Auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella – VARep

By | July 7, 2019

Auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

July 21st

Please direct all questions to casting@virginiarep.org.

(MUSICAL)
Music by Richard Rodgers 
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II 
New Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II 
Direction by Laine Satterfield 
Music Direction by Anthony Smith
Choreography by Matthew Couvillon

SYNOPSIS:
Douglas Carter Beane’s new book re-invents the classic tale of a maid-turned-princess with fresh comedy, wit and satire: with pumpkin, glass slippers, Fairy Godmother and other story elements intact, it is now Cinderella’s turn to rescue the Prince, reminding us once again that in a cruel world the act that matters most is kindness.  In addition to musical numbers from the original score — including “In My Own Little Corner”, “Impossible/It’s Possible”, “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”, this new production will include several songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein trunk. More about the show…

Rehearsals begin the week of October 28th, 2019 
Performance run: November 29th, 2019 to January 5th, 2019 

SEEKING:
*The roles of Madame and Marie/Fairy Godmother are cast.

ELLA (Cinderella) –  Female, 20’s. ANY ETHNICITY. Though no one notices her beneath her rags and quiet demeanor, she is opinionated, charismatic, passionate, funny, and effortlessly beautiful. Idealistic and hopeful, she courageously challenges the prince to change the policies in his kingdom – and helps him discover who he truly is. Always her late father’s daughter, she is determined to see the good in everyone despite her hardships and suffering. We see her blossom into a confident woman. An elegant dancer, she must have strong dance and partnering skills and great comedic timing. Beautiful and expressive traditional musical theatre soprano

TOPHER (Prince) –  Male, 20’s. ANY ETHNICITY. A misguided and lost prince who longs to do something important with his life.  Though brave and heroic, he feels lonely and unfulfilled. Charming but NOT a stereotypical ladies man, he is thoughtful, appealing, and innocent – with an unforced goofy streak. Moral, genuine, and kind hearted, he is at a crossroads and must take control of his kingdom and his future. Must have strong dance and partnering skills and great comedic timing. Soaring, rich musical theatre baritone to a G

SEBASTIAN – Male, to play 40’s to 60’s. ANY ETHNICITY. The kingdom’s Lord Chancellor. Though he is Topher’s trusted advisor, he is devious and selfish. Using propaganda and dishonesty, he keeps Topher isolated and in the dark about his kingdom. Sebastian rules without regard for the lower class, or anyone other than himself – and truly believes he deserves to rule the kingdom. Must have incredible comic timing. Traditional musical theatre character voice.

GABRIELLE –  Female, 20’s. ANY ETHNICITY. Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Encouraged by her mother and sister to value material wealth and social status, she unenthusiastically joins them in their abrasive behavior. She has always followed rules but her awkward exterior hides a fiery revolutionary spirit. Passionate, empathetic, and witty, she is drawn to Ella and Jean-Michel. Ironically aware that she doesn’t fit in with her family. Must have great comic timing. Strong and expressive traditional musical theatre voice.

CHARLOTTE –  Female, 20’s. ANY ETHNICITY. Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame.  Brash, self-centered, materialistic, snooty, loud, sassy, and bratty but in a funny and lovable way. She has a ridiculously high, but unfounded opinion of herself and has no concept of how ridiculous she looks.  She never passes up an opportunity to be the center of attention. Ideally an extreme physical type. Must have great comic timing. Strong and expressive traditional musical theatre character belt to an F.

JEAN-MICHEL/ENSEMBLE – Male, 20’s. ANY ETHNICITY. A feisty, passionate peasant determined to make a change for the starving class. Impetuous. A firebrand, but lacks authority and isn’t taken seriously as a revolutionary. Has a crush on Gabrielle, though their courtship is forbidden because they are from different social classes. Interesting physical type – he could be scrawny, short, tall, chubby, etc. Must have great comic timing and understand musical phrasing. Traditional musical theatre voice with an attractive, compelling sound.  Also doubles in the ensemble. Must move well.

LORD PINKLETON –  Male, to play 30’s to 40’s. ANY ETHNICITY. The Lord Chancellor’s right-hand man. Announces royal balls, banquets, and even the weather to the villagers. Must have great comic timing. Powerful operatic tenor to an A. Understudies the role of SEBASTIAN.

MALE and FEMALE ENSEMBLE –  20s-30s, ANY ETHNICITY. Must be elegant dancers with solid ballet technique for extensive partnering and lifts.  Strong singers who can handle multiple vocal parts.  Also seeking principal covers and swings.

Union and Non-Union. All performers will be paid. Virginia Repertory Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Performers of all ethnicities, races, gender identities, and (dis)abilities are strongly encouraged to audition.

AUDITION DETAILS

Sunday, July 21st
DANCERS:
 3:00 PM-9:00 PM 
LOCATION: 
Richmond Ballet 
407 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Monday, July 22nd 
SINGERS: 5:00-10:00 PM 
LOCATION: Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn
1601 Willow Lawn Drive
Richmond VA 23230

WHAT TO PREPARE

Those auditioning are asked to prepare (1) 32-bar “Golden Age” musical theatre selection – Rodgers and Hammerstein preferred.  Material from the show is acceptable. The vocal cut should showcase the vocal range of the roles for which you would like to be considered.

Be sure to bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided.

TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT:

Please email casting@virginiarep.org

Include CINDERELLA – Audition Request in the subject line.
The body of your email should include the following:

  1. your full name
  2. headshot
  3. resume
  4. role(s) for which you would like to be considered
  5. preferred audition date (dancer OR singer)
  6. Incomplete audition requests will NOT be processed

NOTE: Once your audition request has been processed, you will receive a Confirmation Email that contains further details regarding your audition, including your audition appointment time.

CALLBACKS

Callbacks will be held the following week, Sunday, July 28, 2019, You will be contacted via email to attend the callbacks. No phone calls, please.

Please direct all questions to casting@virginiarep.org. No phone calls, please.

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