CASTING JUNE 16 at the Firehouse
Filming will occur on the following dates: August 4, August 11 and then every 2nd Saturday from September to November.
Auditions will occur at the Firehouse, 1015 N. 1st Street, in beautiful downtown Phoenix. Please contact Kristy at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition. Casting books available if requested.
No monetary compensation, only credit and copy.
The “Arthouse,” is a sitcom based upon a wonderful place we all know and love called the Firehouse. The Firehouse is somewhere between a creative incubator/think-tank/hangout-spot/communal space/half-way house/gallery and artist residence. The Firehouse has 5 artist residences.
Be prepared to tell us which character you would like to try out for. We will ask you to read some scenes. We will also ask you too semi-improv 40-second scenes at our suggestion.
Lily: (Female) Mid-20’s to mid-30’s. Protagonist and “fish out of water” of the series. Lily moved into the Arthouse because she and her boyfriend had fallen on hard times and he knew of the place. After moving in under his suggestion, Lily’s boyfriend “goes out for a pack of cigarettes” and never comes back. For the rest of the season Lily is discovering who she is as a person and the constant stream of weirdness in the House is helping her with this, even if she doesn’t always realize that at the time. Lily is fundamentally an upbeat person, who is inclined to laugh at life’s little challenges, but can get very wound up at life’s big ones. Lily will begin the season as a blank-ish slate and will gain more confidence in her voice throughout the season.
Walter: (Male) Mid-40’s to Mid-50’s. Poet – Philosopher – Semi-Cynic – Walter is normally the even-keel force of the house. He is aggressively mellow but not spaced out. His sharp dry-wit plays a role of side-commentary during the show. While seemingly very zen, he has own explosive dysfunctions. He is highly unemployable, and happy with selling plasma and jazz CD’s out of his backpack for a living. The lease for the House is in Walter’s name, it is way for him to live somewhere cheaply.
Val: (Male or Female) Early-20’s to mid-30’s. Frantic and offensively prodigious Painter. Speaks, moves, thinks and paints one mile a minute. Val pops in and pops out of many scenes and is the most slapstick of all the characters. Val is not good at honoring other people’s space. If Val is talking, he/she is most likely to be preoccupied only with Val. Val has a very high metabolism. Val might seem the fool but, like most comedic fools, every now, and then Val surprises you with some particularly astute.
Donnie: (Male)Mid-20’s to Mid-40’s. Works as an outbound calls salesperson but is constantly rotating through new jobs and getting fired because of his goofus nature. Donnie is constantly reading books like “7 Habits of Highly Effective people” and on a never-resting frantic mission to better improve himself, or at least, make a buck. Donnie would like to make money for the Arthouse. Donnie works the doors at events and likes distributing flyers. Donnie enjoys doing “performances” on stage, which as a general rule, are just plain awful. He is fundamentally a good willed and good-natured person but a shade dumb.
Freeda: (Female) Mid-20’s to Mid-30s. Freeda is a committed political activist. She is always coming and going from one rally or another carrying a sign that states one absurd political issue after another (example: “No more blood tomatoes.”) She wants the house to carry a deeper message. She cooks on a regular basis as she is concerned about being green. Her cooking is an anchor point for discussion scenes where the whole house is present. Her meals play the role of unofficial house meetings. She is extremely militant about her garden, scenes with her in the garden should play like Patton at war. Freeda might seem very good at not taking shit from anyone, however, sometimes it exhausts her and she needs a hug.
Thanks for reading,