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OPEN AUDITIONS - Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical

Updated: Mar 23


Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical

Book By Dennis Kelly

Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin

Directed by Timothy John Kelley II & Rebecca Douglas

Musical Direction by Stephanie Schwarz

Vocal Direction by Kimberly Kelley

Choreographers: Carrie Forty, Jessica Urey, Megan Skinner

Open Auditions: January 15th & 16th, 2022 from Noon - 6:00pm in Starker Auditorium (by appointment only) In-Person callbacks on January 22nd, 2022 from Noon - 5:00PM (by invitation only) Read through: January 29th, 2022 at Noon. (for those who are cast)

Rehearsal Timeframe: January 29th - April 28th, 2022

Performances: Evening Performances (7:30PM): April 29th, May 6th, 13th, 20th

Matinee Performances (3:00PM): April 30th, May 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd

Content Label: All Audiences


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.


The Majestic Theatre COVID-19 risk mitigation policies will be in place for all auditions, rehearsals, and performances. For more information, go to majestic.org/covid-precautions


AUDITIONS


January 15th and January 16th, 2022 by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled online at https://tinyurl.com/MatildaAuditions2022 . Please come prepared with 32 bars of a memorized song and sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Songs from this show or from another show are welcomed. Headshots and resumes are encouraged but not required. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for choreography as you may potentially be learning and executing a small number of steps after your appointment. Be prepared to stay 30 minutes after your scheduled appointment for group dancing.


Auditions will be held in person at the Majestic Theatre. All participants will be required to wear a mask and all participants aged twelve and over will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from within the previous 48 hours before being allowed to enter. You may use https://www.musicnotes.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/ which are adequate resources for finding your songs and sheet music. Please bring sheet music in your key. We do not allow impromptu vocal, acapella, or recorded accompaniment.


CALLBACKS


If you receive an invitation to attend callbacks, please come prepared to perform selected cold readings from the show and sing. Callbacks will be on Saturday, January 22nd, from 12:00PM to 5:00PM PST.


Callbacks will be held in person at a Corvallis Parks and Recreation Facility. All participants will be required to wear a mask and all participants aged twelve and over will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from within the previous 48 hours before being allowed to enter.


REHEARSALS


The rehearsal schedule will be from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Mondays through Thursdays, beginning with our read through January 29th, 2022. Please note that rehearsal schedules are subject to change. We will strive to adhere to the planned schedule but reserve the right to alter the schedule to preserve the quality of the show. All cast members are expected to attend load-in, technical rehearsals (the week of opening) and participate in strike (following the closing performance). All rehearsals are closed (which means they are not open to those outside the cast, crew, and staff). All rehearsals and performances will be at The Majestic Theatre on 115 SW 2nd Street Corvallis, OR 97333.


CONFLICTS


When you sign up for an audition slot, you will be emailed multiple attachments which include our audition form and tentative rehearsal schedule. You may indicate your conflicts on the audition form. Please fill it out and bring it to your audition or email it to MatildaMusical2022@gmail.com. If you are involved in another production that has a rehearsal or performance process that overlaps this show's process, you may not audition or be involved in this show in any capacity.



SHOW SYNOPSIS


Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.


Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!


SHOW TYPE

The performances will take place in-person onstage. Actors may perform unmasked, but the audience will be wearing masks at all times.


ROLES

Note: All ages listed are stage ages; in other words, the age that the performing artist appears, not the performer’s actual age. For vocal ranges, please note that C4 is middle C. A dialect coach will be provided at rehearsals to assist with teaching dialects and accents. All characters do not have a specific race or ethnic background; many characters may be performed by artists of any gender presentation; and many characters do not have specific physical capabilities. We're therefore excited to see a diverse pool of artists audition for all roles.


Matilda Wormwood - An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched.

Character Gender: Female Presenting

Performer Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/East London

Age: 6 to 10

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: A3


Miss Agatha Trunchbull - The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda's school who despises children.

Character Gender: Female Presenting

Performer Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British – Refined/Heightened RP

Age: 35 to 55

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2


Miss Honey - Matilda's kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull.

Character Gender: Female Presenting

Performer Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British – General RP

Age: 25 to 40

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: F3


Mr. Wormwood - Matilda's uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman.

Character Gender: Male Presenting

Performer Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/East London/Cockney

Age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: D3

Note: This role has already been cast.


Mrs. Wormwood - Matilda's self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.

Character Gender: Female Presenting

Performer Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/East London/Cockney

Age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Note: This role has already been cast.


Michael Wormwood - Matilda's older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents.

Character Gender: Male Presenting

Performer Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/East London/Cockney

Age: 10 to 15


Bruce - Matilda's classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.

Character Gender: Male Presenting

Performer Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/East London/Cockney

Age: 7 to 14

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: C4


Lavender - Matilda's classmate and friend.

Character Gender: Female Presenting

Performer Gender: Any so long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/East London

Age: 7 to 10


Mrs. Phelps - A nice librarian.

Character Gender: Female Presenting

Performer Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/East London

Age: 25 to 45


The Escapologist - A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination.

Character Gender: Male Presenting

Performer Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/East London

Age: 20 - 45

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: C3


The Acrobat - A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination.

Character Gender: Female Presenting

Performers Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/East London

Age: 20 - 45

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: D4


Rudolpho - Mrs. Wormwood's ballroom dance partner.

Character Gender: Male Presenting

Performers Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Dialect/Accent: Any UK Region

Age: 20 - 45

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: D#3


Doctor - Mrs. Wormwood's Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda.

Character Gender: Any

Performer Gender: Any

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/East London

Age: 26 - 50

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: C3


Children’s Entertainer - A party entertainer at the start of the show.

Character Gender: Any

Performer Gender: Any

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Accent/Dialect: British - Essex/Estuary/EastLondon/Cockney

Age: 20 - 50

Vocal range top: Eb4

Vocal range bottom: F#3


Sergei – Russian Mafia Boss who is physically intimidating.

Character Gender: Male Presenting

Performer Gender: Any, as long as they are willing to present as the character’s gender.

Ability Requirements: This role will require the ability to dance and participate in vigorous choreography.

Dialect/Accent: Russian

Age: 30 - 50


Ensemble - Cook, Henchman 1, Henchman 2, Henchman 3, Kids (Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy), Parents.


QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions about the character descriptions or expectations for any particular role, please contact Tim Kelley or Rebecca Douglas, co-directors, via email at: MatildaMusical2022@gmail.com.


All rehearsals and performances will be at The Majestic Theatre on 115 SW 2nd Street Corvallis, OR 97333.


MATILDA THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theater International (MTI). This is a volunteer/non-equity community theater production. No tuition, no fees.

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