Auditions

Audition Notice: Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Villagers Theatre
is proud to announce
Auditions for
 

Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Directed by Devin Massih
 
 
Audition Dates
Sunday, August 12th from 6-9pm
Monday, August 13th from 6:30-9pm
Callbacks Tuesday, August 14th from 6:30-9pm
 

Please prepare an upbeat song that is either a pop song, a song from a Broadway musical, or a song from Alice in Wonderland Jr. There will be devices to play music if you would like to bring accompaniment, and access to a YouTube clip will be available.

 
We will let you know by Monday, August 13th if you have received a callback for Tuesday, August 14th. Final casting will be decided by August 18th, and the first rehearsal is Sunday, August 19th.
 
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the director at devinmassih@gmail.com.
 
General Information
Rehearsals will be Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30-9:00pm, and Sundays from 6:00-8:30pm. A more specific schedule will be sent home the first night of rehearsal
Tech week will begin Sunday, October 7th, so rehearsals will be MANDATORY from October 7th through October 11th, unless excused by the director.
 
Performances
Saturdays: October 13th & 20th at 12:00 & 3:00
Sundays: October 14th & 21st at 12:00
 
 
Character Breakdown
 
Alice, Small Alice and Tall Alice are differently sized versions of the show's titular inquisitive and intrepid young girl. On a journey of self-discovery, the adventurous Alice has the heart of an explorer and instincts of a leader. Even when frustrated or confused, she's awfully charming. Alice carries the heft of the singing solos.
 
Small Alice participates in a few musical numbers that might require good movement and dance skills.
 
Tall Alice appears for a few cameo-style moments.
 
The Cheshire Cat (1, 2, and 3) are the perpetually grinning narrators of the story, magical felines who doesn't always agree with themselves. Charismatic actors who can play mischievous and mysterious to both Alice and the audience.
 
White Rabbit is the fussy royal trumpeter, ever-worried that he/she is running terribly late. Exudes his/her nervous energy through constant fidgety movement. Because of his/her wordy solo, excellent diction is also a plus!
 
Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee are twins with an identity crisis and an exhausting enthusiasm for proper manners. Superfluously silly, the Tweedles are a comedy duo a la Abbot & Costello and Laurel & Hardy, so they must have excellent comic timing and chemistry.
 
Mathilda is Alice's scholarly sister, who has no time for silly games. She has the no-nonsense attitude and affection of a protective older sister. This role, which only appears in the first and final scenes, may double as a Wonderland Character ensemble role.
 
The Flowers (Rose, Petunia, Lily, Violet, Daisy) are a stuck-up group of pleasing perennials. Soloists.
 
Caterpillar is Alice's wise and fabulous mentor. In fact, if she had a fairy godmother, this cool Caterpillar would be it. Needs the vocal chops, the moves, and the magnetism to woo anyone in Wonderland.
 
The Mad Hatter is the life of the (tea) party and has a penchant for making up rules. Delightfully eccentric, the Mad Hatter has a flair for the theatrical and very little focus.
 
The March Hare is the Mad Hatter's chummy sidekick and enjoys a good party. Just slightly more rational than the Mad Hatter, the March Hare lets the frenetic Hatter lead the way, while never passing up the chance to play a silly game.
 
The Queen of Hearts is the hot headed and overbearing ruler of Wonderland. A  mean monarch with theatrical grandiosity.
 
The King of Hearts, the Queen's partner, has a timid demeanor until taking expert command of Alice's trial. Since he does not appear until later in the show, he may possibly double as a different Wonderland Character as needed.
 
The Doorknob is the gatekeeper of Wonderland, and knowingly encourages Alice to drink the magic potion. Has a tendency towards the dramatic.
 
The Dodo Bird is the imperious captain of the Queen's Navy, and leads the caucus race. A commanding presence and a suitable singing voice is necessary for this soloist.
 
 
 
LIABILITY/PHOTO RELEASE FORM:
All those auditioning must agree to and sign the Villagers Liability/Photo Release Form found at:
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Audition Notice: The Wedding Singer


Auditions: The Wedding Singer

Villagers Theatre, Somerset, NJ
25-26 August 2018

Villagers Theatre is excited to announce open auditions for a fall 2018 production of the The Wedding Singer, a musical by Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin, and Tim Herlihy, based on the 1998 film of the same name. Performances are scheduled for Friday through Sunday, November 2-4 and 9-11 (Friday and Saturday performances at 8:00PM and Sunday performances at 2:00PM), and Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18.

Preliminary auditions will be held Saturday afternoon, August 25 (1-4PM) and Sunday afternoon, August 26 (1-4PM). Callback auditions, as required, are tentatively scheduled for Thursday evening, August 30.  Auditions and callbacks will be held at Villagers Theatre, located at 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ (for directions, please visit the Villagers Theatre website at www.villagerstheatre.com).

In order to minimize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended. To make an appointment, visit

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All roles are open. Performers are asked to prepare one complete song (musical theatre or pop music preferred), and to bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided. Pre-recorded accompaniment or a capella auditions cannot be accommodated. All performers except those auditioning for Rosie (see below) will also be asked to learn and perform a dance combination at the initial audition. Please note that actors of all ethnic backgrounds will be considered for all roles.

The Wedding Singer will be produced by Devin Massih and Matt Muccigrossi, with direction by Frank Ferrara, musical direction by Shannon Ferrara and Michael Gilch, and choreography by Phil Solomon.  Rehearsals are expected to begin immediately after Labor Day and run approximately 3 times per week until the show’s opening on November 2.

The Roles

Robbie Hart (tenor, reads 25-35)
The hero of the story, Robbie is a wedding singer and mildly frustrated composer.  Quick-witted, unusually good in front of a crowd, and everyone’s best friend, he suffers from only occasional bursts of Adam Sandler-style rage and cynicism. Need an excellent singer and comedian able to cover a wide range of singing and performing styles. Ability to play, or willingness to learn, the guitar is very strongly preferred.

Julia Sullivan (mezzo soprano with medium belt, reads 25-35)
A waitress and the heroine of the story, Julia appears at first glance to be a pretty standard 80s movie girl-next-door love interest. At second glance, she might be insane. Impulsive and clever, driven at all times by pathological levels of both optimism and pessimism.

Holly (mezzo soprano with very high pop belt, reads 25-35)
Julia’s cousin, best friend, and unpaid therapist. Holly is direct and unaffected, the most practical of all the characters but also probably the most fun. She is styled after all of the different versions of Madonna. Need an outstanding dancer and singer with a very high belt (to a high E).

Linda (alto / mezzo soprano with hard rock belt, reads 25-35)
Robbie’s self-obsessed fiancée. Linda is deeply problematic in every conceivable way, but she is unequivocally an 80s rock star: equal parts Joan Jett and Ann Wilson.

Sammy (baritone, reads 25-35)
The spectacularly mulleted, mustachioed bass player in Robbie’s band, Sammy has the self-image of Slash but the soul of Art Garfunkel. Fundamentally decent and kind, but also kind of a blundering doofus. Ability to play the bass a strong plus.

George (tenor, reads 25-35)
Plays the keyboard and percussion in Robbie’s band. Flashy and spectacular and Boy George on the outside, he is also the only actual functioning adult in the gang. Needs a consistent and strong falsetto; ability to play keyboards and read music a strong plus.

Glen Guglia (baritone, reads early 30s)
Julia’s boyfriend, an athletic Wall Street shark straight out of 80s villain central casting.

Rosie (soprano, reads 65+)
Robbie’s grandmother, she is sweet, well mannered, kind, loving, and sings a lunatic four-minute rap song.

The Ensemble (approximately 8-12 performers)
The ensemble plays a variety of roles, including wedding guests, Mr. T, deranged wedding guests, Cyndi Lauper, Imelda Marcos, a nameless vagrant with boy-band inclinations, Tina Turner, stockbrokers, shopkeepers, and, obviously, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Multiple opportunities for dialogue and solo / small ensemble singing; need strong singers and dancers for all roles.

LIABILITY/PHOTO RELEASE FORM:

All those auditioning must agree to and sign the Villagers Liability/Photo Release Form found at:
villagerstheatre.com/liability-photo-release-form.pdf

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