Here's everything you need for our next audition. If there are sides or musical selections, they will be available here to download. Also, keep an eye on the MEMBER PORTAL at Actors Equity for the most current information. See you at auditions!
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Originally produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince
Directed by Joseph Leo Bwarie
The following is the AUDITION information about our upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM.
November 17 – December 31, 2017
Previews Wednesday, November 15 & Thursday, November 16
Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, Sundays at 3pm & 7pm
Added show Wednesday, November 22
No performance Thursday, November 23 & Sunday, December 24
Plot Summary: The Gods of Comedy are pleased! Broadway’s big, fat Roman musical is back, with a new spin on Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Sondheim’s raucous comedy that pays tribute to the original funny man himself, Plautus. Ancient Rome is turned on its ear in this bawdy romp of mistaken identity and twisting plots, where secrets hide behind every toga.
SEEKING: Actors and Understudies age 18 and over, local hires only for A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. Performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities encouraged. Intended for an adult audience, contains adult language and situations. See breakdown.Character Breakdowns:
Please prepare a 16-32 bar selection of an uptempo musical theatre song. (Those auditioning for Hero and Philia should also prepare 16-bars of a musical theatre ballad.) Accompanist provided. No a cappella please. Bring sheet music in your key.
Actively seeking a cast of diverse ethnicities.
Bonus: actors who also play an instrument: guitar, wind, brass, percussion, strings.
SENEX: MALE, AGE: 45-65, BARITONE (Vocal Range: top G4 – bottom B2) An older man, but one still attracted to wine, women, and song; the perennially henpecked husband; must be able to sing and move, and have great comic timing.
DOMINA: FEMALE (or Male as Woman), AGE: 45-55, MEZZO-SOPRANO (Vocal Range: top F5 – bottom B3) Strong, overbearing wife to Senex. A fiery broad who was once a beauty, but she does not realize that time has since passed. Must be able to sing and move, and have great comic timing.
HYSTERIUM: MALE, AGE: 35-45 BARITONE, (Vocal Range: top G5 – bottom D4) Slave to Senex and Domina - frantic and frenetic, tightly wound and paranoid. Pseudolus cons him into helping him in his plots, including dressing Hysterium up as the corpse of Philia. He is the “Ethel Mertz” to Pseudolus’ “Lucy Ricardo.” Must be able to sing and move, and have great comic timing.
PSEUDOLUS: MALE, AGE: 35-50, BARITONE (Vocal Range: top A4 – bottom A2) Slave to Hero - sly, conniving, and willing to do anything for his freedom. A larger than life guide through this farcical romp. A puppet master and leader of what is posed as a band of merry actors. Must be able to sing and move, and have great comic timing.
HERO: MALE, AGE: 18-25, TENOR (Vocal Range: top G4 – bottom B2) The handsome young Roman son of Senex and Domina, Hero is a lovesick juvenile who schemes with Pseudolus how he can win the hand (and body) of Philia – practical, privileged, romantic; must sing.
LYCUS/ERRONIUS: MALE, AGE: 45-75, BARITONE (Vocal Range: top F5 – bottom A3) To play Lycus and Erronius. Lycus is the owner of the brothel - snaky, slimy, lecherous procurer of courtesans; Erronius is the befuddled old father to his long lost children partially blind and always confused. Must sing (as Lycus) and have excellent comic timing.
PHILIA: FEMALE, AGE: 18-25, SOPRANO A virginal girl. An archetypal ingénue. She’s beautiful and young, devoted, pretty - but not by any means stupid.
MILES GLORIOSUS: MALE, late 20s-30, BASS (Vocal Range: top F5 – bottom B3) A handsome Roman warrior. Manly and Boastful. Vain and proud and pompous. Must be able to sing and move, have great command, strength and comic timing.
COURTESANS: FEMALE, AGE: 25-40. Various Vocal Ranges. A trio of women to act as a Greek chorus of sorts. A combination of 3 women to play the sexy and smart Gymnasia (a beautiful Amazon of a woman), Tintinabula, Panacea, Vibrata, The Geminae, Roman soldiers and others; all three dynamic actors who can sing, dance, have a great grasp of physical comedy, and willing to do a bit of a burlesque bump and grind (no nudity).
AUDITION DATE: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
AUDITION TIME: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Break: 2:00PM - 3:00PM)
APPOINTMENTS: EPA rules in effect. In-person sign-up begins at 9:00AM on 8/15/17.
LOCATION: Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505-4145. Parking available in lot beside theatre from alley behind theatre.