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Open Auditions Announced for Center Theatre Players Production of "Sweeney Todd"

4/2/2014 —

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Harold Wheeler
Directed by Sandy Reigel

Performance Dates

Thursday, July 24
Friday, July 25
Saturday, July 26
7:30 p.m.
Audition Date
Saturday, April 26
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Auditions and all performances will be held at Penn State Beaver Auditorium, Student Union Building 100 University Drive Monaca, PA 15061 724-773-3610

Auditions

Auditions for Principals and Ensemble roles will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Auditioners should prepare one Broadway-style song (Sondheim songs and songs from the show are acceptable). All selections must be memorized. Anyone auditioning for a Principal role should also prepare a one-minute monologue of any kind. Recorded accompaniment is preferred.

To schedule an audition time, please contact Renata Shaw, staff assistant, Brodhead Cultural Center Office, at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3610.

Audition time slots will scheduled in five-minute increments. When calling or emailing to set an audition time, please include your contact information.

ACT 48 Credit: Educators who participate in the production may be eligible for Act 48 credit through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PLAY

Stephen Sondheim’s ground-breaking musical experience is laced with brilliant wit and dark humor. The musical centers on Sweeney Todd’s return to London after fifteen years of false imprisonment and the loss of his family. He murderously and boldly seeks bloody revenge as he savagely takes on his quest for justice and retribution. Aided and abetted by failing pie shop owner, Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney sets out to avenge the wrong doings he and his family have suffered. Set in the 19th century, this Tony Award-winning musical is often regarded as Sondheim’s most beautiful and most ingeniously crafted score.

Characters

Sweeney Todd (Baritone, late 30s – 40s)
A happy family man and barber by trade who is sent away on a false charge and returns as a murderous barber. He finds vengeance in his razors by systematically slitting the throats of all his enemies. He is consumed by his thirst for blood.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett (Mezzo-Soprano, late 20s – 40s)
Worn-down owner of a failing pie shop on Fleet Street. Hard-edged but with a savvy sense of humor. Lovett aides Sweeney in his massacre by making meat pies out of his victims. Cockney accent.

Judge Turpin (Bass/Baritone, late 40s – 60s)
Contemporary of Sweeney’s and the man responsible for his downfall. Pompous, self-centered and powerful. He plans to wed his ward, Johanna.

Anthony Hope (Tenor, 20s)
Young, modern romantic. A sailor who meets and helps Sweeney on his return to London. He falls in love with Johanna.

Johanna (Lyric Soprano, 20s)
Young ingénue. Sweeney’s daughter. Young, innocent, romantic, and beautiful. She becomes the ward of the Judge who wants to make her his wife.

Tobias Ragg (Tenor, late teen, early 20s to play under 20)
Young and vulnerable. Assistant to Pirelli, he is an abused orphan. He comes to view Mrs. Lovett as a surrogate mother figure. Cockney accent.

Beggar Woman (Mezzo-Soprano, 30s – 40s)
Once glamorous, she’s a mentally unstable homeless woman and prostitute. Highly physical role. Operatic mezzo with strong theatre belt.

Beadle Bamford (Tenor, 30s – 40s)
Sleazy, menacing henchman of the Judge. He can be subtly terrifying or outright threatening, yet equally fastidious and fussy. Classically trained high baritone/tenor with flexible falsetto.

Adolfo Pirelli (Tenor, 30s)
Charlatan Italian barber (he’s actually Irish). Over the top opportunist bent on blackmail. Must be adept at physical comedy.

Jonas Fogg / Ensemble
The keeper in charge of the lunatic asylum at Bedlam. Anthony, posing as a wigmaker in search of a specific shade of yellow hair, makes Fogg’s acquaintance during his quest for the missing Johanna.

Ensemble (All ranges, ages 16 - 60)
10 men / 10 women - Seeking all voice types from low bass to high soprano. Extremely legit voices, though women should be able to belt as well. Numerous solo opportunities as well as small speaking roles available.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)

June (To print a hard copy of the complete June rehearsal schedule, please click here.)
Sunday, June 8 - Full Cast - 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 11 - Full Cast - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 12 - Full Cast - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 15 - Full Cast - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 22 - Full Cast - 6:30 to 10:15 p.m.
Monday, June 23 - Anthony, Beggar Woman, Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney - 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24 - Judge, Beadle, Johanna, Anthony - 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 25 - Pirelli, Tobias, Sweeney, Mrs. Lovett - 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 29 - Full Cast - 6:30 to 10:15 p.m.
Monday, June 30 - Principals - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.


July (To print a hard copy of the complete July rehearsal schedule and performance/strike schedule, please click here.)
Tuesday, July 1 - Ensemble - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 2 - Principals - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 3 - Sweeney, Mrs. Lovett - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 6 - Full Cast - 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Monday, July 7 - Principals - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8 - Principals - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9 - Full Cast - 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 10 - Ensemble - 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Friday, July 11 - To Be Determined - 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 - Full Cast - 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Monday, July 14 - All Principals - 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 15 - To Be Determined - 6:30 to 10:15 p.m.
Wednesday, July 16 - Run Act 2 (Full Cast) - 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 17 - Run Act 1 (Full Cast) - 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, July 18 - Run Show (Full Cast) - 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 19 - Tech (Full Cast) - 6:00 to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 - Orchestra (Full Cast) - 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Monday, July 21 - Dress Rehearsal - 6:30 p.m. to ?
Tuesday, July 22 - Dress Rehearsal - 6:30 p.m. to ?
Wednesday, July 23 - Dress Rehearsal - 6:30 p.m. to ?
Thursday, July 24 - Show - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 25 - Show - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 - Show - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 27 - Strike set, clean up auditorium - all cast and crew - Noon to 4:00 p.m.

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