Auditions for Sweeney Todd
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Kaitlyn Chantry
Music Directed by Jeremy Lang
- May 22 - June 6, 2020
- Monday, December 16, 7-10pm
- Tuesday, December 17, 7-10pm
- Wednesday, December 18, 7-10pm
- Saturday, December 21st from 1-7pm
Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea MA.
- Sign up for a one-hour audition slot
- Fill out this audition form and bring it with you to the audition
- Bring a headshot and resume to the initial audition
- Prepare a 1-2min dramatic classical monologue, preferably from an 1800-1910 character (though other classical monologues will be accepted). Dialect is optional.
- Prepare two 16-bar selections in contrasting tempos, where at least one is Sondheim (and both can be), but neither are from the show. We may only ask you to sing one of these songs.
- Bring sheet music for your songs
If you need to cancel or change your audition slot, you can do so directly through the sign-up form. For any questions or to request more information, please contact Vilas Sridharan via email as soon as possible.
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.
Cast of Characters
Sweeney Todd (bass-baritone F2-Gb4, age 35-55): A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna's father, singularly focused on bloody revenge. Our story's tormented protagonist. In this production, Sweeney will remain onstage for the entirety of the show, commenting on or reacting to the action of the play.
Greek chorus characters:
Mrs. Lovett (alto G3-E5, age 35-55): An entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner. She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture.
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.
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.
Beggar Woman (mezzo-soprano Ab3-F5, age 35-55): A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret.
Beadle Bamford (tenor D3-D5, age 35 and up): A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin.
Bird Seller (bass-baritone or soprano, any age): A street merchant who takes their trade very seriously, while expressing a friendly interest in their customers.
Jonas Fogg (bass-baritone or soprano, any age): The owner of Fogg's Asylum. They sell the hair of madmen to wigmakers. Cruel, selfish, abuses their power.
Rehearsals begin the week of March 23 and are tentatively planned for Mon, Tue, Thu 7-10pm and Sun 1-5pm.
Actors must be available for tech all day Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17 and every night May 18-21. Performances are currently scheduled for May 22, 23, 29, 30, and June 5 @ 8pm, May 28, and June 4 @ 7pm, and May 24, 31, and June 6 @ 3pm. 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.