The Zeiders American Dream Theater announces auditions for a developmental reading of the new play “Basses Are Loaded” by Caitlyn Kamminga. The play examines the nature of work and employment through the lens of life in the bass section of an orchestra. The following roles are being cast:

SIDNEY KOVACH: Male, late 60’s, of Eastern European origin with traces of an accent.

DAVID ANGELLUCI: Male, 40’s-50’s. Mid-career bassist with a bit of a chip on his shoulder.

LINDSAY BONNER-COX: Male, late 20’s. British-American of indeterminate ethnic origin.

SIR ALWYN ELWORTHY: Male, 40’s and up. British-born conductor of The Philharmonic.

Rehearsals begin on 18 November 2019. There are three public presentations of the play, on 22 & 23 November at 7:30 PM and on 24 November at 2:30 PM. All roles will be cast regardless of AEA affiliation. AEA contracts will be under the Eastern Region hourly reading rate; non-AEA contracts will be paid similarly.

Auditions will be held at the Z the evening of Monday, 16 September.

Sides are provided below: 

Sid & David

Lindsay

Sir Elworthy

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We are always in need of talented performers here at The Z. Each season we present a full slate of theater and cabaret. We want to connect with you!

As each audition approaches, we send emails and make online appointment booking available. Make sure to sign up for the audition mailing list! We will provide more information on cast breakdowns with each audition email. Here are audition dates we have already booked for the 2019-2020 Season:

Monday 16 September 2019, 6-9 PM: Basses are Loaded, a new play by Caitlyn Kamminga. A reading as part of the Hatchery series of new works. Directed by Bart Kuebler. Performance dates 22-24 November 2019. Four men, ranging in age from late 20’s through late 60’s.

Monday 4 November 2019, 6-9 PM: Saint Irene’s, a new play by Manoli Kouremetis. World Premiere as part of the Hatchery series of new works, directed by Sarah Norris. Performance dates 23 January-2 February 2020. Callbacks Tuesday 5 November, 6-9 PM. Two Women, Three Men.

Sunday 24 November 2019, 1-5 PM: Macbeth, presented as part of the No Holds Bard Shakespeare Festival. Performance dates 19-22 February 2020. Directed by Matt Burchfield. Callbacks Monday 25 November, 6-9 PM. A total of fifteen cast, variable ages.

Saturday 14 December 2019, 10 AM-5 PM: Next to Normal, directed by Chip Gallagher with musical direction by Bart Kuebler. Performance dates 2-12 April 2020. Produced by The Z, The Governor’s School for the Arts, and Virginia Musical Theatre; presented by arrangement with MTI. Callbacks Monday 16 December, 6-9:30 PM.

Monday 27 January 2020, 6-9 PM: The Opulent 80’s cabaret. A new cabaret featuring the music of the 1980’s juxtaposed with the cultural attitudes and dress of Marie Antoinette’s Bourbon court of the 1780’s. We are looking for unique performers willing to explore the absurd and unafraid of breaking the fourth wall. Must be a strong singer above all else. Performance dates 24 April-2 May 2020. No set cast; the show will be built around the personalities.

Monday 11 May 2020, 6-9 PM: Works in Progress 2020, a selection of new works developed by playwrights in the American Dreamwright’s Workshop. Performance dates 19-21 June 2020. Cast info available when pieces are completed!

The Z casts regardless of Actor’s Equity Association affiliation. The Z has two theaters, a flex-seating Studio Theater and a 299-seat Main Stage. Generally, Studio Theater shows are either on an AEA Special Appearance Tier 1 contract or hourly reading contract, depending on the production. Main Stage AEA contracts are at the appropriate AEA tier rating. Non-AEA actors can expect to receive similar wages, but without the benefit payments. The Z is unable to issue EMC points.