By Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Alain Boublil,
Directed by Thomas J. Kasdorf & Matt Starika-Jolivet
A tragedy of passion and beauty MISS SAIGON is one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. Nominated for an incredible number of Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk Awards, MISS SAIGON is the second, massively successful offering from the creators of LES MISÉRABLES: Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil.
In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, Chris, an American soldier, and Kim, a Vietnamese girl, fall in love and marry but are distressingly separated when Saigon falls. As years pass, Chris, unable to contact Kim, remarries and attempts to move on with his life. Kim, however, gives birth to Chris's son and waits faithfully for Chris's return. When circumstances bring Chris back to Vietnam he learns the truth, but before he is able to speak with Kim, she takes her own life ensuring their son will be taken back to America with his father.
MISS SAIGON is an epic, daring musical that is universal in its emotional power.
Produced by Middleton Players Theatre at Middleton Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol Street,Middleton
Performances: August 7-15, 2015
Ticket Prices: Adults $25 Seniors $20 Students $15
Call 800-838-3006 for reservations or more information.
Auditions will be held on the following days:
Middleton Players Theatre is pleased to announce audition dates for its 2015 Summer Season. Auditions for all shows will be held at the same time. We are seeking a large number of Adult Singers/Actors/Dancers to fill a multitude of roles in all three shows. We are also seeking a small ensemble of Children for Carousel and 1-2 children for the role of Tam in Miss Saigon. Those auditioning can audition for any or all shows offered.
General Open Audition Dates & Times:
Friday, February 27 (6:30p.m. – 10:00p.m.)
Saturday, February 28 (11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. & 5:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.)
Sunday, March 1 Kids Auditions Only! (12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.)
Dance Call Audition Dates and Times:
Saturday, February 28 (10:00a.m. or 4:00p.m.)
Call-Back Audition Dates & Times:
Sunday, March 1 (3:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.)
Monday, March 2 (6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.)
Whether auditioning for one show or the entire season, all adults auditioning is required to prepare the following materials:
1.) 16-32 bars of (1) Ballad and (1) Up-tempo song from a Broadway musical. The songs should vary in style and should showcase the performer’s vocal style and range.
2.) All auditioners must attend one of the three offered dance call auditions. Dance auditions will consist of a simple movement combo and a Jazz/Ballet combo. Be prepared to wear comfortable, loose clothing and proper shoes for dancing.
All children interested in auditioning for either Carousel or Miss Saigon should come on Sunday, March 1st from 12:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Children do not have to prepare a song for auditions, but advanced sign up is required. Auditions will consist of several acting/improvisation exercises and a small dance/movement routine. Children should come wearing comfortable clothes and be ready to show off acting ability. Some older children might be asked to cold read from the script. (Average age for youth roles: 8-14)
AUDITION SIGN UP:
All adults need to sign up in advance for an audition time. Children also need to sign up in advance, but all children will audition at the same time. Walk-ins will be accepted if time allows.
To sign up for an audition, please go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084fa8a62ea0f49-summer
VIDEO AUDITION SUBMISSIONS:
If you will be unable to attend one of our general call auditions, you may submit a video audition. You’re video needs to contain your two songs as described above. The first step is to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request an audition application. You are welcome to submit a dance video as well, although it is not required. If the directors want to see a specific person dance, you may be contacted to submit video footage or to come in for a dance call at a later time.
(Video auditions will not be accepted for Children)
1.) THE VERY BEST- Your video may be the only chance for you to show us what you’ve got! In a regular, in-person audition, you have one shot. With a video, you can take as many “takes” as you need. Take multiple shots and send us the best one you have.
2.) SOUND BALANCE- It is important that we be able to hear you. Making sure you are not too far away from the camera (or too close to the camera) will help, especially if you are not using a microphone. Also make sure the camera isn’t too close to your piano or sound system, otherwise the accompaniment will overpower the sound. We need to hear your voice and the accompaniment clearly and in balance with each other.
3.) WE NEED TO SEE YOU- Whether it’s for the vocal audition or for a dance portion, we need to be able to see you. For you vocal audition, make sure you are centered in the frame. It’s not necessary for us to see you from head to toe, but we’d like to see as much of you as possible, without harming the sound quality. For a dance audition, make sure the camera is set back far enough that you never dance out of frame. For this portion, we do need to see you from head to toe at all times.
4.) SLATE YOURSELF- Before you begin singing, please make sure you tell us your name and the show(s) you are auditioning for. (If you are only auditioning for a specific role, please tell us that role.) If you’re submitting a dance clip, please slate yourself again before that section.
WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO:
All submissions must be received by Monday, February 16, 2014 to ensure we will be able to view your submission for consideration.
EMAIL- If you are recording your submission digitally, you can send your file to email@example.com. Your file needs to be a compatible file type (.mov, .mp4, ,m4v, .mpg, etc.). We have to be able to easily open your video file.
ONLINE- You can post your video on YouTube or a similar site. Simply send us the link.
Please, no hard copy DVDs or VHS.
Please let us know if you have any other questions. Good Luck!
Based on Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. Miss Saigon tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to the 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly’s story of marriage between an American lieutenant and Japanese girl is replaced by a romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl.
Projected cast size & description:
LARGE 50-60 Roles for principle and ensemble roles
(Strong singer/actor’s with the ability to move well. Some dancer/acrobats will be required)
NOTE: Actors of all diverse backgrounds are encouraged to audition! Miss Saigon requires several roles and a large ensemble of Asian singer/actors.
*Denotes that an offer for a specific role has been made
Understudies will be cast for principle roles.
Kim- MEZZO- (late teens to early 20s) A 17-year-old Vietnamese orphan from a simple background. The death of her parents has forced her to seek work in the sleazy club ‘Dreamland’ in Saigon, entertaining American Marines. She falls in love with an American sergeant. Her faith is a source of strength that fuels her instinct for self-preservation; and with the birth of her son, her determination for survival becomes stronger still.
The Engineer- BARI/TENOR- (30s – 40s) A half-French, half-Vietnamese pimp who has risen against adversity to become the owner of the aptly named nightclub/brothel, ‘Dreamland.’ He is sly and manipulative, always looking to make a quick profit and take advantage of the American occupation of Saigon and the dollars it brings. His ultimate dream is to escape Saigon and become an American citizen.
Chris- TENOR- (early to mid 20s) A young American marine, he has chosen to serve a second time with the army as a driver for the American Embassy in Saigon. He falls in love with a beautiful Vietnamese
girl, Kim. When he finds himself back in his own country he has recurring nightmares, and is finding it impossible to reconcile in a new marriage to his American wife, Ellen. He is trying to come to terms with life when his sense of responsibility and the news of Kim’s survival force him to return to the East to confront his past.
John- TENOR- (20s – 30s) An American marine and close friend to Chris, he holds a responsible administrative post in the American Embassy in Saigon. Upon returning home he devotes himself to helping orphaned children fathered by American soldiers during the conflict. He is the one who will break the news to Chris of his son, and again befriends him becoming his mentor and go-between as Chris prepares to meet Kim and Tam in Bangkok.
Gigi- MEZZO/BELT- (mid 20s – 40s)- Gigi is probably the most prominent and most experienced prostitute at Dreamland. A Vietnamese woman who, for years, has dreamed about a better life. Her experience makes her a strong woman on the outside, but her tragic life as prostitute has left her weakened and vulnerable on the inside. Now, with the American occupation, her dreams of a better life are envisioned through the images of the perfect American life as depicted in American movies.
Thuy- TENOR- (late teens to early 20s) A young, self-obsessed Vietnamese man; through a cultural wedding bond, he has been promised Kim’s hand in marriage. He is totally obsessive in his love for her and is determined to fulfill the original vows of their parents. As the North Vietnamese army invades Saigon, he changes from his allegiance with the South and becomes a high-ranking Commissar and uses his newly acquired powers to find Kim after the war and make her his personal property, by force if necessary.
Ellen- MEZZO/BELT- (20s – 30s) The American wife of Chris, she has become a stabilizing influence for her husband after the Vietnam War. She travels with Chris when he returns to the East, where she forces him to face his memories he has kept from himself and from her for so long. She is by his side when he is united with his son and they witness the tragic fate of Kim.
Tam- NON-SINGING/NON SPEAKING- (3-7) The three year-old American-Vietnamese son of Kim and Chris. Tam has to be able to act without speaking and be comfortable on stage with very serious situations such as murder, loud noises like gunfire, and general chaos.
ENSEMBLE- (ages 20s- 40s) several smaller roles with solos (including American and Vietnamese soldiers, American Tourists, Pimps, Prostitutes dancers, acrobats, etc.) round out the cast.