Carousel Auditions Coming Soon

P2K is planning a real favorite for this summer

Carousel – June 30 – July 15, 2017 – Cailloux Theater: Auditions May 7, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. and May 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Audition day can be a nervous time, we understand that.  We’ll do all we can to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible, and you might even have some fun!

Below is some information about our audition process, and some specifics related to this Summer’s musical.  Feel free to contact us at Jeffrey@playhouse2000.com if you have questions that aren’t answered here.

At the Audition

  • Please arrive in the Cailloux Theater lobby a bit ahead of time to fill out paperwork – OR fill out and submit the form below. We may also take a picture of you (you can bring a resume and headshot, if you like.)
  • We’ll all gather as a group at first, and do some warm-up including learning a short song from the show.
  • We’ll have everyone sing first – using one of these options
    • IF YOU’RE AUDITIONING FOR A NAMED/SINGING ROLE.
      • Please come with a 16 to 32-bar prepared solo in the style of the show (preferably NOT an actual song from the show). We can hear what we need during a short song, but we may ask you to vocalize with the pianist to help us know your range, etc.
      • Provide sheet music for our provided accompanist. Because we want to hear YOU, and not your accompaniment, we do not provide for CD tracks.  If you need help tracking down sheet music, call us early and we can probably help.
    • IF YOU’RE AUDITIONING FOR THE CHORUS
      • You need not sing a solo. We will ask you to sing the song we teach to you as part of a small group.
  • After the Singing portion, EVERYONE will be asked to participate in the “Movement” audition. This will range from basic stage movement to a modest dance combination, in order to determine the variety of movement abilities are represented in our group.
  • “Reading” will not be part of the initial audition. If needed, we will have readings during a Call Back later in the week.

After the Audition

  • We may ask certain auditioners to return on Tuesday for a “Call Back” audition. These are NOT an indication of final casting decisions – only of a need to more carefully view our possible options.
  • We will post the full cast list no later than Wednesday at noon. We post auditions in three ways:
    • On our Web Site
    • On our Facebook page
    • In print on our doors and on our Call Board
  • If you are not one of those chosen to be part of this cast – take heart! There are many ways to be involved in this and other productions throughout the P2K season.  Please let us know how you’d like to help, and we’ll do our best to put you to work.

Roles Available Are:

  • Julie Jordan                        Female Lead                       Soprano
    • Early 20s to Late 20s. A quiet, sweet, and naive young mill worker who is still headstrong
  • Carrie Pipperidge             Female Lead                      Soprano
    • May be slightly younger than Julie. She is Julie’s best friend and a bit more practically-minded
  • Billy Bigelow                       Male Lead                           Baritone
    • A charming, and thus, rather successful barker for the Mullin Carousel.  Billy is a ladies’ man
  • Nettie Fowler                    Female Lead                       Mezzo-Soprano
    • 30s-mid 60s.  Julie’s big-hearted, older cousin.  She runs a local seaside business
  • Enoch Snow                       Male Lead                           Tenor
    • A fisherman who takes his work very seriously
  • Mrs. Mullin                         Female Supporting          Spoken
    • Early 40s to Late 50s.  The widow owner of the Carousel
  • Jigger Craigin                      Male Supporting              Baritone
    • A good-for-nothing, con-man sailor, Jigger is a “friend” of Billy’s
  • Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon   Male Supporting              Spoken
    • A heavenly figure, in control of the heavens we find Billy in
  • Louise Bigelow                  Female Supporting          (Dancer)
    • Billy and Julie’s 15 year old daughter.
  • David Bascombe               Male Featured                  Bass
    • Mid-40s to Late 50s.  The very strict, wealthy owner of the local mill
  • Enoch Snow, Jr.                 Male Featured                  Spoken
    • A late teen image of his father, Enoch Jr. has been groomed to think well of himself
  • Carnival Boy                       Male Featured                  Silent
    • A boy who works at the carnival
  • Principal                               Either Featured                Spoken
    • Calls up the students to receive diplomas at high school graduation
  • Brother Joshua                  Male Featured                  Spoken
    • Another person polishing stars in heaven, like Billy.  Will double with ensemble.
  • Captain                                 Male Featured                  Spoken
    • Captain who supervises Billy’s arrest.  Will double with ensemble
  • First Policeman                 Male Featured                  Spoken
    • Will double with ensemble
  • Second Policeman           Male Featured                  Spoken
    • Will double with ensemble
  • Second Heavenly Friend  Either Featured              Spoken
    • Will double with ensemble
  • Ensemble                            Both                                      All parts
    • Townspeople, Mill workers, Carnies, Fishermen.  All ages.

Richard Rodgers once wrote that of all the musicals he wrote, Carousel was his personal favorite. This iconic American classic features some of the most powerful music ever written for the stage, including “If I Loved You”, “Mister Snow”, “June is Bustin Out All Over” and the iconic “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s second collaboration, and was adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play Lilliom. They transferred the Budapest setting of Lilliom to the New England coastline, where Carousel takes place.

The story tells of charming, roguish carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, and mill worker Julie Jordan, both loners, who meet and fall in love. Their marriage ends up costing both their jobs, and things go downhill from there. Billy’s desperation makes him violent against those he loves most, and drives him to commit crimes in order to provide for his family. When Billy falls in with con-man Jigger Craigin, he ends up getting caught in the midst of an armed robbery and takes his own life. Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. Louise is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to love’s transcendence.

Voted the best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine, Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Carousel is the classic American musical, spanning heaven and earth in its exploration of human frailty, resilience, and the power of forgiveness.

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Comments

  1. Verna Benham says

    My friend Sally Ritch wanted to know who is directing Carousel. She’s in Santa Fe, but still interested. I couldn’t see a director’s name in this whole announcement. Verna

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