[Capdist-auditions] NSCP Announces Auditions for PIPPIN
kara.dicaterino at gmail.com
Mon Oct 24 11:49:54 EDT 2011
Not So Common Players announces auditions for the musical Pippin, by Stephen
Free musical theater sponsored by the Town of Clifton Park
Producer: Kara A. DiCaterino
Director: Tim Orcutt
Music Director: Patricia Leighton
Choreographer: Edmund Metzold
Sunday, December 11 and Monday, December 12
Sign In at 6:30 P.M.
Auditions will begin at 7:00 P.M.
Shenendehowa Adult Community Center
6 Clifton Common Court
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Auditioners should be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of a Broadway song.
Usually the bridge to the final refrain should be sufficient. Please steer
clear of Sondheim - our accompanist will be most grateful! Since an
accompanist will be provided, no a capella auditions permitted.
Following that there will be a movement audition (so please dress
comfortably and accordingly).
After a break, Auditioners will then read sides from the script.
If callbacks are needed they will be held on Thursday, December 15 (location
and time TBA).
PERFORMANCE DATES: April 20-22 and 26-29
Rehearsals to begin early February. Generally, rehearsals will be in the
evenings - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Not all actors will be
called to every rehearsal. Rehearsals will start and end promptly, but may
run late during tech week.
Pippin is a Tony-award winning musical that opened on Broadway in 1972. It
received rave reviews for director and choreographer Bob Fosse, leading
player Ben Vereen, and composer Stephen Schwartz (author of Wicked). An
eclectic acting troupe invites the audience to see their story of Pippin,
the son of Charlemagne, one of the great medieval rulers. Pippin believes he
is destined for an extraordinary life if he can only discover what he is
meant to do. Pippin becomes a soldier, a politician, an artist, and has a
romantic relationship with a young widow named Catherine – but nothing makes
him happy. Pippin’s search leads him (and the member of the acting troupe
who portrays him) to the grand finale of the show and a choice that only he
This show is a comedy that relies on great comic timing. Please keep this in
mind when auditioning.
Note: While principals will need superb acting and singing skills, they will
also need to be able to move well. Their choreography will not be as complex
as it is for the ensemble. Ages shown are a guideline and indicate the age
the actor can portray, not necessarily what appears on the birth
Lead Player - male or female (tenor/soprano) is the narrator of the show who
is featured in nearly every scene. The Leading Player has a malevolent
intensity and sparkling charisma. He (or she) leads Pippin through the story
and controls the action. He/she also controls the finale. His/her goal is to
make a theatrical spectacle that will not disappoint the audience. He/she is
a performer, observing and controlling the action but does not participate
in the story. Excellent singer, dancer, actor – triple threat. Able to hold
the audience’s attention. Should appear experienced (late 30s - 40s)
Pippin (tenor) is an idealistic and inexperienced youth in his early
twenties, searching for meaning in his life. He believes that he is an
extraordinary person who is bound for an uncommon life, if he can only find
something worth dedicating his life to. Actor / Singer most important,
dancer second. Performs a dance number with the Lead Player.
Charles (baritone), Pippin's father, is also known as King Charlemagne. He
is the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. He is a powerful ruler, unafraid of
waging war and demanding of his subjects. He is uninterested in helping
Pippin to find happiness. Actor / Singer (late 40s - 50s)
Fastrada (mezzo) is Pippin's somewhat evil stepmother, who is plotting to
make sure that her son Lewis becomes king. She is sly, devious, charming and
tough. Actor / Singer, dancing a plus. (mid 30s - 40s)
Lewis is Pippin's half-brother who is self-obsessed and a good warrior, but
not particularly smart. He kisses mirrors a lot. Actor / Dancer (early 20s)
Berthe (alto) is Pippin's grandmother (Charles' mother), an older woman with
a flirtatious taste for young men. She advises Pippin to relax and enjoy his
life before it is too late. She is crusty and pragmatic but warm and
fun-loving. Actor / Singer (50s and up)
Catherine (mezzo) is a young widow who lives with her son, Theo. She is
interested in finding a husband to guide her young son and to help her with
the work on her estate. She is Pippin's love interest and shows him the
simple joys of home and hearth. (late 20s - 40s)
Theo is a boy who is 6-10 years old. Unhappy and sassy at first, then grows
to care for Pippin as a father figure. Actor/Singer
Ensemble/ Featured Dancers (3-4 male, 3-4 female, 20s-30s): All will have at
least one line of dialogue, and will be required to sing, but these roles
are primarily for dancers. Expect the choreography to be demanding.
Please contact Producer, Kara A. DiCaterino at kara.dicaterino at gmail.com or
928-6353 for more information.
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