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AUDITION INFORMATION

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Williamstown Musical Theatre Company Inc is proud to announce auditions for their November 2014 Australian Premiere production of Frankenstein – A New Musical, which will be performed at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute from Friday 7th November to Saturday 22nd November 2014. We are looking for a small, yet versatile and flexible cast of 15, ready to explore a new show and interpretation. Most roles will double in ensemble, allowing for a busy track for all cast.

With earnest ballads and soaring ensemble numbers, this compelling new musical brings the suspense and romance of the classic tale to life in a uniquely faithful, yet thoroughly innovative and modern adaption of May Shelley’s original novel.

In his quest to discover the secret of life, Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant young scientist, creates a human of his own design that turns out to be a horrifying monster. This is no “Hollywood monster” but a flesh-and-blood man who, while terrifying in appearance, grows to become articulate, cunning, and thirsting for revenge upon the creator who abandoned him.

A tragic love story and exploration of humanity, Frankenstein, A New Musical breathes new life into the world-renowned story of man and creator pitted against one another in epic battle.

“… brings the classic story thrillingly to life.” – Julie Reed, Associated Press
“The theatre ricochets with chills and emotions.” – Backstage
“A big, bellowing hunk of musical manna” – The New York Times

For further information:

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director -

Shaun Kingma

Musical Director -

Tyson Legg

Assistant Director -

Sallyanne Mitchell

 

AUDITION DATES AND VENUES

Auditions will be held at the MDX Dance Studios, Unit 2/ 1 Akuna Drive, Williamstown (Melways 55 H6)

    • Sunday 20th July from 11.00am
    • Monday 21st July from 7.30pm

 

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.

    • Sunday 27th July – Call-backs from 1.00pm (only if required)
      MDX Studios
      Unit 2/ 1 Akuna Drive, Williamstown (Melways 55 H6)


AUDITION INFORMATION & REQUIREMENTS

    • All auditionees are required to make an audition booking by calling 1300 881 545. (from 23rd June)
    • Auditionees must be over the age of 18 at the time of your audition (with exception to the role of William).
    • Please prepare TWO contrasting songs (preferably in the style of the show – please refer to the links above), which demonstrate your vocal range and ability, connection with the lyric and confidence.
    • 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.
    • If auditioning for a particular character, please take note of the vocal range required and ensure that your selection covers this range.
    • 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. You are welcome to bring your own pianist if preferred. No backing tracks
    • Auditionees may be asked to sing some scales and/ or some oral exercises depending on the requirements of the role they are auditioning for.
    • Auditionees may be asked to do a short read at their 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 17th August.
    • There may be a requirement to start some Sunday rehearsals from 10am due to our shorter rehearsal period.
    • There will be 2 rehearsal weekends planned for 13th/ 14st September and 18th / 19th October 2014.
    • Performance dates are from Friday 7th November to Saturday 22nd November 2014.
    • Cast a required to assist with bump-out on Tuesday 25th November 2014 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

Victor Frankenstein

 

(A brilliant young scientist) – Early 20s to early 30s - High Baritone/Tenor (Low A to High A).
Driven. Victor does not see the destruction he is causing until it is too late. Initially seen as the protagonist, Victor’s role turns as the true nature of his actions become apparent. At times head strong and blinded; he also has moments of clarity and a deep sense of compassion. However these moments may have arrived too late. Highly demanding role that rarely leaves the stage. Strong vocals/acting. Numerous solo songs and dialogue.
   
The Creature
(The subject of Victor’s experiment) – Late 20s/30s - High Baritone (Low G to High Ab).
As stated previously, this is not the typical “Hollywood version” of the Creature. He is most certainly flesh and bone. We see enormous growth and torment as he attempts to understand the world around him. This role is not just about vengeance. It is also for acceptance, understanding and compassion. The role requires an actor/singer with an ability to physically and emotionally commit. The role requires the performer to be physically fit and have a high level of stamina. Numerous solo songs and dialogue.
   
Elizabeth Lavenza
(Victor’s fiancé) – 20s/30s - Mezzo Sop (Low G# to High F).
Betrothed since childhood, Elizabeth is a strong woman and devoted to Victor. We see her grow from a young woman who longs to be reunited with Victor, to a woman who is capable of nerves of steel and a strong sense of compassion, when Victor’s past finally catches up with them. We want to keep away from the “heroine as victim” type role, and want to ensure that Elizabeth is strong and modern. Numerous solo songs and dialogue.
   
Henry Clerval
(Victor’s lifelong friend) – Early 20s to early 30s - High Baritone/Tenor (High Bb).
Victor’s childhood companion who follows a path in direct opposite to Victors. Henry turns to God, while Victor plays God. Henry is initially supportive of his friend but his suspicions are soon confirmed as he attempts to stop his friend destroying the lives around him. Strong acting/vocals required. Numerous solo songs and dialogue.
   
Alphonse Frankenstein
(Victor’s father) – 40s+ - Baritone (High F#).
A supportive and caring man. We see him transform from a strong and vital man that is surrounded by his family’s love, to a man that is haunted by the many ghosts of those he has lost. Should have rich strong vocals and deep sense of maturity. Numerous solo songs and dialogue. Please note that this role may also double in some ensemble numbers.
   
Justine

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(William’s nanny) – 20s/30s - Mezzo Sop
An innocent, fun and warm woman. Devoted to the Frankenstein family and especially to William. She is accused of a horrific crime she did not commit and is hung, only to return in an even more horrific scenario.  Must have an ability to portray 2 extreme spectrums of a personality. Should be physically fit for this challenging role.  Numerous solo songs and dialogue. Please note that this role may also double in some ensemble numbers.
   
William Frankenstein

 

(Victor’s 10 year old brother) – 10-12 
A boy, curious about the world around him. A young innocent who unwittingly meets his brother’s creation face to face. Numerous solo songs/vocals and dialogue.
   
Blind Man / Ensemble
(A poor cottager) – 30s/40s - Baritone.
A blind man living with his daughter and her newborn child. A trusting and kind man who befriends the Creature, and offers him love and kindness. He teaches the Creature to speak and read. The Creatures one friendship that is tragically cut short.  Solo song and dialogue.
   
Agatha / Ensemble


(The blind man’s daughter) – 20s - Mezzo Sop
A plain and simple woman with a new born child. She spends her days tending to the farm her ailing father can no longer look after. Finds comfort in her home and small family, unaware of the danger that is lurking around the corner.  Solo song and dialogue.
 

 

Captain Walton / Ensemble
(A sea Captain) – late 20s/30s - Baritone.
A narrator of sorts. Walton pens a letter to his sister, detailing a strange tale from a man he rescues in the Arctic Ocean. A serious man who eventually comes face to face with the full horror of the tale he is being told. Solo dialogue and vocals.
   
Caroline Frankenstein / Ensemble
(Victor’s mother) – 30s/40s - Mezzo.
A tender and warm woman who provides Victor his strength throughout his journey. Dies in child birth with Victor’s younger brother she is the catalyst that sets in motion Victors story. Solo dialogue and vocals.
   
ENSEMBLE
(2 males / 2 females) – 20s + - Various Vocal Types
Looking for a wide range and versatile ensemble to play the above roles and more. Vocally strong with the ability to quickly changes characters. Solo dialogue and vocals.
(Various roles including; University Officials, Mob, Nobility, Sailors, Ministers, Mourners, Professors, School Master, Nurse, Judge, Guards etc and body doubles)