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Video Auditions Announced for CABARET and BACK TO THE 80S at Dare 2 Defy Productions

D2D_logoDare 2 Defy Productions is currently accepting video submissions for CABARET and BACK TO THE 80s!

Please send 1-2 songs in the style of the show to auditions@dare2defy.org along with your headshot and resume. Once we have received your video audition, we will send callback materials. Please upload all videos to YouTube or Vimeo or send via large file transfer service (Dropbox, etc).

All roles are paid, non-union contracts.

If you do not wish to send a video but want to be considered, please email auditions@dare2defy.org and we will schedule you an audition time on the callback dates below. If you cannot attend callbacks, please let us know and we will conduct them over video or set up another time.

CABARET – CALLBACKS ON MONDAY, JULY 12 AT 6PM
BACK TO THE 80S – CALLBACKS ON FRIDAY, JULY 16 AT 6PM


CABARET
Presented by The Rubi Girls and Square One Salon
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Directed by Philip Drennen

Rehearsals begin Sept 7
Presented Oct 14-16 at the PNC Arts Annex

Daring, provocative and exuberantly entertaining, Cabaret explores the dark and heady life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Casting Adults 18+ of all ethnicities and gender identities for all roles
**Please note that the roles of the Emcee and Fraulein Schneider have been cast

CASTING

  • SALLY BOWLES – A British Cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub
    Vocal Range – Low A to High C – Strong Belt A quirky character that comes across as flighty – yet at times struggles with knowing the darkness of the reality of her life as a cabaret performer. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance Age Range 20s to 30s. Speaks with a British Accent.
  • CLIFFORD BRADSHAW – An American novelist and English teacher traveling to Berlin
    Vocal Range – Low A to High E – Tenor Presented as a closeted gay man exploring his sexuality. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance Age range Late 20s to Mid 30s. Speaks with an American accent.
  • HERR SCHULTZ – One of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers and the proprietor of a Fruit Shop. Vocal Range – Low G to High F Age Range 40+ . Speaks with a German accent.
  • FRAULEIN KOST – Another of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers.
    Vocal Range – Low A flat to High F – Alto/Mezzo She earns money by offering favours to sailors. Age Range – 20s to 40s. Speaks with a German accent.
  • ERNST LUDWIG – A friendly and Likeable German Sings in the Chorus
    Vocal range – flexible Takes English lessons from Cliff and smuggles funds for the Nazi Party. Age Range – 25+. Speaks with a German accent.
  • KIT KAT GIRLS – Kit Kat Club Performers and Various Features
    Vocal Range – Strong Singers in all voice parts. The individuals will also be part of various scenes as performers and as club patrons. Features (“Two Ladies,” “Telephone Dance,” etc.) will be drawn from this group. Strong dance skills required. Age Range – 18+.
  • MALE ENSEMBLE – Kit Kat Klub Waiters and Patrons and Various Features
    Vocal Range – Strong Singers in all voice parts. Features (Bobby, Victor, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” etc.) will be drawn from this group. Strong dance skills required. Age Range – 18+.


BACK TO THE 80s
Written by Neil Gooding, Additional Material by Stuart Smith
Revised Orchestrations and Arrangements by Brett Foster
Original Musical Adaptation by Scott Copeman
Directed by Becki Norgaard

Rehearsals begin July 26
Presented September 3-4 at The Victoria Theater

From the era that brought the world the Rubik’s Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the “totally awesome” musical Back to the 80’s. In the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Karate Kid, Back to the 80’s is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.
Casting actors who are or can convincingly play high school students, all ethnicities and gender identities for all roles
**The roles of Michael and Mrs. Brannigan have been cast

CASTING

  • COREY PALMER (SENIOR) – The narrator of the show. Corey Snr is pushing 30, living in the year 2000, and reminiscing about the 80s (his school days), and his love for Tiffany Houston.
  • COREY PALMER (JUNIOR) – He is 17 and in his Senior Year. A very likeable, very ordinary American teenager.
  • ALF BUELLER – One of Corey Junior’s two best friends. A likeable teenager, only just coming out of childhood.
  • KIRK KEATON – Corey’s other best friend. Corey, Alf and Kirk are very close, but they are rather naïve, particularly about women.
  • TIFFANY HOUSTON – One of the group of girls that “Just Wanna Have Fun”. A cute, bubbly teenage female from the 80s, innocent, naïve and doe-eyed about boys and love – aspiring to be Cyndi Lauper and Madonna rolled into one.
  • CYNDI GIBSON – One of Tiffany’s best friends. More street-smart than Tiffany, Cyndi knows that boyfriends are a passport to attention and presents.
  • MEL EASTON – Another one of the inner click of “The Cool Girls”. An all-singing, all-dancing party girl.
  • KIM EASTON – The twin sister of Mel – although for ease of casting, they will probably be fraternal, not identical.
  • BILLY ARNOLD – One of Michael Feldman’s posse. Another popular, good-looking, athletic guy. The kind of person that every 17 year old wants to be (particularly if they are not popular, good-looking or athletic!!)
  • LIONEL ASTLEY – Lionel is fairly similar to Billy. Not quite as cool as the others, but because he is in the group, the girls put up with him anyway.
  • HUEY JACKSON – The final guy to round out the group of Michael Feldman’s friends. Not much else to be said – big hair, wears clothes that were cool at the time, but now just look like fluorescent mismatches of colour.
  • FEARGAL McFERRIN – The school nerd.
  • EILEEN REAGAN – The new arrival, charming, full of life and vitality – and a dreamer who lovingly longs for the day when she has a boyfriend.
  • LAURA WILDE – One of the girls that adopts Eileen into their group when she arrives at the school.
  • DEBBIE FOX – Laura’s best friend. Both girls have trouble distinguishing between reality (i.e. that they have had no boyfriends) and fantasy (that they are married to Neil Patrick Harris).
  • MR STEVIE COCKER – The Deputy Principal and maths teacher at William Ocean High School. One of only two teachers who will appear in the show. Stevie sees a future together with Sheena, but has major problems when he discovers he is dating a former centrefold (even though she is now a respectable, conservative English teacher.)

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2021-2022 Season Announced by Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoPRE-SEASON EXTRAS

KISS ME, KATE
July 2021
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Sam and Bella Spewack
The battle of the sexes takes center stage as former spouses feud onstage and off during a musical presentation of The Taming of the Shrew. Join us under the stars for this sophisticated, romantic and delightfully hilarious musical tale.

BACK TO THE 80s
Sept 2021
Written by Neil Gooding, Additional Material by Stuart Smith
Revised Orchestrations and Arrangements by Brett Foster
Original Musical Adaptation by Scott Copeman

From the era that brought the world the Rubik’s Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the “totally awesome” musical Back to the 80’s. In the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Karate Kid, Back to the 80’s is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.

MAINSTAGE SEASON

CABARET
Oct 2021
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Storied by Christopher Isherwood
Presenting Sponsor – Square One Salon, Production Partner – The Rubi Girls
Daring, provocative and exuberantly entertaining, Cabaret explores the dark and heady life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

CHARLIE AND DOGGY AND THE SONG AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
Jan 2022
Music and Lyrics by Philip Drennen and Skyler McNeely
Book by Skyler McNeely
World Premiere! An original, seafaring musical adventure, Charlie and Doggy follows two unlikely friends, Charlie, a
lonely boy from a harbor town and Doggy, a washed up old sailor, as they embark on the journey of a lifetime to seek out an ancient myth: The Song at the Edge of the World.

COMPANY
Mar 2022
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
On the night of his birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

SOMETHING ROTTEN!
May 2022
Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Conceived by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick
Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten! Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway.

KISS ME, KATE and CABARET are presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Whitmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com

BACK TO THE ’80S, COMPANY and SOMETHING ROTTEN! are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

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SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Available Online Aug. 10-30

D2D_Songs for a New WorldSONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
Dare to Defy Productions
Aug. 10-30
[Online]

Directed by Philip Drennen
Music directed by Norman Moxley II

Cast: Jamal Cann, Naman Clark, Allie Haines, Mackensie King, Zach King, Brennan Paulin, Danielle Ruddy, Thomas Cole Schreier, Lindsay Sherman & Garrett Young

2020 has proven not just to be a difficult year but also a year for major change. With our new take on Songs for a New World, we present these songs about love, heartbreak, birth, and struggle through a 2020 lens. Scored with brilliant music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, this show has stood the test of time and we look forward to bringing you plenty of laughs, asking you questions, and diving deep into the current state of the world. Each of us has a story to tell.

  • Available to rent for 48 hours

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THE LAST FIVE YEARS Runs July 9-11

D2D_Last Five Yearsr promoTHE LAST FIVE YEARS
Dare to Defy Productions
July 9-11
Brightside Music and Event Venue [Dayton]

Cast: Abigail and Brent Hoggatt

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

  • Thu-Fri, July 9-10 at 8pm
  • Sat, July 11 at 2pm & 8pm

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Video Auditions Announced for BACK TO THE ’80S! at Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoWe are excited to announce auditions for BACK TO THE ’80S! This a professionally staged youth production (with featured adult roles) with stipends available for all performers. There is no minimum age (must be able to portray 14-18) and we will accept up to age 21.

Rehearsals will begin July 20th and will rehearse Monday-Thursday, 6-9pm with the possibility of some Saturday afternoon rehearsals. Performances are September 4-6th.

With the current Stay at Home order in place, we are requesting video submissions. Please send a 16 bar cut of an 80’s style song, as well as a one minute monologue. We ask that you please slate your name and age at the beginning of your audition video, as well as any role you are interested in. Don’t forget to include a headshot and resume as well. All materials can be sent to Norgaard@dare2defy.org by May 4th. We are hoping to have callbacks in person, but are monitoring the situation daily.

Roles Available:

  • Corey Palmer(Young)
    The hero of the musical. He is an ordinary, likeable senior in high school that is dealing with typical issues including his love for Tiffany Houston.
    Vocal range top: D5
    Vocal range bottom: Bb2
  • Alf Bueller
    One of Corey Junior’s best friends. A likeable teenager just coming out of childhood and beginning adulthood.
    Vocal range top: Bb4
    Vocal range bottom: Bb2
  • Kirk Keaton
    One of the “nice” boys who is naive and has difficulty with girls.
    Vocal range top: F4
    Vocal range bottom: Bb2
  • Cyndi Gibson
    A street-smart, boy-wary member of Tiffany’s posse who has a crush on Michael but always settles for other boys.
    Vocal range top: E5
    Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Mel Easton
    One of the elite “Cool Girls,” she is the twin sister of Kim who loves to rock out as a backup to the group.
    Vocal range top: C5
    Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Kim Easton
    The twin sister of Mel and friend of Cyndi. Kim is a party-loving cheerleader who does not do well in school.
    Vocal range top: C#5
    Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Michael Feldman
    The coolest guy in the school who has the attention of all the girls. When the girls are not around, he is a mean manipulative oaf who picks on smaller kids.
    Vocal range top: B4
    Vocal range bottom: D3
  • Billy Arnold
    A popular, athletic guy who appears tough and is revered yet has little backbone without Michael.
    Vocal range top: A4
    Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Lionel Astley
    He is a follower and not quite as cool as the other guys in his posse, but is tolerated by the girls.
    Vocal range top: G4
    Vocal range bottom: Bb2
  • Huey Jackson
    The final guy to round out the group of Michael Feldman’s friends. Not much else to be said – big hair, wears clothes that were cool at the time, but now just look like fluorescent mismatches of colour. Huey is an 80’s tragic – he is the only member of the cool group to go as far as wearing a white Michael Jackson glove – as was the fashion of the day!
  • Feargal Mcferrin
    The sensitive school nerd. He is supremely intelligent, but his visions of life in the new millenium are always mocked.
    Vocal range top: B4
    Vocal range bottom: E3
  • Laura Wilde
    Debbie’s best friend. She is awkward and has trouble with boys, but is a nice girl.
    Vocal range top: E5
    Vocal range bottom: F3
  • Debbie Fox
    Laura’s competitive best friend. She lies about her fantasy relationships with celebrities.
    Vocal range top: E5
    Vocal range bottom: F3
  • Featured Singers/ Ensemble
    The roles of Corey Sr, Tiffany Houston, Eileen Reagan and Miss Brannigan have been filled by D2D ensemble members.

Songs in the show (For reference)

  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
  • Kids In America
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  • We Built This City
  • Mickey
  • Video Killed The Radio Star
  • Believe It Or Not
  • Morning Train (9 to 5)
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
  • You Give Love A Bad Name
  • You Give Love A Bad Name (Reprise)
  • Man In The Mirror
  • Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
  • Love Shack
  • Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  • Walking On Sunshine
  • Get Outta Me Dreams (Get Into My Car)
  • Centerfold
  • Lost In Your Eyes
  • Never Gonna Give You Up
  • Material Girl
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy / Come On, Eileen
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Reprise)
  • (I’ve Had) The Time Of Me Life
  • Back To The 80’s Megamix!

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