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Encore Musical Theatre casts for ‘A Thousand Faces’

October 12, 2021

A Thousand Faces: The Lon Chaney Musical tells the incredible true story of the pioneering silent movie star who changed the face of film. Born to deaf parents who didn’t speak, Lon learns at an early age to communicate through facial expressions and pantomime. With their son, Creighton, in tow, Lon performs with his charismatic first wife as a song and dance man in vaudeville houses across the country. When a family scandal destroys his theater career and results in a bitter divorce, Lon must quickly find work and establish a stable home or lose his son. He turns to the budding silent film industry—transforming himself with incredible depth and humanity into characters living on the fringe. Lon shoots to international fame as the star of over 150 films, including the original Hunchback of Notre Dame and Phantom of the Opera. He struggles to meet the demands of career, along with those as a father—as talking pictures sweep the nation.

Actors of all ethnicities, genders, identities, abilities and ages are encouraged to audition.

Encore Musical Theatre

: A Thousand Faces: The Lon Chaney Musical

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The Encore Musical Theatre Company
7714 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, MI 48130
Register online under AUDITIONS at www.theencoretheatre.org/get-involved/

 

Audition Dates:
Open Call
, Sunday, November 14, 5–10pm

Cleva Chaney — 20’s (plays 16-30’s) Mezzo with high belt:
Lon’s first wife. Born 1888. Meets Lon and starts performing around the country at age 16. Young, beautiful, spirited, ambitious, with a terrific voice. Their marriage turns tempestuous. She flirts with other men and turns to alcohol. In the heat of an argument with Lon, she ruins her voice. Strong-willed and a survivor.

Hazel Chaney — Late 20’s-30’s Mezzo
Lon’s second wife. Born 1887. Never the beauty or star that Cleva was — instead, more stable, solid and a little heavier. While on the surface, she appears nice and helpful, she also knows how to get what she wants. Hazel is more driven than appears and can definitely hold her own.

Young Lon/Young Creighton — (10-12) Tenor
As Young Lon, Born 1883. Tough and smart. A big heart.
As Young Creighton – born 1906. He is kind, decent and thoughtful. As a child, he tours the country’s theaters with his parents, Lon and Cleva.

Adult Creighton — (20’s) Baritone
Floyd/ Stage Hand / Film Extra /Ensemble
As Adult Creighton – born 1906. He is kind, decent and thoughtful. As a child, he tours the country’s theaters with his parents, Lon and Cleva. When he enters adulthood, he must navigate his own need and desire to be an actor vs. Lon’s expectations. Later on, he will change his name to Lon Chaney, Jr. and become a Universal Studios film star. Tall: 6’2”.

M1 — 18-20’s Tenor
Billy Cochran/ Adult John / (Chorus Boy #1) / Murdock /Charlie / (Tito) / Ensemble
As John Chaney – born 1879. Lon’s older brother by 4 years. May tease Lon, but there’s a deep affection between the two. A good, solid, handsome young guy. Enjoys performing with his brother, but ultimately, he wants to be home with his wife and family.

M2 — 17-20’s Tenor
Young John/ Lee Moran / Reporter#1 / (Dancer) / Production Assistant / film extra / Ensemble (17-20)

M3 — 30’s Comic Actor – Baritone
Fred Niblo/ (Chorus Boy #2) / Stage Hand/ Doc Wallis / Sam / Hobo / Emcee / (Malabar) / film extra / Ensemble
As Fred Niblo – born 1874, a vaudeville comic, always quick with the one-liners.

M4 — 40’s Character Man – Baritone
Kolb / Male Actor / Director / Tod Browning / Reporter #3 / (Dance Judge) / Louis B. Mayer / Film Extra / Ensemble

M5 — 40’s Character Man – Baritone
Wallace Worsley / Dill / Fan / (Dancer) / Elmer / George Loane Tucker / Criminal / Ensemble

F1 — 30’s – Soprano
Waitress / Female Dresser / (Dancer) / (Christine) / Stage Hand / Film Extra / Ensemble

F2 — 20’s – Soprano
Singer 1 / (Chorus Girl #1) / (Dancer) / Pauline / Pretty Actress/ Joan Crawford / Film Extra / Ensemble

F3 — 20’s – Mezzo/Alto belt
Singer 2 / (Chorus Girl #2) / Reporter #2 / (Dancer) / Rose) / Switchboard Operator / Film Extra / Ensemble

Please come prepared with either:
(a) 1 minute Up Tempo and 1 minute Ballad; OR
(b) 1 minute Monologue and 1 minute Song.

Rehearsals begin March 22, 2022;
Performances run Thurs-Sun from April 21 through May 1.

Rehearsals begin March 22, 2022;
Performances run Thurs-Sun from April 21 through May 1.

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