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Esther, A New Musical
Music and Lyrics by Glenna Bowman and Thomas Azar
Book by Glenna Bowman & Matthew Shead
A stage reading to be presented February 10, 2018, at Zach Theatre's Kleberg Stage.
Set in Ancient Persia, Esther, A New Musical is the tale of a young Jewish woman who dreams of traveling the world. But when the king's anti-Semitic advisor conscripts young virgins from across the land to choose a new queen, Esther finds herself unwillingly at the center of the king's court, where she discovers the most important choices in life are often those we make when we are out of options.
This original work will be presented as a stage reading. Actors will present the entire show, including dialogue and songs, but without sets or full costumes. Audience members will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the show that could impact future development work.
(All cast members may be asked to perform ensemble roles/songs, as needed.)
Hadassah (Esther) - 19 years old, beautiful, trustworthy (Soprano)
Suri - 15 years old, sweet, funny, loyal (Alto)
Dalia - 7 years old, a little shy, devoted
Juily - Mid-40s, motherly, takes care of Esther, Suri and Dalia
Zeresh - Mid-50s, Haman's wife, manipulative
Amira - 18 years old, Haman's daughter, beautiful, haughty
Ensemble - Up to 3; will play a variety of roles, including: Egyptian, Hindush and Jewish characters; and harem virgins
Mordecai - 40 years old, pragmatic, confident, kind (Bari-tenor)
King Xerxes - 35 years old, charming, confident (Baritone)
Haman - Mid-50s, Manipulative (Baritone)
Harbona - King Xerxes' bodyguard, strong, highly intelligent
Hathak - Eunuch in charge of concubines, easily unnerved, but capable
Hegai - Eunuch in charge of virgins, happy, loves fashion and beauty car
Ensemble - Up to 3; will play a variety of roles, including Commander, Persian Nobles (Memucan, Tarshish and Shethar), Tamir (Jewish father), Bigthan and Teresh (king's guards/conspirators); Haman's Sons, harem eunuchs)
PERFORMANCE STIPEND (commensurate with role and experience), starting at $100
AUDITION DATES and TIMES
Monday, Dec 4th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec 8th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 9th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Manchaca United Methodist Church
1011 Farm to Market 1626, Manchaca, TX 78652
(at the corner of Manchaca Rd and FM 1626)
WHAT TO PREPARE FOR AUDITION
- One 1-minute monologue that best represents your acting ability
- 16 bars or approximately 30 seconds of music (must provide sheet music in your key). A piano accompanist will be provided
- Headshot and resume.
December 12, 2017
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE DATES
Dec 12 - Jan 13, Individual Rehearsals with Principals (specific dates TBD)
Early Jan (TBD), 6-9:30 pm, Full Cast Orientation / Initial Read-Through
Jan 14 - Feb 4, Rehearsals (2-3 rehearsals per week)
Feb 5, 6-10 pm, Tech Rehearsal
Feb 6, 6-10 pm, Tech Rehearsal, with band
Feb 9, 6-10 pm, Dress Rehearsal, with band
Feb 10, 5-10 pm, Performance Night
Zach Theatre, Kleberg Stage
(at Lamar and Riverside, behind the Zach Topfer Theatre)