Auditions

Audition Notice: Peter and the Starcatcher

Producers - Donna Kimberlin & Angela Green
Director - Nick Wainwright
Musical Director - Francois Suhr

Auditions:
Monday, November 13, 7pm - 10 pm
Monday, November 20, 7pm - 10 pm

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

Auditions will be scheduled to ensure everyone is seen in a timely fashion - 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, each night. For information on scheduling, please contact donna@villagerstheatre.com.

Performance Dates:
Villagers Main Stage
February 2 - 18, 2018
Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

SYNOPSIS:
A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcherplayfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain's cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk's precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates - led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own - the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

All roles are open and those auditioning should prepare as follows:

- Prepare 32 bars of an uptempo musical theatre piece. (Please prepare A Cappella, as we will most likely NOT have the pianist)
- Bring clothes to move in for a brief choreography audition
- Prep a good story that will make us laugh. (The director is not interested in hearing monologues for the show)

CAST BREAKDOWN

Black Stache - Male - 30 to 50 - A notorious pirate, terrorizing the seven seas in search of a worthy adversary. Heartless, hirsute, and suspiciously well read. Partial to the poetical and theatrical, which causes him to behave quite flamboyantly.

Molly Aster - Female - 13 to 25 - A young girl and Starcatcher apprentice who is taken aboard the Neverland as precious cargo. Curious and intelligent, she is only beginning to understand the confusing romantic longings that come with her age. She will risk anything for the sake of what is right.

Boy/Peter - Male - 13 to 25 - A lonely and hardened orphan who doesn't miss much. Nameless, homeless, and friendless at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end. He wants a home and a family more than anything, and dreams of a life of being free.

Grempkin - Male - 40 to 60 - The schoolmaster of St. Norbert's Orphanage for Lost Boys. Mean and malodorous, he revels in keeping his boys in the dark and malnourished. Optional Doublings include: Fighting Prawn; Mack; Sanchez.

Mrs. Bumbrake - Female - 40 to 60 - Molly's nanny, a stereotypical British cad and outfitted with the duty of teaching Molly about womanhood. She still has enough charm in her age to attract a sailor or two. Optional Doubling as Teacher.

Bill Slank - Male/Female - 35 to 55 - The vicious orphaned captain of the Neverland. Does not possess the capacity to lead anyone but himself, which puts himself constantly in disaster. Greedy enough to send boys to their doom for the chance of gaining starstuff. Optional Doubling as Hawking Clam.

Smee - Male - 25 to 55 - Black Stache's first mate. He is single-mindedly dedicated to his captain's every whim.

Prentiss - Male/Female - 13 to 25 - An orphan, ambitious, hyper articulate, and logical. He yearns to be leader, even when he knows in his heart that he'll never be one. A bit of a blowhard with a touch of cowardice.

Alf - Male/Female - 50 to 65 - A seafarer, an old sea dog proud of his tenure. His kind heart gives him an appeal to the feminine sensibility.

Lord Leonard Aster - Male - 40 to 60 - Molly's father, a loyal subject to the Queen. The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, he is a faithful friend and a secret Starcatcher.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott - Male/Female - 35 to 45 - Lord Aster's old school friend, the captain of the Wasp, Britain's fastest frigate. Lives with nautical bravura and heroic patriotism.

Rehearsals December 18-23, 2017, with return after January 2, 2018.

For Information Contact:
donna@villagerstheatre.com
angela@villagerstheatre.com

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Audition Notice: The Fantasticks

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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