We are holding auditions on August 30th and 31st at the Briggs Opera House.  We will be auditioning for our next show, The Fantasticks. Character descriptions are listed below along with a link to an audition sign-up.

Here are the details for the audition. 

We are asking all performers to come prepared to sing 32 bars of a song that showcases your voice and your range.  We are also requesting that you come prepared to do a short one minute monologue that shows us who you are as a performer. Audition slots are for one hour so plan to be with us for that time. We may hold call-backs on Thursday, September 1 if needed.

 

The characters in this play work as an ensemble and as such, all players must have a sense of communal performance.  There are no “stars” and all characters are played in earnest and devoid of camp.  All must be able to move well and execute simple choreography.

 

Character descriptions:


El Gallo:  Male, High Baritone, 30-50.  Narrator of the piece, liaison between audience and players.  Warm, yet direct and somewhat mysterious with a commanding presence.  Must be able to address the audience in an intimate, natural and sincere way and also be a “player” where needed.  Some dance background helpful.

Matt:  Male, Baritone, 17-30.  A young lover, a romantic.  Lacks experience in the world but not stupid.  Naive and perhaps, foolish.  Gallant and wanting to be brave and needed.

Luisa:  Female, Lyric Soprano, 16-30.  A young lover, a romantic, in love with the idea of love, full of dreams and romantic notions.  Naive, but not stupid and very committed to her dreams.  Poised and natural with a vivid imagination.  Some dance background helpful.

Hucklebee: Male, 45-65.  Father of Matt.  Singing role.  Must have good comic sense and timing and work as a team with Bellomy.  They plot together for the marriage of their children.

Bellomy:  Male, 45-65.  Father of Luisa.  Singing role.  Must have good comic sense and timing and work as a team with Hucklebee.  They plot together for the marriage of their children.

Henry:  Male, 45-65.  Elderly comic actor who, along with Mortimer, moves the action. In the spirit of Shakespearean companies, he (along with Mortimer) provides all the other characters needed for the story, particularly the “grand” characters.  Was once a Shakespearean actor and may require an English accent.  Functions as a unit with Mortimer and they rarely appear apart from one another.  Completely theatrical, theirs is the world of the stage.  Highly physical.

Mortimer:  Male, 35-65.  Comic actor who, along with Henry, moves the action.  In the spirit of Shakespearean companies, he (along with Henry) provides all the other characters needed for the story,  Mortimer’s specialty is dying in the manner of the great adventures and melodramas.  May require a Cockney accent. Functions as a unit with Henry and they rarely appear apart from one another.  Completely theatrical, theirs is the world of the stage.  Highly physical.

Mute:  Male or Female, age open.  Serves many functions such as setting props, acting as scenic elements, assisting El Gallo.  Present throughout the show and yet must have the ability to fade into the background.  A functional character who sometimes interacts with the others.  Non-speaking role, but must have a prodigious memory, excellent timing and good focus on detail.