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Audition Notice My Fair Lady
Based upon George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion
Directed by Celia Couture
Artistic Director Celia Couture intends to present this beloved Broadway musical in a manner that speaks to today’s audiences. Using minimalistic sets, projections, an intimate cast that plays multiple roles, a street tough Eliza and a most egotistical Henry Higgins, Celia hopes the power, brilliance and humor of Shaw’s brilliant and timely piece of theatre is compelling to audiences who have grown up without knowing this classic.
In addition, the show will feature the sparkling two-piano orchestration, crafted with the approval of Lerner and Loewe by the original show’s composer/arranger of dance music.
What to bring:
Anyone cast in My Fair Lady is expected to pay a small production fee or, alternatively,you are welcome to join the Players. Becoming a member of the Players provides you with many more benefits. Visit the Wellesley Players website for more information: www.wellesleyplayers.org.
Also, please note that each cast member is expected to devote two hours of additional time to one of many aspects of the production, which may include hanging posters, assisting with set build, costuming or other areas where extra hands are requested. Specific dates and times will be provided.
The show requires 1 principle female role and 3 principle male roles. All other roles will be filled by 20 ensemble members. This structure affords all actors more variety and challenges than is common in other productions. It is a basic requirement that all ensemble members be able to sing, act and move well. It is also a desirable skills that cast members can read music.
Please Note: Rehearsals are typically scheduled for Tues, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Rehearsals will begin in earnest in January. Conflicts will be carefully scrutinized and may impact our casting decisions.
When: December 2, 3, and 4 (as a call back) at: Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Avenue in Needham from 7:00-10:00 P.M. Rehearsal will also take place in Needham and some my take place at the Music Director’s home in Framingham.
What to Bring:
If you are auditioning for a lead role, please be prepared to sing one song, either a ballad or up-tempo, NOT from My Fair Lady up to 32 bars. There will also be readings from the script.
For Specific Roles at callbacks, please be prepared to sing the following:
Performance Dates: April 10-12 and 16-19, 2015
Cast of Characters (*principle vocal part):
Eliza Doolittle * (Soprano) age range 20-30
Professor Henry Higgins *(baritone) age range 40-60
Alfred P Doolittle * (baritone) Age Range 40-70
Colonel Hugh Pickering * (baritone) Age Range 40-65
Freddie Eynsford-Hill * (tenor) Age range 20-32
The ensemble members, listed below, will double and sometimes triple in the number of roles played.
Mrs. Higgins (age range) 55-75
Professor Zoltan Karpathy: (age range) 30-50
Mrs. Pearce *(age range) 40-70 one member of the servant’s chorus
Mrs. Ensford-Hill *
Henry Higgins household, non-speaking chorus singer (S-S-A-A-T-B)
Singing & Dance Ensembles
Angry Woman : Act I, Scene 2
Angry Man: Act 1, Scene 2
Charles: Mrs. Higgins’s Chauffer—Act I, Scene 6
Policeman: In Wimpole Street, Act I, Scene 8