Auditions!

Those auditioning will be asked to fill out an information sheet, providing basic contact information and detailing upcoming conflicts during the rehearsal and performance schedule. See each show’s description for detailed information regarding specific material that may be requested to be performed. Each audition date has an individual Facebook event created for it– RSVPing to these events is not required. Call backs are not listed. Call back information will be provided at the auditions. If you have any questions regarding any of our auditions, please do not hestitate to contact us at (319) 541-2980 or at info@citycircle.org.

Auditions for Disney’s The Little Mermaid on March 24-26

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Directed by Ian Zahren

This is City Circle’s annual teen musical and auditions are open to all Iowa teens who are currently in 6th-12th grades at the time of auditions.

AUDITIONS 

March 24 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. or
March 25 (Saturday) 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Callbacks: March 26 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

Please come prepared with 32 bars of a song of your choice that showcases your talent and personality.  We don’t want you to stretch at auditions–we want to see who you are! Bring your sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.

Your audition will consist of a five-minute individual audition, and a group dance audition. If your audition appointment on Friday is between 6 and 7:30 pm, you’ll be expected to stay (or return) for the 7:30 dance audition which will be done at 8:00 pm. If you are scheduled after 8:00 pm, you’ll be expected at the 9:30 dance audition which will finish at 10:00 pm.

If your audition appointment on Saturday is between 2 and 3:30 pm, you’ll be expected to stay (or return) for the 3:30 dance audition which will be done at 4:00 pm. If you are scheduled after 4:00 pm, you’ll be expected at the 5:30 dance audition which will finish at 6:00 pm.

Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

Performance dates for Disney’s The Little Mermaid are June 16-18.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsals will begin Monday, April 10 at 7 pm. A typical rehearsal schedule is Sundays 6-10 pm and Monday-Thursday 7-10 pm.  Please come to auditions with a complete list of conflicts. If you are cast, you may not miss rehearsals for conflicts that you didn’t list beforehand. When considering conflicts, please check your calendars for band and choir concerts, awards ceremonies, proms, exams, graduation/grad parties, family commitments, doctor/dentist appointments and anything  else that might conflict with the rehearsal schedule.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,”  “Kiss the Girl”and “Part of Your World.”

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

ARIEL – A mermaid and King Triton’s youngest daughter. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and dreams of becoming a part of life above the water. Hardheaded, naive, and emotional, but also kindhearted. Vocal range top: Gb5. Vocal range bottom: Ab3.

PRINCE ERIC – A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. A handsome, affable lad with a buoyant, adventurous nature. After Ariel saves his life, he becomes obsessed with finding her and hearing her voice once more.  Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: B2.

GRIMSBY – Prince Eric’s British guardian. Droll, stuffy, and constantly urging Eric towards his royal duties, specifically marriage. Vocal range top: C4, Vocal range bottom: C3.

FLOUNDER – A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but cautious, fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water. Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: A2.

SCUTTLE – A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite his supposed expertise. Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: C3.

KING TRITON – King of the Sea and Ariel’s father. Beneath his imposing presence and commanding nature lurks a harried single father who will do anything to protect his daughters. The death of his wife has also given him an irrational fear of humans. Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom:Ab2.

SEBASTION – A crab and advisor to King Triton. A musical virtuoso who is constantly distraught from keeping after Ariel. Despite his paranoia, he can’t bring himself to stand in Ariel’s way. Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

FLOTSAM – An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear. Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: E3.

JETSAM – An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear. Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: B2.

URSULA – The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Supposedly spurned at childhood, she will use whatever method necessary to steal the kingdom and claim it as her own. Malevolent, calculating, and deceptive. Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: Eb3.

CHEF LOUIS – The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular. Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

ENSEMBLE – Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana); Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses.

 


Annie Get Your Gun Auditions to be held February 17 and 18

Annie Get Your Gun
Directed by Krista Neumann

AUDITIONS 

February 17 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. or
February 18 (Saturday) 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Callbacks: February 19 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story.  Bring your sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.

Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

This is a big show with many character parts and a large ensemble and all ages are welcome to audition.

Performance dates for Annie Get Your Gun are April 28-30 and May 5-6.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, February 26 at 2 p.m.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Rough-and-tumble Annie Oakley is the best shot around. A backwoods gal, Annie uses her skill to support her family by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill and persuaded to join his Wild West Show, Annie is plucked from obscurity and becomes the toast of Europe. Annie meets her match in Frank Butler, Buffalo Bill’s leading man and star marksman. She falls head over heels for Frank, but soon eclipses him as the main attraction in the show. Her success with a gun makes trouble for Annie’s chance at romance. Annie Get Your Gun follows the journey of Annie and Frank, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot – and each other’s hearts. This fictionalized version of the life of real-life sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with Frank Butler boasts a score of Irving Berlin gems including “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “I Got Lost in His Arms”, “I Got the Sun in the Mornin’”, “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

PRINCIPAL MALES:

FRANK BUTLER — The male star of the Buffalo Bill Show, excellent baritone, strong actor(25+). Self assured character bordering on conceited.

CHARLIE DAVENPORT — Manager of Buffalo Bill Show, strong comedic timing (30+),
sarcastic, Dolly Tate’s brother and chief critic.

BUFFALO BILL — Owner and emcee for the Buffalo Bill Show, good baritone (40-65+) Good showman personality, loud commanding speaking voice.

CHIEF SITTING BULL — Indian chief who adopts Annie Oakley, baritone (40-70).
Comedic timing a plus.

FOSTER WILSON — Hotel Manager, baritone (40-70) strong personality with dry wit.

PAWNEE BILL — Owner of Far East Show, competitor of Buffalo Bill, baritone (40-70) Good showman skills.

PRINCIPAL FEMALES:

ANNIE OAKLEY — Famous sharpshooter, strong belter with significant range to sing soprano (19-35) Plays backwoods character with self assurance and spunk. Good comedic timing, and no inhibitions. Strong presence.

DOLLY TATE — Frank Butler’s Assistant in Buffalo Bill Show, good alto, (25+) obnoxious personality lending herself to some hysterical moments. Must be able to play ‘big character’ without being ‘over the top’.

PRINCIPAL CHILDREN:

MINNIE, JESSIE, NELLIE — Annie Oakley’s backwoods sisters, strong singers and actresses (ages vary from 7-15).

LITTLE JAKE — Annie Oakley’s brother, capable singer, good comedic timing (7-15)

In addition, there are numerous other character parts, and a need for a large ensemble. All ages are welcome to audition.


Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof on September 30, October 1

Fiddler on the Roof

Directed by Ian Zahren

AUDITIONS: Community of Christ Church 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville
September 30 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or
October 1 (Saturday) 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Callbacks: October 2 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story. Bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.

Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email liz@citycircle.org.

Performance dates for Fiddler on the Roof are December 9-11 and 16-18.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, October 9 at 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof is the brainchild of Broadway legends, Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince; songwriters, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; and bookwriter, Joseph Stein. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

TEVYE (45-60) – The likeable, hard-working, pious dairyman who always tries to see the positive side of life. He is a proud patriarch and father of five daughters, closely raised according to the old scriptures.

GOLDE (40-50) – Tevye’s strong-willed wife who wishes for her daughters to have good husbands and live easier than she and Tevye.

TZEITEL (18-25) – Tevye’s eldest daughter, who is madly in love with Motel. She is loyal to her family but typically challenges the town’s traditions.

HODEL (18-23) – Tevye’s second eldest daughter, who becomes involved with Perchik. She eventually leaves Anatevka to join Perchik in Siberia.

CHAVA (15-20) – Tevye’s middle daughter who loves to read. Falls in love and runs off with Fydeka, a Russian soldier.

SHPRINTZE (9-13) Tevye’s fouth eldest daughter who takes lessons at home from Perchik.

BIELKE (8-12) – Tevye’s youngest daughter. Takes lessons at home from Perchik.

YENTE (50-60) – The meddling matchmaker. She is a widow and village busybody who knows all of the town gossip.

MOTEL (18-25) – The poor and meek tailor who shares a deep love with Tzeitel. Sensitive and nervous, but sincere and friendly.

PERCHIK (20-30) – The outspoken student and visitor to Anatevka, who constantly challenges the traditions of the town. He eventually falls in love with Hodel.

LAZAR WOLF (40-50) – The feisty, brawny butcher and the town’s wealthiest citizen who wishes to marry Tzeitel.

AVRAM (40-60) – Man who runs the local bookshop and keeps the town advised of all the news in the area.

GRANDMA TZEITEL – Golde’s deceased grandmother, who endorses the marriage between Tzeitel and Motel.

FRUMA-SARAH – Lazar Wolf’s departed wife who becomes enraged that her husband plans on marrying Tzeitel.

In addition, there are quite a few smaller roles as villagers and Russians.

 

 

 

 


AUDITIONS FOR NEXT TO NORMAL

NEXT TO NORMAL
Directed by Kathryn Van Meter
Music Directed by Janelle Lauer
AUDITIONS: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, September 16th 6pm-9pm or Saturday, September 17th 2pm-5pm
CALLBACKS: Sunday, September 18th 11am-4pm @ CCPA

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Diana – mother Age: 40 to 45 Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: G3
Dan – father Age: 40 to 45 Vocal range top: B4 bottom: Ab2
Gabe – son. Age: 18 to 21. Vocal range top: C5 bottom: B2
Natalie – daughter. Age: 16 Vocal range top: G5 bottom: G3
Henry – Natalie’s classmate. Age: 17 Vocal range top: B4 bottom: G#2
Dr. Madden – psychiatrist. Male. Age: 30 to 40 Vocal range top: A4 bottom: A2

Please prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story. Bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided. You will also be asked to be prepared to sing ONE of the following songs:

Diana – Miss the Mountain (whole song)

Dan- I’ve Been (bars 5-32)

Gabe- I’m Alive (bars 43- 75 cut to 88-end of song)

Natalie- Superboy – (bars 11-44)

Henry – Perfect for You (bars 12-80)

Dr Madden- Make Up Your Mind (bars 3-34 with dialogue)

IF YOU GET CALLED BACK – THESE ARE THE SONGS YOU WILL NEED TO PREPARE:
Diana- You Don’t Know (bar 25 through the end & bars 59-end of Who I Am)
Maybe (bars 39-end)
Dan – Who I Am (bar 37 of previous song (You Don’t Know through the end of Who I Am)
Gabe – Who I Am (bar 27 -end)
There’s a World (whole song)
Natalie – Hey #1
Maybe  (Bars 39-end)
Henry-   Hey #1
Doctor Madden –   Better Than Before (bars 1-10)
Make Up Your Mind Rep (1- 22 cut to bar 51- end)

Copies of the show music will be made available at the CCPA if needed.

Performance dates for Next to Normal are February 10,11,12
Rehearsals will begin December 5 (taking into consideration the holidays)

Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email liz@citycircle.org.


Auditions announced for August: Osage County

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
AUDITIONS: The Community of Christ Church, 2121 S Ridge Drive, Coralville
Sunday, June 5th 4-6pm or
Monday, June 6th 7-9pm
Callbacks (if necessary) will be on Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm

Please note the change in performance dates: the show will run October 21-23.

August: Osage County is a tragicomedy that offers fresh insight into the dysfunctional dynamics of the American family, set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. “In August: Osage County can be heard echoes of other classic dramas about the strangling grip of blood ties — from Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night to Sam Shepard’s Buried Child — but Mr. Letts infuses his dark drama with potent energies derived from two more populist forms of American entertainment. The play has the zip and zingy humor of classic television situation comedy and the absorbing narrative propulsion of a juicy soap opera, too.” Charles Isherwood, New York Times 2007.

Character breakdown:

BEVERLY WESTON, 69 – The father and patriarch of the Weston family.

VIOLET WESTON, 65 – Mother and matriarch.

BARBARA FORDHAM, 46 – Bev and Violet’s eldest daughter.

IVY WESTON, 44 – Bev and Violet’s middle daughter.

KAREN WESTON, 40 – Bev and Violet’s youngest daughter.

BILL FORDHAM, 49 – Barbara’s husband

JEAN FORDHAM, 14 – Bill and Barbara’s 14-year-old daughter.

STEVE HEIDEBRECHT, 50 – Karen’s fiancé, a Florida businessman.

MATTIE FAE AIKEN, 57 – Violet’s sister.

CHARLIE AIKEN, 60 – Mattie Fae’s husband

“LITTLE” CHARLES AIKEN, 37 – Mattie Fae and Charlie’s son.

JOHNNA MONEVATA, 26 – Cheyenne Indian woman, housekeeper.

SHERIFF DEON GILBEAU, 47 – High school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara.

It is preferred that those auditioning should read the play and be familiar with it beforehand. Scripts will be available at the Coralville Library for perusal.
Please prepare a monologue of your own choosing or one from the script is welcome.
Submit an Audition Form to secure an audition time. If you do not hear back within 24 hours please contact Liz Tracey directly at liz@citycircle.org.
Walk-ups are always welcome and sides will be available for last minute auditioners.

First read through – Monday, June 20th at 7pm
First Rehearsal – Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm
Rehearsal schedule – Monday through Thursday 7-10pm and Sunday 2-6pm
Show dates October 21, 22 and 23 


Audition for In the Heights

This year’s Teen Musical will be the Tony-winning Best Musical In The Heights, with INTHEHEIGHTS_Titlemusic and lyrics by Lin-Manual Miranda and book by Quiara Alegria Hudes.

This show takes place in the predominantly Latino New York neighborhood of Washington Heights. The show’s composer encourages students of all identities and ethnic backgrounds to perform in this musical. It’s a chance for all of us to learn more about our world, our friends, and ourselves.  We welcome teen performers of all identities and ethnic backgrounds to audition for all roles.

Auditions are open to all Iowa teens who are currently in 7th-12th grades, and will take place on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th from 2:00-6:00pm at Nolte Academy, 1619 2nd Street, Coralville.  Callbacks will be on Monday, April 11, 8:30-10:00pm.

Please come prepared with 32 bars of a song that showcases your talent and personality.  We don’t want you to stretch at auditions – we want to see who you are!  Bring sheet music in the correct key – an accompanist will be provided.

Your audition will consist of a five-minute individual audition, and a group dance audition.  If your audition appointment is between 2:00 and 3:30, you’ll be expected to stay [or return] for the 3:30 dance call, which will be done by 4:00.  If you are scheduled after 4:00, you’ll be expected at the 5:30 dance call, which will finish by 6:00.

Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment.  Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority.  Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer will contact you with your appointment time.  If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email liz@citycircle.org.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE  – note that this schedule is a major departure from schedules past.  It is imperative that you come to auditions with a COMPLETE list of conflicts, so take the time to peruse the schedule and write down every conflict you have (unless it’s something you’d be willing to give up to attend rehearsal instead).  If you are cast, you may not miss rehearsals for conflicts that you didn’t list beforehand.

Rehearsals for In The Heights will begin April 30, and run Saturdays from 4:00-10:00pm and Sundays 1:00-9:00pm for four weekends (Apr 30/May 1, May 7/8, May 14/15, May 21/22).  We are tentatively planning to take Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) off.  On Tuesday, May 31, weekday rehearsals begin, and will run from 9:00am-4:00pm through June 10.  On June 11, Tech Week begins.  Tech rehearsals will run 6:00-11:00pm all week (Jun 11-16), with daytime rehearsals added as needed.  The show runs June 17-19.  Additionally, the cast will perform at Iowa City ArtsFest during the weekend of June 3-4, exact date and time TBA.

When considering conflicts, please check your calendars for band and choir concerts, awards ceremonies, proms, exams, graduation/grad parties, family commitments, doctor/dentist appointments, and anything else that might conflict with the rehearsal schedule.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR AUDITION? ADVICE? GUIDANCE?
Come to our fun, FREE Musical Theater Audition Workshop on Saturday, April 2.
All the details are here.


Auditions for 1776

1776City Circle will produce the beloved historical musical, 1776, this Spring.
“Witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence.”
And right in the middle of the presidential election season.
We welcome Director Pauline Tyer back to once again work her magic on 1776, as she did in 2002.

Auditions will take place on:
Saturday, February 20 from 2pm-6pm and
Sunday, February 21 from 2pm-6pm
at the Community of Christ Church in Coralville.
If callbacks are required, they will be on Monday, February 22 from 7pm-9pm in the same location.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story.
Bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.
You may also be asked to read from the script, no preparation necessary, sides will be provided.
The director is open to color-blind casting.

1776 scripts will be available for checkout at the Coralville Public Library beginning Friday, Feb 12. There are five copies available for a one-week checkout. The scripts will be available at the reference desk during all normal library hours. To check out a copy you will need a library card. Anyone can get a Coralville library card, you do not need to be a resident.

To secure an audition appointment, fill out and submit an Audition Form,  and our producer will email you with an audition time.
NOTE: If you’ve submitted an Audition Form, and you do NOT hear back within 24 hours, please email Liz Tracey at liztracey2015@gmail.com to let her know.  
Walk-ins are welcome at the auditions, but scheduled auditions will take priority.
It is rated PG.

Characters (please note that the ages are those of the character, not necessarily the actor):

John Adams, 41 – Delegate from MA.

Stephen Hopkins, 70 – Delegate from RI.

Roger Sherman, 55 – Delegate from CN.

Robert Livingston, 30 – Delegate from NY.

Benjamin Franklin, 60-70 – Delegate from PA.

John Dickinson, 44 – Delegate from PA.

Col. Thomas Mckean, 42 – Delegate from DE.

Richard Henry Lee, 45 – Delegate from VA.

Thomas Jefferson, 33 -Delegate from VA.

Edward Rutledge, 26 – Delegate from SC.

Abigail Adams, 32 – Wife of John Adams.

Martha Jefferson, 27 – Wife of Thomas Jefferson.

Courier, 15-20

John Hancock, 39, delegate, MA

Andrew McNair, older, Doorkeeper and Custodian of the Continental Congress.

Joseph Hewes, 46, delegate, NC.

James Wilson, 34, delegate , PA.

Lewis Morris, 50, delegate, NY.

Charles Thompson, 46, Secretary to the Continental Congress.

Caesar Rodney, 48, delegate, DE.

Dr. Lyman Hall, 52, delegate, GA.

Samuel Chase, 35, delegate, NJ.

Dr. Josiah Bartlett, 47, delegate, NH.

Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon, 43, delegate, NJ.

George Read, 43, delegate, DE.

Leather Apron/Painter, age flexible.

We hope to see you at auditions!


Don’t Be Afraid…..

TO AUDITION FOR SWEENEY TODD!

Our Music Director, Carl Rowles, has clarified the auditions process:

If you would like to sing in the chorus (which will be a large group of singers, of all types and ages), the ONLY thing you need to prepare for your audition is “16 bars of a song that demonstrates your ability to communicate a character.”

If you’re interested in playing one of the nine named roles, you should also choose a cutting from the list, and prepare that.
You only have to prepare a cutting if you’re auditioning for a named role (Todd, Mrs. Lovett, Tobias, Anthony, Johanna, Judge Turpin, Beadle, Pirelli or Beggar Woman).

Auditions are this weekend (Dec 12-14) at the Community of Christ Church.  All the details, including character breakdown, the director’s approach, a link to the audition form, and links to the audition cuttings are here.

We hope to see you at auditions, and onstage!!

 



Auditions for Sweeney Todd

Auditions for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will take place on
Saturday, December 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and
Sunday, December 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
If callbacks are necessary, they will be on Monday, December 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Auditions will be at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr., Coralville.

Rehearsals will begin on Monday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m.
The show runs February 12-14.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song that demonstrates your ability to communicate a character.
Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided.
The music director would prefer that your selection NOT be from Sweeney Todd.

Your primary audition should take no more than a few minutes, but you may be asked to stay and work with a group. Be prepared to stay for an hour.

To secure an audition appointment, please fill out an Audition Form.  Once you have submitted it, you should hear back from our producer, Liz Tracey, via email.
If you don’t hear anything within 24 hours of submitting your form, email her at liz@citycircle.org.
Walk-ins are accepted at auditions, but scheduled auditions will take priority.

Synopsis:
“One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.”

– StageAgent.com

Director’s Approach:

Sweeney Todd is about hypocrisy, that is, how we judge others differently than we judge ourselves. Is Anthony’s desire to posses Johanna any different than Judge Turpin’s? Is Mrs. Lovett’s enslavement of Tobias any different than Pirelli’s? Do not Turpin and Sweeney deal ruthless judgment? This beautifully constructed play highlights how we imagine ourselves righteous while quickly identifying the cruelty of others. It is beautiful in its biting truth.

A concert version of Sweeney Todd offers several amazing and rare artistic opportunities for those involved. While the fad in recent productions has been to strip this play down to a small musical ensemble and minimal chorus, our production will feature a full orchestra and as many as 40 choral singers. As the focus of a concert is on the music and the text, we will produce the full script and score with no cuts or omissions. Rather than focusing on spectacle, we will focus on bringing these amazing lyrics and music to life.

Casting:

We will be looking for exceptional actor-singers whose skills match each role regardless of age or physical type.

Todd – A wrongfully imprisoned barber who returns to London unsure of the fate his wife and daughter. When he realizes that his family is irreparable, he decides to take revenge on everyone in the city. When Mrs. Lovett suggests that they grind the bodies of his victims for her meat pies, he takes delight in the irony of “man devouring man.” Range: F2 – Gb4

Mrs. Lovett – The poor and lonely owner of a pie shop. Desperate for love and a better life, she is willing to overlook Todd’s homicidal mania if he will only marry her. She withholds the truth about the fate of Todd’s wife. Range: G3 – E5

Tobias – A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He believes he has found a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett, until he discovers the horrible truth. Range: Bb2 – Ab4

Anthony – A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna. Range: Bb2 – F4

Johanna – Todd’s daughter who has spent her young life caged in the care of Judge Turpin. She yearns for freedom. Range: Bb3 – A5

Judge Turpin – Portrays himself as a righteous and upstanding public official, but secretly uses his power to control and abuse the less fortunate. He lusts after Johanna and plans to marry her, though he is many years her senior. Range: E2 – Gb4

Beadle – A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin. Range: D3 – D5

Pirelli – Todd’s first victim, a flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past. Range: B2 – C5

Beggar Woman – Dirty, abused and forced into prostitution, she has a tenuous hold on reality. She is the first to notice the growing circle of death around Todd. After her death, Todd recognizes her as his lost wife. Range: Ab3 – F5

Chorus – as many as 40 performers of all ages and voice types. MANY solos and cameo roles.

Audition Process

Each actor should prepare 16 bars of a song of their choosing. Please sing anything that you feel showcases your voice and performance skills.

Each actor who wants to be considered for one of the named roles above will also be asked to sing one of following cuttings from the Sweeney Todd score. Each actor may choose the cutting that they prefer.

A – Todd
B- Lovett
C – Johanna
D – Anthony
E – Pirelli
F – Beadle
G – Tobias
H – Judge

If callbacks are required, these additional cuttings will be used.

I – Todd and Lovett
J – Johanna and Anthony
K – Todd and Judge
L – Tobias
M – Beggar Woman