In exciting breaking news, Tidewater Players is ecstatic to announce auditions for the Maryland Premiere of the new revised London version of CHESS. With music by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, the creative half of international pop music legends ABBA, and lyrics by Tim Rice, renowned for his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber (Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Supertar, Evita) and Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), this iconic score with an all new book in concert version is based on the cold war era world chess championships of the 80s between reigning Russian champion Boris Spassky and upcoming American bad boy Bobby Fisher. The story of two world class rivals, the political factors of the day that drive them, and the woman that comes between them, CHESS features sweeping power ballads like “Someone Else’s Story”, “Nobody’s Side”, and “I Know Him So Well” (popularized by Whitney and Cissy Houston), as well as upbeat pop numbers like the quintessential “One Night In Bangkok”, the last song from a Broadway musical cast album to top the Billboard Charts. Andersson, Ulvaeus, and Rice weave a fascinating fusion of pop/rock, neoclassical, and European folk music into one of the most glorious singers’ scores ever composed.

Audition dates are:
Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 22, 7- 9 p.m.
The Cultural Center at the Opera House
121 N. Union Ave,Havre de Grace, 21078

Performance dates are:
September 7-9, 14-16
The Cultural Center at the Opera House

Director: Mark Briner
Music Director: Chris Rose & Stephanie Carlock Cvach
Choreographer: Bambi Johnson

The roles of FLORENCE, FREDDIE, and ANATOLY are precast. All other roles and ensemble spots are open.

Candidates are asked to prepare 16 bars of something in an 80s power ballad/pop or 80s semi-classical Broadway style


LEADS (all strong singers, age ranges described, all ethnicities):

ALEXANDER MOLOKOV (baritone/bass, 35+) High ranking agent with the Russian KGB intent on reigning in the Russian championship at all costs. He is sinister and perpetually threatening. Song to Know: his melody line in “Quartet”

WALTER de COURCEY (rock baritone, 30+) American CIA agent keeping tracks on the antics of bad boy Freddie Trumper, posing as his agent. The epitome of LA sleaze and schmooze, but equally as conniving when he drops the act. Song to Know: “The Deal”

SVETLANA SERGIEVSKAYA (belt alto, 30-45) Anatoly’s wife from back home in Russia, she is brought into play by the government to coerce and manipulate Anatoly via threats on his family. Dignified and proud to the point of self-sacrificing, she is the only decent person in this whole story of everyone using everyone.  Song to Know “I Know Him So Well”, “Someone Else’s Story”

The ARBITER (rock tenor 30+) The neutral and ethical monitor of all the chess matches, he sees himself as a rock star who does his best to oversee and fight crime in the game. Must be a good mover to dancer as his solo is a small production number with his assistants that establishes his rock star tendencies. Song to Know: “The Arbiter”

ENSEMBLE (all strong singers and decent movers who play various roles in the story):

Looking for up to 8 men and 8 women of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities, strong singers to execute one of the most glorious and powerful ensemble scores ever composed.  There will be minor movement in a few songs and some character scenes, but most will be performed concert style on stage with music stands for all backup singing.

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