2024-May 18-19, AUDITION NOTICE – Children of Eden Jr.

AUDITION NOTICE – Children of Eden Jr.

AUDITIONS ANNOUNCEMENT:

CHILDREN OF EDEN JR.

The Mass Arts Center Academy proudly announces auditions for Stephen Schwartz and John Caird’s Children of Eden Jr., an inspirational musical exploring love, faith, conflict, and forgiveness against the backdrop of family.

Open to: Aspiring performers ages 10-18

Directed and Choreographed by: Dori Bryan-Ployer

Musical Direction by: Esther Zabinski

Stage Manager: Caitlin Meyer

Costume Designers: Katie Ault and Ellie Ault

AUDITIONS:

  • Preliminary Auditions: May 18, 1-4pm; Additional Prelim/Callbacks: May 19, 5-8pm
  • Location: The Mass Arts Center, 888 South Main Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
  • Audition Contact: Caitlin Meyer at childrenofedenjrmac@gmail.com

AUDITION MATERIAL:

  • Prepare 32 bars of a song from Children of Eden or in a similar style.
  • Dress to move; may also be asked to sing a song from the show.
  • Bring sheet music clearly marked for the accompanist.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

  • Tues/Wed/Thursday between 4-7pm, starting May 21
  • Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals.

PRODUCTION DATES:

  • August 2-4 (1pm curtain for all shows)

TECH WEEK:

  • July 28-August 1, 2024
  • July 28: 12:00p-8:00p; July 29-Aug 1: 4:00p-9:00p

PRODUCTION FEE:

  • $379 for all cast members

The production fee allows The Mass Arts Academy to produce full-scale musicals with aspiring youth and teen performers, providing invaluable training in musical theatre performance, voice, acting, dance/creative movement, and ensemble work. Contact Caitlin Meyer to schedule your audition and include your resume and headshot in your request.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Father: Father is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the universe. Father has a larger-than-life persona and embodies an authoritative presence, balanced with a fair amount of humor and a sense of fun. Father truly loves his children but expects obedience and is not afraid to punish them if they don’t follow his wishes. Cast an excellent, advanced actor and a great singer in this role who can truly command the stage. Ideally, this actor will read as older onstage.

Gender: Male Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Adam/Noah: Adam/Noah should be a versatile performer. Adam embodies the excitement, wonder, and childlike innocence of mankind before the fall, and also the strength and persistence needed after they are expelled from the Garden. He should pair well and have a great relationship with Eve, since he will eventually choose her over Father. Noahis also the leader of his family but is a bit less serious, although he also must make a big decision that affects the lives of everyone he loves. Cast a performer who is a natural leader and has a charismatic stage presence. This performer should be a great actor and a wonderful singer and be comfortable taking command of the stage.Gender: MaleVocal range top: Ab4 Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Snake: The Snake (Snake 1, Snake 2, Snake 3, Snake 4, and Snake 5) lures Eve to the tree and ultimately convinces her to take a bite of the apple. This is a great place to put excellent movers or dancers who can make the Snake feel cohesive. Gender: Any Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Eve/Mama: Eve/Mamamust win over the audience’s hearts. Eve is bright, precocious, loving, and has an adventurous streak. Ultimately, her curiosity is what leads to her banishment, though she never stops loving Father. Her life gets harder after leaving the Garden, but Eve’s spark never fully goes out. Mamais more subtle than Eve but has a deep strength that is evident in her love for her family. She honest, smart, and is not afraid to offer Noah her advice and opinions. This role calls for an exceptional actress and outstanding singer who can make strong character choices. Eve/ Mama should also pair well with Adam/Noah. Gender: Female Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Young Cain: Young Cainis reminiscent of Eve in the Garden. He is curious, confident, and wants to know the answers to all his questions. Cast a good actor and singer who can work with Cain to create continuity between the character as a child and an adult. Gender: Male Vocal range top: Db4 Vocal range bottom: Gb2

Young Abel: Young Abelis gentle, sweet, and content with their life as a family, even without the Garden. He loves his parents and his brother and does not have the same need for answers as Young Cain. Cast a good actor and singer who can work with Abel to create continuity between the character at both ages.Gender: Male Vocal range top: Db4Vocal range bottom: Gb2

Cain/Japheth: Cain/Japheth must be comfortable making strong choices onstage. Cain is passionate, curious, longs for adventure, and places the blame squarely at his parents’ feet for giving away his portion of the Garden. He is angry at Adam, Eve, Father, and the unfairness of his circumstances. He doesn’t return from beyond the waterfall with the intention to kill Abel – but he allows rage to overtake him and must endure the consequences. Japheth is more polished than Cain, though has a similar rebellious streak that almost results in the same tragedy. His love for Yonah is his driving force, and he is willing to risk everything in order for them to be together. Cast a fantastic singer and a wonderful actor as Cain/Japheth. Remember, these roles require some stage combat, so make sure to cast a mature performer who can be trusted to execute fight choreography safely.Gender: MaleVocal range top: Ab4Vocal range bottom: C#3

Abel/Ham: Abel/Ham should be able to create two completely different characters. Abel is gentle, thoughtful, and obedient. He would never cause trouble on his own, but he is caught between his love for his brother, Cain, and his love for his parents. Though Abel respects his parents and Father, Cain can usually find a way to convince Abel to follow him. Abel reflects Adam’s choice to leave the Garden, and his death is a turning point in the show. Ham is one of Noah’s sons, and Aphra’s husband. He wants to please Father and is more mild-mannered than his brother Shem. Cast a performer in these roles who is a good singer and solid actor. Keep in mind that these roles must also learn fight choreography, so make sure you cast a responsible actor who will complete the choreography safely every time.Gender: Male Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: F3

Seth/Shem: Seth/Shemshould focus mostly on Shem. Seth appears onstage at an important time in the story but does not speak or sing. Shemis the oldest of the brothers and rather hot-headed. Married to Aysha, he is the first to blame Yonah for the family’s problems aboard the ark. Shem does not have a solo, so he does not need to be a strong singer. Cast an expressive actor with a great stage presence who can make strong character choices. Gender: male

Yonah: Yonah is a descendant of Cain who works as a servant for Noah’s family. While Yonah finds herself in unfortunate circumstances, she handles adversity with grace and strength. She is kind and selfless, and ultimately wins Father and Noah over with her goodness when Noah finally gives Japheth and her permission to wed. Cast an expressive actress with a wonderful singing voice who pairs well with Cain/Japheth.Gender: Female Vocal range top: Eb5Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Aysha: Ayshais a bit unhappy with their situation aboard the ark. Married to Shem, she also blames Yonah for their troubles, and isn’t afraid to let everyone know exactly what she thinks. Aysha does not need to be a strong singer – instead, look for an animated performer with a good stage presence for this role. Gender: Female

Aphra: Aphrais a bit of worrywart. Married to Ham, she worries about the flood, and how it will affect their growing family. Like Aysha, Aphra doesn’t need to be a strong singer, but she should be a good actor able to embody Aphra’s sensitive nature. Gender: Female

Ensemble: Ensemble consists of the Storytellers, Soloist, Soloist (1, 2, 3), Female Soloist, Seth’s Wife, and Animals.