March 15th, 2011 | by BEN WATERHOUSE Arts & Books | Posted In: Theater

Stumptown Stages Auditions for Once on This Island

     
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Portland musical theater company Stumptown Stages will hold auditions Thursday and Friday, March 24-25, for Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's musical Once on This Island, which Stumptown is co-producing with the excellent Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. "We are looking for African-American actors who can sing and move well" says Stumptown director Kirk Mouser. "This collaborative production is a huge opportunity for Portland actors. All roles are paid and housing is provided."

The full audition announcement is after the cut.

AUDITIONS
Stumptown Stages & Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre
 
Once On This Island
Book by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy

Directed by Roger Welch (Artistic Director of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre)
Produced by Stumptown Stages & Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre
 
Audition Dates:
When: March 24th (6:00PM-9:00PM) & March 25th (6:00PM-9:00PM)
Where: Artist Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland 97205
 
All roles paid. Housing provided.
 
Please prepare 2 contrasting songs. Bring sheet music in appropriate key, an audition accompanist will be provided. Please bring picture and resume stapled together. Be prepared to dance.
 
Please call 503-381-8686, or email kirk@stumptownstages.com to schedule an appointment.
 
Rehearsal/Performance Dates:
Rehearsals Begin in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (Schuler Performing Arts Center): 07/02/11
Performances in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: 7/21/11 – 7/31/11
 
Rehearsals Begin in Portland, Oregon: 9/19/11
Performances in Portland, Oregon (World Trade Center Theatre):  9/23/11 – 10/30/11
 

Casting (African-American Actors for the following roles):
 
TI MOUNE   A beautiful peasant girl.
MAMA EURALIE   Ti Moune's adoptive mother

TONTON  JULIAN   Ti Moune's adoptive father

DANIEL   A handsome, aristocratic young man

AGWE   God of Water

ASAKA   Mother of the Earth

ERZULIE   Goddess of Love

PAPA GE   Demon of Death

ANDREA   An elegant and refined young woman.

ARMAND   Daniel's stern father

LITTLE TI MOUNE   A child.

ROLES FOR ALL STORYTELLERS (AND ADDITIONAL CAST MEMBERS)   Frogs, birds, breezes, peasants, gossipers, rain dancers, villagers, peddlers, guard at gate, grand homes.

Synopsis:
This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. In almost non-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.
"Once On This Island" catchy, contemporary, and Caribbean-flavored score by the Tony® Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ("Ragtime" and the animated film "Anastasia") includes tender ballads and rousing celebratory numbers for an ensemble cast of strong singers.
 
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