The Tony Award-winning “Best Musical” ripped straight from the hilarity of Monty Python’s Holy Grail.
!!! COLLEGE STUDENTS !!!
Welcome home for the summer! Now that you’re back, we’re holding a final casting session so you don’t miss out!
When: Monday, May 22, 7:00 p.m.
Where: United Methodist Church, 515 Cutlers Farm Road, Monroe
*** Please RSVP w/ your headshot and resume as indicated below ***
TWO PLANKS THEATER COMPANY is holding open auditions for their summer production of “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT.”
Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle
Directed by David Halliwell
Music Direction by Dan Koch
Choreography by Judy Abbatiello
Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. (by appointment)
Location: Monroe Dance Academy, 838 Main Street, Monroe
Monday, May 8, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. (by appointment)
Location: United Methodist Church, 515 Cutlers Farm Road, Monroe
Callbacks: Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. (if necessary)
Location: United Methodist Church, 515 Cutlers Farm Road, Monroe
Performance Dates*: July 28, 29 and August 4, 5 at dusk
Performance Location*: Wolfe Park, 285 Cutlers Farm Road, Monroe
College Audition: Monday, May 22, 7:00 p.m., UMC Monroe, 515 Cutlers Farm Road
Same information below applies…
(non-students welcome to join if missed initial casting call)
Rehearsals to begin: Early June
(* Please note: Two Planks Summer Main Stage productions perform outdoors, under the stars, in Monroe’s glorious Wolfe Park, before crowds of up to five or six hundred people. Because we are outdoors, our performances are subject to weather, and shows may be rescheduled to accommodate. Primary rain dates are July 30 and August 6, but performers are requested to keep schedule available to help ensure we are able to reschedule to other dates if necessary.)
SEEKING: Seeking adult actors of all types with strong comedic acting skills. ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE! Actors must be at least 18 years of age. Please see Character Breakdown below.
Rehearsals typically held Monday to Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., but exact schedule will be determined based upon availability of cast. We do our best to accommodate cast/crew conflicts in the scheduling process, but note that actor conflicts may be considered in casting decisions.
Audition appointment requests may be made by emailing Two Planks’ Executive Director, Brooke Burling, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify date and time slot in your audition request (each time slot starts at time indicated above) and include a head shot and resume.
Please prepare a song from the breakdown below, based on the role(s) you’re interested in. Links to download the sheet music with appropriate cuts will be uploaded soon. Be prepared to read from the script and to learn a short movement/dance combination. Please dress comfortably – and bring dance shoes, if you have them.
For questions or other information, you may also contact 203-246-5991.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
(Please note that the character ages listed just serve as a guide. Most characters speak with a British accent. It is also helps to be familiar with the music from the show and with the movie, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL.)
KING ARTHUR (Baritone [Low G2 — High F4], age late 30s-60s) – The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer. Audition Song: KING ARTHURS SONG (entire song) or I’M ALL ALONE (top-measure-22) .
THE LADY OF THE LAKE (Mezzo with large range [Low E3 — High B6], age 20s-40s) – A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Audition Songs: FIND YOUR GRAIL (measure 8-40) *AND* WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MY PART (measure 3-49) .
SIR ROBIN (Tenor/Baritone [Low D3 — High G4], age 30s-40s) – A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called “Sir Robin the Brave,” though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Audition Song: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (top-measure 44) or YOU WONT SUCCEED ON BROADWAY (measure 11-47) .
SIR LANCELOT (Tenor/Baritone [Low C3 — High E4], age 30s-40s) – A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ Looking particularly for an actor with great character voices and accents, as Lancellot potentially doubles a number of other roles (see below). Audition Song: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (top-measure 44) or HIS NAME IS LANCELOT (measure 54-72) .
PATSY (Tenor/Baritone [Low Bb3 — High G5], age 20s-40s) – King Arthur’s horse and faithful servant. Under-appreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny physicality, with some tap dancing. Audition Song: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (top-measure 44).
SIR GALAHAD (Tenor [Low Bb3 — High Bb5], age 30s) – A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Audition Song: THE SONG THAT GOES LIKE THIS (top-measure-48 – sings both parts)
SIR BEDEVERE (Tenor/Baritone with falsetto [Low D3 — High G4] age 20s-40s – A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Audition Song: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (top-measure 44).
THE FOLLOWING ROLES WERE TRADITIONALLY DOUBLED BY THE MAIN KNIGHTS; HOWEVER, WE MAY (OR MAY NOT) CAST AS DIFFERENT PERFORMERS.
On Broadway, Sir Robin also played GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.
Traditionally, Sir Lancelot must be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
Pasty may also play MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.
Typically, Sir Galahad also plays PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing.
Sir Bedevere may also play DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot’s horse.
THE FOLLOWING ROLES HAVE TRADITIONALLY BEEN PLAYED BY THE SAME ACTOR (Tenor [Low A2 – High A5], age 20s-30s – A strong character actor who plays: THE HISTORIAN (a tweedy academic), NOT DEAD FRED (a sickly little fellow who – despite others’ beliefs – claims he is “not yet dead”), a FRENCH GUARD (the condemnatory sidekick to the French Taunter), a MINSTREL in Sir Robin’s band; and PRINCE HERBERT (the hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower). High tenor singing required. Very good mover. Audition Song: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (top-measure 44) *AND* WHERE ARE YOU (entire song)
MALE ENSEMBLE* – seeking strong singers who move well to play many roles including the other Knights of the Round Table, Sir Not Appearing, Sir Bohrs, Bodies in “Not Yet Dead,” the Dancing Monk, the Dancing Nun, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, a French Guard, Robin’s Minstrel, and more! Tap skills a bonus. Audition Song: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (top-measure 44) or HIS NAME IS LANCELOT (measure 54-72)
FEMALE ENSEMBLE* – seeking strong singers who move well to play many roles including (but not necessarily limited to) the Camelot Girls, the Laker Girls, a French Guard, Knights of Ni, two of Robin’s Minstrels, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, and more! Strong dance skills preferred. Tap skills a bonus. Audition Song: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (top-measure 44), FIND YOUR GRAIL (measure 8-40) or WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MY PART (measure 3-49)
*Our anticipation is that Ensemble members will be playing multiple roles, four, five, six, or more. However, please note… roles, doubling, etc., from above are subject to change and are at the discretion of the Director and the Production Team.
“England 932 A.D. A Kingdom divided. To the West the Anglo-Saxons, to the East the French. Above nothing but Celts and some people from Scotland. In Gwynned, Powys, and Dyfed – Plague. In the kingdoms of Wessex, Sussex, Essex and Kent – Plague. In Mercia and the two Anglias – Plague. With a 50% chance of pestilence and famine coming out of the Northeast at twelve miles per hour. Legend tells us of an extraordinary leader, who arose from the chaos, to unite a troubled kingdom. A man with a vision who gathered Knights together in a Holy Quest. This man was Arthur, King of the Britons. For this was England!”
Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical also diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend. Instead, Spamalot features shennanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Outside, there is plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show, Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni. And silly walks will be had by all…
For further information on the company, please visit us at www.twoplankstheater.org.