REINVENTING THE WHEEL
A MUSICAL PLAY BY MARK EISMAN
DIRECTED BY DYLAN HOFFMAN
MUSIC DIRECTION AND COMPOSITION BY STEVEN BERGMAN
TO BE PERFORMED AS A RADIO PLAY IN JUNE 2021
In Good Company announces auditions for a new musical play by Mark Eisman, titled “Reinventing the Wheel”, about the life and inventions of early 20th century Waltham resident Charles H. Metz. The play will be performed initially as a radio play in June 2021 in Waltham; on-stage performances will be scheduled when health conditions permit.
Each role has two components: a current-day member of a Metz-enthusiast theater troupe, and the early 20th century character they play in their story about Metz. All characters will have songs: solos, duets and/or choral pieces. Songs and arrangements will be developed during rehearsals by our music director, so vocal ranges are not set at this time.
Actors of all backgrounds are encouraged to audition, and all roles are open to inclusive casting unless otherwise specified.
(current-day role is listed first; character in the Metz play listed second)
|Richard||Charles ‘CH’ Metz||Richard is excitable and sassy. Charles is the modest and introverted Waltham-based inventor of bicycles, motorcycles, and automobiles. 40s-50s.|
|Gwen||Elizabeth Metz||Wife of Charles Metz. 40s-50s|
|Ted||Walter Metz||Son of Charles Metz. 20s|
|Mary||Molly Kunkins||Boston Globe Reporter. 20s|
|Edsellivan Ford||Henry Ford||Edsellivan is a repressed entertainer. Henry is founder of the Ford Motor Company. Both are a bit pompous. 40s-50s|
|Kate||Susan B. Anthony||Women’s rights activist. 50s-70s.|
|Miles||Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor||African-American bicycling champion of 1890s and 1900s. A man of self-assurance and dignity. 20s-30s.|
|Alvin||Harry Elkes||Champion cyclist. 20s.|
|Alyse & Sybille||Edith Garrett||Fiancée of Harry Elkes. 20s.|
|Wendy||Government Official||World War I official. No specific age.|
We are also seeking additional singers for the chorus. For the radio play, it is likely that all chorus music will be pre-recorded.
Initial auditions will be by video submission. Prior to submitting your audition videos, please complete the questionnaire linked below.
If you are auditioning for one of the ten speaking roles, click here for selected excerpts from the play. Please read one excerpt from Group 1 and one from Group 2.
If you are auditioning for a speaking role or a chorus role, please sing one 32-bar excerpt from a song in one of the following genres: classical, art song, standards, patriotic, “oldies” (prior to 1950’s). No a cappella; sing with a karaoke track or with accompaniment.
The deadline for submitting audition videos is April 9 (updated from April 2). You can click below to upload video files. If you are sending links to online videos (i.e., YouTube), or have any questions for us, email them to email@example.com. Headshots and/or resumés may be submitted in the same manner, but are not required.
Call backs will be held on April 13 on Zoom.
It is expected that rehearsals will be held on Zoom on Thursday evenings and other days to be scheduled, at least through May. We currently plan to perform the radio play in person but without an audience, at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham on dates to be determined in June.