Auditions Announced for KINKY BOOTS at Cincinnati Music Theatre

CMT_logoAUDITION DATES:
  • Sunday, Jan. 15: 7 PM to 10 PM
  • Monday, Jan. 16: 7 PM to 10 PM
    Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 7-10pm

LOCATION:
Clifton United Methodist Church.
3416 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220

SHOW DATES:
KINKY BOOTS will be performed at the Jarson Kaplan Theatre at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, May 12 to 20.

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals will begin with a Company Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 7 PM to 10 PM and then will occur every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday evening from 7 PM to 10 PM beginning Sunday, Feb. 19.

A NOTE FROM THE PRODUCTION TEAM:
Over the past couple of years, there’s been a growing conversation centering around cisgender theatre makers and the transphobic harm they’ve perpetuated through their work. If we want to move forward as an industry, then we need to hold ourselves accountable. This includes publicly acknowledging how Kinky Boots has, in past productions, perpetuated transphobic harm within the show. CMT will be taking the necessary steps to remove the harmful language. Trans people are more than a punchline or a joke. We stand with the trans community, now and forever.

PLEASE PREPARE & PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING FOR YOUR AUDITION:

Two songs that best showcase your vocal talents and range:

  • 16-32 bars of any Pop or Rock song of your choosing
  • 16-32 bars from one of the pre-selected pieces from the show:
    • The Most Beautiful Thing in the World
    • Land of Lola
    • Step One
    • The History of Wrong Guys
    • Soul of a Man
    • Everybody Say Yeah

Choosing to sing a song for a specific role from the show does not guarantee that you will be considered for that role. Please select a cut that best showcases your vocal style and range.

Your sheet music should be in the proper key with cuts marked. An accompanist will be provided (no CDs, tapes or a cappella numbers, please).

Please be prepared to tell a story or memory of a time when you felt excluded, a time when you found your community, a time when you learned to accept someone for who they are, or a time when changing your mind led to a change in your life.

There will be a short dance call. Please bring shoes and clothing appropriate for a dance audition. If you are auditioning for Lola or an Angel, please be prepared to do your dance call in heels. If you do not have a pair of heels available for the audition, please wear whatever shoes you are most comfortable dancing in.

If you play a musical instrument, please note the instrument and your proficiency level on the audition sheet. You may be asked to play your instrument at callbacks.

  • Please provide a copy of your resume.
  • Please provide a copy of your headshot if you have one.
  • Please bring proof of your COVID-19 Vaccination. We do require that the cast, crew, and production team be fully vaccinated.

IN-PERSON AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT
Please reserve your audition time here. After signing up, the audition form will be emailed to you – please print and fill out the form prior to your audition. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen in the next available slot.

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS:
We will also accept video submissions. If you choose to submit a video audition, you must include all elements of the audition, the songs, the story, and the dance combination. The deadline for video submissions will be 5:00 PM on Monday, January 9th. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Please include the audition form and virtual copy of your resume and headshot with the video submission. To submit a video audition, please send all materials to cmt.kinkybootsmainstage@gmail.com.

PLEASE NOTE:

We are committed to making this process as accessible as possible.

The dance combination that will be taught during the audition, will be available via video one week prior to auditions. All callback materials will be made available virtually at the same time. Those who reserve an audition time slot will receive an email with the access information. For those who are not on the SignUp Genius, please request materials via email: cmt.kinkybootsmainstage@gmail.com

Additionally, limited printed copies of the callback materials will be available at callbacks.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they realized… and discover that when you change your mind, you can change your whole world.

Filled with glitter, glam and a whole lot of sole, Kinky Boots is a sensation that has inspired audiences around the world by reminding us all that we can change the world when we change our minds. Based on a film of the same name, with music by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots lifts us up and shows us that we have way more in common than we ever imagined.

ROLES:
ALL ROLES ARE UNPAID/VOLUNTARY AND NO ROLES HAVE BEEN PRE-CAST

CHARLIE PRICE
Late 20’s – Mid 30’s. Tenor (C3 -B4). Leading Man. Privileged, but likeable – his father owns the shoe factory. He is handsome and loveable but there is a temper right under the skin. Must have strong, sustainable rock voice, strong movement, and strong acting.

LOLA
Early 30’s – Mid 40’s. Tenor (C3-B4). A fiery diva presence with underlying soul and heart, she is ostentatious, over the top, and more real than most. Must have strong, sustainable tenor voice comfortable with blues, soul, and gospel styles, strong dance, strong acting, and great comedic timing. Must be comfortable wearing all types of clothing from full glamour to boxing trunks. ONLY BLACK ACTORS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS ROLE.

YOUNG CHARLIE
10-12. Tenor. Charlie’s younger self. Appears in the opening and closing numbers/sequences.

YOUNG LOLA
10-12. Tenor. Lola’s younger self. Appears in the opening and closing numbers/sequences. ONLY BLACK ACTORS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS ROLE.

LAUREN
Mid 20’s – Early 30’s. Mezzo-Soprano (B3-F5). Beautiful, and quirky working-class girl who works in the shoe factory. Terribly funny and smart but who has had bad luck with men. Must have strong belt and strong comedic timing.

NICOLA
Mid 20’s – Early 30’s. Mezzo-Soprano (B3-F5). Charlie’s girlfriend since school. Sophisticated and stylish, she is a social climber, driven, and uncompromising. She knows what she wants and goes for it. Must have strong pop belt.

DON
30’s – 40’s. Baritone/Tenor (C3-F4, must have falsetto to D5 for finale). Lola’s nemesis. Burly, hyper-masculine bear of a factory worker. Has a menacing physicality. Must have strong acting and good comedic timing.

GEORGE
40’s – 50’s. Baritone (C3-F4). Factory manager trying to keep up traditions. Reserved and tightly wound.

THE ANGELS (6)
20’s – 40’s. Baritones/Tenors (3 sing to C5 and 3 sing to A4). Drag performers from The Blue Angel Night Club who perform with Lola. Must be versatile singers and dancers with star presence and comfort performing in drag. Tumbling, Acro, or Trick work (IE: death drops) a plus.

TRISH
40’s – 50’s. Mezzo-Soprano (B3-D5). Factory worker who has been there longer than any of the other women. A lot of life experience and a lot of responsibility. Must have strong comedic timing and decent belt.

PAT
30’s. Mezzo-Soprano (B3-F5). Officious office manager who will let loose her wild side when she can. Must have strong pop/rock belt.

MR. PRICE/ENSEMBLE
40’s-50’s. Baritone (B2-G4). Charlie’s father and owner of the shoe factory. Appears in opening and closing numbers/sequences as Mr. Price and fills various other ensemble roles throughout the show.

HARRY/ENSEMBLE
20’s – 30’s. Tenor (E3-C4). A contemporary of Charlie’s, but opposite. Harry is successful, self-aware, confident and carefree. Fills various other ensemble roles throughout the show. Must have strong rock voice.

ENSEMBLE
20’s-50’s. Various ranges. The ensemble must be excellent pop/rock singers with good movement abilities to fill various roles throughout the show, including factory workers, pub patrons, fashion show attendants, etc.

THE PRODUCTION TEAM:
Producers: Aubrey E. Wilson & Chelsey Ross
Direction: Aubrey E. Wilson
Assistant Direction: Ariel Mary Ann
Vocal Direction: Madelaine Wilkerson
Music Direction: Charlie Wilhelm
Choreography: Jules Breslin

Please email cmt.kinkybootsmainstage@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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