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Auditions: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus AND Aesop’s Fables

March 24 @ 5:30 pm

Information

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Directed by
Naoki Breger
Choreography by
Susie Mishkin
Music Direction by
Caty Mae Loomis
Aesop's Fables On Stage
Directed by
Lauren Lee
Age Range
14+
General Auditions
March 24th
Callbacks - Pigeon
March 27th
Callbacks - Aesop's
March 30th
What To Prepare
Please prepare a 16 - 32 bar cut of a song in the style of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (album is on Spotify) and a 60 second monologue in the style of Theatre for Young Audiences!
Payment
Actors 18+ will be paid a stipend of $150 at the end of the run of performances

About

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!-

It’s not easy being the Pigeon-you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something.

Adapted from Mo Willem’s beloved picture books, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus shines a light on the everyday heroes and civil servants that keep our communities running, as all walks of life flock together on the bus.

Aesop’s Fables On Stage-

Everyone can use a bit of advice now and then. And everyone loves stories! Just ask the master story-spinner and advice-giver of Ancient Greece, Aesop! (I-sop? E-sop? A-sop? How exactly DO you say his name?) Jump into a world of color and fun as our trio of storytellers use music, dance, and a dose of hilarity to re-enact some of Aesop’s most famous fables. You’ll laugh, clap, and cheer along with these beloved stories that teach us memorable lessons like “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch” and “Slow and steady wins the race.”

Rehearsals –

Rehearsals will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday evenings, within the range of  6 p.m – 10 p.m.

Pigeon – Important Dates –

First Rehearsal: April 8th, 2024

Saturday 9 – 5: May 25th, 2024

Q2Q: June 1st, 2024

Tech Week: June 2nd – June 4th, 2024

Shows: June 5th – June 19th, 2024

Aesop’s – Important Dates –

First Rehearsal: May 27, 2024

Saturday 9 – 5: June 29th or 30th, 2024 date here is in-flux

Q2Q: July 6th, 2024

Tech Week: July 6th – July 9th, 2024

Shows: July 10th – July 24th, 2024

PREPARATION

Woodstock Arts is deeply committed to building an inviting and inclusive arts community that celebrates individuality and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect. We invite artists of all genders, races, ages, sizes, and sexual orientations, as well as artists with disabilities to participate. We want to represent diverse communities in our organization and welcome you here.

Woodstock Arts is taking measures to ensure your safety and well-being. We want to make this experience as comfortable, safe, and fun as possible for everyone involved.

Auditions will be in-person on Sunday, March 24th from 6:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m.

Video audition submissions will be accepted until Sunday, March 24th at 9:00 pm. You can send your Video Submission to zach@woodstockarts.org. Please Slate before your video audition. (NOTE: you will still need to fill out the online audition form along with a video submission.) 

In-person callbacks for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus will take place on Wednesday, March 27th from 6:00 pm until 10 p.m.

In-person callbacks for Aesop’s Fables will take place on Saturday, March 30th from 6:00 pm until 10 p.m.

Information about callbacks will be emailed separately.

For your audition please prepare- Please prepare a 16 – 32 bar cut of a song in the style of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (album is on Spotify) and a 60 second monologue in the style of Theatre for Young Audiences! If you are only auditioning for Aesop’s Fables, you only need the monologue.

There will be no accompaniment for this audition, so please send a track to zach@woodstockarts.org prior to your audition to be played in the room for you. 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Character Breakdown – 

  • The Pigeon (Puppeteer): Open to all gender identities, Open to all ethnicities. The snappy, sassy, and demanding bird who never gets what he wants, but is ever the most persistent of creatures. Strong vocal agility that stems from their passion for whatever is their current short-lived objective.
  • The Bus Driver: Female identified. Open to all ethnicities. Strong, Brassy, “Driven” but with a genuine nurturing side. The epitome of the bus driving professional who loves her job and is always on time.
  • Hot Dog Vendor, Passenger, Business Person, Airplane Engine: Open to all gender identities. Open to all ethnicities. (Hot Dog Vendor) A culinary wizard who enjoys providing hot dogs to the people of the city. Has a tempestuous relationship with Pigeons. (Business Man) A Rigid, Stern, No-Nonsense Professional who cannot be late for work.
  • 2nd Pigeon (Puppeteer), The Duckling (Puppeteer), The Bus Engine, The Bus (Puppeteer) | Bus Driver’s Mom | Puppy (Puppeteer):  Ability to create and maintain strong, clear, versatile characters. Beatboxing ability a plus.
  • City Worker, Teenage Passenger: Ability to create and maintain strong, clear, versatile characters.
  • Little Old Lady Passenger:  Ability to create and maintain strong, clear, versatile characters.

Aesop’s Fables On Stage Character Breakdown – 

  • Actor 1 – Plays Woodcutter, Greedy, Farmer, Hunter, Grapevine, Dog’s Reflection, Announcer (in Coat) Grasshopper, Tortoise
  • Actor 2 – Plays Milkmaid, Wife, Mouse, Fox, Narrator/River, Chorus, North Wind, Narration/Elements, Hare
  • Actor 3 – Plays Hermes, Cow/Man, Goose, Lion, Crow, Dog, Sun, Army Ant, Narrator

Fables include – Hermes and the Woodcutter, The Milkmaid and her Pail, The Goose with the Golden Eggs, The Lion and the Mouse, A Few Fox Tales, The Dog and the Bone, The North Wind and the Sun, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and The Tortoise and the Hare

VENUE

Woodstock Arts Theatre
8534 Main St., Woodstock, GA, 30188, United States

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