REGIONAL PREMIERE: Disaster! The Musical

The Empress Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for the regional premiere of
“Disaster! The Musical”

It’s 1979, and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost… or at least escape the killer rats.

Come be a part of this hilarious homage to the era of bell-bottoms, platform shoes and the hustle. With larger-than-life characters, snappy dialogue and some of the most recognizable songs of the ’70s, Disaster! will quickly be your favorite project to be a part of.

Creative Team

Direction By
Glen Carpenter

Choreography by
Becca Hall

Music Direction by
Stacy Mayren

Stage Manager
Richard Mitchell

Auditions will be held July 30th and 31st from 7PM to 9PM

Please come prepared with 16 – 32 bars of a 1970’s disco or pop song in the style of the show. Some examples of what the team is looking for would be songs by Donna Summer, Thelma Houston etc.

No Acapella singing will be allowed, please provide your own minus track, a speaker is available to connect to through bluetooth.

Please come prepared with a list of conflicts August 3 through October 19. No conflicts will be allowed after September 14th.

All roles available. The Empress encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition. The Empress is committed to providing a space for community and inclusion, free from discrimination.

Casting Breakdown
(Ages listed are not necessarily the ages of the actors except where noted.)

Chad
A handsome and winning man. Pretends to be a player, but is really still heartbroken over the loss of his first love. Tenor with a great rock and pop voice.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 43
Vocal range top: B4

Scott
Goofy guy. A nerd who wants to be cool. Tenor with a sweet voice.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: B4

Ted
A disaster expert. Non-emotional. Dry. A serious, professorial type.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: G4

Marianne
An attractive and focused journalist. Insecure underneath it all. Great, high pop belt.
Gender: Female
Age: 33 to 40
Vocal range top: F#5

Tony
A very unscrupulous but attractive and (sometimes) charming middle-aged man.  A schemer.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: Ab4

Jackie
An aging but still sexy showgirl and now lounge singer. Dumb but honest. Godlie Hawn-esque.
Gender: Female
Age: 32 to 42
Vocal range top: D5

Ben / Lisa
Smart boy and girl twins played by the same actor. Honest and direct. Jackie’s son and daughter. Amazing pop voice. Belt to a high D. With vibrato! A young Michael Jackson/Andrea McArdle. The production Team will see auditionees for this role who look between 13 and 19.
Gender: Any
Age: 10 to 13
Vocal range top: D5

Sister Mary Downey
Awkward, judgmental nun with a gambling addiction. Great high pop belt.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: B5

Shirley
Perhaps heavy set, lovable and jolly Jewish woman.  Maury’s wife. Dancing a plus. Great comedic actress.
Gender: Female
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: B4

Maury
Lovable and jolly. Shirley’s dedicated husband.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: G4

Levora Verona
A flamboyant and glamorous faded disco diva. Pushy and sassy but in love with her sweet dog. Great pop belt.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: E5

Ensemble Men
Able to play various glamorous party guests/character roles. Great comedic chops, good dance ability and great voices needed.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40

Ensemble Women
Able to play various glamorous party guests/character roles. Great comedic chops, wide
range of dance skills.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 35

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