The Vagabond Players are holding auditions for Little Shop of Horrors.
Book & Lyrics: Howard Ashman; Music: Alan Menken
Personnel: Director: Eric C. Stein, Music Director: Stephen M. Deininger, Choreographer: Angela Stein
Audition location & dates: Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway in Fell's Point, Monday, June 26th at 7pm and Tuesday, June 27th at 7pm.
Callbacks: Sunday, July 2nd at 6pm (if needed)
Performance Dates: October 27 – November 25, 2017. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, and Thursday, November 16th at 8pm. **NOTE: There will be NO performance on Sunday, November 26 (closing weekend).
Rehearsals Begin: Rehearsals will begin at the end of August and will be held four to five times a week in some combination of Sunday through Thursday.
All roles are non-equity, non-paid. Headshots & resumes are not required, but are gladly accepted. No appointments are necessary.
Auditioners are asked to prepare the following: Two selections of 16-32 bars of music, one for your audition piece and one for a back-up in case more is needed. An accompanist will be available, as will a CD player with an auxiliary (headphone cable) plug-in if you choose to bring a backing track. Please bring vocal selections that showcase your range and personality, but most of all your personality. You may be asked to sing a piece from the show, so please familiarize yourself with the music. No monologues are necessary. Readings will be done from the script. Please come prepared to move.
Character breakdown: Age ranges are for the look of the character, not necessarily the age of the actor. Actors auditioning need to be able to convincingly portray that age range.
SEYMOUR – High Baritone/Tenor
(late 20s -early 30s) Our insecure, naïve, put-upon, florists’ clerk hero. Above all, he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man. He is not a silly nerd, and therefore, should not be played as the hero of a Jerry Lewis film. Strong acting and singing.
AUDREY – Mezzo-Soprano
(late 20s-mid 30s) The bleached-blond, Billie-Dawn-like secret love of his life. If you took Judy Holiday, Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe, and Goldie Hawn, removed their education and feelings of self-worth, dressed them in spiked heels and a short black dress, and then shook them up in a test tube to extract what’s sweetest and most vulnerable – that’d be Audrey. Strong acting/comedy and singing.
MR. MUSHNIK – Baritone
(mid 40s to mid 50s) Their boss. A failure of an East Side florist. His accent, if he has one, is more that of middle class New York than of Eastern Europe. He seldom smiles but often sweats. Strong character actor (some singing)
ORIN – High Baritone/Tenor
(late 20s-early 30s) A tall, dark, handsome dentist with a black leather jacket and cruel tendencies. He is not, however, a leftover from the movie version of Grease. Think instead of an egotistical pretty-boy – all got up like a greaser but thinking like an insurance salesman and talking like a radio announcer. Makes a couple of brief, but high impact, appearances. Strong character actor and singer.
VOICE OF THE PLANT – Bass/Baritone (R&B Basso Profundo)
His or her voice is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White, and Wolfman Jack. Think of the voice as that of a street-smart, funky, conniving villain – Rhythm and Blues’ answer to Richard the Third.
Strong character singer.
CRYSTAL, RONNETTE and CHIFFON – Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano
(20s-30s) Any ethnicity. Three female ‘street urchins’ who function as participants in the action (when they have dialogue) and a Greek Chorus commenting and narrating the action (when they sing together in close harmony). They’re young, hip, smart, and the only people in the whole cast who really know what’s going on. Strong harmony singers with good movement skills to perform tightly drilled choreographed movement.
The roles of CUSTOMER, RADIO ANNOUNCER, MR BERNSTEIN, MRS LUCE, SKIP SNIP and PATRICK MARTIN are usually all played by the actor playing ORIN, but we may be allocating these roles to an ensemble.
Please email director Eric Stein with any additional questions at [email protected]
The Vagabond Players is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit, non-union Theatre. Actors are not paid. Actors of all ethnicities are welcome.