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Enlightened Theatrics 2019-20 Season

Enlightened Theatrics is excited to begin accepting video submissions for our upcoming musical,                          First Date (5 Actor Version)!

CASTING: Enlightened Theatrics seeks actors with the skill set to tell truthful and engaging stories.  We strive to hire actors that reflect and represent human diversity and we encourage and welcome actors of all ethnicities, sizes, backgrounds, and abilities to audition.

What to Present: 1 minute of a Comedic Uptempo song (pop/rock) 1 minute of a Power Ballad song (pop/rock) Be sure to pick songs that really show us a little bit of you and your personality, not just your skills and abilities.  Neither song needs to be from a musical.  Both songs MUST tell a great story that you connect to personally.

Submissions Deadline:  6pm, Wednesday November 27th. Send to and include headshot and resume. Callback:  1-5pm, Saturday December 14th | Salem’s Historic Grand, 187 High Street NE Salem, OR 97301

January 14th through February 14th Weekdays from 4-10pm Weekends between 1pm and 10pm
(no longer than 8 hours per day)
No rehearsal on Mondays
Tech: February 15th - 17
Friday, February 14th: Dry Tech at theatre, rehearsal at YMCA, 5-10pm
Saturday, February 15th: Tech, 11am-11pm (10 of 12)
Sunday, February 16th: Tech/Dress, 11am-11pm (10 of 12, dress rehearsal in evening)
Monday, February 17th: Dress, 4pm-11pm
Tuesday, February 18th: DARK

Wednesday, February 19th: 4pm call, Photoshoot 5-7pm, 7:30pm preview performance, talkback and notes to follow
Thursday, February 20th: 5pm call, 7:30pm preview performance, talkback and notes to follow

Performances: February 21st through March 15th
Thursday through Saturdays at 7:30, call at 6:30pm
Sundays at 2:30pm, call at 1:30pm

SYNOPSIS:  When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.

Aaron Late 20s-30s male. Tenor. New Yorker. Jewish investment banker. He has never been on a blind date before. Out of his element, nervous, and trying way too hard.

Casey Late 20s-30s, female. Great belt/mix voice. Daring, bold, and delightfully controversial. All as a defense mechanism.

Man #1 (Gabe / Reggie / Aaron’s Future Son / Google Backup / Stoner Guy / Friendly Therapist) 20s  - 30s; Male, any ethnicity.
GABE is the mega dude/womanizer. Has every answer to every question about women that has ever been asked. And probably has a catch phrase to go with that answer. Aaron's best friend since childhood.
REGGIE is Casey's fabulously fierce gay and over-imaginative best friend. Easily sent into a tailspin of jealousy, paranoia, and drama.
Aaron and Casey’s FUTURE SON: A premonition of the future; confused whether to follow Judaism or Catholicism, Rapper.

Woman #1 (Grandma Ida / Lauren / Allison / Google Girl / Female with Megaphone / Aaron’s Mother)25 - 40, Female, belt/mix with soprano. Casey's sister,
GRANDMA IDA is Aaron's dead grandmother, who feels strongly that her grandson should marry a Jewish woman.
LAUREN is happily (somewhat) married to her highly successful husband, Kevin, and wonders out loud why Casey can't break her bad habits and learn how to catch a winner. Constantly trying to fix Casey, Lauren is more concerned with listening to her own advice than actually helping her sister.
ALLISON: Aaron’s ex-fiancé. Gorgeous, sexy, uptight, conservative, controlling, manipulative. Must have great belt and some soprano.
AARON’S MOTHER: An absentee mother, regretful sings duet with Aaron- “The Things I Never Said”

Man #2 (Waiter / Casey’s Christian Father / Blaze / Google Backup / British Artist) Late 20s - 30s, Tenor. 
A career WAITER, who dabbles with songwriting and performing on the side. A romantic. He wants nothing more than for love to blossom in his restaurant. A closet poet as well.
CASEY'S FATHER is a stereotype super-Christian, praising the Easter Bunny and denouncing Judaism.
EDGY ROCKER/BRITISH GUY are bad boys from Casey's past. Cocky and neglectful, they are overcompensating.