Audition Notice: Pippin

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Roger O. Hirson
Originally Produced on the Broadway Stage by Stuart Ostrow
Directed on the Broadway Stage by Bob Fosse
2013 Broadway Revival Directed by Diane Paulus
Orchestrations for 2013 Revival by Larry Hochman

Presented through Special Arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

Director: Shawn Adams-Lanz
Choreographer: Arryck Adams-Lanz
Music Director: Lisa Yaldezian
Assistant Director: Courtney Potter
Producer: Tami Keaton

Audition Dates & Times: 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – September 9, 10, & 11, 2019 – at 7:00pm
If needed, callbacks may be held in the morning/afternoon on Saturday, September 14. Callbacks are by invitation only, and not all roles will be called back.

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Performance Dates: 

November 8 through December 1, 2019
Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm / Sunday at 2:00pm
Thurs 11/14 at 8:00pm • Sat 11/23 & 11/30 at 2:00pm
All performances are mandatory

Rehearsal Schedule:
September 16 through November 7, 2019
7:00 - 10:00pm, Monday through Thursday
+ Morning/early afternoon on most Saturdays; we will end no later than 5:00pm on those days
+ Occasional Friday evenings as needed, based on availability
+ Conflicts must be listed for ALL DAYS, though – the above schedule may be changed based on cast availability

• The end time is highly approximate; generally, it may be earlier in the beginning and last longer as we get closer to opening. We are very respectful of everyone's time.
• There will be no specified end time during tech week – it will depend on the run time of the show.

Audition Requirements: 

Please prepare one (1) minute of a standard musical theatre song, and bring an alternate selection as a backup (in some cases, the casting team may wish to hear more). Do not sing a song from the show. Do not sing a cappella. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. A CD or music device with an accompaniment-only track is also acceptable, provided it is edited and cued correctly and saved locally (please no YouTube recordings or anything that relies on a wireless signal). There will be a short combination to assess movement ability; please wear or bring comfortable dance attire and dance shoes if you have them. There will also be readings from the script. This is an "open call" audition. Non-Equity, NO PAY.

When auditioning, please list any and all commitments during the rehearsal period – even on days not currently listed as rehearsal days. To the greatest extent possible, the schedule will be built around the cast's availability. No additional conflicts will be accepted after casting, and no conflicts will be accepted for performance dates or the week before opening. The only way we would consider performance conflicts would be if we were to double-cast a role; this is not currently the intent, but it is not impossible. Please just be upfront with us, and we will afford you the same courtesy.

Post-audition feedback will not be given.

Plot Summary: 

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy® winner, three-time Oscar® winner, and musical theatre giant Stephen Schwartz, PIPPIN is the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary ...

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield; the temptations of the flesh; and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, however, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day. ~ RATED PG-13 (for sexual situations)

For More Information: 

Email Tami Keaton, Producer, at

Character Breakdown: 

All roles are open to all actors without regard to race or ethnicity. Ages listed are VERY approximate, and apply to the character and not the actor. As the conceit of this show is based on players telling a story, the ages of the actors can be very flexible.

This production will be set in a post-apocalyptic circus setting. Acrobatics and other such skills are a definite plus; the specifics will be decided based on the skillset of the actors cast.

Leading Player
The ultimate ringleader. Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon of sorts. Guides Pippin through his own story and tries to intervene at the end. Excellent dancer. Obsessed with putting on a great show for the audience.
Gender: ANY
Age: ANY
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: Db3

Our story's young and confused protagonist. He longs to find his purpose in life. Naive, innocent, and discontent. Eventually finds love (and meaning in life) with Catherine and Theo. Son of Charles.
Gender: Male
Age: To play 18 to 25
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Charles (Charlemagne)
Pippin’s demanding father. As the King of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne is more comfortable wielding a sword than breaking bread. He wears his years with great pride.
Gender: Male
Age: To play 45 to 60
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Pippin’s conniving stepmother. A seductress who is no stranger to deceit and betrayal, she is both sexy and smart. Skilled at using her sexual appeal to benefit herself and her son, Lewis.
Gender: Female
Age: To play 35 to 50
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Pippin’s brutish and idiotic half-brother, son of Fastrada and Charles.
Gender: Male
Age: To play 18 to 25
Vocal range: ANY

Pippin’s saucy grandmother. A brassy broad full of wisdom, grace, and sass. She tries to help Pippin and encourages him to live his life to the fullest.
Gender: Female
Age: To play 67
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: E3

A widow and mother. She is a beautiful and hopeless romantic, who possesses graceful elegance. Encounters Pippin at his lowest point and eventually falls in love with him. Mother of Theo.
Gender: Female
Age: To play 25 to 40
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Catherine's precocious son.
Gender: Male
Age: 6 to 16 (can be interpreted multiple ways)
Vocal Range: ANY

The Players
A varied and eclectic troupe of performers who will play Charlemagne’s Army, Monks, Nobility, Peasants, Pippin’s dalliances, and more!