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Auditions: HPCT's "Sweeney Todd"


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High Point Community Theatre
121 S Centennial St 27260 High Point United States
Ages 16+ **NO EXCEPTIONS**

Director: Casey Kern
Music Director: Mike Lasley

General auditions:
Monday, August 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM OR
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Sign-in for general auditions begins at 6:30 PM!!!
Callbacks will be by invitation on Wednesday, August 17.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun!

Please arrive prepared with AT LEAST one audition piece (memorized, approximately 32 measure cut) in the style of the show. Contrasting pieces or repertoire books are encouraged, but not required. Bring sheet music with piano accompaniment clearly printed and in the key that you will be singing. No monologues necessary.

Please bring your calendar so you can list all conflicts during the rehearsal period.

TIPS:
-It is preferred that you do NOT sing a selection from Sweeney Todd
-Selections by Sondheim are not required, but certainly welcome. He has influenced many composers. Do a little research if you aren’t sure. Please, no Rent or Disney.
-Please sing songs in their original keys
-Be mindful of the accompanist. They are here to help you, so don’t abuse them and bring music that is extremely difficult to sight-read (ask a piano player if you aren’t sure). It is always good to have your music bound in some way (loose pages have a tendency to bend, fall, and cause other problems.)

CHARACTERS:
Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker (Bass/Baritone F2 - G-flat 4) A man consumed by revenge after his wife is kidnapped and raped, and he is wrongly convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Johanna’s father. Focused on revenge. Darkly cynical.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett (Alto/Mezzo G3 – E5) An amoral, pragmatic seller of meat pies - takes practicality to a ridiculous level. She lusts after Todd. A very high-energy role.

Johanna Barker (Soprano C3 – B-flat 5) Benjamin Barker's daughter, a ward of Judge Turpin. Beautiful and pure-hearted. Yearning for freedom.

Anthony Hope (Tenor or Baritenor, A-flat 2 - F-sharp 4) A good natured, optimistic, and naive young sailor. Helps Todd return to London and falls in love with Johanna.

Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker (Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano A-flat 3 – F5) Barker's wife, who he believes to be dead. Deranged and schizophrenic personality ranging from pathetic to crude.

Judge Turpin (Bass/Baritone E2 – F-sharp 4) A lustful, immoral, power-hungry man who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. Twists the law to suit himself. Responsible for imprisoning Todd.

Beadle Bamford (Tenor D3 - D5) Judge Turpin's partner in crime. "A bully with a thin veneer of gentility." Pompous and corrupt.

Adolfo Pirelli/Danny O’Higgins (Tenor B2 - C5) A charlatan who claims to be "the king of the barbers, the barber of kings." Must be able to use both rich Italian and rough Irish dialects. A very high operatic style tenor role. This also could be played as a “pants role” by a Mezzo-Soprano.

Tobias Ragg (Tenor B-flat 2 – A4) Pirelli's young, simple, but kind-hearted assistant. Becomes attached to Todd and Lovett.

Jonas Fogg (Male 35 – 60’s, potential non-singing role or member of Ensemble) The proprietor of London's asylum for the criminally insane. Sells the hair of madmen to wigmakers.

Ensemble: A wide variety of roles will come from the ensemble. Ensemble members must have strong voices and good musicianship. There are a number of important solo sung lines in the show, including one quintet for 5 un-named characters (all of which will double into the main chorus).

Note: All lead roles may be members of the Ensemble at various times in the production.

Performances: October 13-16, 2016 at High Point Theatre

Get a head start on your audition paperwork. Complete these forms and bring with you:
http://www.hpct.net/Forms/Audition%20Packet.pdf