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Audition Notice: Monty Python's Spamalot
Directed by Rick Steinberg and Produced by Priscilla Losey & Kevin Pugh
Choreographed by Miriam Durrie-Kirsch and Music Direction by Rachael Pugh
Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide
Audition Dates & Times:
Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday; Sept. 1st through Sep. 3rd, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Conejo Players Theatre
351 South Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
November 15th through December 14th, 2013, at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM
NO PERFORMANCE November 28th (Thanksgiving Day)
No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening
Auditioners are asked to arrive early to facilitate filling out the audition form prior to the start of the evening. The audition process will include vocals, dance, and cold readings from the script. All auditioners will participate in the vocal and dance portions (please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for choreography). Tap dancing will also be held during auditions for roles where this skill is preferred. FYI: Please do not let this prevent you from auditioning. If you are asked to tap, we just ask that you do your best. Auditioners are asked to prepare at least 16 bars of a song and provide sheet music; an accompanist will be available. An accompaniment-only CD is acceptable, provided it is edited and cued correctly. No á cappella auditions. All those auditioning are encouraged to provide an 8x10 photo and a résumé of their onstage experience when registering for auditions. These photos will become the property of Conejo Players Theatre. Please bring a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. Any conflicts with the posted schedule must be discussed with the Producer and agreed to by the Director before casting can be confirmed. No appointment necessary. There is NO PAY.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "SPAMALOT" retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of showgirls -- not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical, "Monty Python's SPAMALOT" has been hailed as "a no-holds-barred smash hit." (The New Yorker).
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Please note that the ages listed just serve as a guide. All roles are available and casting is open, and newcomers to Conejo Players are welcome and encouraged. Also, character doublings are only suggested here and may be changed based on audition results and production needs. In tribute to the film -- where six actors played the majority of all male parts (and a few female ones) -- several actors play multiple roles; the only major characters not doubling are King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake. One actor plays Lancelot, the Knight of Ni, a Sentry, the French Taunter, and Tim the Enchanter. Another actor plays Robin, a Sentry, a Guard, and Brother Maynard. A third plays Galahad, the Black Knight, and the King of Swamp Castle. A fourth plays Patsy, the Mayor of Finland, and a Guard. 5) A fifth plays Bedevere, Concord, and Mrs. Galahad. And a sixth plays the Historian, Not Dead Fred, Herbert, and Robin's Lead Minstrel.
KING ARTHUR (Baritone [Low G2 -- High F4], Late 30s-60s). The King of England, who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Round Table and find the Holy Grail. Great humor. Good singer.
THE LADY OF THE LAKE (Alto with large range [Low E3 -- High B6], 20s-40s). A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Sings everything from opera to pop to scatting. Gets angry easily.
SIR ROBIN (Tenor/Baritone [Low D3 -- High G4], 30s-40s). A Knight of the Round Table. Ironically called "Sir Robin the Brave," though he couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk. A good mover.
SIR LANCELOT (Tenor/Baritone [Low C3 -- High E4], 30s-40s). A Knight of the Round Table. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate discovers his "softer side." This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman; the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights; and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
PATSY (Tenor/Baritone [Low Bb3 -- High G5], 30s-40s). King Arthur's horse and servant. Under-appreciated but always longing for Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his hometown; and the drunken, useless GUARD 2. Very good mover. Tap skills a bonus.
SIR GALAHAD (Tenor [Low Bb3 -- High Bb5], 30s). A Knight of the Round Table. Begins as Dennis, a lower class "mud gatherer" who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT'S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman at odds with his sensitive son; and THE BLACK KNIGHT, who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.
SIR BEDEVERE (Tenor/Baritone with falsetto [Low D3 -- High G4], 20s-40s). A Knight of the Round Table. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD'S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman; and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot's horse.
HISTORIAN/NOT DEAD FRED/ PRINCE HERBERT/ MINSTREL/ FRENCH GUARD (Tenor [Low A2 – High A5], 20s-30s). A tweedy academic. Also plays NOT DEAD FRED, a sickly little fellow who -- despite others' beliefs -- claims he is "not yet dead"; a FRENCH GUARD, the condemnatory sidekick to the French Taunter; a MINSTREL in Sir Robin's band; and PRINCE HERBERT, the hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower. Tenor singing required. Very good mover.
EVERY "Ensemble" member plays at least SIX roles. The busiest principal player plays only FIVE roles.
MALE ENSEMBLE (6 men). Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the other Knights of the Round Table, Sir Not Appearing, Sir Bohrs, Bodies in "Not Yet Dead," the Dancing Monk, the Dancing Nun, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, a French Guard, Robin's Minstrel, and more! Strong dance skills preferred; tap skills a bonus.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE (6 women). Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the Camelot Girls, the Laker Girls, a French Guard, Knights of Ni, two of Robin's Minstrels, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, and more! Strong dance skills preferred, tap skills a bonus.