Sweeney Todd logo
Director: Erika Downie
Musical Directors: Tyler Livingstone and Susan Lawrenson

Auditions will be held on December 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2018


NOTE: No more audition applications are being accepted at this time.

Please contact us webmaster@rcmpi.ca for any further information.


AUDITION INFORMATION

AUDITIONS

December 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2018. You may request your preferred time-slot. Audition spots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To audition you must be at least 14 years old (as of January 1st, 2019).

We need strong singers for this production.

Please bring a recent photograph of yourself, that you can leave with us, to your audition. This photograph will not be returned.

Please also bring information regarding any conflicts you may have with the rehearsal schedule outlined below.

VIDEO AUDITIONS

If you are unable to be physically present at any of the audition dates we will accept an audition submitted through video. To submit a video audition select "video audition" in the time slot drop down menu. Audition forms will then be sent to you for you to complete. The video and forms are to be submitted no later than Wednesday, December 5th, 2018.

CALLBACKS

Callbacks are by invitation. They will be held on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018.

WHERE

Auditions will be held at 95 Crimea St (across from the Guelph Food Bank). Map.

PREPARATION

Actors are required to bring a non-returnable photo. Please arrive fifteen minutes early to fill out an Audition Form

Please be prepared to stay approximately one hour.

Auditioners should prepare one accompanied song of their choice to reflect their voice type. Ideally, we would like to suggest that you choose a piece that suits the musical style of Sweeney Todd, however, your song should highlight your abilities and strengths. Remember, it is your audition and you want to showcase yourself!

If you are auditioning for the role of Auctioneer, you should prepare a short monologue that will be directed after a first pass. No more than a sonnet’s length (it doesn’t have to be a sonnet just something short and from a play - not a movie or tv show).

Please do not use a song from Sweeney Todd

We will have the ability to play recorded accompaniment through a CD player, MP3 player, iPhone or iPod. A piano will be available, if you have your own accompanist. There are plenty of instrumental tracks available on YouTube and iTunes.  **Please note that there is NO reliable cellular or data service at the audition facility. Please have your accompaniment available offline. (eg. not requiring YouTube).

Auditioners may be asked to do a cold reading of part of the script – the purpose of this is for the directorial team to get an idea of the auditioner’s accent abilities, which are necessary for this show.

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays: 6:45-10:00pm, and Sundays 3:00-6:00pm and 7:00-10:00pm From March 3rd, Sunday rehearsals will be 2:00-5:00pm and 6:30-9:30pm.

Rehearsals start on Sunday, January 13th, 2019.

AVAILABILITY

While we understand that people may have prior commitments and there are unforeseen circumstances surrounding one's availability, it is imperative that cast members attend all rehearsals that they are called for.
Please bring your calendar to your audition as you will be required to fill out a form stating your availability. This will be taken into consideration when making casting decisions.

 

PERFORMANCES

There will be 5 performances: Evenings on April 25th, 26th, 27th, and afternoons on April 27th and 28th, 2019.

If ticket sales exceed expectations, an additional show may be added to the evening of April 28th, 2019.

All performances will take place at the River Run Centre. All cast must be available for all performances and the week preceding performances during the evenings and weekends.

EXPENSES

You don't need to be a member to audition, but membership of RCMPI is required to take part in the show. Individual membership is currently $25.00 per year, $10 for youth aged 15 or under.

There will be a participation fee of $50.00 for cast members of this production. The participation fee is set by the Board of RCMPI and is used towards show and cast-related expenses.

VOLUNTEERING

RCMPI is a community, volunteer organization. Cast members are expected to volunteer at least 5 hours outside of rehearsals to assist with painting, set building, sewing, publicity, etc. to make the show a successful and rewarding experience for everyone.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The online form for requesting an audition time will be available until December 5th, 2018. (or until audition spots are filled). If you have any questions about this process please contact us: webmaster@rcmpi.ca.
RCMPI is a volunteer organization. If you would like to participate in a different role please contact us through our feedback form.


Sweeney Todd - Casting Information

These descriptions below are meant to give some feeling of what makes each character a distinct personality. Auditioners are encouraged to expand upon them or try different interpretations in the same vein. Please note that auditioners will not be required to have a dialect on during the audition, but will be asked to give us a taste of what they can do to indicate how much training they will need during the rehearsal process.

Named Roles.

Sweeney Todd
40's, Bass/baritone.
English accent not necessary. His determination for revenge twists him into something violent and evil. However, in auditions and performance, his vulnerable side should be in play: it is what transforms him. Killing is an attempt to assuage his very visible pain, to heal himself.
Anthony
20's, Tenor
Standard British accent (RP). Idealistic, not yet corrupted by the world. Romantic. He believes people are mostly good at heart. He is the model English hero, who in reality is powerless to achieve the perfect world. He quickly surrenders to feelings of "true love."
Toby
teenage, Tenor/boy soprano
Cockney accent. Simple-minded but clever, he responds easily and quickly to the kindnesses of his elders, especially Pirelli (his "father") and Mrs. Lovett (his "mother"). He is very suspicious of Sweeney, however. Like many in this play, he is on the edge of insanity, but is basically well-intentioned. Stares.
Judge Turpin
50-60, Bass/baritone
Standard British accent (RP), a conservative judge without much compassion. Embodies Puritanical hypocrisy: lusts after his ward Johanna, even as he professes to keep her innocent and safe from "vile young men." Licks his lips or has other disgusting mannerisms.
Beadle Bamford
40's, Tenor
Standard British accent (RP) or Cockney, jovial and boisterous assistant to the Judge, yet has a scheming nature. Will break the law to keep people in line. His corruption makes him blind to true good and evil. A respected citizen not worthy of respect.
Pirelli
30's
An Irish con man pretending to be Italian (so, 2 accents). A flashy showman with a big voice and dramatic gestures, they sell fake medicine and collects as much money as they can.
Mrs Lovett
40's, Mezzo soprano
Cockney accent, energetic, talkative, has a crush on Sweeney. There is a very slight edge of insanity to her and a streak of larceny--she is motivated by desire--for money, for love, for popularity. She is all bright eyes and smiles, but kills cockroaches and chops meat like a pro.
Johanna
18, Soprano
Sweeney's daughter. Standard British accent (RP). Her family seems easily pushed into madness. She is pretty, sweet, and delicate and the beginning; after her confinement in the asylum and until her rescue, she may be on the edge of insanity. A damsel in distress.
Beggar Woman
Mezzo soprano
It's hard to see through her filthy rags to determine her age, but actually about 40, Cockney accent. She is more of a major character than she appears to be (there is a surprise at the end of the play). She's lewd, vulgar, and in constant physical and psychological pain.
Chorus
This is the real backbone of the show. The story tellers, putting on and taking off clothing items to portray a person of the time--as if they know it's a costume. Many have a twinkle in the eye--a lurid enjoyment of horrifying the audience with violence, and helping to reveal the humanity in the show. There are many specific singing roles within the Chorus, and there is a feeling of them being always nearby, and running the show.

Please note: The number of ensemble cast will depend on turnout.
We will not exceed a total cast size of 30.

Gender-blind casting will be done, so please audition for any role appropriate for your age, regardless of gender.

NOTE: No more audition applications are being accepted at this time.

General Information:

Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book By Hugh Wheeler


More information about this show is available through The Guide To Musical Theatre and Wikipedia.