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Audition Announcement! - Monty Python’s Spamalot

Updated: Dec 7, 2023


Monty Python’s Spamalot

Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle

Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle

Director: Ashleigh Barbeau

Assistant Director: Vanessa Nicholson

Musical Director: Jim Martinez

Vocal Director: Rebecca Douglas

Choreographers: Emily Ferrin & Jaimee Sims


Open Auditions: December 4, 5, 6 at 6:30 pm and Callbacks December 7 at 6:30 pm

Location: Majestic Theater - 115 SW 2nd St, Corvallis OR 97333


Notes: Parents/caregivers of children under 18 please refer to the content label. Must be willing to participate in “child monitoring” positions during some performances.


Rehearsal Timeframe: 1/8/2024 - 5/3/2024.

Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Evening Performances (7:30 pm): May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

Matinee Performances (2:30 pm): May 5, 12, 19

Content Label: PG-13 (sexual innuendos/content, language)


The Majestic Theatre (a division of the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation department) is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to creating a safe place for actors of all backgrounds to explore their craft. We are particularly eager to work with artists of color and other artists from marginalized communities. All auditions are free and open to the public. This audition is for an amateur, volunteer production. The Majestic Theatre staff and volunteers do not discriminate on the basis of age, national origin, race, gender, ethnic background, ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or any protected class.



FROM THE DIRECTOR - Ashleigh Barbeau

I am thrilled to be showcasing my Majestic Theatre directorial debut of Monty Python’s Spamalot, this Spring 2024. I couldn’t be more pleased to be working alongside some incredibly talented and dedicated folks. My personal journey through theater has always been about family, positivity, laughter, and creativity. Thus, I plan to provide a safe, warm, and collaborative space/experience for all who join our Spamalot crew. I also find it incredibly important to pay homage to the brilliance of the Monty Python troupe … and who doesn’t like a bit of raunchy English humor? No matter your background, please come and audition with us. All are welcome!


SHOW SYNOPSIS

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Lovingly ripped off from the 1975 classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Rotten Tomatoes: 98%). Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show folks, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail, while “always look on the bright side of life.”



AUDITION PREPARATION NOTES


Auditions will be held in person at The Majestic Theatre. Please download and fill out our audition form here and bring it with you to the audition. If you can’t, forms will be available at the audition.


If anyone wanting to audition is unable to make the posted dates they should email Ashleigh Barbeau (alh.barbeau@gmail.com) privately.


A headshot will be requested to be posted with the cast list.


Be prepared to do spoken accents if asked (mainly European).


Monday December 4th 5:30-9:00 pm VOCAL AUDITIONS ONLY - please pick a time slot between 5:30 to 9 pm, show up ready to sing 16-32 bars of a musical theater piece (walk-ins welcome and will be served through the first available opening). Auditioners are only required to stay for their specific time slot on Monday or Tuesday.

An accompanist will be provided- please bring a copy of your sheet music in the appropriate key. A cappella singing and recorded accompaniments are not permitted. You do NOT need to prepare a monologue.


Tuesday December 5th 5:30-9:00 pm VOCAL AUDITIONS ONLY - please pick a time slot between 5:30 to 9 pm, show up ready to sing 16-32 bars of a musical theater piece (walk-ins welcome and will be served through the first available opening). Auditioners are only required to stay for their specific time slot on Monday or Tuesday.

An accompanist will be provided- please bring a copy of your sheet music in the appropriate key. A cappella singing and recorded accompaniments are not permitted. You do NOT need to prepare a monologue.


Wednesday December 6th 6:30-9:00pm DANCE AUDITIONS ONLY - please select an hour time slot on our google sign-up sheet (6:30-7:30, 7:30-8:30, or 8:30-9:30). Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. If you can tap, please bring your tap shoes, although this is not a requirement. All auditioners are asked to be present at this audition. Plan to stay until excused.


Thursday December 7th 6:30-9:30 pm CALL BACKS - by invitation. Please arrive at 6:30 pm and plan to stay until excused.


Here is the link to sign up for a time slot. If audition time slots are full on the 4th or 5th, please show up as a walk-in. We will make space for you!



CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

All characters do not have a specific race or ethnic background; we're excited to see a diverse pool of actors audition for all roles!


KING ARTHUR (Vocal Range: G2-E4)

Character Age: 18+

Desired Actor Age: presenting between 25-60 years old

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Male or masculine-presenting

Ability/movement: On stage for the majority of musical, in continuous movement. Comfortable with stage fight movements and light dancing.

Character Description: The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail.


PATSY (Vocal Range: G2-F4)

Character Age: 14+

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: On stage with King Arthur for the majority of musical, in continuous movement. Caries backpack. Comfortable with light dancing.

Character Description: King Arthur's horse and attendant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval.


SIR ROBIN (Vocal Range: C3-E4)

Character Age: 14+

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Light Dancing

Character Description: A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’ though they couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for singing and dancing.


SIR LANCELOT d/b/a LANCE (Vocal Range: C3-E5)

Character Age: 14+

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Light Dancing

Character Description: A Knight of the Roundtable. They are fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover their ‘softer side.’


SIR GALAHAD (Vocal Range: Bb2-B4)

Character Age: 14+

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Light dancing

Character Description: A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad.


SIR BEDEVERE (no solo singing)

Character Age: 14+

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Light Dancing

Character Description: A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar.


LADY OF THE LAKE (Vocal Range: E4-B6)

Character Age: 18+

Desired Character Age: presenting between 20-50 years old

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Female or female-presenting

Ability/movement: Light Dancing

Character Description: A diva, strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as they must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers.


PRINCE HERBERT (Vocal Range: A2-A5 )

Character Age: Any

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Dancing

Character Description: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for their love atop a tower.


NOT DEAD FRED (Vocal Range: C3-B4)

Character Age: Any

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/movement: Dancing

Character Description: A sickly person who, despite others’ beliefs, claims they are “not yet dead.”


ADDITIONAL ROLES TO BE CAST:

Historian, French Taunter, Knight of Ni, Tim the Enchanter, Brother Maynard, Dennis Galahad’s Mother, Prince Herbert’s Father, Black Knight, Minstrels, Concorde, Sir Bors, Monks, & Guards

Character Age: Any

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/Movement: Some lifting and moving of set pieces, mobility for quick entrances and exits, European accent a plus, and multiple costume changes.


ENSEMBLE/DANCERS/TAPPERS:


Character Age: Any

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/Movement: Heavy Broadway style choreography and beginning to intermediate tap.

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