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AUDITION INFORMATION

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Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc is proud to announce auditions for their May 2015 production of The Witches of Eastwick, which will be performed at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute from Friday 8th May to Saturday 23rd May 2015.

Comedy, drama and horror all come together in John Dempsy and Dana P. Rowe’s musical adaptation of The Witches of Eastwick. In the sleepy New England town of Eastwick, our three (not-so-wicked) witches Alexandra Spofford, Sukie Rougemont and Jane Smart are divorcees feeling trapped in their everyday humdrum lives. One stormy night, high on martinis and brownies, they make a crazy wish – for a man to make their own. But their wish has consequences they could never have dreamed…

A few days later, the mysterious and charismatic Darryl Van Horne arrives in Eastwick with a bang, taking over the local historical mansion to the horror of town doyen and president of the Eastwick Preservation Society, Felicia Gabriel. The stranger from New York wastes no time in seducing the three women, and setting them free to plan their revenge on the conservative town. Darryl encourages them to find the magic within themselves, and they finally ‘fly’ across the New England night.

But too much of a good thing can’t last forever…soon Alex, Jane and Sukie must face the consequences of their newfound passion for Darryl and the magic he can teach them. Felicia Gabriel and her Husband Clyde are the unfortunate victims of their power. When Darryl is deserted by his ‘three little ladies’, he turns his attentions to Clyde and Felicia’s daughter, Jennifer and soon a wedding is announced. Shocked, the three women must harness their power and face down the devil in disguise…

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Manager -

 Marcus Cassidy-Anderson

Director -

 Karl McNamara

Musical Director -

 Jonty Smith

Vocal Coach -

 Minna Ikonen

Choreographer -

 Steven Rostron

 

AUDITION DATES AND VENUES

Auditions will be held at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute Theatre, Corner of Melbourne Road and Electra Street, Williamstown (Melways 56 C9)

    • Sunday 18th January from 10.00am
    • Tuesday 20th January from 7.30pm
    • Wednesday 21st January from 7.30pm

 

DANCE AUDITION & CALL-BACKS

Please keep these dates and times free.

Auditionees may be required for the following dates and times; the Production Team will inform you if you are required to attend any of the dates and times below at the end of the first stage of auditions.

    • Thursday 22nd January from 7.30pm – Dance Audition
      MDX Studios
      Unit 2/ 1 Akuna Drive, Williamstown (Melways 55 H6)
    • Wednesday 28th January – Call-backs from 7.30pm (only if required)
      Williamstown Mechanics Institute Theatre

      Corner of Melbourne Road and Electra Street, Williamstown (Melways 56 C9)


AUDITION INFORMATION & REQUIREMENTS

    • All auditionees are required to make an audition booking by calling 1300 881 545.
    • Auditionees must be over the age of 16 at the time of your audition (with exception to the roles of Little Boy and Little Girl).
    • Please prepare TWO audition songs, in the style of the show, which demonstrates your vocal range and ability, connection with the lyric and confidence (you may be asked to sing just one song).
    • CHILDREN Please prepare ONE song, in the style of the show. In the audition please show that you have thought about character. If required, you may be asked back for a call back.
    • In your audition you may only be required to perform one or part of one or both of your songs, so please choose an appropriate starting place.
    • No songs from the show are permitted.
    • If auditioning for a particular character, please take note of the vocal type required.
    • Sheet music only may be used and all sheet music must be in the correct key. No transposition or a capella singing will be accepted. No backing tracks
    • Auditionees may be asked to sing some scales and/ or some oral exercises depending on the requirements of the role/ s they are auditioning for.
    • Auditionees may be asked to do a short read at their audition. Dialogue will be available at the venue at the time of your audition.
    • Performers from all ethnic backgrounds are invited to audition.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    • Rehearsals will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and Sunday afternoons from 1:00pm to 5.30pm, starting from Sunday 8th February.
    • There may be a requirement to start some Sunday rehearsals from 10am.
    • There will be 2 rehearsal weekends planned for 14th / 15th March and 11th / 12th April.
    • Performance dates are from Friday 8th May to Saturday 23rd May 2015.
    • Cast a required to assist with bump-out on Tuesday 26th May 2015 in the evening.
    • All auditionees are required to complete the standard audition form, please bring your CV (if you have one) and a non-returnable head shot.


CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

All cast members must be able to confidently sing solo & harmonies, act and be good ‘movers’.  

Darryl Van Horne (M)

 

Stage Age: 30 – 40-ish – Baritone.
A newcomer from New York. “Harold Hill” type baritone with a touch of “Rock & Roll” or Jerry Lee Lewis to solid Has major sex appeal. Women become hypnotised by his manner and charm. He breaks all the rules and wins all the women over. Is sexy without being beautiful.
   
Alexandra Spofford (F)
Stage Age: Age 30’s – Mezzo Belt.
A sculptress. Belt Mezzo with good head tones or mix. An artist. Creates with passion, bestowing her own individuality on each piece. Unique and yet affecting in her manner. Is the leader of the three women. Has a teenage son – Michael.
   
Jane Smart (F)
Stage Age: 30’s – Mezzo Belt/ Soprano
A cellist. Belt Mezzo with good head tones or mix. A musician who seems reserved and quiet. Has a straight-laced appearance but she can turn into a sexpot – her passion for music matches her sexual drive. Energetic with emotion. She has a cutting sense of humour.
   
Sukie Rougemount (F)
Stage Age: Late 20’s or early 30’s – Soprano Belt
A writer. Belt Soprano with good head tones or mix –  A journalist who is not focused in her work. Conveniently scatterbrained from time to time. Talks faster than she thinks. She is on the shy side and a follower rather than a leader. Sees Jane and Alexandra as the sisters she never had.
   
Felicia Gabriel (F)
Stage Age: 30 – 40’ish – Soprano Belt.
Town gossip. Eastwick’s First Lady
She doesn’t have class but thinks she does. Veneer of happiness is always on. She has money. Does not have a close relationship with her daughter (Jenifer). She is the self-appointed leader of society and has an unshakeable belief that she knows what is best for the town. Her brand of dictatorship is dispensed with a saccharine sweetness. She takes an instant dislike to Darryl on his arrival in Eastwick and becomes his nemesis.
   
Jennifer Gabriel (F)

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Stage Age: 16 – 18 – Light Soprano Belt.
Felicia’s daughter. Main juvenile lead. Direct opposite of mother. Complete natural innocence. Looks 18 –young. Her mother is a smothering presence. Accustomed to acting in a certain way to keep her mother happy. Felicia has tried to mould her into a “Barbie” doll for which she will find the perfect “Ken” – it isn’t going to be Michael.
   
Michael Spofford (M)

 

Stage Age: 16 – 18 – Lyric tenor up to A plus pop falsetto.
Alexandra’s son. Main juvenile lead. Innocence with a wild edge. Has a non-conformity about him. He has naïveté and sweetness but becomes hip later on. Is more a friend to his mother than a son.
   
Clyde Gabriel (M)
Stage Age: 30 – 40’ish – Character Baritone
Felicia’s Husband. A pathetic down-trodden man, who realises he is trapped in a loveless marriage. He is having an affair with Sukie. However, your sympathies are with him because of the relationship he has with his wife. He is hen-pecked but stays with Felicia because it is easier too; he is scared of her. She is also in control of all their money which demoralises him as a man. Has a good relationship with his daughter. Good voice but not a huge range.
   
Little Girl (Claire) (F)


Stage Age: 10 – 16 – Soprano
An ordinary young school girl
A “Young Cosette” type Soprano with a ‘young look’.  Needs to be the clean slate of the town women. She has not been painted like the rest.
 

 

Little Boy (Charlie) (M)
Stage Age: 10 – 16
An ordinary young school boy. An “Oliver” type Soprano Boy with a ‘young look’. Needs to be the clean slate of the town men. He has not been brainwashed like the rest of the men/boys.
   
Fidel (M)
Darryl’s servant – No singing required.
Singing not essential – age immaterial. Physical extreme or of exotic looks. Bizarre or as Darryl says, “Not of this world”.
   
ENSEMBLE
A varied and diverse group of individuals who populate the town of Eastwick. They are all “characters” and should represent a range of ages and physical types. Even though ages are stated they are only a guide and can be flexible. Similar with some vocal types.
 
Gina Marino (F)
Stage Age: 30’s – Soprano Belt.
Belt Soprano with good head tones or mix. Joe’s wife. Is a very sexy character. Big Felician crony. One of the Felicia trio. Volunteers in the library and has the ‘hots’ for Toby.
 
Brenda Parsley (F)
Stage Age: 40’s – Soprano Belt.
Belt soprano with legit sound. Minister’s wife (Ed’s wife). Lacquered hair. Busybody. Takes over running the town once Felicia is killed. Part of the Felicia Trio.
 
Greta Neff (F)
Stage Age: 30’s – Mezzo Belt.
Belt Mezzo with good head tones or mix. Raymond’s wife. One of Felicia’s cronies. Church, city council and housewife. All the ladies come to her house for the lacquered hair look. Married to Raymond, the school principal, and runs string quartet.
 
Marge Perly (F)
Stage Age: 30’s – Mezzo Belt.
Homer’s wife, also a real estate agent
Belt Mezzo with good head tones or mix – 30’s. Gossip of the town. Uses Eudora to find it all out. More of a follower. Wants to be accepted and fit into Felicia’s crowd.
 
Joe Marino (M)
Stage Age: 30’s – Tenor.
Gina’s Husband, a construction worker. Handsome and fancied by many of the townswomen. Good actor / singer.
 
Raymond Neff (M)
Stage Age: 30’s – Tenor.
Greta’s Husband, a school principal. Mousey school principal – is quite camp. Strong actor / singer
 
Toby Bergman (M)
Stage Age: 20’s – Lyric Tenor with Belt.
Works at the library restocking the bookshelves. Contemporary of Michael’s. Just out of high school. Handsome / cute.
 
Ed Parsley (M)
Stage Age: 40’s – Baritone.
Minister of the town church. A good man but has been in the church too long. Not in touch with his faith anymore – just doing it as a job, not as a calling. It’s convenient for him and it is too late to start over. Friendly. Caters to all the townsfolk.
 
Marcy Wills (F)
Stage Age: Late teens – early 20’s – Soprano
Jennifer’s friend. Cashier at the grocery store Possible Lead Dancer. Still in high school. One year behind Jennifer. Has a huge crush on Michael. Kinda slow and has unreasonable expectations for her life. She started at the store as a summer job and will be there the rest of her life.
 
Eudora Bryce (F)
Stage Age: 40’s or older – Mezzo.
A retired seamstress. She is a Widow and has enough money to live. Takes a walk every day. Knows everyone’s business. Quite eccentric. Lives in her house with lots of cats.
 
Homer Perly (M)
Stage Age: 30’s – Tenor.
A Real Estate Agent. He and Marge are a husband & wife duo. Lets Marge run with all the contacts. Does the books and keeps business running. Been in Eastwick ten years.
 
Dr. Henry Patterson (M)
Stage Age: 40’s – Baritone.
Town physician. Is privy to everything but doesn’t tell. Widower.