Please contact our Artistic Director, Jeremy Koch at [email protected] for audition information at this time.

 

2021-22 Season Auditions

Seeking: Male and female actors/singers for the upcoming 2021-2022 season.

 

*NOTE: ALL EMPLOYEES OF FARMERS ALLEY THEATRE MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED IN ORDER TO BE EMPLOYED. This policy includes actors, directors, designers, stage managers, crew members, administrators, volunteers, etc.

*Housing and travel provided for out-of-town talent.

*All productions will rehearse in person and perform live at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI.

*Equity SPT Tier 3 Contract. Equity and non-union contracts available. 

*Performers of all ethnic and racial background are strongly encouraged to attend/submit.

Artistic director states: "Farmers Alley Theatre is an award winning, professional theatre based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We are Southwest Michigan's first and only year-round Equity Theatre Company. Several notable Broadway performers have traveled to work in our intimate 99-seat theatre including Barbara Marineau (War Paint, Beauty and the Beast), Ann Sanders (Frozen, ​King and I, Allegiance), Teri Bibb (Phantom of the Opera), Michelle Duffy (Heathers, Leap of Faith), Trey Ellett (Amelie, ​Rent), Paul Castree (veteran of 10 Broadway shows),​  Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale, Company), Hannah Elless (Godspell, Bright Star), Ryan Vasquez (​Hamilton, ​Wicked, Waitress), and Scott Coulter (nationally renowned cabaret singer & director) to name a few. Visit our web site to learn more about us at www.farmersalleytheatre.com"

 

*Performances are usually Thursday thru Sunday with occasional weekday performances and sponsor shows.

 

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

Jason Robert Brown, music-lyrics

Director: Jerry Dixon

Music Director: Cole P. Abod

Rehearsals start: 9/20/21
Opening Night: 10/8/21
Closing Night: 10/24/21
Potential holdover through: 10/31/21

 

MURDER FOR TWO: HOLIDAY EDITION

Joe Kinosian, book & music; Kellen Blair, book & lyrics

Director: Kathy Mulay

Rehearsals start: 11/8/21
Opening Night: 11/19/21
Closing Night: 12/12/21
Potential holdover through: 12/19/21

 

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT

By Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, based on the book by John D'Agata & Jim Fingal

Director: D. Terry Williams

Rehearsals start: 1/24/22
Opening Night: 2/11/22
Closing Night: 2/27/22
Potential holdover through: 3/6/22

 

THE REVOLUTIONISTS

By Lauren Gunderson

Director: Dee Dee Batteast

Rehearsals start: 2/28/22
Opening Night: 3/19/22
Closing Night: 4/4/22
Potential holdover through: 4/11/22

 

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL

Play written by Lanie Robertson. Music by various composers.

Director: Shanesia Davis

Music Director: Abdul Hamid Royal

Rehearsals start: 4/18/22
Opening Night: 4/29/22
Closing Night: 5/15/22
Potential holdover through: 5/22/22

 

BRIGHT STAR

Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, music; Edie Brickell, lyrics; Steve Martin, book.

Director: Kathy Mulay

Music Director: Cole P. Abod

Rehearsals start: 5/23/22
Opening Night: 6/17/22
Closing Night: 7/3/22
Potential holdover through: 7/10/22

For singer/actors: please prepare two contrasting songs of approximately 1 – 2 minutes in length that are appropriate for the shows in our season. You may sing from those shows, but it is not required. Please also prepare one monologue of approximately 1 – 2 minutes in length. Please slate your name at the top of the video, tell us what you’re going to perform, and add that to all the performance footage together into one video. You can send a YouTube or Vimeo or similar link or just send the video as an attachment.

 

For non-singing actors: Please prepare two contrasting monologues of approximately 1 – 2 minutes in length that are appropriate for the shows in our season. You may perform material from the shows in our season, but it is not required. Please slate your name at the top of the video, tell us what you’re going to perform, and add that to all the performance footage together into one video. You can send a YouTube or Vimeo or similar link or just send the video as an attachment.

 

Please send all video auditions to: [email protected] by September 1, 2021, and be sure to attach

headshot and resume.

 

Actors will be contacted by Artistic Director, Jeremy Koch, regarding callbacks.

 

FARMERS ALLEY’S 14TH SEASON INFO AND CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

 

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

Jason Robert Brown, music-lyrics

 

Characters:

 

Male-identifying Person 1: 21 – 35, Tenor; range: D3-C5; Youthful, energetic optimist with a stunning upper register. Must display a combination of power, vulnerability and positivity. Must be a very strong singer with strong stage presence, and ability to harmonize and blend exceptionally well.  Ethnicity: Black / African Descent.

 

Male-identifying Person 2: 30 - 49, vocal range: Low F to High A flat. Baritone, range F2-Ab4; Worldly wise, subtle. plays a variety of different characters and therefore must be a versatile and dynamic performer; must be a very strong singer with high tenor capability, strong stage presence, and ability to harmonize and blend exceptionally well. Seeking All Ethnicities.

Female-identifying Person 1: 25 – 39, vocal range: Low G- High F. Soprano/belt, G3-F5; Youthful ingénue type with a light but powerful voice. Must be able to convey extreme joy, fragility, and quiet strength. Must be a very strong singer with strong stage presence, and ability to harmonize and blend exceptionally well. Seeking All Ethnicities.
 
Female-identifying Person 2: 30 – 49, vocal range: Belter, F3-F5.
Character actress with excellent dramatic sensibility and comedic timing; must be able to perform with dialects (New York Jewish, German). Must be a very strong singer with strong stage presence, and ability to harmonize and blend exceptionally well. Seeking All Ethnicities.  

 

MURDER FOR TWO: HOLIDAY EDITION

Joe Kinosian, book & music; Kellen Blair, book & lyrics

 

Characters:

 

ACTOR 1/MARCUS MOSCOWICZ: (This role is cast.) Any gender, 25 – 39; young, eager police officer determined to make his mark on the crime-solving world, charming, earnest, sympathetic, happy and hopeful, strait-laced and totally by-the-book, nevertheless he greets most challenges with a warm smile, chipper (not grizzled), his good-natured demeanor prevails despite this very challenging case. Seeking All Ethnicities. 

 

ACTOR 2/THE SUSPECTS (This role is cast.) Any gender, 25 – 39; a sharp and versatile performer able to transform from role to role on a dime, a vivid, believable, and extraordinarily chameleon-like performer-musician. Must have a wide vocal range. Seeking All Ethnicities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT

By Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, based on the book by John D'Agata & Jim Fingal

 

Characters:

 

JIM: (This role is cast.) Male identifying, 21-35, a fact checker. Very smart, earnest, well-intentioned and tireless. He does things to the letter of the law and is driven by rules, protocols, and facts. He has a confidence that he draws from knowledge and facts. Seeking All Ethnicities. 

 

JOHN: (This role is cast.) Male identifying, 35-55, one of the world's greatest living essayists. Highly intelligent and wants things the way he wants them. He doesn't suffer fools and value beauty and creativity above all else. Seeking All Ethnicities. 

 

EMILY: Female identifying, 40-59, Editor-in-Chief at a prestigious Manhattan magazine. Her great ambition is to achieve cultural relevance and commercial success. She's relentless in her professional pursuits, it’s all or nothing. Seeking All Ethnicities. 

 

THE REVOLUTIONISTS

By Lauren Gunderson

 

Characters:

 

OLYMPE DE GOUGES, 25 – 39. Female identifying actor. Badass activist, playwright, and feminist. Theatre nerd, excitable, passionate, a showman. Widowed and never remarried to ensure her personal freedom. Seeking All Ethnicities.

 

MARIE ANTOINETTE, 25 – 39. Female identifying actor. Less badass actor but fascinating former queen of France. Bubbly, graceful, opinionated, totally unaware, unintentionally rude, and oddly prescient. Never had a real friend. Also plays FRATERNITÉ. Seeking All Ethnicities.
 

CHARLOTTE CORDAY, 21 - 31. Female identifying actor. Badass country girl and assassin. Very serious, hardened by righteousness, never been kissed. Has a pocket watch she keeps checking. Also plays FRATERNITÉ. Seeking All Ethnicities.

 

MARIANNE ANGELLE, 25 - 39, black. Female identifying actor. A badass black woman in Paris. She is from the Caribbean, a free woman, a spy working with her husband, Vincent. Tough, classy, vigilant, the sanest one of them all. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent.

 

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL

By Lanie Robertson.

 

Characters:

 

BILLIE HOLIDAY: (This role is cast.) - Female identifying, 35-49, the great jazz singer, Billie Holiday, in the last months of her life as she sings at a small bar in Philadelphia. Throughout the concert, Billie wildly careens from a full-octane passionate performance to utter desperation and loneliness--a performance that is likely inspired by heroin and alcohol. She is passionate, profane, demanding, and sometimes cruel. Billie honestly recalls major moments and influences from her life with great humor and delight--oftentimes in contrast to the harsh experiences that she re-counts. Billie’s stories leap her in and out of song in a patchwork of experiences and music, exposing both her genius and her despair. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent.

 

JIMMY POWERS: (This role is cast.) - Male identifying, 25+, Billie’s accompanist and lover, Jimmy tries to support Billie through her performance and follows her lead no matter what detours she may make. Billie reports that he cares for offstage as well as onstage, making sure she has everything she needs--from fulfilling her contractual obligations to having a fix of heroin. Jimmy knows Billie is the true star of the evening. He will do what he can to make sure that she gives a satisfactory performance tonight and for as many nights as he can make possible, even if that requires supplying a fix. Though largely vocally silent, Jimmy speaks through his piano clearly and eloquently. Role requires an actor with strong piano and music skills. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent.

 

BRIGHT STAR

Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, music; Edie Brickell, lyrics; Steve Martin, book

 

Characters:

 

Alice Murphy (This role is cast.): Female identifying, 30-45; will play character at age 38-an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive, professional-but with an air of melancholy. Note: The same actress will also play Young Alice at age 16 - rebellious, high spirited, sexually forward, adventurous-looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world. Must be very strong singer and comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles. Vocal range: belter with strong mix. Ethnicity: White / European Descent

 

Jimmy Ray Dobbs (This role is cast.): Male identifying, 30-45; will play Jimmy Ray in his early 20s-Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice’s beau; handsome, boyishly charming, well built; is being positioned by his father into a position of wealth and power; unlike his father, he has a sense of personal responsibility and morality. Note: The same actor will also play an adult Jimmy Ray at age 40. Vocal range: High Baritone. Ethnicity: White / European Descent.

 

Billy Cane: Male identifying, 20s; a soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic and charming and a little naïve. Vocal range: Tenor. Ethnicity: White / European Descent

 

Margo Crawford: Female identifying, 20s; a small-town grade schoolteacher; a sweet natured, genuine, wholesome, pretty-a childhood friend of Billy’s who now harbors romantic feelings. Vocal range: belter with strong mix. Ethnicity: White / European Descent

 

Mayor Josiah Dobbs: Male identifying, 40-59; the Mayor of Zebulon; a corrupt and powerful man looking to protect his family and their name by any means necessary-controlling, greedy and capable of great cruelty. Vocal range: Bass-baritone. Ethnicity: White / European Descent


Daddy Murphy: Male identifying, 40-59; Alice’s father; authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hardworking, a poor but proud farmer. Ethnicity: White / European Descent

 

Mama Murphy: Female identifying, 40-59; Alice’s mother; a caretaker to her family and her rural community; a warm, loving, sensible woman with great inner strength. Ethnicity: White / European Descent

 

Daddy Cane: Male identifying, 50-65; Billy’s father; a widower; spry, good looking; kindhearted, if a bit lonely. Ethnicity: White / European Descent

 

Daryl Ames: Male identifying, 20-35; an assistant at a literary magazine, officious with a sardonic and dry manner; idiosyncratic; Vocal range: high baritone. Seeking All Ethnicities. 

 

Lucy Grant: Female identifying, 20s; an assistant at a literary magazine, attractive, quirky, eager with an offbeat sense of humor. Vocal range: big warm belt with strong mix. Seeking All Ethnicities.