Auditions

Why Audition at Cultural Park Theater?

If you have made it this far, then perhaps you’ll go a little further.  Read on, and allow me to spend a few minutes encouraging you to take the next step to auditioning at CPT.

Many people are curious about what it is like to perform on stage.  Somewhere in the back of their mind they wonder if they could possibly do this and also wonder about the pros and cons of it all.  Rest assured, anyone can do this.  YOU can do this.  All it takes is for you to dabble your toes in the water for the first time.

CPT actively encourages new people to audition.   As a community theatre, we depend upon new blood to keep us growing and alive.  Many directors actively recruit new people for that very reason.  And each year we cast many actors from the ages of 7 through 77 and up. Auditioning for a show isn’t all that difficult or scary.  Many others have done it – so can you.

  • If you think you may want to try, but are still wondering if you have the time or need to know more, contact the CPT office and they will send your information to the show director who will contact you to answer any questions that you may have.
  • Every audition is different, and every director conducts their auditions differently from the others.  But here are a few things that are universally true for them all:
  • New faces are ALWAYS welcome at CPT.   Directors actively recruit new actors and actresses all year.
  • Everyone at an audition wants you to do well – even those auditioning for the same role are cheering you on. You are admired and respected just for trying.
  • Don’t judge your talent or stage possibilities. The director appraises auditioners objectively to determine the best mix of people and talents for their production.
  • If you don’t receive a role, it doesn’t mean you weren’t great.  Each role brings an ingredient to the mix and the director needs to select the cast that blends the best.
  • Winston Churchill said it best, “Never, never, never give up.”    If you don’t land a role the first time it just means that maybe you weren’t a good fit for the current show but you could be great for the next one.

A CPT production brings together the most diverse group of people you could imagine.  In working towards opening night, whether your part is large or small, we become close friends and have the best of times together!  And remember that while the risk of auditioning may seem huge, the payoff is much bigger.

If you still have worries about auditioning there are other ways to join in the fun, each show cast it own production team be it stage crews, lighting and sound technicians, set builders and painter, publicity, and many others with our back stage support. For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities at Cultural Park contact our volunteer dept at cptvolunteers@gmail.com and we will get back to you with answers to your questions so you can become a member of the Cultural Park Family.

Cultural Park Theater produces 16 plays, musicals and revues each year. All auditions are open to everyone so keep your eyes on this web site, our facebook page and your email for audition opportunities.


 

 


SAME TIME NEXT YEAR

Cultural Park Theatre Company will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “Same Time Next Year” by John Vogel

Saturday Dec 7 and Sunday Dec 8 from 10am till 1pm at CPT

528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral

One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, running 4 years on Broadway and later a successful motion picture, starring Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda. Two people meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out, as the two are seen changing, through the years; always in the same room, always appearing on schedule. But, as time goes on, both have personal crisis that the other helps them through, and they develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find between two people meeting for a clandestine relationship just once a year.

 “The Same Time Next Year” calls for one male and one female, age 30 to mid 40. All are encouraged to audition regardless of previous experience.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the play. No preparation is necessary. The rehearsal schedule will be determined by the cast and director. Costume designer and stage manager and crew are also being sought for the production. The play will be presented February 7 through 16 with performances on Friday Saturday and Sundays.  Further information about the play or auditions can be obtained by calling Director Michael Moran at 239-772-5862 Information is also available on the Cultural Park Theater website and face book pages.

The Characters

 Doris – Starts out as an awkward girl, then becomes progressively a young, restless housewife, a college student returnee, over aged flower child, accomplished high powered career woman and finally a settled matron. She deeply loves her husband.

 George – Starts out as a guilt-ridden, neurotic accountant becoming increasingly stuffy and rich. Later, he gives it all up, goes into psychiatric analysis, becomes a hippie, and finally returns to The Establishment. He also deeply loves his wife. 


Auditions for Urinetown
Cultural Park Theater
Cultural Park Theater Proudly Announces OPEN AUDITIONS for Urinetown!

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8
10 AM-1 PM each day

This is an Open Public Casting Call for the musical comedy “Urinetown” which will be performed on Stage February 28 through March 8, at the Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral, Florida.

Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s greatest art forms.
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

The casting call is open to anyone 16 years of age or older.

You will be expected to sing a solo number. Please prepare at least 16 bars of a song of your choice, either acapella or with an instrumental track, a CD player will be available. A brief dance audition will also take place following your solo audition.

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8
10 AM-1 PM each day

All roles are all being considered at this audition.


 


Auditions for Nana’s Naughty Knickers

January 18 and 19

 Details

This is an Open Public Casting Call for the Comedic Play “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” which will be performed on stage April 3rd – 12th at the Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., in Cape Coral, Florida.

The casting call is open to everyone 20 years of age and older. This is a cold read format audition, which means you do not need to prepare anything in advance.

You are welcome to bring an entertainment resume and headshot if you have one, but they are NOT required.

Saturday, January 18                             Sunday, January 19
10 AM – 1 PM                                          10 AM – 1 PM
Cultural Park Theatre                           Cultural Park Theatre

All roles and production volunteers are all being considered at this audition.

The Plot

Bridget and her grandmother are about to become roommates.  However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet grandma is running an illegal boutique from her rent-controlled apartment, selling handmade naughty knickers to every senior citizen within the five-borough area! Will nana get arrested – or worse – evicted once the scheme is discovered!?

The Playwright

The playwright, Katherine DiSavino, is a Los Angeles writer. She currently writes on CW’s Nancy Drew and before that wrote for the CW’s The Outpost. Katherine is one of the best-selling playwrights published by Samuel French. Theatrical critics have called her works “true to life”, “superbly written” and “entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny”!


ROLE BREAKDOWN 
Nana’s Naughty Knickers cast requires 5 females and 4 males, with 1 male voice heard offstage

Sylvia Charles – in her early eighties, living like she’s in her early twenties. The mastermind behind Saucy Slips, Etc., and the proud tenant of a rent-controlled apartment.

Vera Walters – Sylvia’s aged accomplice; equipped with two hearing aids and a collapsible walker.

Bridget Charles – Sylvia’s unsuspecting, 20-something, soon-to-be-law-student granddaughter.

Tom O’Grady – The newest cop on the force, happily assigned the beat where Sylvia’s apartment is.

Gil Schmidt – The landlord (60’s), overly eager to rid himself of his aged tenants.

Heather Van Pree – Employee of Saucy Slips, looking for better opportunities, a modeling career or just her boxes.

Clair – The big client – mid 60s.

Voice – The man at the front desk. Slightly bored and always sarcastic.

UPS Man – Cute and a little lonely

Other UPS Man – The strong, client type.

 

For additional information, you may call the theater and leave a message for the director 239-772-5862.

 


 

Saturday, February 29 10:00 am – 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 1 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
at the Cultural Park Theatre


This is an Open Public Casting Call for the original musical revue “A Passage to Ireland” which will be performed on stage April 24 through May 3, at the Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral, Florida. A Passage to Ireland is an original musical revue which is full of warmth, humour and pathos as the story unfolds at the end of the1850s, after Bridget Finnigan escaped from the Great Famine in Ireland as a teenager and began a new life in the north of England. She settled down to make friends at the Irish Centre and married a young cutlery worker, Arthur Eastgate. Life was good, they had two children and Arthur became the owner of his own business. But Bridget, heard the call, the little village of Old Durra in the far west of Ireland began to call to her, softly at frst but it soon reached the point where she and her new family had to heed the call and this is where we pick up the story. Music, song and dance has long been the lifeblood of Ireland and that is how we follow this young family’s journey of inquiry; in word, dance and song from the Yorkshire railway station of Shefeld, through the great Port of Liverpool. Then on the Roscommon crossing the Irish Sea, the time spent in Dublin ‘in the rare auld times’ meeting up with family and childhood friends. Finally arriving at journey’s end in rural Mayo where the memories, good and bad, are suddenly all around Bridget. She fnds what family and neighbours survived and stayed in Ireland, and she discovers what has happened to her childhood home. The laughter and the heartache, what is past and what is to come all melt together to display the triumph of family and the human spirit. This is Bridey’s life, this is Bridey’s story, and yet it is the story of Ireland.

A Passage to Ireland is written and directed by Patrick Shepherd who wrote and directed his frst musical revue last year. That revue was called “A Wedding in Tuscany” and it was immensely popular, going on to win fve Marquee Awards. Patrick has high hopes for this revue also. The casting call is open to everyone 16 years of age and older. We are also casting the role of Lucy, daughter of the Shaws, this role is open to girls aged 13 to 16. This is a cold read format audition which means you do not need to prepare a monologue in advance. You are welcome to bring an entertainment resume and headshot if you have one but they are NOT required.

All roles, as well as production volunteers, are being considered at this audition. Prepare to sing 32 bars of a song (roughly 1 ½ mins). If you are not sure what to sing then an uptempo ballad would work, or if you know any songs with an Irish connection or favor then that might be your better choice. Also, please bring some comfortable shoes as you may be asked to learn some simple steps to music.

ROLE BREAKDOWN A Passage to Ireland requires 10 men 10 women, and 3 children. (several of the ensemble members will also be dancers) the characters break down as follows: (Please note that ages are meant as those that you can realistically expect to portray on stage in make-up and costume and not what your age should necessarily be.)

Bridget Eastgate – Soprano (age mid 20s-early thirties ) hard-working and loving wife and mother. No nonsense type with an infectious smile and a good sense of humour.
Arthur Eastgate Bariton/Tenor (age mid 20s-late thirties) Bridget’s Yorkshire husband. Loving and cheerful. Always looks for the positive in things. loyal friend who dotes on his family.
Mary Wolfe – Soprano (age mid 50s-mid 60s) Bridget’s unt in Dublin. Salt of the Earth type, very eclectic, knows everyone. Family oriented. Soft centre in a hard shell.
Padraig Wolfe – Baritone (age late 50s-late 60s) Mary’s husband. Grin and bear it type, does what needs to be done. Will do anything for you if you’re on his good side.
Moira Shaw – Sop/Alto (age late 20s-late 30s) Northern Irish ex-pat living in England. Outgoing and excitable but can become serious in the blink of an eye. Loves to be surrounded with friends.
Billy Shaw – Bar/Tenor (age late 20s-mid 40s) Moira’s English husband, friendly type. Loves to make her happy and very nervous about meeting her Irish family.
Matilda Eastgate – Alto (age mid 50s-late 60s) Arthur’s mother. Had a hard life when she was younger, a survivor of the Shefeld cholera outbreak. Loves being a grandmother.
Albert Eastgate – Bar/Tenor (age late 50s-late 60s) Matlda’s husband. Gruff exterior of a steelworker but always yields to his wife’s wishes. Observant and astute.
Sinead – Sop/Mezzo (age 18-early 30s) n Irish ex-pat and member of the Irish Centre. close friend of Bridget. Mischievous, full of fun and energy. t her best when she’s organizing social events.
James – Bar/Tenor (age 19-mid 30s) Sinead’s beau. Irish ex-pat and Irish Centre member. Crazy about Sinead but concerned she’s too carefree. Protective of her but also can loosen up and have a fun time.
Ensemble – Five males and five females (several will be featured ensemble roles);
(ages 17-early 60s) Some of the ensemble will be dancers and all will double up their roles for different scenes.
Children – Two girls and one boy;
Kate (aged 8 – 11) and Kevin (aged 6 – 8) are brother and sister and the children of Arthur and Bridget
Lucy (aged 13 – 16) is the daughter of Billy and Moira.
For additional information, you may call the theater and leave a message for the director 239-772-5862.