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Théâtre du Rêve announces Auditions for
THE RED BALLOON
By Albert Lamorisse
Adapted for stage and directed by Park Cofield
The Red Balloon is a theater performance for families based on the famous film and children’s story by Albert Lamorisse. The production incorporates French language, puppetry, original music, and physical comedy.
Workshop — Sunday, Oct 3, 2010 (adult actors only)
Rehearsals — Jan 18 – Feb 16, 2011
Performances — Feb 18, 19, 25, 26 at 8pm, Feb 20, 27 at 3pm, and school matinees Feb 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 at 10am, 2011
Child Actors: Sep 9, 2010, from 6pm to 8pm, at 7Stages Back Stage
Adult Actors: Sep 16, 2010, from 6pm to 10pm, at 7Stages Back Stage
Roles for Child Actors:
Pascal (Male) age 8-12 — sweet, innocent, friendly, outstanding smile and a great pout.
Children’s Chorus (Male/Female) ages 8-12 — The Children’s Chorus will participate in a class room scene with shadow puppetry, perform a school yard song, and appear in the finale of the show. 2-3 children will be selected to play “mean boys” that tease Pascal, and 1 child will be selected to play “the girl with the blue balloon”. Previous acting experience and singing skills preferred.
NOTE: The role of Pascal will require multiple evening rehearsals with the professional actors during the full rehearsal period. The Children’s Chorus will be required to attend approximately 1-2 weeks of evening rehearsals, tech week, and all performances.
Roles for Adult Actors:
The following roles are paid.
Claudine (Female) 30-60’s — Pascal’s mother. Strong French language skills, strong musicality.
Hebert (Male) 30-60’s — a lamplighter. Strong physical comedy. He is kind and has a twinkle in his eye.
Street Musician (Male/Female) 20-60s — Strong musical improvisation, composition, multiple instruments and accordion skills a plus! This role will also be asked to assist with musical direction and teaching a short song to the children’s chorus.
Auditions are open to both Equity and non-Equity actors.
Roles for Acting Interns:
The following roles are compensated by a small stipend.
Homme (Male) 18-30 — plays multiple parts, character skills, puppetry, and French language skills a plus.
Femme (Female) 18-30 — plays multiple parts, character skills, puppetry and French language skills a plus.
WHAT TO PREPARE:
Adults: Please prepare a short monologue and 30-60 seconds of whatever you do best (i.e. singing, playing an instrument, riding a unicycle, mime work, telling a joke, storytelling, or a combination of any and all of your skills). It’s your time, so do what you enjoy. The show is about sharing — show us what you’ve got and make us smile! Please also be prepared for a short cold reading with French and English languages.
Children: Prepare a short a cappella song, a joke, and a special skill (i.e. juggling, jumping rope, a magic trick, touching your toes — anything that you are proud of!)
NOTE: A majority of the play will be performed in English, but actors may be required to perform lines in French.
TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION, please email a headshot and resume to TdRcontact@gmail.com or call 404.875.3829. Auditions will be scheduled in 15 minute slots.