This season we will be presenting three productions: Songs for a New World (June 4 & 5 and 11 & 12), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Grand Night for Singing (June 24-27), and Jesus Christ Superstar (July 15-August 1).
Due to health & safety protocols, all auditions will be conducted through online video submissions via the Cast 98 website. In order to audition for any or all of the three shows, you must go to https://cast98.com, sign up for an account, and “follow” Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane. On the site, you will be able to upload your headshot and resume, as well as input your role preference, conflicts, video URL, and other pertinent information. You must do a separate submission for each show.
Songs for a New World: Please submit a 16 to 32-bar cut (or 30-45) secs of a song from a contemporary musical. Examples would be Jason Robert Brown, Pasek & Paul, Goldrich & Heisler, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, etc. You can also submit a contemporary commercial song (i.e. Pop, R&B, Rock, etc.), if you feel it matches the style of the music in the show. Please do not submit a whole song. You can sing something from the show, but please make sure your selection shows off your range and acting ability. If you would like to submit two song cuts to show contrasting styles, you may but please remember you are not required to do so.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Grand Night for Singing: Please submit a 16 to 32-bar cut (or 30-45) secs of a song. The era is the late 1930’s to late 1950’s – Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Harnick & Bock, Frank Loesser, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, etc. We want to hear more “legit” style. Please do not submit a whole song. You can sing something from the show, but please make sure your selection shows off your vocal and acting ability. Feel free to put your own spin on a traditional song. If you would like to submit two song cuts to show contrasting styles, you may but please remember you are not required to do so.
Jesus Christ Superstar: Please submit a 16 to 32-bar cut (or 30-45) secs of a song from rock musical or a commercial song (preferably Rock, but Pop and R&B could work). Please do not submit a whole song. You can sing something from the show, but please make sure your selection shows off your range and acting ability. If you would like to submit two song cuts to show contrasting styles, you may but please remember you are not required to do so.
Children for Superstar: At present we are checking with AEA and Tulane regarding using children in-person for this production. If we cannot use them in-person, we will have them perform virtually. To be considered, children (Ages 8-13) should just submit one song showing displaying their singing ability.
All shows will have movement of some kind. Jesus Christ Superstar will have a small ensemble, who will have to sing and dance.
Songs for a New World and Grand Night for Singing:
Please submit either a Movement or Dance combination mentioned below.
Jesus Christ Superstar:
If you would like to be considered for Jesus, Herod, Pharisees, a/o Apostles, please submit the Movement or Dance video based on your abilities from the combination mentioned below.
If you want to be considered for the Ensemble (as well as another role), you must submit the Dance combination.
SLT Mover Call Combination Video: https://youtu.be/GgwOzm5Cbw4
SLT Dancer Call Combination Video: https://youtu.be/dOb80ZL47kg
Music for both combinations -
You can have separate videos for your songs and dance/movement videos, but the best way would put them all into one video. If that is beyond what you can do, don’t worry about it. Make sure your main vocal video URL is in the Video Submission area on the Audition Sheet. Then, copy the other link(s) into the Additional Text section of that form.
Videos need to be uploaded to a platform like YouTube or Vimeo, and then submit the URL. You cannot upload videos to this audition platform.
We will be offering two (2) Zoom Sessions to assist people with self-taping their auditions and uploading/inputting information onto our new platform, Cast 98. These sessions will take place April 22nd & 23rd at 7:00pm. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
We will be hiring AEA members for each production. We will have at least one (1) AEA contract for both Songs for a New World and Grand Night for Singing, and three (3) contracts for Jesus Christ Superstar. We will also be hiring at least one (1) AEA stage manager for Superstar.
Since Summer Lyric is a bonded company with Actors’ Equity Association, all cast members and stage managers will be eligible for EMC points if they are members of the Equity Member Candidacy program.
Summer Lyric Theatre will be adhering to all Health & Safety Protocols set forth by Actors’ Equity Association, Tulane University, the City of New Orleans, and the State of Louisiana. The company will pay for all COVID testing for cast and crew members required in these protocols. A Healthy & Safety Monitor or Officer will be hired for each production.
Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a safe space for its company members. Universal casting practices including any race, gender or physical challenge will be in effect for all productions. SLT will be contracting Equity & Justice for Institutional Change to facilitate Anti-Racism training for the company.
Backing Tracks: Piano Trax - https://www.pianotrax.com
Self-Taping: Please refer to Bob Pavlovich’s Self-Taping Guidelines
Here are a few blog posts with videos and tips and tricks for self-tapes:
Broadway Collective - https://bwaycollective.com/selftapeguide/
Backstage - https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/guide-perfect-self-tape-1758/
“10 Tips To Nail Your Next Self-Tape Audition” – The Actor’s Aesthetic: https://www.actoraesthetic.com/blog/self-tapes
Makayla Lysiak on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTe43wmDZNs
Self-Taping - https://wysomusic.org/instructions-for-audition-video-upload-and-creating-a-link/
Man #1 Tenor, D3-C5; All ethnicities, lead
Man #2 Baritone, F2-Ab4; All ethnicities, lead
Woman #1 Soprano/belt, G3-F5; All ethnicities, lead
Woman #2 Belter, F3-F5; All ethnicities, lead
* We are considering expanding the cast to include dancers who sing well. All ethnicities.
Martin (Lead): Male, 30-49. Baritone, Ab2-F4. Classic leading man. All ethnicities.
Lynne (Lead): Female, 30-49. Soprano, G3-Bb5. Classic leading lady. All ethnicities.
Victoria (Lead): Female, 20-29. Mezzo, 2nd Soprano, F3-Ab5. Comic ingenue. All ethnicities.
Jason (Lead): Male, 20-29. Tenor/Baritone, B2-G4. Comic juvenile. All ethnicities.
Alyson (Lead): Female, 20-39. Alto/Belt, F3-E5. Soubrette, funny friend, dancer. All ethnicities.
* We are considering expanding the cast to include dancers who sing well. All ethnicities.
Note: If you play an instrument, especially guitar, please indicate it on your audition information.
Jesus (Lead): Male, 20-39. rock tenor; 20s- 30s; chest voice B2-Ab4, powerful falsetto/scream up to G5; this role demands a well-rounded baritone voice that also has a super extended upper register, a true “rock star”; this role does not dance but must be comfortable moving. All Ethnicities.
Judas (Lead): Male, 20-39. rock/soul tenor; 20s-30s. (E3-D4 (+); this role requires an agile and sensitive voice with access to extremely high registers across a full dynamic range; he is the antagonist of the show, concerned that fame is getting in the way of the message of social justice; someone who can tell a story through a melody; this must be comfortable moving, but dancing would be a plus. All Ethnicities.
Mary (Supporting): Female, 25-39. belt mezzo; 20s –30s; (G#3-C5); a former prostitute, now follower of Jesus, grappling with her feelings and her faith; seeking singers who can communicate her solo as more than just a simple love song; this role does not dance but must be comfortable moving. All Ethnicities.
Pontius Pilate (Supporting): Male, 30-49: Baritone or baritenor, (A2-Bb4); a diverse musical journey through both acts requires a singer of great stillness, yet with the ability to tear the roof off in the final bars. All Ethnicities.
Annas (Supporting): Male, 30-49. Funky high rock/soul tenor (E3-D5) with a great flair for swing and groove; shrill, tightly wound, sadistic high priest; strong mover. All Ethnicities
Caiaphas (Supporting): Male, 30-50. A strong bass (C#2-F4) with a baritone range; must have great feel for groove and an astonishing musical presence; should look and act very cool; strong mover. All Ethnicities.
Herod (Supporting): Male, 30-50. A character baritone. Comedic actor. Strong mover. All Ethnicities.
Apostles (Supporting & Ensemble): Men & Women. Followers of Jesus Christ. Very strong vocalists and good movers. All Ethnicities.
Ensemble (Citizens of Jerusalem, Pharisees, and the Tormentors of Judas): Men & Women. Very strong dancers and solid vocalists. All Ethnicities.
Children’s Chorus: Boys & Girls, 8-13. We will be using a small chorus of children for the entrance scene where Jesus enters Nazareth. This may be done in-person or virtually.
April 22nd & 23rd @ 7pm - Zoom Sessions on Auditioning for the Season & Self Taping
May 1st at 12pm (noon) - Deadline for audition submissions
May 2nd & 3rd - Send out Call Back Info to auditioners
May 6-10th - Virtual Call Backs
May 11th - Post casting on the SLT website and social media
May 17th - Start rehearsals for Songs for a New World
June 4, 5, 11 & 12 @ 7:30pm - Songs for a New World at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Museum
June 7th - Start rehearsals for Some Enchanted Evening
June 24th-27th (Th, F, Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm) - Some Enchanted Evening at Dixon Hall
June 25th or 26th - Start rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar
July 15th-August 1st (Th, F, Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm) - Jesus Christ, Superstar at Dixon Hall