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CLO Cabaret

Pittsburgh CLO

Auditions: Where Stars Shine!  


WHAT:  Auditions for the world premiere production 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 production will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Performances at the CLO Cabaret will run from Thursday, January 25, 2018 through Sunday, April 15, 2018. Possible extension through April 29, 2018.


Auditions will be held at the Benedum Center Rehearsal Studios
719 Liberty Avenue, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


  • Auditions: Saturday, November 11, 2017​
    • Audition Appointments: 10am – 2pm, 3pm – 6pm
  • Callbacks: Sunday, November 12, 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. Please note that we are looking for deeply collaborative and generous actors who are not afraid of making bold, unique choices. 


  • All parts will be on an AEA SPT contract.
  • 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 Saturday, November 11 will consist of individual appointments.

Please bring/prepare:

  • A headshot 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 Side(s) for your preferred role(s), available HERE.


Please email to request an audition appointment.

Please provide:

  • Your full name
  • Your preferred phone number
  • The role(s) for which you will read
  • Your requested audition time (please provide availability in at least 30-minute increments).

Auditions will be held from 10am – 2pm and 3 – 6pm on Saturday, November 11.


Please be prepared to clear your schedule on Sunday, November 12 for callbacks

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

Staged Readings

No auditions at this time.

A Musical Christmas Carol

No auditions at this time.

Summer Season

No auditions at this time.

Gallery of Heroes

Who: Male and female actors and singers ages 20-40. All ethnicities welcome.

What: Adult Non-Equity Auditions for Pittsburgh CLO's Gallery of Heroes production: ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! The Roberto Clemente Story 



VERA CLEMENTE (Roberto's Wife)

LUIS CLEMENTE (Roberto's Brother)

DOT (Stadium peanut vendor; female)



Pittsburgh CLO Academy
130 Cecil Way
8th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When: Monday, October 23 • 2:00-6:00pm
Email us to set up a time for your appointment


  • Head shot and resume
  • One-minute cuts two contrasting musical theater songs.
  • Bring legible sheet music in your key and clearly marked.
  • Completed audition application

Audition Process: 
All the information you need is available on our website. Just follow these simple instructions:

Set up a time for your appointment by emailing us using the link above.
Download and complete the Audition Application. You will need to bring this to your audition appointment.
If you are having trouble downloading the application, arrive a few minutes early to complete; we will have them available on the day of your audition.
Note: No housing, transportation or per diem available to out-of-area performers.

About the Program:
The 2018 Gallery of Heroes school tour will offer local actors the opportunity to perform in ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! The Roberto Clemente Story. The spring tour will run from January through May, 2018. The Gallery of Heroes program offers an entertaining alternative to traditional lectures and books.

Forty-five years after his untimely death, the hopes and dreams of Roberto Clemente are still making a difference in the lives of people everywhere. Pittsburgh CLO pays tribute to this Pittsburgh Pirates legend in ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! The Roberto Clemente Story, an original musical depicting the inspiring life of the hero, Hall of Famer and humanitarian, Roberto Clemente. Pittsburgh CLO brings history to life through this educational musical about the magnificent man who once said, “I want to be remembered as a ball player who gave all he had to give.”

¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! The Roberto Clemente Story is a musical with book, music & lyrics by Jason Coll. With direction by Jason Coll and choreography by Alivia Owen. Performers must be available during the day Monday-Friday from January through May. Rehearsals begin January 2, 2018. Both rehearsal and performances are in the daytime.

Major support for the Gallery of Heroes program is provided by: The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Massey Charitable Trust. Additional support provided by: The Laurel Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Highmark and Pittsburgh Corning.