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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Auditions: Light Opera's 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

     AUDITION APPOINTMENTS 
Auditions for The Mystery of Edwin Drood are March 30th starting at 7 pm and April 2nd starting at 10 am. Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT only. Please contact bill@LONJ.org to arrange an appointment, and include your headshot and resume.


By Rupert Holmes
Wednesday March 30th starting at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 2nd starting at 10:00 a.m.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
140 South Finley Ave
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Please contact bill@LONJ.org to register for either Wednesday or Saturday
ONLY registered performers will be permitted to audition.
No calls please.
 Performance Dates and Location:
July 8, 2016 – July 17th (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

At the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
South Orange, NJ
Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello
Musical Direction by Stephen Fox
Choreographed by Samantha Hahn Simpson
 Show Description:
A wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience. Based on the Unfinished Charles Dickens Novel, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, kicks off when the Music Hall Royale (a hilariously loony Victorian musical troupe), presents it’s flamboyant rendition of the story. “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Budd. Now, Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to jasper’s nephew, young Edwin Drood. The title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve. BUT, has Edwin been murdered? And if so then by WHO? Musical numbers include the Wages of SinPerfect StrangersBoth Sides of the CoinDon’t Quit While You’re Ahead, andMoonfall. The giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play draws the audience toward one of the play’s most talked-about features, which allows the audience to vote on the solution as prelude to the most unusual and hilarious finale!!!
 Preparations:
Please prepare a song (in the style of the show), and bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Headshots and resumes are not required but gladly received.
Those auditioning may be asked to stay and dance (bring appropriate clothing).
Cast Requirements:
10 Men, 8 Women
Characters:
Mayor Sapsea / William Cartwright, Chairman: (baritone). The Emcee and host of the Music Hall Royale. The Chairman sets the scenes and keeps the pace of the show moving. Frequently jokes with the audience and is the guide through the mystery. Steps in to fill the comic role of Mayor Sapsea. A seasoned showman. Character age: 30s – 50s.
John Jasper / Clive Paget: (tenor or lyric baritone). The opium addicted choirmaster of Cloisterham Cathedral. He is madly in love with his music student (who is also his nephew’s fiancée) Rosa Bud. Played by Clive Paget, the charmingly egotistical leading man of the Music Hall Royale. Candidate for murderer and lover. Character age: 20s – 40s.
Edwin Drood / Alice Nutting: (mezzo soprano with ability to belt). Note: this role is played by a woman. John Jasper’s cocky nephew who goes missing on Christmas Eve. He has been engaged to Rosa Bud since they were very young. Played by the quite temperamental Alice Nutting – London’s premier male impersonator. Character age: 20s – 30s.
Rosa Bud / Deirdre Peregrine: (lyric soprano). A sweet and innocent young lady who is uneasy about her music tutor’s (Jasper) passions towards her. Engaged to Edwin Drood, Rosa is unhappy with the arrangement. Played by Miss Deirdre Peregrine, the ingénue of the Music Hall Royale. Candidate for detective, murderer, and lover. Character age: 20s – 30s.
The Princess Puffer / Angela Prysock: (alto). The down on her luck proprietress of the opium den that John Jasper frequents. Played by the bawdy Grande Dame of the Music Hall Royale, Miss Angela Prysock. A strong comedienne. Candidate for murderer and lover. Character age: 30s – 60s.
Helena Landless / Janet Conover: (mezzo soprano). The mysterious young woman from Ceylon with a “somewhat untraceable geographical accent.” The fiery and temperamental twin sister of Neville. Played by the lively Janet Conover. Candidate for detective, murderer, and lover. Character age: 20s – 30s.
Neville Landless / Victor Grinstead: (baritone). The other half of the mysterious family from Ceylon. Neville has a very hot temper and immediately falls for Rosa Bud. He is the main suspect after Drood’s disappearance. Played by Victor Grinstead, the newest member of the Music Hall Royale. Candidate for detective, murderer, and lover. Character age: 20s – 30s.
The Reverend Crisparkle / Cedric Moncrieffe: (tenor / baritone). The sweet and kind minister at Cloisterham Cathedral who watches over the Landless twins. He once was in love with Rosa’s mother. Played by Cedric Moncrieffe, a character actor of the Music Hall Royale. Candidate for detective, murderer, and lover. Character age: 30s – 50s.
Bazzard / Phillip Bax: (tenor or lyric baritone). Aspiring playwright and assistant to Reverend Crisparkle. Played by Phillip Bax, the understudy for John Jasper and bit player waiting for his big break. If played correctly, a guaranteed audience favorite. Candidate for detective, murderer, and lover. Character age: 20s – 40s.
Durdles / Nick Cricker: (baritone / tenor). The drunken stonemason who inscribes and oversees the crypts at Cloisterham Cathedral. Playwed by Nick Cricker, the clown prince of the Music Hall Royale. Candidate for murderer and lover. Character age: 30s – 60s.
Deputy / Master Nick Cricker: (tenor / baritone). A young street urchin and apprentice to Durdles. Played by a relative of Nick Cricker who is just starting off in show business. The youngest member of the company. Candidate for lover. Character age: 20s.
Stage Manager / Mr. James Throttle: (non-singing). Tries to keep the show on task. Character age: 20s – 50s.
Wendy / Isabel Yearsley: (soprano). Citizen of Cloisterham. Sings in “Moonfall Quartet”. Character age: 20s – 30s.
Beatrice / Florence Gill: (mezzo soprano / alto). Citizen of Cloisterham. Sings in “Moonfall Quartet”. Character age: 20s – 30s.
Ensemble: 2 Men / 2 Women:
Takers of small parts in the Drood, including townspeople, opium den customers, dancers, servants, police, street vendors, mob, etc. But along with other non-suspects, these will be important characters throughout, taking much of the responsibility for making the audience participation work, and working individually with sections of the audience. In addition, these characters are vital in creating the atmosphere of the touring theatre company. Lots of scope for creation of individual characters. Singing / Dancing / Acting Required. Strong Improvisational Acting Skills needed.
Miss Florence Gill: (soprano). Character Age: 20s – 40s.
Miss Gwendolen Pynn: (mezzo). Character Age: 20s – 40s.
Mr. Christopher Lyon: (tenor). Character Age: 20s – 40s.
Mr. Montague Pruitt: (baritone). Character Age: 20s – 40s.
Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the auditions start time. All roles are available. Casting is open and newcomers are especially welcomed.

Any questions, contact bill@LONJ.org

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