Auditions – Sweeney Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Monday, July 10th and Tuesday, July 11th
Possible call-back date on July 12th
6:30 pm – Sign In
7:00 pm – Auditions begin
The Reilly Arts Center
500 NE 9th St.
Ocala, FL 34470
ABOUT THE PLAY
One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years.
Please prepare 16-32 bars each of an uptempo song and a ballad from a theatrical production. We also ask that you have a backup of each song type in case we would like to hear more.
Be prepared for cold readings from the script if needed.
Rehearsals will begin in late-July.
Performances are September 8th – 10th.
THIS IS A PAID POSITION. Actors will receive a per diem for each scheduled rehearsal attended as well as a flat fee per performance.
A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna’s father, singularly focused on taking bloody revenge. Our story’s tormented protagonist.
Range: F2 – Gb4 Bass/Baritone
An entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner. She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture.
Range: G3 – E5 Alto/Mezzo-Soprano
A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna.
Range: Bb2 – F4 Tenor/High Baritone
A spritely girl, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd’s long-lost daughter and Turpin’s ward.
Range: Bb3 – A5 Soprano
A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett.
Range: Bb2 – Ab4 Tenor/High Baritone
A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd.
Range: E2 – Gb4 Bass/Baritone
A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin.
Range: D3 – D5 Tenor
A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret.
Range: Ab3 – F5 Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano
A flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past.
Range: B2 – C5 Tenor
Townspeople; Policemen; Lunatics. A Great Chorus is needed to fill the room with the harmonies and complex musicality of Stephen Sondheim