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McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT and LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS


"THE KING AND I"

Welcome and Thank You in advance for your time and efforts.

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All updates will be posted here, so please check back for the most current information.

 

If you have any additional questions (after reading through the 411 below), please email me directly Julia@Florescasting.com 

With Gratitude Always,

Julia

Please help us spread the word for our upcoming auditions and share this link with any and all who would like to audition.

Looking forward to meeting new artists and sharing this journey with you!

Audition Information

FAQ/UPDATES:

All updates will be posted here. The newest information will be listed at the top. We will also date and time any new details so that you know you have the most current information.

 

  • 1/23: 10am

    • NEW CHOREO VIDEO: Here is a direct link: https://we.tl/t-RerSSBpIfs Although the choreo. will be new (so sorry!), the date and times for the 30th will not change. Rumi Oyama (Choreographer) will be with us from NY via Zoom and Janelle Dote will be running the dance call. 

    • Audition dates have been confirmed and updated (see below). Invitations for initial auditions will start to go out the week of 1/30 and the Director audition invites will start to go out the week of 2/13.

  • 1/18: 10:55am

    • IMPORTANT UPDATE:

      • It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that Peggy Hickey has had to step down from directing her beloved KING AND I due to health reasons. Lisa Gillespie will unfortunately also be stepping down.

      • Glenn Casale will now be directing and Rumi Oyama http://www.rumioyama.com/bio will be our new Choreographer. 

  • 1/16:  1:45pm 

    • We are still viewing videos and open to receiving more for the children and for our ensemble. Thank you!

  • 1/9: 10:25am

    • The role of Lady Thiang has now been cast. We are casting the understudy role still.

  • 1/3/23: 4pm

    • Video auditions for the children may be sent without an invitation. Please see the Video Checklist and information below.

  • 12/20: 5:15pm ​​ 

    • All British roles (Anna, Louis, Edward, Orton) should prepare sides with a British accent.​

  • 12/20: 1:00pm

    • All of the children (Principal and Ensemble) and most actors will be asked to video first.

    • All DANCERS (this includes Eliza, Angel George and Simon of Legree) must learn the combination (NEW combination from new choreographer will be posted 2/24)

    • Phra Alack and Interpreter are Ensemble roles. If you are a dancer, please send choreo. combo as well. You will be asked to dance at some point (video and/or live).

  • GENERAL NOTE: 

    • The role of the King has been cast but we will be casting his understudy. 

    • Everybody in the cast (except the King, Sir Edward and Captain Orton) spends long spells on their knees. There are no compromises for the kneeling position. All will have knee pads, but it can be uncomfortable, so we wanted all to be aware at the outset.

  • FAQ:​

    • PARENTS: Please see a special note below...

    • There will be Equity and Non Equity Contracts and our Children's Ensemble will be paid volunteers (see below for details)

    • VIDEO AUDITIONS DETAILS are posted below.​​​​​​​

    •  PLEASE BE CHECKING YOUR SPAM FOLDERS FOR EMAILS.  Unfortunately, not everyone has been getting our emails, so check spam and then add us to your contact list. If you have an aol email address, more than likely, our emails will end up in your spam so please check there. Thank you!​​​​

    • Please let Casting know if you do not have local LA housing when you submit your video audition or before you come in live.

 

A SPECIAL NOTE FOR OUR ARTISTS:

McCoy Rigby Entertainment is committed to ensuring that you have the ability to create, work and thrive in a space that is free of racism, safe to voice experiences of trauma without retaliation and to continue to move towards an equitable and inclusive space for all.  McCoy Rigby Entertainment has pledged to elevate the standard of equity and inclusion for BIPOC through active and ongoing protocol changes. McCoy Rigby Entertainment is committed to continue to be in, and create, a space of learning for everyone in the company and the creative teams and artists we engage with throughout the season. We pledge to hold ourselves accountable, participate in hard and honest conversations, and create a space where everyone feels safe and supported to create their best work and thrive.

COVID PROTOCOLS

  • In order to keep our Artists and team safe, we will require a fully-vaccinated workplace, which means that all members of the company. All actors (Children as well), crew members, musicians, and staff must be fully vaccinated and current with all boosters. There are no exceptions.

  • We will also require weekly testing,.

  • All Actors who attend Live Auditions need to be fully vaccinated. We will be asking for proof of vaccination.

DATES:

Rehearsal: 4/4/23     Open: 4/21     Closing: 5/14

CONTRACTS

  • Equity: $983/week

  • Non-Equity: $544/week (with EMC points)

  • Ensemble Children: $250 stipend

    • The roles of Louis, Prince Chulalongkorn and Princess Ying Yaowalak will be paid the Equity or Non Equity rate

 

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Days and time are subject to change, but this is more than likely what our schedule will be:

 

REHEARSALS: La Mirada at the Rehearsal Hall (15519 Phoebe Avenue)

  • Tuesdays-Fridays (You will only be scheduled to rehearse on the days and the times that you are absolutely needed)

    • Rehearsal for adults: 11am to 7pm

    • Rehearsal for kids (under 18): 4pm - 7pm (first day of rehearsal may start at 3pm for the kids). 

    • NOTE: Louis and Prince Chulalongkorn may be asked to come to some rehearsals during school hours. This will absolutely be limited to what's needed only.

  • Saturdays & Sundays

    • Rehearsal for adults and children: 10am - 6pm

  • Tech Week: Hours will vary.  We will post details as they become available.


PERFORMANCES: Six show week: Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; Sundays (matinee and evening)

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Please audition ONLY if these dates and terms are agreeable to you.

Please clear any/all conflicts with Flores Casting prior to your audition info@florescating.com

Thank you!

AUDITION MATERIAL: 

 

 

 

VIDEO AUDITION INFORMATION and CHECKLIST:

  • BY INVITATION ONLY please.

  • It is preferred that video auditions should be submitted via Eco Cast, but if this is not possible then submit directly (video@Florescasting.com) via Youtube, Vimeo or Dropbox.

  • TO SUBMIT VIDEO VIA ECO CAST:

    • Submit your headshot and resume via Breakdown Express or Actors Access https://actorsaccess.com/

    • I will be viewing submissions and will send invitations OR once you submit, email me video@Florescasting.com and request an invite (please include the role(s) you would like to audition for, your picture and resume and your full name as it's listed on these services).

    • Please submit all information requested in the VIDEO AUDITION CHECKLIST below. 

  • TO SUBMIT VIA DIRECT EMAIL:

    • ​​Please submit video via Youtube, Vimeo or Dropbox video@Florescasting.com We will not view videos submitted with passwords, direct downloads or google links, etc. 

    • Please submit all information requested in the VIDEO AUDITION CHECKLIST below. 

  • VIDEO AUDITION CHECKLIST:​​​​

    • A full body view. You can introduce yourself, tell us your height, where you live, why you like The King and I, etc. while you do this so it's not 100% awkward ;)

    • Requested audition material (see Dropbox link above) sides (from script) and vocal sides for the character(s).

    • Please include choreography for Dance Ensemble and the roles of Eliza, Angel George and Simon of Legree.

    • Contact Sheet https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xidfb9vtf4ozmq0/AACdq4EX0ecmWKkLydAfFXVYa?dl=0

    • Headshot and Resume​ (if not sent via Eco Cast). Parents and Kids: This does not need to be a professional picture or resume. Just a current picture with any information that might be helpful (shows they have done, classes they take, etc.) 

    • All British roles (Anna, Louis, Edward, Orton) should prepare sides with a British accent.​

 

LIVE AUDITION CHECKLIST:

  • Please clear ANY AND ALL conflicts with Julia Flores BEFORE you audition

  • Please email COVID Vax card before your audition date info@Florescasting.com

  • Please bring your Headshot and Resume

  • Please bring a copy of your Actor Contact Sheet  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xidfb9vtf4ozmq0/AACdq4EX0ecmWKkLydAfFXVYa?dl=0

  • Please bring Audition sides for the role(s) you have been asked to read.

  • All British roles (Anna, Louis, Edward, Orton) should prepare sides with a British accent.​

  • GENERAL NOTES: 

    • After 2+ years of being mostly on camera, many actors have let their stage muscles slacken a bit. I'm talking about the size of your voice (both volume and placement) and the size of your bodies. Take up space. Use your full instrument. And remember- La Mirada Theatre is a 1,251 seat theater and we need you to play to the last row.

    • Keep the style and the period of the piece in mind. Siam, early 1860's. 

    • Think of this as a play with music. The story and the relationships are essential.

    • We will ask everyone to please wear a mask while in the lobby area and inside the audition room until you audition. You are more than welcome to keep your mask on throughout though if you feel more comfortable and/or have recently been sick or exposed to COVID. 

A SPECIAL NOTE FOR PARENTS:

Dear Parents,

I would first like to express my appreciation (in advance) for sharing your time and your child's time with us. I am a Mom myself and I have first-hand knowledge of the juggling that needs to happen to make room for these "extra" activities. You have my promise that I will always keep you posted with any and all details (check back often) as we move forward and, more importantly, that I will always make this a safe and positive learning and artistic experience for your child.

 

I have been with Tom and Cathy McCoy for 28 years and there is no one I would entrust my children to more than The McCoys. From "Peter Pan" to "The Sound of Music", the children we have cast and their parents have enjoyed their experience 100%. Many of them are still close to us and one another. 
 

And now I have TWO REQUESTS:

1) Please do not coach your child in any way. Feel free to run lines with them, but leave the creative choices up to them. I promise you that they will do better if they do less. I want to see their own choices without blocking (gestures, etc.) and without a slick performance. I want to see the real child always.

2) Please be sure to look over all of the PRODUCTION DETAILS and INFORMATION before you audition. Information is a two-way street; I will communicate with you and, in return, I expect you to communicate any issues or concerns ahead of time. No surprises please.

We pride ourselves on building a Family here are MRE and would be honored to welcome you to that family. 

With appreciation,

Julia Flores

AUDITION DATES/LOCATION/ WHO WILL BE THERE:

 

NOTE: With the exception of our dance call on January 30th and the Final Producer Callbacks on March 14th and 15th, THESE DATES ARE SOMEWHAT FLUID .  Once we get our new team's  availability and secure new audition spaces, we will post any/all updates here.

 

INITIAL INVITED DANCE CALL: JANUARY 30TH

LOCATIONLa Mirada Rehearsal Hall 15519 Phoebe Avenue La Mirada 

Who Will Be There:  Rumi Oyama via Zoom (Choreographer), Julia Flores (Casting Director), Kodi Jackman (Casting Assistant/Reader), Brent Crayon (Accompanist) and Janelle Dote (Audition Choreographer).

 

INITIAL AUDITIONS:

INVITATION ONLY

DATE: Wednesday, February 15th

LOCATIONLa Mirada Rehearsal Hall 15519 Phoebe Avenue La Mirada 

Who Will Be There:  Julia Flores (Casting Director), Whitney Kaufman (Casting Assistant/Reader), and Brent Crayon (Accompanist)

DATE: Tuesday, February 28th

LOCATIONLa Mirada Theatre 14900 La Mirada Blvd. (Enter through the box office side (closest to the corner of La Mirada Blvd and Rosecrans)

Who Will Be There:  Dennis Castellano (Music Director), Julia Flores (Casting Director), Whitney Kaufman (Casting Assistant/Reader), and Ryan Fielding Garrett (Accompanist)

DIRECTOR AUDITIONS

DATES: Friday, March 3rd, Wednesday, March 8th and Thursday, March 9th

LOCATION: Madilyn Clark Studios 10852 Burbank Blvd.

Who Will Be There:  Glenn Casale (Director), Dennis Castellano (Music Director), Julia Flores (Casting Director), Whitney Kaufman (Casting Assistant/Reader), and Ryan Fielding Garrett (Accompanist)

DATE: Monday, March 13th (not likely we will use this day, but...)

LOCATIONLa Mirada Rehearsal Hall 15519 Phoebe Avenue La Mirada

Who Will Be There:  Glenn Casale (Director), Dennis Castellano (Music Director), Julia Flores (Casting Director), Whitney Kaufman (Casting Assistant/Reader), and Ryan Fielding Garrett (Accompanist)

PRODUCER CALLBACK: MARCH 14th and 15th

LOCATIONLa Mirada Rehearsal Hall 15519 Phoebe Avenue La Mirada 

Who Will Be There: Tom McCoy and Cathy Rigby (Producers), Glenn Casale (Director), Dennis Castellano (Music Director), Rumi Oyama (Choreographer), Julia Flores (Casting Director), Marissa Herrera (EDI Consultant), Whitney Kaufman (Casting Assistant/Reader), and Ryan Fielding-Garrett (Accompanist)

INVITED DANCE CALL INFORMATION:

  • Date: January 30th

  • By invitation only please (please email Julia directly if you would like to submit or have other Artists to recommend Julia@Florescasting.com)

  • ​Here is a direct NEW CHOREO linkhttps://we.tl/t-RerSSBpIfs Although the choreo. will be new (so sorry!), the date and times for the 30th will not change.

  • This is the Dance audition, but many of you will be considered for other roles and/or understudy spots as well. One day to investigate all of the possibilities (less trips to OC!)

  • Group One: 11am (ready to dance) to 2pm max

    • 11:00am-11:30: Review video choreography

    • 11:30-11:50: Small groups

    • 11:50-12:00: Artist Break/Team Chat

    • 12:00-12:40: Add on combination with smaller group of dancers

    • 12:40-1:00: Small Groups

    • 1:00-1:10: Artist Break/Team Chat 

    • 1:10-2:00: Sing (not everyone will need to sing)

  • Group Two: 3pm (ready to dance) to 6pm max

    • 3:00-3:30: Review video choreography

    • 3:30-3:50: Small groups

    • 3:50-4:00: Artist Break/Team Chat

    • 4:00-4:40: Add on combination with smaller group of dancers

    • 4:40-5:00: Small Groups

    • 5:00-5:10: Artist Break/Team Chat (create invite list to sing)

    • 5:10-6:00: Sing

  • What to Prepare:

    • ​Here is a direct NEW CHOREO linkhttps://we.tl/t-RerSSBpIfs

    • If you sing, please prepare the audition cuts posted (see Dropbox). 

  • What to Wear/Bring:

    • ​Please dress so that the lines/motions of the body are clearly visible (leotard, etc.).

    • Please wear hair up and off of your face.

    • Please bring ballet shoes & knee pads. Part of the audition may be in bare feet.

    • Please prepare vocal cut and bring sheet music if you can sing.

UNDERSTUDY INFORMATION:

  • We will be hiring two offstage understudies and will also be assigning understudy spots to some of the onstage actors

  • Understudies will only go on if someone is out sick.

  • Typically, understudy rehearsals are scheduled on the first and second Thursdays after opening. 

  • Offstage Understudies (there will be two) will be asked to come to the theatre for all performances and (as of now) you will be asked to stay for the duration of the show. 

BREAKDOWN
 

NOTE: The role of The King has been cast.

 

ANNA LEONOWENS: To play 30’s. Character identifies as Female. Open to all ethnicities not indigenous to the region of Siam. A Welsh-born widow from Victorian England, Anna has been engaged by the King of Siam as teacher to the royal children. Though her late husband was an Officer in Her Majesty’s Army, Anna is visiting Siam for the first time. Facing a commanding adversary in the King, Anna confidently stands up for what she believes is right. With unwavering persistence, she gains the King’s respect and ultimately helps to save his kingdom. In the end, Anna decides to remain in Siam with her son Louis to continue teaching the royal children.  Mezzo-soprano (B3 - D5)

 

TUPTIM: To play 18-25. AAPI. Character identifies as Female. A young woman presented to the King as a gift from a Prince of Burma. Tuptim is in love with the young scholar Lun Tha. Though she must be reserved in the presence of the King, Tuptim is strong, independent, and intelligent. She speaks English and is excited by the prospect of reading Anna's books, particularly Uncle Tom's Cabin, which she later presents defiantly as a balletic play delivering a pointed antislavery message to the King. Soprano (C4 - A#5)

 

LUN THA: To play 20’s. AAPI. Character identifies as Male. Tuptim's secret love, Lun Tha is a young Burmese scholar who brings Tuptim to the King on behalf of the Prince of Burma. Though the lovers attempt to keep their romance a secret, Lady Thiang observes their budding relationship, which she knows is a fatal mistake. Dreaming of a new life where he can be with Tuptim, Lun Tha is determined to save her from the King. He attempts an escape with her, but his efforts are tragically thwarted. Tenor (C3 - G4)

 

PRINCE CHULALONGKORN To play 9-13. AAPI. Max height 5’5." Character identifies as Male. The Crown Prince Chulalongkorn is the heir to the King's throne and therefore receives deferential treatment from the entire court. Though he tries to walk in his father's footsteps, the prince questions what those footsteps actually are. Leery of Anna's teachings at first, he quickly befriends her son Louis and eventually finds value in their influence. When the King falls fatally ill, Prince Chulalongkorn assumes the throne to pursue a new vision for Siam. Child alto (G3 - A4)

 

LOUIS LEONOWENS: To play 9-13. Max height 5’5" Character identifies as Male. Open to all ethnicities not indigenous to the region of Siam. Anna's son, Louis has been brought up in the middle class of the Victorian era. He is curious, polite and sincerely respectful of those around him. Though fearful of Siam at first, Louis befriends Prince Chulalongkorn and learns to appreciate the people and customs of his new home. Child alto (G3 - B4)

 

THE KRALAHOME: To play 40-55. AAPI. Character identifies as Male. The King's right-hand man, a sort of “Prime Minister,” Kralahome looks out for the King at all times, protecting him from whatever might get in his way. He also conspires with Lady Thiang when they both know what the King needs to hear.

 

SIR EDWARD RAMSEY: To play 40’s.  Character identifies as Male. Open to all ethnicities not indigenous to the region of Siam. British diplomat whom Anna knew in Bombay before she was married. Representing the British dignitaries, he pays to visit the King's palace

where he is ultimately impressed by Siam’s customs. This role does not need to be a singer.

  

CAPTAIN ORTON: To play 45-55. Character identifies as Male. Open to all ethnicities not indigenous to the region of Siam. A pipe-smoking Captain of the Chow Phya, the ship that brings Anna and Louis to Siam. This role does not need to be a singer.

 

PHRA ALACK: To play 35-45. AAPI. Character identifies as Male. The King's secretary. Also Ensemble.

 

THE INTERPRETER: To play 25-45. AAPI. Character identifies as Male. The King's interpreter. Also Ensemble.

 

ELIZA: To play 20-35. AAPI. Character identifies as Female. Alter ego of Tuptim and character in Tuptim's version of Uncle Tom's Cabin.  She is a slave who escapes the South for Canada.  She is resourceful and strong.  Strong ballet technique and partnering experience preferred. The dancing is a stylized ballet based movement.  A background in ballet and/or modern and jazz dance is recommended.  Any tumbling or gymnastics is also useful but not central to the dancing.  Dancers should be convincing actors. Singing a plus. Eliza will be in the ensemble as well.

 

ANGEL GEORGE:  To play 20-35. AAPI. Character identifies as Male. Angel George is Eliza's guardian during her escape. Strong ballet technique and partnering experience preferred. The dancing is a stylized ballet based movement.  A background in ballet and/or modern and jazz dance is recommended.  Any tumbling or gymnastics is also useful but not central to the dancing.  Dancers should be convincing actors. Singing a plus. Angel George will be in the ensemble as well.

 

SIMON OF LEGREE: To play 20-35. AAPI. Character identifies as Male. In Tuptim’s story of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, he is the slave owner looking for Eliza.  Strong classical ballet, modern or jazz background preferred.  Should be comfortable being lifted. The dancing is a stylized ballet based movement.  A background in ballet and/or modern and jazz dance is recommended.  Any tumbling or gymnastics is also useful but not central to the dancing.  Dancers should be convincing actors. Singing a plus. Simon will be in the ensemble as well.

  

ENSEMBLE DANCERS: To play 20-35. AAPI. There are characters who identify Male and Characters who identify as Female. This includes the roles of Uncle Thomas, Little Eva, Topsy, the Three Dogs and others in cast. Strong ballet technique and partnering experience preferred. The dancing is a stylized ballet based movement.  A background in ballet and/or modern and jazz dance is recommended.  Any tumbling or gymnastics is also useful but not central to the dancing.  Dancers should be convincing actors. Singing a plus.

 

ENSEMBLE SINGERS To play 20-35. AAPI. There are characters who identify as Male and Characters who identify as Female. The characters who identify as Female must be strong singers and able to understudy the principal roles of Anna, Lady Thiang and Tuptim. The characters who identify as male must be strong singers and able to understudy the principal roles of Captain Orton, Sir Edward, the Kralahome and Lun Tha. Dance/Movement a plus.

 

PRINCESS YING YAOWALAK: To play 4-8 years old. AAPI. Character identifies as Female. A very small/young child. Charming and sweet. Beloved by her father. She reads the final letter from the children to Mrs. Anna. The Princess will be in the Children’s ensemble as well. Must have the maturity to stay focused and follow direction and work well in large groups. Singer a plus.

 

CHILDREN'S ROYAL ENSEMBLE: To play 4-12 years old. AAPI. Max height 4’. There are characters who identify Male and Characters who identify as Female. The King’s royal children. This ensemble will be a mix of children who sing and children who can simply “carry a tune”. Must have the maturity to stay focused and follow direction and work well in large groups. Children altos & sopranos (C#4 - G5).

 

THE KING: UNDERSTUDY ONLY. To play 45-55. AAPI. Character identifies as Male. Powerful, intelligent, and intellectually curious, the ruler of Siam will not tolerate disrespect from anyone. As surrounding countries embrace the ideals of the modern world, the King wishes for Siam to adopt the best of Western culture, including things like a printing press. When Anna’s teachings challenge the King’s strong-held customs, he finds himself caught between the traditions of his own world and his desire for change. In his dying moments, the King bestows a blessing upon his son to rule Siam with a bold new vision. Baritone (C3 - E4) 

LADY THIANG: UNDERSTUDY ONLY. To play 40-55. AAPI. Character identifies as Female. As the King's head wife, Lady Thiang runs the Palace. Her son, Prince Chulalongkorn, is heir to the throne and she watches him carefully. Taught English by a missionary, Lady Thiang is more independent than the King realizes, and she forges a special connection with Anna. With love, understanding and admiration for the King, she acts to serve his best interests, convincing Anna to help when British dignitaries question his worthiness to serve as king. Soprano (C#4 - G5)

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