AUDITIONS

AUDITIONS

Audition Notice
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Book by Roger Bean
Directed by Jim Weisman
 
Auditions for FTC’s Summer Finale, The Marvelous Wonderettes are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd and 4th, 2:00 p.m.,  at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 US Highway 87 south in Fredericksburg. All roles are available for auditions.

Audition preparation: Please prepare one song in the style of pop hits from the 1950’s and one song in the style of pop hits from the 1960’s. You may use songs from the show: one from Act 1 and one from Act 2. Please have the songs you prepare memorized. A pianist, CD player and the ability to play mp3 tracks will be available. Please, no a cappella auditions. A CD with the music for “Secret Love”, “Stupid Cupid”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, and “Rescue Me” will be available to check out from the FTC Box Office beginning Monday, May 8. Perusal copies of the script will also be available. Audition procedure: In addition to the song you prepare, you may be asked to sing part of a song from The Marvelous Wonderettes and read scenes from the script. There will also be an audition of dance moves in the style of “Girl Groups” from the 50’s and 60’s.

Schedule: The cast will be announced by Tuesday, June 6. The first full cast meeting will be Sunday, June 11 at 2pm at the theater. From June 19 to July 8 there will be two or three rehearsals each week. Starting July 9 there will be five rehearsals each week. Rehearsals will be scheduled for weekday evenings and possibly on some weekends. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be available at the first cast meeting. Starting July 31 attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays August 11th-20th. Contact: If you have any questions or need further information, please email Jim Weisman (Director) at jimweisman55@yahoo.com, Dawn Hahn (Music Director) at dawn_hahn@hotmail.com and/or Kerry Goff (Artistic Director) at kerryaaron@gmail.com with the subject Wonderettes auditions.

This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

Character Breakdown:

CINDY LOU (18, 28) knows she is the prettiest girl at Springfield High. She knows she will be named Prom Queen and acts out against her best friend Betty Jean when things don’t go her way. She makes the biggest change between Act 1 & 2, having learned the lessons of true love and loss. 
Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano 
Belt: E3–F5.
Sings melody line on most songs, so the other girls hang their vocals on this voice. 
Among the songs she sings lead are: ‘Allegheny Moon,’ ‘Son of a Preacher Man,’ and ‘Maybe’.

MISSY (18, 28) is the over-achiever of the group. Very controlled, very concerned that everything at the prom turns out wonderful and perfect. Head of the prom decorations committee; and absolutely smitten with her music teacher. Her best friend is Suzy. 
Vocal Range: Soprano: G3–A5. 
Wide range, floating high vocals and belting throughout the show. 
Among the songs she sings lead are: ‘Secret Love,’ ‘You Don’t Own Me,’ and ‘Wedding Bell Blues’. 

BETTY JEAN (18, 28) is the class clown, tomboy, always vying for attention with Cindy Lou, her best friend. It’s also highly probably that Betty Jean wants to be with Cindy Lou herself, but just doesn’t even know what those feelings really are. Cindy Lou steals Betty Jean’s boyfriend away, which causes a lot of the friction at the prom. She holds this grudge against Cindy Lou until they make up at the 10-year reunion. 
Vocal Range: Alto with strong low range: D3–E5. 
Among the songs she sings lead are: ‘Lipstick on Your Collar,’ ‘I Only Want To Be With You,’ and ‘That’s When The Tears Start.” 

SUZY (18, 28) is the gum-chewing, happy-go-lucky, go-along girl. Super-best friends with Missy, Suzy is always a little giddy and a little silly, and finds great pleasure in everything she does. In love with the lighting operator, completely surprised when named prom queen. Frustrated, sad, hormonal, and pregnant in Act 2. This role requires an excellent part singer and expert comedienne. 
Vocal Range: Mezzo-Alto with both sweet and soulful voice: G3–E5. 
Among the songs she sings lead are: ‘Stupid Cupid,’ ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me,’ and ‘Rescue Me’. 

Audition Notice
On Golden Pond
By Ernest Thompson
Directed by Bob Straus

Auditions for FTC’s fall production, On Golden Pond are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 15th and 16th at 7pm at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S Highway 87 south in Fredericksburg. All roles are available for auditions. Auditions will be conducted by cold readings from the script. Scripts for On Golden Pond can be checked out at the Fredericksburg Theater Company offices at the same location starting Monday, July 17th. The checkout period is 48 hours. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm. Attendance to Crunch Week rehearsals, April 9th-12th is mandatory, as well as attendance to all performances. Performance dates are Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s October 13th-29th. Synopsis: This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

CAST REQUIREMENTS:

CHARLIE MARTIN : This character is a local man who has known the Thayers most of his life and is described as big and round with a weathered face.

BILLY RAY: Chelsea's fiance, this character, is a dentist from California and father to thirteen-year-old Billy.

BILLY RAY JR. : This character is the thirteen-year-old son of Chelsea's fiance.

ETHEL THAYER : This character is Norman's sixty-nine-year-old wife and is energetic, loving, and sociable.

NORMAN THAYER JR.: This character is an eighty-year-old retired college professor who is spending the summer with his wife at their lake house in Maine.

CHELSEA THAYER WAYNE : This character is the only child of Ethel and Norman and is forty-two and divorced.

Audition Notice
The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Directed by Jim Weisman

Auditions for FTC’s Winter Musical The Addams Family will be held Monday and Tuesday, November 20th & 21st at 7pm at The Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South in Fredericksburg. A CD player, hookups for a MP3 player and pianist will be provided. There are 4 principal female roles and 6 principal male roles plus a chorus of 5 females and 5 males. All roles are available for auditions. Attendance to both audition days is not mandatory, but you’re welcome to attend both days.

Audition preparation: Audition packets will be available starting Monday, October 23rd at the FTC Box Office, located next to the theater. The packet contains an audition form, sheet music, backing tracks and scenes from the show to prepare for auditions. You may sing a selection from the show other than the ones provided, but you will need to provide your own sheet music and/or backing track.

Rehearsals: Some music rehearsals will be held between November 27th and December 21st . There will be no rehearsals December 22nd – January 1st. Rehearsals will resume January 2nd. Performances for The Addams Family are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, February 16th - March 4th. Attendance to tech/dress rehearsals February 5th-9th and February 12th-15th and all performances is mandatory.

About the show: The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. If you have any questions, you can email the Director at jimweisman55@yahoo.com with the subject line “Addams Family Auditions”.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

FEMALE PRINCIPALS:
MORTICIA ADDAMS
Vocal range: Alto (G sharp to B flat) 
 Age range: 40-55
Attractive, leggy, a strong dancer/mover, the strength of the family with a sexy, dry wit. Feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out. Given to low-keyed rhapsodies about her garden of deadly nightshade, henbane and dwarf’s hair.

WEDNESDAY ADDAMS
Vocal range: Soprano (A sharp to E sharp) 
Age range: 18-24
Has the same dry wit and sensibility of her mother. She finds love with a “normal” boy, Lucas, and wants to introduce his family to hers. Experiences the youthful drama that comes with first love while holding onto her dark side, her family heritage.

GRANDMAMA
Vocal range: Belter (G sharp to F sharp) 
 Age range: 60-80 (or older, who knows?)
A feisty old woman, fun and quirky, but don’t mess with her. This disrespectful old hag is Gomez’s mother…or Morticia’s...or maybe neither… She lives in the attic and concocts a variety of potions, including a powerful truth serum.

ALICE BEINEKE
Vocal range: Soprano (A flat to G sharp) 
Age range: 40-55
“Normal” mother of Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend. So devoted to her family that she puts aside her own needs. Good natured and quirky, she often speaks in rhyme. While at the Addams Family dinner party, she drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak the truth.

MALE PRINCIPALS:
GOMEZ ADDAMS
Vocal range: Tenor (B flat to G sharp)
Age range: 40-55
Morticia’s husband, of Spanish descent, he takes great pride in his family and revels in all it means to be “an Addams”. He struggles with having to keep his daughter’s secret from his wife, whom he adores more than death. A crafty schemer, but a jolly man in his own way.

UNCLE FESTER ADDAMS
Vocal range: Tenor (C sharp to C sharp)
Age range: 30-60
Gomez’s brother, he serves as the musical’s narrator. Larger than life, an energetic, joyous, child-like presence. He can be incorrigible and except for the good nature of the family and the ignorance of the courts, would probably be locked away.

PUGSLEY ADDAMS
Vocal range: Tenor (A sharp to F sharp) 
Age range: 10-15
A charming, funny, husky boy who loves being tortured by his sister, Wednesday. He wants to ensure he won’t lose his sister to her new boyfriend, so he takes matters into his own hands. An energetic monster of a boy…and a dedicated, yet crafty troublemaker.

LURCH
Vocal range: Bass (E flat to E sharp) 
 Age range: 30-60
A very tall, imposing figure, the Addams butler stays aware of everything that’s going on. Not an easy task. He speaks in moans and groans throughout the show, then comes forth with a stunning bass solo in the show’s finale. 

LUCAS BEINEKE
Vocal range: Tenor (C sharp to C sharp) 
Age range: 18-24
He’s fallen in love with weird Wednesday Addams and plans to marry her. Now he’s faced with reconciling the differences between their families. A fairly “normal” person, a hopeless romantic, he writes poetry, yet has a crazy and dark side.

MAL BEINEKE
Vocal range: Tenor (C sharp to A sharp) 
Age range: 40-55
Lucas’s stuffy father and Alice’s exasperated husband. Always looking out for the welfare of his family. He was once a follower of the Grateful Dead, but has lost that side of himself while striving to be the “normal” provider of a “normal” family.

CHORUS (5 female and 5 male)
THE ADDAMS ANCESTORS A variety of deceased Addams Family members from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. They emerge from their crypts once a year to celebrate with the living, then return to their rest. Only this year Uncle Fester traps them above ground to help promote the young love between Wednesday and Lucas. A very energetic group of singers, movers and shakers. Not at all what you’d expect from a bunch of zombies.

Audition Notice
Barefoot in the Park
  By Neil Simon
Directed by Steve Reily

Auditions for FTC’s spring production, Barefoot in the Park are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, February 17th and 18th at 2pm at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S Highway 87 south in Fredericksburg. All roles are available for auditions. Auditions will be conducted by cold readings from the script. Scripts for Barefoot in the Park can be checked out at the Fredericksburg Theater Company offices at the same location starting Monday, February 5th. The checkout period is 48 hours. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm. Attendance to Tech Week rehearsals, April 9th-12th is mandatory, as well as attendance to all performances. Performance dates are Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s April 13th-29th.

Synopsis: Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find-too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn't understand Corie, as she sees it. He's too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running "barefoot in the park" would be a start. 

Character Descriptions: 

CORIE BRATTER - a free spirit, newlywed to Paul 
PAUL BRATTER - a lawyer, newlywed to Corie 
MRS. BANKS - Corie's mother 
VICTOR VELASCO - the neighbor in the attic 
TELEPHONE REPAIR MAN 
DELIVERY MAN  

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