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http://www.operahouseplayers.org/matilda-auditions

Directed by Becca Coolong
Music Direction by Devon Bakum
Choreography by Krista Brueno

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT 100 HIGH STREET, ENFIELD, CT.
Contact the director at BECCACOOLONG@GMAIL.COM with any questions. 

Children’s Auditions (Age 7-13)
Sunday June 16th at 3:00pm.

Please be prompt.  Audition requirements are listed below. 
Please note, this is an adult production and while there are children in the show, there will be late rehearsals, especially as we near opening.  We will attempt to get the children out as early as possible, however, it is important to understand the evening expectations.  

Adult Auditions (Age 14+)
Sunday, June 16 at 6pm and Monday, June 17 at 6:00 pm. 
Please be prepared to stick around after your initial audition is finished. A dance call will be held following the cold readings.

Callbacks (All Ages) Thursday, June 20

Rehearsal Schedule
– Rehearsals will begin in August. Exact date is not determined yet.
– Regular rehearsal schedule will be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. 
– Not all actors will be needed at every rehearsal, but please anticipate being needed for every rehearsal when organizing your personal schedule.  Even after the schedule is set, we ask you to do your best to leave those days clear in case of schedule changes.
Performance Schedule
November 8,9,10*,15,16,17*,22,23,24*  @8pm
*Sunday Matinees @2pm

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY

  • Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show – nothing from the show please.
  • Children – please prepare either a short monologue or a long joke to perform
  • An accompanist will be provided by the theatre. Please bring your own sheet music.
  • Singing to tracks or a cappella will not be allowed.
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for dancing.FROM OUR DIRECTOR:
  • All roles are available for casting.
  • Bring a headshot / resume if you have one.
  • Be prepared to do cold readings from the script and to stay for a short dance call.
  • Please note, the readings are not specific to the characters you may be considered for but are general examples of language from the show.
  • Please be prepared to outline possible rehearsal conflicts. The standard rehearsal schedule will be Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays but there may be a need to select other days so we will be looking for all conflicts from August through November.  Schedules are subject to change and we ask for transparency and flexibility.
  • Please note that any conflicts given to production staff after rehearsals have begun may or may not be excused. These will be determined at the discretion of the director. Please make sure you have checked all school schedules, field trips, dance recitals, school concerts, vacations, work conferences, other production schedules that involve you, etc. While you are a volunteer in this, please understand that this is a serious commitment and your attendance impacts many many people.  We have to work around the schedules of dozens of people and each unexpected conflict makes a difference.

CHARACTER LIST: 

  • Matilda Wormwood – An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched.
    Gender: Female, Age: 6 to 10, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Miss Agatha Trunchbull –The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school who despises children.
    Gender: Any, Age: 35 to ? Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Miss Honey – Matilda’s kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull.
    Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 45, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: F3
  • Mr. Wormwood – Matilda’s uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman.
    Gender: Male, Age: 30 to 50, Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: D3
  • Mrs. Wormwood – Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.
    Gender: Female, Age: 30 to 50, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Michael Wormwood – Matilda’s older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents.
    Gender: Male, Age: 10 to 15
  • Bruce – Matilda’s classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.
    Gender: Male, Age: 7 to 14, Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: C4
  • Lavender – Matilda’s classmate and friend.
    Gender: Female, Age: 7 to 10
  • Mrs. Phelps – A nice librarian. 
    Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 50
  • The Escapologist – A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. 
    Gender: Male, Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: C3
  • The Acrobat – A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. 
    Gender: Female, Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: D4
  • Rudolpho – Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner. 
    Gender: Male, Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: D#3
  • Doctor – Mrs. Wormwood’s Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. 
    Gender: Male, Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: C3
  • Children’s Entertainer –A party entertainer at the start of the show.
    Gender: Male, Vocal range top: Eb4, Vocal range bottom: F#3
  • Ensemble – Cook, Henchman 1, Henchman 2, Henchman 3, Kids (Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy), Parents.

http://www.operahouseplayers.org/bright-star-auditions

Open auditions May 12 & 13 from 6:00-9:30pm at our new theater space, 100 High St, Enfield, CT 06082
(Callbacks, if necessary, will be scheduled after auditions have completed)

Performance & Rehearsal Dates:
Performances: September 6-22, 2019
Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm
Sunday performances at 2pm
Rehearsals will begin end of July (around the 22nd).

Audition Requirements:

  • Be prepared to sing the following:
    16 – 32 bars of a strong musical theater song in the proper key
    (no pop songs please). A ballad is best. Country and folk music are strongly encouraged.
  • An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music.
    No singing a cappella or to a track.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing
    and bring a headshot, if you have one.

Questions? Please contact director John Pike, johnpike1@gmail.com

ROLES TO BE CAST:

8 female, 8 male
Age ranges listed are approximate.
All but Alice sing as ensemble members in addition to their named role.

Female Roles

  • Alice Murphy (30 / strong, rich alto with some upper register)
    Plays Alice at age 38–an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive, professional–but with an air of melancholy. The same actress plays Young Alice at age 16–rebellious, high-spirited, sexually forward, adventurous–looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world. Strong singer comfortable in folk / bluegrass.
  • Margo Crawford (early 20s / 2 nd soprano)
    A small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy who now harbors romantic feelings towards him; a natural beauty with a keen intellect.
  • Mama Murphy (40s-50s / Alto) 
    Alice’s mother. A caretaker to her family and her rural community. A warm, loving, sensible woman. Hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion.
  • Lucy Grant (early 20s / Alto) A junior editor at a literary magazine. An ambitious, professional young “modern” career woman of the 1940’s. Strong, forthright and provocative with a sharp sense of humor.
  • Florence – (20s / variable voice range) 
    an employee at Margo’s bookstore and a childhood friend of both Billy and Margo.
  • Edna – (variable age/alto) an employee at Margo’s bookstore.
  • Government Clerk – (variable age and voice range)
    A clerk at the Office of Records in Raleigh
  • Well-Dressed Woman – (mid 30s – mid 40s)
    A woman living in Raleigh.

Male Roles

  • Billy Cane (Early 20s / High Baritone)
    A soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.
  • Jimmy Ray Dobbs (30s / Tenor)
    Plays Jimmy Ray in his early 20s in flashbacks–Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice beau; handsome, boyishly charming, well-built, and intelligent; from a family of wealth and power and is being groomed by his father for a similar future in the family business; an independent thinker who is not afraid to stand up to his father for what he believes in; he has a sense of personal responsibility and morality as well as a deep reserve of passion and emotion. The same actor will also play an adult Jimmy Ray at age 40.
  • Mayor Josiah Dobbs (50’s / Baritone)
    A political and financial powerbroker– distinguished, even elegant, an imposing and controlling presence; has a genuine interest in protecting his son’s future and his family name, but in doing so, is ultimately pushed to a point of extreme and irrevocable cruelty.
  • Daddy Murphy (50 – 60s / Baritone)
    Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.
  • Daddy Cane – (late 40s – 50s / Baritone)
    Billy’s father. A widower. Spry, good looking. Kind hearted, if a bit lonely.
  • Daryl Ames – (30s / Tenor)
    An assistant at a literary magazine. Funny, with a dry and officious sense of humor. Insecure, and perhaps a bit socially awkward, but endearing and innately likeable.
  • Stanford (variable age and voice range)
    Loyal assistant to Mayor Josiah Dobbs
  • Dr. Norquist (variable age and voice range) 
    The local family doctor in Zebulon
  • Max – (20s / variable voice range)
    a customer at Margo’s bookstore, at first, he has a crush on Margo, but later becomes Edna’s beau.

Not paid work

October 25, 2014
Preparing a Successful College Audition

Goodspeed’s Audition Master Class is a one day workshop with Brent Wagner, the Chair of the acclaimed Musical Theatre Department at the University of Michigan. Professor Wagner will guide high school students in all aspects of song performance, including analyzing music and lyrics, acting the song, selecting and preparing the music, and understanding audition techniques. Each student will present two songs and will work individually with Professor Wagner. Participants will gain a valuable set of audition tools and techniques for their future in musical theatre. The program will also include an optional session, “Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs,” for parents and students.

REGISTRATION

With your application, please send a deposit of $75 in the form of a check payable to “The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation.” If you prefer to pay by credit card, please contact Kate Micari at 860.873.8664, x373. (If you are not accepted, your deposit will be refunded in full. If you are accepted, your deposit will be deducted from your total tuition. In all other cases, the tuition payment is non-refundable.)

Important dates and registration information:
• October 8, 2014: Application Deadline
• October 15, 2014: Applicants will be notified of status
• Upon acceptance, a final tuition payment of $175 will be due

TOTAL TUITION: $250

Send application to: Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute, Attn: Education Dept, PO Box A, East Haddam, CT 06423
If you have any questions, please contact Kate Micari by email at kmicari@goodspeed.org or at 860.873.8664, ext. 373.

2014 Program Description

• One-on-one song coaching
• Introduction to the college audition process
• Tips about essential audition techniques
• Exposure to all aspects of song performance
• Optional informational session and Q & A for parents and students

Participants should prepare two 16-bar audition songs with the accompaniment clearly marked (title, key signature and time signature prominent) with a 2 or 4-bar introduction. The songs may be from any period. Participants should dress as they would for a college audition. (Note: Applicants should be equally comfortable with both songs).

In addition, Prof. Wagner will present a talk for parents and students, “Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs,” from 4:30 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, October 25. Prof. Wagner will share essential tools for understanding the college process, with a list of recommendations and guidelines. Master Class participants are not required to attend this session, though it is strongly recommended for high school juniors and seniors. This session will be completed by 6:00 pm.

Participants and their families can purchase tickets to attend the 8:00pm performance of Holiday Inn on Saturday at the Goodspeed Opera House. If you are interested in obtaining tickets, please call Goodspeed’s box office at 860.873.8668.
2014 Schedule:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

9:30am – 4:30pm • Master Class – Students only

4:30pm – 6:00pm • Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs – Optional parent and student session
Location:

Larry McMillian Rehearsal Studio
21 Norwich Road
East Haddam, CT 06423
– See more at: http://www.goodspeed.org/pages/audition-master-class

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