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Auditions – Young Frankenstein

West Hartford Community Theater is excited to announce
auditions for our Fall 2018 show…

The new Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankensten

Performance Dates: November 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18

Director – Dana Sachs
Music Director – David Jarkey
Choreographer – Jen Bunger
Producer – Terry Szymanski

 

Auditions will be held in the Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Church
at 467 Quaker Lane South in West Hartford on the following days:

  • Tue, May 22rd @ 6:30-9:30 pm – All lead & supporting roles/ensemble
  • Wed, May 23th @ 6:30-9:30 pm – All lead & supporting roles/ensemble
  • Thu, May 24th @ 6:30-9:30 pm – Call backs for leads & supporting roles (if necessary)
  • Auditions will be required for all roles, including lead, supporting, featured dance, and ensemble. Please Note that you may audition for a featured dancer role independently, meaning that if you are chosen as a featured dancer, you are not required to play any other role in the show.
  • For music auditions, you will be required to sing the designated selection below.
  • Those auditioning for lead roles will be required to read from the script the designated selections below. The reading selections will also be available at the audition
  • Show Dates are Friday, November 9 (evening), Saturday, November 10 (evening), Sunday November 11 (afternoon), and Friday November 16 (evening), Saturday November 17 (evening), and Sunday November 18 (afternoon). Please audition only if you can commit to all 6 shows.
  • All those auditioning will be asked to learn a short, fairly simple, dance/movement combination.
  • Auditioners will sign in upon arrival, and will be heard in the order of signup.
  • Please complete the Audition Form and bring it with you to your audition.
  • You may also bring a theater resume if you have one.
  • We will take a photo of you after you sign in at auditions, to make sure we coordinate the person with the correct audition form.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing for the dance audition.
  • You will be required to list all your known rehearsal conflicts on the audition form.  Rehearsals will begin the Tuesday before Labor Day.  We typically rehearse Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with an occasional weekend – and of course most days during the week starting the Sunday before the show.  You are expected to attend all rehearsals not listed on your conflict form.  To be fair to others, if absence becomes a problem, your participation in the show may be reduced or eliminated.

We are always looking for folks to get involved in our production, including back stage crew, lighting, sound, set construction and painting, and house duties (ushering, concessions, etc). Please let us know if you would like to participate, even if you don’t want to be in the show!

If you have any questions, please email us at auditions@WestHartfordTheater.org

 

Character Descriptions
All age ranges shown are somewhat flexible.
Name Description Gender Age Range-FLEXIBLE
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein A famous scientist dedicated to his work and innocent of the world at large. A comic actor who combines the manic energy of Danny Kaye with the charm and elegance of Fred Astaire. Male 30-49
Igor A hunchback servant at the Frankenstein estate in Transylvania. Great comic role. Male 30-60
Inga A young local Transylvanian woman who becomes Dr. Frankenstein’s bubbly, not-so-bright young assistant. Sexy, attractive. A resident of Transylvania. Female 18-35
Elizabeth Benning Self-loving, naive, boisterous fiancée of Frederick. Female 30-45
Frau Blucher The housekeeper at the Frankenstein estate. She keeps the secrets of the past. A great slyly comic role. Requires skilled, dark, dramatic flair. Female 40-65
Inspector Kemp Head of the police in Transylvania, with a wooden arm and leg. Justice-driven. Male 40-65
Blind Hermit Lonely, poor, blind town hermit longing for a friend. Male 30-60
Ziggy Well-intentioned village idiot. Male or Female 18-?
Dr. Victor von Frankenstein The infamous Dr. Frankenstein and Frederick’s grandfather. Male 45-65
The Monster The misunderstood creation of Dr. Frankenstein. Male 25-60
Dr. Victor von Frankenstein The infamous Dr. Frankenstein and Frederick’s grandfather. Male 45-65
Ensemble This group will portray gravediggers, villagers, passengers, mad scientists and various supporting roles. A TON OF STAGE TIME. Males & Females ALL AGES

 

 

Required Audition Vocal Selections
Character Vocal Range Song
(select to download)
Measures/Comments
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein Bb2 – G4 Frederick’s Soliloquy 5 – 37
The Monster Db3 – Bb4 Deep Love Reprise 1 – 13
Igor Bb2 – G4 Transylvania Mania 1 – 36
Inga G3 – A5 Listen To Your Heart* AND
Roll In The Hay
Listen To Your Heart: 6 – 22*
AND
Roll In the Hay: 124 – 147
Elizabeth Benning F#3 – F5 Please Don’t Touch Me 1 – 39
Frau Blucher E3 – C5 He Vas My Boyfriend* 76 – 97*
The Hermit Ab2 – F4 Please Send Me Someone* 64 – 88*
Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein C#2 – F4 Join The Family Business 1 – 36 (written key)
All other characters, no character preference, or Ensemble   Join The Family Business 1 – 36
Transposing the key to better suit the vocalist’s range is acceptable. Be prepared to inform the audition accompanist how much the key has been raised or lowered so they may adjust the music accordingly.
*Audition selection is in a different key than recorded on the Broadway soundtrack. Please prepare in the key found in the provided sheet music.

Auditioners may be asked to sing a portion of their song A Capella in addition to singing it with accompaniment.

 

 

Required Audition Script Readings
Character Reading
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein Frederick-1
Frederick-2.pdf
The Monster Monster.pdf
Igor Igor.pdf
Inga Inga.pdf
Elizabeth Benning Elizabeth.pdf
Frau Blucher Frau-Blucher.pdf
The Hermit Hermit.pdf
Kemp Kemp.pdf