Published: Wednesday, 04 October 2017 20:15
Written by Super User
Be a part of MCP’s opening show of the 2018 Season … The Fantasticks.
Director Rebecca Brewer and Music Director Sara Davis are looking forward to welcoming you to auditions. Auditions will be held Friday, October 20, from 6:00-8:30 PM and Saturday, October 21 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Theatre 42. The theatre is located at 2752 S US Route 42, Lebanon, OH 45036. It is one driveway beyond the Southwest Golf Ranch coming north from Mason.
Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16 to 32 measures of a song that showcases your vocal talent. It should not be one from The Fantasticks. Please bring sheet music for the accompanist. Singing acapella or to a taped track will not be acceptable. Those who are interested in the roles of Henry, Mortimer or the Mime will not be required to present a vocal audition.
The audition process will include cold readings from the script.
You may download an audition form and fill it out prior to your audition. Just click here. You may attach a resume or bring your resume with you to attach to the form that you fill out at auditions.
Provided below is a list of characters with a brief description and vocal range for each.
The Fantasticks will be presented February 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 at 8:00 PM and February 11 at 2:00 PM at Theatre 42. Read-thru will occur during the week of November 6 and the first rehearsal will be November 16.
El Gallo (Male, High Baritone, 30-45*)
As the narrator of the piece, he is the liaison between the audience and the action on stage. He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience, yet with darker moments. His attitude toward the rest of the cast reveals a decidedly mysterious side. Above all he is grand and must command attention.
Matt (Male, Baritone, 16-26*)
As a young lover, he is deeply in love, particularly with the idea of being in love. He lacks experience in the world so, while not stupid, he is naïve and perhaps even foolish at times. His image of a young man in love is one of a gallant protector, meaning that he approaches some decisions with a falsified bravery that is little more than bravado.
Luisa (Female, Legit Soprano, 16-26*)
As a young lover, she is in love. She is in love with love, the idea of love, the idea of being in love and indeed everything remotely romantic. Her dreams are more fanciful than those of Matt. Because of her particularly naive vision of romance, she deals with the world on a particularly naïve level.
Hucklebee and Bellomy (Males, Baritone, 45-60*)
Blustery and Boisterous. Duo and team. Strong comedic timing is a must. Fathers of Matt and Louisa. Always arguing and bickering, but secretly plotting together for the marriage of their children.
Henry and Mortimer (Males, 30-60*)
Foolish comic actors who move the action while not seeming to contribute anything of substance. As performers their day has long past. Henry can play grand characters and recite Shakespeare, but with very little success these days. May be asked to speak in an English accent. Mortimer’s specialty is dying on stage in the manner of great adventures and melodramas. May be asked to speak in a cockney accent, Henry and Mortimer function as a unit and rarely appear apart from each other. They are entirely theatrical and theirs is the world of the stage. They do not sing.
The Mute (Male or Female, age open)
The Mute serves many functions – setting props as characters need them, assisting El Gallo, and becoming the wall separating the families. While omnipresent the character must also have the ability to fade into the background. This is a functional character that sometimes interacts with the others.
*These ages are approximate. Actors should be able to play these ages. Some ages may be altered, based on the actors who audition, at the discretion of the director.