical theater.

Please submit all videos and questions to sue.theimer@oldlog.com

PLEASE INCLUDE A HEADSHOT AND RESUME.

CALLBACKS

If needed, we will have callbacks on Monday, June 6th. Times will be in the afternoon/early evening.  

PLEASE INCLUDE POTENTIAL CONFLICTS YOU SEE WITHIN THE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE DATE RANGE ABOVE AND OUR CALLBACK DAY.

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY 11:59p CDT on MONDAY, MAY 30TH, 2022.

SEEKING:

  • Minstrel 
    A storyteller and musician who makes their way as an entertainer in the royal court. Their talent is to observe the ongoings of the kingdom and turn typical events into rich stories worthy of fairytale lore. They are a charming but also trustworthy narrator. This Minstrel is more Vegas crooner or follies headliner, than a renaissance singer.
  • Queen Aggravain 
    She is quite fabulous in her own way but her narcissistic tendencies are her downfall. Her inflexibility and insensitivity has hampered her ability to be a leader, a matriarch, and a spouse. But she wasn’t always like that. Desperate to control everything within her realm, she cannot see past her own predetermined set of values and vision for the future of her only son. She has a flair for the dramatic and is quite comfortable as an incidental villain because she believes that she is always right.
  • Wizard 
    Decades ago, the Wizard left the world of entertainment for a more secure job at the royal palace. They are very good at their job but have been relegated to an underling position, completing tasks for the Queen at her command. Their loyalty to the Queen has made them a bit of an outcast from the rest of the kingdom.
  • King Sextimus 
    The King is a loving father and a kind man, beloved by his subjects, and friendly with his employees (the Jester and the Minstrel). Due to a magical curse, the King is unable to speak and communicates non-verbally for most of the show in a similar style to Harpo Marx.  
  • Jester 
    Coming from a long line of performers, the Jester has effortless talent, grace, and comic timing. They have become a natural duo with the Minstrel, making life in the royal court enjoyable. It is a telling character trait that the Jester is the King’s most trusted companion and fully fluent in the King’s different versions of communication. Seeking a powerful and advanced dancer.
  • Prince Dauntless 
    Prince Dauntless is sensitive, kind, and gentle, much to his mother’s dismay. He is a romantic and hopes for true love, probably having imagined it since he was a little boy. As his name suggests, he is intrinsically brave and determined, but he can’t quite get out from under his mother’s overbearing assumptions of what his life should be. He is in no way a man-child or nebbish, he just hasn’t found a way to stand in his power yet.
  • Sir Harry 
    Harry is one of the most accomplished knights in the kingdom. He is dependable, industrious, and determined. And he is head over heels in love with Lady Larken. He is the kind of fella who can sweep you off your feet with a big romantic gesture and can be counted on to follow it up with stability and fulfilled promises.
  • Lady Larken
    Larken is clever, self-sufficient, and plucky. This is the gal you want as a best friend because she is unwavering in her love but also will call you out on your nonsense. She doesn’t need a significant other to fulfill her or to make her life complete, so you know that her devotion to Harry is because she is truly, deeply in love with him.
  • Princess Winnifred (AN OFFER IS PENDING, STILL SEEKING SUBMISSIONS) 
    Winnifred breaks the princess mold. She grew up in a kingdom that didn’t privilege the normative and therefore is fully comfortable and confident being exactly who she is, regardless of whether or not she “fits in.” Her strength, bravery, and generosity makes her a natural leader. But Fred is also vulnerable because what she wants more than anything is to find a romantic partner who shares her belief in love and her outlook on life.
  • Ensemble – 6 performers to portray an array of additional characters and understudy the principals. All will need to be skilled dancers.

PLEASE SUBMIT ALL VIDEOS AND QUESTIONS TO: sue.theimer@oldlog.com

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

AEA, CDC, and Government safety protocols will be followed for callbacks, rehearsals, and performances. 

EVERYONE WORKING ON THE SHOW WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE VACCINATED.

Contact information

Old Log Theatre
Sue Theimer
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Monday, May 30
Posted May 12