LOS ANGELES MISSION COLLEGE THEATRE ARTS
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AUDITIONS AND INTERVIEWS
Auditions and interviews for the LA Mission College Theatre Arts production of Mr. Grieves and The Vampires will be held during the week of February 13th.
Auditions will be held for ten roles and interviews will be held for crew positions in stage management, scenic and props, lighting, costume, sound, projection design, and general production assistance. No prior theatre experience is necessary to participate in this production. We welcome students from all artistic and academic disciplines.
Rehearsals begin the week of February 20. The show opens on May 12.
Please note: In some cases, students who are current theatre majors and in good academic standing will be taken into consideration more than others.
To audition you must first fill out an interest form here.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a very fast-moving show with about 75 scenes. All actors will be called for every rehearsal, as the scenes are very short.
The rehearsal schedule is:
Tuesdays from 4:00-7:00
Thursdays from 1:00-4:00
Fridays from 10:00-2:00
If you have minor conflicts with these days, you should still audition and discuss them with us.
Mr. Grieves and The Vampires auditions will be held from 2:00-5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 14 in AMP120 in the AMP Building.
Callbacks will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 16. You'll hear on Wednesday, February 15 whether you've received a callback or not.
In order to audition, you must select a role to audition for and prepare the corresponding scene (or 'side') below.
One of the most important things that we look for in actors is preparation, beginning with the audition. To prepare well for an audition requires learning the lines and physical actions in the side and then performing them. You will have a 'reader' in the audition with whom you will perform the scene.
This show has a lot of comedy in it, both physical and verbal, so please make strong physical and vocal choices when you are preparing your audition. Accents are welcome.
Please bring a headshot and an acting resume with you. The headshot doesn't need to be professional; we just need a picture of you. Even if you have little or no experience, please prepare a resume.
We are casting ten actors for this show. There are five primary roles where the actor plays only one character—Grieves, Mazamette, Julot, Irma Vep, and Moreno. The other five roles, The Baddies, will play dozens of other roles. Everyone will be on stage a lot, regardless of their role. If you're interested in auditioning for a Baddie, you'll need to prepare one of the primary role sides below.
GRIEVES. Any gender. Investigative journalist for The Globe. Always a few steps away from taking down The Vampires, a ruthless crime gang. Foul-mouthed and fearless. Shoots first and asks questions later, literally. Actor must be able to retain a lot of precise timed blocking and behavior.
Prepare the Grieves role in any of the following sides:
MAZAMETTE. Any gender. Editor at The Globe. Always ending up in the wrong places at the right times. A necessary nuisance to Grieves, for he often saves the day. Actor must possess comic skills and timing.
Prepare the following side:
JULOT. Any gender. The Grand Vampire. A sophisticated killer, a master of disguise, a conniving criminal, and anarchist of the highest degree. His gang, The Vampires, is responsible for everything from beheadings to mass poisonings to ritual executions.
Prepare the following side:
IRMA VEP. Any gender. Supporting role, Julot’s most trusted Vampire. A silent-but-deadly shapeshifter who dons costumes to bring victims to their knees. A cat burglar who traverses the rooftops in her trademark catsuit, just for kicks. Fully confident in her role as the Grand Vampire’s go-to hustler. Uses femininity as a weapon. Singing ability is a plus, but not required, as she is introduced as a cabaret singer.
Prepare either of the following sides:
Prepare Simpson: Simpson/Grieves
MORENO. Any gender. Suave leader of the rival gang, Spectre. Possesses Houdini-like powers of cheating death and escape artistry. Uses hypnosis in only the most cunning and villainous ways. Maybe has supernatural abilities. Enters the crime world with an unshakable desire to create anarchy and take down The Vampires.
Prepare the following side:
THE BADDIES. Five roles, any gender. This group of shapeshifters play dozens of characters with names such as Polly Pinwheels, Slick, The Commish, and Slim Jim. The roles range from one line to supporting roles. Actors must be able to make strong physical and vocal choices, including accents, to clearly distinguish from one character to the next. The Baddies will be responsible for creating precision bedlam on stage, so the ability to retain blocking will be key.
Prepare this or any of the sides for the above roles:
FOR DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
To interview you must first fill out an interest form here.
Interviews for all production and design positions will be held on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 in AMP109 (Robert Cucuzza's office). No previous theatre experience is necessary.
If you have any prior artistic work that you'd like to share, please bring it to show us. We ask that you please bring a resume of your previous work related to theatre, in all areas.
DESIGN AND PRODUCTION POSITIONS
We are seeking students to join the company in the following positions:
Scenic/props — assist with building, fabricating, and organization of scenic elements and props
Lighting —assist with hanging, cabling, focusing, and programming lights
Sound — assist with playing sound cues in rehearsals
Costumes — assist in the shopping for and construction and organization of costumes
Projection/video — assist with the collection, production, and programming of projection elements
Stage management — assist with the running of rehearsals and performances
Production assistance — general assistance in all areas
Before auditioning or interviewing, it's important to read all of the following information.
The show is technically a class called "Rehearsals and Performances," although it will be run like a professional production of a play.
If you are accepted into the company, you will be given a permission code for one of two following courses, depending upon the time commitment necessary:
THEATER 292 Rehearsals and Performances 2 (2 units)
THEATER 293 Rehearsals and Performances 3 (3 units)
In order to participate, you must be enrolled as a student at LA Mission College and have no academic holds or over-enrollments. You can be a full- or part-time student, or even only be enrolled in this one class.
All Rehearsals and Performances courses are transferable to the California State University system.
Mr. Grieves and The Vampires will be rehearsed and produced in the AMP Building on the LA Mission College campus. The show will presented in the AMP Theater.
REHEARSAL DAYS AND TIMES
The rehearsal schedule will most likely be:
Group work calls for design and production students generally happen on Fridays. A shop hour schedule will be released after the company is formed.
TECH AND DRESS SCHEDULE
All company members must to be available for full technical rehearsals in the week leading up to opening.
Thursday, May 4 — 5:00 pm -10:00 pm
Friday, May 5 — 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 6— 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Sunday, May 7 — off
Monday, May 8 — off
Tuesday, May 9 — Tech run - call time 5:00
Wednesday, May 10 — Dress rehearsal #1 - call time 5:00
Thursday, May 11 — Dress rehearsal #2 - call time 5:00
Friday, May 12 — 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 13 — 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 18 — 7:00 pm
Friday, May 19 — 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 21 — 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm