Auditions for Flanagan’s Wake

Auditions for Flanagan’s Wake

And interactive comedy with music
April 21st - 23rd, 2014

Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.
Callbacks, if needed, will be Thursday, April 24

Flanagan’s Wake is one of the longest-running shows in Chicago theater history. The villagers of the beautiful fictional village of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, tell tales, sing songs, and mourn the passing of one of their own, Flanagan. They grieve as only the Irish can. Audience members are invited to share tales of their own experiences and misadventures with dear old Flanagan or simply enjoy the stories and songs of the locals as they recall life with “himself.”

Once the mourners have arrived in Grapplin, they pay respects to glowering Mother Flanagan and to the poor grieving fiancée, Fiona Finn. County Sligo’s best-known writer, Mickey Finn, delivers a eulogy and all tip a pint with Brian Ballybunion, himself a weaver of tales. Mourners can cross themselves with the blessings from St. Gregory’s parish priest, Father Damon Fitzgerald, or cross their fingers that local pagan Kathleen Mooney doesn’t cast a spell on them. Mayor Martin O’Doul presides over the proceedings with an iron hand (and a parched throat).

The cast consists of five men and two women. Rehearsals will be held weekday evenings and some weekends, beginning April 28. Nine performances will be given June 13 – 29 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.

All auditioning should come prepared to read from the script, which will be available at 5 p.m. each evening, and sing 24 measures of a prepared song. Those auditioning should bring sheet music for the accompanist. They may be asked to improvise. Actors should also bring a photo and resume, if they have one, and a list of conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period.

Director Scott Novotny is a versatile performer who headlines comedy clubs throughout the United States; worked as an improvisational actor/writer at Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop; owned and operated The Comedy Cabaret in Minneapolis; and has written for “Saturday Night Live.” He has also directed and acted in numerous theatrical and film productions.

Music director Ezelda Yacoub Hasapopoulos has served as the music director for many productions at The Phipps Center as well as the Woodbury Community Theatre.


Auditions for The Wizard of Oz

Auditions for The Wizard of Oz

open to students ages 10 - 22
May 18th - 20th, 2014

There’s no place like the Phipps Center for the Arts this summer as you will be transported to the wonderful Land of Oz!  Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s enduring children’s story, this production uses the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1987 script, inspired by and featuring the songs from the famous MGM musical.  After a tornado sweeps Dorothy from her Kansas home to the magical land of OZ, she starts her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Accompanied by a brainless Scarecrow, a heartless Tin Woodsman and a neurotic Cowardly Lion, she must protect the magical ruby slippers from the Wicked Witch of the West and go on a journey filled with danger and self-discovery. 

Roles Available:
The show requires a large ensemble of actors playing many featured roles, including the Dorothy Gale, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Wicked Witch of the West, Wizard of Oz and Glinda along with an ensemble of Winged Monkeys, Munchkins, Apple Trees, Poppies and more.  Detailed character descriptions can be seen here (Word) or here (PDF).

Start on Tuesday, June 2nd through July 17 on weekdays, except Wednesdays, from 6 – 9 pm; and Saturdays, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

12 performances from July 18 - August 3 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Audition Information:
Actors may schedule an audition on the following dates and times:  ages 14 – 22 on Sunday, May 18, 1 – 5 p.m., and ages 10 – 13 on Monday, May 19, 6 – 9 p.m. Open auditions will be held Tuesday, May 20 for ages 10 – 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and ages 14 – 22 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Actors will be asked to sing approximately 32 measures of a prepared upbeat song showing their range, as well as read from the script. Those auditioning should bring a copy or the original sheet music for the accompanist. Everyone will be asked to learn a short dance combination, so all should come dressed to move, with their hair tied back. Also, actors should bring this audition form, a current photo (any size), as well as a list of all rehearsal conflicts.

College students under the age of 22 that are interested in audition but are unable to make it to the audition must email a completed audition form, photo and video of your 32 measure prepared song to Jennifer Driscoll at by 5 pm on Sunday, May 18th.

Audition Details:
• Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time, and prepare to stay 30 minutes past your time.
• Bring with you a completed audition form.
• Be sure to list ALL conflicts on your audition form!
• Bring sheet music and be prepared to sing at least 32 bars of an upbeat song, as well as read from the script and learn a short dance combination.
• Bring also a photo (that you don’t want back).

To sign up for Sunday, May 18th from 1-5 pm for ages 14-22 please use the following link:

To sign up for Monday, May 19th from 6-9 pm for ages 10-13 please use the following link:

For further information regarding auditions, please contact Jennifer Driscoll at


Dance Audition: The Phipps Dance Theater Celebrates Broadway

Dance Audition: The Phipps Dance Theater Celebrates Broadway

May 29th - 31st, 2014

Singers: Thursday, May 29, 7-9 p.m., with registration at 6:30

Dancers: Saturday, May 31, 10- noon, with registration at 9:00


Auditions for male and female dancers age 16 and older for The Phipps Dance Theater Celebrates Broadway, the tenth annual summer dance production at The Phipps Center.  Auditions will be held May 31 in the dance studio.  The show will feature classic Broadway dance numbers from shows such as: The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Nine, Phantom of the Opera, Sweet Charity, The Pajama Game, CATS, and Anything Goes.  The show will feature the work of choreographers: Melissa Huber, Joanie Mix-Lande, Christina Leines, and Mackenzie Lewis.  Dancers should bring jazz, character, and tap shoes to the audition, as well as a current headshot and a list of rehearsal conflicts from June 1 through August 17.

We will also be holding a vocal audition for singers on May 29 in the music studio.  All vocalists will be asked to come prepared with 32 measures from an up-tempo Broadway piece, as well as sheet music for the accompanist.  Not all dance pieces will feature live singing.  Vocalists are encouraged to attend the dance portion of the audition, and dancers are encouraged to attend the vocal portion of the audition. Vocalists should bring a current headshot and a list of rehearsal conflicts from June 1 through August 17.

Performances will be August 15 - 17 at The Phipps Center.

If you have questions, please contact Mackenzie Lewis

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