Open Auditions for Disaster!
Disaster! is a new musical straight from Broadway, featuring some of the most unforgettable songs of the ’70s. “Knock on Wood,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff” are just a few of the scintillating hits in this hilarious musical comedy with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and SiriusXM Broadway host, Seth Rudetsky, and Jack Plotnick.
It’s 1979, and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost… or at least escape the killer rats.
Audiences and critics are wild for this hilarious homage to the era of bell-bottoms, platform shoes and the hustle. With larger-than-life characters, snappy dialogue and some of the most recognizable songs of the ’70s, Disaster! will have you dancing in your seats and rolling in the aisles.
Disaster! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick
Concept created by Seth Rudetsky and Drew Geraci
Additional Material by Drew Geraci
Direction by R. James Faurote
Musical Direction by Amy Nickerson
Sunday, July 9 at 7:00 pm
Monday, July 10 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm
October 5-22, 2017 @ The Shimberg Playhouse
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
A handsome and winning man. Pretends to be a player, but is really still heartbroken over the loss of his first love. Tenor with a great rock and pop voice.
Goofy guy. A nerd who wants to be cool. Tenor with a sweet voice.
A disaster expert. Non-emotional. Dry. A serious, professorial type.
An attractive and focused journalist. Insecure underneath it all. Great, high pop belt.
A very unscrupulous but attractive and (sometimes) charming middle-aged man. A schemer.
An aging but still sexy showgirl and now lounge singer. Dumb but honest. Godlie Hawn-esque.
Awkward, judgmental nun with a gambling addiction. Great high pop belt.
Perhaps heavy set, lovable and jolly Jewish woman. Maury’s wife. Dancing a plus. Great comedic actress.
Lovable and jolly. Shirley’s dedicated husband.
A flamboyant and glamorous faded disco diva. Pushy and sassy but in love with her sweet dog. Great pop belt.
Able to play various glamorous party guests/character roles. Great comedic chops, good dance ability and great voices needed.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL ACTORS ARE UNPAID VOLUNTEERS. ALL ACTORS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD, INCLUDING THOSE AUDITIONING FOR THE ROLE OF BEN/LISA.
Auditions will take place in downtown Tampa. The specific address and time will be shared after your audition form has been received.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE AUDITION:
1. A resume or list of theatre experiences
2. A headshot photo is preferred, but we will also take a picture at the audition
3. Sheet music in the correct key, as an accompanist will be provided. A CD/mp3 player will not be provided.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE AUDITION:
1. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time.
2. The audition will consist of a short dance combination and singing.
3. The song should be no more than 24 bars and represent both you and the character you wish to portray.
4. An accompanist will be provided; a cappella auditions and auditions to tracks are not allowed.
5. We may also test your vocal range after your singing audition.
Callbacks will be held on July 13th at 7 pm. We may extend auditions to ensure we have the right set of actors to bring to callbacks. All actors and actresses will be notified of casting decisions as soon as possible.
If you are called back, you will be provided the following via email: part(s) being called back for, scene(s) from the show, as well as song(s) you will need to learn.
Excessive rehearsal conflicts will make it difficult to cast you. New conflicts after being cast are problematic and must be limited to legitimate emergencies.
Prior to start of rehearsals, there will be a required Cast Potluck Gathering on Wednesday, July 19, 7-10 pm.
Rehearsals will begin on July 20th and take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 7-10pm.
There will be one weekend sitzprobe & run-through rehearsal on Saturday, September 23, 9 am-5 pm.
During the week before opening, rehearsals will be every night and will run later than usual.
MANDATORY TECH/DRESS REHEARSALS:
Monday, Oct. 2nd
Tuesday, Oct. 3rd
Wednesday, Oct. 4th
MANDATORY PRODUCTION DATES:
All performances are at the Shimberg Playhouse @ The Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 8 pm (call time 6:30 pm)
Sunday performances are at 2 pm (call time 12:30 pm)
Opening Night – Thursday, Oct. 5th
Performance – Friday, Oct. 6th
Performance – Saturday, Oct. 7th
Performance – Sunday, Oct. 8th
Performance – Thursday, Oct. 12th
Performance – Friday, Oct. 13th
Performance – Saturday, Oct. 14th
Performance – Sunday, Oct. 15th
Performance – Thursday, Oct. 19th
Performance – Friday, Oct. 20th
Performance – Saturday, Oct 21st
Closing Show & Load Out – Sunday, Oct. 22nd