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THE PRODUCERS ~ A scheming producer and his mousy accountant aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway in Mel Brooks' laugh-out-loud spectacle.

Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night.

The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime for Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"

Lap sitting is not permitted as every person must have their own ticket. No children under 3 will be permitted. No refunds or exchanges. All sales are final.

THE PRODUCERS AUDITION INFORMATION

All those cast in THE PRODUCERS are required to become a KVTA member at some level (minimum $28) by a certain date during the rehearsal process. One parent being a member of KVTA does cover the membership requirement for all family members 17 and under. Subscriptions paid during the 2024-2025 season will also fulfill this requirement. Failure to complete this requirement will result in the cast member being removed from the production.

Director: Deena Cassady

Assistant Director: Helen Dandurand

Vocal Director: Bruce Heyen

Choreographer: Kyle Aiden

PERFORMANCE DATES/LOCATION:

September 20-22, 2024

Lincoln Cultural Center  240 Warren Ave  Kankakee, IL 60901

Further questions regarding auditions, callbacks, or casting may be emailed to the Director, Deena Cassady, at: kvtaproducers@gmail.com  Please include Producers Auditions in the subject line.

AUDITION INFORMATION:

All auditioners must be 15 and older by September 20, 2024. Proof of age may be requested. All auditioners must complete an audition form, a conflict calendar, and sign KVTA's policies acknowledgement form. Cast members are required to provide the following personal items: shoes and socks. In addition, cast members may be asked to supply other items such as: leotards, tights, etc. Optional expenses include: the purchase of show recording, a picture CD, apparel items, production party attendance, cast/staff chill times, etc. PLEASE NOTE: Child care is not available during rehearsals and performances. Cast and staff members are not permitted to bring their children, or any additional family members, to rehearsals. All rehearsals are closed to the public unless otherwise stated.

SIGN UP for your audition time slot online at: https://forms.gle/fDTS3yGak6hXhgf17 
• Time slots are currently limited to 15 auditioners per time slot. 
• Additional time slots may be added, as needed. 
• The number of auditioners per time slot may be increased, as needed. 
• If you would like to audition but you cannot attend on the audition date, please email the Director at
kvtaproducers@gmail.com and we will come up with a suitable option for everyone involved.

 

ALL AUDITIONERS MUST COMPLETE THE ONLINE AUDITION FORM AND BRING A COMPLETED PAPER AUDITION FORM ALONG WITH A COMPLETED CONFLICT CALENDAR TO AUDITIONS ON JUNE 7. PLEASE PRINT OUT THE FORMS IN ADVANCE IN ORDER TO SAVE TIME WHEN CHECKING IN FOR YOUR AUDITION.

 

Paper Audition Form can be downloaded here: MICROSOFT WORD   PDF

Conflict Calendar can be downloaded here: PDF

KVTA Policies: PDF

KVTA Policies Acknowledgement Form to be signed: PDF

All participants, on-stage or off-stage, will be required to sign KVTA's Social Media, Sexual Harassment, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policies. If said participant is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will sign for the participant. Any parent or guardian signing for their auditioner agrees to instruct and provide information to their auditioner regarding KVTA's policies. An Emergency Card and Waiver of Liability must also be completed and signed in order to participate. These forms will be distributed when you first volunteer with KVTA. If you have any questions please email: kvta@kvta.org

AUDITION AND CALLBACK DATES/LOCATION:

Friday, June 7 starting at 6 pm

Callbacks: Sunday, June 9 beginning at 2 pm

Auditions and callbacks will be held at the KVTA Studios, 1 Stuart Drive, Kankakee

INITIAL AUDITION MATERIALS:

Audition materials may be accessed here: AUDITION

Rehearsals may be held on weekends. Please include weekend conflicts on your conflict calendar. All choreo camp rehearsals and tech rehearsals are mandatory. Please be honest when completing your conflict calendar. Conflicts may not preclude you from being cast, but it is necessary for our staff to plan rehearsals accordingly. 

DANCE:
Each auditioner will perform the audition dance. The audition dance will be recorded for the auditioners to learn on their own before the auditions. We will not teach the dance at the auditions. All auditioners are expected to learn their audition dance before the audition and perform their dance without instruction at auditions. The audition dance video will be available after the Audition Dance Workshop on May 26. 

An optional Audition Dance Workshop will be held on May 26 from 4 pm to approximately 6 pm at the KVTA Studios.

CALLBACK INFORMATION:

Some auditioners may be asked to attend callbacks on Sunday, June 9 beginning at 2 p.m. Being called back or not being called back does not correlate with being cast; callbacks are simply an opportunity for the Directors to see something more from you that they haven’t yet seen.

• For anyone new to the audition process, callbacks are only for select auditioners that the show staff members (i.e. Director, Assistant Director, Vocal Director, Choreographer) would like to see again. If you are not called back, this does NOT mean that you will not be cast in the show.
• If for any reason you cannot make this callback date, PLEASE email the Director before your audition, or tell the board member working the check-in table at auditions. 
• If you are called back, it is highly encouraged that you make every effort to attend the callbacks. 

CALLBACK LIST:

The callback list will be posted on the KVTA website at http://www.kvta.org and on the KVTA Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/kankakeetheatre on Friday, June 7, after all auditions have been completed, so it could be late in the evening.

CAST LIST:
The cast list will be posted on the KVTA website at http://www.kvta.org and on the KVTA Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/kankakeetheatre on Sunday, June 9, after all callbacks have been completed, so it could be very late in the evening. Thank you in advance for your patience as we will have many difficult decisions to make! 

 

For those cast in the show, our CAST READ THRU and MEETING will be held on a date to be determined at the KVTA Studios. This is a mandatory meeting.

Further questions regarding auditions, callbacks, or casting may be emailed to the Director at: kvtaproducers@gmail.com

Thank you! Break a leg!

The Producers 2024 Staff

SHOWTIMES

Friday, September 20 ~ 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 21 ~ 2:00 PM

Sunday, September 22 ~ 2:00 PM

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