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Audition Information
"Waitress"

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With Gratitude Always,

Julia Flores

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  • April 18th: 12:40pm

    • A few offers have now been sent, but we are in a holding pattern for the majority. We are trying to work through this as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience. If you get antsy, please reach out and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I apologize for any delays in communication...

    • I so appreciate how much you all love this show and have poured so much of your time and heart into these auditions. You have my respect 100% and I want to be here to support you however I can, but feedback and some responses may take a bit longer than I'd like for various reasons. I hope you know that you are more than "actors" to me, you are valued friends and collaborators and I take our relationship seriously. Thank you!!

  • April 15th: 7:15pm

    • POMATTER:  TASTE: Please go from the end of the first chorus straight to the bridge (cut measures 37-50). Also, our accompanist will play the melody for Jenna’s lines, but you will not hear the words.

    • Choreo has been removed on purpose. You are all going to be wonderful. Thank you!

    • Invites for callbacks will go out asap; most likely not until tomorrow night. FYI, we will start with ensemble (probably 11-1ish) and then go into principals (1ish until no later than 5:30pm)

    • We finally got the book and score for WAITRESS. Both are in the DB folder: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/4donivkus4l2tx6st6fkb/h?rlkey=0vlmwn79dejox4rlrq9u7omma&dl=0

  • April 6th: 9am

    • MATERIAL UPDATE for JENNA, POMATTER and OGIE (see below)

      • April 14th thru April 17th: Please be prepared with all material, but material below will be Abbey's main focus and what we will do for sure.

    • AUDITION MATERIAL: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/4donivkus4l2tx6st6fkb/h?rlkey=0vlmwn79dejox4rlrq9u7omma&dl=0

      • JENNA: Side 1 stop after “Party though” / Side 3 into song… "She Used to Be". Please also look at "What Baking Can Do" and be prepared to share this with us if needed. 

      • DR. POMATTER: Side 1 and side 2 into song "It Only Takes A Taste" (Full version in DB). Jen may also ask for "You Matter To Me" but doubtful.

      • OGIE:  Side 1 into Song "Never Getting Rid of Me" (Full version in DB) Side -when Becky, Dawn and Jenna are chatting about you, we encourage you to find some “Ogie Style Behavior” to stay active in the scene. Nothing over the top/performative, but something fun.

      • BECKY:  Side 2 into Song 

      • DAWN:  Side 1 into Song

      • EARL: Side 1 stop after “LAID”  and side 2 into song

      • JOE: Side 1 and Side 3 into song 

      • CAL: Both sides and Joe's song (as Cal)

  • April 5th: 8:48pm

    • INVITES for April 14th thru April 16th have now all been sent. We will be adding to the schedule after the auditions on 4/10, but otherwise, we are done for now. THANK YOU for your patience!

    • DANCE CALL: 

      • Focus will most likely be on "Never Getting Rid of Me" choreo and maybe...a new one ;)

      • Dance portion will run no more than one hour

  • March 19th: 12:40pm

    • GENERAL NOTES:

      • These women are trying on Hope for maybe the first time ever. They are stepping into their Vulnerability and Truth to make their lives better. Approach the sides and the lyrics as a play, not a musical; keep it simple and from the heart. Try not to get caught up in intense drama in song or sides. 

      • JENNA:

        • Encouraging you to find the moments of hope, possibility and "safe place peace" within the  lyrics.

        • Side: Jenna often speaks her inside thoughts. She's often in her own world (safety, habit). Pomatter is an undeniable goofball and maybe he catches you off guard a bit. Look for some moments of amusement and curiosity.

        • Try not to get caught up in intense drama in song or sides. 

      • OGIE: Side -when Becky, Dawn and Jenna are chatting about you, we encourage you to find some “Ogie Style Behavior” to stay active in the scene. Nothing over the top/performative, but something fun.

      • BECKY: Tough love with Jenna, trying to reason with her and show her that there has to be a way out of her situation. Try to reach Jenna as opposed to talking AT her.  Becky common sense and Truth wrapped in a whole lot of love and sass.

      • DR.. POMATTER: With the exception of his song, he is not a traditional leading man. See the breakdown below and find an honest way to his "Adorkableness".  Please be prepared with song (short cut) and scene with Jenna in office.

      • DAWN: Please prep song and scene with the girls. The lyrics are important; find the specific, present moments that share Dawn's inner thoughts.  

  • March 14th: 11:50am

    • LULU AUDITION INFO: (see below)

  • March 11th: 3:40pm

    • GENERAL NOTES for JENNA, BECKY and DAWN: These women are trying on Hope for maybe the first time ever. They are stepping into their Vulnerability and Truth to make their lives better. Approach the sides and the lyrics as a play, not a musical; keep it simple and from the heart.

    • GENERAL NOTES for OGIE: Ogie is ALL IN but in an honest and truthful way. Approach the sides and the lyrics as a play, not a musical; keep it simple and from the heart. He leads with love.

  • March 7th: 10:55pm

    • ENSEMBLE CHOREO: The video is mirrored. Nothing needs to be flipped/inverted. You should learn it as if the video screen is a mirror

    • ALL ENSEMBLE:

      • Since all but one of the ensemble will be understudying a Principal role, it would be much more helpful if you prepare material for one of the lead roles.

  • FAQ:

    • VIDEO AUDITIONS:

      • If you are an LA local hire and can be seen live during auditions, we are more than happy to accept a video auditions.

      • Video invites will be sent via Eco Cast. Breakdown is out now and you can submit via Actors Access or thru your reps.

      • If you do not receive a video invite, full disclosure, I’m not sure how much time we will have to get through additional videos. I promise we will do our best!

    • There will be Equity and Non Equity contracts

    • Lulu will be the only actor hired under the age of 20.

    • The role of Lulu (to play 5 years old and max height of 4'2" ) will be a volunteer position (+ gas stipend) with a much amended rehearsal schedule.

 

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

McCoy Rigby Ent. will follow all AEA and County required protocols.

DATES:

Rehearsal: 9/3   Opening: 9/20   Closing: 10/13

CONTRACTS

  • Equity:  $1,047.00/week

  • Non-union: $578/week (with EMC points)

  • Lulu will be a volunteer with gas stipend (there will be two cast)

 

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) 

Until tech week, rehearsals will be from either 11am-7pm or 12pm to 8pm Tuesday through Friday.
Rehearsals are typically from 10am to 6pm or 11am-7pm on the weekends


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 Julia@florescating.com

Thank you!

 

AUDITION MATERIAL:

  • UPDATED AUDITION MATERIAL:

    • April 10th:

      • Please prepare what's listed below but we will most likely focus on one side for each role. Look at shorter cuts for songs, but we will see all if time allows.

    • April 14th thru April 17th:

      • Please be prepared with all material, but below are Abbey's main focus and what we will do for sure.

    • MATERIAL UPDATE for JENNA, POMATTER and OGIE (see below)

    • AUDITION MATERIAL: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/4donivkus4l2tx6st6fkb/h?rlkey=0vlmwn79dejox4rlrq9u7omma&dl=0

      • JENNA: Side 1 stop after “Party though” / Side 3 into song… "She Used to Be". Please also look at "What Baking Can Do" and be prepared to share this with us if needed. 

      • DR. POMATTER: Side 1 and side 2 into song "It Only Takes A Taste" (Full version in DB). Jen may also ask for "You Matter To Me" but doubtful.

      • OGIE:  Side 1 into Song "Never Getting Rid of Me" (Full version in DB) Side -when Becky, Dawn and Jenna are chatting about you, we encourage you to find some “Ogie Style Behavior” to stay active in the scene. Nothing over the top/performative, but something fun.

      • BECKY:  Side 2 into Song 

      • DAWN:  Side 1 into Song

      • EARL: Side 1 stop after “LAID”  and side 2 into song

      • JOE: Side 1 and Side 3 into song 

      • CAL: Both sides and Joe's song (as Cal)

  • CHOREO LINKS (ENSEMBLE ONLY): 

  • ALL ENSEMBLE:

    • Since most (if not all) of the ensemble will be understudying a Principal role, it would be much more helpful if you prepare material for one of the lead roles.

  • CAL:

    • Please sing the vocal audition material for the role of Joe (sing as Cal). Thank you!

 

AUDITION DATES/LOCATION/WHO WILL BE THERE:

IMPORTANT NOTES 

Audition Locations vary, so please be sure to double check below before your audition!

Please see LIVE AUDITION CHECKLIST below...

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  • DIRECTOR AUDITIONS:

    • Sunday, April 14th 

      • LOCATION:  Screenland Studios (10501 Burbank Blvd. North Hollywood)

    • Monday, April 15th 

      • LOCATION: La Mirada Rehearsal Hall (15519 Phoebe Ave in La Mirada). Street parking.​

    • Tuesday, April 16th 

      • LOCATION: La Mirada Rehearsal Hall (15519 Phoebe Ave in La Mirada). Street parking.​

    • Who Will Be There: Abbey O'Brien (Director), Jennifer Lin (Music Director), Cost N' Mayor (Choreographers), Julia Flores (Casting Director), Kodi Jackman (Reader/Casting Assistant) and Adam McDonald (Accompanist)

  • PRODUCER CALLBACKS:

    • Wednesday, April 17th

    • LOCATION:  La Mirada Rehearsal Hall (15519 Phoebe Ave in La Mirada). Street parking.​

    • Who Will Be There: Tom McCoy, Cathy Rigby (Producers), Abbey O'Brien (Director), Cost N' Mayor (Choreographers), Julia Flores (Casting Director), Kodi Jackman (Reader/Casting Assistant) and Adam McDonald (Accompanist)

LIVE AUDITION CHECKLIST:

  • Please clear ANY AND ALL conflicts with Julia Flores BEFORE you audition Julia@Florescasting.com

  • Please bring a stapled copy of your Headshot and Resume

  • Please bring a copy of your Actor Contact Sheet 

  • Please bring audition material for the role(s) you have been asked to read

  • Always bring your music book just in case. Thank you!

  • GENERAL NOTES for JENNA, BECKY and DAWN: These women are trying on Hope for maybe the first time ever. They are stepping into their Vulnerability and Truth to make their lives better. Approach the sides and the lyrics as a play, not a musical; keep it simple and from the heart.

  • GENERAL NOTES for OGIE: Ogie is ALL IN but in an honest and truthful way. Approach the sides and the lyrics as a play, not a musical; keep it simple and from the heart. He leads with love.

ENSEMBLE AUDITION INFORMATION:

  • WHAT TO EXPECT:

    • Sing and then possibly read 

    • Those we ask to stay will perform the choreography (see Dropbox) for Abbey and Team. Quick review and then small groups

    • Focus will most likely be on "Never Getting Rid of Me" combination and maybe...a new one ;)

    • Dance portion will run no more than one hour

  • WHAT TO WEAR:

    • Comfortable clothes to move in. Sneakers, etc. fine

  • Please see the LIVE AUDITION CHECKLIST before your audition

  • PLEASE BRING YOUR HEADSHOT AND RESUME (if this is your first time in)







BREAKDOWN
 

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VIDEO AUDITION INFORMATION:​​​​

  • Video Auditions will be accepted if you are an LA local hire and can be seen live at some point during auditions.

  • Please clear ANY AND ALL conflicts with Julia Flores BEFORE you audition Julia@Florescasting.com

  •  If you received an Eco Cast invite, please submit video there. We are sharing videos on that format. 

  • If you did not receive a video audition invite, unfortunately we can no longer realistically accept/view unsolicited videos. Just not enough time right now but if this changes, I will post here. Thank you!

  • VIDEO AUDITION CHECKLIST (must include all of the following):

LULU AUDITION INFORMATION:

THANK YOU for taping this for us! This is a Dream Team and a dream show. I cannot say enough good things about working with Tom McCoy and Cathy Rigby; they are wonderful Producers AND people! I’ve been casting for them for 30 years and EVERY child we’ve cast has had a positive and wonderful experience; I am sure WAITRESS will be no different.

We so appreciate your time and we look forward to seeing you 😊

  • The role of Lulu (to play 5 years old and max height of 4'2" ) will be a volunteer position (+ gas stipend) with a much amended rehearsal schedule. 
  • We will be casting TWO LULUs. They may share performances, or one will be the principal and one will understudy.
  • AUDITION:
    • ​Just be yourself and have fun! 
    • Wear anything you want. Just every day clothes is best!
    • Please SUBMIT VIDEO no later than APRIL 1ST. The sooner the better though...
    • Please upload video to your Eco Cast invite. If you do not have an account with Breakdown Services, please email video directly (please use Youtube, Drobox , Google or Vimeo) and be sure to send any passwords so we can all view the video)
    • Please include:
  • NEXT STEPS:
    • Final callbacks will be April 17th in La Mirada.
    • Invites for this audition should go out no later than April 8th. I will post on our website when all invites have been sent. https://www.florescasting.com/waitress This is the best place to keep posted on all details.

 Reach out if you have any questions and I promise to get back to you asap! Julia@Florescasting.com

 

SWING INFORMATION:

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

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

  • Typically, Understudy/Swing rehearsals are scheduled on the first and second Thursdays after opening. 

  • Offstage Swings (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. 

 

 

 

 

JENNA – Late 20’s-30’s. Character identifies as female. Any ethnicity. Jenna is stuck in her life as an unhappily married waitress in a small town. Finds some happiness and expression through her meticulous pie baking and her friendships with her coworkers, Dawn and Becky. Lives her life paycheck-to-paycheck, day by day, and wants nothing more than to get away and start fresh, unbeknownst to her destructive husband, Earl. Must have a fantastic pop/ rock voice with great range. Mezzo-soprano F#3 - F5

DAWN –Late 20’s- early 30’s. Character identifies as female. Any ethnicity. Dawn is the youngest of the waitresses and the newest to the diner. Endearing and genuine. Dawn is eccentric, wonderfully unusual, and not so slightly OCD. She sets the tables, painstakingly ensuring each salt and pepper-shaker is equidistant from the napkin holder. Thick glasses, hair parted 14 centimeters to the left. Must have an excellent pop/rock/folk voice. Mezzo-soprano G3 - Eb5.

 

BECKY–40’s-early 50’s. Character identifies as female. Any ethnicity. The oldest of the three waitresses. Becky has been at the diner the longest. Irreverent, irascible, been there - done that - and made it back. Becky has a wicked sense of humor with excellent comedic timing. Must have a soulful pop voice with an excellent pop belt. Mezzo-soprano Eb3 - Eb5

DR. POMATTER–30’s-early 40’s. Character identifies as male. Any ethnicity. Handsome, endearing, and neurotic. Jim has a warm, and somewhat clumsy, manner. Jenna’s gynecologist. He has a quirky sense of humor, a big heart and, despite the fact that he’s having an affair with Jenna, he is a good person. Must have impeccable comedic timing. Should have a very strong pop/rock tenor that can navigate the musical style of Sara Bareilles with ease. Tenor C3 - Bb4

 

CAL: 40’s. Character identifies as male. Any ethnicity. A chef at the diner. A “Salt of the Earth” guy’s guy surrounded by gals. Brash, impatient, unsentimental, but somehow charming. Should have a strong pop/rock voice with great comedic chops. Must have a strong contemporary baritone singing voice in the style of Sara Bareilles and have excellent comedic timing. Could possibly cover the role of Joe. B2 - G4

 

OGIE:30’s, Character identifies as male. Any ethnicity. Eccentric, genuine and lovable. Absolutely smitten with Dawn (in a hilarious yet endearing way) after she goes on a 5-minute date with him. Quirky, incredibly persistent, yet always kind. Should have excellent comedic timing. Must have an excellent pop/rock tenor/baritenor sound. Tenor C3 - Bb4. Ogie’s solo is more “character operatic” in style than high in pitch.

 

EARL–30’s-early 40’s. Character identifies as male. Caucasian. Jenna’s husband. Earl peaked in high school. He's handsome in a gruff way, but that face is clouded with broken dreams, drowned with cheap beer. Just enough narcissism mixed with stupidity, to be a potent Molotov cocktail that can explode into unexpected anger one second and then turn into a sobbing mess the next. Guitar playing a plus. Eb3 - G4

 

JOE: 60’s-7 early 70’s. Character identifies as male. Any ethnicity. Strong actor who feels comfortable singing. The owner of the diner where Jenna, Dawn, Becky, and Cal work. A curmudgeonly man who has a soft spot for Jenna (and her dessert masterpieces); he wants her to succeed in life and be happy. Gruff exterior but warmth and kindness within. Joe is a sarcastic and no-nonsense guy with a keen ability to read people. Very funny. Baritenor B2 - G#4

ENSEMBLE: 25-to late 40’s. Any ethnicity. Must have excellent pop/rock voices in the style of Sara Bareilles. Strong actors to play a range of characters from the community in which the story takes place. Some will also be understudies for Principal roles. Movers who excel at storytelling choreography with a strong character driven flare.

 

OFFSTAGE SWINGS: 28-40. Two non-union swings to cover Ensemble parts. See breakdown above for details.

LULU– To play 4-5 years old. Max height 4’2"  Character identifies as female. Any ethnicity. Daughter of Jenna and Earl. A sweet, carefree child who appears in the last scene of the show. Should be confident with dialogue and some movement onstage. NOTE: Lulu appears in one scene at the end of the show. Volunteer position (+ gas stipend) with a much amended rehearsal schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

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