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Workshop & Auditions

WORKSHOP: Sat, Nov 19 | 10 am - 1:45 pm

VOCAL AUTIONS: Fri, December 16 | 5 - 8 pm
DANCE CALL: Sat, December 17 | 10 am - 12:30 pm

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Workshop

November 19 from 10 am - 1:45 pm

PRODUCTION TEAM:
Director: Theresa A. Carson
Music Director: Joel Gelpe
Choreographer: Lou Becker
Stage Manager: Vicki Marie Singer

This workshop is intended to inform and educate auditionees and the community about MTS’s upcoming production of Cabaret. Please come join us!

10:00 -10:30 am | Show Vision/Q&A
The director will talk about her vision and approach to directing the musical. The Production Team will answer any questions about the show, auditions, rehearsal process, etc.

10:30 – 11:00 am | Music
The music director will review music from the production and discuss what type of vocal quality is needed.

11:15 am to 1:45 pm | Choreography
Come to this dance workshop to meet and work with the choreographer.  We will play with the style of choreography so you are better prepared to learn and execute the choreography taught at auditions.
*Please wear/bring appropriate form-fitting dance attire and closed toed shoes that you are able to move in.

You may come for any or all of the sections above. Please indicate this when you sign-up.

We can’t wait to see you there! We welcome all abilities regardless of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and/or personal background.

 

Auditions

December 16 - 17

PRODUCTION TEAM:
Director: Theresa A. Carson
Music Director: Joel Gelpe
Choreographer: Lou Becker
Stage Manager: Vicki Marie Singer

MTS is seeking strong Singers, Dancers, and Actors of all ages and ethnicities for the 2023 production of Cabaret running March 10 – April 2, 2023. We welcome all abilities regardless of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and / or personal background.

Rehearsal Dates:
January 2 – March 9, 2023

Typical Rehearsal Times:
Sunday – Thursday evenings 6:30 – 9:30pm
Choreography rehearsals may happen on Saturdays and Sundays in January.
(Other times may be added, but will be with sufficient notice.)

⬇️ Please note the following dates will not be accepted as conflicts:

Photoshoot:
Saturday, January 28, 2023

Tech Week:
Sunday, February 26 – Thursday, March 2, 2023

Performances:
March 10 – April 2, 2023
Friday/Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday 2pm

All Auditions and Rehearsals will be held at the MTS Center for Theatre Black Box, 6230-B Domingo Rd NE.  Performances will be held at Sandia Preparatory School, 532 Osuna Rd. NE. 

Audition Information

*We are currently requiring all of our auditionees to be fully vaccinated and to show proof of vaccination at auditions. This production also strongly recommends mask wearing for the audition process. {Please see complete Health and Safety Guidelines below so that you are aware of and understand rehearsal and performance requirements before auditioning.}

Friday, December 16: VOCAL AUDITIONS
BY APPOINTMENT (Walk-ins may be seen if time allows)

5 – 8pm; Please use the sign-up link above to sign up for a slot.

For the 5 – 6pm hour, slots are reserved for those in rehearsals or performances. Therefore, if you are not involved in another production, please sign up after 6pm.

Please prepare a brief excerpt (up to two minutes) of a song in the style of the show, but is not from the show. Again, singing from the show is not accepted. Please place your sheet music in a three ring binder. Bring your binder (with other sheet music of songs you are prepared to sing) in case you are asked to sing a second selection. An accompanist will be provided.

Saturday, December 17: DANCE CALL – General Dance Combination
ALL AUDITIONEES MUST ATTEND
10am – 12:30pm
* Please wear appropriate form-fitting dance attire and closed toed shoes that you are able to move in. Character Shoes are strongly encouraged!

Saturday, December 17: CALLBACKS
BY INVITATION ONLY
2 – 5pm
Please keep this time available in case you are called back, or include it as a conflict on your audition sheet if you cannot make it.

**Video submissions will be considered if you are unable to attend but it is strongly recommended that you are able to attend in person and for callbacks. 

Synopsis

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. Daring, provocative, and exuberantly entertaining, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. With themes that are relevant today, Cabaret will hark back to the Germany of the 1920s and 1930s as well as resonate and connect with the challenges we are facing in our world today.

Casting Breakdown

EMCEE (MASTER OF CEREMONIES): (Age 25-50) Host at the Kit Kat Club– a gender non-conforming-presenting, exuberant figure; comfortable with being close to the audience; dark, comedic, sinister, vulgar…yet lovable; requires a strong presence that is playful and mysterious. Must act, sing (some in German), move well, and be comfortable with bawdy/suggestive staging/choreography and costuming.
VOCAL RANGE: C3 to C5

SALLY BOWLES: (Age 20-40s) A cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Club. Quirky and flighty. Struggles with knowing the darkness of the reality of her life and has woeful luck in her relationships with men. Must act, sing, and dance well; comfortable with moments of intimacy and bawdy/suggestive staging/choreography and costuming.
VOCAL RANGE: A3 to C5

CLIFFORD (CLIFF) BRADSHAW: (Age 20-40s) An American novelist and English teacher traveling to Berlin. Through his journey he explores the many facets and complexities of his sexuality, politics, and artistic goals. Must act well, comfortable with stage movement, light dance, and moments of intimacy.
VOCAL RANGE: Flexible, minimal to no singing; primarily acting role

FRȀULEIN SCHNEIDER: (Age late 40-60s) A proprietor who rents rooms to Cliff, Sally, and several other characters in her large flat. She is alone and is resigned to her place in life, but secretly longs for companionship. She is very critical of some people while looking the other way with others; comfortable with stage movement and light dance (waltz). Must act and sing well; comfortable with moments of intimacy.
VOCAL RANGE: D3 to A-flat4

HERR SCHULTZ: (Age late 40s-60s) A Jewish fruit shop owner who falls in love with Fraulein Schneider; sweet, lovable, and adoring; he is heartbreakingly naïve about the political turmoil in Germany. Must act well; comfortable with stage movement, light dance (waltz), and moments of intimacy.
VOCAL RANGE: low G to high F (minimal singing; primarily acting role)

FRȀULEIN KOST: (Age 30-50s) A prostitute who rents in Fraulein Schneider’s boarding house; larger than life personality, quick witted and sharp tongued; should be comfortable exhibiting a strong sexual and commanding nature; must act, sing, and move well (possible double as Kit Kat “girl”)
VOCAL RANGE: A flat to high F

ERNST LUDWIG: (Age 30-50s) A friendly and likable German, he takes English lessons from Cliff, and smuggles funds for the Nazi party; comfortable with stage movement and light dance (waltz).
VOCAL RANGE: A flat to high F (one ensemble song; primarily acting role)

THE KIT KAT “GIRLS” & “BOYS”: (Age 18-50s) All gender-identities and body types welcome and encouraged. These performers are often in salacious situations and costumes. They are an eclectic mix of types and aren’t necessarily a matching unit. It is very important they act, sing, dance / move well and with confidence. They will be part of various scenes in and out of the Club; should be comfortable interacting with the audience and comfortable with bawdy/suggestive staging/choreography and costume; possible doubling as Fräulein Kost, Gorilla, Max, Customs Officer, Nazi boy soprano, etc.
*All vocal ranges needed

There is possibly one small role (only in 1 – 2 scenes) that must be a tenor.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies

*For MTS’s production of Cabaret, we are currently requiring all of our auditioners to be fully vaccinated and be able to show proof of vaccination at the auditions.

COVID-19 Disclaimer
This production has taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our volunteers, and those working at MTS. You must follow all safety instructions while participating in this project at MTS. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By participating at MTS for Cabaret, 2023 you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

These policies are subject to change at any point.

MTS Health Guidelines

  • A Health and Safety Coordinator will be designated for this production. This is the “go to” person for questions regarding Health and Safety policies.
  • All members who are able (including cast, crew, and production team), are required to wear a face mask while in the building except if actively eating, drinking, performing (during tech week/performances), taking promo photos, or a specified time with the agreement of stage management.
  • MTS does not approve of gaiters.
  • All participating in this production (including cast, crew, production team, and band/orchestra), must provide proof of vaccination prior to their involvement.
  • If an actor chooses to wear a mask, even during non required times, no repercussions shall be held against the individual.
  • All members are strongly encouraged to wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer provided every time they enter the building, including after a short outdoor break.
  • SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Cast members are cleared to meet and greet the audience after performances, we encourage that this take place in the stage area and not in the lobby to allow for the ability to space out. Cast/Crew members must wear masks while meeting and greeting.

Patrons

  • MTS highly recommends that its audience members wear a mask while in the building. This includes personnel being asked to not “downplay” the recommendation but encourage it whenever possible including signage and curtain speech mentioning.
  • Patrons are no longer required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to be allowed entrance to the building, but vaccination is recommended.
  • If a patron thinks that they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and/or exhibiting symptoms when they have tickets for a production, MTS asks that they refrain from attending and the Box Office will exchange the patron’s tickets to another performance.

Actors

  • Auditioners must be vaccinated to participate.
    Proof of vaccination must be presented during audition weekend (before casting calls are made).
  • No exceptions.
  • Auditioners are required to wear a mask throughout auditions except if they are actively eating, drinking, or specified times while auditioning (i.e. actively performing a callback, actively singing their audition song, actively dancing their dance audition for the production team, etc.)

Production Personnel

  • This includes actors, crew, production team, band/orchestra members, board members, etc.

Testing is not required unless there is a known exposure and/or the individual is experiencing symptoms.

About These Measures
These production safety measures are designed to offer the theatre experience we all love in a responsible way.  We understand that these times are challenging, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this as responsibly as we can.  The MTS Health and Safety committee will continue to monitor and adhere to current NMDOH guidelines and mandates.