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Casting Call for the Masquerade Of The Red Death Announced

Live, Open Casting Call for the live theater portions of The Masquerade Of The Red Death will take place on Saturday, June 28th at the ACTORS LOFT in Royal Oak, Michigan, from 11 am until 5 pm.

Prince Prospero (male, lead) - Vincent Price's part from the film. Prospero is charasmatic, engaging and evil, under the guise of protecting his friends. He has the most lines out of everyone in the story. At some points, it borders on being a one-man performance. You are not required to be Vincent Price, but watching his performance would be a good place to start.

The Red Death (male) - The personification of a horrible plague, The Red Death, which causes death in all who come in contact, within a window of 30 minutes. Ideally, this would be a large, imposing character. The Red Death only has one scene, but it is the most powerful of the story.

Francesca (female) - Played in the 1964 film by Jane Asher (Paul McCartney's then girlfriend). In the film, she is a 19 year old, red haired beauty on the eve of marrying her fiance, when she is kidnapped by Prospero after he burns down the village. She is sweet, innocent, has few lines, and is willing to sacrifice herself to save those whom she loves. She appears in most scenes with Prospero.

Esmeralda (female) - An 18 year old ballet dancer, portrayed as a dwarf in the film, but actually played by a 7 year old girl. Does not need to be played by a dwarf. Esmeralda only has 1 to 2 scenes. Would prefer an adult, but will consider a minor.

Hop Toad (male) - Esmeralda's boyfriend in the film, portrayed as a dwarf. Does not need to be played by a dwarf. Hop Toad has 3 scenes.

Alfredo (male) - A rich friend of Prospero's. Basically, he's a jerk that gets what's coming to him later in the story. Alfredo has 3 scenes.

Girl on stage (female!) - This is an "extra" role. This is simply a girl whom Alfredo is attempting to chat up in the opening scene. She has no speaking lines.

Castle Guards (male or female) - These are also "extra" roles. They are simply castle guards who hang around on stage and throughout the venue. There are one or two tasks for them during the live scenes. They have no speaking lines.

*These roles can all be observed in the 1964 film, "The Masque Of The Red Death", available on dvd, Amazon streaming, or search "the masque of the red death 1964" on youtube.

Imagine traveling through time to the 19th century and attending a grande masquerade ball in the Prince's castle. The Masquerade Of The Red Death is a medieval style masquerade ball, forged in the image of Edgar Allen Poe's macabre masterpiece short story, The Mask Of The Red Death. In imagineering this event, influence is drawn from both Edgar Allan Poe's original story, and from the 1964 Roger Corman film starring Vincent Price.

Throughout the night, events of Poe's original story, combined with events from the 1964 film will play out.. Tying these events together will be performers of every type, from music and dance to hypnotism, side shows and wizardry that will leave your brain in a haze. Featured also will be tarot and palm readers, and roving performers to be found all throughout the building. Each room will reflect a different color and mood, and have its own entertainment.

If you would like to sign up ahead of time to guarantee your spot (this is encouraged), please email with your resume and head shot.

Thank you!

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