2014 Auditions for BALL AT THE SAVOY   Feb. 27, Mar. 1 and 2. (read further for details)

Directed by Kristen Barrett, conducted by  Anthony Barrese and choreographed by Todd Rhodes. STAGE 773 Theater.  Performances July 18 to Aug 3 (10 Shows) The show will feature a 17-piece orchestra. The show will be sung in English.

This will be the American premiere of the infectious Jazz Operetta, Ball at the Savoy.   Written in 1932  by Paul Abrahman, the show was immensely popular until it was shut down by the Nazi’s in 1933.  Gitta Alpar, Rosy Barsony, and Oscar Denes starred in the 1935 film version of the show.  Acclaimed director Kristin Barrett will direct the show.  Anthony Barrese, conductor and music director of Opera Southwest will conduct the 17-piece orchestra.  All performers are paid. No housing is provided.     SHOW HISTORY

What To Sing/perform: (read carefully)

Sing 2 songs or arias of contrasting styles from memory which show full range and acting ability. At least one selection must be in English. Seeking singers (no pop) and dancers who sing.  An accompanist will be provided. The singer must also prepare a one minute memorized monologue. Please submit an audition request to Alison Kelly at chicagofolksoperetta@gmail.com.

What to bring: (read carefully)ballimsavoy62

1) 3 resumes with most recent experience.

2) An 8×10 headshot. (no exceptions)

3) Your personal calendar with lists of conflicts. (This is very important)

4) Comfortable clothing to wear for movement.

What DATE/ TIMES:(read carefully) *****Directions (click)

Feb. 27 from 7- 10 PM St. Christopher’s Church 545 S. East Ave. Oak Park, IL

March 1 from 2-6 PM St. Christopher’s Church 545 S. East Ave. Oak Park, IL

March 2 from 6-10 PM at St. Christopher’s Church, 545 S. East Ave. Oak Park, IL

Call backs March 6 , 7-10 PM and March 8,  2-6 PM

Ball at the Savoy Cast Breakdown-

Chicago Folks Operetta is seeking singers and dancers who sing for their upcoming production of “Ball at the Savoy” by Paul Abraham.Rehearsals begin June 1 and show runs July 18-August 3rd at Stage 773 in Chicago. Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 545 S. East Ave in Oak Park, IL February 27th 7-10 PM, March 1st 2-6 PM, March 2nd 6-10 PM with callbacks March 6th 7-10 PM and March 8th 2-6 PM. To schedule an audition, email a letter of interest to chicagofolksoperetta@gmail.com.  We are looking for opera/musical theater singers and dancers.

Cast Breakdown

Madeleine de Faublas – wife of Aristide-  Soprano, modern person, ready to give as good as she gets, albeit plagued by scruples: a feminist before the term existed

Marquis Aristide de Faublas, her husband- Tenor, a rueful rake, debonair and charming.

Daisy Darlington (Parker) (a.k.a. José Pasodoble), jazz composer – Soprano (soubrette): sly, brave, she knows what she wants and how to get it. Must be an excellent dancer. Tap experience  a bonus.

Mustapha Bey, Turkish embassy attachéBaritenor/ tenor Aristide’s sauve,  mischievous friend.  Strong actor.  Must possess excellent comic timing.  Good dancer.

Tangolita, Argentine singer/dancer - Contralto/Mezzo- seductive former mistress of Aristide.  She is an opera singer, but must move well.

Archibald, Aristide’s servant – Baritone, Older, dapper gentleman with a dry sense of humor.  Comic timing important.  Must move well.

Rene, admirer of Madeleine- Baritone/tenor -Strong character actor.

Mizzi from Vienna, divorced wife of Mustapha Bey- soprano or mezzo

Blanca from Prague, divorced wife of Mustapha Bey- soprano or mezzo

Lucia from Rome, divorced wife of Mustapha Bey- soprano or mezzo

Mercedes from Madrid, divorced wife of Mustapha Bey - soprano or mezzo

Trude from Berlin, divorced wife of Mustapha Bey- soprano or mezzo

Ilonka from Budapest, divorced wife of Mustapha Bey soprano or mezzo

Célestin Formant, lawyer, young and naïve, supposed lover of Madeleine tenor/baritone.  Must be a strong actor.

Pomerol, headwaiter at the “Savoy”  A strong character actor.  Baritone/tenor

Monsieur Albert, head of a fashion house of Paris  Baritone/ Tenor

Ernest Bennuet, a young friend of Célestin  Baritone/ Tenor

Bébé, Madeleine’s maid  soprano

Most roles have solos or small ensemble groupings.  All roles are open. Age ranges will vary.  All ages welcome.

Rehearsals will start in early May and will be held out in Oak Park, IL (accessible to the blue and green line).  Rehearsal spaces TBA.  Performances begin June 28 for The Land of Smiles and will run for 10 performances through July 14 at the Stage 773 Theater, Chicago, IL.

Attending the Audtions:
Gerald Frantzen, Artistic Director
Alison Kelly, General Director
Kristin Barrett, Savoy Director
Anthony Barrese, Savoy Conductor
Choreographer Todd Rhodes

Chicago Folks Operetta is a 501(c)3 non-profit theater company and an equal opportunity employer.  AGMA  card holders must submit release forms to participate in our productions.