Bristol Valley Theater, a professional summer theater for over 50 years, is accepting submissions of pictures and resumes from actors/performers for our 2022 summer season. We are located in upstate New York, an hour south of Rochester, in the scenic Finger Lakes Region.
The 2022 summer season, running June 16 – September 4, includes Heartbeat of America: The Classics of Country, Cowboy Vs Samurai, Once, The Book Club Play, It’s a Small World (World Premiere), and Amy and the Orphans. Breakdown for available roles is included below.
Actors are hired on a show by show basis. Each production rehearses full time for two weeks at the theater in Naples and performs for 10 performances over two weekends. Total time per contract is 3 weeks. A salary of $1100 is offered, paid in three weekly installments. Housing is provided at no cost to the employee.
Actors should submit picture and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not necessary to submit a reel or self tape at this time. We will reach out to you to request a reel or self tape if needed. Callback auditions will be held in person in New York City in March. Please specify if you are not/will not be in the New York area, so that arrangements for a virtual callback can be arranged if necessary.
For 2022, all staff, designers and cast members must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
(unless specifically noted, all roles can be cast with actors of any race or ethnicity)
Heartbeat of America (June 4 – 26)
4 performers of any gender who sing and move well.
Cowboy Versus Samurai (June 18 – July 10)
Travis Park – Korean American male-identifying, late 20 -30s, high school English teacher and closet romantic
Chester – late 20 -30s, Male-identifying, Asian American of Unknown Origin, eccentric
Del – late 20- 30s, Caucasian, male-identifying, ruggedly handsome, an All-American Cowboy, high school gym teacher
Veronica Lee – late 20 – 30s, Korean American, female-identifying, new in town, high school math teacher
Once (July 2 – 24)
Please Note: Everyone will be required to play an instrument “Girl” must play the piano and “Guy” must play
the guitar, but other characters may not be set in stone (*e.g., we do need a castmember to play
violin/fiddle, but it may be someone other than “Reza,” who traditionally plays that instrument).
Girl: Female-identifying, 25-35. Mezzo-Soprano. Must play the piano and sing extremely well. Must have a strong Czech (Eastern European) accent.
Guy: Male-identifying, 25-35. Baritone. Must sing and play guitar extremely well. Must have a strong Irish accent.
Billy: Male-identifying, 30-49. Baritone.Must play guitar* well. Must have a strong Irish accent
Reza: Female-identifying, 25-29. Soprano. Must sing and play violin/fiddle* extremely well. Must have a strong Czech (Eastern European) accent.
Baruska: Female-identifying, 45+. Alto. Must sing and play the accordion/piano* well. Must have a strong Czech (Eastern European) accent.
Bank Manager: Any gender identity, 30-49. Vocal type open. Must sing and play guitar* and cello* well. Must have a strong Irish (Cork) accent.
Svec: Male-identifying, 20-35. Baritone. Must play guitar* and drum kit* extremely well. Must have a strong Czech (Eastern European) accent.
Andrej: Male-identifying, 20-35. Baritone. Must play guitar* and bass guitar* extremely well. Must have a strong Czech (Eastern European) accent.
Eamon: Male-identifying, 20-35. Baritone. Must sing and play guitar* (and piano*) well. Must have a strong Irish accent.
Emcee: Male-identifying, 20-40. Baritone. The emcee at a bar. Must sing and play guitar* (and piano*) extremely well. Must have a strong Irish accent.
Ex-Girlfriend: Female-identifying, 22-35. Mezzo-Soprano Must play violin* extremely well. Must have a strong Irish accent
Ivanka: Female-identifying child , 7-10 years old. Mezzo Soprano
The role of Da has been cast. The role of Ivanka will be cast locally.
The Book Club Play (July 16 – August 7)
Ana Smith – Female-identifying, 30’s, the host of the book club, smart, type A
Robert – Male-identifying, 30’s, Husband of Ana, golden boy underachiever
William – Male-identifying, 30s, conservative, put together, well read
Jennifer – Female-identifying,30s, shy, awkward,smart
Lily – Female-identifying, Black, 20, a go-getter
Alex – Male-identifying, 30’s, an academic who has lost his moorings
It’s a Small World (Or The Robot Play) (July 30 – August 21)
Adam – male-identifying, Early 30s, computer engineer, broken
Billy – Male-identifying, 30 – 50, a postal worker, nursing a broken heart, possibly Southern (played by the actor who plays John)
John – Male-identifying, 40 – 50, a friendly stranger (played by the actor who plays Billy)
Marjorie – Female-identifying, 30-40, a Target employee (played by the same actor who plays Ruby)
Ruby – Ageless. A toaster oven. (played by the same actor who plays Marjorie)
Amy and the Orphans (August 13 – Sept 4)
Jacob – Male-identifying, 50+, neurotic New Yorker, trying to find his zen
Bobby – Male-identifying, 30s, movie enthusiast, trying to make his marriage work
Kathy – Female-identifying, 30 – 50, outspoken caregiver, trying to have a good Thanksgiving
The roles of Amy, Sarah, and Maggie have been cast.
Bristol Valley Theater is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and company members without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
In order to insure a safe environment for all employees, all new hires must be fully vaccinated, including boosters, against Covid 19 and comply with BVT’s health and safety requirements.
Bristol Valley Theater is a small, seasonal theater with a 50-year history of serving the Finger Lakes region of New York by producing and presenting live professional performances in our 196-seat theater. Located in Naples, a village of 1500, BVT has forged strong community ties with a rural and regionally based audience and established a reputation for excellence. Though active year round, the centerpiece of BVT’s programing is a 6-play season of plays and musicals from June – September, utilizing a company of professional artists drawn from New York City and around the country. Additionally the theater offers presented programming –theater, concerts, family programming– on select weekends year round, and educational programs for local students ages 4 – 17.