NEW LINE SEEKS MULTI-RACIAL CASTS
FOR MUSICALS "ANYTHING GOES"
AND "YEAST NATION,"
AUDITIONS JUNE 12 and 19
Open auditions for two shows, Cole Porter's classic satire ANYTHING GOES and the newest wild adventure
from the Urinetown writers, YEAST NATION, will be held on two
Monday nights, June 12 and 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at the Marcelle Theater in
Grand Center, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive (63103), just three blocks east of
Grand. Performers need to come to only one of the dates. No appointment is
Both shows will run twelve performances over four weeks at the Marcelle. Anything Goes will run March 1-24, 2018, and Yeast Nation will run May 31-June 23, 2018.
The role of Moonface Martin in Anything Goes has been cast; all other roles are available. The season's opening show, Lizzie, has already been cast.
For both Anything Goes and Yeast Nation, New Line is looking for a multi-racial cast of 16
intelligent, fearless, singing actors who are willing to
take risks onstage. We do not cast anyone under 17. We are very eager to cast actors of color. Performers are asked to bring a prepared contemporary
theatre song, with printed piano music for our pianist (no karaoke tracks and no a cappella
). Performers may also be asked to sing
from the score. There will be a dance audition.
Roles and ranges for both shows can be found
No appointments for the audition are necessary. All performers should arrive
for the audition before 7:00 p.m. If we need to call actors back, it will be
on the same night. New Line continues its long-standing policy of considering people of all
backgrounds for all roles that are not ethnically specified. We are proud to
be part of a diverse community, and our stage will represent that inclusivity. To read New Line's Diversity Statement,
New Line is a non-union professional theatre company. Performers will share a guaranteed 10% of box office receipts, with a minimum of $150 per actor for the run.
ABOUT THE SHOWS
New Line finally takes on the rowdy, subversive, iconic masterpiece of musical comedy, Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, a stinging satire of Americans’ quirky habit of turning religion into show business and criminals into celebrities, along the way skewering Wall Street, Prohibition, Old Money Brits, and a few other ripe targets. The New Liners will reignite this classic show's original, razor-sharp, satiric bite. New Line will produce the 1962 off Broadway version of the show.
And what exactly is Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis' freaky, hilarious Yeast Nation about? Exactly what it sounds like. It's the year 3,000,458,000 BC. The Earth's surface is a molten mass of volcanic islands and undulating waves. The atmosphere is a choking fog lit by a dim red sun. And the mighty waters of the world are inhabited only by rocks, sand, salt, more rocks, a little silt, and the great society of salt-eating yeasts – yes, yeasts! – the world's very first life form! These single-cell salt-eaters are the only living creatures on earth, and they’re up against a food shortage, a strange new emotion called Love, and the oppression of a tyrannical yeast king. But when the king’s son ventures out of the known yeastiverse, the yeasts’ story – and ours – is changed forever.
New Line rehearses on
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., plus every night the week the show opens. For
shows with choreography (which includes Anything Goes
), there is a fourth rehearsal for the first several weeks of the
process, on Sunday afternoons or Weds. nights. Rehearsals are at
First Congregational Church of St. Louis, in Clayton.
Rehearsals for Anything Goes begin the first week of January, and rehearsals
for Yeast Nation begin the first week of April.
NEW LINE'S 18-MONTH RULE
If you have performed with New Line Theatre during the last eighteen months, you don't have to audition for us, to be considered. As playwright James Kirkwood has said, "The audition system, especially for musicals, is the closest thing to the Romans throwing the Christians to the lions. It really is brutal." So instead of being thrown to the lions, New Line actors just have to contact artistic director Scott Miller
before the last night of auditions to tell him that you want to be considered. On the other hand, if you want to be considered for a role that's very different from what you've done for New Line before, then you are more than welcome to audition and show us how perfect you are for that role.
To learn more about New Line, read our Statement of Philosophy
and browse our past shows
For more information, call us at 314-773-6526 or email us
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All auditions for future shows will be announced on this page. All details will be posted here when they become available.
Do I need an appointment?
No, just show up before 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).
What should I bring?
You should prepare a song (sometimes we have preferences about what kind of song, noted in the audition announcement), and you should bring a legible copy of the piano music for our accompanist, in the key you want.
THIS IS IMPORTANT:
If you want our accompanist to play your music well, do NOT bring unattached pages of sheet music. Do NOT bring a lead sheet (music with only vocal lines, no piano part). You should either put your music in a three-ring binder or bring a published book. Mark clearly any cuts or changes. If you're bringing a published music book, please break the binding ahead of time so your music lies flat on the music stand. If you put your sheet music into plastic sleeves, make sure the sleeves have a matte finish, not shiny.
Can I sing something from the show?
The answer is almost always YES at New Line. Other companies often have different preferences.
Do you want me to sing only 16 bars, or more than that?
Our best advice is to find a great piece of music about 32 bars, so we don't have to cut you off if we're running late...
What if I have conflicts with the rehearsal schedule?
If you have one or two schedule conflicts, we may be able to make accommodations in the schedule. If it's more than that, we will not cast you.
Can I submit a video audition if I can't make it to the scheduled auditions?
No, we do not accept video submissions. We audition only in person, and only on the dates announced.
Do I need a picture and resume?
If you have those, bring them. If not, it's not a problem.
I've never worked with New Line before -- can I still get a lead?
Yes! We often give leading roles to actors who have not worked with us, and we regularly practice colorblind casting.