Seeking Performers of Color – 12/12 Auditions!

THE FLEA SEEKS PERFORMERS OF COLOR FOR TWO HIP HOP MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS

Our theater seeks performers of color for two hip-hop musical productions at The Flea this spring: ms. estrada by the Q Brothers Collective and directed by Michelle Tattenbaum and LOCKED UP BITCHES by Catya McMullen with music by Scott Klopfenstein, directed and choreographed by Michael Raine.

Note that getting cast in either production means joining The Flea’s resident volunteer acting company, The Bats. The Bats are a core group of artists who both perform in The Flea’s productions and support the company through volunteering in all aspects of making theater. If cast you will be eligible to audition for all Flea shows and participate in all readings, workshops, and additional programming including our popular late night series, SERIALS.

ms. estrada Synopsis
The boys at Acropolis U are too preoccupied with the Greek Games to treat their ladies right. But fierce feminist goddess, Liz Estrada, rallies her besties to take a stand – and campus chaos ensues. A Hip-Hop remix of Aristophanes’ classic comedy, ms. estrada may well be the Girl Anthem of 2018.

ms. estrada Breakdown
HARRY STEFANI (and as cast): Seeking a male identifying performer of color in their 20s or 30s to play the President of Acropolis U Alumni Association, Founder of the Tappa Kegga Alpha frat.  A sleazy corporate raider or venture capitalist.  Super rich and wants everyone to know it.  He gets off on wielding control over others.  Will also double as ensemble/college student.

HERMAN: Seeking a male identifying performer of color in their 20s or 30s to play Limpita’s boyfriend, Student at Acropolis U. Gamer nerd.  Sweet and ineffectual.  Loves all things nerd culture.

ms. estrada Key Dates
Rehearsal: Tuesday, January 23rd – Saturday March 10th
Tech: Saturday, March 11th – Wednesday, March 21st
Performances: Thursday, March 22nd – Monday, April 30th
Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., @ 7 pm Sun. @ 3 pm

LOCKED UP BITCHES Synopsis
When Pipsy, a pedigree cocker spaniel, lands at the Bitchfield Animal Shelter, she becomes the center of a turf war between the dogs and the cats. Initially a long running #serialattheflea, LOCKED UP BITCHES is a sweet, psychotic, queer, and outrageously funny hip hop musical parody of a certain Netflix women’s prison drama.

LOCKED UP BITCHES Breakdown
Sofurry: Seeking a male identifying or trans actor of color with drag experience. Must be a strong dancer and singer with a high pop tenor. Sofurry is a kind and generous care-taker for the members of her gang, and sings a cover of “Dream On.”

Feelaca: Seeking a male or male identifying LatinX performer. Feelaca is strong and tough, ready to fight to defend her family. She speaks exclusively in rhythm, so strong beat boxing skills are required. Basic dance skills are a plus.

Pouty B****: Seeking a male or male identifying actor of color with strong comedic and clowning skills. PB only speaks in whines and whimpers, so the ability to communicate story without language is required. Basic dance skills are a plus. Feelane: Seeking a female identifying actor of color with strong singing, dancing, rapping and comedic skills. Feelane is the minion to Pawsatucky, she does what she is told to help bring about Cat Rapture. Through an unseen turn of events, she becomes the embodiment of Pusiris: a powerful ancient ruler and lord of all cats.

LOCKED UP BITCHES Key Dates
Rehearsal: Sunday, January 21st – Sunday, February 18th
Tech Cycle One: Sunday, February 19 – Wednesday, Febraury 21st
Cycle One Performances: Wednesday, February 21st – Saturday,  March 10th
Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat. @ 9 pm Fri., Sat. @ 11 pm
Cycle Two Tech: Monday, April 9th – Wednesday, April 11th
Cycle Two Performances: Wednesday, April 11th – Saturday, April 28th
Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat. @ 9 pm Fri., Sat. @ 11 pm

How to Audition and What To Prepare
Auditions will be taking place on Tuesday, 12/12 with callbacks on Wednesday, 12/13.   Please prepare 60 seconds or so of a rap, and sixteen bars of a song (to be sung a capella). Please submit current headshot and resume to casting@theflea.org for consideration. Please indicate which roles you would like to submit for. All performers will be under consideration for both productions.

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