Colored Museum, Baby, Spring Awakening auditions set

Awaken your inner actor with a little stage exposure. Auditions are coming up soon for three productions by east Nashville’s Street Theatre Company that any aspiring thespian should jump at. Based in east Nashville, Street Theatre performs their shows on their own stage at 1933 Elm Hill Pike.

Here’s what’s coming up: Baby, a one-act by Conrad Davidson, is a fast-paced production, wherein Baby completely forgets his (or her) pre-baby-training and is completely overwhelmed by adults from birth to the first birthday. Bad-breath in the face, being tossed high into the air, and unwanted vocabulary lessons assail the infant before Baby is coached to employ tricks that drive adults to distraction. Baby requires four actors of either gender. Baby is directed by one of my favorite Nashville directors, Elizabeth Hayes—so as an actor, you can expect a tight, well-rehearsed show. She’ll make sure that you’re ready.

Spring Awakening, directed by Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre’s artistic director Martha Wilkinson, is an historic classic melodrama first produced in Germany in 1890. Because the play was considered promiscuous, there were actually riots in the street. It first came to America in 1917—again followed by riots and a judge’s ruling stating it could only be performed on a very limited basis.

During an argument over the length of her skirt, Wendla Bergmann confides to her mother that she sometimes thinks about death. When she asks her mother if that is sinful, her mother avoids the question. Wendla jokes that she may one day wear nothing underneath the long dress.

After school, Melchior Gabor and Moritz Steifel confide in each other that they have both become tormented by sexual dreams and thoughts. Melchior is knowledgeable about the mechanics of sex, but Moritz is woefully ignorant. Melchior insists that Moritz come over to his house for tea, where Melchior will show him diagrams and journals with which he will ‘teach’ Moritz about life. Moritz leaves hastily, embarrassed.

Maybe Spring Awakening seems tame to us, but in its day—it was practically considered pornographic. There is a large cast of 14—so your chances of landing a part aren’t bad. However, bear this in mind: Make sure you are completely familiar with the show. There are brief moments of nudity, adult situations and language. Due to these elements, casting will be ages 18 and up. If you feel uncomfortable with the material or subject matter and you do not feel you can approach this show with a level of professionalism, commitment and maturity then please do not audition.

The Colored Museum is a play by the African American dramatist George C. Wolfe. It had its premiere in 1986 at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, N.J. and won its author the Dramatists Guild Award in the same year. The play features 11 vignettes that satirize elements of African American culture.

The Colored Museum has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, redefining our ideas of what it means to be Black in contemporary America. Its 11 ‘exhibits’

undermine Black stereotypes old and new, and return to the facts of what being Black means.

“Brings forth a bold new voice that is bound to shake up Blacks and Whites with separate-but-equal impartiality. True satire” — Jack Kroll, Newsweek.

There are numerous singing parts in The Colored Museum, but not all roles involve singing, so auditioners for that show may choose to audition with a monologue only.

Directed by John Royal, auditions will be held on Saturday, January 19, at 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, January 20, 4-9 pm at the Street Theatre, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, Tenn. 37216. Individual callbacks will be scheduled following the open call.

Bring a headshot and resume for each show you are auditioning for. Prepare 16 bars of a song, and bring sheet music in appropriate key (an accompanist will be provided—no CDs please), and a monologue, no longer than two minutes. All ethnicities encouraged.

Auditions are by appointment only. E-mail auditions@streettheatrecompany.org to schedule an appointment and note in the e-mail which show(s) you are interested in. For show information, performance dates, and character descriptions, visit the website: www.streettheatrecompany.org