Auditions: March 18th and 19th, 7pm at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Performances: August 1 – 10, 2014
Auditions for FTC’s production of The Fantasticks will be held Tuesday and Wednesday March 18th and 19th at 7pm at The Steve W. Shepherd Theater located at 1668 Hwy. 87s. All roles are available. Please prepare one song that best showcases your vocal ability. A CD player and pianist will be provided. Cold readings will follow vocal auditions. Attendance at both audition days is not mandatory. Performances for The Fantasticks are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 7th, 8th, 9th 10th, 2014. Attendance at crunch week rehearsal, August 3rd-6th and all performances is mandatory. This production is being directed by Jeryl Hoover.
The Fantasticks, written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, tells an allegorical story concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world. They return to each other bruised but enlightened, and they renew their vows of love with more maturity.
Cast of Characters:
THE ACTOR (HENRY) An aging, over-the-top Thespian who specializes in reciting Shakespeare, he is a commedia clown; his world is the stage and he knows no other reality. Male, minimum age 35 Speaking Role
THE BOY (MATT) An innocent, young man who is searching for love and adventure. A bright guy, but naive and even foolish at times, approaching situations with a false bravado. Must have range of acting skills from naiveté to mature acceptance of harsh realities. Male, minimum age 18 Range: A2 – G4 Light, lyrical baritone
THE BOY’S FATHER (HUCKLEBEE) A former boisterous navy man and meticulous gardener who fakes a fight with Bellomy in hopes of getting their children to fall in love. Male, minimum age 40 Range: A2 – F#4 Baritone, requires singing characterization rather than “beautiful” voice
THE GIRL (LUISA) A button-maker’s young and pretty daughter, she is a romantic idealist who falls in love with Matt. She is naive, yet honest and tender. Must have range of acting skills from extreme naiveté to mature acceptance of harsh realities. Female, minimum age 16 Range: B3 – C6 Light, facile coloratura soprano with strong lower range
THE GIRL’S FATHER (BELLOMY) A fastidious button-maker and also a picky gardener who fakes a fight with Hucklebee in hopes of getting their children together. Male, minimum age 40 Range: A2 – F#4 Baritone, requires singing characterization rather than “beautiful” voice
THE MAN WHO DIES (MORTIMER) Henry’s goofy sidekick and another former actor who specializes in stage deaths. A commedia clown, his world is the stage and he does not live in reality. Male, minimum age 21 Speaking Role
THE MUTE A speechless presence who watches, acts as the wall, and deals with props; the “invisible” stage assistant. Should be able to easily assist in the story or fade into the background unnoticed. Male or Female, minimum age 18 Pantomime Role
THE NARRATOR (EL GALLO) A rakish, handsome, sophisticated gallant and narrator of the show. He aids the performers in orchestrating the story. Must have range of acting skills from light charm to darker manipulation. Male, minimum age 25 Range: Ab2 – G4 Dramatic baritone w/strong upper range
Oh, the horror images about auditions! People often have this mental picture of standing all alone on an empty stage with a blinding spotlight in their face while a disconnected godlike voice from the back of the room says nasty things about you then hollers, “NEXT!!”
Well, banish those thoughts from your imagination when you think of FTC. It is a Company policy that we make auditions as pleasant as possible so people will come back over and over to try for a spot in a show. Can you see how foolish it would be for us to make you hate to audition? We’d never get anyone to be in our shows, and we’d miss out on some really great talent!
FTC auditions are friendly, open, accepting, and encouraging. We know that people can feel especially vulnerable when being judged on how well they could be taught to sing or act. We are a community theater, and although we want to cast the best people we can find, we do not take ourselves so seriously as to make anyone feel like they’re auditioning for a Broadway road show!
What happens in an audition?
Simply put, you are given the opportunity to show the director what you can do.
You will come to the theater at the appointed time and fill out a form to turn in to the audition coordinator. Everyone who is auditioning will be in the theater during auditions. When the director calls your name you will go up on stage. The director will be right up close, probably on the first or second row. He might ask you some questions to get to know more about you and to make you feel at ease.
Then he will ask you to present what you have prepared. You will be given the opportunity to start over if you mess up (which we’ve all done many times!).
Our goal is to make the conditions right so when you’re finished, you feel that you really did show the director what you can do that might win you the part.
What should I prepare for an audition?
FOR MUSICALS: You should sing something that shows off your voice. Sing in whatever style fits you best. An accompanist will be there to play for you, or you can bring your own or a CD or tape accompaniment.
FOR PLAYS: You will be asked to do cold readings from the script provided at auditions.
FOR BOTH MUSICALS AND PLAYS: You will read a portion of a scene from the script with other people who are there to audition. Sometimes the director will ask you to read the part of a character you hadn’t considered trying for. That’s OK. He may see something in you that causes him to think you might be right for another role.
Here’s a HINT: Most scripts for musicals and plays are available in a library or for purchase online. Those who become familiar with the script ALWAYS have a better audition. It also demonstrates to the director the attitude he’s looking for, that you’re a self-starter who would work hard to make the show a success.
How does the director decide whom to cast?
Many factors are considered. Besides the obvious ones of determining whether you could be successful at singing or acting the role convincingly, the director must consider your height, body type, and age. He also considers who else might be cast and whether you’d be the right partner.
Sometimes people have their hearts set on a part that simply isn’t right for them. The director knows what he needs to make the show a success, and he is doing you a favor by not casting you in such roles.
What is the director looking for in an audition?
Besides the obvious – hearing you sing and speak, he is trained to look for potential that might not come through in an audition. He knows the process of bringing out the best in a performer, so he not only considers what you do in an audition, but also what he believes you could do with the self-confidence that comes from getting the part.
He is also looking for people who want to be team players. Sometimes he has to go with hunches about whether the person auditioning would bring the right attitude to the project.
What are some tips for giving me an advantage in an audition?
1. Be prepared. Learn about the show you’re auditioning for before coming. Know something about the role(s) you want. Know when the show is going to be performed.
2. Be energetic. Speak audibly and clearly. Listen to the director for instructions in the audition. Ask questions if you don’t understand something.
3. Make an impression. Take some risks. Don’t just play it safe. The director is not only looking for people who can sing, dance, and act. He’s also looking for a certain kind of attitude. That attitude is revealed by your eagerness, openness to being directed, and the ability to overcome fear.
FINAL THOUGHT: By showing up prepared and giving your all in an audition, you will impress the director that you would succeed at playing the role.