Announcing Auditions for the staged reading of
a new musical, written by Lauren Mayer and Diane Sampson
based on an idea by Tim Heitman
directed by Cindy Goldfield
produced by Tim Heitman
Fully vaccinated performers only. We will require proof of vaccination.
Although this show deals with historical figures, we are committed to anti-racist casting, and encourage all ethnicities and identities to audition for all roles.
This reading will be book in hand, fully staged, with lights, sound and a live band, but no sets or costumes. $300 stipend per performer.
2 Equity guest contracts. (to be approved)
Here are the days you’ll need to commit to for this reading. Not all performers will be called for all dates or times but these are the dates you need available in order to be cast.
Times for auditions and callbacks will not be daytime only unless specifically arranged.
Saturday, October 23, 202
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Thanksgiving Weekend 11-25 to 28-2021 - off
Rehearsals will be primarily in the evenings. Some business hour rehearsals may be called, but only as arranged with performers.
Times not displayed are TBA
reh Monday, November 29, 2021
reh Tuesday, November 30, 2021
reh Wednesday, December 1, 2021
reh Thursday, December 2, 2021
reh Friday, December 3, 2021
reh Monday, December 6, 2021
reh Tuesday, December 7, 2021
reh Wednesday, December 8, 2021
reh Thursday, December 9, 2021
reh/perf Friday, December 10, 2021 8pm
perf Saturday, December 11, 2021 2pm
perf Saturday, December 11, 2021 7pm
perf Sunday, December 12, 2021 2pm
perf Sunday, December 12, 2021 7pm
Invited auditions and callbacks will be held at
San Francisco, CA 94116
Performances and rehearsals (unless otherwise arranged) will be held at
1695 18th Street
San Francisco CA, 94107
CHARACTERS IN LIVING LARGE
(and the ages they should be able to portray)
Young Marie Dressler: 14-20 Audacious and talented with a sad history
Bright powerful mezzo/belter female identifying
Marie Dressler: 21-64 Confident but vulnerable – the focus of the show
Mezzo/belter w/ slightly lower range female identifying
Frances Marion: 19-45 Marie’s close friend, later a successful screenwriter
Warm mezzo female identifying
Mamie Steele Cox: 25-55 Marie’s maid and close confidante
Belter female identifying
Nella Webb: 32-64 Marie’s astrologer and friend
Character soprano female identifying
Jim Dalton: 35-45 Marie’s husband, both devoted and duplicitous
Baritone/tenor leading man male identifying
Claire Du Brey: 20-35 Marie’s younger lover, an actress herself
Sweet soprano female identifying
Louis B. Mayer: 40-50 Head of MGM studios, Marie’s Hollywood boss
Character baritone male identifying
Jerry Cox: 30-60 Mamie’s husband who also works for Marie
Baritone male identifying
(Those cast in minor roles will play multiple parts)
Audition Director: 45ish
Stage Manager: 35ish
Bellhop #1: 18ish
Bellhop #2: 25ish
Guests #s 1-6 (4F, 2M): Various ages (Living Large scene)
Soldier: 20-ish (Backing the Boys/Ones We Left Behind)
Soldiers 1, 2, and 3: 20’s (Ones We Left Behind scene)
Will Rogers: 50 ish
Fans #s 1-5 (3F, 2M): Varying ages over 40
Guests #s 1-5 (2F, 3M) Varying ages over 30 (Opening and closing scenes)
Ensemble – all ages, voice ranges, able to maintain harmonies
The online audition submission form requires some documents to be submitted. Please name them with your full name as you’d like to see it on a program followed by a space followed by the name of the doc submitted – examples below.
Proof of vaccination
ie Tim Heitman Vax.pdf
Resume in PDF format
ie Tim Heitman Resume.pdf
Headshot in jpg, gif, png, bmp
ie Tim Heitman Headshot.jpg
URL to a video of you with a song and a monologue. Be sure the link is public with no restricted viewing.
Priority will be given to video auditions submitted before October 15, 2021. Best efforts will be made to address any submissions made after that date within 48 hours of the submission.
Living Large is a period piece taking place in the last half of the 19th / first half of the 20th centuries. If you have audition material from 1950 or earlier, so much the better. YouTube and Vimeo are great (free) places to park your video but be sure that your video has a privacy setting that allows us to view it and is not restricted to be viewed only by you. It’s best to keep your monologue to about a minute, and for your song to also be about a minute.
Performers that have submitted video auditions may be invited to live auditions or directly to call backs. There is a flight of stairs going to the audition and callback studio. Arrangements can be made if accessibility is an issue by emailing me at the address below.
Questions? Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following words in the subject line: Living Large Question
Script, excerpts of music, and sides that may be used at callbacks. We will be running through these at callbacks to help you learn them.
Music Assignments for Call Backs:
Young Marie – Before & After
Marie – Marie Will Be All Right, Ones We Left Behind (Marie solo)
Nella – All In The Stars
Frances – Playing the Game
Mamie – Better Days Ahead, I Said, You Said
Claire – Heaven With You
Louis – Welcome to Hollywood
Jim – My Devoted Heart
Soldier/ensemble – Ones We Left Behind (Soldier solo)
Dorothy/ensemble – Powers That Were