Tuesday, January 5, 2016

audition notice - SWEENEY TODD - Mesa Encore Theatre - January 25

Auditions for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler
Direction by Phillip Fazio
Musical Direction by Debra Jo Davey, DMA
Rehearsals Begin: 04/11/2016
Show Dates: 05/20/2016 - 05/29/2016

Audition Date & Location:
Monday, January 25th @ 6:30pm-9:00pm
Mesa Encore Theatre Rehearsal & Studio Space
933 E Main Str, Mesa AZ 85203 (1 mile east of the Mesa Arts Center, look for the sign/banners!)

Callbacks Date & Location:
Sunday, January 31st & Monday, February 1st, time TBD
Same Location

Preparation:
Auditions are by appointment. Headshot & resume required.
Please prepare 2 contrasting songs (up to 32 bars) in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music in key being sung, an accompanist and piano will be provided. Please signup for your audition slot online here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44afab2fa2fa7-auditions2

Synopsis:
This infamous tale about an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century 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 barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply 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!

Character Breakdown:
All roles open. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition.
Sweeney Todd (35 to 55) - A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him.
Mrs. Lovett (35 to 55) - 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.
Anthony Hope (18 to 30) - A naive and youthful sailor. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna.
Johanna (18 to 25) - A tragic girl, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd's long-lost daughter and Turpin's ward.
Tobias Ragg (16 to 25) - A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett.
Judge Turpin (45 to 60) - 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.
The Beadle (40 to 55) - A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin.
Beggar Woman (30 to 45) - A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret.
Adolfo Pirelli (30 to 45) - A flamboyant Italian barber; a charlatan with a secret past.
Ensemble (various ages) – The Narrators of our story. A Greek chorus of Townspeople, Policemen, and Lunatics.

Looking for assistance with set building, and sound assistance. Interested in working on a wonderfully, deliciously dark musical? This show is for you!

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