The award-winning Company Theatre announces open call video auditions for the rock musical Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages features a book by Chris D’Arienzo and music from the 80s era of rock including Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison, Europe and more. The show is directed by Zoe Bradford and Jordie Saucerman, with music direction by Steve Bass and choreography by Sally Ashton Forrest. All roles are open for casting, and up to two equity guest artists will be considered. Further information and a rehearsal schedule will be available after auditions. Videos will be accepted until May 22nd.
ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was big bad 1980s Hollywood. You’ll want to know what love is, feel the noise, and take your best shot at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary rockstar, Stacee Jaxx, returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality. This hilarious musical comedy features larger than life characters and an exhilarating story that has turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon. So fire up the Aqua Net and poof up those shoulder pads as you prepare to rock out to the music of Journey, Starship, Twisted Sister, Foreigner, and Pat Benatar!
DREW – An appealing, good-guy rocker with great, easy comedic timing, a boyish charm, and vulnerability. Drew works at the legendary Bourbon Room in LA, hoping and waiting for his dreams to come true. He finds an instant attraction to Sherrie, the beautiful new arrival from the Midwest, who encourages him to go after his dreams. Vocal: strong rock tenor voice; RANGE: (Bb3 – D5)
SHERRIE – Female, fresh-faced, innocent Midwestern girl stepping right off the bus into a new world to pursue her dreams of stardom. Strong comedic timing, good danceability. Must be comfortable in revealing clothing. Vocal: strong rock belt; RANGE: (G3 – F5)
LONNY – The narrator of the piece, charming, funny, mischievous, welcoming, vibrant personality, someone who would be fun to spend one crazy night with. Strong and honest with comedic timing/improv skills. Vocal: strong rock voice; RANGE: (D3 – D5)
DENNIS DUPREE – Classic stoner type guy, a former rocker who runs the famous Bourbon Room club. Torn about whether he should sell the club to Hertz, a German businessman. Very strong comedic timing needed. A laid back, easy-going dude. Vocal: Bari-tenor rock; RANGE: (D3 – A4)
STACEE JAXX – A charismatic rock star. He decided to leave his successful hair/metal-rock band to try it solo. Very self-important, overconfident and intriguing in all the wrong ways, the ultimate bad boy; he is all about rock-n-roll and its benefits. Must be comfortable in revealing clothing. Vocal: strong rock tenor; RANGE: (C3 – Eb5)
REGINA – A former, hippie earthy girl turned militant protester who fights against the attempted takeover of The Sunset Strip. Strong comedic timing. Vocal: rock belt; RANGE: (A3 – Eb5)
HERTZ KLINEMANN – Male with a German accent. Uptight, cold, intimidating businessman trying to buy up the Sunset Strip to develop it. The “villain” of the piece. Strong comedic timing. Vocal: baritone; RANGE: (F3 – A4)
FRANZ KLINEMANN – Hertz’ foppish, flamboyant German son, works for his father, but not by choice. Pressured and intimidated by his father. Shy, gentle with a big heart. Over the course of the show, he changes and stands up to his father. Strong comedic timing, German accent. Vocal: strong vocals; RANGE: (Db3 – A4; E5 in falsetto)
JUSTICE – female, strong presence, an easy sensuality about her, once a performer, she now operates a gentlemen’s club where Sherrie winds up working. Maternal figure with street smarts. Vocal: strong, soulful, belt voice; RANGE: (G3 – E5)
ENSEMBLE – (Male/Female) – This is a strong ensemble piece with many featured players. The Ensemble plays a variety of roles including rockers, dancers, bourbon room patrons, waitresses, waiters, bartenders, church choir, groupies, backup singers, riot police, homeless, protesters, rock video MTV dancers, etc. Most must be comfortable in revealing clothing. All should have strong rock voices with comedic ability.
VIDEO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Audition candidates should be strong ROCK singers and prepared to sing a song from the show in the show key, or a song in a similar 80s rock style. Please use accompaniment, as acapella auditions will not be accepted. Please email headshot or snapshot, a resume is helpful, but not required, to firstname.lastname@example.org with your audition video. Actors of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Rehearsals will begin following casting, held on Monday and Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons. Videos will be accepted until May 22nd.
Performances of Rock of Ages are held from July 24, through August 16, from Wednesday through Sunday, evening, and matinee performances are available. Tickets are $44. For a complete performance schedule or to order tickets, please visit www.companytheatre.com.
For more information about auditions, please email Sally at Sally@companytheatre.com. For more information about The Company Theatre, please visit www.companytheatre.com, or follow The Company Theatre Center for the Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.