Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions: - for the musical Chess are by appointment, March 17 & 18, 2018. Click here to sign up online.

Chess at Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego, Oregon

Lakewood Theatre Company will be having open auditions for roles in the musical CHESS on SATURDAY, MARCH 17 and SUNDAY, MARCH 18. Music for Chess is by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics are by Tim Rice and the book is by Richard Nelson.

Actors may sign up for auditions online to secure a slot. If you are unable to navigate this process, call Lakewood Theatre at 503-635-3901.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

CHESS is directed by John Oules The music director is Darcy White.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Audition Requirements:

  • You can email a resume and head shot to and note CHESS AUDITION and your LAST NAME in the subject line. Please list all conflicts between May 28 – Aug 12. Please bring both resume and head shot to your audition appointment as back up.
  •  Please prepare 32 bars (approx 1 minute) in the style of the show. (your song should not from Chess).  You MAY be asked to sing a contrasting song as well. Please make sure your song is in the correct key for your voice. An accompanist will be provided. Please, no recorded music or a cappella singing. And also note: you may be asked to sing from the score at the audition.
  • Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director's discretion. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.

Important Dates:

Rehearsal schedule:  Rehearsals will begin Monday, May 28 and continue Monday –Friday 6:30pm-9:30pm, and Saturday. 10:00am-3:00pm. Note: Sunday, July 1 10:00am-5:00pm rehearsal will be added for tech.There will be no rehearsal on Wednesday, July 4.
Performance schedule: Chess opens July 6 and continues through August 12, 2018. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 and 7:00 PM and two Wednesday evening performances at 7:30 PM Lakewood Theatre Company features an intimate 220-seat theatre located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

About Chess
The ancient game of chess becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics, and international intrigues in this musical featuring music by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion and a Hungarian-American assistant who arrive at the international chess match in Bangkok with one chess player, but falls for the other. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score.

Chess premiered as a concept album in 1984 prior to the London production being premiered in 1986. It was revised for the Broadway production in 1988. It is being remounted for performances at the Kennedy Center and the English National Opera this year. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two men—an American grandmaster and a Soviet grandmaster—and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any real individuals, the character of the American grandmaster (named Freddie Trumper in the stage version) was loosely based on Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov.

Breakdown of Roles:

Please note: All roles are open. Lakewood supports and encourages diversity in all casting. All roles receive remuneration.

  • FLORENCE - strong belt voice (to E). Mid-thirties. Born in Hungary; has been brought up in America since 1956. She is clever, theatrical, touching, vivacious, volatile. Frederick's chess "second."
  • FREDDIE - Rock tenor (to C). Mid-thirties. An American chess champion. A cross between Bobby Fisher and John McEnroe. Arrogant and temperamental, but a genius; his chess playing revolutionary. We need to see his artistry along with his danger and his obsessiveness.
  • ANATOLY - Baritone (to G sharp). Early forties. A Russian chess champion. Unexpectedly charming. He doesn't seem a romantic hero at first, but becomes one through his personality. An intelligent, feeling, passionate man.
  • MOLOKOV - Bass (down to F sharp). Fifties. Not a fake, comic, stage Russian. Intellectually formidable. Seemingly a father figure to Florence. Anatoly's chess "second." An actor who sings well.
  • SVETLANA - strong belt voice. Late thirties. Anatoly's wife. Domestic, wholesome, homey. A dramatic contrast to Florence - not a contemporary cosmopolitan woman.
  • WALTER - Bass-Baritone (down to G sharp). Fifties. A marketing agent. Seemingly respectable, substantial, trustworthy. An actor who sings well.
  • ARBITER - rock high baritone (up to A). Thirty to early forties. International businessman. Smooth, but with a quick temper.
  • GREGORY VASSY – Hungarian. Vocal range: low A to high G. Gregor is the father of Florence
  • ENSEMBLE – All Ages 18 and up; all vocal ranges. Some ensemble members will be required to have strong dance experience.

Auditions are by appointment. CLICK HERE to sign up online for an audition slot. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the Director's discretion.

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