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The Details:


What: We are holding an OPEN audition day for Equity AND non-Equity performers for the Astoria Performing Arts Center‘s production of RAISIN.

When: Thursday March 9th, 2017 from 1 PM to 9 PM

Where: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd) Astoria, NY 11102. Directions: Take the N/Q to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave toward the Trade Fair Supermarket, continue past Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens. Turn left on Crescent Street, then right on 30th Rd. The entrance is the second set of red doors on your left – if that changes, a sign will be posted at those doors, directing you to where you should go. If you drive, only street parking is available. View on Googlemaps

How: Electronic registration is now open! To attend, please CAREFULLY follow the 3 steps below.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text el_class=”steps”]

Step 1


Register for our Electronic Audition Registration System (or retrieve your login information if you have previously used our system.) You may register now and should absolutely have your account information in order as soon as possible.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text el_class=”steps”]

Step 2


Once you’ve created (or retrieved) your login, please visit audition.michaelcassara.net (appointments are first-come, first-served – if times do not appear, check back often as people may release their time slot). Historically, many times tend to free up the night before/morning of the audition – but we will be taking the site down around 10 AM on the day-of.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text el_class=”steps”]

Step 3


Upon successful registration, you will be e-mailed a confirmation and instructions. It will also appear on the website; we encourage you to print or save these instructions, in case your e-mail confirmation does not reach you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text el_class=”important-notes”]

Some Important Notes:


1) If you do NOT get a timeslot, we will see same-day standby/alternate performers AS TIME PERMITS. PRIORITY is given to those who successfully registered, but feel free to come and we will try to get you in as soon as possible.

2) This is a voluntary/non-required open call. Equity and non-Equity performers are treated with the same priority. Best efforts will be made to get in anyone who’d like to audition, but our major preference goes to people who have signed up using our system. If you don’t get assigned a timeslot on your first attempt, please check back – as times are often released throughout the process.

3) We have been offering online sign-ups like this one since 2010. As a reminder, there’s always the potential for the unexpected glitch. In case something goes wrong, our Facebook page will have the latest updates and information as things progress. We anticipate smooth-sailing, but appreciate your patience and understanding should we hit any bumps along the way.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text el_class=”bring-prepare”]

What to Bring:


  • Headshot
  • Your Resume
  • Sheet Music

What to Prepare:


Please prepare about 16 bars (30-45 seconds) of a jazz/blues/musical theater song in the style of the show. You may sing a song from the show if you like.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1964″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class=”more-info”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

More Information About The Production

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]V/T: Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC)

AEA Showcase Code

AEA $350 total project stipend

Producer: Astoria Performing Arts Center (Jessica Bathurst, Executive Director; Dev Bondarin, Artistic Director)

Based on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Book: Robert Nemiroff & Charlotte Zaltzberg

Music: Judd Woldin

Lyrics: Robert Brittan

Director: Dev Bondarin

Musical Director: Darius Smith

Choreographer: Tamrin Goldberg

Casting: Michael Cassara, CSA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_class=”rehearsals-performances”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]



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[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][WALTER LEE YOUNGER] African-American, male, 30s, B2-A4, bari-tenor. Father to Travis, husband to Ruth, and son of Lena. Stubborn, energetic, and strong willed, he loves his family and strives for what he considers a better life. Is at odds with his mother over the use of his late father’s insurance money and wants to open a liquor store to so that he doesn’t have to drive a limo anymore. Ultimately, he chooses to stand up in the face prejudice to change the course of the family’s life.

[LENA YOUNGER] African-American, female, late 40s-50s, G3-C5, alto. The matriarch of the Younger family. With pride and hope, she cares for her family and wants to use the insurance money to purchase a new family home in the white neighborhood of Clybourne Park. Is sometimes at odds with her children but loves them fervently.

[RUTH YOUNGER] African-American, female, late 20s­30s, A3-E5, mezzo-soprano. Walter’s wife and Travis’s mom. Takes care to keep her house upright both literally and emotionally. She is a calming presence among the members of the family but has dreams of her own. Spars with her husband but loves him deeply.

[BENEATHA YOUNGER] African-American, female, early 20s, Bb3-D5, mezzo-soprano. Walter’s younger sister and Lena’s daughter. Studying to be a doctor and longs to leave the family home to have her own space and life. Wooed by Joseph Asagai.

[TRAVIS YOUNGER] African-American, male,10-12, B3-Eb5, Eb2-F4. pop alto/unchanged voice is ideal. Walter and Ruth’s son. A precocious, smart youngster who aims to please but is not afraid to speak his mind.

[JOSEPH ASAGAI] African-American, male, 20s, Bb2-D4, baritone. A student from Africa studying in Chicago. A engaging suitor who entices Beneatha with talk of his homeland.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][KARL LINDNER] Caucasian, male, late 30s-50s. A representative from the Clybourne Park neighborhood association. Visits the Youngers to try to buy them out and preclude the family from moving.

[BOBO JONES/ENSEMBLE] African-American, male, 30s-50s, Eb3-F4, bari-tenor. A friend of Walter’s. Intends to start a business with with Walter and Willie Harris. (Will also be a member of the ensemble.)

[WILLIE HARRIS/ENSEMBLE] African-American, male, 30s-40s, B2-Eb4. A friend of Walter’s. A slick sort, who seemingly intends to start a business with Walter and Bobo, but steals their money instead. (Will also be a member of the ensemble.)

[MRS. JOHNSON/ENSEMBLE] African-American, female, 40s, B3-C#5. A neighborhood busybody who solos in the large church number. Lives with the Youngers. (Will also be a member of the ensemble.)

[ALTHEA/ENSEMBLE] African-American, female, 30s-40s, B3-Eb5. The proprietress of the neighborhood bar. Enjoys palling around with the customers. (Will also be a member of the ensemble.)

[PREACHER/ENSEMBLE] African-American, male, 30s-40s, tenor/gospel. Church preacher. Solos in the large church number. (Will also be a member of the ensemble.)

[ENSEMBLE] African-American, male and female performers, any age (18+). Denizens of the southside of Chicago. Will play commuters, neighbors, parishioners, folks at the bar, and members of an African fantasy. (Ability to make strong character choices is a plus.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]