Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions: - for the original musical The Kiss are by appointment, April 9 & 10, 2022. Click here to sign up online.

Shakespeare in Love at Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Lakewood Theatre Company will be having open auditions for roles in the original musical THE KISS on SATURDAY, APRIL 9, and SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2022. The directors are casting actors ages 20 and older and one young girl age range 8-12. All roles are open and all receive remuneration. Lakewood encourages diversity in casting and the directing team is strongly seeking artists of all races, cultural backgrounds, abilities, body types, and gender identities to audition for all roles. If you are unable to navigate this process, call Lakewood Theatre at 503-635-3901.

Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-9:30 PM, and possibly Wednesday, April 13, 6:30-9:30 PM. 

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

THE KISS: A Will Vinton fairy tale about love… and a frog.  The story was conceived and the original script is by Will Vinton, music and lyrics are by David Pomeranz, and the book is by Will Vinton, Jesse Vinton, and Greg Tamblyn.

The Kiss is directed by Greg Tamblyn. The musical director is Kristin Van Sickle and the choreography is by Erin Shannon.


Audition Requirements:

  • Please submit online your appointment request along with your resume and headshot by following the instructions on the online audition site. You can email a resume and headshot to and note THE KISS AUDITION and your LAST NAME in the subject line. Please bring both resume and headshot to your audition appointment as backup.
  • The directors are casting actors ages 20 and older and one young girl age range 8-12. All roles are open and all receive remuneration.
  • Please prepare 32 bars (approx 1 minute) from an up-tempo Broadway song (no Sondheim please).  You MAY be asked to sing a ballad 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. Also note: you may be asked to sing from the score at the callbacks. 
  • Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director's discretion. Conflicts not listed at the time of audition may not be honored.

 
Important Dates:

Rehearsal schedule: Rehearsals are scheduled to begin the week of May 22, and continue most weeknights 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, and also on Saturdays and/or Sundays – times TBA. A final schedule will be determined after the first cast meeting. 
 
Performance scheduleThe Kiss opens July 15, 2022, and continues through August 21, 2022. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 7:30 PM, Saturdays & Sundays, at 2:00 PM and two Wednesday 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 the musical
Oscar-winning animator, Will Vinton first gave the world Claymation. Now he’s created THE KISS, a fairy tale about love… and a frog.  Vinton together with platinum composer and lyricist, David Pomeranz, created an outrageously new original musical comedy for theatre audiences of all ages. Based loosely on “The Frog Prince” a legendary story originally penned by the Brothers Grimm, this timeless tale of transformation is retold through a contemporary lens. With an additional book by Jesse Vinton and Greg Tamblyn, the show involves fantastic characters, extraordinary music, and no shortage of fairy tale magic.

The Story:
Arro is an arrogant prince with a hopping problem he’s on a quest to solve. His odyssey is helped by a motherly Raccoon, a silly Beaver, and a serious Snail. A malevolent witch and her depraved rat henchman seeking revenge on the kingdom have plans of their own. Our hero has only three days or he’ll be transformed into a frog forever, and the only person who can save him is a strong-willed princess – who despises him. She unwillingly must marry the newly arrived Prince (or is he?) whom she doesn’t love. When all these stories come crashing together, will it all end “Happily Ever After”?



Breakdown of Roles:

Please note: All roles are open. Lakewood encourages diversity in casting and the directing team is strongly seeking artists of all races, cultural backgrounds, abilities, body types, and gender identities to audition for all roles.


SHELDON (over 20)
A nervous but endearing, intellectual snail
Tenor

BENNY (over 20)
A tough guy beaver with a lisp
Baritone

GRANNY
A wise, motherly raccoon
Alto (with high belt)

PRINCE ARROLAN, aka ARRO / FROG (24 to 38)
Young arrogant Prince of the North Kingdom
Tenor [E above middle C - B below high C (falsetto)]

PRINCESS EMBERLISE, aka EMBER (24 to 38)
Gordo’s strong daughter and Princess
Mezzo-Soprano (F above middle C - Bb below high C)

KING GORDO (older)
Aging but good-natured King of the Southern Kingdom
Baritone (F# below middle C - D below high C)  (D needs to full voice)
GLENDA / GLADYS (40 to 55)
A jilted witch and wannabe Queen
Alto (B below middle C - E below high C) Strong high register (hit E above C4)

RAOUL / PRINCE (28 to 38)
A real rat and Gladys partner in crime
Baritone

LADY IN WAITING / ENSEMBLE (older)
Princess Ember’s surrogate mother and emotional confidant of the King

QUEEN WILLA / ENSEMBLE (female - 35 to 45)
Queen of the Southern Kingdom (wife of King Gordo) who has passed away and appears in a memory

YOUNG PRINCESS EMBERLISE / ENSEMBLE (8 to 12)
Young Princess Ember who appears in a memory

8 ENSEMBLE / DANCERS
VILLAGERS, SWAMP ANIMALS, MONSIGNOR, DUKE, DUCHESS, CHANCELLOR, SNOOTY SERVANT, ETC

Auditions are by appointment. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the Director's discretion.

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