Wednesday, December 23, 2015

audition notice - MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT - Mesa Encore Theatre - January 9

Auditions for Monty Python's Spamalot
Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez, Eric Idle, and Neil Innes
Direction by Peter J. Hill
Musical Direction by Debra Jo Davey
Choreography by Lynzee Foreman

Audition Date: Saturday, January 9th, 4pm-8pm
Rehearsal Location: 933 E Main Street, Mesa AZ 85203
(one mile east of the Mesa Arts Center, on Main Street - look for the sign/banners!)

Callbacks Date: Saturday, January 10th, 2pm-5pm (same location)

Rehearsals Begin: Saturday, January 16, 2016
Show Dates: 03/04/2016 ~ 03/20/2016, Mesa Arts Center

Audition Prep:
By Appointment Only
Please signup for your audition appointment at - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44afab2fa2fa7-auditions3

Auditioners should prepare 16-32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice and abilities. Come prepared with sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist & keyboard is provided. Please no recorded accompaniment. Dress to move. Please also prepare one family-appropriate, improvisational, story-type joke. Singing and reading from the show will take place at call-backs.

Synopsis:
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?

Character Breakdown:
KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s.): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer.

SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called 'Sir Robin the Brave,' though he couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.

SIR LANCELOT (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his 'softer side.' This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.

PATSY (30s-40s): King Arthur's horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.

SIR GALAHAD (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class 'mud gatherer' who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT'S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.

SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD'S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot's horse. No solo singing.

THE LADY OF THE LAKE (20s-30s):A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Especially seeking actresses of all races for this role.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES ARE PLAYED (but not necessarily) BY THE SAME ACTOR (20s-30s): Tenor singing required. Very good mover.
HISTORIAN: A tweedy academic.
NOT DEAD FRED: A sickly little fellow who, despite others' beliefs, claims he is "not yet dead."
FRENCH GUARD: The condemnatory French sidekick to the French Taunter.
MINSTREL: In Sir Robin's band.
PRINCE HERBERT: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower.

ENSEMBLE: six men and six women (with very silly bits & pieces!)

Crew Positions Available! - Looking for set builders, and a sound assistant/board op. Also looking for a zany backstage crew. Please contact us if interested!

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