Audition Notice for SDMT’s Production of… PLAID TIDINGS!

Book by: Stuart Ross
Music by: Various

CREATIVE TEAM
Director: David Humphrey
Musical Director: Richard Dueñez Morrison
A holiday-themed sequel to Forever Plaid, the barbershop musical. Forever Plaid is about a high-school boys harmony group in the 1960’s, who are killed by a school bus, and all four members come back to Earth in the present to perform the show that they never got a chance to do while they were alive. This sequel, Plaid Tidings, is a continuation where they do the holiday show they didn’t get to perform.

AUDITION INFORMATION
San Diego Musical Theatre is committed to providing a work environment that is free of sexual harassment. SDMT believes in and works to sustain an anti-racist environment. SDMT does not tolerate any unlawful harassment based on race, color, gender, gender expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran status.

Seeking: A diverse cast of 4 male-identifying NON-UNION movers, actors and singers who can handle heavy harmonizing demands. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. We are also looking for 2 swings who will cover two roles each. NO HOUSING AVAILABLE. If you have housing in San Diego and cannot attend the initial audition on Tuesday, August 23, but can make the callback on Friday, August 26, please submit your video audition through Casting Manager by Monday, August 22 to be considered.

Conflicts: Please look at the production calendar before making your appointment. It is located under the Registration Form tab on Casting Manager or you can download it HERE. We will only accept one or two conflicts between November 1-12.  We will not accept any conflicts after November 12. Thank you!

Covid-19: A Covid-19 vaccination is required to be a member of the cast. Please be prepared to show your vaccination card when you check in for your audition or callback and wear a mask. You are welcome to take off your mask while you are in the audition room for your audition.

AUDITION SCHEDULE
Singer CallTuesday, August 23 from 10am-1pm
By appointment only. If you have housing in San Diego and cannot attend the initial audition on Tuesday, August 23, but can make the callback on Friday, August 26, please submit your video audition through Casting Manager by Monday, August 22 to be considered.

Callback: Friday, August 26 from 10am-1pm
Callbacks are by invitation only. Should you receive a callback, you can download the sides from our website 
www.sdmt.orgor you can find them on Casting Manager at least one week prior to the callbacks.

To schedule an appointment, use the following link and create a free profile: CASTING MANAGER

PREPARATION
Singer Call: Plan on arriving 10 minutes before your appointment time to check-in. Bring one headshot/resume with you and have your vaccination card ready to show the monitor. Also, make sure you have your headshot/resume uploaded to your Casting Manager profile before your audition or callback.

Prepare: 32 bars of a song in the style of the show (1950-60s/barbershop). You may also sing a number from the show. We may do some musical exercises to find range. An accompanist will be provided so bring sheet music in the correct key.

AUDITION LOCATION
SDMT Building: Located at 4650 Mercury Street, San Diego, CA 92111

REHEARSAL INFORMATION
First Rehearsal: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Rehearsal Schedule: Click HERE to see Rehearsal Schedule

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
All performances at the SDMT STAGE in Kearny Mesa.
Show Run: Friday, November 25 – Saturday, December 24, 2022
Show Schedule: Click HERE to see Performance Schedule

PAY
Non-Union Actors: $1,600-$2,400 stipend depending on role

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Seeking: A diverse cast of 4 male-identifying NON-UNION movers, actors and singers who can handle heavy harmonizing demands. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. We are also looking for 2 swings who will cover two roles each.

FRANKIE (2nd Tenor)
Vocal Range: low Ab2, belt to G4, mix to Bb4 (optional mix to Eb5)
Age Range: 18-39
Gender: Male-Identifying
The leader and caretaker of the group, confident, takes care of his fellow Plaids and makes sure everyone knows what’s coming up next, his asthma acts up when the numbers are too fast, has a great deal of compassion for the music and the group, though he is a romantic crooner and spiritual singer, he is also very humble and should never be seen as the smooth lounge lizard type.

SPARKY (Baritone)
Vocal Range: low Bb2, belt to Gb4, mix to G4 (optional mix to E5)
Age Range: 18-39
Gender: Male-Identifying
The clown of the group, who is shown to have a heart, sharp, loves singing his tailor-made solos, wears a retainer and has a slight speech impediment, energetic and clever, loves to tell a story and loves to perform, while he is a jokester and a clown, he never is mean spirited – especially towards his fellow Plaids.

JINX (1st Tenor)
Vocal Range: low B2, belt to A4, mix to D5 (optional mix to F5)
Age Range: 18-39
Gender: Male-Identifying
The shy one, lives his life terrified and doesn’t always remember what song comes next, Sparky’s step brother, he occasionally gets a nosebleed when he sings above an A, the other Plaids – especially Sparky – are very protective of him, he transforms into the star he is supposed to be during his passionate solo in this show.

SMUDGE (Bass)
Vocal Range: low F2, belt to F4, mix to Gb4
Age Range: 18-39
Gender: Male-Identifying
The worrier, worries about the props, the running order, and always assumes the audience won’t like him, has chronic nervous stomach and is oddly reluctant to perform, wears glasses, which hides his good looks and sex appeal, also sometimes has trouble with choreography because he mixes up his left from his right.

2 SWINGS (each swing will cover two roles)
The swings are expected to be at every rehearsal that their counterparts are at. Once we get into performances, you will be on call for every performance.
Swing 1: Jinx and Frankie
Swing 2: Sparky and Smudge
Age Range: 18-39
Gender: Male-Identifying

 

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