Denver’s Art World is growing. From the First Friday Art Walks along Santa Fe and Tennyson to the thriving Theater District that helped provide the cornerstone for high rise buildings such as SPIRE and The Four Seasons Denver is growing up.
For example, when I took my first Improv class at the Bovine Metropolis years and years ago I found it increasingly difficult to progress to levels 3, 4, and 5. There simply weren’t enough fellow Improv and Comedy lovers to sustain the classes.
This ultimately contributed to my love affair with the Second City in Chicago and a routine of early morning flights from DIA to Chicago for classes at the church of Improv and Comedy Writing. Ah.. those were the days.
Today however, the Bovine Metropolis is thriving. Students fill up classes and great Improv teams fill the theater night after night. The density of Denver has increased. Each new building, each new condo development, each new Urban townhome project in LoHi has increased the number of individuals living downtown.
The light rail expansion, connecting stop after stop in a web from the core at Union Station has made getting in to the Downtown easier than ever.
More people has also bolstered the growth of the arts, with more artists and more audience of the arts to help it thrive.
Now back to the topic at hand and an announcement to my fellow writers, artists, and performers…
The Book of Mormon is doing auditions in Denver. Yes, I am totally serious. Here are the details and if you do get an audition break a leg!
THE BOOK OF MORMON will be coming to Denver to hold auditions February 11th by appointment only. We are looking to build our files for future replacements for all three companies (Broadway, 1st National Tour, Jumamosi Tour) for the roles of ARNOLD CUNNINGHAM, KEVIN PRICE, NABALUGI and ELDER MCKINLEY etc. (See role descriptions below.) We realize that the area has some fantastic musical and comedy talent, and even though we have some appointments already scheduled we want to make sure that we are not missing anyone, and felt that it is important to reach out to the local theatres, universities and improv groups to make sure no one is robbed of the opportunity to submit themselves for consideration. We appreciate you passing this on to anyone you feel might be right. Or if you have an email list, doing a blast to make actors aware. I am also attaching this info as a PDF flyer if you would like to post it anywhere.
Anyone interested in auditioning for any or all of these companies should submit a picture and resume and any additional materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5PM Saturday, February 9th 2013. Please make sure you put the City Name of the audition in the subject line. Due to the amount of emails we receive, we may not be able to respond to every submission. Please note that submitting does not guarantee an appointment. Both Equity and Non Equity should submit.
Producer: Anne Garefino & Scott Rudin
Director: Trey Parker & Casey Nicholaw
Book, Music & Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Matt Stone & Trey Parker
Music Supervisor: Stephen Oremus
Choreographer: Casey Nicholaw
Sacramento Casting Director: Jeremy Rich
Casting Director: Carrie Gardner
ARNOLD CUNNINGHAM (Early 20’s-Late 20’s to play 18): Caucasian. Seeking a true character actor. Must be a physical contrast to the other good looking, All-American Mormons. Dweeby, dorky, nerdy, overweight, or all four combined. Arnold is a pathological liar but his heart is in the right place. He is a total screw-up but not for lack of trying, he always wants to do the right thing. Must be fantastic comedic actor who sings well. Tenor. We are also particularly interested in comics who sing.
KEVIN PRICE (Early 20’s-Late 20’s to play 18): Caucasian. All-American. Very handsome. Head of the class, always optimistic. Heroic Mormon. Must be a great comedic actor and a fantastic pop-rock high tenor to a B. Should be at least 5’10 or taller.
NABALUNGI (18- Late 20’s to play 20): Black African. Pretty. Takes the hardships of her village very seriously and wants to help her people find a better life. Must have great comic timing. Strong Alto. Belt to an E.
ELDER MCKINLEY (early 20’s to late 20’s to play 18): Caucasian. District leader of the Mormon missionaries in Uganda. All- American, wide-eyed and hopeful. Often struggles to cover his flamboyant tendencies and adhere to his Mormon morals. Must be a fantastic comedic actor and great singer. High Baritone who can pop out high Bb’s for comedic effect.
[MAFALA HATIMBI] (40’s): Black African. Father of Nabalungi. Has come to accept the hardships in the village where they live but is a discerning community leader and tries to bring joy to their lives. Must be a great comedic actor and singer. Also interested in actors who sing.
PRICE’S DAD/MISSION PRESIDENT/VARIOUS ROLES) (40’s): Caucasian. All-American good looks and physique. Plays several parts from the perfect picture of a head of a Mormon household, to the stern missionary president, to Joseph Smith, so must have the ability to be transformative. Must be a great comedic actor and good singer. High Baritone to an Ab.
[GENERAL] (Late 20’s to Late 30’s): Black African. The general is a warlord in Uganda who is terrorizing the local villagers. A physically threatening and intimidating figure who is a great comedic actor and singer. Baritone to an F.
[FEMALE AFRICAN VILLAGERS] Late 20’s to late 30’s. Black African. Seeking great comedic actresses with excellent singing voices. Seeking Altos, Gospel Sopranos and Gospel Belters of all physical types.