Cabaret

Casting Notes

 

Auditions:

January 10 & 11 at 7 p.m.

Lost Colony Administration Building

Roanoke Island

(Next to Elizabethan Gardens)

 

SPAMALOT is a big, silly musical written by members of the British comedy troupe Monty Python. It is a musical comedy based upon the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, the musical is a highly irreverent parody of Arthurian legend, but differs from the film in many ways. It was an immediate hit when it premiered on Broadway in 2005, receiving 14 Tony Awards nominations and winning three including Best Musical. Its initial run on Broadway ran for more than 1,500 performances and was seen by more than two million people.

 

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail, featuring shennanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Outside, there is plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show, Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni. The show also serves as a hilarious sendup of Broadway excesses and tropes.

 

When it comes to audition night, we will be having people cold read from the script, do a few simple dance steps taught by our choreographer, and sing us at least part of a song. If there's a specific role in Spamalot you're looking for, feel free to choose a song from the show to sing a capella. Otherwise, just sing us a little something that shows us your range.

 

It's also important to note that while we are casting this show and distributing materials before the holidays, we are not planning to rehearse until after the New Year. Once we get into January, rehearsals will be held in the evening hours three to four nights a week, although not every character will be needed every night. Performances will be February 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and February 19 & 26 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Please note that the ages listed below just serve as a guide. All roles are available and casting is open, and newcomers to Theatre of Dare are welcome and encouraged. Also, character doublings are only suggested here and may be changed based on audition results and production needs. In tribute to the film -- where six actors played the majority of all male parts (and a few female ones) -- several actors play multiple roles; the only major characters not doubling are King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake. One actor plays Lancelot, the Knight of Ni, a Sentry, the French Taunter, and Tim the Enchanter. Another actor plays Robin, a Sentry, a Guard, and Brother Maynard. A third plays Galahad, the Black Knight, and the King of Swamp Castle. A fourth plays Patsy, the Mayor of Finland, and a Guard. A fifth plays Bedevere, Concord, and Mrs. Galahad. And a sixth plays the Historian, Not Dead Fred, Herbert, and Robin's Lead Minstrel.

KING ARTHUR (Baritone [Low G2 -- High F4], Late 30s-60s). The King of England, who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Round Table and find the Holy Grail. Great humor. Good singer.

THE LADY OF THE LAKE (Alto with large range [Low E3 -- High B6], 20s-40s). A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Sings everything from opera to pop to scatting. Gets angry easily.

SIR ROBIN (Tenor/Baritone [Low D3 -- High G4], 30s-40s). A Knight of the Round Table. Ironically called "Sir Robin the Brave," though he couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk. A good mover.

SIR LANCELOT (Tenor/Baritone [Low C3 -- High E4], 30s-40s). A Knight of the Round Table. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate discovers his "softer side." This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman; the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights; and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.

PATSY (Tenor/Baritone [Low Bb3 -- High G5], 30s-40s). King Arthur's horse and servant. Under-appreciated but always longing for Arthur's approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his hometown; and the drunken, useless GUARD 2. Very good mover. Tap skills a bonus.

SIR GALAHAD (Tenor [Low Bb3 -- High Bb5], 30s). A Knight of the Round Table. Begins as Dennis, a lower class "mud gatherer" who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT'S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman at odds with his sensitive son; and THE BLACK KNIGHT, who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.

SIR BEDEVERE (Tenor/Baritone with falsetto [Low D3 -- High G4], 20s-40s). A Knight of the Round Table. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD'S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman; and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot's horse.

HISTORIAN/NOT DEAD FRED/ PRINCE HERBERT/ MINSTREL/ FRENCH GUARD (Tenor [Low A2 – High A5], 20s-30s).  A tweedy academic. Also plays NOT DEAD FRED, a sickly little fellow who -- despite others' beliefs -- claims he is "not yet dead"; a FRENCH GUARD, the condemnatory sidekick to the French Taunter; a MINSTREL in Sir Robin's band; and PRINCE HERBERT, the hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower. Tenor singing required. Very good mover.

EVERY "Ensemble" member plays at least SIX roles. The busiest principal player plays only FIVE roles.

MALE ENSEMBLE (6 men). Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the other Knights of the Round Table, Sir Not Appearing, Sir Bohrs, Bodies in "Not Yet Dead," the Dancing Monk, the Dancing Nun, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, a French Guard, Robin's Minstrel, and more! Strong dance skills preferred; tap skills a bonus.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE (6 women). Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the Camelot Girls, the Laker Girls, a French Guard, Knights of Ni, two of Robin's Minstrels, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, and more! Strong dance skills preferred, tap skills a bonus.

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTE: After reading these descriptions, if you know of anyone in your life that may fit these parts, PLEASE BRING THEM IN! The best part of getting people to audition is word of mouth!  Hope to see you all there!!!

 

 

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