Producer – Andy Gordanier
Director – Joe Vierno
Musical Director – Emily Bengels

Auditions:
Tuesday, November 7, 7pm - 9 pm
Thursday, November 9, 7pm - 9 pm

Call backs by invitation, Tuesday, November 14, 7pm

Auditions will be held at:
The Villagers Theatre
475 Demott Lane, Somerset, NJ

For roles other than Henry and Mortimer: Please prepare a brief, up-tempo song and a ballad (standard, musical theatre; no pop/rock). Bring sheet music in the correct key; accompanist is provided, but may not transpose.

For the role of Henry & Mortimer: Readings from the script

All: Please bring a picture & resume

All roles are open and available

Rehearsals will be scheduled based upon cast availability beginning the week of November 19.

Performance Dates:
The Villagers Black Box Theater
January 12 – January 21
Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

SYNOPSIS:
The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The Narrator, who also plays the role of El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in the words of “Try to Remember” that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow." It is the world’s longest-running musical.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

The Narrator/El Gallo (Male, 30-50). As the narrator of the piece, he is the liaison between the audience and the action onstage. He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience. As El Gallo he is a swashbuckling leading man. He has darker moments with a decidedly mysterious side. Above all the actor is grand and must command attention. A charismatic actor with a facility for verse and excellent comedic skills who moves very well. Baritone.

Matt (Male, 20-30). He is in love, particularly with the idea of being in love. He lacks experience in the world and is naive and perhaps even foolish at times. His imagines himself as a gallant protector with a falsified bravery that is little more than bravado. A strong actor and singer, energetic, with some dance. Baritone.

Luisa (Female, 20-30). She is in love with love and indeed everything remotely romantic. Her dreams are more fanciful than those of Matt. She deals with the world on a particularly naïve level. Requires strong vibrant acting and singing, playful and feisty with some dance. Soprano with some coloratura and chest singing.

Hucklebee and Bellomy (Males, 45-65). Fathers of Matt and Luisa. Blustery and boisterous duo and team. Strong comedic timing a must. Always arguing and bickering, but secretly plotting together for the marriage of their children. More specifically:

Hucklebee (The Boy's Father). An ex-Navy chief. Assertive and a bit sloppy. A strong character actor. Some dance. Baritone. Must be able to handle harmony.

Bellomy (The Girl's Father). A button-maker. Passive and non-assuming. A strong character actor. Some dance. Baritone/Tenor.

Henry. An ancient elegant and frail actor, forgetful, and quick to recite impromptu, non-sequitur Shakespearean monologues. Excellent character and comedic actor with strong stage presence. Non-singing role.

Mortimer. Henry's sidekick. An "ageless" dim-witted comedic character actor with good pantomime ability. Cockney accent.

The Mute (Male or Female, age open). The Narrator’s assistant. This omnipresent character provides props, creates settings, interacts with other characters, and must move very well and have excellent concentration. Non-speaking, non-singing role.

For Information Contact:

andy@villagerstheatre.com

 

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