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Our 2020 production will be Something Rotten!, which was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2015. Set in the year 1595, the story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary, William Shakespeare. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s first musical.

REHEARSAL DATES/TIMES
Rehearsals begin July 6, 2020 and are held Monday & Wednesday evenings from 8:00 - 10:00pm, but due to some holidays there will be some rehearsals held on a Tuesday or Thursday. Some dance rehearsals will be at 7:30 - 10:30pm. 

A rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the first cast meeting.

PERFORMANCE DATES: December 5 & 6, 2020

Tech Week is November 29 – December 3, 2020
All actresses MUST be available for ALL performances and EVERY NIGHT of Tech Week. This is non-negotiable!

Creative Team:

Director/Producer  - Margy Horowitz
Co-Producer - Sharona Motkin
Music Director - Reyna Zack
Choreographers - Nikki Bascon, Miriam Pesso, Sharon Reiner & Myshell Tabu
Stage Managers - Dina Forer & Ella Saks

AUDITIONS:

We are casting a fully-staged version of Something Rotten!, seeking actresses with acting, singing, and dancing abilities. All actresses should expect to be a vital contributor in an ensemble.
 

Auditions will be Monday, May 18th & Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 7:00pm-9:30pm.

At Temple Beth Am: 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd.
You can choose either Monday or Wednesday night for your audition; you do not have to come on both nights.

When you arrive, there will be a sign-up sheet with available audition times. Please sign up for a time, then read over and sign the audition forms. *This year, we will not be auditioning anyone under the age of 16 - thank you.

We live in a Diva-Free Zone.

PLEASE PREPARE:

1. A SONG:

You should sing for no more than SIXTY SECONDS.
We will stop you after one minute.

Your audition will be a cappella. No accompanist will be provided.

 

Choose a song that best shows off your voice.
Try not to choose a song that is too low or too high for your vocal range so that you sound your best. Make sure you know the lyrics. It does not make a good impression if you arrive at your audition without a song prepared (this is a musical, after all!).

 

Sing with as much expression as possible; make eye contact with us; and enjoy yourself!  

Please note: Your song choice should NOT be from Something Rotten!, but it should be a song from the world of musical theater, not pop or rock.

2. AN AUDITION SCENE:

Please choose one character in one scene to read at your audition. We don’t care if you trip over some of your words; just make sure you read with expression and character.

 

Scenes for Auditions:

1) Nick & Nigel

2) Nick & Shylock

3) Bea & Nick

4) Nostradamus & Nick

5) Nigel & Portia

6) Shakespeare & Nick/Nigel

7) Brother Jeremiah Monologue

3. BRING:
Bring a list of all conflicts for the period of July 6th through December 6th. 
All conflicts MUST be submitted prior to callbacks.  
If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actress being replaced.

4. A SHORT JAZZ DANCE: 

Something Rotten! includes several large dance numbers. Everyone should learn this short jazz dance audition and be prepared to dance it with a small group at your audition.

5. OPTIONAL TAP Audition Dance

Something Rotten! includes several opportunities to tap dance! *NEW THIS YEAR: If you’d like to be in the Tap numbers, you must ALSO learn the second dance audition video. Bring your tap shoes to the audition!

CALL-BACKS:
If we loved your audition and would like to see you do more, you will receive an e-mail by 5/22 inviting you to participate in a Call-Back. Call-backs will be on Tuesday, May 26th.  You will receive a specific appointment time as well as a new scene to prepare. We will also ask you to learn part of a song or songs from Something Rotten!, which you can find on YouTube or itunes. 
*Make sure to arrive at your callback on time and prepared!*

CHARACTERS & DESCRIPTIONS

NICK BOTTOM: Our protagonist, Nick is a struggling playwright, Nigel’s older brother, married to Bea. He is hidden in the shadow of the Bard, AKA William Shakespeare. For this role, we are seeking a great comedic actor that sings and dances very well.

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: Many songs

Dialogue: A lot

Dancing: A LOT, including tap dancing

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of NICK in one of these scenes: "Nick & Nigel" or "Nostradamus & Nick"

 

NIGEL BOTTOM: Nigel, Nick’s younger brother, is a poet and playwright. He is sweet, nervous, somewhat clumsy, and a little awkward, but he is an excellent poet and believes in being true to yourself. 

Vocal Range: Tenor/Baritone

Singing: Many songs

Dialogue: A lot

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of NIGEL in one of these scenes: "Nick & Nigel" or “Nigel & Portia.”

 

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: Over-the-top and extremely cocky, Shakespeare is the rock star of his time. He loves all the praise and attention from his adoring fans, but he dislikes the work that goes into keeping his famous. He speaks in a British accent.

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: Many songs

Dialogue: A lot

Dancing: Some, including Tap Dancing

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of SHAKESPEARE in the scene: "Shakespeare & Nick/Nigel"

 

BEA: Nick’s wife, she loves him despite his lack of success. Bea is a very strong and confident woman who knows that it’s up to her to take care of her husband instead of the other way around. She disguises herself as a man to get a job and support her family.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Quite a bit

Dancing: None

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of BEA in the scene: "Bea & Nick"

 

NOSTRADAMUS: A soothsayer, he predicts that Nick and Nigel will write a musical. Throughout the show, he has visions of future musicals. 

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Quite a bit

Dancing: Some, including Tap Dancing

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of NOSTRADAMUS in the scene: "Nostradamus & Nick"

 

PORTIA: The daughter of Brother Jeremiah, a Puritan, she loves poetry and theater even though her father disapproves. 

Vocal Range: Soprano

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Quite a bit

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of PORTIA in the scene: "Nigel & Portia"

  

SHYLOCK: An older Jewish man, he becomes an investor in the Bottom Brothers’ musical.

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: Minimal

Dialogue: Some

Dancing: Minimal

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of SHYLOCK in the scene: "Nick & Shylock"

 

BROTHER JEREMIAH: A Puritan and the father of Portia, Brother Jeremiah despises Nick and Nigel (well, he despises all playwrights, poets, and artists of any sort).

Vocal Range: Bass

Singing: One song

Dialogue: Some

Dancing: Minimal

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the Brother Jeremiah monologue.

 

LORD CLAPHAM: An older man, he is a Patron of the Theater. Flamboyant and extremely posh, he folds under pressure when the Bottom Brothers fail to produce a new play of quality. He speaks in a British accent.

Vocal Range: Bass

Singing: Minimal

Dialogue: Some

Dancing: Minimal

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of SHAKESPEARe in the scene “Shakespeare & Nick/Nigel.”

 

MINSTREL: A Renaissance singer who opens each act with a sung narrative.

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: Two songs

Dialogue: None

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of SHAKESPEARE in the scene “Shakespeare & Nick/Nigel.”

 

ROBIN: A member of the Bottom Brothers’ theater troupe, Robin is a man who is always chosen to play the female roles (since it was illegal in the Renaissance for women to appear onstage).

Vocal Range: Tenor

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Some

Dancing: A lot

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of NICK in the scene: "NICK & SHYLOCK"

 

Members of the Bottom Brothers’ Theater Troupe: Several man who act in the Bottom Brothers’ plays.

Vocal Range: Tenor/Baritone/Bass

Singing: Many songs

Dialogue: Some

Dancing: A lot

If you would like to audition for these roles, please read the part of NICK or NIGEL in the scene: "Nick & Nigel"

 

Female & Male Ensemble: Townspeople in London during the Renaissance!

Singing: A lot

Dancing: A lot