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Hundred Days

Hundred Days
Book by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher, Music and lyrics by The Bengsons
Direction by Kyle Los
Music Direction by Alex Hamel

Open Auditions: Saturday, August 20 from Noon-3pm; Sunday, August 21 from 7-9pm. If these dates/times do not work for your schedule, please contact us at info@atgr.org
Location: 2nd floor of the Spectrum Theater at 160 Fountain NE.
Performance Dates: October 6-9, 13-15

Audition Requirements: Prepare (memorized) 16-32 bars of a song, fitting for the style of the show, that will show off your vocal skills. Due to the nature of the piece, if you desire to accompany yourself on your own instrument, please feel free. Otherwise an accompanist will be provided - bring along sheet music. Headshots and resumés highly encouraged. Please be prepared to list any potential schedule conflicts throughout the rehearsal process.

Covid Requirements: All individuals auditioning must be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Characters:
Hundred Days is a concert-like musical so if actors can play instruments, it is very welcome but not necessary. The band includes: drums, guitar, bass, accordion, keyboard, cello.
All roles are open to individuals of all races, ethnicities, genders, abilities, body sizes, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses. Vocal ranges, despite what is listed in the score, are flexible. Trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer actors highly encouraged to audition. The directing team is dedicated to making it work for the right performers. The story of Hundred Days is beautifully transcendent beyond binary gender constructs. It is rooted in our humanness. Honest storytelling above all else. Names and pronouns used in the script will be altered accordingly.

     "Abigail": Any age, ethnicity, gender. Abigail is a poetic force of raw emotion determined to live intently while also battling deep-rooted, paralyzing fears.
     "Shuan": Any age, ethnicity, gender. Shaun is charisma, warmth, love, respite... A gentle shoulder to lean into while watching the setting sun. 
     "Barrie", "Reggie", "El Beh", "Ashley": These four tracks will be determined through the audition process. They act somewhat as a Greek chorus - storytellers; always present and participating.

 

About the Directors:
Kyle Los (he/him) 
is the Executive and Artistic Director of Actors’ Theatre. His directing credits include Eurydice (Assistant Director) with Grand Rapids Community College, Sweat (Co-Director) and August: Osage County (Assistant Director) with Actors' Theatre, and The Motherfucker with a Hat (Assistant Director) with Mixed Roots Collective. He is serving as Assistant Director with Actors' Theatre's upcoming production of Petty Crimes with director Fred Sebulske. As an actor Kyle has been in numerous shows at Actors’ Theatre (At the TableDisgraced, Other Desert CitiesDogfight,  Venus in FurNext to Normal, Spring Awakening, Reefer Madness: The Musical, and The Sweetest Swing in Baseball) and Circle Theatre, and received Grand Awards for his performances in HairVenus in Fur, and Other Desert Cities.

Alex Hamel (he/him) is very excited to be collaborating again with Actors' Theatre! Previous productions include American IdiotHeathersBloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Burnt Part Boys, and Reefer Madness. Other recent credits: Hair (Music Director - Circle Theatre), Million Dollar Quartet (Carl Perkins - Millbrook Playhouse; Fluke – Mason Street Warehouse), Once (Emcee, Asst MD – Mason Street Warehouse; Asst MD – Grand Rapids Civic Theatre), One Night with Fanny Brice (MD - Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids), and Passing Strange (Asst MD - Actors' Theatre). He also co-composed the original incidental music to Actors' production of RUST.

A multi-instrumentalist based out of Grand Rapids, Alex works primarily in theatre—usually playing the role of drummer; he has found recent focus in the world of Actor-Musicianship (where the cast performs all of the musical accompaniment in addition to stage work.) He has a degree in music from GVSU, and over the years has studied classical percussion and jazz drum set, as well as piano, guitar, music composition, middle eastern percussion and Balinese gamelan. Alex toured the nation several times with Grand Rapids-based performance art troupe Super Happy Funtime, serves on the faculty at GVSU as a dance accompanist, and operates a recording studio business.


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