Audition – “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”

Auditions for musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”

Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) announces auditions for the musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” written by Joe DiPietro with music by Jimmy Roberts.  The show calls for a strong ensemble cast of four actors—two men and two women–who play a total of 58 characters ages 30 to 80. Characters can be any ethnicity and all actors are encouraged to audition.

SYNOPSIS:  “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a witty exploration of everything you ever secretly thought about sex, dating and marriage–but were afraid to admit. This musical comedy is a funny, fast-paced series of songs and vignettes about the trials and tribulations of people trying to connect in the modern world. The scenes basically stand independent of each other, but progress in a fashion designed to suggest an overall arc of relationships throughout the course of life, from dating through marriage, children and old age. While it is a satirical musical revue, it must also be played for the emotional truthfulness of each scenario.

Performances are at BAT in Burien from Feb. 13 through March 22, 2015 on the weekends.  Rehearsals begin in earnest in early January, although there will be about 5 days of rehearsal in December—specific dates will depend on cast and director schedules and will work around the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Auditions are Wednesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callback are Sunday, Nov. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. There may be additional callbacks on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 2:30 to 6 p.m.  for those who can’t attend on Nov. 16.

The stage director is Jane Ryan.

$100 stipend provided.

Please prepare a  one-minute contemporary comedic monologue and two short (24-32 bars each) contrasting songs (serious/comedy, ballad/patter), one of which should highlight your vocal range. Bring written music in your key for accompanist, as well as resume and headshot. A cappella is discouraged. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script and working with music from the show.

Please make audition, 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at BAT, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. DIRECTIONS

Character Descriptions/Requirements

The actors play a total of 58 characters. A few of those characters are soppy parents, quarrelling lovers, egotistical one-night stands and senior romantics. So the actors must be versatile and have strong comic timing. All four must be capable of singing both strong solos and close harmonies. Ability to read music and sing some songs a cappella is essential.

WOMAN 1 – female – late 20s to early 30s.  Soprano–low A to Bb.

WOMAN 2 – female – late 20s to early 40s.  Alto–low F# to Db.

MAN 1 – male – late 20s to late 30s. Bari-tenor—middle C to Ab.

MAN 2 – male – late 20s to early 40s. Baritone—lower Db to upper Gb.

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Bob’s party prep

“Bob’s Holiday Office Party” is well under way. It has been said a lot but theater is magical. At this point of the production the director, stage manager and actors are busily rehearsing. You can hear them when you are in the hallway.

The designers and composer are checking in with drawings, scores and samples. The prop hunt is underway. Measurements are taken for costumes. Sounds are coming together, and the lights are down and beginning to go back up. It is a beehive of activity all with one goal: to put on the best show possible. To engage you in an adventure that will stick with you after you leave BAT.

By the time Bob’s closes over 80- people will have volunteered to do something on the show. Many hands make better live theater.

Get your tickets now to “Bobs Holiday Office Party.”

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Sometimes it’s the little things

Sometimes it’s the little things.IMG_0183 IMG_0184

Left over from the fire (join BAT for Fire Watch 2014, on December 10) was some torn tile in the hallway. Thanks to the contractor for the fire repairs, Belfor Property Restoration, that possible tripping hazard was fixed today.

It made me smile. Like I said, sometimes it’s the little things.

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Thank you donors!

Thank you! BAT donors are the most wonderful people. They give so there is better live CharitableTaxDeductiontheater for everyone.

Donating to the theater and the arts is a long and noble tradition. The arts have always needed patrons. As Wikipedia, the most trusted place in the internet(?), says, “Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings, popes and the wealthy have provided to artists such as musicians, painters, and sculptors.”

BAT donors are in the ranks with kings, popes and the wealthy. Not that you have to be a king, pope or even wealthy to donate to BAT. Every donation, no matter how large or how small means the world to BAT.

Recently, two BAT donors agreed to match the first $10,000 BAT earned during “Out of Sterno” as part of BAT’s “Raise the Royalties” campaign. The deadline came and went. BAT did not reach $10,000. But the most wonderful people in the world donated $6,089.44, all of which will be matched! There are not enough words to thank everyone.

Next up at BAT is “Bob’s Holiday Office Party.” TICKETS This office party goes where few have gone before. Come and laugh away your Holiday stress.

It is not to late to plan your year-end charitable donations. Keep BAT in your Holiday giving plans. BAT is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, so your charitable giving is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. DONATE ONLINE


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First design meeting for “Bob’s Office Holiday Party”

Last night was the first designer meeting for “Bob’s Holiday Office Party.” It was great fun. The designers are full of ideas and the show is on its way. I know, the current production “Out of Sterno” is not even over quite yet. There is just one weekend left. Get tickets HERE.

At the deign meeting we heard from Albie the set designer. His drawings got us all excited and ready to start the build. There are some tweaks to be made, but wow.

Cyndi is all over the props. We are all looking in our basements and garages for those hard to find items. If we don’t have them, then BAT will ask its volunteers. If still no, then on to the rest of the world.

Allan is composing a original music for the show. We got a chance to see a little of it. (Saw the score, that is.)

As a very special treat, it looks as though some of this will be played live. Can’t wait to see if that comes true.

We all also got a lesson on composing and music theory. Not to much, but enough to see where Allan’s design is heading.

Everyone added their thoughts and even those without full presentations were offering suggestions and support.

Overseeing all of this was Iisah, the director. He shared his vision, but gave the designers room to create. It appeared though that everyone was on the same page, if not the same line.

Long and short, before one project is done (“Out of Sterno”), another is underway. As the production company, that is just the way BAT likes it. As a BAT-fan you should be smiling too.

When this many talented people gather in one room, the energy if palpable, and the show will be great.

It not too early to secure your tickets HERE.

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A Photographer’s view

A view from a a photographer.  Sharing his blog.

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“Out of Sterno” photos!

Take a look at photos from “Out of Sterno” HERE.

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“Out of Sterno” music

BAT has gotten a number of positive comments about the music in “Out of Sterno.” It is all web-art-Sternopart of what is often called sound design. Sound design is made up typically of three parts: pre-show, intermission and post-show music; sound effects; and scene change music.

For “Out of Sterno” Allan Loucks wrote and performed an original score for the pre-show and intermission. This was such a treat. Allan’s music sets the mood for the entire show. He hit the nail on the head. By the time the show starts, you are already in Sterno and Dottie’s world.

The sound effects are typically called for in the script. In this show the internal sound effects were built from a library of sounds. These are things like the thunder, rain, the door ring and such. A little of this and a little of that and you have a storm. I have a library of sounds and I am a member of a sound sharing site. On that site, I upload sounds I have recorded in exchange for being able to download sounds others have uploaded. It a site for Foley artists.

Finally, there is the scene change music. During “Out of Sterno” this has gotten a number of good comments. On one level scene change music is just to cover the noise created by moving scenery. Hopefully it also moves the storyline forward, or at least does not take the audience out of the show. On another level scene change music can retell or foretell what happened on stage. Or it can just entertain.

“Out of Sterno” has some fun scene change music. Here are a couple of examples.

For “Out of Sterno” I started with the theme that Dottie’s world is both familiar and foreign. Then I set a few rules for the music: any music had to be familiar to at least some, if not a large portion of the audience. Next, it had to be somehow foreign or not what one expects. For example, “Take Five” performed on a sitar. Or “All You Need Is Love” on vibes. Like Dottie’s world, very familiar and comforting, but not quite what we expect. I also tried to choose music that moved the plot forward.

When the directors first heard the music, I was worried. Did the music conform to the rules? Would it be acceptable? Did I share their vision (or drink their kool-aid as the case me be).

Based on the feed back so far, the sound design in “Out of Sterno” works.

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Good tax news for artists

The Tax Court, yes there is such a thing, ruled that you do not need  make a full time living from your art to take advantage of the tax breaks related to being in the business of art.  Check out the story.

Please do not rely upon this site for your tax advice.  Consult and expert (ask if you can write off the professional advice as an expense).

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Albie’s Angels

When you see “Out of Sterno” you’ll get to see one of the wonders of theater: stagehands.  They create and rearrange the world.  Then, as soon as there is a plot point, they change the world again.  Often stagehands work in anonymity in the dark, but in “Out of Sterno” Albie Clementi’s set made them stars.  The stagehands entertain, visually filling the scene changes with their magic.  They are lit, it’s black light, but light nevertheless.  Here three of the stagehands, Blia Xiong, Barbara Cawley and Madeleine Winward pose with Albie:  Albie’s Angels.


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