Audition Notice: SWEENEY TODD

Audition Notice: SWEENEY TODD

Wheaton Drama announces auditions for SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Randall W. Knott, with production management by Elyse Willis, musical direction by Bryan McCaffery, and choreography by Katy Smith.

WHEN: Sunday, March 3 or Monday, March 4, beginning at 7 p.m..  Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, March 6, beginning at 7 p.m..

WHERE:¬†¬†Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton, IL

Auditions will be by appointment (see below). Please prepare 32 bars of a piece in the style of the show. There will be no movement/reading at the preliminary auditions, just singing. Callbacks will include some movement. Please plan to arrive as early as you need to prepare for your audition time. Note: we intend to be on time, if you are late, your spot will likely be forfeited. See below for character descriptions.

To schedule an appointment:

Audition appointments have been filled and a waiting list has been started. Please email below to be added to the waiting list for an audition!

Please email¬†[email protected] with a preferred audition¬†night, NOT a preferred¬†time.¬†With the demand we expect, we will not be able to accommodate requests for appointment time.¬†Audition appointments will be scheduled in 5 minute increments, and the Production Staff reserves the right to fill the slots as requests arrive.¬†Please indicate that in the event your preferred night is not available, if you are available the other night as well.¬†Auditions will be first come, first serve, and limited to the 72 slots we are creating.¬†Audition appointments will close on March 1, 5:00 pm.¬†¬†

SWEENEY TODDwill¬†run¬†May¬†24¬†through¬†June¬†16,¬†2019.¬†Performances will take place Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 3pm. All performances are staged at Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale Street in downtown Wheaton.

Non-Mandatory Q&A with Production Staff

There will be a non-mandatory Q&A with the Director and Assistant Director on Saturday morning, February 9th, at Playhouse 111, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Audition expectations, a brief description of the vision of the show, and any questions from those attending will be the topics of the day.  There will be doughnuts, coffee, etc.  Mostly, it’s a way to break some of the tension before the auditions.  As stated, attendance is not mandatory, but we might have some fun.  

Character Descriptions:
Age ranges mean WHAT CAN BE VISUALIZED ON STAGE age ranges, not necessarily actual ages of actors.

Sweeney Todd‚Äď Baritone¬†¬†(Age 35-45)¬†¬†Primary male lead.¬†A man out for revenge following his 15 year false imprisonment in Australia.¬†¬†Will learn small amount of stage combat.

Mrs.¬†Lovett‚Äď Mezzo (Age 45-55)¬†¬†Primary female lead.¬†¬†Opportunistic owner of a failing meat pie shop.¬†¬†Comedic, for sure, but with an edge.

Judge Turpin‚Äď Baritone (Age 55-75) Supporting male lead.¬†¬†Sanctimonious ‚Äúhonorable‚ÄĚ man responsible for Todd‚Äôs imprisonment.

Anthony Hope–¬†Tenor¬†¬†(Age¬†¬†20-25) Supporting male lead.¬†¬†Wide-eyed romantic ing√©nue.

Johanna‚Äď Lyric Soprano (Age 16) Supporting female lead.¬†¬†Romantic ing√©nue who is perhaps not so wide-eyed.

Beggar Woman‚Äď Mezzo (Age ‚Äď 35-45) Supporting female lead.¬†¬†‚ÄúCrazy‚ÄĚ beggar woman with a tragic story to tell.

Tobias Ragg‚Äď Tenor (teenager-early 30s) Supporting male lead.¬†¬†Mentally challenged, put-upon young man.¬†¬†Will consider teenagers, but bear in mind that the role is demanding, vocally.

Beadle Bamford‚Äď Tenor (Age 45-55) Supporting male lead.¬†¬†Turpin‚Äôs lackey.¬†¬†What Bill Sikes would be if he‚Äôd had someone spot his talent and groom him.¬†¬†Must have a high falsetto range.

Adolfo¬†¬†Pirelli‚Äď HIGH, crisp tone, tenor (Age 25-35)¬†Pirelli is a theatrically comic Italian(?) barber with a soaring voice‚Ķand a secret.

Ensemble‚Äď We¬†NEEDbetween 5-16 ensemble members to act as a Greek Chorus throughout the play.¬†¬†Stage time will be plentiful, and ALL will be featured, at least visually, at some point.¬†¬†The Ensemble will be balanced based on strength of vocalists, it may be divided equally SATB, it may not.¬†¬†We will be casting at least 3 males and 2 females in the ensemble.¬†We would prefer a larger ensemble, as we want to fill the stage with sound.¬†¬†This is a show that absolutely depends on its ensemble.

This production is non-equity & there is no pay.

SWEENEY TODD is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.