NEYT ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR 2017 SHOWS
All auditions take place at the New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat
Street, Brattleboro, VT. 802-246-6398
SENIOR COMPANY SUMMER CLASSIC
SHAKESPEARE’s TWELFTH NIGHT
Directed by John Hadden
AUDITIONS: Sunday, February 26th 4:30-6:30pm
16 actors Ages 13-19
Program Tuition $500
REHEARSALS begin July 24th weekdays, M-F 9-4pm PERFORMANCES August 11, 12, 13 (4 performances)
Please bring one Shakespeare monologue you know well, a minute or two in length, and we’ll meet in a group to play. Appropriateness to the role should not be a big consideration. We'll have fun, we'll learn something, and we'll get a head-start.
Twelfth Night is a brilliant dark comedy, all about love and madness. Shipwrecked twins on a voyage far from home, each thinking the other drowned, wander into a world of love, misunderstandings, mistaken identities, ambition & lechery, and even hijinks.
The play is full of music, full of beautiful language, full of wonderful and sympathetic depictions of human folly, especially in love. It's from Shakespeare's Hamlet period, and contains a similar level of questioning and sophistication. Each character is fashioned so completely, but so different one from the other, that the play has the effect of being a collection of universes, each one zooming around with its own set of natural laws.
Orsino: Extravagant, poetic, charismatic, tyrannical, blinded by love. He's the duke!
Viola: Shrewd, intrepid, open to and interested in the world and herself. Interpreter of the play to the audience.
Feste, the Fool: Loner, singer, traveler, on the verge of losing his/her grip and knack for comedy, lover of philosophical contradictions. Instigator of self- knowledge in each of the others.
Maria: Capable, saucy, take-charge, more in touch with reality than anyone else.
Sir Toby Belch: Drunkard, in angry and hopeless mourning, possessor of the
most convoluted language, and machinations, in the play.
Sir Andrew Aguecheek: Quixotic, clueless, rich, awkward, away from home. A perfect innocent clown.
Malvolio: Stern, dour, critical, with hidden outrageous ambitions and impossible desire for Olivia.
The Countess Olivia: Broken at first by earlier death of brother and father, but upon the return of her fool, she comes to life and falls in hopeless, tormented love with Caesario (Viola).
Antonio: Sea captain, warrior, lover of Sebastian. Wise and impetuous.
Sebastian: Young sweetie-pie, bound to get it wrong, but blessed by fate. A little naive, identical twin to Viola, who is very conscious and aware, in contrast to her brother.
Fabian: Wily, cruel, fun-loving, master of the obvious.
Sea captain: Saves Viola from the shipwreck, honest and generous.
Valentine and Curio: servants to Orsino, long-suffering and skeptical, terrific musicians if possible.
Two more musicians would be great, in employ of Orsino, but free to caterwaul after hours at Olivia's. Four in all, including Valentine and Curio. Rollicking jazz or free-form would be good.
SENIOR COMPANY SUMMER MUSICAL
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Directed By Rebecca Waxman
AUDITIONS Saturday MARCH 4, 3:30 – 5:30 pm - call backs (if needed) Wednesday MARCH 8 4:30-6pm
25 - 35 actors ages 13-19
Program Tuition $550
REHEARSALS begin June 19th weekdays M-F 9-4pm PERFORMANCES July 7, 8, 9 & 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (10 performances)
AUDITION PROCESS AND PREPARATION:
This video of the first number (in the Broadway production) will introduce each character perfectly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sopiYMOiQmQ&list=PL8y1H- Rwppd8iKRmlX5QBOsqmIagHh5eS&index=2
- Prepare a short broadway style song (or part of a song) - one minute or less. BRING THE SHEET MUSIC for accompaniment.
- Pick up the packet of short scenes from the office so that you can prepare for readings of various characters. Available as of January 27.
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on
his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre while having a fabulous time along the way.
Man in Chair: non singing, wry and quirky theater lover. He gleefully shares his favorite show with the audience.
Janet Van de Graaff: Star of Feldzieg’s Follies who is conflicted about giving up her life on the stage to marry Robert Martin. Attractive, vivacious, outgoing personality. She loves being the center of attention and is the consummate 1920s starlet. Vocal range: Alto with big belt (G3-E5)
Robert Martin: The groom-to-be who is deeply in love with Janet. He is the token 1920s leading man – debonair, dashing, and a matinee idol. He is cheesy, cheerful, and optimistic. Will tap dance and roller skate.Vocal range: Tenor (C3 – Ab4)
The Drowsy Chaperone (Beatrice): Janet’s heavily drinking confidante. Care-free, often because she is drunk. An experienced “woman of the world” who couldn’t care less what the world thinks. A melodramatic diva to be reckoned with who gleefully chews the scenery and steals just about every scene she is in. Great comedic role. Vocal range: Alto with strong belt (F3-D5)
Aldolpho: Latin lover. A womanizing cad who is very impressed with himself. He is confident, vigorous, and a buffoon. Vaudeville-style acting with fake Spanish/Italian accent. Should have great comic timing. Vocal range: Bass/Baritone + great falsetto (A#2-G4)
Mrs. Tottendale: A wealthy widow and host of the wedding. She is flighty, eccentric, often times forgetful, and funny. She is absolutely charming, bubbly and oblivious to the confusion her behavior generates in other people. Vocal range: Alto character voice (G3-Db5)
Underling: Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant. He is stoic, dry- humored and sarcastic. Vocal range: Tenor character voice (Ab2-G4)
Mr. Feldzieg: Harried producer who will do anything to stop the wedding in order to keep Janet in the Follies. He is nervous, sarcastic, impatient, overbearing, and insensitive. Vocal range: Baritone (Db3-Db4)
Kitty: A classic 1920s dim-witted chorus girl. She is Mr. Feldzieg’s companion and will do anything to be a leading lady. Vocal range: Soprano comedic belt (Bb3-F5)
George: Robert’s anxious best man. He is loyal, sincere, and nervous. Makes looking out for Robert’s interests his top priority so that the wedding will come off without a hitch. Strong dance skills needed. Vocal range: Tenor (F3-Bb4)
Gangsters 1 & 2: Two jovial gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. Typical 1920s Broadway gangsters full of hilarious word play and stylized movements. Good comic timing and dancing skills required. Vocal range: Tenor (Db3-Gb4)
Trix the Aviatrix: The brave and brash female aviator. She is sassy, sleek and a take charge kind of gal. Doubles in the ensemble. Vocal range: Alto (Ab3-Eb5)
Ensemble: A strong, dancing/singing ensemble of all vocal ranges
Traveling Commmedia Troupe
Directed by Rosa Palmeri with Jonny Flood
Audition date: Sunday, November 27 from 2-4pm
Ages 10-19, Tution $450
Join a small troupe of students in a traveling show that will not only go to Brattleboro area schools, but represent NEYT this summer at the Green River Theater Festival. If you are interested in building a show based in commedia, physical comedy, and clown and want to work with a strong mixed-age troupe, join Rosa and Jonny in this concentrated, committed, and fun work. We are accepting 7 students into the troupe so there will be a real chance for advanced, individual training.
To audition bring a memorized piece of text roughly 1 minute in length that you think is funny. It doesn’t have to be from a play.
Sundays 12-5, Mondays 4-6:45, Tuesdays 4-6:45
March 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
April 3-4, 9-11 (no vacation week 16-22), 23-25
Performs throughout May
Additional rehearsals end of June
Green River Festival - July