Florida Studio Theatre
Sarasota, FL 34236


James Ashford

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Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking Union and non-Union self-submissions for the following shows in the 2017-18 Season:

Book by Enda Walsh from the film by John Carney.  Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.
Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.  IMPORTANT NOTE—ALL CHARACTERS MUST PLAY ONE OR MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS (piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, cello, upright bass, accordion, ukulele, etc.).

Guy – male, 30’s, Irish singer and songwriter.  Must sing and play guitar extremely well, brooding and charismatic.

Eamon – male, 20’s-40’s, Irish, studio engineer, happily married, guarded and not very forthcoming.  Must sing well.

Da – male 50’s-60’s, Irish, Guy’s father, owns a vacuum repair shop.

Bank Manager – male 30’s-40’s, a prim man from County Cork, a guitar enthusiast, must sing well.

Andrej – male, 20’s-30’s, Czech, and employee at a fast food chain, eager to please and eager for any opportunity for advancement, a schemer.

Svec – male, 20’s-30’s, Czech, odd, quirky and joyful, loves TV and coffee.

Emcee – male, 20’s-30’s, Irish, genial, bold and quick witted, one of the boys, plays guitar really well.

Billy – male, 30’s-40’s, Irish, owns music shop where girl plays piano, a big man with a big personality and a big heart, looks like a tough guy, tries to be one but can’t quite pull it off, must sing well.

Girl – female, 20’s-30’s, a Czech immigrant living with her extended family in Dublin and a single mom trying to raise her daughter, an optimist’s spirit mixed with a realist’s pragmatism, must play piano and sing extremely well.

Reza - female, 20’s-30’s, Czech, she’s smart and on the make for a good-looking successful Irish man, must sing well.

Baruska – female, 50’s, Girl’s mother, a formidable woman, believes a full stomach and full heart will cure anything, must sing well.

Guy’s Ex-Girlfriend – female, 20’s, Irish, now lives in New York, sensual, funny and smart.

Begin rehearsal – October 17, 2017
Previews: November 8 & 9, 2017
Opens: November 10, 2017
Closes: January 20, 2018

Director: Jason Cannon

BLUE SUEDE SHOES by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins.
Rock ‘N’ Roll originated during the late 40s and early 50s, taking its roots from the blues, boogie-woogie, jazz, swing, and country music. Featuring artists such as father of Rock ‘N’ Roll Chuck Berry, to other greats such as Bo Diddley, Elvis Presley, Carl Per­kins, and Jerry Lee Lewis with songs such as “Maybellene,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On.”  NOTE—all performers in the show (except perhaps Woman #1) will play a stringed instrument (most likely a guitar), or the piano.

Woman #1 – an African American Woman in her 30’s-40, mezzo.  Must be an excellent singer who plays an  instrument or not.

Man #1 – an African-American man in his 30’s-40, baritone.  Must be an excellent singer and instrumentalist.

Man #2 – a Caucasian man in his 30’s-40, baritone.  Must be an excellent singer and instrumentalist.

Man #3 – a Caucasian man in hid 30’s-40, tenor.  Must be an excellent singer and instrumentalist.

Begin rehearsal – November 7, 2017
Previews: November 29 & 30, 2017
Opens: December 1, 2017
Closes: April 22, 2018

Director: TBA


MACK THE KNIFE: A Tribute to Bobby Darin

By Richard Hopkins and Catherine Randazzo, with arrangement by Jim Prosser


In 1959, the multi-talented musician, songwriter, and actor, Bobby Darin took American music to a whole new level. Mack the Knife celebrates the spirited and immense talent of one of the greatest musicians the 20th century. Featuring his great­est hits such as “Beyond the Sea,” “Dream Lover,” and “Splish Splash.”


Bobby Darin Fans -   We are seeking two men, in their 30’s to play Bobby Darin fans and tell his story through singing his songs.  Attractive, personable and endearing, these men must be top-notch singers and actors with significant regional theatre experience.


Begins rehearsal – September 12, 2017

Show opens – October 4, 2017

Show closes – February 4, 2018


Director: Catherine Randazzo


To self-Submit for any of these shows, please email your photo and resume to:


James Ashford

Casting & Hiring Coordinator

Florida Studio Theatre



October 16, 2017 - January 20, 2018





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