Legends & Lanterns Auditions

Legends & Lanterns is looking for Characters, Halloween History Guides, and Ambassadors! If you are interested in joining this great cast, please read the opportunities below.

All positions are paid at the starting rate of $11.19 per hour for performance dates and rehearsals. All applicants must be 16 years of age by August 15, 2017. If cast, you will be required to complete pre-employment testing.

CHARACTERS

Role Description: Legends & Lanterns brings to life some of the most famous and infamous villains, witches, spirits and phantoms from history and folklore. They have decided to make Main Street their new favorite "haunt"...but don't worry, these silly apparitions have more treats to offer than tricks, and they look forward to meeting "little monsters" of all ages.  These roles will require long periods of standing outdoors.

For your audition choose 2 (two) of the characters listed below
and prepare a 1-minute interactive performance as each

MEDUSA: NEW FOR 2017. The jealous goddess Athena cursed this once-beautiful woman by turning her into one of the most feared figures in Greek mythology. With a head full of venomous snakes, Medusa possesses the power to turn all who dare to look directly at her into stone.

SWEENEY TODD: NEW FOR 2017.First appearing in an 1846 penny dreadful titled The String of Pearls, he earned his nickname, "the demon barber of fleet street," by luring victims into his tonsorial parlor with the promise of the "closest shave they'll ever know." Cockney accent.

MRS. LOVETT: NEW FOR 2017. First appearing in the 1846 penny dreadful, The String of Pearls, this accomplice of Sweeney Todd uses her plucky entrepreneurial prowess to bake the demon barber's victims into delicious meat pies which she sells to unsuspecting customers. Cockney accent.

MISS HAVISHAM: NEW FOR 2017. After being jilted at the altar, this eccentric recluse from Charles Dickens' Great Expectations has spent years in her decaying mansion while still wearing her yellowing, tattered wedding dress. A Victorian mix of Norma Desmond and Baby Jane Hudson. English accent.

BLACKBEARD: NEW FOR 2017. One of the most fearsome pirates to ever sail the seven seas, Blackbeard would terrify his enemies by sticking lit cannon fuses under his hat, bathing him (and his signature facial hair) in an eerie glow. His ghost is said to haunt the shores of North Carolina, where he met his grisly end.

BIG BAD WOLF: NEW FOR 2017. Whether making a meal out of Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother, committing property damage while terrorizing the Three Little Pigs, or lending a musical threat to Peter and the Wolf, this woodland beast has provided storytellers with a formidable foe for generations

VLAD TEPES: (1431-1477) The ruthless Vlad was the Prince of Wallachia and a member of the House of Draculesti. The legend of this imposing figure (as well as his family name) inspired a young writer named Bram Stoker to write his 1897 novel Dracula.  Eastern European accent.

STINGY JACK: When this miserable Irish ne'er-do-well played a trick on the Devil, he was cursed to walk the earth for eternity with only an ember from the underworld placed in a hollowed out turnip to light his way, hence creating the first "Jack O'Lantern." Irish accent.

For audition times, sign-up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bacac2aa7fe3-2017

HALLOWEEN HISTORY GUIDES

Role Description: Halloween History Guides (HHGs) portray the ghosts of fictitious citizens of the historic district as they explain the origins of some of the most beloved All Hallow's Eve customs, and point out macabre areas of interest along Main Street during narrated, horse-drawn hay rides. When not narrating a hayride, HHGs lead interactive storytelling events and interact with guests on the street. A select group of HHGs will portray Victorian Mourners in our exhibit "Morbid Curiosity: Mourning Traditions of the Victorian Age."

For your audition, tell the following story in your own words and style...be creative!
(Creating a character for your audition is optional)

Jack O'Lanterns'. They are one of the most recognizable symbols of All Hallow's Eve. Every October you see their smiling faces pop up along porches and doorsteps...no doubt many of you have a pumpkin friend or two waiting for you back home. But how did this tradition of carving ghoulish faces into orange fruit get started? Well, for that we need to travel back in time to old Ireland, where the origins lie appropriately with a man named Jack...or as he was better know: Stingy Jack.

Stingy Jack was a prankster, a trickster, a cheat, a no-good ragamuffin, a miserable guttersnipe...do you get the picture? Jack loved playing tricks on everybody, and one day he even played a trick on the Devil himself. As you can imagine, this did not make the Devil a happy camper, and he cursed Stingy Jack to aimlessly wander the earth for all eternity, with only a glowing red ember from the fires of the underworld to light his way, which Jack placed into a hollowed out turnip.

In order to ward off Jack and various other evil spirits, Irish peasants who grew up listening to the legend of Stingy Jack, took to placing candles inside of hollowed out beets, turnips, and various other gourds that they had carved with grotesque faces...hence creating the first Jack O'Lanterns. As Irish immigrants made their way to America, the native home of the pumpkin, they found the orange gourds to be the perfect canvas for continuing this centuries-old tradition.

So, this Halloween, as you trick or treat amid the soft glow of grinning pumpkin faces, remember this legend well...or who knows...Stingy Jack may just play a trick on you!

For audition times, sign-up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4bacac2aa7fe3-2017

FESTIVAL AMBASSADORS

While working in collaboration with the management team, the ambassadors will be key in ensuring that the logistics of the Legends & Lanterns festival run smoothly.

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Full availability on the following dates: October 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29, 2017
  • The ambassadors will assist the Director and Production Assistant with tasks to prepare for the festival The daily set-up and removal of festival set decoration
  • Transportation of cast to and from breaks by golf cart
  • The ability to act as a Festival Ambassador providing information, directions, and Legends & Lanterns Passports during festival hours
  • An outgoing personality
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time in all types of weather

Interested applicants should submit a resume or application by 5:00 pm by July 10, 2017: The City of Saint Charles Human Resources Department, Suite 301, 200 North Second Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Employment applications can also be downloaded from the City's website and faxed to Human Resources at 636-940-4606, or emailed to humanresources@stcharlescitymo.gov. Employment Application: https://www.stcharlescitymo.gov/DocumentCenter/View/54