Auditions for RUTHLESS! Monday, June 10th & Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at Light Opera Works Rehearsal Center

BNLogoGreyBig Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, will hold auditions for RUTHLESS!, the first production of their 2013-14 season.   Ruthless is a musical comedy with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley that spoofs Broadway musicals, like Gypsy and Mame, and movies such as “The Bad Seed” and “All About Eve”.

Audition Dates and Time:          Monday, June 10 & Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 7:00-10:00 pm.
Appointments preferred, but not necessary.
Callbacks:                            Monday, June 17, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Audition Location:                       Light Opera Works Rehearsal Center, 516 4th Street, Wilmette
Rehearsals begin:                       Thursday, August 1, 2013
Show Dates:                                 Matinee and evenings on weekends from September 28-October 13, 2013 (no matinee 9/28).
Performance Location:               Prairie Lakes Theater, Des Plaines, IL
Director:                                         Kyle Dougan
Choreographer:                           Daniel Spagnuolo
Music Director:                             Alex Newkirk
Asst. Director:                               Jonathan Verge
Big Noise Artistic Director:         Nancy Flaster
Producers:                                    Daiva Paulis & Marsha Rutenberg
Stage Manager:                           Daiva Paulis

SYNOPSIS:   Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical–including murder the leading lady!                                                           This aggressively outrageous musical hit garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run, which opened with Britney Spears in the leading role. This is a very funny, fast-paced, and                                       wickedly twisted musical comedy with 8 distinct female roles each playing an honest yet comical character. There is no ensemble. With the exception of the non-singing role of Miss Block, all                                                      the characters have solo songs.
SEEKING:         Tina: an 8-year old “triple threat”, loaded with talent and manipulative to the core, she is sickeningly sweet but underneath, is a remorseless psychopath. She will be required to                                                          tap quite proficiently, and should have a strong belt. 7-12 years old. Vocal range: F# below middle C to E one octave above middle C.

Judy/Ginger: Tina’s mother, approximately 28-40, a simple June Cleaver-type housewife, who is transformed into Ginger, a Norma Desmond-type Broadway diva. Must be able to honestly                                              portray both. Vocal range: F below middle C to B Flat one octave above middle C.

Sylvia St. Croix: NOTE– For this role, we are looking to cast a man in drag. The stereotypical “in-your-face” talent manager, who is obsessed with making Tina a star. Vocal range: A one                                                      octave below middle C to E above middle C.

Miss Thorn: A wannabe actress who had to settle for teaching 3rd grade, she is the director of  the school play. Her integrity in casting is questionable. Vocal range: E below middle C to B above middle C.
Louise Lerman: The student who beats out Tina for the lead in the school play, she has limited talent and is larger than Tina. She should be 7-13 years old. Vocal range: Middle C to B Flat

above middle C.
Lita Encore: Judy’s adoptive mother, a theatre critic with a poison pen, who hates musicals. An Ethel Merman-type with a strong belt. Vocal range: E below middle C to D one octave above                                                middle C.

Eve: Efficient personal assistant to Broadway star, Ginger. She wants Ginger’s life, and copies her every mannerism. Vocal range: F# below middle C to C above middle C.


Miss Block: A lesbian reporter who wants to do a story about Ginger’s past. This is a non-singing role, and may be doubled with Miss Thorn.

WHAT TO PREPARE:       Two-32 bar cuts of an uptempo standard musical theatre piece (can include but not Limited to Gypsy, Sunset Blvd., Drowsy Chaperone, Annie, etc.) in the correct key. You                                                                       may sing from the show if you’d like.  An accompanist will be provided.  Please refrain from bringing recorded accompaniment for the singing portion of the audition.
Please bring music in appropriate key, repertoire book in case we’d like to hear a different selection, two copies of your resume and headshot (if available—photos need

not be professional quality) and personal calendar for conflict form.

Big Noise offers all cast members participation in its CAST (Comp Assisted STipend) program. Each cast member will be provided with ticket vouchers, which may be sold at full value of $25.00 each.  The proceeds from

the tickets may be kept by the performer providing a potential stipend.

For additional audition information, please contact Daiva Paulis at (312) 371-9945.

Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, celebrates their 12th anniversary of top-notch, live entertainment at the Prairie Lakes Theater in Des Plaines.  Big Noise strives to produce high-quality shows that stretch the creative talents of their actors and staff as well as surpass the expectations of their audience. Big Noise continues to be known for bringing downtown quality to the suburbs at reasonable rates.