The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey will be holding AEA and AEA/EMC auditions for its musical production of Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly on Monday, March 19th at 7:00 PM.
Book, music and lyrics by Joan Cushing; and based on the books by Doreen Cronin and illustrations by Harry Bliss – the production is under the direction of Lori B. Lawrence, the Growing Stage’s Director of Educational Programming, with musical direction by Laura Petrie. The call is open and will run from 7 to 9 PM. All auditioning should have a song prepared with printed accompaniment that should be no longer than sixteen measures and reading from the script.
“Is Spider getting too big for his own skin? Will Fly find her superhero powers in time to save her Aunt Rita from peril? Will Worm learn to stand on his own two feet…even though he doesn‘t have feet? We invite you to take a look at the world from a bug‘s perspective. Perhaps you‘ll see that their lives are not all that different from yours. This world première musical captures all of the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books.”
Diary of a Worm, A Fly and a Spider runs from April 27th to May 20th, with performances on Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. The Growing Stage is a professional member of the Association of Actor’s Equity.
There will be five roles available for AEA artists and one AEA/ASM. Roles include: Worm – male tenor – lacks self-confidence, sensitive, loyal and wants to matter; Spider – male baritone – cocky, sometimes whiny, a techno wizard, and can’t wait to molt; Fly – female, alto/mezzo – full of energy, sincere, and want to be a superhero; the 3 roles that play numerous parts are the Bee – alto, mezzo; Butterfly – soprano; and Ant – baritone.
Rehearsal schedules are generally two or three evenings during the week, and a weekend afternoon. All cast members are expected for all performances, with no exception since the company does not cast understudies. Performers of color, seniors, women, and performers with disabilities are encouraged to attend. An accompanist will be provided.
The Growing Stage Theatre is located in northwestern New Jersey with no regular mass transportation service available. Own transportation is strongly recommended. For additional information, please call (973) 347-4946. The company mailing address is: The Growing Stage, P.O. Box 36, Netcong, New Jersey 07857.