Audition Notice: Miss Saigon, September 16-18

Director: Shawn W. Lanz
Producer: Courtney Potter
Music Director: Lisa Yaldezian
Choreographers: Arryck Adams and Tami Keaton

Audition Dates & Times: 

7:30pm September 16, 17 & 18, 2012
(Sunday, Monday & Tuesday)

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 South Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008

Performance Dates: 

November 16 - December 15, 2012
Thurs, Fri & Sat at 8:00 PM, Sun at 2:00 PM
(No performance Nov 22 - Thanksgiving Day)

Audition Requirements: 

Prepare 1 minute of a contemporary musical theatre song for the primary audition, and bring a second selection as a backup. DO NOT SING A SONG FROM THE SHOW. Not all auditioners will need to sing their second selection, but as this is a pop-opera, we need to be sure that we can hear what we need in the vocal audition. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. A CD with an accompaniment-only track is also acceptable, provided it is edited and cued correctly. Please also wear or bring comfortable dance attire, as all auditioners will be required to learn a short dance / movement combination.

This is an "open call" audition. NO PAY.

Plot Summary: 

A classic love story is brought up-to-date in one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. In "Miss Saigon," Alain Boublil and Claude-Michael Schönberg (the creators of Les Misérables), along with Richard Maltby, Jr., bring Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war.

In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggle to find each other over the ensuing years ends in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had.

An international sensation, “Miss Saigon” is an epic, daring pop opera that is universal in its emotional power even as it deals with controversial, contemporary issues. Its sung-through pop-inflected score gives a multi-ethnic cast of strong pop singers an opportunity to shine, in showstopping numbers like “I Still Believe,” “Why God Why?” and “The American Dream.” Meanwhile, its fluid cinematic structure is simultaneously thrilling and challenging.

Raw and uncompromising, "Miss Saigon" is an intensely personal story of the losses we suffer and the sacrifices we make in a world gone mad.

For More Information: 

Courtney Potter, Producer
courtney.potter@gmail.com
(818) 321-4848
 

Character Breakdown: 

Christopher Scott (To play age 20-30, Pop Tenor - VOCAL RANGE A2 to B4) - A young, tormented American GI. He is in love with Kim, but after they are torn apart, finds solace in his new love for Ellen back in the US. After 3 years of trying to get past his Vietnam experience and his shattered love, the news of a son born of Kim shakes his world apart.

Kim (To play age 17-20, Mezzo-Soprano / Belter - VOCAL RANGE E3 to E5) - A 17-year-old Vietnamese girl from the country. She moves to Saigon and falls in love with Chris, an American marine. She is young and naïve, yet strong-willed. She would do anything for the good of her son, Tam.

The Engineer (To play age 25-50, High Baritone - VOCAL RANGE A2 to Aflat4) - The half-French, half-Vietnamese owner of the Dreamland club in Saigon. He is a greasy wheeler-dealer who puts self-preservation above absolutely all else.

John (To play age 20-30, Pop Tenor - VOCAL RANGE Gsharp2 to Bflat4) - Chris’s close friend and a fellow American marine. In the Dreamland bar, he buys Kim for Chris "as a last souvenir." Three years later, John has become an activist supporting aid to the Bui-Doi (the Amerasian offspring of American soldiers and Vietnamese mothers abandoned at the end of the Vietnam War). In his work, he locates Chris' three-year-old son, Tam, living with Kim in Bangkok.

Thuy (To play age 17-25, Pop Tenor - VOCAL RANGE C3 to Bflat4) - Kim’s cousin, to whom she has been promised since she was 13. He is a stalwart and determined Vietnamese military leader who will stop at nothing to get Kim back for himself.

Ellen (To play age 20-30, Mezzo-Soprano / Belter - VOCAL RANGE Fsharp3 to G5) - The sensible, stable American woman that Chris fell in love with and married 2 years after returning from Vietnam. The news that Kim is still alive and bore Chris' son threatens to change her life forever, but she is determined to do what is best for her husband, his son, and her marriage.

Gigi (To play age 17-25, Mezzo-Soprano / Belter - VOCAL RANGE Aflat3 to Eflat5) - A Vietnamese bar girl who wins the contest and the title of “Miss Saigon.” While on the surface, she is a hardened stripper, her true dream is to be taken away by an American marine to start a new life in America.

Mimi, Yvette & Yvonne (To play age 17-25, Any vocal range) - Vietnamese strippers / bar girls at the Dreamland club.

Tam (To play age 3, Non-singing) - The 3-year-old Amerasian son of Chris and Kim. (Can be played by a girl).

A large singing and dancing ensemble will also play the following roles:
Assistant Commissar, Captain Schultz, Club Owner, Officer, Soldier 1, Soldier 2, Marine, Marine Captain, Marines, Bar Girls, Embassy Workers, Conference Delegates (Men), Soldiers, Vietnamese Men, Vietnamese Women, Hustlers, Vendors, Tourists.
VOCAL RANGE FOR ENSEMBLE MEN: A2 to D5
VOCAL RANGE FOR ENSEMBLE WOMEN: Aflat3 to C6