Theater auditions: ‘Bingo! The Musical’ in Mount Dora

An audition announcement from the IceHouse Theatre:

The IceHouse Theatre announces singing auditions for Bingo! The Musical, by appointment only, Monday & Tuesday, January 24 & 25, from 7 – 9 pm

The IceHouse Theatre is holding singing auditions for Bingo! The Musical on Monday, January 24 and Tuesday, January 25 from 7-9 pm, both evenings.  The show, featuring six women and one man, is a light-hearted story about three female pals who risk hurricane warnings for their weekly Bingo outing.  Hilariously full of silliness and fun, Bingo! The Musical has had productions all over the world.

At the IceHouse, Bingo! The Musical will run March 18 – April 10, 2011 playing 16 performances, Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm, and Sundays 2 pm, with an additional 2 pm matinee on Saturday, April 9.

The auditions are by appointment only:

Singers: Age 18 to adult may request an audition slot for either Monday, January 24 or Tuesday, January 25, by e-mailing a request to: darlin@icehousetheatre.com.  An appointment time will be sent by return e-mail.

Auditioners: please send a performing resume and a photo, if available.

Singers are requested to prepare a standard, a pop song or a Broadway pop/rock song, and to bring either sheet music in the correct key or a karaoke CD (without lead vocals;) downloaded recordings must be in mp3 format.  Actors may also be asked to read from the script.

Music Director Amado Bobadilla will play piano for the auditions, which are being held at the IceHouse Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora, FL 32757.  If necessary to complete casting, limited callbacks may be held on Wednesday, January 26.  Rehearsals will begin the week of January 31.  The show is being directed by Darlin Barry, the Theatre’s managing artistic director.  For additional information, call 352 383-3133, ext. 2.

The Story:  Vern, Patsy and Honey head to their weekly bingo game despite hurricane warnings.  Minnie and Sam are running the games and interacting with the real audience, who are also invited to play along during certain games during the show.  A mysterious young woman, Alison arrives. Her secret wish is to mend a broken friendship between her mother, Bernice and Vern, who were once close friends.

The Roles:

MALES:

  • Sam (40’s) is the bingo caller; he is tall, rugged and handsome.  He loves his job and takes it seriously; the only thing that can distract him is Honey, the woman of his dreams.  In flashbacks, he doubles as “Frank,” a bingo employee.

FEMALES:

  • Vern (40’s) is the matriarch of the group.  She is funny, robust, stubborn and crusty, but with a good heart buried beneath her gruff exterior.
  • Patsy (40’s) is somewhat mousey, neurotic and obsessively superstitious; yet underneath her anxious exterior lies a rock star who can let it rip!
  • Honey (40’s) is leggy and beautiful but perhaps a little bit past her prime.  She’s a lovable sex kitten if not the brightest of bulbs.
  • Minnie (60’s) is the friendly bingo-hall manager; she’s everyone’s favorite cute and cuddly grandma.  She may be cast as the oldest in the group, but is still spry and quick on her feet.  This actor must be extremely comfortable interacting and improvising with the audience and possess a good, warm energy.
  • Bernice Boodalay (40’s) is a super mom, genuinely sweet and cheerful.  She’s the peacemaker and pie baker, spreading sunshine wherever she goes.  Maybe a little bit passive-aggressive with her friends.
  • Alison Boodalay (20’s) is Bernice’s daughter and is fresh-faced, comedic, driven, passionate, optimistic, perky and quirky.  She is a young character woman in an ingenue’s body.

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