Auditions – “Assassins” at Generic Theater

By | June 4, 2017

Audition Notice

“Assassins” 

Music by Stephen Sondheim, Book by John Weidman

Director: Shon M. Stacy
Asst. Director: Elizabeth Dickerson
Musical Director: Karla D. Robinson
Stage Manager: Suzanne Finnerty

AUDITION DATES:
Mon., June 26 – 7:00pm
Tues., June 277:00pm

Or by special appointment, e-mail sstacy [at]generictheater.org with available times.

AUDITION LOCATION – 
Generic Theater downunder Chrysler Hall
215 Saint Pauls Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23510

If you have any problems finding us, please call or text757-450-8482.

SHOW DATES:
August 25 – September 17, 2017

Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm,Sunday matinee at 2:30pm.

PERFORMANCE LOCATION:
Generic Theater downunder Chrysler Hall
215 Saint Pauls Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23510

REHEARSALS:
– Will start July 5, 2017.
– Will be scheduled in the evenings on weekdays and some weekend days.
– Not all characters are called for all rehearsals, but actors should be prepared to be available.
– Tech week requires all cast and crew.
– If you have any scheduling conflicts during the rehearsal dates, please note them on your audition form at auditions.

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SHOW DESCRIPTIONS & SYNOPSES: 

If you think American politics is a dangerous place today, then you clearly haven’t met John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley, Jr., and “Squeaky” Fromme. This musical follows nine famous Presidential assassins and wannabe assassins as they share a stage and “spill their guts” about what drove them to such dreadful extremes.

“Assassins” is both Stephen Sondeheim’s dark exploation into the minds o the nine men and women who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States, and his caustic analysis of the promise and failture of the American Dream. Th eshow uses the premise of a murderous carnival ame to produce a revuew-style portrayal of these real life assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. Given the current political climate, its themese are as relevant today as when the show was first performed.

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PREPARATION:

Please check in at 7:00pm.

Bring a list of all conflicts from July 5 – September 17, 2017.

Live accompanist will be provided. Please prepare an uptempo selection to best showcase your voice.
All roles are open and all ethnicities are encouraged to audition!
Generic Theater is seeking NON UNION actors to fill roles (see below). Headshots and resumes are encouraged (but not required).  Be prepared to provide all scheduling conflicts during rehearsal dates.
What to bring:

  • Prepare a song 1-2 minutes in length that best showcases your vocal range. Bring sheet music with you, as an accompanist will be provided.
  • Head shots and resumes are not required but always welcome.
  • There will be NO dancing at the initial auditions, dancing will occur at callbacks. Not all roles are singing role, but all of ensemble will be in musical numbers and need to be able to carry a tune.

If you have any questions or would like to request auditioning by video submission, please email Shon at sstacy [at] generictheater.org.

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CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:
Historical Characters:

John Wilkes Booth:  Baritone F2-G4. Actor is mid-20s to 40; tall and distinguished; character will need a genteel Southern accent. A political zealot, “Wilkes” is the pioneer of American assassination and acts as leader and twisted mentor to the other assassins. “The Ballad of Booth” and his seduction of Lee Harvey Oswald are two of his pivotal scenes.
David Herold: Accomplice of John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. (See “Townspeople” below.)
Charles Guiteau: Tenor A2-Ab4. Actor is 30s to 50s; average in stature; a beard would be helpful but not required. Guiteau was a multi-careered charlatan with delusions of grandeur who assassinated James Garfield in 1882. This intense libertine requires a multi-personality characterization and a flair for the dramatic. His key scene involves a cakewalk to the gallows.
President James Garfield: Twentieth President of the United States. (See “Townspeople” below.)
James Blaine: Secretary of State who received a deluge of letters from Charles Guiteau. (See “Townspeople” below.)
Leon Czolgosz: (pronounced “CHOL-gash”) — Bass Baritone G#2-G4. Actor is mid-20s to mid-30s; slight of build. Czolgosz was an anarchist who, in killing William McKinley, decided to take matters of government into his own hands for the sake of the common man. Important scenes include “The Gun Song” and the meeting with Emma Goldman.
Emma Goldman: Anarchist known for her political activism who also interacted several times with Leon Czolgosz. (See “Townspeople” below.)
Giuseppe Zangara: Tenor B2-A4. Actor is mid-20s to 40s. MUST use a heavy Italian accent for this character. Zangara blamed capitalists and “kings” for his medical conditions and attempted an assassination of Franklin D. Roosevelt—instead killing Mayor Cermak of Chicago. Zangara has a solo on the electric chair in “How I Saved Roosevelt.”
Lee Harvey Oswald: Actor is mid-20s to mid-30s; slight to average build; rural Louisiana twang required. Oswald sings in the closing number and requires the dramatic capacity to spar with John Wilkes Booth in the pivotal Book Depository scene.
Samuel Byck: Actor is 30s to 50s; heavy set; blue-collar Philly accent required. Byck was disgruntled at government and all it stood for when he attempted to hijack a plane with the intent of crashing it into the Nixon White House. A small vocal role, it requires an actor capable of presenting two dramatic, page-and-a-half monologues.
John Hinckley:  Baritone A2-G4. Actor is early-20s to 30; blond and husky; ability to play guitar a plus. Hinckley used a sociopathic obsession with Jodie Foster as his excuse to attempt an assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981. Hinckley’s clinical insanity and love-sickness add dramatic weight to this character. His pivotal scene is a duet with Squeaky Fromme.
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme: Mezzo A3-G5. Actress is mid-20s to mid-30s; slender and pretty. Fromme, a flower child and member of Charlie Manson’s cult “family,” attempted an assassination of Gerald Ford in 1975. She is the lunatic foil to Sara Jane Moore’s airheadedness in several scenes and sings a duet with John Hinckley.
Sara Jane Moore: Soprano F3-Eb5. Actress is middle-aged and frumpy. Moore, a former FBI informant five times married, nearly assassinated Gerald Ford in 1975 — the second such attempt on his life in three weeks. Moore provides much of the comic relief in the show and requires an actress with good comic timing.
President Gerald Ford: Thirty-eighth President of the United States. (See “Townspeople” below.)

Fictional Characters:
The Proprietor: Tenor Gb2-F4. Actor is male, 30s or older. The Proprietor is the Grim Reaper, handing out weapons and overseeing the demise of presidents and assassins alike. His power is in his omnipresence and indifference; his characterization requires both dramatic irony and restrained wit.
The Balladeer: Tenor C3-G4. Actor is male, over 21. The Balladeer is the conscience of America and the champion of the American Dream. He acts as a foil against the assassins and their warped perspectives and actions.
Townspeople — Five adults and one child will be required to play a variety of parts as listed below. The “townspeople” require strong individual voices as they sing “How I Saved Roosevelt” and the gut- wrenching “Something Just Broke.”

Male (40s – 50s): FDR song (Bystander #1), Expo (Fairgoer #1), James Blaine, Gerald Ford, “Something Just Broke” (rich gentleman, pawn broker)

Male (40s): FDR song (Husband/Bystander #4), Expo (Fairgoer #2), James Garfield, Secret Service Agent #2, “Something Just Broke” (office clerk, factory hand, stockbroker, policeman)

Male (mid-20’s, athletic build): David Herold (Booth’s accomplice), FDR song (Bystander #2), Expo (Fairgoer #3), Secret Service Agent #1, “Something Just Broke” (farmer, old man, minister)

Female (30s): FDR song (Bystander #3), Emma Goldman, Expo (Boy’s mother), “Something Just Broke” (school teacher, lady, waitress, lady) • Female (40s): FDR song (Wife/Bystander #5), Expo (Fairgoer #4 – nonspeaking), “Something Just Broke” (housewife) — alto voice preferred.

Young Boy (to play 8 yrs. old): Expo (young fairgoer), Moore’s son, “Something Just Broke” (school boy)


If you have questions about the auditions, emaill sstacy [at] generictheater.org.

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