Auditions


HEATHERS: The Musical
Music, lyrics, and a book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy

Directed by Sam Nystrom
Music Direction by Blakeman Brophy
Choreography by Jolene Vettese

Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under.

Heathers: The Musical  is light-hearted with humorous characters and “fun rock-style songs”,  opening conversations about dark issues, including bullying, teen suicide and violence in schools.

AUDITIONS:
Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive,  Arlington VA

Callbacks (by invitation): Saturday, October 13, 2018

Audition (and Rehearsal) Location:
Arlington Cultural Affairs Building
3700 South Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206

Time:
Sign Ins begin at 7:00 pm
Last Sign in at 8:45pm

Audition Notes: 

Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song that best shows off your voice and acting skills. We may cut you off before the 32 bars are complete.  A piano accompanist will be provided; please do not prepare an a cappella selection.

Readings from the script, song selections from the show, and a dance audition will be held at callbacks. If you audition and are not called back, it does not necessarily mean that you are not cast.

While Dominion Stage will be taking pictures and providing an audition form, please bring an up to date resume and photo to attach if available.

UPDATE: WE ARE UNABLE TO AUDITION ANYONE UNDER 16.  If under 18, and cast, Dominion Stage would require a parent or guardian sign off on our membership requirements (those under 18). We also ask that the parent be present when checking in at auditions, just in case there are any questions of our organization.

All roles are unpaid and volunteer. All roles are open and not pre-cast. If cast, you must join Dominion Stage as a Production Member ($25) and in return will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to this Production. Members also get membership viewing of Dominion Stage’s next two scheduled productions.

Rehearsal Notes:  The first rehearsal is scheduled to take place the week of October 15.  There will normally be Monday-Thursday evening, and Saturday morning – early afternoon rehearsals, but not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. As the rehearsal period for this production takes place over the holidays, we hope to keep rehearsal conflicts to a minimum. Please list all potential scheduling conflicts on your audition form. Additional conflicts may not be accepted once the show is cast.

Questions: heathers@dominionstage.org

Performance Dates:
January 2019: 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

Performance Location:
Gunston Arts Center – Theatre Two (@Gunston Middle School)
2700 South Lang Street
Arlington, VA  22206

Characters:  8m, 9f

VERONICA SAWYER – 17. She burns to be both cool and kind, but doesn’t know yet how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she’s an old soul but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love/hormones (or shocked by cruelty). Voice: High belting required, up to Ab. Must have dynamic and stylistic range.
JD – 17. He is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside yet very damaged on the inside. Keen smarts and strong inventive comedy. Voice: Strong, confident belt to at least an Ab, A preferable; wide emotional range.
HEATHER CHANDLER – 17. Richest, hottest, most magnetic, cruelest girl in town. Relishes power and wields it like a scalpel – no fear, no patience, no mercy. Voice: Strong belt to F or higher preferred. Mezzo for chorus. NOTE: In certain choral songs Chandler can switch parts with her other Heathers as needed.
HEATHER MCNAMARA – 17. Beautiful, innocent, stupid, can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful. Voice: Strong belt to Db, D preferred. Soprano for chorus. NOTE: in certain choral songs Heather Mac and Duke can switch vocal parts as needed.
HEATHER DUKE – 17. Whipping-girl of the 3 Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee she wields power like a bulldozer. Alto for chorus. Voice: Strong belt to C, D preferred. Alto for chorus. NOTE: in certain choral songs Heather Duke and Mac can switch vocal parts as needed.
MARTHA DUNNSTOCK – 17. Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck”, the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. Huge and beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection. Voice: Strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.
RAM SWEENEY – 17, Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: Strong Baritone, belt to G, some Falsetto useful.
KURT KELLY – 17. Quarterback and Captain. Big, chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. Mean, thinks he’s the brains in the friendship with Ram. Voice: Tenor, strong belt to Ab or A, some Falsetto. NOTE: in certain songs Ram and Kurt can switch choral assignment if, say, Ram sings higher than Kurt.
RAM’S DAD/BIG BUD DEAN/COACH RIPPER – 40 to 45. Ram’s Dad: Former football player turned suburban Dad, has never outgrown his glory days in high school. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes. Also plays Big Bud Dean: JD’s single Dad. Big jolly personality that barely conceals the enormous rage bubbling just below the surface. Quite possibly a serial bomber. Also plays Coach Ripper: Stalwart, man’s man; quick to defend his players. Voice: Baritone/Tenor – power Country/Gospel belt to Ab, higher welcome. NOTE: Sometimes this actor has played Principal Gowan instead of Big Bud/Coach.
MS. FLEMING/VERONICA’S MOM – 45 to 50. Ms. Fleming: Aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Hungry for the spotlight, resentful of entitled youth. Also plays Veronica’s Mom: easygoing, distant, yet capable of laying down the law. Voice: Great belt up to C, higher always welcome.
KURT’S DAD/VERONICA’S DAD/PRINCIPAL GOWAN – 30 to 45. Kurt’s Dad: Straight-laced, very conservative, also former football player. A simple guy, not book smart, you’d be happy to share a beer with him. Also plays Veronica’s Dad: Easygoing and distant. Voice: Strong Baritone/Tenor — power Country/Gospel belt to G, even higher better. Also plays Principal Gowan: Rumpled, burned out, hates conflict. NOTE: Sometimes this actor has played Big Bud/Coach instead of Principal Gowan.
BOY 1 – Bitter Geek 16-18. A put-upon, bitter geek. Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).
BOY 2 – Blowdried Preppy 16-18. A blowdried 80’s preppy. Voice: Bass (up to E) or Bari (up to G#).
BOY 3 – Hipster Dork 16-18. Thinks he’s Ducky from ‘Pretty In Pink.’ Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).
GIRL 1 – Goth Girl 16-18. A sullen goth girl. Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).
GIRL 2 – Stoner Chick 16-18. A fuzzyheaded stoner chick. Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).
GIRL 3 – Young Republicanette 16-18. A tennis-playing, uptight Student Council type. Voice: Belt to at least C# (Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).