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Audition Information - Sweeney Todd (2022)
2022-07-17 01:11:00

Director – Angèlica Forcier Rosenthal
Music Director – Amanda Morgan
Choreographer – Brianna Arico
Producer – Phillip Laks
Technical Director – Tom Lott

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Show Dates 
November 4-6, 2022
Keefe Auditorium
DISCLAIMER

This show contains extreme violence, disturbing dark themes, adult situations, sexual situations, child abuse, medical malpractice, sexual violence, and cannibalism. Parental discretion is advised.

Sweeney Production Team’s Creative Introduction

This show is a very dark telling of the story of a web of characters whose lives are interwoven around the Demon Barber of 19th century London. The creative team plans to commit to this raw darkness unabashed. Each character has distinctive personalities and relationships that drive the plot and paint the full story of the Demon Barber. 

Beyond the powerful lead characters the large ensemble will play a pivotal role in the production giving the city life and authenticity. The ensemble will each have their own distinctive character that adds to this web, and will be part of a near everpresent showcase of story, vocals, and movement.

The choreographer is looking for expressive dancers to populate this dreadful and dreary world. We will add humanity through movement and acting using dance to amplify or embody the atmosphere of the scene from the macabre to the very rare glimmers of light or dream-like experiences. Dance will vary in style and range from lyrical interpretation to sharp or staccato expression of the musical and emotional themes of the performance.

There is a place in this show for just about every talent balance and ability to shine. Additionally we plan to include many featured roles musically and in movement including featured vocal solos in ensemble numbers, featured small group singing, complex partner dancing including lifts, featured lyrical and rhythmic dance, and what we’re calling “Table-ography” and “Mob-ography.”  We cannot wait to share it with you!

For more information about character musical requirements and some hints about ensemble opportunities please see the Cast section on this page below.

If you want to meet the production team, directly ask any questions you have, or would like to know more about how the musical is different from the movie and how our creative team plans to stand out among Sweeney Todd productions, register for our Zoom Info night on Friday, August 5th from 7:00-9PM here.

We are looking forward to seeing you at auditions!

General Audition Information

WHEN

  • Auditions are August 14th and 15th 7-10PM
  • Callbacks if they occur will be on the 16th at 7PM

WHERE

WHAT

  • Please fill out the required (Pre-)Audition Registration Form here.

 

Acting

You will be asked to read sides. Please review the appropriate sides below. You will not be expected to have them memorized.

 

Music
  • FEMALE FEATURE / LEAD: 

Select TWO of the female cuts provided (auditioners should choose two pre-selected options from Mrs. Lovett, Johanna, or Beggar Woman – feel free to mix and match between the characters to best show us what you can do! If interested in the role of Mrs. Lovett, be prepared to perform all three of the options provided for that role)

 

  • MALE FEATURE / LEAD: 

Select TWO of the male cuts provided (auditioners should choose two pre-selected options from Sweeney Todd, Anthony, Tobias, Judge Turpin, Beadle Bamford or Pirelli – feel free to mix and match between the characters to best show us what you can do!)

 

  • ENSEMBLE: 

Prepare the ENSEMBLE cut below (Ballad of Sweeney Todd), you’ll also be asked to do a range check so we can best assign you to an appropriate voice part. 

 

Sweeney Audition Cuts

 

  • Sweeney Todd
  • Mrs. Lovett 
  • Anthony
  • Johanna
  • Beggar Woman 
  • Tobias 
  • Judge Turpin
  • Beadle Bamford
  • Pirelli
  • Ensemble
Dance

The audition dance will be taught in person by the choreographer one hour before both audition nights. There will be a trained dance assistant to teach and run through the choreography throughout both audition nights. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can dance in.

HOW

The Actorsingers Sweeney Todd 2022 audition board is a purposefully hand selected team of 7 individuals with a focus on building a cast through unbiased and balanced opinions of varying crafts and expertise.

 

If you plan to audition, please review the steps here for an idea of what to do and expect

  1. Before coming to auditions please fill out the Audition Registration Form here.
  2. You will get an audition number and have a photograph taken for the audition board’s reference.
  3. You will learn a cut of the dance for “The Contest,” which has been picked to allow auditioners to express the variety of paces, styles and acting in the show. The Choreographer will be teaching from approximately 6-7:00PM, and a trained instructor will be teaching for the rest of the evening.
  4. You will have the opportunity to perform the audition cuts as chosen from the list in the WHAT section of this page and possibly asked to perform a vocal range check.
  5. You will have the opportunity to read sides as requested by the audition board.
  6. You will have the opportunity to perform the dance you’ve learned.
  7. You will have the opportunity to work with the audition board for any remaining questions. For example if you’ve listed special talents like tumbling or acrobatics they may wish to discuss your experience or see an example of your abilities.

 

Creative Team’s Additional Notes for Auditioners 
  • Dialect

We are not expecting a perfect accent at auditions. A dialect coach will work with the cast. That being said, please be prepared to the best of your ability, as you may be asked to try an accent or accents, especially if you’re auditioning for Pirelli.

  • Remote Auditioning

In-person auditions are preferred and strongly suggested.  If you are passionate about the show but are unavailable for in-person auditions, please reach out to SweeneyTeam@actorsingers.org for more information about a possible special consideration.

 

  • Choreographer’s Note

Above all, have fun! If your feet or arms falter, keep the face going strong. Break a leg and Bri can not wait to meet you all! 

 

  • Director’s Note

Please know if you have any questions send us an email to SweeneyTeam@actorsingers.org. It goes directly to the production and creative team and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have before auditions.

 

  • Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday August 17th and will be every Sunday from 6-10PM and every Monday and Wednesday from 7-10PM. Conflicts can be communicated in the Audition Registration Form linked on this page.

 

CAST
Sweeney Todd:

A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna’s father, singularly focussed on taking bloody revenge. Our story’s tormented protagonist.

Gender: Male 

Age reference (not requirement): 40 to 55

Vocal range top: Gb4

Vocal range bottom: F2

 

Mrs. Lovett:

An entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner. She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture.

Gender: Female

Age reference (not requirement): 35 to 50

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Anthony Hope:

A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna.

Gender: Male

Age reference (not requirement): 20 to 30

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2

 

Johanna:

A spritely girl, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd’s long-lost daughter and Turpin’s ward.

Gender: Female

Age reference (not requirement): 18 to 21

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: Bb3

 

Tobias Ragg:

A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett.

Gender: Male

Age reference (not requirement): 16

Vocal range top: Ab4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2

 

Judge Turpin:

A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd.

Gender: Male

Age reference (not requirement): 50 to 65

Vocal range top: Gb4

Vocal range bottom: E2

 

The Beadle:

A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin.

Gender: Male

Age reference (not requirement): 40 to 55

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: D3

 

Beggar Woman:

A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret.

Gender: Female

Age reference (not requirement): 35 to 50

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: Ab3

 

Adolfo Pirelli:

A flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past.

Gender: Male

Age reference (not requirement): 30 to 45

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: B2

 

Jonas Fogg:

The owner of Fogg’s Asylum. He sells the hair of madmen to wigmakers.

Gender: Male

Age reference (not requirement): 35 to 60

 

Featured Vocals

Featured Solos in Ensemble Numbers; Featured Small Group Singing

 

Featured Dancers

Complex Partner Dancing including Lifts; Featured Lyrical and Rhythmic Dance; “Table-ography” and “Mob-ography”

 

Ensemble

The ensemble is a large, ever present, and important part of this performance.
London Citizens; Police; Victims; Lunatics; Servants; Entrepreneurs; Doctors; Lawyers; Priest; Bankers; Homeless; Sailors; Court Officials; Various other Aristocrats & Fun Surprises

 

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