Auditions ~ Auditions ~ Auditions!
May 1 – 17, 2020
Jeffery Schwalk, Director
Amanda Hines, Musical Director
Tracy Steele, Choreographer
Kristy O’Keefe, Assistant Choreographer
AUDITIONS JANUARY 19 & 20
Auditions will be held Sunday, January 19, 2020 and Monday, January 20, 2020 from 7:30 PM until 10:00 PM, with the possibility of call-backs on Monday, January 27, 2020. Performers wishing to audition should be prepared to sing 32 bars of music; bring sheet music as an accompanist will be available. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing you can move in. We will be doing readings from selected scenes and may do some improvisation. The music in this show is BIG and FUN! (Think of pretty much anything written by Gilbert and Sullivan, styles similar to Jekyll & Hyde or Gypsy, or any over-the-top number you can think of).
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Synopsis: On the night of his mother’s funeral, middle-class Englishman Monty Navarro learns an incredible secret: he is the “son of the daughter of the grandson of nephew of the second Earl of Highhurst.” In other words, Monty Navarro is an aristocrat – if he can only find a way to prevent the eight earls preceding him from inheriting the earldom first. Buoyed along by love for two different women, the stunning and self-centered Sibella and the pious and witty Phoebe, Monty takes on his mission. As for the D’Ysquith family? One actor plays each ill-fated member, from the flamboyant country squire to the terrible actress to the aging war hero. In the witty, and ceaselessly entertaining A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the audience is treated to Edwardian style, classic farce, and stunning operatic singing. Gentleman’s Guide combines the best of the past with a contemporary sensibility and humor that earned it the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical. With non-stop laughs, a unique and soaring score, and unforgettable characters, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has become an instant classic.
Monty Navarro: Tenor/High Baritone: Bb2 – Bb4
Late 20s to late 30s, British accent. Monty has recently learned that his mother, Isobel, was a member of the wealthy D’Ysquith family, but was disinherited when she married Monty’s father, a Castilian. Though he has lived most of his life with modest means, Monty feels right at home in the aristocracy. Handsome, charismatic, and very bright, Monty can charm anyone in an instant. Although he decides that he will kill off his entire family tree so that he can be first in line and ascend to the earldom, Monty maintains some conscience, and occasionally does ponder the morality of his mission. The actor playing Monty should be exceptionally winning and instantly likable. We should want him to succeed in murdering eight people. He should also have a solid baritone voice, with particular strength in the higher ranges. This role requires considerable stamina, as Monty rarely leaves the stage.
The D’Ysquith Family: Baritone: F#2 – G#4
Late 30s to mid 50s, British accent. The actor playing the D’Ysquith family quite literally plays each of the nine members in the D’Ysquith family line. His is an enormously difficult role, and requires an actor with transformational comedic abilities. Physical dexterity and stamina are paramount. Although the actor need not be a remarkable singer, he must be perfectly comfortable in a musical comedy setting. The actor will portray nine unique members of the D’Ysquith family, each of which represent a familiar trope in British farce. These include:
- Lord Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr. – A pretentious “young bounder” who absconds with a Florodora girl.
- Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith – The current earl of Highhurst Castle, and a former hero of the Boer Wars. He constantly bickers with his wife, Lady Eugenia, and finds the poor to be “an awful bore.”
- Reverend Lord Ezekial D’Ysquith – The alcoholic family reverend.
- Lord Asquith D’Ysquith, Sr. – The head of the family bank. Despite having disowned Monty’s mother and cut her out of the family inheritance after she married a Castilian, he is generous to Monty. He offers Monty a position at his bank (replacing his late son,) praises his excellent work, and appoints Monty as his successor.
- Henry D’Ysquith – A country squire and avid beekeeper, Henry is married, but believes “it’s better with a man.”
- Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith – an aging, unmarried society woman whose main goal is to out-charity the other ladies’ charities in order to maintain her social status. She seems almost invincible, surviving a leper colony, a violent uprising, and a cannibal tribe.
- Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith- a vegetarian bodybuilder whose bravado leads to his downfall
- Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey – a terrible actress who is performing Hedda Gabler.
- Chauncey D’Ysquith – a prison janitor whose father was disinherited by the D’Ysquiths. (This role is rarely listed, in order to preserve the surprise at the end of the play.)
Sibella Howard (nee Hallward): Soprano: F#3- Gb5
Late 20s to mid 30s, British accent. Sibella is a young society woman who Monty has been courting. She is sexy, flirtatious, and completely irresistible. Sibella is also exceptionally narcissistic, wildly self-absorbed, and a dedicated social climber. Sibella does genuinely love Monty, however, and — when pressed — would do nearly anything to help him. Unfortunately for Monty, she also genuinely believes that she should marry for money, and has no qualms about doing just that. She still sees Monty on the side, of course. Sibella is whip-smart, bright and charming, and just calculating enough to remain one step ahead of everyone around her. She is shocked when she discovers that she may not always be the one holding the reins. The actor playing Sibella should have an exceptional character soprano with bright, clear high notes as well as comfort in a mezzo range. She does not belt.
Phoebe D’Ysquith: Soprano: B3-C#6 (sustained, with an optional Eb)
Early 20s to mid 30s, British accent. Phoebe is the sister of Henry D’Ysquith, a flamboyant country squire. Phoebe is a true aristocrat, possessing poise, sophistication, and purity. Phoebe may be virtuous, beautiful, innocent, and even comically earnest, but she is no traditional ingenue. She possesses immense strength, and a nuanced understanding of human nature. Phoebe has a genuine sense of humor and a strong ironic streak; she describes herself as “a girl who reads the classics and the sonnets, who needs no folderol to fill her cup. A girl who thinks a bit beyond her bonnets.” The actor playing Phoebe should have an agile coloratura soprano with richness and versatility. This is a great role for actors trained in classical voice or opera.
Marietta Shingle: Soprano: Eb3 – E5
Late 40s to mid 60s, Cockney accent. Miss Shingle has worked as a housekeeper and governess for the wealthy D’Ysquith family for over thirty years. Miss Shingle has a soft spot for the disinherited Isobel D’Ysquith, and it is she who reveals to her son, Monty, that he has aristocratic lineage. She is an impeccable and engaging storyteller, but her enthusiasm occasionally gives Monty pause– she “might very well be insane.” Miss Shingle encourages Monty to return to the family fold, as he may still have a chance at his inheritance. It is revealed at the very end of the play, after Monty has killed seven of the eight earls in line for the earldom, that it was Miss Shingle who poisoned the eighth, pulling the final string to give Monty back his rightful place. Though Miss Shingle isn’t particularly cunning or bright, she does possess a dangerous air of mischief. The actor playing Miss Shingle does not need an exceptionally well-trained voice, but should have familiarity with music hall style singing. Her voice should have great character.
Tour Guide (and Pub Owner’s Wife and Mrs. Pebworth and Third Newsboy): Soprano: F#3 – A5
Late 40s to mid 50s, British accent. An appealing and versatile character actor. This role requires solo singing. This actor plays four roles, including:
- Tour Guide – leads annual tours of Highhurst Castle on Visitor’s Day. She is very excited about sharing her knowledge with the visitors.
- Pub Owner’s Wife – the wife of a country pub owner. Works behind the bar.
- Mrs. Pebworth
- Third Newsboy
Lady Eugenia (and Miss Hetherington and Fourth Newsboy): Soprano: F#3 – A5
Late 30s to late 40s, British accent. Witty, biting, and a master of the withering stare. This role requires solo singing. This actor plays three roles, including:
- Lady Eugenia – The unhappy and bitter wife of the current Earl of Highhurst, Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith. She bickers constantly with her husband, alternately furious, pouty, and cruel.
- Miss Hetherington
- Fourth Newsboy
Miss Barley (and Sibella’s Maid, Phoebe’s Maid, Lady Hyacinth’s Colleague, and Hilda): Soprano: G3-C6 (High C)
Late 20s to mid 30s, British accent. Lovely, flighty, and slightly daffy. This actor plays five roles, including:
- Miss Barley – a daft, alluring young actress slash model (formerly a Florodora girl) who absconds to a resort with the wealthy Lord Asquith D’Ysquith Jr.
- Sibella’s Maid
- Phoebe’s Maid
- Lady Hyacinth’s Colleague – a wealthy society woman
Tom Copley ( and Second Clerk and Lady Hyacinth’s Colleague and Second Newsboy and Actor and Ancestral Bust and Dr. Pettibone and Guard): Baritone: A2 – A4
Late 20s to late 30s, British accent. Handsome, charismatic, and adaptable. This role requires solo singing. This actor plays eight roles, including:
- Tom Copley – A country farmer who is furious with Henry D’Ysquith for buying up his land. He is ready to fight down-home and dirty.
- Second Clerk – A clerk who works with Monty at Lord Asquith D’Ysquith Sr.’s bank.
- Lady Hyacinth’s Colleague – A wealthy society gentleman.
- Second Newsboy
- Actor – Performs Hedda Gabler with the ill-fated and terribly untalented Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey.
- Ancestral Bust – A bust of a D’Ysquith ancestor at Highhurst Castle, which comes to life in order to issue warnings.
- Dr. Pettibone
- Guard – A prison guard.
Detective Pinckey ( and First Clerk and Pub Owner and First Newsboy and Actor and Physician and Ancestral Bus and Mr. Cross): Low Baritone: C2 – Ab4
Mid 40s to early 50s, British accent. Versatile and charming, with an exceptional sense of humor. This role requires solo singing, including very low bass notes. This actor plays eight roles, including:
- Detective Pinckey – A detective with Scotland Yard, who launches the investigation into Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith’s death, deems it a murder, and arrests Monty for the crime. This character has a featured song with the Magistrate.
- First Clerk – a clerk who works with Monty at Lord Asquith D’Ysquith Sr.’s bank.
- Pub Owner – the owner of a pub in the British countryside.
- First Newsboy
- Actor – performs Hedda Gabler with the ill-fated and terribly untalented Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey.
- Ancestral Bust – the bust of a D’Ysquith ancestor at Highhurst Castle, which comes to life in order to issue warnings to Monty.
- Mr. Cross
The Magistrate (and Mr. Goodall, Actor, and Mr. Gorby): Tenor: A#3 – A#4
Late 30s to mid 40s, British accent. A versatile character actor. This role requires solo singing. This actor plays four roles, including:
- The Magistrate – a somewhat dim-witted magistrate in Monty’s murder trial. This character features in a musical number with Detective Pinckey.
- Mr. Goodall
- Actor – performs Hedda Gabler with the ill-fated and terribly untalented Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey.
- Mr. Gorby
Ensemble: Various Ages and Genders: Various vocal ranges (C2 – Bb6)
In addition to many fun roles, the ensemble keeps the show going by assisting with scene changes, and quick costume changes. These are going to be terrific fun!!!
- Funeral Mourners
- Various ancestors of the D’Ysquith Family
- Household staff
- Society Colleagues
- Ice Skaters
Questions? Please email Shannon Scruggs.