AUDITIONS

AUDITIONS

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, October 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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