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Opera Omaha Casting Notice: PROVING UP

19 SEP 2017

Opera Omaha Audition for Role of Peter Zegner
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Evening

Opera Omaha is looking for a young male actor/dancer to perform the role of Peter Zegner in an upcoming production of a new opera, Proving Up, written by the creative team of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek and based upon the short story by Karen Russell.

Part ghost story, part meditation on vindication’s ability to drive us, Proving Up is the tale of the Zegner family and their desire to “prove up,” or legally own the land they’re living on. Set by the Homesteaders Act of 1862, the most difficult obligation to fulfill is the Glass Requirement: every sod house must have a glass window. The Zegners are lucky, they have one, but it is the only window in all of Hox River, and Pa Zegner is intent to share it. As he says, “farmers need to look out for farmers.” The inspector is checking another home today, and Pa sends his son Miles there for two reasons: one, he must help his neighbors by covertly sharing the window between them, and two, he must convince the government man to come to his own family’s homestead. After four years of drought and the deaths of two children, the Zegners might finally prove up.

Character Bio:
Peter Zegner – Actor/Dancer, Age 18–35, Any Ethnicity

The oldest son of the Zegner family who has recently suffered a life-threatening wound in the environs of 1870s Nebraska. Spends the opera in a basin of water being cared for by his Mother and attempts to save his family at a crucial juncture in the opera.

Silent acting/dancing role with heavy physical components and demands. No speaking text dialogue but will require trained use of voice/ screams and strong character building. Dance and/or stage combat training a plus.

May require partial to full nudity and must be comfortable with being submerged underwater, as well as no known allergies to latex/ fake blood/ synthetic skin tissue.

Candidates for the role will be available for the following periods:

          March 22-April 22, 2018
          PROVING UP premiere, Omaha

          September 17-28, 2018
          PROVING UP, New York City premiere

Proving Up will premiere in Omaha, NE during Opera Omaha’s inaugural ONE Festival in April 2018, with rehearsals beginning in March of that year. The Stage Director for the piece is James Darrah.

Auditions will take place at 1850 Farnam Street on Tuesday evening, September 19. Auditioners should prepare one monologue in English written before 1970 to show range and come prepared to dramatically improvise/ move.
For more information, or to express your interest in auditioning for the role, please email: nmcdonald@operaomaha.org

$500 per week

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