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Staged Readings

What: Auditions for a 29-hour Staged Reading of the new musical, FIRST DATE with book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein. The reading is in anticipation of a full production in 2016. CLO is working with the writers to reduce the cast size and re-locate the show’s setting to Pittsburgh.

Principals must be available beginning October 19, 2015 and continuing through October 24, 2015.

Who: A cast of five actors who can sing well. Performers of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Where: CLO Academy of Musical Theater, 130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor.

When: Sunday, September 20, 2015; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Callbacks will take place Monday, September 21, 2015, Time TBD.



Aaron - Late 20s-30s Male. Tenor. Jewish investment banker. He has never been on a blind date before. Out of his element, nervous, and trying way too hard.

Casey - Late 20s-30s, female. Great belt/mix voice. Daring, bold, and delightfully controversial. All as a defense mechanism.

Woman #1 (Grandma Ida/Lauren/ Allison/ Google Girl/Female with Megaphone #2/Aaron’s Mother) - 25-40, Female, belt/mix with soprano. Casey's sister, LAUREN is happily (somewhat) married to her highly successful husband, Kevin, and wonders out loud why Casey can't break her bad habits and learn how to catch a winner. Constantly trying to fix Casey, Lauren is more concerned with listening to her own advice than actually helping her sister. GRANDMA IDA is Aaron's dead grandmother, who feels strongly that her son should marry a Jewish woman. ALLISON is Aaron's ex-fiancé. Gorgeous, sexy, uptight, conservative, controlling, manipulative.

Man #1 (Reggie/Gabe/Aaron’s Future Son/ Rocker Guy) - 25-40; Male, any ethnicity. REGGIE is Casey's fabulously fierce gay and over-imaginative best friend. Easily sent into a tailspin of jealousy, paranoia, and drama. GABE is the mega dude/womanizer. Has every answer to every question about women that has ever been asked. And probably has a catch phrase to go with that answer. Aaron's best friend since childhood. ROCKER GUY is a bad boy from Casey's past. Cocky, neglectful, and overcompensating. Baritenor range.

Man #2 (Waiter/Casey’s Christian Father/British Guy/ Friendly Therapist) - 35-45, male, baritenor. A career waiter, who dabbles with songwriting and performing on the side. A romantic. He wants nothing more than for love to blossom in his restaurant. A closet poet as well. CASEY's CHRISTIAN FATHER is a stereotype super-Christian, praising the Easter Bunny and denouncing Judaism. BRITISH GUY is a bad boy from Casey's past. Cocky, neglectful, and overcompensating.



Head shot and resume stapled together.
Auditioners should prepare two short selections from pop/rock style contemporary musicals (one up-tempo and one ballad).  Bring legible sheet music in the appropriate key; an accompanist will be provided.


Audition Process:

All the information you need is available right here on our website. Just follow these simple instructions.

Set up a time for your appointment using the audition request email. We will email your confirmation time back.
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Download and complete the Audition Application. You will need to bring this to your audition appointment.

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