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Auditions

Assassins

Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim

Book by: John Weidman

Director: Logan Vaden

Music Director: Brandon Tanner

Choreographer: Courtney Chilton

Assistant Director: Alyssa Pubentz

Initial Audition Date: Sunday, July 14; by appointment only. 

 

Dance Call: There will be no dance call for this production.

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Callback Date: Sunday, July 21. Callbacks are by invitation only. 

Audition Location: Auditions and callbacks will take place at Garza Studios, located at 241 N Milby, Houston, TX 77003. 

Virtual Auditions:  The Garden Theatre will allow initial auditions to take place online if desired. For video submissions, please perform a 32 bar cut (approx. 30 seconds to 1 minute) of a song in the style of the show. Don’t forget to slate at the beginning of your video. Video submissions are due no later than 11:59 pm on July 13. Please upload your video to Youtube as unlisted. Please send a copy of your headshot and resume to logan@thegardentheatre.org. Please use the subject line Assassins Audition- [Your Name]. The following form will ask for your link. To submit your video and fill out your audition form, please visit this link.

Ages: 18+ 

Audition Requirements: Please prepare a 32 bar cut (30 seconds to 1 minute) of a song in the style of the show. You may bring either sheet music for a provided accompanist, or a track on an electronic device. If using a track, please make sure that your track is edited for your cut. No acapella singing, and your song must be memorized (not looking at lyrics). Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume. Please be prepared to provide any rehearsal conflicts you may have. Conflicts on performance dates are not permitted if cast. 

 

Health and Safety: Masks during rehearsals are now optional. If a member of the cast or production team falls ill, we will switch to a mask-mandatory rehearsal environment until Garden Theatre personnel deems it safe to return to a mask-optional environment. If a cast or production team member tests positive for Covid-19, the artist will not be allowed to return to rehearsal or performances until two negative tests have been provided over two consecutive days. Depending on the amount of exposure, it is possible that all cast and production team members will need to test daily until we have moved out of the incubation period.

 

Zero Tolerance Policy: The Garden Theatre has a zero tolerance policy for attending rehearsals or performances under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Breaking this rule will result in immediate removal from the production.

 

Performance Dates: October 11-27, 2024 (16 performances; Call time is one hour before each performance.)

                                 

Friday, October 11: 8pm

Saturday, October 12: 2pm

Saturday, October 12: 8pm

Sunday, October 13: 2pm

 

Thursday, October 17: 7:30pm

Friday, October 18: 8pm

Saturday, October 19: 2pm

Saturday, October 19: 8pm

Sunday, October 20: 2pm

Sunday, October 20: 7:30pm

 

Monday, October 21: 7:30pm

Thursday, October 24: 7:30pm

Friday, October 25: 8pm

Saturday, October 26: 2pm

Saturday, October 26: 8pm

Sunday, October 27: 2pm

Performance Venue: MATCH- Matchbox 1

First Day of Rehearsal: The first day of rehearsal will be Monday, August 26, 2024. 

Rehearsal Schedule: Please note that you may not be called to all rehearsals. ​

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 7pm-10pm 

Saturdays: 10am-4pm (with a 1 hour lunch break)

*We will not have rehearsals on September 2 (Labor Day)

Tech Week: Tech will be held in the theatre October 7-10 from 6pm-11pm. 

Rehearsal Location: All rehearsals will take place at MATCH or Garza Studios.

 

Compensation: This is a non-union production. Each performer will receive a stipend.                      

                

Synopsis: Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical musical that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

 

Casting: The Garden Theatre is committed to bringing Houston (the most diverse city in the country) to our stage. It is written into the by-laws of our organization that we do not discriminate against age, sex, race, color, nationality, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or disability. We encourage all who are interested who fit the character descriptions to audition. The Garden Theatre will also cast two swings for this production.

Available Roles:

Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald (to be played by the same actor; 20’s-early 30’s; Male-presenting; Any ethnicity):

Balladeer- A folk singer and the narrator of the show. The voice of America.

Lee Harvey Oswald- Assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: C3

 

John Wilkes Booth (Mid-20’s-Mid-30’s; Male-presenting; White): Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: F2

 

Charles Guiteau (Mid-30’s-Mid-40’s; Male-presenting; Any ethnicity): Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington D.C., on July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad.

Vocal range top: Ab4

Vocal range bottom: A2

 

Leon Czologosz (Mid-20’s-Mid-30’s; Male-presenting; Any ethnicity): Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: G#2

 

Giuseppe Zangara (Mid-20’s-Mid-30’s; Male-presenting; Any ethnicity): Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. An angry, heavily-accented Italian immigrant.

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: B2

 

Samuel Byck (40’s; Male-presenting; Any ethnicity): Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit. 

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: D3

 

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme (Mid-20’s-Mid-30’s; Female-presenting; Any ethnicity): Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson.

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Sara Jane Moore (40’s; Female-presenting; Any ethnicity): Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense.

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

John Hinckley (20’s; Male-presenting; Any ethnicity): Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed and depressed college student.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2

 

The Proprietor (30’s-50’s; Male-presenting; Any ethnicity): A mysterious man who runs the shooting gallery at a carnival.

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: Gb2

 

Ensemble (Varying ages; Male and Female-Presenting; Any ethnicity): To play multiple roles throughout the production, such as Emma Goldman, David Herold, bystanders, photographers, reporters, and tourists.

 

Swings- 1 male-identifying, 1 female identifying. Swings will perform as needed in the event of illness or emergency. Swings are guaranteed at least 1 performance.

Questions: For further questions about auditions, please email Founding Artistic Director, Logan Vaden, at logan@thegardentheatre.org.

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