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"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" Show Need Dancers/Singers/Actors

Wilmington, DE, United States
ID: 252240Exp: 12/11/2023
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The company is holding auditions for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and looking for dynamic, non-union, singers, actors, and dancers, please see the details below. ONLY LOCAL TALENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Rate: All roles are open and paid. Additional info: The show takes place in a rowdy music hall in Victorian England. All characters should speak with a British dialect and should be adept at improvising conversation with the audience within the confines of that time and place. Principal characters (except the Chairman and Drood) must be comfortable with taking on the role of murderer, detective, or lovers at literally a moment’s notice. Show date: runs March 16 – April 21, 2024. For auditions, please prepare 16 – 32 bars in the style of the show. Readings will be provided. Please come with headshot and resume stapled together, do not send in advance. Please apply if interested.

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13 roles

Chairman/Mayor Thomas SapseaMale40-59 y.o.All ethnicities

Leader of the troupe at the Music Hall Royale. The Chairman carries the majority of the dialogue and must be quick with a joke and able to improvise. He is in charge of keeping the pace of the show moving. Baritone (D#3 – F#4).

Clive Paget/John JasperMale35-59 y.o.All ethnicities

The Royale’s male lead, a devilishly attractive cad, and he knows it. In Drood, he is the antagonist – choirmaster of Cloisterham Cathedral, and uncle of Edwin Drood. In love with Rosa Bud. Madness lurks beneath his smooth exterior. Baritone-tenor (A2 – A4).

Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa BudFemale18-25 y.o.All ethnicities

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. True soprano (A3 – B5)

Angela Prysock/Princess PufferMale50-60 y.o.All ethnicities

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. Must have a big chest voice and lots of rapport with the audience. Serious low alto (F3 – D5)

Janet Conover/Helena LandlessFemale25-50 y.o.All ethnicities

Janet is a long-standing member of the acting troupe, asked to play the idiomatic Helena Landless who hails from a mysterious foreign colony. Mezzo (G3 – D5 [optional E5])

Victor Grinstead/Neville LandlessMale25-50 y.o.All ethnicities

Victor is enjoying his premier performance with the Music Hall Royale. His character, Neville, is Helena’s twin brother. Very passionate and often angry. Bari-tenor (C3 – G4)

Cedric Moncrieffe/Reverend CrisparkleMale40-56 y.o.All ethnicities

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. Must be significantly older than Rosa. Baritone (C3 – G4)

Phillip Bax/BazzardMale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

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. Bari-tenor (A2 – Eb4 [opt G4 or Bb4]).

Nick Cricker, Sr./DurdlesMale35-56 y.o.All ethnicities

“Clown Prince of the Music Hall Royale” who makes the most of every line and plays the drunkard sexton in Drood. Baritone or Tenor (B2 – F4)

Nick Cricker, Jr./DeputyMale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

A chip off the old block, he’s the perfect sidekick to his father. As the Deputy, lowest in the pecking order, and very funny. The youngest (about 20 years younger than Cricker, Sr.). Any voice range – ensemble singer.

Wendy and BeatriceFemale18-25 y.o.All ethnicities

Drawn from the company, these characters are contemporaries of Rosa Bud. (C4-D5)

James ThrottleMale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

The Music Hall Royale’s Stage Manager who maintains order among the troupe. A role which could be as big as it can be made, with a lot of interaction with the Chairman.

EnsembleBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Takers of small parts in the Royale, but along with other non-suspects, these will be important characters throughout, taking much of the responsibility for making the audience participation work, and working individually with sections of the audience. In addition, these characters are vital in creating the atmosphere of the touring theatre company