Cast for “Calder – The Musical”

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Klein & Alvarez Productions, LLC proudly announces the cast of “Calder,The Musical.”

Alexander Calder-Logan Moore
Thalia the Muse/Narrator-Maggie Held
Young “Sandy” Calder-Mitchell Wray/ Ian Gamble
Peggy Calder-Jordan Pecar/Piper Murphy
Louisa Calder-Virginia Vought
Nanette Calder/Ensemble-Emily McDuffee
Stirling Calder/Piet Mondrian/Ensemble-Jake McDuffee
Zelda Fitzgerald/Dancer/Ensemble-Chelsea Anderson
Josephine Baker/Dancer/Ensemble-Ashley Saunders
Gertrude Stein/NYC Times Editor/Dancer/Ensemble-Christa Runion
Dancer/ensemble/Trapeze Artist/Acrobat-Erin Fiandt

Congratulations to all of the cast members! And remember the show dates for the IndyFringe production of this brand new show will be Aug. 18th-28th 2016.

Addendum: I just wanted to add some important info and clarification given to me by Tom Alvarez, who is the lyricist for this show. – First of all, the dates above are the dates for the 2016 IndyFringe and of course every Fringe show gets a total of 6 shows during those dates – Calder’s  six dates are TBA. Also, I am pleased to note this: Tom informed me that Klein and Alvarez Productions is planning a full-length offering of “Calder – The Musical” – date and venue info is also TBA.

Even more on “Calder, the Musical”

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Calder logoHere is a second, more thorough “press release” from Klein & Alvarez Productions, which is putting together a new musical which will be a part of the 2016 IndyFringe next August and will subsequently be produced as a full-blown musical production sometime in the future. I wrote about this event in a previous post: here.

“Klein & Alvarez Productions” will be holding open auditions for roles in our original musical production of “Calder, the Musical!” It is based on the life of artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder, and how he brought art to life. This show will bring his many imaginative works to life onstage through dance and song while also depicting his life.
Auditions: Theatre on the Square on Mass Avenue
*Saturday March 19th from 10 AM to 4PM and on Sunday March 20th 10 AM-4PM. Dance 2-4 PM
*Monday March 21st 6 to 8 pm.

Show dates: Indy Fringe Theatre Fest Aug. 18th-28th, 2016.

Go to to reserve a spot.

We are looking for:
*Alexander “Sandy” Calder-(7 to 10 yrs old approx.)
*Alexander Calder-Adult version (20s to early 40s)
*Louisa Calder-Calder’s wife (20s to 30s)
*Peggy Calder-sister (8 to 14)
*Calliope the Muse/Narrator-comic role, woman or man (any age)
*Monsieur Marquis-Ringmaster of the Circus-(any age)
*Stirling Calder-Calder Father (30’s-50s)
*Nanette Calder-Calder’s Mother (30s-50s)
*6 Dancers/Singers/Actors (Ensemble) (Choreography by Mariel Greenlee) Musical theatre, jazz, tap dancing, modern
We will also be paying all actors and dancers.
*Dance Auditions from 2 to 4 PM

*Please have a short monologue that shows off your acting ability and a short 1 to 2 minute song to sing. Resume or head shots also are welcome if you have them.
Character Descriptions:
*Young Alexander Calder-“Sandy” (7 to 10 years old) -Little bit eccentric, bright, sings, cute kid, talented, passionate, imaginative, curious, likes to tinker and build in his workshop with wire and found materials, is bullied for being so ‘different.” Solo song and ensemble

*Alexander Calder-(adult male-20s to 40s in age) Baritone/low tenor lead singing voice (many songs), charismatic, artistic, colorful, dresses in red often, the same traits as Sandy the boy, “a big kid,” ambitious, free spirited, sometimes given to mumbling his thoughts, playful, driven, creates art when faced with hardships, a ton of a man, handsome, dark features, average build.This character sings the most songs. He creates a world of art that serves as the theme of the show, the power of imagination, and to create a world without evil, his aim is to use art to promote peace, hope, and harmony in an often troubled and dark world.

*Louisa Calder-Alexander’s wife-20s to early 40s in age) Elegant, beautiful woman, dresses very chic, sweet, supports Alexander, his ‘rock’ in a way, plays the accordion, fun loving. She also sings a few songs, one duet with Alexander, alto or soprano range.

*Calliope” the Muse-(20s to 40s in age) (male or female) more alto/belty range singing role, she is brassy, comedic, sarcastic, campy, and serves as the narrator. She sings in many songs and helps to carry the story along with her physical humor.. Many solos and part of the ensemble numbers.

*Peggy Calder-(7 to 13 years old) Alexander’s older sister, sings, sweet, protective of her brother, Sandy makes art for her when they are children. She is always there for him. Solos and part of the ensemble numbers.

^Monsieur/Madame Marquis the Ringmaster-Dances/Sings (male or female) (20s to 40s in age) Sings a few songs/solos, and is featured in the jazzy circus number, “That’s For Sure.” Mysterious, sexy, jazzy, intriguing, a showman, host of the party character. Also part of ensemble and will double as other roles in disguise.

*”Rigolout” the Strong Man-(20s to early 40s) -male, sings, baritione or tenor range, sexy, good physique, dashing, showman, also might include some dancing in group, production numbers. Mainly ensemble role.

*Nanette Calder- (20’s to 40’s) in age) Alexander’s mother, a painter, sweet-loving woman that supports her son and his artistic attributes. alto or soprano range-sings a few songs, ensemble also.

*Stirling Calder-Alexander’s father (20s to 40s in age) -Also artistic, he is a sculptor, struggling artist early on, but fairly successful later in life. He supports his son, strong personality, but wants him to become something rational, a mechanical engineer. baritone or low tenor range, sings with Nanette and ensemble.

*Ensemble Dancers/Singers will serve as chorus as well and smaller needed roles. (Many of these roles will be used for the full production later in 2016, not Fringe Festival. Fringe festival will consist of a cast of approx. 12 cast members. Many ensembles roles will be doubled or shared. Must be versatile. Strong actor/singer/dancers.

Minor and Ensemble Roles:

Pablo PIcasso

Zelda Fitgerald

Josephine Baker

Gerturde Stein

Marcel Duchamp

Calamity the Clown

Lion Tamer



Bella the Café Owner

Museum Curator

Ship Engineer/Big Boss

Newspaper Editor

Ringling Brothers-John and Charles

Bearded Lady

Museum Exhibit Guests

Keep an eye out for this upcoming happening: a new musical!

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I feel compelled to write about a conversation I had at IRT the other night with an old acquaintance of mine, Tom Alvarez. As we chatted in the cabaret just before seeing The Mystery of Irma Vep, Tom told me about a project he is working on – a new musical which will be presented as a short one hour piece at next summer’s IndyFringe. The plan is to subsequently expand that into a full length Broadway style musical for later production.

This new musical is being put together under the working title “Calder: The Musical” and Tom is collaborating on the project with a musician friend,  Dustin Klein, who joined our conversation later. They both spoke excitedly about the process of creating a show which includes forming a corporation, finding funding, plans for work-shopping the project as well as having an upcoming appearance on WISH-TV 8’s morning program Indy Style next Thursday (2/21/16) at 9 am.


Dustin Klein (right) and Tom Alvarez, collaborators of “Calder: The Musical”

A little about the subject matter – Alexander Calder, the American sculptor known as the originator of the mobile and other mechanized pieces originally worked as a mechanical engineer, but he had a life-changing experience aboard a ship which launched him into his remarkable and prolific artistic career. The musical intends to bring his life in art to life as art.

It won’t be until March that any opportunity for local performers will become available when auditions for the work-shop version of the show are held. I understand that from this working cast, the cast for the local premiere of the show will likely be formed. I’ll try to keep you informed – stay tuned.

PS – you can read more about the project here and here .

Photo by Crowes Eye Photography