Auditions for Sweeney Todd
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Kaitlyn Chantry
Music Directed by Jeremy Lang
- November 5 - 20, 2021
Video submissions should include two songs of your choice, showing appropriate vocal range and acting ability (accompaniment is welcomed/encouraged but not required).
BIPOC performers are strongly encouraged to apply. We are actively seeking actors of diverse backgrounds to include more voices in the world of this experience. We want our staffing to reflect the diversity of our participants
- In-person callbacks will occur, as needed, the week of August 23rd.
Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea MA.
Every actor other than Sweeney will double as a member of the ten-person ensemble and a single named character. All ten actors will participate in all ensemble songs, narrating and commenting on the action of the play. These ten actors must show versatility in portraying multiple characters and strong singing ability. Dialect experience a plus.
Anthony Hope (tenor Bb2-F4, age 18-30): A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna.
Johanna (soprano Bb3-A5, age 16-20): A young woman, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd's long-lost daughter and Turpin's ward. Her long isolation as a virtual prisoner has impacted her mental health.
Judge Turpin (bass E2-F4, age 40 and up): A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd.
Adolfo Pirelli (alto B2-C5, age 25 and up): A flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past. In this production the role of Pirelli will be played by a woman.
Jonas Fogg (soprano, any age): The owner of Fogg's Asylum. They sell the hair of madmen to wigmakers. Cruel, selfish, abuses their power.
Tobias Ragg (tenor Bb2-Ab4, age 18-35): A young man apprenticed to Pirelli. He finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett. Toby suffers from an unknown mental illness and is frequently taken advantage of as a result.
Rehearsals are tentatively set to begin September 7th and are planned for Mon, Tue, Thu 7-10pm and Sun 1-5pm.
Actors must be available for tech all day Saturday October 30th and Sunday October 31st and every night November 1-4 for dress rehearsals. Performances are currently scheduled for November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 @ 8pm, November 11 & 18 @ 7pm, November 7 & 14 @ 3pm and November 20 at 2pm. Performance schedule is subject to change within these weekends.
Depending on your role, you may not be required to be present at every rehearsal. Schedules will be planned with care to ensure that you are only called when needed for that particular night’s scene work. Please be sure to list all conflicts on the audition form.
Current status for COVID safety:
All actors and staff must be vaccinated