Tuesday, September 10, 2019

audition notice - MAN OF LA MANCHA - Fountain Hills Theater - September 21


Written by Dale Wasserman. Music by Mitch Leigh. Lyrics by Joe Darion
Original Production Staged by Albert Marre
Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James

Fountain Hills Theater
11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
                                           
Saturday, Sept. 21 @ 1:00pm and Tuesday, Sept. 24 @ 7:00pm

Appointment: www.fhtaz.org/auditions or (480) 837-9661 x3

Fountain Hills Theater announces auditions for the classic musical Man of La Mancha
Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Man of La Mancha celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird,” and “To Each His Dulcinea.”

Man of La Mancha is directed and choreographed by Noel Irick and musically directed by Robin Peterson. 

Man of La Mancha will play Nov 8 – 24, 2019. (Unlike many FHT shows, this production will not extend.)

Auditions will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 @ 1:00pm and Tuesday, Sept. 24 @ 7:00pm.  Auditioners are asked sing 16-32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice and range.  An accompanist is provided.  No recorded accompaniment, please. Please dress to dance.

Casting for:
Note:  The role of Don Quixote/Cervantes has been cast.

ALDONZA | Female 20s–mid 30s. Strong mezzo soprano with belt. Raw, gutsy, edgy. She is a kitchen wench/prostitute who Quixote tries to make into a lady. Guarded, defiant, a survivor. Beneath her tough exterior is a woman with a noble, gentle heart who has given up hope.

SANCHO PANZA | Male 30s–50s. Strong character bari-tenor. Devoted and loyal, he has been Cervantes / Quixote’s manservant and caretaker for many years. Sancho is funny, curious, greedy, loving and vacillates between feelings of compassion and skepticism for his master. While he often acts out of cowardliness and ignorance, he possesses his own folky wisdom.

DR. CARRASCO / THE DUKE | Male 20s–50s. Baritone. As the character of the Duke he is the sidekick to the Governor; however, as Dr. Carrasco, he is Antonia’s fiancĂ©, a man of science and reason. He thinks Don Quixote is a madman and insists that he return home for treatment. Arrogant, analytical, and refined.

PADRE | Male 30s-60s. Lyric tenor. A kind, thoughtful, sympathetic but passive Catholic priest. He is well-intentioned, but not strong enough to stand fully behind his beliefs.

ANTONIA | Female 18-30s. Soprano. Quixote’s niece and Dr. Carrasco’s fiancĂ©e. A seemingly sweet and caring young woman who is actually deeply selfish and calculating.

THE INNKEEPER / GOVERNOR | Male 30s-50’s. A large and powerful man. He is kind as the Innkeeper, a gentle giant, but as the Governor he is the leader of the inmate society in the prison.

MARIA, INNKEEPER’S WIFE | Female 40s-60s. Alto character voice. The exasperated wife of the Innkeeper. She sees, and expects, the worst of all who enter the inn.

HOUSEKEEPER | Female 40s-60s. Soprano/mezzo. Quixote’s self-righteous, fastidious housekeeper. She cares for Quixote deeply, and has fantasies of a romantic relationship with him.

THE BARBER | Male, 30-40s. Funny. He travels the countryside and peddles shaves. He is known by everyone. Character baritone

MULETEERS | 4-6 men, 25-30s. Strong, masculine highwaymen. Men of size and stature. They are murderers, rapist and thieves who await their death in prison.  One (Anselmo) should be a proficient guitar player.

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