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AUDITIONS Sweeney Todd
AUDITIONS Sweeney Todd

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Venue: Teatru Manoel

Schedule

Saturday, 09 October 2021
Sunday, 10 October 2021

Description

 
Producer:                    Teatru Manoel
 
Audition Dates:           9th & 10th October 2021 from 10am

Application deadline: 1st October 2021 by 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Production Description
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Hugh Wheeler. It is based on the 1973 play of the same name by Christopher Bond.
Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Olivier Award for Best New Musical. It has since had numerous revivals as well as a film adaptation.

Synopsis
 
In the original version of the tale, Todd is a barber who dispatches his victims by pulling a lever as they sit in his barber chair. His victims fall backward down a revolving trap door into the basement of his shop, generally causing them to break their necks or skulls. In case they are alive, Todd goes to the basement and "polishes them off" (slitting their throats with his straight razor). In some adaptations, the murdering process is reversed, with Todd slitting his customers' throats before dispatching them into the basement through the revolving trap door. After Todd has robbed his dead victims of their goods, Mrs. Lovett, his partner in crime (in some later versions, his friend and/or lover), assists him in disposing of the bodies by baking their flesh into meat pies and selling them to the unsuspecting customers of her pie shop. Todd's barber shop is situated at 186, Fleet Street, London, next to Church, and is connected to Mrs. Lovett's pie shop in nearby Bell Yard by means of an underground passage. In most versions of the story, he and Mrs. Lovett hire an unwitting orphan boy, Tobias Ragg, to serve the pies to customers.

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Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: Hugh Wheeler
Director: Lucienne Camilleri
Musical Director: Ryan Paul Abela
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Performances: 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 July
Rehearsals: from late-February 2022 for the mains / chorus from mid-April
At Teatru Manoel
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To apply for an audition slot please send a CV (max 2 pages) and full colour head shot to info@teatrumanoel.mt

Please write 'Sweeney Todd Audition' in the email subject field and state which role/s you are auditioning for.
 
Actors must be 18+ years old from January 2022, Malta-based and VAT registered.

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CASTING SWEENEY TODD
Casting "Sweeney Todd." We are searching for a group of playful, team-oriented, physical, dynamic members to embody the characters of this well-known story in an immersive production with a unique take on the roles.

Roles:

Sweeney Todd: Male, 30-59
A happy family man sent away on a false charge; he returns a murderous barber; he finds vengeance in his razors by systematically slitting the throats of all his enemies; he is consumed by his thirst for blood.

Strong baritone with low Gb to high Gb.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

GENDER Male
AGE RANGE Adult, Mature Adult
ROLE SIZE Lead
DANCING Mover
VOICE Bass-Baritone, Baritone
HIGH NOTE F#4/Gb4
LOW NOTE F2
VOCAL TECHNIQUE Legit
TIME & PLACE 19th Century London, Fleet Street and Environs

TAGS:
Dark | Brooding | Angry | Violent | Homicidal | Treacherous | Intense | Cockney accent if possible

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Mrs. Nellie Lovett: Female, 40-59
Worn-down owner of a pie shop on Fleet Street; hard-edged, but with a savvy sense of humour; aides Sweeney in his massacre by making meat pies out of his victims.

Must have an excellent mezzo soprano voice up to a high E.

Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

GENDER Female
AGE RANGE Adult, Mature Adult
ROLE SIZE Lead
DANCING Mover
VOICE Alto
HIGH NOTE E5
LOW NOTE G3
TIME & PLACE 19th Century London, Fleet Street and Environs

TAGS:
Amoral | Capitalist | Broad | Comic | Patter | Cockney accent if possible

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Judge Turpin: Male, 40-59
Contemporary of Sweeney’s and the man responsible for his downfall; pompous, self-centred, and powerful; he plans to wed his charge, Johanna.

Strong bass voice with low E to high F.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

GENDER Male
AGE RANGE Mature Adult, Elderly
ROLE SIZE Supporting
DANCING Non-Dancer
VOICE Bass, Bass-Baritone
HIGH NOTE F#4/Gb4
LOW NOTE E2
VOCAL TECHNIQUE Legit
TIME & PLACE 19th Century London, Fleet Street and Environs
TAGS
Wicked Kinky Cruel Rapist Hypocrite British R.p. Accent if possible

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Anthony Hope: Male, 20-29
A handsome young sailor: befriended by Todd, whom he was rescued during the voyage home; trusting, optimistic, and romantic, he is prepared to fight for his beliefs; however, he is somewhat innocent of the darker side of society and isn’t wise to the ulterior motives of others who try to use him for their own needs. Must have an excellent tenor voice to a high F with strong falsetto for ensemble moments.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

GENDER Male
AGE RANGE Young Adult
ROLE SIZE Lead
DANCING Non-Dancer
VOICE Tenor
HIGH NOTE F4
LOW NOTE A#2/Bb2
VOCAL TECHNIQUE Legit
TIME & PLACE 19th Century London, Fleet Street and Environs
TAGS
Honest Idealistic Handsome Kind Trusting British R.p. Accent if possible

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Johanna: Female, 18-23
Sweeney Todd's daughter was stolen from the barber many years ago by Judge Turpin, who has taken her in as his ward; up in her room, she is locked away from the world; she has no idea about her real father, but still dreams of freedom outside. Must be an excellent lyric soprano to a high B flat and up to a high D for chorus singing moments.
Ethnicity: White / European Descent

GENDER Female
AGE RANGE Late Teen
ROLE SIZE Lead
DANCING Non-Dancer
VOICE Soprano
HIGH NOTE A♯5/B♭5
LOW NOTE C4 (Middle C)
VOCAL TECHNIQUE Legit
TIME & PLACE 19th Century London, Fleet Street and Environs
TAGS
Beautiful Unsettled Charming Blonde Soprano Legit Ingenue

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Beadle Bamford: Male, 30-59
a sleazy, menacing henchman of the Judge; he can be subtly terrifying or outright threatening, yet equally fastidious and fussy. A strong tenor to a high D.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

GENDER Male
AGE RANGE Adult, Mature Adult
ROLE SIZE Supporting
DANCING Non-Dancer
VOICE Tenor
VOCAL TECHNIQUE Legit
TIME & PLACE 19th Century London, Fleet Street and Environs
TAGS
Unctuous Immoral Lecherous Music-Lover Dandy Pianist British R.p. Accent if possible

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Mr. Adolfo Pirelli, also known as Daniel O'Higgins or Davy Collins, is a fictional character from Stephen Sondheim's musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He is a supporting antagonist in the story and a rival barber to Sweeney Todd: Male 27-43

GENDER Male
AGE RANGE Adult, Mature Adult
ROLE SIZE Supporting
DANCING Mover
VOICE Tenor
HIGH NOTE F#4/Gb4
LOW NOTE G#2/Ab2
VOCAL TECHNIQUE Operatic, Legit
TIME & PLACE 19th Century London, Fleet Street and Environs
TAGS
Italian Accent Irish Accent Showy Unscrupulous Braggart Charming

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Tobias: Male,

GENDER Male
AGE RANGE Child, Early Teen, Late Teen, Young Adult, Adult
ROLE SIZE Supporting
DANCING Mover
VOICE Tenor
HIGH NOTE G4
LOW NOTE B2
VOCAL TECHNIQUE Legit
TIME & PLACE 19th Century London, Fleet Street and Environs
TAGS
Pure Sweet Kind Unassuming Brutalized

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Beggar Woman: Female, 27-43

GENDER Female
AGE RANGE Adult, Mature Adult
ROLE SIZE Supporting
DANCING Mover
VOICE Mezzo-Soprano
HIGH NOTE F♯5/G♭5
LOW NOTE A3
VOCAL TECHNIQUE Legit
TIME & PLACE 19th Century London, Fleet Street and Environs
TAGS
Desperate Destitute Prostitute Fallen Fearful Intense Cockney Accent

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Male ensemble x 6 max

Female ensemble x 6 max

All applicants will get the chance to audition. An audition slot will be sent to you via email together with the audition material.
 
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