Seeking video submissions from Equity and Non-Equity actors for the 2023 Season at Legacy Theatre. | Playbill

Seeking video submissions from Equity and Non-Equity actors for the 2023 Season at Legacy Theatre.

CATEGORY: Performer

Legacy Theatre
Branford, CT


Keely Baisden Knudsen

Job Details


Casting for productions including the following:

  • Masters of Puppets (reh. 5/1- 5/24; perf. 5/25-6/11)

  • The Musical of Musicals (the Musical!) (reh. 6/19-7/12; perf. 7/13-7/30)

  • Beauty and the Beast (reh. 7/10- 8/9; perf. 8/10-8/27)

  • The Play That Goes Wrong (reh. 8/21- 9/13; perf. 9/14-10/1)

For consideration, submit a video link for viewing (YouTube or Vimeo preferred) and an attached PDF of your headshot and resume to [email protected] with the subject line "Actor Full Name /Season 2023/Local or Non-Local/ Union Status (Equity/EMC/or Non Equity)". Submissions deadline is Feb 28. Callbacks will be in-person, dates TBD.

All submissions should prepare a contemporary monologue and song (for consideration in musicals). Note that the video should be listed as "Unlisted" rather than "Private" on YouTube, and as "Anyone" or "People with the private link" on Vimeo. Do not share via WeTransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud or other file sharing platforms that require downloading to view.

Casting the following:

Masters of Puppets (reh. 5/1- 5/24; perf. 5/25-6/11)

Dir. Gabe McKinley

Masters of Puppets is a no holds barred look at the dirty underbelly of professional wrestling. James Roday Rodriguez (ABC’s A Million Little Things) joins with Legacy Theatre to produce David Rock’s riveting drama, taking you from the corner office to the top turnbuckle, daring to ask the question: who are the Masters of Puppets?


Jace Powers (late 20s, early 30s) – The leading man of the biggest professional wrestling company in the world, Jace is a powerful athlete with incredible skills in the ring. However, Jace is deeply insecure about his place in the company, the future of the business and a secret he’s carrying involving his sexual identity – one he’s felt compelled to keep hidden his entire career. Jace cloaks himself in a veil of hypermasculinity but finds it impossible to completely mask his vulnerabilities. He’s a man at a crossroads when it comes to having greater agency in his career and the company, not to mention staying true to his moral compass.

Leonard “Reaper” Barnett (late 40’s, BIPOC) - Reaper is a grizzled wrestler, who was once considered the powerhouse company’s greatest star, however age and injuries have him facing the end of his career. This wrestling legend has a long-standing love-hate relationship with the owner of the company, Victor Kragsten, and has long been a paramour of Victor’s wife, Delia. Reaper has an injury that he knows should keep him out of the ring, but the pressures to keep going stem from both his ego and his wallet. As Delia tells him, he’s got “too many divorces in the rearview and too many surgeries down the road.”

Reaper has always been a company man, but his love for Delia and his own physical deterioration has put him in the most precarious position of his entire career and life.

Rainey Dayes (late 40s, early 50s) – Rainey is a top lieutenant behind the scenes for the biggest professional wrestling company in the world. A former southern territorial wrestler, with an idiosyncratic manner of speaking, he never had the big in-ring career he feels he deserved. Despite his current high rank at the prestigious wrestling company, he’s still a man haunted in many ways by the ghosts of the past. He’s extremely loyal to the Chairman of the company, Victor Kragsten, to the point where Rainey is often tempted to compromise what’s left his own morality for his mercurial boss. Rainey has a great mind for the wrestling business, but his emotions can often get carried away when he takes a direct shot to a sore spot. Rainey has a history of substance abuse problems, which may not be completely behind him.

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) (reh. 6/19-7/12; perf. 7/13-7/30)

Dir. Colin Sheehan

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) (Music by Eric Rockwell / Lyrics by Joanne Bogart / Book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart ) is a musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim.


Willy – “The Hero” (40s-60s) Male, the leading man and romantic interest who, in the end, valiantly offers to pay the rent, whether he can or not.

Jitter – “The Villain” (40s-60s) The landlord figure of each musical who demands the rent be paid or another form of recompense offered.

Both males need to exhibit excellent musicianship and comedic ability.

Please indicate if you are a tenor or baritone/ bass in your submission and indicate your dance experience.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (reh. 7/10-8/9; perf. 8/10-8/27)

Dir. Keely Baisden Knudsen

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Seeking: the production will have a cast of 11 performers, including Belle (cast); most roles will also double as other characters including townspeople, castle attendants, wolves, etc.

Beast- This role requires a very strong singer, and the actor must have a strong speaking voice and stage presence.

Vocal range: Baritone (A–High F)

Gaston- Physically handsome and shallow. When his ego is bruised he becomes a very dangerous foe for The Beast, Belle and Maurice. This role requires a strong singer and character actor who moves well.

Vocal range: Baritone (A–High F)

Lumiere- The french butler who was transformed into a Candelabrum. Light-hearted, suave, romantic, smooth-talking, and charming. He has a romantic involvement with Babette.This character speaks with a french accent. This role requires strong character acting, and he should move well.

Vocal range: Tenor/Baritone (A-High F#)

Cogsworth- A tightly-wound, enchanted mantle clock and the head of the Beast’s household. He is a stuffy English man who loves perfection. This character speaks with a British accent. This role requires strong character acting.

Vocal range: Baritone (A-High E)

Babbette- A saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumiere's affections. This role requires good character acting and she should move well. This character speaks with a french accent.

Vocal range: Mezzo Soprano (C-C)

Madame de la Grande Bouche- A former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe. This character speaks with a french accent.

Vocal range: Soprano (C#-High G)

Maurice- Despite being a bit scatter-brained, there is no mistaking Maurice’s steadfast love for his daughter Belle. Kind, gentle, enthusiastic and inventive, he becomes single-minded and determined when Belle faces danger. Maurice and Belle sing the lovely duet "No Matter What."

Vocal range: Baritone (Bb-High Db)

Lefou- Gaston’s dim-witted, servile sidekick. He goes to extraordinary lengths and suffers repeated humiliation in his efforts to please his master. The actor must be comfortable with physical comedy, and the role requires strong character acting.

Vocal range: Baritone (B-High F#)

Chip- An inquisitive little teacup who is the son of Mrs. Potts.

Vocal range: Unchanged voice D-High D

Les Filles De La Ville/ Female Ensemble- featured dancer and singer to double Mezzo/ Alto choral parts throughout; will have a strong presence in the ensemble numbers

The Play That Goes Wrong (reh. 8/21- 9/13; perf. 9/14-10/1)

Dir. Keely Baisden Knudsen

Physical farce by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields. Cornley Polytechnic Dramatic Society presents ‘Murder At Haversham Manor’, and everything that could go wrong, does.


Annie – The company stage manager. She has the biggest journey of any of the characters. When Sandra is indisposed Annie, who cannot bear to be on stage, must step in. Initially terrified by acting, she is willing to kill for it by the end of the play. Her initial terror turns to joy, then to fury. She starts small but grows and grows.

Trevor – The company lighting and sound operator. He simply wants to get on with the show. Curmudgeonly and doesn’t care for actors. He is easily distracted and does many things he shouldn’t, including engaging with the audience. When things go really sideways, he is forced to act in the play. He hates acting. Kisses Max.

Chris – The head of the company. High status clown. Rigid, uptight, everything really matters. He is the director of the play and plays Inspector Carter, the esteemed local inspector. This is the biggest day of his life. Everything is riding on this. It is a nerve wracking and exciting night. His pain is evident and every time someone laughs the pain deepens. He has equal amounts of contempt for his fellow actors and the audience watching the play.

Jonathan– A member of the company. He plays Charles Haversham, the deceased. A bit bland, but sees himself as a James Bond type. Excited and having fun, but not naïve. He technically has to drive the show. He cares about the play, but not to the same extent as the others. Very physical role.

Robert – A member of the company, plays Thomas Colleymoore, Charles’ old school friend. Wants to be Richard Burton, as evidenced by his declamatory style. He is, however, not a parody of a bad actor. He is unaware of others around him. He does not feel badly when things go wrong and never learns from his mistakes. There is a power struggle between Robert and Chris to be president of the Cornley Poly Drama Society (a position that matters a great deal to Robert).

Dennis – A member of the company, plays Perkins, Charles’ butler. He has no real desire to be involved in the theatre, he just wants to make friends (of which he has none). He believes if he does well in the show, he will be more successful socially. Laughter from the audience is agony for him. He may be slightly oblivious but understands when he gets things wrong. The laughter is a personal tragedy/failure.

Max – A member of the company, plays Cecil Haversham, Charles’ brother and Arthur the Gardner, the gardener at Haversham Manor. He has never been on stage before. He learned his lines and does exactly what he’s told to do. He has zero connection with any of the other actors, but when he gets a laugh he breaks the 4th wall to engage with the audience. Childlike and naïve. His mistakes are fundamental. He doesn’t think anything through, just looks for approval. Kisses Sandra and Trevor.

Sandra – A member of the company, plays Florence Colleymoore, Charles’ fiancée and Thomas’ sister. She is vain and possesses a huge ego. Wants to be loved. Has ambitions to go to Hollywood and will hurt anyone standing in the way of what she wants but is smart enough to stay on the good side of someone who can help her (like the director). The stakes are high for her. Kisses Max. Very physical role.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit. Legacy Theatre is a fully vaccinated company and works under the guidance of a Covid/ Infectious Disease Officer.


May 1, 2023 - Oct 1, 2023


$300.00 – $600.00 per week



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