THE JOLIET DRAMA GUILD TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS FOR
Jekyll and Hyde the Musical
Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn
Book and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Directed by Anthony Roach
Vocal/Music Direction by Marty Kaspar
May 8th and 9th at 7:00pm with callbacks on May 10th at 7:00pm.
The auditions will be held at
Billie Limacher Theater in Bicentennial Park
201 W Jefferson St (at Bluff Street)
Performances will be August 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th in the evening and matinees on the 21st and 28th.
1. Appointments are not necessary
2. Auditionees are required to fill out an audition form as well as a conflicts calendar
3. There is a singing portion (please refer to show-specific information below)
4. There may be a dancing portion (please come dressed to move)
5. There may be cold readings from the script
For the JEKYLL & HYDE auditions please choose 16-32 bars from a song from a contemporary non-Sondheim musical (1970s to the present). Please also bring a clean and legible copy of your music. We will provide a piano accompanist. If you are unable to bring in sheet music, an instrumental only track may be used. No a cappella auditions will be permitted. Because most of the dialogue is sung, rather than spoken, it is advisable to choose a song with which you can showcase your acting ability.
If you are auditioning for the role of Jekyll/Hyde please provide two pieces that are distinctly different in sound to showcase two discernable characters.
Those interested in one of the principle roles please contact the director at Jekyll_hydeJDG@yahoo.com
for a list of songs, including excerpts or a link to them, which will be emailed to you no later than one week prior to the callbacks.
Please direct any questions or concerns to the director, Anthony Roach, at Jekyll_hydeJDG@yahoo.com
**Performers of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Only where an age range (stage age) is mentioned will it possibly factor into casting.
Jekyll & Hyde is a musical based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson.
When Henry Jekyll tries to separate the evil from good in man he sets free his own evil self in the form of Edward Hyde.
Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde (mid 20's to early 40's): A man torn between doing right and relishing the wrong. Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor with two distinct vocal sounds: G# below middle C to A above the staff
Lucy Harris (early 20's to early 30's): The woman wanting a better life that is in love with Jekyll but infatuated with Hyde. Vocal Range: Mezzo-soprano with strong belt: G# below middle C to F# above the staff
Emma Carew (early 20's to early 30's): Jekyll's fiancée and the one person that can bring him back from the brink of madness. Vocal Range: Soprano with strong mix and belt: middle C to C abovethe staff
John Utterson: Jekyll's lawyer and friend. Vocal Range: Baritone/Bass: B below middle C to G above the staff
Sir Danvers Carew (Mid 40’s +): Emma's father and Chairman of the Board of Governors. Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor: Middle C to F above the staff
Simon Stride: The secretary of the Board of Governors and Jekyll's rival for Emma's affections. Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor: A below middle C to G above the staff
Lord Savage: A member of the Board of Governors. Vocal Range: Tenor
Bishop of Basingstoke: A hypocritical, sadistic, sexually driven man of the cloth and a member of the Board of Governors. Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor
Lady Beaconsfield: The most difficult member of the Board of Governors. Vocal Range: Mezzo-soprano
Sir Archibald Proops: A member of the Board of Governors. Vocal Range: Baritone
General Lord Glossop (Early 50's +): A pompous retired army man and a member of the Board of Governors. Vocal Range: Baritone/Bass
Nellie: A prostitute and friend to Lucy. Vocal Range: Mezzo
A small ensemble consisting of several men and women will be cast. The ensemble will be used heavily throughout the production with opportunities for featured roles that will be cast during the rehearsal period.
For those unfamiliar with the show, a DVD of the Broadway production, starring David Hasselhoff, is available through Netflix. Please note that some songs, as well as some dialogue, have been changed. For instance this production will include Lucy's number 'Bring on the Men,' in place of the songs 'No One Knows Who I Am' and 'Good 'n' Evil.'
For more information about the Joliet Drama Guild, please visit jolietdramaguild.org.