Auditions

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Assassins
By Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman
Produced and Directed by Melissa Jo York-Tilley
Music Direction by Matthew Scarborough
Choreographed by Melanie McGuin
Stage Managed by Natalie Foley

CAST

John Wilkes Booth – Jonathan Cagle-Mulberg
The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald – Michael Gale
Sara Jane Moore – Colleen Robinson
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme – Sarah Elizabeth Edwards
Samuel Byck – Jay Tilley
Giuseppe Zangara – Eric Verchot-Ware
John Hinckley Jr. – Mike Rudden
Charles J. Guiteau – Aaron Verchot-Ware
Leon Czolgosz – Peter Curtin
The Proprietor – James Maxted
Emma Goldman – Becca Cooley

Ensemble:
Becca Cooley
Becca Harney
Abbie Desrosiers
Stephanie Chu Rudden
Oscar Mario Soto Jr.
Lyle Smythers
Morgan DeHart

ABOUT THE SHOW
A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written. Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

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.

Performance dates:
January 26, 2018 at 8:00pm
January 27, 2018 at 8:00pm
February 1, 2018 at 8:00pm
February 2, 2018 at 8:00pm
February 3, 2018 at 8:00pm
February 8, 2018 at 8:00pm
February 9, 2018 at 8:00pm
February 10, 2018 at 8:00pm

Performance location: Gunston Theater Two, 2700 S Lang St, Arlington, VA 22206

Rehearsal location: Theater On The Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington, VA 22206, enter via parking lot in back.

AUDITIONS

WHEN:
Monday, September 18, 7:00-10:00pm
Tuesday, September 19, 7:00-10:00pm
Let us know you’re coming!

WHERE: Theatre On The Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington, VA 22206

PREPARE: Prepare 16-32 bars of music similar in style to the show from anything not “Assassins.” Pianist provided. Prerecorded accompaniment also acceptable. NO A CAPELLA, PLEASE. You will be given a monologue for a cold reading.

CALLBACKS: If needed, will be on 9/20/17 (Wednesday) beginning at 7:00pm

Sign in for auditions begin at 7pm and the last sign accepted will be at 9pm. No appointments necessary.

Bring properly keyed and marked sheet music (preferred) or prerecorded accompaniment. NO A CAPELLA, PLEASE. If you play guitar and/or banjo, please bring your instrument and come prepared to demonstrate.

Please bring your personal calendar with ALL KNOWN SCHEDULING CONFLICTS from auditions to 2/11/18.

Please come dressed to move and dance. You will be taught and demonstrate a short dance routine.

Please be prepared to stay the entire time if necessary.

 

CAST
(Please note that all age ranges are approximate, and apply to the age of the character, not the age of the actor.)

Seeking total 10-11 Adult Males, 4-5 Adult Females, and 1 Male or Female Youth (age 7-11)

John Wilkes Booth [Male, age 25 to 37, Baritone/Tenor] Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater, Washington D.C., April 14, 1865. Charismatic, dynamic, handsome, dashing, wants to be recognized as the greatest actor of his day.

Leon Czolgosz [Male, age 28 to 36, Bass/Baritone] (pronounced Chole-gosh) Poverty-worn young radical who assassinated President William McKinley during a public reception at the Temple of Music Pavilion at the Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, N.Y., September 6, 1901. Speaks with slight Polish accent.

Charles Guiteau [Male, age 35 to 45, Baritone/Tenor] Dignified wannabe who assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad.

Giuseppe Zangara [Male, age 28 to 36, Tenor – sustained A] Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, February 15, 1933. Angry, heavily-accented Italian immigrant.

Samuel Byck [Male, age 35 to 50, Baritone] Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon; hijacked a commercial jetliner at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, February 22, 1974 which Byck intended to crash dive into the White House. Accent from South Philadelphia. *This role is mostly monologues with little solo singing.

John Hinckley [Male, age 18 to 26, Baritone/Pop Voice] A depressed college student who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C., March 30, 1981. Ideally plays a little guitar.

Balladeer [Male, 20 to 40. Tenor] A folk singer and the narrator of the show. The voice of America. Will double with Lee Harvey Oswald, A dejected shipping clerk planning suicide who assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963.

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme [Female, age 18 to 35, Mezzo-Soprano] A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford as he left the St. Francis Hotel, Sacramento, CA., September 5, 1975.

Sara Jane Moore [Female, age 30 to 50, Soprano] A Frazzled housewife who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford as he left the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA., September 22, 1975.

Proprietor / Bartender [Male/Female, any age above 18, Baritone/Tenor/Alto] The “puppet master” of the alternate universe. A mysterious person who runs the shooting games; benevolent with sinister undertones. Will also play roles such as Herald, bystanders, and various presidents.

Emma Goldman/Ensemble Female, 30s. (1869-1940); Turn-of-the-century Anarchist agitator and feminist. Terse and stubborn. An inspiration to Czolgosz. This is a singing role. Speaks with slight Russian accent.

Townspeople – Five adults and one child are needed to play a variety of parts as listed below. The “townspeople” require strong individual voices as they sing “How I Saved Roosevelt” and the gut-wrenching “Something Just Broke.”

  • Male: “How I Saved Roosevelt” (Bystander #1),”The Ballad Of Czolgosz” (Fairgoer #1), James Blaine, Gerald Ford, “Something Just Broke” (rich gentleman, pawn broker).
  • Male: “How I Saved Roosevelt” (Husband/Bystander #4),”The Ballad Of Czolgosz” (Fairgoer #2), James Garfield, Secret Service Agent #2, “Something Just Broke” (office clerk, factory hand, stockbroker, policeman).
  • Male: David Herold (Booth’s accomplice), ”How I Saved Roosevelt” (Bystander #2), ”The Ballad Of Czolgosz” (Fairgoer #3), Secret Service Agent #1, “Something Just Broke” (farmer, old man, minister)
  • Female: ”How I Saved Roosevelt” (Bystander #3), ”The Ballad Of Czolgosz” (Boy’s Mother), “Something Just Broke” (school teacher, lady, waitress, lady)
  • Female: “How I Saved Roosevelt” (Wife/Bystander #5), ”The Ballad Of Czolgosz” (Fairgoer #4 – nonspeaking), “Something Just Broke” (housewife) – alto voice preferred.
  • Young boy, age 9 (will cast either male or female youth): ”The Ballad Of Czolgosz” (young fairgoer), Moore’s son, “Something Just Broke” (school boy)