Artisan Center Theater announces AUDITIONS FOR PHANTOM
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit
Directed by John Wilkerson
Music Director – Richard Gwozdz
Audition Dates: Monday January 24 and Tuesday 25, 2011 7-10pm
Location: Fellowship Hall of 7th Day Adventist Church at 100 W. Hurst Blvd (Hwy 10), Hurst, Texas 76053 (behind the church, off of Holloway Drive, parking on the west side)
Callbacks: Wednesday January 26, 2011.
To Audition: Call Artisan at 817 284 1200 for an audition time. Be prepared to sing 32 bars of a legit, contemporary Broadway song, an art song, or opera aria. Bring sheet music in your key, or an accompaniment CD. An accompanist will be provided. Those auditioners whom the director wishes to see further will be invited to a call back audition, which may last up to three hours time.
Rehearsals: Begin the week of January 31. They will generally be Mon-Thurs from 7-10pm, and Saturdays from 9-3.
Production Dates: March 18 – April 23, 2011, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30pm, and Saturdays at 3pm and 7:30pm.
NOTE – PHANTOM replaces the previously scheduled FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
PHANTOM is the musical telling of the story of “The Phantom of the Opera”, written by Gaston Leroux in 1910. Leroux himself wrote his book based on what he believed to be a true story passed down from the previous generation of an ‘Opera Ghost’ who wreaked chaos and destruction in late 19th century Paris at the Opera Garnier.
The story begins at the time of the first meeting of Erik (the Phantom) and a street singer named Christine. Erik was born and raised in the catacombs under the Paris Opera House and needs beautiful music – he cannot exist without it. He accepts Christine as his pupil, training her for the opera, but forbids her to see his face. Furthermore, Carlotta, the new diva and owner of the Opera, has such a terrible voice that the Phantom is in torment. His salvation must eventually come through Christine, whose voice is so beautiful that he falls in love with her.
The strength of this show lies in both the music and the story. Taking us to a place where music can fill our lives transporting us from the world of the ordinary to the extraordinary. Those people who can bring forth beautiful music from the very depths of their souls compel us, astound us and sometimes frighten us. When the Phantom closes his eyes to his gloomy world of ugliness, music brings to his imagination beauty, poetry and ecstasy.
Parts available (parts may be double cast):
Christine Daae– a young girl from the country who loves to sing and dreams of working, in any capacity at The Paris Opera. Legit Soprano with range up to high sustained b flat. She should read 18 to late 20’s.
Philippe ( The Count de Chandon)– a very wealthy, young patron of the Paris Opera. Musical Theatre Baritone b flat to e. Should read 20’s to 30’s.
Phantom (Eric)– A young man who lives hidden in the Opera House because of his disfigured face. Legit Baritone with range from low g to high a. Must have a very strong voice as this is a very demanding role. Should read 20’s to mid 30’s.
Inspector Ledoux– Typical old movie French Inspector. Non-singing. 40’s to 50’s.
Carlotta – Opera Diva who along with her husband have taken over the Paris Opera House. Legit Mezzo or Dramatic Soprano with range up to high b. This is a comic role and requires someone unafraid of using her voice and physicality for humor. Should read mid 30’s to 50.
Carriere-Older gentleman who has been the long time manager of The Paris Opera House. Legit Baritone to high f. Should read late 40’s to 60.
Young Carriere– legit ballet. Late teens, early twenties
Belladova– Prima Ballerina. 20’s to early 30’s.
Cholet – New Opera House Manager and Carlotta’s hen-pecked husband. Character Bari/Tenor . 40’s to 50’s.
Minister of Culture
Jean-Claude– Opera House Stage Manager. Character Bari/Tenor. Any age from 20’s up.
Opera Diva 1– Legit Soprano and Mezzo. Any age.
Opera Diva 2– Legit Soprano and Mezzo. Any age.
Opera Tenor 1– legit tenor. Any age.
Opera Tenor 2– legit tenor. Any age.
Ballerina 1– Legit Ballet. Any age.
Ballerina 2– Legit Ballet. Any age.
Young Erik– 8-12
Chorus – Waiters, Police, Theatre Staff, Town People – all ages, all vocal ranges – including 2 boys and 2 girls ages 8-12
Singing style is legit