Auditions - SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY, PART 2

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Chatterbox Audio Theater announces open auditions for its upcoming recording of Spoon River Anthology, Part 2, directed by Robert Arnold. Details below.

While auditions are virtual, please note that in order to participate, you must be present in person in our Memphis, TN studio during one of the dates listed below.

Good luck!

Show

Spoon River Anthology, Part 2
by Edgar Lee Masters
Directed by Robert Arnold
The deceased residents of Spoon River, Illinois, reflect on their lives, recounting their stories from beyond the grave. Together, they paint a picture of a quintessential American town at the turn of the 20th century. Part 2 of 5.

Recording Dates

To participate in this project, you only need to be available for one of the following dates and times:

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 7, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Sunday, May 15, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Recording will take place in person at Chatterbox Audio Theater's studio, 639 Marshall Ave, Memphis, TN 38103. Scheduled dates are firm and no rescheduling can be considered after the show is cast. If you cannot be present in person at Chatterbox’s studio during at least one of these dates, please do not submit an audition.

Poems

The full text of Spoon River Anthology is available from Bartleby.com. Part 2 will include poems #51 (Lois Spears) through #100 (Paul McNeely). Note that there are different editions of the work, so be sure to use the above link.

None of the poems from #51 through #100 have been cast or recorded except:

#51 Lois Spears
#58 Sam Hookey

Process

Record yourself reading up to two poems between poem #51 and poem #100.

  • Recording and emailing a sound file with a smartphone is pretty simple. Look for online tutorials if you need help.
  • Try to record in as quiet a space as possible; however, sound quality is not a consideration in your audition.
  • If you have performed (not just auditioned) with Chatterbox previously, submitting recordings is optional -- but it is recommended if you are interested in portraying a particular character.

Email your recorded lines to bob@chatterboxtheater.org. (Questions about auditions may be sent to the same address.) For the subject line, use “Spoon River Part 2 audition - [Your Name]”

In the body of the email:

  • Include your name, phone number, and email address.
  • List your in-person availability for the above dates and times. Please do not list preferences -- simply let us know if you are available or unavailable for each of the five dates.
  • Indicate whether you would consider roles other than the one(s) you are reading for.

If you are cast, you will only be asked to attend one recording session. However, the greater your availability, the more options we will have for scheduling you.

Auditions close on Tuesday, April 19 at midnight.

Performance

We are looking for realistic, subtle, truthful performances that convey the sorrows and joys of these characters' lives. The Spoon River citizens' stories are dramatic enough already, so be careful not to overplay. Please use your natural voice -- no accents or character voices.

Roles will be cast without regard to race or ethnicity.

We strongly recommend that you listen to Part 1 to understand the tone of the piece.