NEW LINE SEEKS MULTI-RACIAL CASTS
FOR MUSICALS "LA CAGE AUX FOLLES"
AND "BE MORE CHILL,"
AUDITIONS JUNE 11 and 18

New Line Theatre will hold open auditions on two Monday nights, June 11 and 18, 2018, for two shows, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's classic musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz' new rock musical BE MORE CHILL, based on the bestselling novel. The auditions will start at 7:00 p.m. both nights, at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive (63103), just three blocks east of Grand in the Grand Center Arts District. Performers need to come to only one of the dates. No appointment is necessary.

For directions to the theatre, click here.

Both shows will run twelve performances over four weeks at the Marcelle. La Cage will run Feb. 28-March 1-23, 2019, and Be More Chill will run May 30-June 22, 2019. The season's opening show, The Zombies of Penzance, has already been cast.

La Cage will have a cast of 16, and Be More Chill will have a cast of 10. For both shows, New Line is looking for a multi-racial cast of intelligent, fearless, singing actors who are willing to take risks onstage. We do not cast anyone under 17. We are very eager to cast actors of color. Performers are asked to bring a prepared contemporary theatre song, with printed piano music for our pianist (no karaoke tracks and no a cappella). Performers may also be asked to sing from the score. There will be a dance audition.

Roles and ranges for both shows can be found here.

No appointments for the audition are necessary. All performers should arrive for the audition before 7:00 p.m. If we need to call actors back, it will be on the same night. New Line continues its long-standing policy of considering people of all backgrounds for all roles that are not ethnically specified. We are proud to be part of a diverse community, and our stage will represent that inclusivity. To read New Line's Diversity Statement, click here.

New Line is a non-union professional theatre company. Performers will share a guaranteed 10% of box office receipts, with a minimum of $150 per actor for the run.

ABOUT THE SHOWS

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is subversive comedy about real family values in a world that doesn't always value family. In its original 1983 production -- long before gay marriage was legal -- the show was a safely old-fashioned musical comedy. But in its 2008 London revival and 2010 Broadway revival, the show was transformed from a genial comedy into a more serious story, with laughs. Without rewriting it, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES has become a 21st-century musical -- and a New Line show.

Based on the 1973 French play and its 1978 film adaptation, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES tells the story of a middle-aged show business couple, grappling with aging, fidelity, kids, and holding on to their dignity when the world around them would rather strip it away. At the center is Georges, a St. Tropez nightclub owner, and his husband Albin, who is also the club's erratic drag headliner Zaza. When Georges' son gets engaged to the daughter of a right-wing politician, all hell breaks loose -- and suddenly we can see 2018 in the politics and culture war onstage.

For more info, visit New Line's La Cage aux Folles webpage.

BE MORE CHILL, based on the bestselling novel by Ned Vizzini, centers on Jeremy, an average teenage nerd -- until he finds out about the Squip ("Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor"), a tiny Japanese supercomputer -- in a convenient pill taken with Mountain Dew -- which promises to "upgrade" him and bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the coolest party of the year, and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? What would you do?

The show made its world premiere at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey in 2015, and it's now being produced across the country. BroadwayWorld called it "a vibrant, inventive musical that makes the most of every moment." The New Jersey Star-Ledger called it "a high-energy, imaginative, well-crafted world premiere musical." The Tri-City News called it "sharp and smart, the musical perfectly balances the tragedy and hilarity of high school."

For more info, visit New Line's Be More Chill webpage.

REHEARSALS

New Line rehearses on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., plus every night the week the show opens. For shows with choreography (which includes both La Cage and Be More Chill), there is a fourth rehearsal for the first several weeks of the process, on Sunday afternoons or Weds. nights. Rehearsals are at First Congregational Church of St. Louis, in Clayton.

Rehearsals for La Cage begin the first week of January, and rehearsals for Be More Chill begin the first week of April.

NEW LINE'S 18-MONTH RULE

If you have performed with New Line Theatre during the last eighteen months, you don't have to audition for us, to be considered. As playwright James Kirkwood has said, "The audition system, especially for musicals, is the closest thing to the Romans throwing the Christians to the lions. It really is brutal." So instead of being thrown to the lions, New Line actors just have to contact artistic director Scott Miller before the last night of auditions to tell him that you want to be considered. On the other hand, if you want to be considered for a role that's very different from what you've done for New Line before, then you are more than welcome to audition and show us how perfect you are for that role.

To learn more about New Line, read our Statement of Philosophy and browse our past shows.

For more information, call us at 314-773-6526 or email us.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

All auditions for future shows will be announced on this page. All details will be posted here when they become available.

Do I need an appointment? No, just show up before 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

What should I bring? You should prepare a song (sometimes we have preferences about what kind of song, noted in the audition announcement), and you should bring a legible copy of the piano music for our accompanist, in the key you want.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: If you want our accompanist to play your music well, do NOT bring unattached pages of sheet music. Do NOT bring a lead sheet (music with only vocal lines, no piano part). You should either put your music in a three-ring binder or bring a published book. Mark clearly any cuts or changes. If you're bringing a published music book, please break the binding ahead of time so your music lies flat on the music stand. If you put your sheet music into plastic sleeves, make sure the sleeves have a matte finish, not shiny.

Can I sing something from the show? The answer is almost always YES at New Line. Other companies often have different preferences.

Do you want me to sing only 16 bars, or more than that? Our best advice is to find a great piece of music about 32 bars, so we don't have to cut you off if we're running late...

What if I have conflicts with the rehearsal schedule? If you have one or two schedule conflicts, we may be able to make accommodations in the schedule. If it's more than that, we will not cast you.

Can I submit a video audition if I can't make it to the scheduled auditions? No, we do not accept video submissions. We audition only in person, and only on the dates announced.

Do I need a picture and resume? If you have those, bring them. If not, it's not a problem.

I've never worked with New Line before -- can I still get a lead? Yes! We often give leading roles to actors who have not worked with us, and we regularly practice colorblind casting.

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