Music Theatre of Wenatchee

Professional Quality Community Theatre Since 1961

Auditions

 

MTW welcomes anyone and everyone to audition for our shows.  Please note that no pre-casting of any kind will be allowed for any show.


 

General Notes on Auditions

Thank you for your interest in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” After two years of delays, MTW is beyond thrilled to finally be able to put on this show. This Tony award winner for best musical is so funny and a definite joy that audiences (and actors) are sure to enjoy it immensely. If you plan to audition for the show, there are many important dates to consider. Most importantly, you must be available on all performance dates (October 20-22, October 27-29, November 3-5, including matinees on 10/29 and 11/5) as well as the final week of rehearsals (October 16-19). Rehearsals run Monday through Thursday from August 22 through October 19, usually from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Not all actors will be needed at every rehearsal. You will only be called to rehearse scenes you are involved in. The director will create a rehearsal schedule that makes efficient use of the actors’ time and accommodates rehearsal conflicts.

Auditions will take place on Sunday, August 14 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Riverside Playhouse. Actors may make an appointment or may drop in. To make an appointment, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054AA9A62FA2FC1-agentlemans and select your appointment time. If you prefer, you may drop in anytime from 4:00 to 9:00. If you would like to audition but cannot attend on Sunday 8/14, email the director, John Mausser, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday’s auditions will be individual; just one auditioner will be in the room at a time. All auditioners will be asked to sing a song from the show in its original key, sheet music provided. Audition music is available below for you to download and prepare. A piano accompanist will be provided. Many auditioners will also be asked to read a scene from the show opposite a provided reader. These are “cold reads,” that is, the scenes are not available before the audition day.

You may download the audition form below. You may complete the form beforehand, if you wish, and bring the completed form with you. Otherwise, you will be given time to complete the form when you arrive for your audition. Please be prepared to list all scheduling conflicts you have during the rehearsal period.

Some actors will be invited for specific times on Monday evening, August 15, for callbacks. Only show up on this night if you have been asked to attend.

Audition Form


Pronunciations and accents

The show takes place from 1907 to 1909 in England. The show will be performed with all actors speaking with a British accent. If you feel comfortable with a British accent at auditions, you are entirely welcome to use one, but this is entirely optional. Miss Shingle will have a cockney dialect, but the others will be standard British. Below are some of the pronunciations of character names:

D’Ysquith = DICE kwith

Sibella = si BELL uh

Salome = SAL uh may

Adalbert = ADL burt

Asquith = AS kwith

Highhurst = HI hurst


Characters

Montague "Monty" Navarro

Handsome, clever, charismatic, vulnerable, and endearing. Early in the show, he discovers he is ninth in line to become the Earl of Highhurst. Through twists of fate and circumstances, he embarks on a path to kill off the eight family members who stand in his way. This is a very large role with lots of dialogue and singing. There are very few scenes that this actor is not in. Looking for sincerity, a sweet voice, and strong acting skills.

Gender: Male

Apparent age: 25-45

Vocal range: Baritone, B2-G4

Click here to download his audition songs.


The D'Ysquith Family

A single actor plays all nine of these roles, two of which are female. This is a one-of-a-kind role of a lifetime for a talented and versatile actor with great comedic skills. Looking for a man who can display a wide range of characters, moving quickly from one to another. Some of the quick changes are ridiculously fast.

Asquith D'Ysquith, Jr., a dandy
Lord Adlabert D'Ysquith, Eighth Earl of Highhurst
Reverend Lord Ezekiel D'Ysquith, a clergyman
Lord Adalbert D'Ysquith, Sr., an elderly banker
Henry D'Ysquith, a country squire
Lady Hyacinth D'Ysquith, a benefactress
Major Lord Bartholomew D'Ysquith, a bodybuilder
Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey, an actress
Chauncey D'Ysquith, a janitor

Gender: Male

Vocal range: Baritone, B2-G4

Click here to download his audition songs.


Sibella Hallward

The girl Monty loves. Although she marries another man, she continues to love Monty. She is a bit full of herself. Looking for a gorgeous, trained voice. She will be asked to project a strong vibrato that does not sacrifice diction. Of course, she must make the audience believe she could pass up the one she loves for a different man who has wealth and position, only to regret that choice later.

Gender: Female

Apparent age: 20-40

Vocal range: Mezzo, G3-E5

Click here to download her audition songs.


Phoebe D'Ysquith

Monty's cousin and sister of Henry D’Ysquith. In Act 2, she decides that she should marry Monty. Looking for another gorgeous, trained voice. She, also, will be asked to project a strong vibrato that does not sacrifice diction.

Gender: Female

Apparent age: 20-40

Vocal range: Soprano, G#3-B5

Click here to download her audition songs.


Miss Shingle

Monty's unexpected visitor. On the day of Monty’s mother’s funeral, she explains to Monty that his mother was a D’Ysquith and that he is therefore in the line of succession. A woman of a certain age, she has a cockney accent and is a bit mysterious.

Gender: Female

Apparent age: 50+

Vocal range: Mezzo, A3-E5

Click here to download her audition song.


Ensemble of 12

6 men and 6 women play a wide variety of roles and are quite busy in the show. The singing load is heavy because they also sing several songs off-stage. Looking for strong parts singers and versatile actors of all ages and types. There are a few featured roles that ensemble members will play: Miss Evangeline Barley (an ice skating girlfriend of Asquith, jr.), Lady Eugenia D’Ysquith (the combative wife of Lord Adalbert), Chief Inspector Pinkney, and the Magistrate.

Vocal ranges:

Sopranos – B3-G5 (possibly Db6)
Altos – B3-F5
Tenors – C3-G4
Basses – (possibly C2) G2-F4

Click here to download the ensemble audition songs.


Show Summary
To read a detailed summary of the show, click the link below and then scroll down and click “Full Synopsis” on the Music Theatre International website:

https://www.mtishows.com/a-gentlemans-guide-to-love-and-murder

There are a few scenes featuring the original Broadway cast available on YouTube. One especially fun scene is from the 2014 Tony Awards.

MTW is currently accepting video audition submissions for its 2022 Christmas production, All Is Calm:  The Christmas Truce of 1914.

The critically-acclaimed, all a cappella piece, directed by S. Henry Hettick and musically directed by Dan Jackson, depicts the Western Front of World War I on Christmas Eve, 1914.  Out of the violence, a silence, then a song.  A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht".  Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace.  A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.

Click the links below for more audition information, the audition form, and audition music.


Audition Information Packet


Audition Form


Audition Music

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