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Pride Arts is pleased to announce auditions for their upcoming production of ALL THAT HE WAS, a brand-new version of the award-winning 1993 AIDS-era musical, written by Cindy O'Connor and Larry Todd Cousineau (the writers of the 2018 Best New Musical Jeff-Award-nominee Flies! The Musical!). It will be directed by Mr. Cousineau.
Synopsis: This winner of the National Playwright's Award and the ACTF Musical Theatre Award is a moving and surprisingly funny account of one man's struggle with AIDS and the reverberations of his death. The deceased functions as host and narrator, invisible among the friends and family assembled to pay him final respects. Hoping for a day when the shattered pieces of his life can come together, he leads them on a journey of shared reminiscences.
Seeking 9 performers, ages 20s - 40s, of various types and vocal ranges. Actors of all ethnicities, gender identities, and actors with disabilities are encouraged to submit.
MAN, late 20s, baritone-tenor, recently deceased, appears young and healthy, upbeat and charismatic. Seen by the audience but not by the other characters. Others do occasionally feel his presence and hear his voice.
MOTHER, 40s, mezzo-soprano, sensitive, emotional, maternal (also portrays DOCTOR ONE).
FATHER, 40s, baritone, was raised to never show emotion (also portrays DOCTOR TWO).
BROTHER, about 18, tenor, sheltered, loved his brother dearly.
SISTER, early 20s, soprano, very religious, earnest in her desire to save the world.
LOVER, mid 20s, tenor, still dealing with his own sexuality and HIV status.
GIRLFRIEND, mid 20s, soprano with belt, loved the MAN for much of their lives, is very protective and jealous. She is quirky, metaphysical, and has a great sense of humor.
COUNSELOR, 30s, alto/belter, classy and cool, and very opinionated. AIDS/Gay/Lesbian rights activist and counselor at the local AIDS project office.
DOCTOR, female, 30s, alto/belter, tries to maintain strong exterior, having trouble dealing with loss.
Actors will be paid a stipend for the entirety of the process, and will be asked to sign a contract.
Auditions: 5/4, 5/5, 5/6. By appointment only. Callbacks as necessary on 5/11 & 5/12.
Rehearsals: Beginning July 22
Previews: August 10 and August 11
Performances: August 12 - September 9
Material To Prepare:
Please prepare 32 bars of a modern musical theatre song. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in your key - no a cappella. You may be asked to sing from the score, and if so, you'll be given music to prepare in advance.