Fiddler on the Roof
December 15th and 16th 7pm @ Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Auditions for FTC’s Winter Musical Fiddler on the Roof will be held Monday and Tuesday, December 15th and 16th at 7pm at The Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South in Fredericksburg. The role of Tevye will be played by FTC Founder Jeryl Hoover. All other roles are available for auditions. Please prepare one song that best showcases your vocal ability. A CD player, hookups for a MP3 player and pianist will be provided. Cold readings will follow vocal auditions. Attendance to both audition days is not mandatory. Performances for Fiddler on the Roof are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, February 20th- March 8th. Attendance to technical week rehearsals, February 16th-19th and all performances are mandatory. This production is being directed by Kerry Goff, FTC’s Artistic/Technical Director, musical directed by Jeryl Hoover, and choreographed by Ashleigh Goff, FTC’s Youth Theater Director.
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social more and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. The show features one of the most memorable roles in all of musical theatre, Tevye. Originally directed and choreographed by legendary director Jerome Robbins, Fiddler on the Roof features such Broadway classics such as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker.”
AVRAM Runs the local bookshop and keeps the town advised of all the news in the area.
Vocal Range: D3 – Eb4
Age Range: Male, 40-60 yrs old
BIELKE Tevye’s youngest daughter. Takes lessons at home from Perchik.
Vocal Range: B3 – D5
Age Range: Female, 8-12 yrs old
CHAVA Tevye’s middle daughter who loves to read. Falls in love and runs off with Fydeka, a Russian soldier.
Vocal Range: B3 – D5
Age Range: Female, 15-20 yrs old
CONSTABLE Russian military official stationed near Anatevka who knows the villagers well, however he has superficial relationships with the villagers.
Vocal Range: Speaking Role
Age Range: Male, 35-45 yrs old
FRUMA SARAH Lazar’s Wolf’s deceased first wife. She becomes enraged when her husband plans to wed Tzeitel.
Vocal Range: C4 – Eb5
Age Range: Female, 35-45 yrs old
FYEDKA A strong, young Russian soldier who sees past his military obligations and falls in love with Chava. He challenges Tevye’s imposed silence.
Vocal Range: Speaking Role
Age Range: Male, 20-25 yrs old
GOLDE Tevye’s strong-willed wife who wishes for her daughters to have good husbands and live easier than she and Tevye.
Vocal Range: A3 – Eb5
Age Range: Female, 40-60 yrs old
GRANDMA TZEITEL Golde’s deceased grandmother, who endorses the marriage between Tzeitel and Motel.
Vocal Range: C#4 – D5
Age Range: Female, 60-75 yrs old
HODEL Tevye’s second eldest daughter, who becomes involved with Perchik. She eventually leaves Anatevka to join Perchik in Siberia.
Vocal Range: B3 – E5
Age Range: Female, 18-23 yrs old
LAZAR WOLF The feisty, brawny butcher and the town’s wealthiest citizen who wishes to marry Tzeitel.
Vocal Range: C3 – F#4
Age Range: Male, 40-50 yrs old
MOTEL The poor and meek tailor who shares a deep love with Tzeitel. Sensitive and nervous, but sincere and friendly.
Vocal Range: E3 – F#4
Age Range: Male, 18-25 yrs old
PERCHIK The outspoken student and visitor to Anatevka, who constantly challenges the traditions of the town. He eventually falls in love with Hodel.
Vocal Range: B2 – E4
Age Range: Male, 20-30 yrs old
SHPRINTZE Tevye’s fouth eldest daughter who takes lessons at home from Perchik.
Vocal Range: B3 – D5
Age Range: Female, 9-13 yrs old
TZEITEL Tevye’s eldest daughter, who is madly in love with Motel. She is loyal to her family but typically challenges the town’s traditions.
Vocal Range: B3 – D5
Age Range: Female, 18-25 yrs old
YENTE The meddling matchmaker. She is a widow and village busybody who knows all of the town gossip.
Vocal Range: F3 – F5
Age Range: Female, 50-60 yrs old
Fiddler on the Roof has many chorus member roles. If you are interested in being in Fiddler on the Roof, but not looking to play a lead or principle role, then a chorus part in this musical will be right up your alley. Ages for chorus members will range from 8 and up.
Crimes of the Heart
By: Beth Henley
February 7th and 8th 2pm @ Steve W. Shepherd Theater
Directed by: Kerry Goff
Auditions for FTC’s next production, Crimes of the Heart are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, February 7th and 8th at 2pm at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S Highway 87 south in Fredericksburg. All roles are available for auditions. Auditions will be conducted by cold readings from the script. Scripts and cold reading material for Crimes of the Heart can be checked out at the Fredericksburg Theater Company offices at same location starting Monday, January 26th. The checkout period is 48 hours. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm. Attendance to technical rehearsals, April 6th-9th is mandatory, as well as attendance to all performances. Performance dates are Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s April 10th-26th.
Crimes of the Heart was the winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. An astonishing first play, initially presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, then Off-Broadway, and then on Broadway, where it established the author as a major voice in the theater. Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teams humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.
Lenny Magrath 30 years old. The oldest sister of the three Magrath sisters. She is quiet and soft spoken, but very caring.
Chick Boyle 29 years old. The first cousin of the three Magrath sisters. She is loud and annoying.
Meg Magrath 27 years old. The middle sister of the three Magrath sisters. She has returned to Mississippi from California, where her singing career has stalled.
Doc Porter 30 years old. Meg’s old boyfriend. He has married with children, but still has feelings for Meg.
Babe Botrelle 24 years old. The youngest of the three Magrath sisters. She is in major trouble for shooting her abusive husband in the stomach.
Barnette Lloyd 26 years old. Babe’s lawyer. Eager and willing to be very helpful.
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.