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Book and Lyrics by Christopher Dimond

Music by Michael Kooman
Directed by Keith Rabin Jr.

Music Directed by Tanner Kelly
Choreographed by Stephanie Hesse
Assistant Directed by Jennifer Patten

Stage Managed by Madelyn Salvucci

What would YOU do if you woke up to find your entire life thrown into a comedic, book-driven, commercial (but with artistry), highbrow, low budget, modern (but traditional) original American musical? Meet Howard Barnes, a perfectly average man...at least until the day that he wakes up to discover that his life has become a musical. Desperate to escape from the show of his life (literally), Howard embarks on a fantastical quest through the realm of musical theater to get his boring, un-musical life back again.  Equal parts satire, romantic comedy, and Broadway (but not Broadway) American musical, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes is intended for people who love musical theater, and their loved ones who probably hate it.


Forge Light Theatreworks will be producing The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes at The People's Building in Aurora. This will be the inaugural production for the organization! 

In keeping with Forge Light Theatreworks' commitment to equitable casting, Forge Light reserves the right to not announce casting until we have a cast representative of ALL people in our community.  We are seeking Disabled and Non-Disabled Black, API, Indigenous, Latinx, MENASA, White, and Multi-Racial performers of all types for this production. The gender of the character is noted for each character and can be played by anyone who identifies as that gender as long as vocal requirements are met. 


Forge Light is taking safety precautions to keep our casts safe in what we hope is the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please expect a strict live audition/callback process as we are working to minimize people's contact with each other. We are accepting self-taped auditions to minimize in-person contact.

We may have an extended rehearsal process for two reasons: 

  1. Smaller Group Rehearsals- Creating art safely is our first priority. In our best effort to work safely, we will utilize split rehearsals, especially early in the process, in order to minimize large group gatherings and adhere to Covid safety measures to the fullest extent possible.

  2. Performer Development Process- This is our commitment to lift up all performers in the community through a process that seeks to provide individualized focus aimed at meeting each performer where they are.



Self Taped Auditions: Video auditions will be accepted starting Friday, April 30, 2021
In-Person Auditions: In-person auditions are on Saturday, May 1, 2021, from  11a - 2p
Self Taped Auditions Closed: 
Video audition submissions close on Saturday, 
May 1, 2021, at 12p
Callbacks: We will be holding callbacks on May 8, 2020, from 9a - 11:30a

Where: The People's Building - 9995 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO 80010

What to Prepare: Please prepare one up-tempo contemporary musical theatre song (16-32 Bars)  (An accompanist will be provided for the in-person audition. Artists will be responsible for their own accompaniment if they choose self-taped auditions.).  FLT maintains a paperless and contactless audition process, please attach a headshot, resume, AND sheet music along with the electronic audition form. Please make clear marks and cuts on your submitted sheet music. 

Pay: All Performing Artists are paid $20 per performance

AEA: Non-equity contracts only

Role Availability: There are no (0) roles precast in this production


  • Forge Light Theatreworks' rehearsals for Howard Barnes will run for 8 weeks.

  • Rehearsal Location: Colorado Free University: 7653 E 1st Pl, Denver, CO 80230

  • A read-through and contracts/policy review will be on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

  • June rehearsals will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6p - 9p.

  • July rehearsals will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6p - 9p and Saturday's from 11am-2pm

  • Howard Barnes will load into The People's Building on Sunday, August 1, 2021. Please plan for a rehearsal this evening. 

  • Full technical rehearsals start on August 2, 2021. (Plan for some late evenings)

  • Howard Barnes will open on August 6, 2021, and close on August 22, 2021 (10 Performances). 

  • Conflicts should be listed on the audition form (below) in the appropriate section.  

  • Conflicts from August 3, 2021, to August 22, 2021, will not be considered.

HOWARD (Tenor, Late 20's-Early 40's, Male): An average man, a guy's guy, but a little awkward, not a typical musical theater leading man, emotionally repressed, carries a bit of emotional weight to him; vocal range: up to G#, can have more of a gruff/untrained sound (with great pitch), but ideally seeking someone who is a high tenor.

MAGGIE (Soprano, Late 20's-Early 40's, Female): An aspiring actress, quirky and neurotic, a bit insecure; vocal range: must belt up to a D and mix up to E/F.
VON SCHWARTZENHEIM (Baritone, 40's+, Any Gender): A giant in the musical theater industry and in his own mind, over the top, larger than life, flamboyant, in love with language and the sound of his own voice, the actor also appears as Mysterious Janitor, Mysterious Conductor, and Mysterious Homeless Man; vocal range: flexible range, but as currently written, sings up to a G.
GRACE (Mezzo, 20s-40s,  Female): Howard's ex, classy, confident, and dignified, mostly appears in Howard’s imagination as an incarnation of the perfect woman, but with an edge that leans toward bitchiness, the actor also appears as Dream Grace and Rabbit Grace; vocal range: belt up to C#.
ENSEMBLE (All Ranges, All Ages, ALL Genders): Casting three males and three females, seeking a diverse group of hilarious actors whose ability to instantly switch between ridiculous characters is essential, the chorus is written in an "SATB" format (two on each part), so ideally there will be a variety of ranges and vocal types, ideally seeking two sopranos who are comfortable up to a high G, there aren't actually any real "bass" notes, so there is no need for deep basses, but there is need some high tenors, up to an A, vocal versatility is ideal (comfortable with mixing/belting). Ensemble members will be chosen for featured ensemble roles by the casting team. 

Howard Barnes Audition Form & Sign-Up








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