Producing theatre requires the talent and hard work of many dedicated people on stage and behind the scenes. We can't mount our shows without performers, stage managers, directors, lighting designers, choreographers, and more! Consider joining us at Big Noise Theatre! Opportunities for performers and production staff are listed below.
KISS ME, KATE
July 9 and 10, 7pm-9pm with Callbacks July 12
Big Noise Theatre announces open call auditions for KISS ME, KATE. Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes high jinks, KISS ME, KATE combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare.
Musical numbers include “So In Love,” “Wunderbar,” “Tom, Dick or Harry,” “Too Darn Hot,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “I Hate Men,” “Always True to You (In My Fashion)” and “Another Op’nin, Another Show.”
Directed by Chris CauserMusic Direction by Nicholas RomanChoreography by Kish Carothers
Seeking all ethnicities, male, female and gender expansive actors/singers/dancers.
Lilli Vanessi (Katharine) - A star of stage and screen, former wife of Fred Graham Fred Graham (Petruchio) - Writer, producer, director, actor; former husband of Lilli Lois Lane (Bianca) - A nightclub singer in her first featured role on the stage Bill Calhoun (Lucentio) - A Broadway hoofer, Lois’ partner and a chronic gambler General Harrison Howell - Career military officer/politician and Lilli’s “new” man Hattie - Lilli Vanessi’s dresser Paul - Fred Graham’s dresser Gangster 1 - (female identifying) Gunman-enforcer Gangster 2 - Gunman-enforcer Harry Trevor (Baptista) - A veteran character actor Gremio - First suitor Hortensio - Second suitor Ensemble - Many featured roles/Company singers & dancers/Citizens of Padua
Auditions will be held at St. Stephen’s: 1280 Prospect Ave., Des Plaines IL (park at the back of the school) July 9 and 10 with callbacks held on July 12. Auditions will be held on a first come, first-seen basis and you can arrive any time from 7pm - 9pm. Be prepared to stay for approximately one hour.
Rehearsals will be held in Des Plaines from August 1 - September 20 and will generally take place Monday - Thursday evenings & Saturdays. Performances are at Prairie Lakes Theatre in Des Plaines, IL September 21 through October 7; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2pm.
Please prepare 32 bars of a music theatre song (from the show is fine, but not required). Be sure that sheet music is prepared in a binder or taped, is in your key and marked clearly. Come prepared to dance (character shoes are not required). Bring a headshot and resume if available. Come prepared to fill out complete conflict calendar. No additional conflicts will be allowed after auditions.
Big Noise Theatre's ticket policy offers performers two options: traditional comps or a commission on tickets sold. More details available at auditions.
Watch this space for opportunities to work with Big Noise Theatre on stage and off. We're always looking for talented individuals who enjoy collaborating on bringing top-notch entertainment to our stage.