Audition Notice for “Cinderella” A Panto The Ojai Art Center Theater's Holiday Production
Directed by Richard Kuhlman and produced by Lin Coleman Auditions will be held at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery Street September 13 & 14 6:00-9:00 pm, and September 15 1:30-3:30 pm
The Ojai Art Center Theater and director Richard Kuhlman announce auditions for Cinderella, a Panto, the final production of the 2018 theater season. Auditions will be held at the Ojai Art Center September 13 & 14 from 6:00-9:00 pm and on Saturday, September 15 from 1:30-3:30 pm.
For those unfamiliar with “PANTO,” it is a genre of Musical comedy stage production designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is still performed throughout the United Kingdom and (to a lesser extent) in other English-speaking countries, especially during the Christmas and New Year season.
Modern pantomime includes songs, gags, slapstick comedy and dancing. It employs gender-crossing actors and combines topical humor with a story (more or less) based on a well-known fairy tale, fable or folk tale. It is a participatory form of theater, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.
Performances are on the Art Center stage beginning November 30 through December 16; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; and, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. For Auditions:
ALL ROLES AVAILABLE ALL ROLES AVAILABLE TO ANY GENDER ALL ROLES AVAILABLE FOR 16 +
ALL actors please come prepared to do 16 bars of a song that shows your range PLUS 3O second comic monologue that need not be memorized.
ROLES TO BE CAST:
CINDERELLA - (sings a lot, dances some) She’s basically a cleaning girl who marries the Prince of her dreams (spoiler) Abused, lonely, but has Hope.
PRINCE CHARMING - (sings a lot, dances some) He’s not sold on how to be a proper Prince. Really wants to be happily married.
FAIRY GODMOTHER / CINDERELLA’S DEAD MOTHER - (sings) Magical, happy go lucky, speaks in rhyming iambic pentameter.
EVIL STEP MOTHER - (sings a lot) Selfish, loves herself, hates Cinderella, the villain.
EVIL STEP SISTERS, GONERIL & REGAN - (Sing a lot) Spoiled rotten, garish and ridiculous, man hungry, liars and cheats.
BARON - Cinderella’s Father - (sings) Drinks heavily, forgetful, but comes through in the end.
KING, P.Charming’s Dad - (sings) hen pecked, tries his best.
QUEEN, P. Charming’s Mom - (sings) Forceful, kind, cares for her son, dominates others.
DANDINI - (sings) In love with Bo Peep, side-kick to P. Charming.
BUTTONS - (sings) Speaks directly to the audience like a stand-up comedian A LOT. Hides his love for Cinderella.
LITTLE BO PEEP - (sings) Liberated woman, falls for Dandini, owns a flock of sheep.
KNICKERS - (sings) Attendant to the Queen, tries to be a good servant.
NINJAS, 6 Utility very active Actors who sing and play, possibly reluctantly, a multitude of characters, including: APPLE TREES, SINGING SOLDIERS, SINGING TRUMPETERS, SINGING & DANCING SHEEP, A DANCING BEAR, A DEER, FIREMEN, CINDERELLA’S HORSES & COACH, etc.
Richard Kuhlman - Director
Richard has been directing theater for the last 45 years. This year, he directed two world premiere comedies, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Blackbird in Ventura. His past work ranges from Tartuffe, 12th Night, The Importance of Being Earnest and Catch 22 to Waiting For Godot, Of Mice and Men, and Virginia Woolf. His Theatre 150 production of Inspecting Carol opened in Ojai, 2008 and returned in ’09. Richard has extensive experience working with both new playwrights and with the classical texts of dead playwrights.
He has been Ovation Award nominated and won the LA Weekly Award for Best Two Person Play. He taught Improvisation at the Second City Training Center in L.A. As an actor in Hollywood and Chicago since 1979, he has worked with directors Ron Howard, John Cassavettes and Robert Townsend. Richard’s short film, A Bit Of Counseling, currently running at Funnyordie.com, won the Audience Award at the first LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival. It won the Audience Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival and at the Perth International Over The Fence Festival in Australia, where it was the only U.S. film in competition.