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Staged Readings

Staged Reading Auditions


Auditions for a staged reading of a new musical, UP AND AWAY: The Astonishing, Amazing, Absolutely True Tale of the Incredible J. Jessup (and his Brother). Book & Lyrics by Kevin Hammonds; Music by Kristin Bair. Directed & Choreographed by Marlo Hunter. Music Direction by Douglas Levine.

The staged reading will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, October 24 and will conclude on Saturday, November 4.

UP AND AWAY: The Astonishing, Amazing, Absolutely True Tale of the Incredible J. Jessup (and his Brother) will receive its World Premiere production in the CLO Cabaret in the 2017-2018 Season. Rehearsals begin January 2, with performances January 25 – April 15. Potential extension through April 29. Auditions for the production will be held at a later date.


Auditions will be held at the CLO Academy: 130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor. Pittsburgh, PA 15222.


Auditions: Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Appointments 10am – 2pm, 3pm – 6pm

Callbacks: Thursday, August 24, 2017. Time TBD.


A company of five actors will play all of the roles in UP AND AWAY. See below for casting breakdown. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to submit for all roles.


  • All parts will be on an AEA Staged Reading Agreement, with a $400 weekly minimum.
  • EMC and non-union members who meet the requested role requirements may audition.
  • No housing, transportation or per diem for out-of-area performers 




Reads 25 – 30

Vocal Range: Tenor with a strong high singing voice.  Range A2-A4

A kind, intelligent, yet fearful man who is happy to never stray from the farm. Content with life as it is, Jerry is distrustful of outside forces, and inherently nervous, but will stop at nothing to protect the ones he loves.



Reads 20 – 25

Vocal range:  Tenor with rockabilly high notes.  Range A2-G4

An all-American, strapping farm boy, with broad shoulders and good looks. Confident that he is meant for great things, his slightly dim wit and his childlike enthusiasm don't always serve him well, but his handsome face and clueless charm don’t hurt.



Reads 20 – 25

Vocal Range: Spunky leading lady soprano with belt to F5.  Range A3-A5

A feisty, ambitious, but incredibly indecisive and easily distracted young woman who will do anything to be become a news reporter - even swear off men until she attains the success she thinks she deserves.


PLAYER 1 (Male):

Reads 35 – 40

Vocal Range: Bari-tenor with strong mid-range and credible female falsetto.  Range A2-G4

Plays Ronak Fairchild, an eccentric billionaire and philanthropist who seems just outrageous and mysterious enough to be your biggest ally or the most diabolical villain.  Also plays many other smaller roles in the show. Must be an expert character actor with a wide range of voices and tricks up his sleeve.


PLAYER 2 (Female):

Reads 40 – 50

Vocal Range: Alto comfortable with character singing and tight vocal harmonies.  Range A3-E5

Plays Mother Jessup, a very hard, unemotional, no-nonsense woman, born of the earth who would do anything to protect her boys. Also plays many other smaller roles in the show. Must be an expert character actor with a wide range of voices and tricks up her sleeve.



Auditions on Wednesday, August 23 will consist of individual appointments.

Please bring/prepare:

  • A head shot and resume, stapled together
  • A completed Audition Application
    • Audition Applications are available HERE. Paper copies will also be available on the day of auditions
  • 32 bars of an up-tempo comedic song
    • Sheet music for your audition song selection
  • Character Sides for your preferred role(s), available HERE.


Please email to request an audition appointment.

Please provide:

  • Your full name
  • Your preferred phone number
  • Your requested audition time (please provide availability in at least 30-minute increments).

Auditions will be held from 10am – 2pm and 3 – 6pm on Wednesday, August 23.


Please be prepared to clear your schedule on Thursday, August 24 for callbacks

You will receive a response within 2 business days. Please check your email for your confirmed audition time.

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