Mark your calendars and save the date to audition for the Norton Singers' Spring 2018 production of the thrilling swashbuckling musical The Scarlet Pimpernel!
Auditions will be held at the Norton Media Center, Norton Crossing, 184 West Main St. 2nd Floor in Norton, MA 02766 on Monday January 22 and Tuesday January 23 at 7pm, with a possible third night on Thursday.
Auditions will be by appointment. We will be blocking off times from 7-8, 8-9 and 9-10. First come, first served! To receive an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date. Please do include your phone and name just in case and put Scarlet Pimpernel auditions in your email subject line. Walk-ins are also welcome.
All auditioners should prepare 16 bars each of a ballad and an up-beat tempo song, and should bring sheet music. Those interested in auditioning for a major role should be prepared to read a short scene from the script during callbacks.
About the show: The Scarlet Pimpernel is a swashbuckling action/adventure musical, based on Baroness Orczy's famous 20th-century novel about the French Revolution and the battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. With an epic, sweeping book by Nan Knighton and a rousing and passionate score by Knighton and Frank Wildhorn, the show is a glorious window into 18th century French and British history with incredible Wildhorn music, including "Madame Guillotine," "The Riddle," "You Are My Home," and the rousing "Into the Fire." There are 2 principal female roles, 3 principal males, 8 sub-principal roles, along with a large supporting cast of various ages.
Returning to the helm is the team of director Ted Mitchell, music director Anthony-Alexander Torelli and assistant director/choreographer Melissa Franklin. This is the third show this trio has helmed and follows up on their successful production of Jeyll & Hyde two years ago, which was nominated for nine EMACT DASH awards, including Best Musical. Ted and Tony's latest show was last year's acclaimed production of Young Frankenstein (where Melissa served as assistant choreographer and dance captain), which was also nominated for nine DASH awards and won seven, including Best Direction and Best Ensemble.
Rehearsals will take place two nights a week, typically on Monday and Thursdays, starting the week of February 26. The performances will be the first two week in June: June 1 and June 8.
British Accents required unless otherwise noted. NOTE: We will be working with a dialect coach.
Percy Blakeney (Grappin and The Scarlet Pimpernel) (Late 20s - mid 30s)
Heavy Singing – Tenor/Baritone – Bb3 – Ab5
As the Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Percy Blakeney is a master of disguise, taking on multiple personae to help save doomed aristocrats from the guillotine in France. His strong, courageous side we see when he consults with the league and plans daring escapes, but his most dominant disguise—the one he uses to put everyone off the scent— is that of the foolish, foppish nitwit, obsessed with men’s fashion and little else. As one of his disguises, Sir Percy also assumes the role of Grappin, Belgian aid to Chauvelin. Sir Percy Blakeney is a challenging role: character actor meets leading man.
Marguerite St. Just (late 20s early 30s)
Heavy Singing – Mezzo/Belter – G#3-F#5
Beautiful, magnetic, and charming French actress married to Sir Percy Blakeney. Whilst spurning the blackmail-tainted advances of her former lover, Chauvelin, Marguerite struggles to understand why her husband treats her differently after their marriage. French accent required.
Chauvelin (late 20s early 30s)
Heavy Singing – Baritone/Tenor – A3-Bb5
Chauvelin is the suave, fox-like villain of the show, determined to discover the true identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel and to send him to the guillotine. Assistant to Robespierre, he is instrumental in doling out punishment to the aristocrats Sir Percy is attempting to save. Also in love with Marguerite, he uses persuasion and blackmail to ensnare her into spying on his behalf.
Armand St. Just (20s)
Moderate Singing – Tenor – D3-Bb5
Marguerite’s headstrong younger brother who quickly becomes a member of the league of The Scarlet Pimpernel. French accent required.
Percy’s Bounders (The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel):
Moderate Singing – Various Ranges
These characters can be of various ages from 20s-50s, and have personalities mostly of the actors own creation. All are close friends of Sir Percy, Dewhurst perhaps a bit closer than the rest. Elton is more dimwitted. All have solo vocal lines.
--Dewhurst Baritone – Bb3-G4 Serious, Closest friend to Percy. May consider making a slightly older female.
--Ozzy Baritone – Bb3-G4 Think Ozzy Osborne
--Elton Baritone – Bb3-G4 Think Sir Elton
--Farleigh Baritone – Bb3-G4 Fine mind, quizzical
--Hal Baritone – Bb3-G4 Youngest of the group
--Ben Tenor – B3-Bb5 Somewhat pampered
Marie Grosholtz (20s-30s)
Light Singing – Mezzo – D4-E5
Artist in residence at the Comedie-Francaise and close friend of Marguerite. She becomes instrumental in helping the Scarlet
Pimpernel. French accent required.
Marie’s fiancé. French accent required.
Prince of Whales (20s-40s)
Light Singing – Tenor – C3-B4
Historically the son of George the III, the Prince of Wales is a friend of Sir Percy, and calls him to his palace to inquire after Percy’s frequent and inexplicable visits to France. One scene.
St. Cyr (40s-50s)
Light Singing – Baritone – G3-A5
A marquis whom Marguerite inadvertently sends to his death at the start of the show. Has solo segment in “Madame Guillotine” number.
Leader of the Revolution in France, to whom Chauvelin reports. Two scenes.
Mercier (any age)
Aid to Chauvelin. Appears in numerous scenes.
Coupeau (any age)
Aid to Chauvelin. Appears in numerous scenes.
Jessup (any age)
Butler to Percy
Sentry (any age)
We will cast a tight-knit ensemble of 10-12 men and women, of various ages and vocal ranges who will play multiple roles including the following: Cupids of the Comedie Francaise (and Tarts at a Café), Soldiers, Prisoners, Paris Street mob, Royal Ball Guests, Female Servants at the Blakeney Estate. A tight core group of ballroom dancers will be established.