OPEN AUDITIONS - Sweeney Todd
Updated: Jan 3
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. A Musical Thriller.
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Ruth Mandsager
Musical Direction by Jim Martinez
Vocal Direction by Jim Davidson and Nicole Kent
Choreography by Emily Ferrin
Auditions are January 9 and 10 by appointment; sign up for an audition slot here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E44A9A62DA5F9CE9-sweeney.
There will also be a stand-by list for walk-ins on January 9 and 10, 6 - 9 pm.
If anyone wanting to audition is unable to make the posted dates they should email Ruth Mandsager (firstname.lastname@example.org) privately.
Callbacks January 11 and 12, 6 - 9 pm by invitation.
Majestic COVID-19 Precautions: Masks Recommended. Masks may be removed while actively drinking or eating in designated areas. Please stay home if you feel unwell! Precautions subject to change at any time.
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.
We are seeking a cast that appears 16 years old or older; is racially, ethnically, and physically diverse as well as inclusive of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. In addition to the named roles, the show requires an ensemble of strong singers (ideally people with experience in an ensemble, reading music, and singing harmony). Please note that the entire cast is required to have received the Covid-19 vaccine and will be required to show proof of vaccination if cast.
Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up…and the carnage has only just begun!
A concert version with a twist. The majority of the performance includes elements of acting. In addition to strong vocal skills, all actors, including ensemble, will be required to act and follow blocking.
Auditions will take place on Monday, January 9th and Tuesday, January 10th from 6:00 to 9:00pm. You only need to attend one audition date.
Callbacks are by invitation only and will be held on Wednesday, January 11th and Thursday, January 12th.
Please come to the audition prepared to sing 16-32 bars (approximately 1 ½ to 2 minutes) from a song that highlights your range and vocal abilities. Broadway-style music is preferred, but please do not audition with music from Sweeney Todd. 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.
Cast members will receive materials to being learning before rehearsals begin.
Rehearsals are scheduled to start February 6th and will be Monday through Thursday 6-9pm.
Performance dates are April 28-30, May 5-7, May 12-14, May 19-21, at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30pm on Sundays.
Questions can be emailed to the director, Ruth Mandsager at email@example.com
You can sign up for an audition slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E44A9A62DA5F9CE9-sweeney
Sweeney Todd (Baritone: F2-Gb4) A Wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna’s father, singularly focused on taking bloody revenge. Must present as male.
Mrs. Lovett (Alto: G3-E5) An entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner. She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture. Must present as female.
Anthony Hope (Tenor/Baritone: Bb2-F4) A naïve and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna. Must present as male.
Johanna (Soprano: Bb3-A5) A spritely girl, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd’s long-lost daughter and Turpin’s ward. Must present as female.
Tobias Ragg (Tenor: Bb2-Ab4) A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. Toby finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett. Can present as any gender.
Judge Turpin (Bass: E2-Gb4) A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd. Must present as male.
The Beadle (Tenor: D3-D5 (falsetto)) A pompous public official. They are deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin. Can present as any gender.
Beggar Woman (Soprano: Ab3-F5) A deranged and unstable woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret. Must present as female.
Adolfo Pirelli (Tenor: B2-C5 (falsetto)) A flamboyant Italian barber: a charlatan with a secret past. Can present as any gender.
Jonas Fogg (Speaking role only but will be required to sing in the ensemble) The owner of Fogg’s Asylum. They sell the hair of inmates to wigmakers. Can present as any gender.
Ensemble Townspeople; Police; Lunatics. This show relies on an ensemble of strong singers.