Auditions for Blooms of Steel

book, music and lyrics by Kimberly Aldrich-Ceja.
Directed by: Skip Corris
Musical Direction by: David Blazer

Monday, December 7 and
Tuesday, December 8

7 p.m.
LCCC Elyria Campus, Stocker Arts Center’s
Cirigliano Studio Theatre
1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria  OH  44035

 

Play synopsis:  BLOOMS OF STEEL is a new musical based on a play commissioned in 2008 by the Lorain County Metro Parks.  The musical tells the story of the community that grew around the steel mill in Lorain through the family history of fictional steel mill retiree, Emil Hubiak.  BLOOMS OF STEEL is being produced by the Lorain Historical Society; in partnership with the Lorain Palace Theater and Lorain County Community College’s Department of Theatre.  Performances will take place in the historic Lorain Palace Theater.

Production dates: April 22 – 24, 2016
Rehearsals begin: Early February 2016

TO BE PREPARED: 
Please prepare a brief song that best represents your voice.  Please provide sheet music for the piano accompanist in the key you will be singing..  No recorded accompaniment.  Sides will be provided for cold readings.  Please bring a resume to the audition.

There are no AEA contracts available for this production

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:
Email jbenjami@lorainccc.edu. Include your name and phone number.  Resumes may be attached if desired.  Please call (440-366-7120) or email Jeremy Benjamin with any questions.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
EMIL (pronounced AY-mil) - Baritone
86.  Of Eastern European descent. A recent widower, he is in danger of losing his independence despite being in good physical and mental health.  Retired steel worker and history buff.  He has difficulty letting go and uses humor as a coping mechanism.  He is the old Lorain that still exists, but struggles to stay relevant and positive as his world disappears.

BILL (DANIEL/MR. HARRISON/MR. KOZAK/USHER/PRIEST/FRED/ALEX)- Tenor
Mid 30s.  Emil's grandson who moves in with him after losing his home in Florida to foreclosure.  After being the rock for his wife and kids, he's happy to fall into the safety net of his childhood home.  He is an unappreciated gem with a great deal of untapped potential who found success on another path for many years, but is currently struggling to find a new identity.

STEPHANIE (JOANNA/MRS. HARRISON/MRS. KOZAK/CLARA/YOUNG PEGGY) - Mezzo
Mid 30s. Emil's grand-daughter-in-law.  A former "it" girl in high school, she is ashamed to return to her hometown a failure.  She is the negative voice that only sees what is and what was, not what can be.  Since her life is out of control, she obsesses about whatever she can control.

JOEY (MARKI/EMIL AGE 12) - Tenor
12-14,  Emil's great-grandson.  He inherited Emil's sense of humor.  Seems to go with the flow, but is gradually slipping into a virtual world to escape his reality.  He is the future in danger of falling away.

EMILY (GRACE/DAISY/BERTA/ANNA/ AUDREY/OLGA) - 
8-12, Emil's great-granddaughter.  The only family member not born in Lorain, she is confused about her new environment and eager to learn where she is. Vivid imagination.  She and Joey are both nearly every nationality that came to Lorain.  She represents what is possible. 

PEGGY (MRS. ROTH/BABA/MRS. BRANKOVIC/DOT/OLDER SOFIYA) Mezzo
50s,  Emil's daughter, the realization of her immigrant grandparent's dreams. Has never known hardships such as they endured.  Coping with the death of her mother by trying to protect her father.

LILLIAN (HELENA/SOFIYA) - Soprano
Plays teens to 30s, Emil's late wife.  Western European descent. She is fun loving with a sense of humor to match Emil's, yet clearly the adult in their relationship.

YOUNG EMIL (MR. MOXHAM/IMMIGRANT/NIKOLAJ/LARRY) - Baritone
20s-30s

JASON (MR. JONSON/MR. LINDSEY/JACOB/MIKE/JUAN/JACK) - Baritone
20s-30s, Bill's best friend from high school. Hispanic descent

HEATHER (TESSA / JEANNIE) Mezzo
20s-30s  Stephanie's best friend from high school, now a successful lawyer in New York City. African-American descent.


 
Those wishing to audition should email or call Director of Theatre Jeremy Benjamin (jbenjami@lorainccc.edu - 440-366-7120) indicating which date they will audition.