Auditions for URINETOWN!

This is Urinetown!

ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS for Village Light Opera Group’s presentation of URINETOWN!

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollman. Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis. With Stage Direction by Jesse Marchese, Music Direction by James Higgins, and Produced by Alicia Upchurch. Semi-staged performances will be held November 4th, 5th, and 6th at The Poet’s Den Theater.

Auditions will be held at The Director’s Company Studio
311 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Wednesday, August 31st 7pm-10pm
Thursday, September 1st 7pm-10pm
Callbacks will be Wednesday, September 7th & Thursday, September 8th 7pm-10pm, location TBA

In the event you are unable to attend the audition or callback dates please email shows@villagelightopera.org and allow 24 hours for reply!

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a traditional or contemporary musical theatre song (no pop/rock) that best shows you off (preferably up-tempo). You are welcome to prepare a selection from URINETOWN. It is advised to have a contrasting selection prepared also, though not required. You will most likely not be asked for both, but on a rare occasion we may be interested in hearing something different.

At the audition, we will also ask you to read a short side for one character of your own choosing.

To sign-up for an audition slot, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a45a4ab2fa75-urinetown. Audition slots will take place Wednesday, August 31st and Thursday, September 1st from 7:10pm – 10pm. Please sign up for only one 5-minute time slot on either day.

Participation in this production requires 2016 dues ($50 personal/$75 family). Pay online at www.villagelightopera.org, or via cash/check in person at auditions.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

We are looking for a small but energetic and dynamic cast of singer-actors to play 22 roles. Everyone in the production will be very busy throughout the entire show. The concept of the production will be that of a small Brechtian troupe of players performing theatre of protest (Think The Threepenny Opera or The Cradle Will Rock). We plan to stage the show using the entire theatre in an environmental, immersive way. Although URINETOWN is above all, a very funny satire of Brecht, musical theatre, corporate greed, and unsustainability, please remember: “a joke is always funnier if you don’t smile while you’re telling it!”

THE LAW

Officer Lockstock
The tongue-in-cheek narrator of our story, he is a corrupt policeman who secretly kills off the guilty offenders. Bold, brash, and larger than life in many ways. Baritone/Bass; A2-A4

Officer Barrel
Lockstock’s patrol partner. A thuggish and aggressive policeman. Bass/Baritone; G2-F4

THE POOR

Penelope Pennywise
The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest town urinal. She is Cladwell’s one-time lover and mother to Hope who eventually softens her temper. Soprano/Mezzo with high belt; A3-C6

Bobby Strong
The dashing, rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. He becomes an unsuspecting protagonist and romantic hero when he starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell. Tenor/High baritone; A2-C5 (in falsetto)

Little Sally
A precocious and irreverent street urchin. She serves as a quasi-narrator who often questions Lockstock and the play’s logic. Mezzo/Alto; A3-E5

Joseph “Old Man” Strong
Bobby’s rebellious father. His refusal to pay the fee sends him to Urinetown, ultimately launching the revolution. Any Voice Type.

Josephine “Ma” Strong
Bobby’s mother and Joseph’s wife. A strong-willed woman with a bite, able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her. Any Voice Type; Bb3-D5

Hot Blades Harry
One of the Poor, he is a psychopathic and can become a violent loose cannon. A2-F4

Tiny Tom
One of the Poor, he is a confused man-child. D3-A3

Soupy Sue
One of the Poor, she is excitable and easily panicked. Any voice type; Bb3-B4

Little Becky Two-shoes
One of the Poor. She is foul-mouthed, impulsive, and accusatory. Character Voice D4-E5

Robby the Stockfish
A poor rebel. Any voice type

Billy Boy Bill
A poor rebel. Any voice type

THE RICH

Caldwell B. Cladwell
The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company. He is a miserly money-grubber who gleefully exploits the poor. Baritone; A2-G4

Hope Cladwell
Cladwell’s ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her father and her new love for Bobby. She begins as an innocent, naive angel but becomes vengeful and determined after being exposed to her father’s evil. Soprano with Belt; A3-A5

Dr. Billeaux
A scientist. Head of Research and Development at UGC. E3-A3

Mr. McQueen
Cladwell’s sycophantic lackey. A servile assistant. Any voice type

Senator Fipp
A greedy politician in Cladwell’s pocket. A bumbling coward. Any Voice Type; C#3-F4

Caldwell’s Secretary
Mr. Caldwell’s valued secretary at UGC. Any voice type

Mrs. Millenium
One of Cladwell’s lackeys. Any voice type

UGC Executive #1
One of Cladwell’s lackeys. Any voice type

UGC Executive #2
One of Cladwell’s lackeys. Any voice type

**UGC Executives may double as additional poor. Some members of the poor and the rich will also double as cops.

MORE ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM:

Stage Director, Jesse Marchese:
Jesse is Associate Director of Off-Broadway’s award-winning Mint Theater Company, where he directed the Drama Desk nominated production of The Fatal Weakness by George Kelly, as well as readings of Waters of the Moon by N.C. Hunter, I Am a Camera by John Van Druten, When All Else Fails by George Kelly, and Liliom by Ferenc Molnár. For the Mint, he has curated and directed two theatrical presentations of exclusive literary material in co-production with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts—John van Druten: A Writer’s Writer and Meeting Molnár. Jesse has developed and directed new musicals and plays by Brett Epstein, Ben Diskant, and Gaspare DiBlasi at The Gallery Players and Theater for the New City. He also directed Moses Mogilee’s inaugural production of Ghosts of Provincetown, two one-act plays by Eugene O’Neill and Louise Bryant, at New World Stages. Jesse received a BA in Theater Arts from Marymount Manhattan College in 2009, where he directed productions of Falsettoland and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is currently working toward an MA in Theatre from CUNY Hunter College

Music Director, James Higgins:
James is so happy he could pee to return to VLOG, having previously MD’ed Company, Anything Goes, and the Miscast cabaret. In his 25 years as a professional musician, he has performed in over 80 countries on all 7 continents. His new musical, The Great One, about hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s earth-shaking trade to the L.A. Kings, premiered to great acclaim this winter at Short North Stage in Columbus OH. Off-Broadway: Old Jews Tellng Jokes (d. Marc Bruni), Living With Henry; Pre-Broadway: Jeanne La Pucelle (d. Martin Charnin); NYC: Gefilte Fish Chronicles (also at the White House!), Goddess Wheel by Galt MacDermot, Ludwig Live!, lots of cabarets and concerts; Regional: Slow Dance With a Hot Pickup by John Pielmeier (Agnes of God) and Emmy-winner Matty Selman, Ragtime, South Pacific, Candide, West Side Story, Music of the Night (North Shore Music Theatre), and many many more. James is a music director and orchestrator living in NYC.

Producer, Alicia Upchurch:
Alicia is a Sponsorship Director for Worldwide Business Research and Graduate of New York University’s Music Education Program with a concentration in Classical Voice and Choral Conducting. During her time at NYU she performed the role of The Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, The Shepherd & Mother in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and featured roles inThe Merry Widow and The Magic Flute. Alicia has been a member of VLOG since 2012, performing in Trial By Jury, The Sorcerer, The Pirates of Penzance, and several of the annual High Notes concerts. She has also served on the board since 2013 and is the current Marketing Chair. Alicia and fellow VLOGer Greer Patterson worked together to form the Brooklyn theatre troupe – Exhibit B(rooklyn) in the summer of 2014 and Alicia served as the Music Director for Saturday Night and Wonderful Town. She is also the acclaimed composer of “Shuppy Show” a theme song based on the life and times of the famous Abigail Shuppy.

URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics Book and Lyrics Mark Hollmann Greg Kotis
URINETOWN was produced on Broadway in September, 2001 by the Araca Group and Dodger Theatricals in association with TheaterDreams, Inc.,
and Lauren Mitchell
URINETOWN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

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