Oak Ridge Playhouse auditions are open to everyone. No experience is required, although it is helpful. Please carefully check audition requirements, as they may differ from production to production.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM - Mainstage Musical
Saturday, MARCH 3 and Monday, MARCH 5 (Attend either day, not both.)
MARCH 3 at 1:00 PM and MARCH 5 at 6:30 PM
A cast of 18. All roles are suited for performers who have a gift for comedy.
SENEX – 50s. A perennially henpecked husband and lascivious dirty old man. Baritone.
DOMINA - 50’s. Senex’s domineering, proud, battle-ax wife who also protectively dotes on their son, Hero. Belty alto with high notes.
HERO – 18-25. The handsome lovesick virginal son of Senex and Domina who hatches a plan with Pseudolus to win the hand (and body) of Philia. Tenor.
HYSTERIUM: 30s-50s. The disrespected head slave in the house of Senex. A fretter who is frantic and frenetic and living up to his name…often in hysterics.
MARCUS LYCUS: 30-50s. The slimy, snaky owner of the brothel next door. Like a used car salesman who peddles in flesh. Baritone, but a broad range a plus.
PHILIA: 18-25. As dumb as she is beautiful, she is a courtesan-in-training and still a virgin. In love with hero. Soprano.
ERRONIUS – 60+. A befuddled old man, in search of his long-ago kidnapped children, who is partially blind and always confused. Does not sing solo. Although Erronius is the oldest character, physical agility is needed (or a younger actor who can play age).
MILES GLORIOUS - 30s-40s. A pompous, prideful, narcissistic Roman soldier. Imposing and short-tempered, he is also handsome and strong. High baritone.
THE COURTESANS –
6 beautiful females who are primarily dancers, but can also sing. Must be comfortable wearing costumes as revealing as a bikini. Script describes them as:
TINTINABULA - “the face of an idol . . . the arms of a willow tree . . . and the pelvis of a camel.” Belly-dancing ability a plus.
PANACEA - “a face that holds a thousand promises, and a body that stands behind each promise.” Very busty a plus.
THE GEMINAE: Twin courtesans. “A matched pair. Either one a divinely assembled woman, together an infinite number of mathematical possibilities.” Always in contact with each other.
VIBRATA: “exotic as a desert bloom . . . wondrous as a flamingo . . . lithe as a tigress . . . for the man whose interest is wildlife.” A jungle cat.
GYMNASIA : “a giant stage on which a thousand dramas can be played.” Has least amount of dancing. Ideally very tall.
THE PROTEANS –
3 actors who sing, dance, and clown their way through a myriad of quickly changing roles (including soldiers, eunuchs, and roman citizens) sometimes switching back and forth in same scene. Very physically agile. Acrobatic or tumbling skills a plus.
NOTE: The role of Pseudolus is not available.
Stephen Sondheim’s joyous romp through ancient Rome is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent, and one of the funniest shows ever written. In exchange for his freedom, a crafty slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master by devising a master plan that becomes a domino of twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, love potions, and chases.
|PRODUCTION RUN||April 27 - May 13|
|REHEARSALS BEGIN||March 12|
Bring sheet music for your best 16 bars of a prepared golden-age up-tempo Broadway song. Please no songs from the show. Please dress for movement. Dancers dress for dance call. Cold reading from script. Please bring a recent headshot or photo and be prepared to provide conflicts during the rehearsal period.
*PLEASE USE GREEN ROOM ENTRANCE AT REAR OF BUILDING AT 27 E. TENNESSEE AVE.
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