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"The Mystery Of Edwin Drood" - Open Call - East Brunswick, NJ

Audition Details

Casting ID #
1603262
Submission Type
Open Call
Location
East Brunswick, NJ - 08816
Union
Non-union
Rate/Pay
$0.00
Release Date
10-10-2019
Audition Date
10-23-2019
Expiration Date
10-21-2019
Casting Category
Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)
New York City, NY | Philadelphia, PA

Audition Description

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show is based on Charles Dickens' unfinished novel of the same name. In small town of Cloisterham, England, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. But by whom? His leering romantic rival, John Jasper? The infamous purveyor of opium and vice, Princess Puffer? The mysterious Landless twins, newly arrived from Ceylon? Or someone else even more dastardly and villainous? Dickens passed away before he was able to reveal the culprit. Rupert Holmes' award-winning musical solves this predicament by asking the audience to choose which character is the killer by putting it to a vote. Staged in metatheatrical manner by the Music Hall Royale, a traveling Victorian theatre troupe full of just as many colorful characters as the roles they play, this charming and inventive musical is sure to intrigue and entertain any musical or mystery lover.


Please prepare a musical theater song of your choosing keeping the following in mind.

-Even with an entire song prepared, please show us your best 30 to 60 seconds.
-Avoid choosing music from the show itself
-Avoid contemporary, pop, jukebox, etc. We're looking for a more traditional (and somewhat classical) sound.
-Select something that suits your personality so the joy of your performance can shine through.
-Please bring clearly printed sheet music; No lead sheets.
-No 'A Capella' please.
-Songs that use accents (reference the Synopsis) are a bonus as long as they compliment your performance.
-Dress comfortably as you may be asked to stay for a movement audition as well.
-Those auditioning for the chairman are welcome to bring a monologue as they are the dialogue-heavy center of the entire production. This is optional.
-Read the character descriptions thoroughly so you understand the ranges, personalities, etc. This should help in your song selection.

  • Role #1 - William Cartwright

    (Chairman/Mayor Sapsea). The leader of the music hall troupe. The Chairman carries the majority of the dialogue and must be quick with a joke and able to improvise. S/he is in charge of keeping the pace of the show moving. Unexpectedly fills in as the Mayor character in Drood when another actor fails to show up. This part can be played by either a man or a woman, and can be any age over 40ish. Baritone (D#3 – F#4 – can pop octaves if needed).
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 45 - 65
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • (Joyce Throttle, Stage Manager). A non-singing role, male or female, who helps to keep the Chairperson on track throughout the play.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 25 - 45
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #3 - Clive Paget

    (John Jasper). The Royale's male lead, a devilishly attractive cad, and knows it. In Drood, he is the baddie. Choirmaster of Cloisterham Cathedral, and uncle of Edwin Drood. In love with Rosa Bud. Madness lurks beneath smooth exterior. Strictly speaking, a suspect, but didn't do it. Bari-tenor (A2 – A4).
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 25 - 45
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #4 - Alice Nutting

    (Edwin Drood). Prima donna and London's leading male impersonator, charming but, as you might expect, with determination and a lot of ego. Must command the stage. As Edwin Drood, she is an attractive, rich, and popular young man who has everything. The victim. Mezzo (B3 – E5).
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 20 - 30
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #5 - Deirdre Peregrine

    (Rosa Bud). The not-so-innocent ingenue of the Music Hall Royale, Deirdre portrays the love interest of Drood, the young, beautiful and apparently fragile Rosa Bud. She is betrothed to Edwin Drood, the only man who isn't in love with her. A suspect in his murder. True soprano (A3 – B5), with a high B natural that can't be avoided.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 18 - 30
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #6 - Angela Prysock

    (Princess Puffer). Angela has been a favorite of London audiences forever, a staple of the stage. As the mysterious Princess Puffer, Madam, opium dealer and general purveyor of vice of all kinds, she is glamorous in her ruin. A suspect. Serious low alto (F3 – D5) – must have a big chest voice and lots of rapport with the audience.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 50 - 65
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #7 - Janet Conover

    (Helena Landless). Janet is a long-standing member of the acting troupe, asked to play the mysterious Helena Landless who hails from a mysterious foreign colony not unlike India. Will need to switch between her British accent and a "geographically untraceable" approximation of an East Asian accent. Another suspect. Mezzo (G3 – D5 [optional E5]), strong ensemble singer.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 25 - 45
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #8 - Victor Grinstead

    (Neville Landless). Victor is enjoying his premier performance with the Music Hall Royale. His character, Neville, is Helena's brother and suffers from the same "geographically untraceable" approximation of an East Asian accent. Falls for Rosa Bud, falls out with Edwin, and is therefore another suspect in the murder. Very passionate and often angry. Bari-tenor (C3 – G4), strong ensemble singer.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 25 - 45
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #9 - Cedric Moncrieffe

    (Reverend Crisparkle). This troupe member is a bit of an open book who plays an archetypal vicar, who is also a bit of a lurker, and was in love with Rosa's mother. A suspect. Must be significantly older than Rosa. Baritone (C3 – G4), strong ensemble singer.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 35 - 55
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #10 - Phillip Bax

    (Bazzard). Devotee of the theatre, the everlasting understudy, who finally gets his moment. May have quite a major part if the evening turns out that way. A sad sort of clown. In his role as Bazzard, he is often an audience-favorite suspect. Very capable of stealing the whole show. Bari-tenor (A2 – Eb4 [opt G4 or Bb4]).
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 20 - 35
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #11 - Nick Cricker Sr.

    (Durdles). "Clown Prince of the Royale" who makes the most of every line and plays the drunkard sexton in Drood. Gets to announce the murderer. Baritone or Tenor (B2 – F4) – ensemble singer.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 35 - 50
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019
  • Role #12 - Nick Cricker Jr.

    (Deputy). Boy or girl, any age younger than Cricker, Sr. As the Deputy, lowest in the pecking order, and very funny. Any voice range – ensemble singer.
    Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
    Talent specs:
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: Any
    Age: 15 - 25
    Expiration Date: Oct 21, 2019

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