Audition for the Next Best Show Hitting NYC – THE FEATHER DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE WING

Through the perfect elixir of poetry, song, and dance The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing my new play with music reimagines the fall of Lucifer described in scripture. The piece brings into fantasy a sister who ultimately takes Lucifer’s place as heaven’s new minister of music and a jealous brother who cannot be trusted to keep her secrets. This new work is being featured at none other than New York’s acclaimed Signature Theatre in May 2018 as a part of Columbia University’s Playwrights’ Thesis Festival. Book your audition appointment today for auditions!

CASTING:

NON-AEA ACTORS ONLY. AGES 18+. My team and I are looking for a diverse cast of athletically built actors with excellent singing and dancing ability. A good ear for a capella, vocal improvisation ability, and a strong sense of rhythm are key. Actors must also be willing to wear fitted costumes and body paint. We also seek elegant, strong vocalists for our vocal orchestra. Note: Vocal orchestra members will have a less rigorous rehearsal schedule and perform in dress attire.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

  1. Lucifer (Lead) – Male. Tenor. Exceptional singer & dancer. Bold. Intellectual. Cunning. Heaven’s minister of music until he vows to forever be at odds with God.
  2. Lehabim (Lead) — Soprano. Exceptional singer & dancer. Lucifer’s beloved sister. Maternal. Heaven’s second minister of music.
  3. Luz (Lead) — Bass. Exceptional singer and dancer. Lucifer’s brother. Muscular. Bigger than life presence that fills the room. Heaven’s third minister of music.
  4. Amana (Lead) – Female. Soprano or Alto. Good singer & dancer. The one who listens while others simply hear. Extremely intelligent.
  5. Abdeel (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. Good singer & dancer. The garrulous angel who always supports and encourages others.
  6. Abdon (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. Good singer & dancer. The angel who is the unassuming instigator.
  7. Abiah (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. Good singer and dancer. The wild card. Chill. Laid back.
  8. Phim /Adam (Supporting) – Male. Tenor, Bass, or Baritone. PHIM: Sera’s twin brother. A mystical angel who speaks primarily through dance. Exceptional dancer. Double cast as Adam. ADAM: The first man created. Tenor, bass, or baritone. Exceptional dancer.The first man God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
  9. Sera / Eve (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. SERA: Phim’s twin sister. Also a mystical angel who speaks primarily through dance. Exceptional dancer. Double cast as Eve. EVE: The first woman created. Exceptional dancer.
  10. Vocal Orchestra – Males & Females. Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses, and Baritones. Exceptional singing ability. Elegant. Distinguished. Poised.

AUDITION DETAILS: Appointment only. Ten minute slots.

  • Dates & Locations:
    • Friday, February 23rd 12PM – 6PM
      • Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
      • 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
    • Saturday, February 24th 9AM – 3PM
      • Riverside Church, Room 12T
      • 490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027
      • Use the 91 Claremount Ave. entrance
      • Click here for directions
    • Sunday, February 25th 11AM – 3PM (CALLBACKS)
      • Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
      • 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • What to prepare:
    • 1 minute of a song of your choice from any of the following genres: Contemporary, RnB, Folk, Indie, or Gospel. Theatre songs are permissible as well. No musical accompaniment permitted.
    • Prepare a 30 second to 1 minute dance sequence that showcases your range of ability and technique. Musical accompaniment can be used for this portion of the audition. NOTE: This does not apply to those auditioning for the VOCAL ORCHESTRA
    • For those auditioning for an acting role, the rest of auditions will consist of cold reads and dance/movement exercises
    • Please wear fitted athletic clothing with a polished appearance and shoes that allow you to dance. If you are AUDITIONING FOR VOCAL ORCHESTRA ONLY, simply wear something polished.
    • Bring a printed copy of your headshot and resume
    • Arrive ten minutes early to complete paperwork

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:

  1. Email Director Ayvaunn Penn: PennSpeaks[at]gmail.com
  2. In the subject line write: “Audition, THE FEATHER – [Role(s) Seeking]”
  3. Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available. NOTE: You must be available for the full callback audition time.
  4. Attach PDF of your Headshot & Resume
  5. Only audition if you are available for the full callback time and the entire production schedule.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

  • April 4, 2018 – May 7, 2018
    • Sundays 12 – 5PM
    • Mondays off
    • Tuesdays – Fridays 5:30 – 9:30PM
    • Saturdays 10AM – 3:00PM
    • TECH REHEARSAL
      • May 8th 9AM – 6PM at Signature Theatre
    • With the exception of the tech rehearsal above, all rehearsals will be at or in the area of the Columbia University Campus

SHOW DATES & LOCATION:

  • May 9th at 2:30PM
  • May 11th at 8PM
  • May 12th at 2:30PM
  • All shows are at Signature Theatre

*Dates and times may change due to creative team schedules and/or rehearsal space availability.

Auditions, rehearsals, and shows will be filmed and photographed for student archive and promotional purposes.

NOTE: Because this is student work, this is a non-paid opportunity.

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Feeding Your Inner Spirit with Your Inner Artist – FREE Classes in Theatre, Dance, & Song (NYC)

Prepare to engage the Bible through acting, dance, and/or song through the class of your choice while also relaxing the body and nurturing the spirit. Using scripture for inspiration, classes will develop a short piece of performance art live in the room. Under my instruction, get ready to not only meditate on scripture but activate it with your body and retain it through stimulation of your imagination through art forms integral to theatre.

DATE: Saturday, January 20, 2018
LOCATION: Columbia University Schapiro Studio
605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
REGISTRATION STARTS: January 5, 2018
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Register for FREE by clicking the classes below!

Class Descriptions

DEVISED THEATRE

  • Skill Level: Any
  • Age Level: 18+
  • This Class is For: People of any skill level who want to engage the Bible through acting
  • Focus: Scripture study, meditation, relaxation, nurturing the spirit, activating the body, stimulating the imagination

DEVISED DANCE

  • Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Age Level: 18+
  • This Class is For: people desiring to explore the Bible though dance. You do not have to be a trained dancer to enjoy this class. However, dance experience is a plus.
  • Focus: Using dance to aid in understanding and retaining scriptural messages; relaxation; nurturing the spirit; activating the body; stimulating the imagination

DEVISED SONG

  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Age Level: 18+
  • This Class is For: People excited to use singing to explore and delve deeper into the Bible. You do not have to be a trained singer to enjoy this class. However, your singing ability should range from good to exceptional. If you do not profess to be a singer or feel comfortable singing around others or in public, you probably will not be comfortable in this course.
  • Focus: As a group, improvising song from scripture to aid in understanding and retaining Biblical passages; scripture study; relaxation; nurturing the spirit; and activating the body

What Does “Devised” Mean?

In terms of performing arts, “devised” is used to refer to works that are developed collaboratively. Such works can be inspired by anything. Using scripture for inspiration, “Inner Spirit Inner Artist” classes focus on building a short piece of performance art developed live in the room from the contributions of participants. ~

NOTE: “INNER SPIRIT INNER ARTIST” IS A PART OF RESEARCH I’M CONDUCTING IN THE THESIS YEAR OF MY MASTER OF FINE ARTS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST: COMPLETE A COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS – THEATRE “HOLD HARMLESS” FORM PRIOR TO CLASS PARTICIPATION; FILL OUT A SURVEY AT THE END OF EACH CLASS THEY PARTICIPATE IN; AND AGREE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED AND FILMED FOR AYVAUNN PENN’S ARCHIVAL AND PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES. 

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Upcoming Event: My latest play The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far From the Wing, A Play with Music opens May 9, 2018 at the prestigious Signature Theatre. Enter your email address in the “Follow” section to receive updates on auditions and show times.