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Auditions for
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED
ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

Sep 30th & OCt 4th

Directed by George R. LaVoice
Musical Direction by Mark Ceppetelli
Choreography by Karen McMahon 

Auditions to be held at the Enfield Mall, 
90 Elm St, Enfield, CT 06082

Please contact the director at lvatnc@sbcglobal.net with any questions
Scroll down for more information.

Schedules:

Auditions (Age 18+)
Sunday, September 30th at 2pm
Thursday, October 4th at 6:30pm

Please be prepared to remain after your initial audition is finished.
A dance call will be held following the cold readings.

Callbacks Friday, October 5th at 6:30pm
When auditioning, please make yourself available for callbacks. You will be notified via email if you are needed to return for callbacks. Also note that even if you are not required for callbacks, you may still be cast in this production.

Rehearsal Schedule
Rehearsal start date TBD. Additional information will be provided at the auditions.
Regular rehearsal schedule for Nov, Dec, Jan, will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons, this includes dramatic staging along with musical and dance sessions. 
Not all actors will be needed at every rehearsal, but please anticipate being present for every rehearsal when organizing your personal schedule. There will also be consideration for holidays. If you celebrate any holidays in December, you will be excused from that rehearsal.  If you have any questions please let the director know.

Performance Schedule
“A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum” is scheduled to be performed at – a venue in the Enfield area – TBDon
February 8 thru February 24.  There are 9 performances for this show. 
Fridays & Saturdays will be evening performances; Sundays will be our matinee performances.

 Please note that our Set Strike will be held following the final performance.

Audition Requirements:

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY

  • Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show – nothing from the show please. 
  • An accompanist will be provided by the theatre. 
  • Please bring your own sheet music.
  • Singing to tracks or a cappella will not be allowed unless pre-approved by the director.
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for dancing.
  • We are looking forward to meeting you.

From The Director:

  • All roles are available for casting.
  • Bring a headshot / resume if you have one.
  • Be prepared to do cold readings from the script and to stay for a short dance call.
  • Dance requirements are standard and some basic gymnastic skills may be required for the roles of the Proteans and Courtesans.
  • Please note, the readings are not specific to the characters you may be considered, but are general examples of language from the show.
  • Please be prepared to outline possible rehearsal conflicts.  The standard rehearsal schedule will be Mondays, Wednesdays,  Thursdays evenings and Sunday afternoons but there may be a need to select other days. We will be looking for all conflicts from October through February
  • Once the show is up, there may be a weekly pickupif necessary.
  • Please note that any conflicts given to production staff after rehearsals have begun may or may not be excused. These will be determined at the discretion of the director. 
  • I realize that rehearsals for this show encompass special holidays.  No rehearsals will be scheduled for Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years day. Please see note in “Rehearsal Schedule” section.  
  • Thank you.

Character List: 

Prologus/Pseudolus: 
Male - Age: 30 +
Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom:A2
Actor who introduces the audience to the comedy they are about to see and owned by Hero. He is a Roman slave who seeks to win his freedom by helping his young master win the heart of Philia.  Quick witted, scheming, childlike spirit.

Senex:
Male – Age: 45 – 70
Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: B2
An old man and father to Hero and husband to Domina.

Hero:
Male – Age: 18-30
Vocal range top:G4, Vocal range bottom: B2
The young son of of Senex and Domina.  He falls in love with Philia and agrees to give Pseudolus his freedom if he can help Hero woo her.  Practical, privileged, romantic.

Domina:
Female – Age: 35 – 55
Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: B3
Senex’s wife.  A shrewish woman who dominates to the point of answering herself the questions she has asked of others.  Loves her husband deep down, but is outwardly controlling, demanding, and manipulative

Hysterium:
Male – Age: 35 – 55
Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: D4
The chief slave in the House of Senex.  Believes he is in control, but is actually Pseudolus’ puppet to carry out his schemes.  Anxious, conservative, loyal, he desperately wants everything to be in order. 

Erronius:
Male – Age: 45 – 75
Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: B2
An old man searching for his children. 

Miles Gloriosus:
Male – Age 25 – 40
Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: B3
The archetype of the braggart soldier.  A captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia. Commanding, boastful, manly and strong. 
*Height is not a requirement. *Emphasis on vocal and acting skills.

Marcus Lycus:
Male – Age 40 – 55
Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: A3
The owner of the Courtesans.  Always out to make a profit, but also wants to provide good merchandise on what his business offers. 

Philia:
Female – Age Minimum 18
Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: B3
A virgin in the House of Lycus whom we also find out is Erronius’ daughter. She is promised to Miles and vows to give him bodily what he has paid for, but loves Hero and promises he will always have her heart.  Young, pretty, devoted.  An archetypal ingénue. 

Courtesans:
Female – Age Minimum 18
Women who work in the House of Marcus Lycus
General Acting, Dancing, basic gymnastic and vocal skills. 

Proteans:
Male – Age Minimum 18
Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: B2
Multiple support roles, dancers, soldiers, etc. 
General Acting, Dancing, basic gymnastic and vocal skills. 

General reference for vocal ranges

Soprano: C4 – C6
Mezzo-soprano: A3 – A5
Contralto: F3 – F5
Tenor: C3 – C5
Baritone: A2 – A4
Bass: F2 – F4
Bass: C2-E4, Baritone: F2-G4, Tenor: B3-C5, Alto: E3-E5, Mezzo: G4-G6,

A SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:
The Opera House Players are in the process of moving to a new facility. Over 50 years have passed since the inception of this wonderful group and it is a very exciting time for everyone involved.  However, during the 2018 – 2019 season, the move to our new home and the growing pains that will accompany the journey will require patience and understanding.  We move forward knowing that all things that are good in life take time.  There are many facets to the move that include financial, legal, construction, contractors, sub-contractors, inspectors, etc. who will be guiding us through the process.  We refer to it as “the show within the show.  There will be drama, comedy, routines to learn and new partners to make the “larger” show a success.  If you would like to learn more about how you can become active within the process, please contact info@operahouseplayers.org


Audition dates for Newsies TBD, check back soon for more information!

OUR 2018 - 2019 SEASON:

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum:
February 2019

Newsies:
May 2019