AUDITIONS FOR A MISCAST CABARET
AND THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD.
Hubbard Hall is looking for performers for the 2nd Broadway Miscast Cabaret Fundraiser Concert! A Miscast concert is a wonderful opportunity for performers to sing Broadway songs that weren’t written for them. Swap genders! Grow older (or younger)! Switch styles! Just pick a song and submit a video or audio audition to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, June 28th. In the video, please introduce yourself and sing your song of choice with piano or karaoke track accompaniment – no a cappella auditions. Please title your email “Miscast Cabaret” and include in the body of the email your name, phone number, song choice, what show the song is from, and any conflicts from July 5 through July 15. If a digital audition cannot be submitted, please contact email@example.com. Performers will be required to provide a copy of their sheet music in the correct key no later than Friday, June 30th. Rehearsals will be scheduled around performer availability. The 2nd Broadway Miscast Cabaret Fundraiser Concert will be a one-night-only performance on Saturday, July 15th at 7pm.
Hubbard Hall will also be holding auditions for Rupert Holmes’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Tuesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 29 from 6-8pm at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY (25 East main St.). Rehearsals will run Tuesdays – Sundays, October 17-November 11 with performances November 12 through December 3. Directed by David Snider, Hubbard Hall will be only the second theater ever to work on this NEW chamber version of the Tony Award-winning musical. Mr. Holmes will be in residence during rehearsals to rewrite and promote the piece. Seeking both AEA and non-AEA actors. To schedule an audition, please email your headshot and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please prepare one song from the show and one short comedic monologue (two minutes or less). All roles are currently available INCLUDING:
- Flo (ensemble). 20’s-30’s.
- Your Chairman, Mr. William Cartwright (baritone) The emcee and host of the Music Hall Royale. The Chairman sets the scenes and keeps the pace of the show moving. Frequently jokes with the audience and is the guide through the mystery. Steps in to fill the comic role of Mayor Sapsea. A seasoned showman. Character age: 30’s -50’s.
- John Jasper: (tenor or lyric baritone) The opium addicted choirmaster of Cloisterham Cathedral. He is madly in love with his music student and his nephew’s fiance Rosa Bud. Played by Clive Pagett, the charmingly egotistical leading man of the Music Hall Royale. Candidate for murderer and lover. Character age: 20’s-40’s.
- Edwin Drood: (mezzo soprano) John Jasper’s cocky nephew who goes missing on Christmas Eve. He has been engaged to Rosa Bud since they were very young. Played by the quite temperamental Alice Nutting- London’s premier male impersonator. Character age: 20’s -30’s.
- Rosa Bud: (lyric soprano) A sweet and innocent young lady who is uneasy about her music tutor’s (Jasper) passions towards her. Engaged to Edwin Drood, Rosa is unhappy with the arrangement. Played by Miss Diedre Peregrine, the ingénue of the Music Hall Royale. Candidate for detective, murderer, and lover. Character age: 20’s -30’s.
- The Princess Puffer: (alto) The down on her luck proprietress of the opium den that John Jasper frequents. Played by the bawdy Grande Dame of the Music Hall Royale, Miss Angela Prysock. A strong comedienne. Candidate for murderer and lover. Character age: 30’s -60’s.
- Helena Landless: (mezzo soprano) The mysterious young woman from Ceylon with a “somewhat untraceable geographical accent.” The fiery and temperamental twin sister of Neville. Played by the lively Janet Connover, Candidate for detective, murderer, and lover. Character age: 20’s -30’s.
- Neville Landless: (baritone) The other half of the mysterious family from Ceylon. Neville has a very hot temper and immediately falls for Rosa Bud. He is the main suspect after Drood’s disappearance. Played by Victor Grinstead, the newest member of the Music Hall Royale. Candidate for detective, murderer, and lover. Character age: 20’s -30’s.
- The Reverend Crisparkle: (tenor/baritone) The sweet and kind minister at Cloisterham Cathedral who watches over the Landless twins. He once was in love with Rosa’s mother. Played by Cedric Montcrieffe- a character actor of the Music Hall Royale. Candidate for detective, murderer, and lover. Character age: 30’s -50’s.
- Bax/Bazzard (baritone/tenor) Aspiring playwright and assistant to Reverend Crisparkle. Played by Phillip Bax, the understudy for John Jasper and bit player waiting for his big break. Character age: 20’s -40’s. Candidate for detective, murderer, and lover. If played correctly, a guaranteed audience favorite.
- Durdles: (baritone/tenor) The drunken stonemason who inscribes and oversees the crypts at Cloisterham Cathedral. Played by Nick Cricker, the clown prince of the Music Hall Royale. Candidate for murderer and lover. Character age: 30’s -60’s.
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In keeping with Hubbard Hall’s mission to combine professionals, seasoned amateurs, students, and novices in its productions, everyone who has a strong desire to perform is invited to audition for any production. Those people interested in working behind the scenes in a technical capacity are also urged to inquire.