Monday, August 15, 2011

SPOTLIGHTERS SEEK ACTORS FOR ALLEGORICAL MUSICAL

AUDITION NOTICE

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THE FANTASTICKS
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book & lyrics by Tom Jones
Directed by Kristen Cooley
Musical direction by Michael Tan

WHEN: Sunday, August 28, 2-4 PM; Tuesday, August 30, 7-9 PM
Callbacks will be held if necessary
WHERE:
Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
www.spotlighters.org

Performance Dates: Nov 18 - Dec 18, 2011 (Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Sun at 2 PM; One Thursday performance, Dec 15, 8 PM)

THE FANTASTICKS tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud and erecting a wall between their houses. The fathers then hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, settling the supposed feud and securing their fathers' blessings (which of course the young lovers have really had all along).

The children discover the deception and reject the arranged love match. Each goes off to experience the wider world. They return to each other bruised but enlightened by their journeys, realizing that they have always been in love, and renew their vows with more maturity. Elements of the play are ultimately drawn from the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, its story winding its way through Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream as well as Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore.

  • No monologue needed but may be asked to read from selected sides from the show.
  • Be prepared to wait 15-30 minutes to read with other actors.
  • 16-24 measures of music NOT from the show.Music should be a classic musical theater piece.
  • Give me your best story telling song that highlights your vocal range.
  • Dance/Movement evaluations will occur at the initial audition.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

  • The Narrator (El Gallo) 35 to 50; A rakish, handsome gallant; a dashing, articulate bandit. Baritone: A flat – High G
  • The Girl (Luisa) 16 to 18; A romantic idealist with spirit. Soprano: B – High B
  • The Boy (Matt) 18 to 20; An innocent young man, yearning for adventure. Baritone/Tenor: A – High G
  • The Boy’s Father (Hucklebee) 35+; Former navy man, meticulous gardener. Baritone: A – High F sharp
  • The Girl ’s Father (Bellomy) 35+; A merchant, also a picky gardener. Baritone: A – High F sharp
  • The Actor (Henry) 40+; An aging, over-the-top thespian. Non-singing
  • The Man Who Dies (Mortimer) 30+; Henry’s goofy sidekick. Non-singing
  • The Mute 20+; A speechless presence who watches, acts as the wall, and so on. May need to play musical instruments, like the tambourine. Male or female. Non-singing