Lyric Theatre Auditions
The auditions takes place in the Festival Theatre on Dec. 8 with call-backs on Dec. 9.
Preliminary auditions (Dec. 8) requires 1-minute monologue (from memory) and 32 bars of a musical theatre selection
Call-Back auditions (Dec 9) require selections below for major role for which you are auditioning.
Audition forms and sign-up sheets will be located both on the bulletin board outside of the Lyric Theatre Department and the Opera Department board on Level 2 of Krannert starting Monday, November 17.
Audition Materials for major role consideration:
Book and Lyrics by Gene Scheer and Bill Van Horn
Music by Gene Scheer
As a point of departure it is probably best to describe the singing in this piece as similar to the singing one would find in a Sondheim show. Not a Sondheim show on an operatic stage but rather in a musical theater setting. There are some moments that are more operetta like, but still, in the end this is truly a play with songs. There are no extreme range issues in the music, ergo almost all of the parts have been characterized either as Baritone/ Tenor, Mezzo or Soprano, Bass/ Baritone. In short, what is required is great actors who sing well without the extreme issues of range which often characterize operatic music. And of course, the delivery will be language driven as is the case in any standard musical.
Heroes and Heroine
Polly Peachum (Mezzo or lyric Soprano --High note is a G)
John Gay (Character voice baritone or tenor)
Jonathan Wild (Baritone/ Tenor (more baritone than tenor)
Jonathan Swift (Baritone/tenor)
Alexander Pope (Baritone/tenor)
Dr. Arbuthnot (Bass or Baritone)
Princess Caroline (Does not sing)
Prime Minister Walpole (Bass or Baritone)
Officer (Does not sing)
Mr. Clark (Baritone/ Tenor)
Mr. Pennington (Baritone/ Tenor)
Lavinia (Mezzo or Soprano)
Mrs Ditchit (Character actress)
Duchess (Does not sing)
Duke (Does not sing)
CHORUS (Who will play many different parts throughout the piece)
12 People 3 on a part
Audition sides for Polly Peachum