Lyric Theatre Auditions

Polly Peachum
A Musical Play in Two Acts
April 11, 2015

Into The Woods
April 23-26, 2015

Auditions: December 8 and 9, 2014

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:

 

Polly Peachum

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.

 

CAST LIST

LEADS

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)

SUPPORTING ROLES

The Writers

Jonathan Swift  (Baritone/tenor)
Alexander Pope  (Baritone/tenor)
Dr. Arbuthnot  (Bass or Baritone)

The Government

Princess Caroline  (Does not sing)
Prime Minister Walpole (Bass or Baritone)
Officer  (Does not sing)

The Actors

Mr. Clark (Baritone/ Tenor)
Mr. Pennington (Baritone/ Tenor)
Lavinia   (Mezzo or Soprano)
Mrs Ditchit  (Character actress)

The Patrons
Duchess (Does not sing)
Duke (Does not sing)

CHORUS (Who will play many different parts throughout the piece)
12 People 3 on a part

 


 

Into The Woods

Audition Materials for major role consideration:

baker_s_wife_side_mm45_72.pdf

baker_side_m79_end.pdf

cinderella_prince_side__2_mm40_55.pdf

cinderella_prince_side_top_m16.pdf

cinderella_side_m21_31.pdf

cinderella_side_m74_end.pdf

jack_s_mom_mm12_36.pdf

jack_side_m42_end.pdf

mysterious_man_side_mm33_55.pdf

rapunzel_s_prince_side_m53_end.pdf

rapunzel_side_2_m7_11.pdf

rapunzel_side__1_m77_end.pdf

red_side__1_mm1_18.pdf

red_side__2_m27_to_end.pdf

stepmother_side_mm5_8.pdf

stepsister_side.pdf

witch_side__1_mm24_38.pdf

witch_side__2_m146_end.pdf

wolf_side_mm56_77.pdf


Audition sides for Polly Peachum

Pennington and Clark

Swift Arbuthnot Pope

Mrs. Ditchit and Jonathan Wild

Walpole