NEW LINE SEEKS DIVERSE CASTS
FOR CRY-BABY, HEAD OVER HEELS, and URINETOWN;
AUDITIONS JUNE 10 and 17, 2019


New Line Theatre will hold open auditions on two Monday nights, June 10 and 17, 2019, for all three mainstage shows in the company's 2019-2020 season, including Cry-Baby, Head Over Heels, and Urinetown. 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.

New Line is looking for multi-racial casts of intelligent, fearless, singing actors who are willing to take risks onstage. We are very eager to cast actors of color. We do not cast anyone under 17.

Performers should prepare a contemporary theatre song, in rock or pop style (no R&H, please), with printed piano music for our pianist (no karaoke tracks and no a cappella). We do not accept video auditions. Performers may also be asked to sing from the score. There will be a dance audition. All three shows contain a lot of choreography. 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.

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.

THE SHOWS

All three shows will run twelve performances over four weeks at the Marcelle. Running dates are Sept. 26-Oct. 19 for Cry-Baby; March 5-28 for Head Over Heels; and June 4-27 for Urinetown.

Breakdowns of characters, ages, and vocal ranges, for all three shows, can be found here.

CRY-BABY is a very adult musical comedy about wayward youth, juvenile delinquents, sexual repression, cool music, dirty lyrics, social rejects, and the power of rock and roll. At the center of this world are the star-crossed lovers, Cry-Baby and the square rich girl Allison, just a good girl who yearns to be bad in Cry-Baby's arms. Fueled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky clean boyfriend Baldwin to become a "drape" (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby's moll. At the other end of the topsy-turvy moral meritocracy of 1954 America, Baldwin as the king of the squares leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents, who are ultimately arrested for arson, sending the drapes all off to prison. It's Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats. Cry-Baby has a score -- half rockabilly, half old-school Broadway -- by David Javerbaum (The Daily Show) and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on John Waters' classic indie film. O'Donnell and Meehan also adapted John Waters' Hairspray for the musical stage. The role of Hatchet Face has been cast. Read more about the show here.

HEAD OVER HEELS is the wild new musical comedy that mashes together 2010s sexual politics, a 16th-century source novel, a story set in ancient Greece, and the songs of the 1980s all-girl pop-punk quintet, the Go-Go’s. Head Over Heels is a fantasy and celebration of nonconformity, and the original production put its casting where its mouth was with an ensemble that was diverse in race, gender, and size. We hope to do the same with the New Line cast. The show contains an enormous amount of choreography. Read more about the show here.

URINETOWN is an hilariously subversive fable of greed, corruption, love, revolution, and urination, in a dystopian near-future when water is worth its weight in gold and there's no such thing as a free pee. Inspired by the outrageous political theatre of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill (Threepenny Opera), and (very) loosely based on the writings of late eighteenth-century political and economic theorist Thomas Malthus, Urinetown is a dead-serious, gloriously silly, irreverently truthful satire, a show that catapulted musical comedy into the new millennium with its rule-shattering tear through the traditions and conventions of musical theatre. Read more about the show here.

REHEARSALS

New Line rehearses on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., plus every night the week the show opens. Most rehearsals are at First Congregational Church of St. Louis, in Clayton. Dance rehearsals are at the Marcelle Theater. For Head Over Heels, the schedule will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons.

Rehearsals begin in early August for our October show; in early January for our March show; and in early April for our June show.

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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