Outside of any required EPAs (Equity Principal Auditions), we cast our season on a show-by-show (as needed) basis. We hire union (Actors’ Equity Association) and non-union actors. You may submit your headshot, resume and cover letter at any time in the season. It is helpful to know what show(s) for which you’d like to be considered (refer to our current season link for show information).
2016-2017 shows, with all roles that may be on Equity contracts are listed below. All shows are produced under the Equity SPT Agreement.
SPT +10 (unless otherwise noted).
(2017-18 salary $684/week minimum)
Artistic Director: Lauren Warhol Caldwell (at all auditions)
Monday, May 15, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
9AM – 4PM both days.
For an appointment, email Hippauditions@gmail.com Last day to schedule appointments is Friday May 12th no later than 2pm. Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition day, as time permits.
Please prepare a one-minute monologue. Auditions for the summer musical will be held at a later date.
Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.
Director: Lauren Warhol Caldwell 1st rehearsal: Aug 11 Run: Sept 1 – 24
1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston is caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.
Winston: A minor member of the ruling Party, he is a thin, frail, contemplative, intellectual, and fatalistic 39 year old. He works at the Ministry of Truth correcting “errors” in past publications. Winston is also an amateur intellectual who nurses a secret hatred of the Party.
Julia: A 26-year-old Party member and rebel, Julia secretly despises the Party but accepts its rule over her. Therefore, she outwardly appears to be zealously devoted to the Party’s causes. Julia supports the resistance in whatever ways she can, including falling in love with Winston. edgy.
O’Brien: A prominent Inner Party member with whom Winston feels a fatherly bond. O’Brien is a graceful and clearly intelligent man who leads Winston to believe he is part of an underground movement against the Party.
Syme (female): Multiple roles. A “friend” of Winston’s and a philologist working on the Newspeak Dictionary. Passionate about her work, superior in nature, a true party believer.
Ampleforth: Multiple roles. A coworker of Winston’s and a poet who works in the Records Department rewriting politically or ideologically objectionable Oldspeak poems.
Tillotson: Multiple roles. A coworker of Winston’s, Tillotson sits across from him in the Records Department and is extremely secretive about his work.
Parsons: Multiple Roles. Winston’s neighbor and coworker. Parsons is a heavy, sweaty, simple man with unquestioning acceptance of everything the Party tells him.
Charrington: The “Prole” owner of the antique shop, Mr. Charrington appears to be a kind old man interested in history and the past, but later reveals himself to be a member of the Thought Police.
Instructor: Multiple Roles. A large, booming woman who appears on the telescreen each morning to lead the citizens in exercise.
Director: Lauren Warhol Caldwell. 1st rehearsal: Sept. 22 Run: Oct. 13 – Nov. 5
He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business—and himself.
Casey/Georgia McBride: 20s, Southern. Casey: a charismatic and good-looking small town high school football star turned Elvis impersonator; a loyal, loving husband who dreams big; he hasn’t yet had to grow up and take responsibility for his life/family. Georgia: a drag queen with Elvis, country, and rock ‘n’ roll roots, but ultimately a wholly original creation and a force of nature; sexy, flirtatious, and fierce.
Jo: 20s, Southern; Casey’s wife; tough without being bitchy; works hard in a service job; insecure about her appearance; she is perhaps not the striking, sexy girl she once was, but those qualities are just below the surface.
Rexy/Jason: 30s, Male, multiple roles. Rexy: feisty and sharp-tongued with a dark past; fancies herself the most sophisticated in the room; thrives on conflict but has great respect for the history and art of drag. Jason: the sweet best friend of Jo and Casey.
Eddie: 30s, Male, multiple roles. Eddie: the easily flustered, hot-headed owner of a struggling dive bar; longs for the dimly remembered glory days of high school; becomes an amateur showman who loves the spotlight; cousin to Tracy.
Miss Tracy Mills: 40s, Male. Sweet-natured drag queen, and drag mother to Casey; her impeccable timing, wit, and charm can disarm anyone; she thrives on being a mentor, but is ruthlessly pragmatic when she needs to be; ready to find a home and build something meaningful and lasting.
Director: Clint Thornton, 1st rehearsal: Nov. 3 Run: Nov. 24 – Dec. 17
Music Director: Bryan Mercer
SPT +9 Contract
A whimsical musical that tells the story of two best friends — the cheerful Frog and curmudgeonly Toad — and follows them through four colorful seasons, from hibernation to hibernation. Frog and Toad, along with their playful, quirky friends Snail, Turtle, the Birds, and more, enact many adventures, from rushing down a hill in a runaway sled in the winter, to taking a picnic and a quiet moment in the summer.
Frog: 20s-30s, Male, confident, good-natured, the natural leader of the friendship; able to accept life as it comes to him; strong, charismatic lead role, balancing both jazz numbers and ballads; voice: light, pleasant baritone; however, one song sits around high G# and A.
Toad: 20s-30s, Male, anxious, neurotic, and a tad awkward, but with a very big heart; manages to turn small incidents into ordeals by caring just a little too much; meaty comic lead role with a lot of singing; voice: character voice, but pleasant; mid-range but also needs to be comfortable with high E on staff.
Turtle/Mother Frog/Mole/Squirrel/Bird: 20s-40s, Female, multiple roles; very jazzy; dancing a plus; versatile comic supporting role; voice: high range (A) as Mother Frog. Bossy, sarcastic, and a bit of an instigator.
Mouse/Young Frog/Mole/Squirrel/Bird: 20s-40s, Female, multiple roles; dancing a plus; versatile comic supporting role; voice: mid-range, close harmony. Plucky, inquisitive.
Snail/Lizard/Bird: 20s-50s, Male, multiple roles; very high energy, requiring stylized movement and inventive comic ideas; voice: rich, bluesey, show-stopping middle but with a high G#, tenor in 3-part trio with Mouse and Turtle.
Director: TBA. 1st rehearsal: Nov. 9 Run: Nov. 25 – Dec. 21
SPT +9 Contract
Join Scrooge, Marley, the Cratchits and a host of Christmas ghosts for this classic holiday story in an adaptation new to the Hippodrome. Most actors play multiple roles.
Scrooge, CAST 50s-60s. Vicious old man.
Jacob Marley: 40s, narrator, back from the dead to guide (and torture) Scrooge
Marley’s Ghosts 1 & 2: any age, Marley’s companions, play Ghost of Xmas Past and Present and more
Bob Cratchit, 30s-40s, Hopeful middle-aged man
Mrs. Cratchit: 30s-40s, Kindly, hopeful, loving, strong
Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig: 30s, jolly, fun and funny, looking for Singers or actors who play instruments
Young Belle: 20s, in love with young Scrooge, strong and honest
Young Scrooge: 20s, torn by his love for Belle and his love of money
Children: Male and Female to play all Cratchit children, Fan, Scrooge as Boy, Belle as Girl, Dick, Turkey Kid, Want, Ignorance
Director: Ryan George 1st rehearsal: Dec. 15 Run: Jan. 12 – Feb.11
Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” “The Sport” just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion.
Jay: 20s-30s, African American, an athlete through-and-through, but one who operates with the swagger of an artist. A lovable bravado. Keenly aware of how he is about to change history. Stubborn. Kind. Complicated.
Wynton: 50s-60s, African American, Jay’s trainer, a face that’s seen a lot. Smart enough to operate in a professional world, scrappy enough to roll up his sleeves and fight in a back alley when necessary. A paternal figure, former athlete of another era.
Nina: 30s, African American, Jay’s fierce older sister; protective mother; highly attuned to social injustice; challenges Jay’s path at every turn; immovable, stern, smart, loving.
Fish: 20s, African American, an amateur boxer, who becomes Jay’s sparring partner. Powerful physique of a heavyweight boxer. Hardworking, sweet, ambitious.
Max: 30s, Caucasian, a fight promoter and referee. He hitched his wagon to the train in which he saw potential — Jay. He likes making money, but more importantly, he likes the sport of it all. He believes what they’re doing is important – but in terms of the historic, not in a social sense.
Director: TBD. 1st rehearsal: Feb 9 Run: March 2 – March 25
A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.
Abby Binder: 60s-80s, a blunt, no-nonsense, stern resident at Bristol Place Senior Living; she uses her biting humor to prohibit people from getting close to her; her past has left her with a simmering bitterness.
Marilyn Dunne: 60s-80s, chipper, chatterbox roommate at Bristol Place Senior Living; a warm and pleasant personality who always means the best; ultimately, she is looking for a friend.
Scotty: 20s-30s, a bright, dedicated, and committed resident aide at Bristol Place Senior Living; an aspiring actor; he is trying his best to be professional with Marilyn and Abby.
Benjamin/Lewis/Clown: 30s-40s, multiple roles. Benjamin: The estranged son of Abby; reclusive and shy; a former addict who is trying to make a better life and make amends with his mother.
Colleen/Woman in White: 30s-40s, multiple roles. Colleen: The bright, sunny, lighthearted, perky, quirky, fierce, and caring daughter of Marilyn and wife of Derek
Derek/Zombie Butler/Masked Man: 30s-40s, multiple roles. Derek: Colleen’s husband; more realistic and reserved than his wife; always cautious and worried.
Director: Lauren Warhol Caldwell. 1st rehearsal: March 30 Run: April 20 – May 13
Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church’s belief. A big-little play about faith in America—and the trouble with changing your mind.
Pastor (Paul): 40s, a man of integrity, he is enormously charismatic with an inspiring presence; caught in a serious crisis of faith and a new understanding about what he truly believes; must walk a fine line away from arrogance but maintain strong confidence and the righteousness of his convictions.
Wife (Elizabeth): 30s-40, intelligent, bound with deep conviction to her faith, confused but steady in her opposition to the changes Paul is outlining; deeply emotional but lacks sentimentality or neurosis.
Associate Pastor (Joshua): 20s-30s, a wayward soul who came to the church years earlier and was taken in and given a spiritual home; a strong sense of integrity, honesty, directness without being abrasive or hostile.
Elder (Jay): 50s-60s, a church elder; represents the financial and operational needs of the church; he tries to remain a voice of reason as the situation worsens.
Congregant (Jenny): 20s-30s, a congregant; a working class, single mother struggling financially, she has found assistance and support within the church; is now deeply afraid of the impact of the controversy on her personal life and faith but is not afraid to ask confrontational questions.
Director: TBD. 1st rehearsal: May 11 Run: June 1-24
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