HORIZON PERFORMING ARTS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR SPRING MUSICAL!
Book by Roger O. Hirson
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
ORIGINALLY PRODUCED ON THE BROADWAY STAGE BY STUART OSTROW
ORIGINALLY DIRECTED ON THE BROADWAY STAGE BY BOB FOSSE
2013 REVIVAL DIRECTED BY DIANE PAULUS
THEO ENDING ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED BY IN 1988 BY MITCH SEBASTIAN
Directed by Connor Rhoades
Is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied through MTI. MTIShows.com
April 26th- 28th 2019 at Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti
Below is the Cast List for Horizon Performing Arts's 2019 Spring Musical, Pippin. We would like to thank everyone who auditioned and we look forward to working with this wonderful cast.
There will be a mandatory cast orientation on Sunday, February 24th at 5PM at Northside Community Church (929 Barton Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105). Please come prepared with your cast fee of $95 and a pen. Cast Fees may be submitted by cash or check made out to "Horizon Performing Arts".
For those cast as The Band of Players, you will featured frequently throughout the show as this is a strong ensemble piece. You may also notice that the roles of Theo and Charlemagne have been left off the Cast List. We will be holding an open audition for both roles before the end of the month to complete our cast. Any male members of The Band of Players who would like to audition for Charlemagne, are strongly encouraged to audition for the role. The full cast will be informed of that audition date as soon as it is set.
If you choose to reject your role, you may do so by emailing Horizon Performing Arts (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Sunday, February 24th.
Out of respect for the casting board, please do not contact Horizon Performing Arts with questions concerning casting, scoring, etc. The production staff will not discuss casting choices.
Everyone who auditioned will receive the cast list in their emails no later than 6PM this evening. If you do not receive the Cast List in your email by that time please contact Horizon at email@example.com to confirm we have your correct email address.
Again, thank you to everyone who auditioned!
HORIZON PERFORMING ARTS IS PROUD TO PRODUCE OUR FIRST SHOW TO INCLUDE ACTORS THAT ARE hard of hearing and deaf AS WELL AS OUR FIRST PRODUCTION TO INCORPORATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
By Mark Medoff
Directed by Reilly Conlon
May 10th & 11th 2019 at the Biltmore Studio at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill
Show Synopsis: After three years in the Peace Corps, James, a young speech therapist, joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he is to teach lip-reading. He meets Sarah, a school dropout, totally deaf from birth, and estranged both from the world of hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world. Fluent in sign language, James tries, with little success, to help Sarah, but gradually the two fall in love and marry. At first their relationship is a happy and glowing one, as the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each other's needs and feelings, but discord soon develops as Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf and rejects any hint that she is being patronized and pitied. In the end the chasm between the worlds of sound and silence seems almost too great to cross…but love and compassion hold the hope of reconciliation, and a deeper, fuller understanding of differences that, in the final essence, can unite as well as divide.
HORIZON PERFORMING ARTS WILL BE SEEING actors that are deaf or hard or hearing FOR THE FOLLOWING ROLES ON MARCH 1ST FROM 6:30-8:30PM:
Sarah Norman- Deaf from birth. Works as a maid in the State School for the Deaf before falling in love with James Leeds. Mid-twenties. Must be fluent in American Sign Language.
Orin Dennis- A student at the State School for the Deaf who is leading a lawsuit against the prejudice towards hearing-impaired persons. Is Hard of Hearing. Speaks some American Sign Language in the show
Lydia- One of the younger students at the State School for the Deaf who falls fro James Leeds. Is Hard of Hearing. Speaks some American Sign Language in the show
HORIZON PERFORMING ARTS WILL BE SEEINg ACTORS who are not deaf or hard of hearing FOR THE FOLLOWING ROLES ON MARCH 3RD FROM 2:30-4:30PM:
Mrs. Norma- Sarah’s mother. Is not Hard of Hearing or Deaf. Knows very little American Sign Language and is frustrated with her daughter and her unwillingness to make audible speech
Mr, Franklin- Supervising Teacher at the State School for the Deaf. Is not Hard of Hearing or Deaf. Hires James Leeds
Edna Klein- Orin’s Lawyer. Is not Hard of Hearing or Deaf.
**NOTE: The goal set fourth by the author of Children of a Lesser God was to expand American Sign Language as a way of communicating for all. In accordance with the licensing agreement set forth by Dramatists Play Services, The role of James Leeds must be cast at the time rights or Children of a Lesser God are secured to give an ample amount of time for this actor to learn American Sign Language. For this reason, the role of James Leeds has already been cast.
ACTORS AUDITIONING FOR THE THREE PARTS LISTED DIRECTLY ABOVE DO NOT NEED TO KNOW AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE BUT WILL BE TAUGHT SOME OF THE LANGUAGE THROUGHOUT THE REHEARSAL PROCESS
The purpose of conducting auditions for Children of a Lesser God in this way is to give those who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf the opportunity to audition for the characters in the play who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf before opening those roles up to those who are not Hard of Hearing or Deaf. Horizon is committed to having all members of the community involved in our productions.
Those interested in auditioning should arrive between any of the times posted above for auditions. Auditionees do not need to prepare anything for auditions. Cold readings will be provided at the start of auditions. Cold readings will not be available before the time of auditions.