Welcome to the Company!
Our company is made up of over 500 actively engaged members in the roles of actor, designer, carpenter, electrician, prop artisan, cutter draper, stitcher, dresser, board technician, usher, stage manager, concessions worker, house manager, and every other role in between. For over twenty years Live Arts has referred to these individuals as “volunteers.” A volunteer, by definition, is a person donating their time, skill, and energy to serving the needs of others.
The business of Live Arts is theater making and community building. There is no support role for a volunteer to help others make theater and build community at Live Arts- it’s exactly what the people involved are doing. By using “volunteer” in this setting we feel we are incorrectly defining the work of our core constituency. Beginning with the opening of the newly renovated lobby spaces and the launch of the 2014-2015 season, Live Arts dropped the term “volunteer” from the organizational vocabulary and replaced it with “company member.”
WHAT’S A COMPANY MEMBER?
Everyone making theater, learning about theater, engaging in a group, or supporting theater making at Live Arts is a member of the company, a “company member.” These company members are representative of the community in which we live and serve in ethnicity, gender, economic background, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, education level, and species.
Jump right in! Pick up our new Company Member Guide or download it HERE and get in touch with our Company & Production Manager, Tracie Skipper at email@example.com or call 434.977.4177×107 to learn more or fill out a Company Member Application and she will contact you!
Want to work at Live Arts? Fill out an application HERE.
Casting Opportunities 2017-2018 Season
In an effort to let folks know about the landscape of the roles for this season, here’s an overview of the casting show by show. These are NOT descriptions created by the directors, but snapshots. WATCH FOR FULL INFORMATION coming soon in the Company Newsletters.
A DELICATE BALANCE
Directed by Fran Smith
Performance Dates: October 13th-November 11th
Audition Dates: July 16th & July 17th. Callbacks: July 20th
Rehearsals Start: Week of July 30th
This Pulitzer Prize winner enjoyed a stunning Broadway revival in 1996 with George Gizzard, Rosemary Harris and Elaine Stritch. Wealthy middle-aged couple, Agnes and Tobias have their complacency shattered when Harry and Edna, longtime friends appear at their doorstep. Claiming an encroaching, nameless “fear” has forced them from their own home, these neighbors bring a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and ultimately solace, upsetting the “delicate balance” of Agnes and Tobias’ household.
“Powerful… A beautiful play filled with humor and compassion, and touched with poetry… [with] the stature and eloquence of a classic.” – The New York Daily News “A brilliant play.” – The New York Post “An evening of theatrical fireworks.” – The New York Times
CAST BREAKDOWN: 4 Females, 2 Males
- AGNES: A woman in her fifties, well off, and married to Tobias.
- TOBIAS: Agnes’s husband and the father of Julia. He is a well-to-do, retired businessman.
- JULIA: Julia is the thirty-six-year-old daughter of Agnes and Tobias
- CLAIRE: Agnes’s younger sister. She claims that she is not an alcoholic but rather a willful drinker
- HARRY: Harry is Edna’s husband and Tobias’s best friend
- EDNA: Edna is Harry’s wife.
Directed by Marija Reiff
Performance Dates: December 1st-January 6th (Possible Extension through January 13th)
Audition Dates: September 9th & September 10th. Callbacks: September 13th
Rehearsals Start: Week of September 17th
Charity Valentine is the eternal optimist. While working at the seedy Fan-Dango Ballroom, she is often exploited by men, and has been strung along in a series of bad relationships. Nonetheless, she always holds out hope — and she seems to have finally met a decent fellow in Oscar. Concerned that he will reject her if he discovers her true profession, Charity lies to Oscar tells him that she works in a bank. Soon, Oscar asks Charity to marry him. Unfortunately, when Oscar discovers Charity’s real profession, he backs out of the marriage. Based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay for Nights of Cabiria, Sweet Charity follows Charity’s romantic ups and downs as she remains ever-hopeful that, despite her work as a prostitute and dancer-for-hire she will ultimately find love.
SWEET CHARITY CAST BREAKDOWN: 5 males, 6 females plus ensemble
- Charity Hope Valentine: The girl who wanted to be loved. Alto
- Oscar Lindquist: A man whom Charity befriends and eventually falls in love with. Baritone
- Charlie: Charity’s boyfriend in the opening of the show, and the name on her tattoo
- Nickie:One of Charity’s closest friends and a taxi dancer at the Fandango Ballroom. Alto
- Helene: One of Charity’s closest friends and a taxi dancer at the Fandango Ballroom. Alto
- Herman: The authoritarian owner of the Fandango Ballroom; Charity’s boss. Tenor
- Vittorio Vidal: A famous Italian movie star. Baritone/ Tenor
- Ursula March: Vittorio’s girlfriend
- Daddy Johann Sebastian Brubeck: The enigmatic leader of the Rhythm of Life Church. Baritone
- Carmen: a dancer at the Fandango Ballroom who is friends with Nickie, Helene, and Charity
- Rosie: The new dancer at the Fandango Ballroom. Soprano
- Suzanne, Frenchie, Betsy, and Elaine, dancers at the Fandango Ballroom
- Ensemble: Various dancers and patrons of the Fandango Ballroom
- Directed by Betsy Tucker
- Performance Dates: February 2nd -February 24th
- Audition Dates: November 5th & 6th. Callbacks: November 13th
- Rehearsals Start: Week of November 19th
Marlene has been promoted to managing director of a London employment agency and is celebrating. The symbolic luncheon is attended by women in legend or history who offer perspectives on maternity and ambition. In a time warp, these ladies are also her co-workers, clients, and relatives. Marlene, like her famous guests, has had to pay a price to ascend from proletarian roots to the executive suite: she has become, figuratively speaking, a male oppressor, and even coaches female clients on adopting odious male traits. Marlene has also abandoned her illegitimate and dull-witted daughter. Her emotional and sexual life has become as barren as Lady Macbeth’s.
“A blistering yet sympathetic look at women who achieve success by adopting the worst traits of self-made men […] Truly original.” – The New York Times
“Very funny and provocative […] A mind lifting experience.” – The New York Post
CAST BREAKDOWN: 7 females
- MARLENE: The central protagonist of Top Girls, who has just been promoted to managing director at the employment agency where she works.
- ISABELLA BIRD: An English woman who lived from 1831-1904. She was an avid explorer and travelled all around the world between the ages of 40 and 70.
- LADY NIJO: A concubine to the Emperor of Japan in the 13th Century, and later, a Buddhist nun. She had 4 children, all of whom were taken away from her.
- DULL GRET: The subject of Brueghel’s famous painting called Dulle Griet, which depicts a woman in an apron and armor leading an army of women in battle against a horde of demons in Hell.
- POPE JOAN: A legendary Englishwoman believed to have disguised herself as a man and served as the Pope from 854-856.
- PATIENT GRISELDA: She is based on the character of the obedient wife in the “Clerk’s Tale” from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
- JEANINE: A twenty-year-old woman who Marlene interviews at Top Girls.
- JOYCE: Angie’s adoptive mother and Marlene’s sister.
- ANGIE: Marlene’s 16-year-old biological daughter who was adopted by Marlene’s sister, Joyce.
- KIT: Angie’s younger next-door neighbor and closest friend. Kit is a bright girl with academic ambitions.
- WIN: One of the female employees at Top Girls. She is focused on her career.
- NELL: One of the female employees at Top Girls. She is also career-driven and is jealous of Marlene’s promotion.
- LOUISE: A forty-six year old woman interviewing at Top Girls.
- KIDD: The wife of Howard Kidd, Marlene’s co-worker.
- SHONA: A young girl who interviews with Nell.
- GWORTH: A witty, clever, and flirtatious flirt
Directed by Miller Murray Susen
Performance Dates: March 9th – March 25th (Possible Extension through March 31st)
Audition Dates: December 3rd and 4th Callbacks: December 5th
Rehearsals Start: Week of December 31st, 2017
Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
In her groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail.
Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the “Fun Home.” It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.
CAST BREAKDOWN: 2 Males, 4 Females, 2 Boys, 1 Girl
- ALISON– 43 years old, a cartoonist
- MEDIUM ALISON– 19 years old, a college freshman
- SMALL ALISON– around 9 years old
- BRUCE BECHDEL– Alison’s father
- HELEN BECHDEL– Alison’s mother
- CHRISTIAN BECHDEL– Alison’s brother, around 10 years old
- JOHN BECHDEL– Alison’s brother, around 6 years old
- ROY– a young man Bruce hires to do yard work
- MARK– a high school junior
- JOAN– a college student
- PETE– a mourner
Hand To God
Directed by Cristan Keighley
Performance Dates: April 13th – May 5th
Audition Dates: January 14th and January 15th Callbacks: January 18th
Rehearsals Start: Week of January 28th, 2017
After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Hand To God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.
“The fearsome critter [Tyrone], who takes possession of a troubled teenager’s left arm in Robert Askins’ darkly delightful play really inspires goose bumps as he unleashes a reign of terror…But he’s also flat-out hilarious, spewing forth acid comedy that will turn those goose bumps into guffaws.” —The New York Times.
CAST BREAKDOWN: 3 men, 2 women
- Jason/Tyrone: A young man and his psychotic puppet
- Margery: Jason’s mother and head of the church’s Puppet Club
- Timmy: The neighborhood troublemaker
- Jessica: The girl next door
- Pastor Greg: Head of a Fundamentalist Church in Cypress, Texas
Directed by Mike Long
Performance Dates: May 18th – June 3rd (Possible Extension through June 9th)
Audition Dates: February 18th and February 19th Callbacks: February 22nd
Rehearsals Start: Week of March 4th
Paris, 1643. Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrèce. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrèce, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world’s greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by All in the Timing‘s David Ives.
“THE LIAR and its mischievous adapter, David Ives, want you to savor every meticulously groomed conceit, every stylishly turned-out couplet, every assiduously manicured joke…Ives is an inveterate jester, a trait that serves him well on an evening that is all jest.” —Washington Post.
CAST BREAKDOWN: 5 men, 3 women
- Dorante: A young student who has recently arrived in Paris to get a social education. A brazen liar.
- Géronte: Dorante’s father, who comes to Paris to arrange a marriage for his son.
- Lucrèce: A shy and virtuous girl
- Clarice: A young girl betrothed to Alcippe, and a friend of Lucrèce.
- Alcippe: Dorante’s friend and the jealous lover of Clarice
- Cliton: Dorante’s valet and mentor in Paris, who is hired because of his military and amatory connections.
- Philiste: A friend of Dorante and Alcippe.
- Sabine: Lucrèce’s maid and Dorante’s fellow liar.
Contact Company Manager Tracie Skipper at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
BEHIND THE SCENES
So you want to work on a show? Great! There are a multitude of jobs that could use your expertise and enthusiasm. We encourage you to grow and learn and promise to help you help us- by providing the training and support you need to do your job.
WARDROBE AND COSTUME SHOP
Over 100 characters a year come to life on the Live Arts stage with the help of the Costume Guild, our dedicated volunteer team of sewers, cutter drapers, designers, stitchers, organizers, pullers, and fabulously dedicated disciples of the theatrical textile arts!
Did you know Live Arts has a sweet little costume shop?
Did you know that we have a costume stock stored in nooks and crannies all over the building and now over at our Rehearsal Z space?
Did you know that we have an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers led by Tricia Emlet who has taken on the responsibility of maintaining our costume stock and supporting the design and build of every production at Live Arts?
Want to take your involvement to the next level? Intern with us!
Live Arts is built on the love and labor of our amazing volunteers. Now, we’re looking for a few dedicated, passionate interns. These positions are great for college students, high school students, or those looking for a transitional position. Interns will ideally work anywhere from 5-15 hours per week, with negotiable scheduling.
All positions are unpaid, but interns do receive complimentary tickets to Live Arts shows and events, as well as one free educational class per semester.
Want to work in a fun, collaborative environment or learn more about community engagement? All the while receiving valuable job training skills and resume building projects and duties? Contact Tracie for more information.
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