Performances June 8,9,14,15,16  at Aronoff Center Fifth Third Theater

CAST: Debbi Berlon, Pamela Kay Day , Sarah Martin FlerlageHeather Hale, Ellie O’HaraJessica Kaiser , Mary Puetz, Katelyn Reid, Wayne Wright 
Conceived and directed: Skip Fenker
Musical direction and arrangements: Michael Spresser
Producers: Marypat Carletti and Sarah Mizelle Miller

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 Auditions for My Favorite Year!

AUDITION DATES: Sunday, July 8 and Monday, July 9. Audition slots begin at 7 pm and end at 10:00 pmThose who are needed at call-backs will be notified on Monday, July 9th and Tuesday, July 10th. Call-backs will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11th at Clifton United Methodist Church and will include learning music from the show, movement, and possibly additional reading.

LOCATION: Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 

AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT: Please reserve your audition time on Signup Genius. Please print and fill out the audition form prior to your audition. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen in the next available slot. If you have any questions please email chad.dematteis@gmail.com.

PLEASE PREPARE & PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING FOR YOUR AUDITION:

  • 16-32 bars of a Broadway-style song that showcases your vocal range
  • Sheet music in the proper key with cuts marked. An accompanist will be provided (no CD’s, tapes or a cappella numbers).
  • A copy of your resume and headshot.

Please note that there will not be a dance audition but you may be asked to dance if called back.

My Favorite Year performances are November 9 – 17, at Aronoff Center Jarson-Kaplan Theater.

Director: Douglas Berlon
Vocal Director: Kendra Struthers
Music Director: Charles Wilhelm
Choreographer: Stephanie Brumer
Producers: Julie and Chad DeMatteis

CAST BREAK DOWN

Benjy Stone
Male, Age: 20 to 30
Tenor
Our story’s excitable protagonist, he is a young hopeful who remains eager and alert. A freshman writer on King Kaiser’s Comedy Cavalcade.

Alan Swann
Male, Age: 50+
Baritone
A handsome, well-traveled Hollywood leading man. Although charismatic and visible, he is now considered a sad “has-been.”

K.C. Downing
Female, Age: 20 to 30
Mezzo-Soprano
A bright, attractive career girl and assistant to the producer. Straight-laced and misplaced in a crowded world of funny people.

Alice Miller
Female, Age: 35 to 60
Alto
The tough-talking gag writer-Gutsy, dry, and quick-witted.

King Kaiser
Gender: Male, Age: 45+
Baritone
A big bear of a man who is brash and abrasive. A former Catskill Comic, he is now the host of America’s #1 TV show.

Belle May Steinberg Carroca
Female, Age: 45 to 60
Mezzo-Soprano
Benjy’s beloved mother. A substantial beacon of Brooklyn society, she is generous of nature and proportion.

Sy Benson
Male, Age: 45 to 60
Baritone
Head writer. Tough and ruthless, he bullies all except King. Deep down, he is nothing more than a frantic pushover and wimp.

Leo Silver
Male, Age: 55 to 70
Baritone
Grey-haired and well-dressed. The lead producer who boasts plenty of intimidation to make up shortcomings.

Herb Lee
Male, Age: 35 to 60
Non-Singing
Rumpled and silent, yet seemingly expressive. A writer who usually communicates through Alice.

Uncle Morty
Male, Age: 50 to 65
Baritone
Benjy’s uncle who is round, thick, and bald, but always full of life and knows how to have a good time.

Rookie Carocca
Male, Age: 45-60
Baritone
Filipino former bantamweight boxer married to Benji’s Mom.

Aunt Sadie
Female, Age: 50-65
Mezzo-Soprano
Benji’s eccentric Aunt

Tess
Female, Age 25-40
Non-Singing
Allen Swann’s estranged daughter

Ensemble
Chorus Girls; Sketch Actors; Stage Hands; Grips; Camera Operators; Wardrobe People; Secretaries; Assorted Bar Hoppers; Brooklyn Neighbors.

NOVEMBER 9-17, 2018

A classic musical comedy with a heart of gold, My Favorite Year features a tuneful score by the incomparable Tony-winning songwriters, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and is based on the hit Peter O’Toole film of the same name. The show opened on Broadway in 1993, and Andrea Martin won her first Tony Award for her hilarious turn in the original production.

It’s 1954, and Benjy Stone, writers’ assistant on TV’s “King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade,” is assigned the daunting task of babysitting the veteran Hollywood swashbuckler, Alan Swann. The reckless Swann is in town to do a live guest appearance on the show and his antics and alcoholism nearly get Benjy fired. When Benjy is given an unexpected glimpse into Swann’s broken heart, though, he begins to discover a thing or two about life and love.

My Favorite Year has a large cast with many featured characters, making it the perfect choice for a company that is looking to highlight an array of talented actors and also give opportunities to those in the chorus. Filled with juicy comedy roles, the snappy book by Joseph Dougherty will appeal to audiences who are looking for laughs.*

*Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

 


We are most proud to have performed in the JARSON KAPLAN THEATRE since the opening of the Aronoff in 1995.

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