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Auditions: Heathers and Billy Elliot

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Open Call for BOTH of these amazing new musicals will take place on February 20, 21, and 22.





HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL runs in Beck Center’s Studio Theatre from May 27 thru July 2 {Rehearsals begin Mid-April}

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL runs on Beck Center's Main Stage from July 8 thru August 14 {Rehearsals begin May 28th}

~~~Participation in both productions is possible, but not required~~~

Call 216-521-2540 x10 for an appointment today!


WHERE: Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood OH 44107

WHEN: Open Call Auditions {By Appt. Only!} will take place Saturday, Feb. 20 (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Sunday, Feb. 21 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Monday, Feb. 22 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Appointments will be in increments of 5 minutes. Call Beck Center's Box Office at 216-521-2540 x10 for your appointment. Please plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out paperwork.

TWO SHOWS?: Yes, we are auditioning for both of these productions at once. That does NOT mean you need to be available or interested in both to audition! While it is totally possible to do both shows should you be interested, declaring interest for just one of these productions is just fine, and will not affect casting choices. Just indicate which one you are interested in (or both) at your audition.

WHAT TO PREPARE: The Open Calls will only require one (1) vocal selection ( approx. 32 bars), or two (2) vocal selections (approx. 16 bars each). Bring sheet music already in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Singing without accompaniment is highly discouraged. There will not be a Dance Call UNTIL callbacks. If possible, please bring a resume’ and headshot. Neither are required for the audition, but are helpful if you have them. Even a small picture is useful to us. Note: Pictures cannot be returned!

EQUITY/NON-EQUITY: Two (2) AEA contracts will be offered for each show. “Heathers” operates under a Special Appearance Contract (no health weeks) and “Billy Elliot” operates under a Tier One Guest Artist Contract (Health included.) Each contract is anticipated to be 11 weeks. Also, all Non Equity performers ARE compensated with a modest stipend for their participation. You must be 18 years old at the time of the closing performance to qualify for a stipend. No EMC points are available for either of these productions.

CALLBACKS: Callbacks will occur during the time-frame of Sat. Feb. 27 thru Mon., Feb. 29. ‘Which shows on which days’ has not yet been decided. This will be determined after Open Calls. It is essential at the time of your audition that you let us know your full availability during this three day span so we can best organize our call back structure. Possible Call Back windows are as follows: Sat., Feb. 27 (2 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Sun., Feb. 28 (Noon to 6 p.m.) and Mon., Feb. 29 (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.). If you are needed at a Call Back session you will be alerted via e-mail by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the latest.

ROLES AVAILABLE: In HEATHERS the role of Ram’s Dad (and his track) has been cast (Matthew Wright), and in BILLY ELLIOT the role of Mrs. Wilkinson has been cast (Katherine DeBoer). ALL other roles are OPEN! A breakdown for each show is below:


[The Students --- should appear to be 16 or 17 to early 20’s]

  • Veronica Sawyer (17 year old student at Westerberg High)
  • Jason “J.D.” Dean (New transfer to Westerberg)
  • Heather Chandler (The Alpha Female)
  • Heather McNamara (A “Heather”)
  • Heather Duke (A “Heather”)
  • Martha “Dumptruck” Dunnstock (A heavy-set Westerberg student)
  • Kurt Kelly (An Asshole Jock)
  • Ram Sweeney (Another Asshole Jock)

Student Ensemble includes: New Wave Party Girl, Young Republican (female), Stoner Chick, Beleaguered Geek (male), Hipster Dork (male—also Officer McCord) and Preppy Stud (Also Officer Milner).

[The Adults---40’s to 50’s]

  • Ram’s Dad/Big Bud Dean/Coach Ripper (This role is cast---Matthew Wright)
  • Kurt’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad/Principal Gowan
  • Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom

Note: All roles have solos, including the “Adults”-- from complete songs to single line vocals. Some of the girl’s roles especially are range-y , and require higher belting


[Note: The characters in BILLY ELLIOT are cut from a very different cloth than most musical theatre characters. These are coal miners and lower-middle class denizens for the most part. They are just trying to survive in Maggie Thatcher’s economically desperate England. These are not pretty chorus boys and girls all with the most beautiful of voices. These are blood and guts real folks, and the acting and singing styles reflect that. In short, this is a GREAT show for actors---perhaps actors that have been waiting to find that perfect “musical” to finally chase]

  • Billy Elliot (Should appear as 11/12 years old. Voice unchanged. Ideally no taller than 5’2” (62 inches). Must possess extraordinary dance skills incl. ballet and tap. Strong singer and actor as well. We will be casting TWO Billys, who will perform on alternating performances
  • Michael Caffrey (Billy’s best friend. Similar age. Very strong actor with strong vocal and dance skills)
  • Mrs. Wilkinson (Owns/runs the local Dance Studio) –This role is cast: Katherine DeBoer
  • Billy’s Dad (Coal miner, widower, rough, not at all in touch with emotion of any kind. 40’s/50’s--- proficient singer)
  • Tony (Billy’s older brother. Will be his Father in 25 years. Coal Miner. Early 20’s)
  • Debbie Wilkinson (Ballet Girl--- Mrs. Wilkinson’s daughter. Sharp tongued. 12 to 14 years old)
  • George (Boxing Coach. Family friend. 40’s/50’s)
  • Grandma (Billy’s Grandmother. 70’s. Early dementia. Great acting role and carries one solo vocal #)
  • Dead Mum (Billy’s deceased mother. Late 30’s/early 40’s. Good vocalist)
  • Mr. Braithwaite (Ballet accompanist/Doubles as a Miner. 30’s/40’s)
  • 10 to 12 Miners (ages 20 to 60. Lots of featured doubling within this group)
  • 8 to 10 Ballet Girls (ages 9 to 15. Need not be amazing dancers, but have some ballet skills. Some singing required, but not a lot)
  • 3-5 Female Ensemble w/ Doubling (Ages 20 to 45)
  • 2 Additional Boys (“Tall Boy”—12 to 14 and “Small Boy”---8 to 11)

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