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BANDSTAND: A Musical
Direction and Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler
Music by Richard Oberacker
Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker
Musical Director: David Kreppel
Casting: Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine

Paper Mill Playhouse
COST Tier 4- Equity Minimum $824/week
Producing Artistic Director: Mark S. Hoebee
Managing Director: Todd Schmidt
Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Parker
Rehearsals o/a August 24th, 2015
First Performance: Thursday, October 8th
Press Opening: Sunday, October 18th
Closing: Sunday, November 8th

Equity Principal Auditions:
Thursday, March 12th
Pearl 500 8th Ave, 4th Floor

10:00-6:00PM
1:30-2:30 Lunch

Please prepare a brief uptempo traditional musical theater song (or something similar) with a jazz or swing feel. For example- Cole Porter, Gershwin, etc. No pop/rock please.

For anyone who is playing an instrument please play a selection of your choice that is period appropriate. Any instrumentalist will have to sing as well, so please also prepare a song to sing without your instrument.
               
Please bring a picture and resume, STAPLED TOGETHER.

Set in 1945, “BANDSTAND” tells the story of a mismatched swing band of military veterans who join together to compete in a national radio contest in New York City with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners.  But with complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of the War that each vet band member carries, going all the way for a win in the contest seems like a dream that may break them more than give them their big break.  The score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940’s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters who make up the band. The show races towards a “live on air” finale that has an emotionally charged and surprise twist ending that requires every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess.

SEEKING:
DONNY NOVITSKI  (mid 20’s) Polish/Italian American.  He is handsome but in an unusual, melting pot way.  He is a gifted musician, both as a pianist and vocalist.  He has a confidence in his talent that can sometimes appear arrogant but he always has the goods to back it up.  He also carries an energy of unrest, of frustration in knowing how much he has to offer musically without the recognition and rewards afforded others.  This can sometimes result in speaking impulsively.  However, there must be in him an inherent likeability that compensates for these flaws.  And when he is at his piano in front of an audience, he is a true star.  Donny also carries the enormous emotional burden of his war experiences.  MUST ALSO PLAY PIANO. Strong high baritone with “crooner” colors in moments, low B flat (lightly) to strong high G (with optional high B flat). THIS ROLE IS ON OFFER.  Seeking Understudy.

JULIA TROY (mid 20’s) She is very intelligent, probably bookish, with a nurturing sensibility. Julia can seem as if she isn’t particularly concerned with being pretty but when she is in front of an audience, she does in fact care a great deal. She has put her life on hold to grieve and to be a companion to her mother.  The Julia that has star quality, that can make herself look quite attractive, has been in hiding for a long time. She has incredible vulnerability that she hides very well.  But in those moments she can retain her sly sense of humor. She can give herself over to her music in such an organic, unstudied and we should be reminded of Judy Garland in Julia’s mix of vulnerability and strength.  She has an extraordinary singing voice (Warm alto, low F# to belt D, Legit to G.) THIS ROLE IS CAST. Seeking Understudy.

MRS. JUNE ADAMS (50’s) Julia’s mother.  She is a woman who likely has let age and disillusionment get the best of her figure.  She has a natural and easy comedic sense about her but it is tied very closely to the disappointments in her life. A realist by nature, with an atheistic bent. But she does try very hard to appear upbeat and winning when around others who aren’t her close family. She is extremely proud of her daughter and thankful for her daughter’s loyalty, but she is also very intuitive about Julia’s needs and can be very pointed and wise when necessary. Low character alto, low A flat to middle G

JIMMY CAMPBELL (mid to late 20’s) Jimmy is very handsome and can be cautious and very quick to suspect people of dealing unfairly with him and those he cares about.  But he is extremely loyal once he comes to trust someone and feel they trust him.  He is someone that appears to be an underdog in terms of his physicality but can be the strongest person in the room emotionally. Harbors a secret attraction to Donny. He has a lawyer’s mind, analytical and calculating. MUST ALSO PLAY THE SAXOPHONE.

DAVY ZLATIC (late 20’s- early 30’s) Davy is an archetypical Falstaff.  He is big in body and spirit.  He can be boisterous and at times vulgar in his humor.  He drinks almost constantly and while his drinking lends a cheerful veneer to his personality, it covers a very dark center.  He knows that he can use his humor and good-time bonhomie to keep him from falling into despair.  And given his size and physical power, it should be apparent that if he were to become angered, he could do a lot of harm. MUST ALSO PLAY BASS.

NICK RADEL (late 20’ to early 30’s) Nick is a man who seems constantly irritated with the world and those that inhabit it.  Whether this comes from his physical attributes or his experiences as a prisoner of war in Germany isn’t entirely clear.  Fortunately this constant irritation manifests itself in humorous if blistering verbal outbursts.  Nick must have the sharpest, most cynical sense of humor and be able to get a laugh by the slightest impatient roll of the eyes.  And because his talent on the trumpet is so extraordinary, he can channel that fierceness and sharpness into his playing. MUST ALSO PLAY TRUMPET.

WAYNE WRIGHT (late 20’s to early 30’s) Wayne is a Marine with a capital “M”.  He is disciplined and precise, often impatient and completely convinced that this is the result of his training and service. The opportunities for any number of odd habits that deal with cleanliness, discipline and order to appear are endless. He is a man that has an enormous capacity to bond, to be loyal and to love but he tries his best to disguise that.  And because those expressions of bonding, care and brotherhood go unspoken, they are not evident in his text and must be something that we see and sense in his being. MUST ALSO PLAY TROMBONE.

JOHNNY SIMPSON  (mid 20’s to mid 30’s) Johnny is a very simple man.  He’s not stupid or a comic idiot foil, but there might have been some knocks to the head in his accident which has left him with a rather bad back.  He’s an observer, and when needed a straightforward speaker of truth.  He is very loyal and trustworthy, if sometimes slower on the uptake than the others.  When playing with the band, however, this simplicity serves him and he can be single minded in his groove and the unshakable foundation to the swing. MUST ALSO PLAY DRUMS.

MALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Men of all ages and sizes to play Bartenders, Radio Announcers, Servicemen, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for men who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Women of all ages and sizes to play Waitresses, Actresses, Clerks, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for women who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

WE ARE SEEKING ACTORS OF ALL ETHNICITIES AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS.
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BANDSTAND: A Musical
Direction and Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler
Music by Richard Oberacker
Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker
Musical Director: David Kreppel
Casting: Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine

Paper Mill Playhouse
COST Tier 4- Equity Minimum $824/week
Producing Artistic Director: Mark S. Hoebee
Managing Director: Todd Schmidt
Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Parker
Rehearsals o/a August 24th, 2015
First Performance: Thursday, October 8th
Press Opening: Sunday, October 18th
Closing: Sunday, November 8th

ECC for Dancers:
Monday, March 16th, 2015
10:00am Female Dancers
2:00pm Male Dancers

Pearl Studios
500 8th Ave, 4th Floor

Please be ready to dance and bring jazz shoes and character shoes.

Please also prepare 16 bars of a traditional up-tempo song in case you are asked to stay and sing.
               
Please bring a picture and resume, STAPLED TOGETHER.

Auditions in NYC in June/July

Set in 1945, “BANDSTAND” tells the story of a mismatched swing band of military veterans who join together to compete in a national radio contest in New York City with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners.  But with complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of the War that each vet band member carries, going all the way for a win in the contest seems like a dream that may break them more than give them their big break.  The score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940’s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters who make up the band. The show races towards a “live on air” finale that has an emotionally charged and surprise twist ending that requires every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess.

MALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Men of all ages and sizes to play Bartenders, Radio Announcers, Servicemen, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for men who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Women of all ages and sizes to play Waitresses, Actresses, Clerks, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for women who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

WE ARE SEEKING ACTORS OF ALL ETHNICITIES AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS.

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BANDSTAND: A Musical
Direction and Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler
Music by Richard Oberacker
Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker
Musical Director: David Kreppel
Casting: Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine

Paper Mill Playhouse
COST Tier 4- Equity Minimum $824/week
Producing Artistic Director: Mark S. Hoebee
Managing Director: Todd Schmidt
Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Parker
Rehearsals o/a August 24th, 2015
First Performance: Thursday, October 8th
Press Opening: Sunday, October 18th
Closing: Sunday, November 8th


ECC for Singers:
Tuesday, March 17th
10:00am Female Singers
2:00pm Male Singers

Pearl Studios
519 8th Ave, 12th Floor

Please prepare a brief uptempo traditional musical theater song (or something similar) with a jazz or swing feel. For example- Cole Porter, Gershwin, etc. No pop/rock please.
               
Please bring a picture and resume, STAPLED TOGETHER.

Set in 1945, “BANDSTAND” tells the story of a mismatched swing band of military veterans who join together to compete in a national radio contest in New York City with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners.  But with complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of the War that each vet band member carries, going all the way for a win in the contest seems like a dream that may break them more than give them their big break.  The score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940’s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters who make up the band. The show races towards a “live on air” finale that has an emotionally charged and surprise twist ending that requires every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess.

MALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Men of all ages and sizes to play Bartenders, Radio Announcers, Servicemen, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for men who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Women of all ages and sizes to play Waitresses, Actresses, Clerks, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for women who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

WE ARE SEEKING ACTORS OF ALL ETHNICITIES AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS


 

Piano Accompanists for Education Programs

Paper Mill Playhouse is searching for freelance piano accompanists for our new Paper Mill Prep: College Discovery & Audition Coaching Program. Paper Mill Prep is a new offering from the award winning Paper Mill Education department that prepares high school seniors and juniors for their college career through informational seminars, assessment workshops, and private audition coaching.

Paper Mill Prep accompanists will work directly with Paper Mill private coaches and their students enrolled in the program. One-hour coaching sessions are scheduled by appointment and typically occur at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey on weeknights after 6:30pm, and on weekend mornings. The accompanist will play the students’ audition songs, offer input regarding proper cuts and keys, make notations in the music, and may be asked to facilitate making audio recordings of the accompaniment. The accompanist will work directly with the coach assigned to each student, and report to the program musical director and administrative coordinator. The accompanist should have strong sight-reading skills, and preferably be able to transpose keys in real time.

With this search, Paper Mill Playhouse is specifically creating a call list of multiple New Jersey-based accompanists and musical directors, preferably within a reasonable distance of Millburn (Union, Essex, Hudson, Morris counties) and whose schedule is such that they can book occasional one-hour appointments on weekday evenings and weekend mornings. Qualified and interested parties should send a letter of interest, their resume and professional references to Paper Mill Director of Education, Lisa Cooney at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Production

If you are interested in joining the production team here at Paper Mill please send your resume in PDF format to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We accept resumes on an ongoing basis for Stage Managers and Production Assistants.

Telemarketing

The Paper Mill Playhouse is currently accepting resumes for articulate representatives with positive attitudes to contact patrons about our subscription packages and the Playhouse annual fund. - All interested candidates should be well spoken, punctual, and dependable. - The ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with fellow colleagues is essential. - Paid training as well as an ongoing supportive atmosphere - Competitive hourly rate plus incentives - Complimentary tickets to our main stage season shows. A minimum of 4 shifts per week are required. Shifts currently available are Tues.-Thurs. 5 pm- 9 pm Fri. 1 pm -5 pm Sat. 9 am -1 pm To be considered, please first e-mail your resume to Sean McGinity at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Then please call 973.315.1673 to arrange a telephone interview. 


 Volunteer 

 WE NEED YOU! 

Volunteers are needed to assist us during performances in the theater and during office hours in administration.

FRONT-OF-HOUSE VOLUNTEERS

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  Assist our front-of-house staff before curtain time and during intermission, greeting patrons, taking tickets, and seating our theater guests.  We     arealways looking for help in this area - we can never have enough.

 

GIFT SHOP VOLUNTEERS

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  Assist with sales before, during, and after performances.

 

 

 SPECIAL EVENTS

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Help our fundraising department with setup, greeting, and service at our annual gala, wine tasting, and other special events that are so essential  in supporting the work at Paper Mill Playhouse.

 

 ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS

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Work alongside our daytime staff in Marketing, Development, or Education doing data entry, phone solicitation,  and providing general clerical assistance. 

 

 

  IT'S SHOW TIME!  BECOME A PART OF OUR WONDERFUL FRONT-OF-HOUSE CREW.

Join our growing army of front-of-house volunteers that assista the very best audiences in New Jersey, and:

  • You'll get to see our fabulous Broadway-quality shows for FREE.
  • You'll earn complimentary tickets for your friends and family.
  • You'll make great new friends.
  • You'll be a part of the Paper Mill story that is now more than 7 decades in the telling. 

Join "Bill's Battalion," an army of extraordinary volunteers to serve the needs of the nation's finest musical theater.  Applications are available online, by mail, or just stop by and pick up one. 

IT'S EASY TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER.

Fill out our a Volunteer Application/Information Sheet and return it to us by email, post, or in person.

  • Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Download the application at the bottom of this page. 

There are many different kinds of opportunities available for people with different areas of interest, skill sets, and time availability.  Once we receive your application, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to determine your specific interests and availability and to find the best ways to help you help us!


Internships

For high school students: Paper Mill's Theatre School Internships are open to high school students who assist with Theatre School classes for two hours per week. A number of special benefits, including complimentary tickets and shadowing opportunities are available to Theatre School Interns. Theatre School internships run from September through April and applications are usually available the preceding June.

For college students and college graduates: Paper Mill offers non-paying internships in all areas of administration, including education programming, marketing, fundraising and finance, company management, casting, and non-union production management. Internships are available only during the presenting season from September through June. Paper Mill Playhouse does not provide housing for interns and internships are not available during the summer months.

To apply for an internship please e-mail your resume along with a cover letter which describes your areas of interest, your relevant skills, and details about your availability to:

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by generous contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

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