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The Ritz Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for our 2019 Season Opening Production – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Director/Choreographer: Peter John Rios
Audition Date: Monday, October 15, 2018, appointments start at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks As Needed By Invitation Only: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Show Dates: January 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30: February 1, 2, 3
We are actively seeking submissions from diverse Non-Union singers/dancers/actors of ALL types and ethnicities (Ages 21 and up) for our 2019 Season Opening production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Rehearsals will be Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Sunday, October 28, 2018 or November 4, 2018. Those auditioning will be asked to sing 16 bars of an uptempo musical theatre song, in the style of the show. Think: comedy, patter songs, Gilbert & Sullivan, Julie Andrews/My Fair Lady, Mystery of Edwin Drood, etc. The song should show off character, different voices, facial expression, physicality & range. No ballads please! No a capella singing or backing tracks permitted. Auditioners should also prepare a short, engaging paragraph, no more than 3-5 lines, that is from a published work such as a play, novel, or even a children’s book, that shows off word play, comedy, satire, and good rapport with an audience, etc. No monologue length speeches. We would just like something quick that can act as an intro or narration to a character or situation. There will be no dance call at the initial audition. The movement/dance call will be held at callbacks. Anyone wishing to audition should forward their headshot and resume to: David Mooney-Todd: Casting Director of The Ritz Theatre Company via email at email@example.com (Must have Gentleman’s Guide Submission in the subject line.) no later than Friday, October 12th, 2018.
** All roles are open and pay a small stipend!
TIME & PLACE: England, The Early 1900s
Montague "Monty" Navarro - Handsome, clever, charismatic, vulnerable and endearing. Discovers he is in line to become the Earl of Highhurst, and intends to kill off the family that stands in his way. Must have excellent comedic timing, vocal variation, and physical skills. Legit Baritone. A2-A4
Miss Shingle – A mysterious governess. Monty’s unexpected, mature appearing visitor. Cockney accent. Soprano. A3-A5.
Sibella Hallward – The flirtatious, self-absorbed girl Monty loves. Sexy, charming, and narcissistic. Soprano. F#3/Gb3-A5
Phoebe D'Ysquith – Monty’s young poised virtuous cousin (and potential wife). Operatic/legit soprano. B3-C#6/Db6
The D'Ysquith Family – ALL PLAYED BY ONE ACTOR
Voice: Bass/Baritone: B2-F4
*Asquith D'Ysquith, Jr., a dandy
*Lord Adlabert D'Ysquith, Eighth Earl of Highhurst
*Reverend Lord Ezekiel D'Ysquith, a clergyman
*Lord Adlabert D'Ysquith, Sr., an elderly banker
*Henry D'Ysquith, a country squire
*Lady Hyacinth D'Ysquith, a benefactress
*Major Lord Bartholomew D'Ysquith, a bodybuilder
*Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey, an actress
*Chauncey D'Ysquith, a janitor
PLEASE NOTE – The character breakdowns are subject to change.
Voice types: Legit soprano, Tenor, High/Low Baritones. All should have decent to great movement/character physicality.
WOMAN #1: Mourner; Tour Guide; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Pub Owner's Wife; Mrs. Pebworth; Phoebe's Maid; 3rd Newsboy; Tailor; Selina Chard (Servant); Flower Girl
WOMAN #2: Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Mrs. Hetherington; 4th Newsboy; Tailor; Lady Eugenia D'Qsquith; Flower Girl
WOMAN #3: Mourner; Sibella's Maid; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Miss Evangeline Barley; Bridesmaid; Miss Hayes; Tailor; Hilda (Servant); Flower Girl
MAN #1: Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; 2nd Clerk; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Tom Copley; Dr. Brownlee; 1st Newsboy; Weight Lifter; 3rd Actor; Ancestral Bust; Walter (Servant); Dr. Pettibone (Medical Examiner); Prison Guard
MAN #2: Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; 1st Clerk; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Pub Owner; Mr. Cross; 2nd Newsboy; Weight Lifter; 1st Actor; Lord Asquith's Physician; Ancestral Bust; Mr. Waters (Servant); Chief Inspector Pinckney
MAN #3: Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Pub Patron; Henry's Employee; Mr. Goodsall; 2nd Actor; Alfred Gorby (Butler); Lord High Steward (voiceover); Magistrate
Anyone wishing to audition should forward their headshot and resume to: David Mooney-Todd: Casting Director of The Ritz Theatre Company via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Must have Gentleman’s Guide Submission in the subject line.) no later than Friday, October 12th, 2018.