2014-2015 AUDITION INFO

PORTOLA VALLEY THEATRE CONSERVATORY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE 

GENERAL AUDITIONS FOR OUR 2014-2015 SEASON!

Preliminary Auditions:                   

October 6, 7, & 8, 2014                    

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

             

 Callbacks: 

 October 12, 2014

THE PORTOLA VALLEY THEATRE CONSERVATORY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE

 

AUDITIONS FOR TWO FANTASTIC SHOWS!

 

 

LES MISÈRABLES 

The greatest musical of all time ~

Re-Imagined for a New Day

 

MainStage of Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory will produce the award winning Les Misérables!  

Directed by Cheryl Goodman-Morris with musical direction by Raf Ornes

Performance Dates:  March 11-22, 2015.

 

 

THE SNOW QUEEN

A Staged, Benefit Concert Performance

Adapted from the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale.  Book by Kirsten Brandt & Rick Lombardo;

Music by Haddon Kime; Lyrics by Kirsten Brandt,Haddon Kime, & Rick Lombardo; Additional music by Rick Lombardo.

December 12-13, 2014

 

 

 

AUDITION LOCATION:

Auditions will be located at the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory on the Valley Presbyterian Church campus. 

945 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028. 

 

 

REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCES: 

The Snow Queen: Rehearsal dates will be set once the show is cast, based on availability of actors.  Performances December 12-13, 2014. . 

 

Les Misérables: Generally 1 rehearsal per week in October and continue through November, and December (1-2 evening rehearsals per week).  

Full rehearsal schedule runs January-March with rehearsals Monday-Thursday, some Saturdays, some Sundays.  (Not all actors will be called

to all rehearsals.)  Performances March 11-22, 2015. 

 

 

SCHEDULING AN AUDITION:

Auditions will be held on October 6, 7, & 8 from 6-9pm and we are scheduling up to 10 actors per time slot.  If you are unable to attend auditions

during these times there is an option to select "an alternate day" to audition.  If this option is selected we will be in touch with you.

 

Audition time slots:

6:15-7:30 

6:45-8:00 

7:15-8:30 

7:45-9:00 

 

Please note: Audition eligibility is for high school students through adult.

 

 

FOR THE AUDITION:

Be prepared to perform 32 bars of a Broadway musical theatre piece that best displays your voice range and ability. You may choose a piece from the show, or sing something from a similar dramatic musical. Bring legible piano-vocal sheet music in the correct key.   An accompanist will be provided. You may also bring an accompaniment track on your device.   A speaker will be available.   Please, no pre-recorded music with vocals or a cappella auditions. 

 

Please note: Give yourself every opportunity for a great audition~ if the song is memorized and shows emotion and finesse, you will present yourself in your best light!

 

Your singing audition is your audition.  There are almost no spoken lines in Les Misérables. The Snow Queen will be cast by the singing audition as well.  There will also be a fun movement combination that those auditioning will be taught and asked to present with a group.

 

                  • Please print out and complete the Audition Form (conflict calendar included). 

                  • Bring your auditon form with you to your audition, as well as a Headshot/Resume if you have one.   

                  • Please bring your calendars to mark any conflicts and hand in with your audition sheets. 

                  • Hard copy forms will be available at registration the evening of auditions.

 

 

CALLBACKS:

Callback invitations will be posted on the PVTC website, www.pvtc-ca.org, under the audition tab by midnight, Oct. 8th. 

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES AND INFORMATION FOR LES MISÈRABLES:

Fall music rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings, 7-9:00 p.m, beginning Tues., Oct. 13th.   

If you are in another show and unable to make the Tues. evening musical rehearsals, you will be excused until your run is over.  

 

There will be a FULL SING THROUGH for all principals and ensemble members on TUESDAY NIGHT, NOV. 18.   Attendance is required.

 

Rehearsals typically take place Sunday afternoons, and Monday through Thursday evenings. There will also be cast workday/rehearsals on the first Sat. of the month, Jan.-March, plus a couple of additional Saturday mornings.  Not all cast members will be called for all rehearsals. A detailed

schedule will be supplied once the show is cast and the directors have a list of cast conflicts.  The dates you give us for conflicts are very important, as we set our schedule based on the information that you provide.

 

Tech Sunday occurs the week before the show opens and runs from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. with a potluck dinner.

 

Strike will take place after the final show, March 22nd. All cast members are expected to attend and help with the dismantling of the set, props and costumes. 

 

Les Misérables will be presented at the Lane Hall Theatre March 11-22, 2015.  The production will be fully staged and features the complete Broadway orchestration.  There will be a total of 9 performances including 2 previews.

 

 

HELPFUL AUDITION INFO LES MISÈRABLES:

1.The character  list will includes age ranges for some characters, but the director reserves the right to call back people outside those requirements if their audition is strong.

 

2. On the audition form, you will be asked which part(s) you WILL take and which part(s) you WILL NOT. You will be held to your word.

 

3. Unless you indicate specific choice roles only, you will be considered for any parts that the director feels are appropriate to your ability.

 

4. This show has an absolutely huge chorus and a plethora of solo parts for people of all ages. There are many (many!) supporting roles for this

production that will be cast from the ensemble. There are also many smaller ensembles within the larger ensemble that have solo opportunities. If

you’re thinking of not taking a chorus part, please consider what you’re missing out on. Solos will be cast after auditions.

 

5. Once again, your singing audition is also your acting audition!  There will also be a fun movement combination that those auditioning will be taught and asked to present with their group. Actors who are invited to callbacks may be asked to read from the script as well as sing. 

 

6.  If you are not asked to come in for Callbacks it does not mean that you are not in the show.  It merely means that we do not need to see you again in order to cast you.  Many people who are not brought back for Callbacks will be cast in the show.

 

Check back often for further updates and participation information.

 

For more information email Director Cheryl Goodman-Morris at cheryl@pvtc-ca.org.

 

 

REHEARSAL ATTENDENCE POLICy:  

Whether you are cast as a lead or an ensemble member, each person in this production is very important for the overall success of the show!  Over the rehearsal period, we grow dependent on that person next to us to help support the vocal part, or partner in a dance, or say a line that will cue another actor.  By accepting a role in this production, you are accepting the responsibility for being here when you are scheduled.

No more than two (2) excused absences beyond what is listed on your audition form.

 

Excessive absences or chronic tardiness may result in your being dropped from a scene, dance number or even the show.  These decisions will be made at the discretion of the Directors.

 

If you are unable to attend a rehearsal, or will be arriving late or leaving early, please contact or leave a message with the Stage Manager as soon as you know about the conflict.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE SNOW QUEEN:

We will work out the rehearsal schedule following auditions.  Since The Snow Queen is a staged concert version, the rehearsal period will be shorter and based on availability of the actors cast.  Please fill out your conflict sheets carefully for Nov./Dec.   

 

The Snow Queen will be presented at the Lane Hall Theatre December 12 and 13, 2014.

 

 

Questions? Email auditions@pvtc-ca.org.

 

 

FOR LES MISERABLES, WE ARE SEEKING TO CAST:

 

Principal Role Requirements and Descriptions: Men

JEAN VALJEAN  Hero of the story.  Stronger than other men, physically robust.  Initially appears as a hardened criminal; in short order has a major conversion and becomes infinitely compassionate.  Mature and paternal with an extraordinary capacity to transform.  Adopted daughter Cosette becomes the love of his life. Key to his character is his great humanity.  Vocally demanding role.  

Range: Tenor – Low A to High A/B

Callback Song: Bring Him Home,  The JVJ/Javert Confrontation After Fantine’s Death, Who Am I?

Age: 35-60

 

JAVERT   Inspector for the government.  Serves as antagonist to Jean Valjean.  Appears to be the villain of the story.  On closer examination is not evil, but carries duty to the point of obsession. Sees everything in black and white, unswerving in pursuit of justice. Attitudes are rigid and unmovable.   Stern, foreboding, and lacking in compassion. Must have a very strong, rigid presence. Strong singer and actor.

Range: Low F to High F sharp

Callback Song: Stars, The John Valjean/Javert Confrontation After Fantine’s Death

Age: 35-60

 

THENARDIER  True villain of this show, also comic relief.  Amoral and an opportunist, possesses a wicked sense of humor.  Delights in cheating, robbing, fraud and blackmail, relishing every aspect of them with glee.  Tough, greedy, brutal, stupid and crafty, yet irresistible. Strong character role.  

Range: C (below Middle C) to G sharp (above Middle C)

Callback Song: Master of the House

Age: 30 to 60 years

 

MARIUS  Romantic hero.  Impulsive, heartfelt. Supports the revolutionary cause but falls in love with Cosette and is torn between two allegiances.  Almost loses his life in defending the barricade and is saved by Jean Valjean. Should have lyrical voice with a contemporary edge. 

Range: Low A to High A flat

Callback Song: Empty Chairs and Empty Tables, A Heart Full of Love

Age: 20-35 years

 

ENJOLRAS  Student leader.  Brave, daring, mature for his age.  Oozes charisma and confidence. Dominates everyone else on the barricade.  Strong, confident presence and voice. His death at the barricade is one of the dramatic highlights of the show. 

Range: Tenor or High Baritone - A to G above the middle C

Callback Song: Do You Hear the People Sing? and possibly Red and Black – be ready for both

Age: 20-35 years

  

BISHOP OF DIGNE  Soul of the entire Les Mis saga.   Without his utter and complete compassion and devotion to God and love of humanity, Valjean would never have been saved.  This transforming love, in turn, sets the whole story in motion.  Strong supporting role.  Lyric, compassionate, rich, soothing voice. 

Range: Low A to High E 

Callback Song: The Bishop’s part in the show. Music will be available at audition

Age: 50-70 years

 

Supporting Role Requirements and Descriptions: Men

ABC SOCIETY  Secret society of students and workers, the letters "A" "B" "C", as pronounced in French, make the word "abaisse," which means "the underdog" or "the people below." The members are drawn from wealthy families, and have chosen to fight for freedom in stark contrast to the poor who have no choice due to their downtrodden circumstance. 

 

Additional characters, besides Enjolras and Marius are: 

COMBEFERRE, FEUILLY, COURFEYRAC, JOLY  PROUVAIRE, LESEGLES, GRANTAIRE  

Vocal ranges: Low A to G

Callback Song for the ABC Society: Drink to Me

 

THENARDIER'S GANG: MONTPARNASSE, BABET, BRUJON, and CLAQUESOUS Villains and thieves of the show.  Their leader is Thenardier.

Vocal ranges to G

 

A MALE ENSEMBLE PLAYS VARIOUS SUPPORTING ROLES. MUST BE STRONG SINGERS AND ACT VERY WELL. All ensemble members should possess unique and vivid personalities, and have the ability to play a wide variety of characters:  FOREMAN, BAMATBOIS, FAUCHELEVANT, THE CHAIN GANG, WARDERS, CONSTABLES, THE POOR, FACTORY WORKERS, SAILORS, PIMPS, DRINKERS, & WEDDING GUESTS.                    

All men sing to G

 

Principal Role Requirements and Descriptions: Women

FANTINE Beautiful young woman who, abandoned by her lover, is left to fend for herself and her daughter Cosette. Rejected by society and forced through circumstances to become a prostitute.  Sick with consumption, descends through poverty, hunger, cold, loneliness and destitution to death.  Her daughter is the focus of her life. Heartbreaker of a role that requires a mature actress.  

Callback Song: I Dreamed A Dream

Age: 25-35

 

COSETTE  Beautiful daughter of Fantine.  Intelligent, inquiring, personable girl. Once she is adopted by Jean Valjean, she lives a comfortable if secluded life.  Strong willed and loving.  Falls instantly in love with Marius, changing her world and her priorities.  Calls for an excellent singer with a lovely, lyrical soprano voice. 

Vocal range: B flat below middle C to High 2 octaves above middle C

Callback Song: In My Life and A Heart Full Of Love  

Age: 18 to 25 years

 

EPONINE Daughter of the Thenardiers.  Streetwise and tough, also sensitive and lonely.  In love with Marius. Is very vulnerable when it comes to him, knowing that he will never love her.  Bravely carries out the mission Marius sends her on to Cosette, following him to the barricades in the hope that they will die there together. Tragic character, Dies in Marius’ arms at the barricade. Strong singing and acting. 

Range: F Sharp below middle C to E

Callback Song: On My Own

Age: 18 to 30 years  

 

MADAME THENARDIER  Drunk and vulgar wife of Thenardier; she is as "one" with him. Together they con the world as partners in crime. They were made for each other, although she complains about him.  Coarse and vulgar; unhappy in her existence without knowing why.  Greedy, evil, and larger than life.  Mean and nasty to Little Cosette and able to improvise in nearly any situation. Definitely provides comic relief and needs strong comedic skills.  Strong character actress.  

Range: G Sharp below middle C to D

Callback Song: Master of the House

Age: 35 to 55 years

 

 

Supporting Role Requirements and Descriptions: Women

All ensemble members should possess unique and vivid personalities, and have the ability to play a wide variety of characters:  FACTORY WORKERS, LOVELY LADIES~LADIES OF THE NIGHT, OLD WOMAN, JEALOUS FACTORY WORKER, POOR STREET PEOPLE, PEOPLE OF PARIS, TAVERN DRINKERS, WOMEN AT THE BARRICADE, WEDDING GUESTS

 

LITTLE COSETTE  Cosette as a child.   Ward of the Thenardiers, who force her into slavery at their inn.   Trembling little creature, underfed, beaten by Madame Thenardier and bullied by Eponine.  Very sweet despite her circumstances. 

Range: A below middle C to C

Callback Song: Castle on a Cloud

Age: 8 to 11 years  

Children's Roles

 

LITTLE EPONINE  Pampered daughter of the Thenardiers and spoiled brat who taunts Little Cosette.   Requires no singing or speaking. 

Age: 8-12 years.

 

GAVROCHE  Willful, cocky, charismatic boy who lives on the streets and hangs out with the ABC gang. Considers himself the leader of the streets.  Brave and witty. Think a young Artful Dodger.  Has a dramatic death at the barricade.  

Range: B below middle C to G

Callback Song: His solo part in Look Down

Age: 8 to 11 years 

 

Street Urchins/Gavroche’s Gang: Young street orphans who sing and dance in several scenes in the show.

Males or Females 

Age: 10 to 13 years

 

 

 

 

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