Auditions for Sweeney Todd

Open Auditions for the RFA Summer Musical- Sweeney Todd

Sunday, March 29, 2:00 PM
RFA Lakeside Theater

Sweeney Todd auditions are open to those entering 9th grade thru adults.
Sweeney Todd rehearsals will run from April 5 through July 2. Rehearsals will be 2 nights a week through April and May, and 3 times a week in June, with more rehearsals as we get closer to performance week.

Performances will take place July 4, 6, 7, at 7:00 pm, and July 5 at 4:00 pm.

Synopsis-

“One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.”
– StageAgent.com

The audition process-

  • Together, we will sing an excerpt from the opening song, The Ballad of Sweeney Todd. 
  • Anyone interested in auditioning for principal roles- prepare one of the song selections listed in the character descriptions, and a monologue (selections below). These will be performed in a closed audition with the Production Team.  You will (most likely) NOT sing the entire song. You may choose which part of the song you sing, or you can start at the beginning and we will stop you when we’ve heard enough.
  • Call-backs may occur, if necessary, on Monday, March 30 at 6:00 pm.

The Production Team-
Co-Directors- Erin Smith and Timothy Straub
Music Director- Sue Downes-Borko
Producers- Valerie Zapolsky and Millie Hoekstra

Character Descriptions-

The age ranges listed are the characters’ ages, not necessarily the ages of the actors.
Scroll down to find individual monologues for each character.

Sweeney Todd
A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna’s father, singularly focused on taking bloody revenge. He is powerful, vengeful, hot-tempered, intelligent, forceful, terrifying, brooding and morose with a certain cynical charm. He must have a commanding presence.
British accent
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: F2
Audition Song- No Place Like London (measure 202-end) (Starts at 3:28-ish)
Practice Track- No Place Like London- Sweeney practice (Starts at 3:28-ish) 

Mrs. Lovett
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.  She is talkative, cheerful, manipulative, devious and ambitious with a sexual prowess. Great comedic timing is necessary.
Cockney accent
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: Mezzo with belt.  E5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Audition Song- Worst Pies in London
Practice Track- Worst Pies practice track

Anthony Hope
A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna.  Strong, brave and full of the joys of the world. He has yet to inhabit the cynical qualities of Todd. He grows more and more terrified of the world around him.
British accent
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Audition Song- Ah Miss
Practice Track- Ah, Miss

Johanna
A spritely girl, full of innocence, but with a flirtatious demeanor, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd’s long-lost daughter and Turpin’s ward.
British accent
Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Audition Song- Green Finch and Linnet Bird
Practice Track- Green Finch and Linnet Bird 

Tobias Ragg
A poor simpleton youngster apprenticed to Pirelli and who finds a surrogate mother in Lovett. He is loyal, truthful and innocent to a fault with a heart of gold and a sharp eye. He does not trust Todd.
Cockney accent
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Audition Song- Pirelli’s Magical Elixir
Practice Track- Magical Elixir 

Judge Turpin
A lecherous, corrupt, evil public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd.  He lusts after Johanna.
British accent
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: E2
Audition Song- Pretty Women
Practice Track- Pretty Women Practice

The Beadle
A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin.  Will break the law to keep people in line. His corruption makes him blind to true good and evil. A respected citizen not worthy of respect.  He is eager, violent, unscrupulous and terrorizing.
British accent
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D3
Audition Song- Ladies in Their Sensitivities
Practice Track- Ladies in Their Sensitivities

Beggar Woman
A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret, making her living prostituting herself to sailors at London docks.
Cockney accent
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Audition Song- No Place Like London (measure 28-43) Starts at 1:32
Practice Track- No Place Like London Practice

Adolfo Pirelli
An Irish charlatan and former employee of Todd’s who has since developed a public persona as a flashy and flamboyant Italian barber. He is crooked, calculating and conniving with a hot temper. A comedic role.
Italian and Irish accent
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B2
Audition Song-Contest Part I
Practice Track- Contest Practice

Jonas Fogg
The owner of Fogg’s Asylum. He sells the hair of madmen to wigmakers.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 60

Ensemble

Male & Female Ensemble: A strong ensemble needed for this show. They act as a Greek Chorus commenting on the action and augmenting the story. Some of the roles they will portray include; Storytellers, Townspeople, Police, Lunatics and Customers. The Ensemble gets ample opportunity for vocal challenges and is showcased throughout. 

 

Monologues – to be presented at Auditions

Sweeney Todd-

It is here we go our several ways.  Farewell, Anthony, I will not soon forget the good ship “Bountiful” nor the young man who saved my life.  There’s many a Christian who would have let me drown and not lost a wink’s sleep for it, either. I beg your indulgence, boy.  My mind is far from easy, for in these once familiar streets I feel the chill of ghostly shadows everywhere. Forgive me. Now leave me, Anthony.  There’s somewhere I must go, something I must find out. Now. And alone.

Mrs. Lovett-
That’s all very well, but all that matters now is him.  Listen! Do you hear me? Can you hear me? Get control of yourself!  What are we going to do about him? And there’s the lad downstairs. We’d better go and have a look and be sure he’s still there.  When I left him he was sound asleep in the parlor. (Checks, comes back) No problem there.  He’s still sleeping.  He’s simple as a baby lamb.  Later I can fob him off with some story easy.  But him! What are we going to do with him? Well, of course, we could bury him.  I don’t suppose there’s any relatives going to come poking around looking for him.  But…you know me. Sometimes ideas just pop into me head and I keep thinking…seems a downright shame…

Anthony-

Oh, Mr. Todd.  I have so much to tell you.  I have found the fairest and most loving maid that any man could dream of!  And yet there are problems. She has a guardian so tyrannical that she is kept shut up from human eye.  But now this morning this key fell from her shuttered window! The surest sign that Johanna loves me! That’s her name, ma’am, and Turpin that of the abominable parent.  A judge, it seems. But, as I said, a monstrous tyrant.

Pirelli-

(Italian accent) Good morning, Mr. Todd—and to you, Bellissima Signorina.  A little business with Mr. Todd, Signora. Perhaps if you will give the permission. (Irish accent).  Ow, call me Danny.  Daniel O’Higgins the name when it’s not perfessional.  I’d like me five quid back, if’n you don’t mind. It’ll hold me over till your customers start coming.  Then it’s half your profits you’ll hand over to me every week on a Friday, share and share alike. All right…Mr. Benjamin Barker?

Judge Turpin-

(Sees Anthony) You!  There is indeed a Higher Power to warn me thus in time.  Johanna elpe with you? Deceiving slut-I’ll lock her up in some obscure retreat where neither you nor any other vile, corrupting youth shall ever lay eyes on her again!  And as for you, barber, it is all too clear what company you keep. Service them well! And hold their custom- for you’ll have none of mine!

Tobias-

Oh, you’re so good to me, ma’am.  Sometimes, when I think what it was like with Signor Pirelli—it seems like the Good Lord sent you for me.  You know, ma’am, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you. If there was a monster or an ogre or anything bad like that wot you don’t know was after you, I’d rip it apart with my bare fists, I would.  Or even if it was just a man…a man wot was bad and wot might be luring you all unbeknownst into his evil deeds, like.

Johanna-

(After having witnessed the Judge’s murder, she is dressed in disguise, as a man)

Oh, dear.  Er-excuse me, sir.  I saw the barber’s sign.  So I was thinking to ask for a shave.  I- Oh sire, I beg of you. Whatever I have seen, no man shall ever know.  I swear it. Oh, sire, please, sir…

Lakeside Dance Academy Spring Concert 2020

LAKESIDE DANCE ACADEMY
SPRING DANCE CONCERT

Friday & Saturday, April 3-4, 2020, 7:00 pm
RFA Lakeside Theater

The Lakeside Dance Academy will present their Annual Spring Dance Concert at 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, at the RFA Lakeside Theatre on Main St. in Rangeley.  It will be an evening showcasing the work of over 50 dancers of all ages and is sponsored by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Dancers ranging in ability from beginner to advanced will perform in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and en Pointe, and Senior Lu Farmer will be featured in a solo multi-media dance.

The Lakeside Dance Academy has been providing dance instruction since 1986 under the Artistic Direction of Pam Ellis. Teachers also include Raina Sherrer and Lily Webber, both graduates of the Academy, and student teacher Emmarae MacFawn. The Rangeley Friends of the Arts has provided support through the years via their Scholarship and Student Lessons Program.

There will be a reception to celebrate the dancers in the theater lobby after the concert each night. Please come and enjoy their work and their art.  Tickets will be available at the door and will go on sale at 6:00 PM the night of the show. Theater doors will open at 6:15 PM. General Admission seating is $7 for adults and $3 for students ages 7 – 18. Children 6 and under are free. FMI: call Pam Ellis, Artistic Director, at 207-592-7427.

Spring Dance Concert 2020

LAKESIDE DANCE ACADEMY
SPRING DANCE CONCERT

Friday & Saturday, April 3-4, 2020, 7:00 pm
RFA Lakeside Theater

The Lakeside Dance Academy will present their Annual Spring Dance Concert at 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, at the RFA Lakeside Theatre on Main St. in Rangeley.  It will be an evening showcasing the work of over 40 dancers of all ages and is sponsored by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts.  Dancers ranging in ability from beginner to advanced will perform in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and en Pointe. Senior Lu Farmer will be featured in a multi-media Senior Solo dance.

The Lakeside Dance Academy has been providing dance instruction since 1986 under the Artistic Direction of Pam Ellis. Teachers also include Emmarae MacFawn, Raina Sherrer and Lily Webber. The Rangeley Friends of the Arts has provided support through the years via their Scholarship and Student Lessons Program. There will be a reception to celebrate the dancers in the theater lobby after the concert each night. Please come and enjoy their work and their art.  Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6:00 PM. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students 7 – 18. Children 6 and under are free. FMI: call Pam Ellis, Artistic Director, at 207-592-7427.

Lakeside Dance Academy Spring Concert 2020

LAKESIDE DANCE ACADEMY
SPRING DANCE CONCERT

Friday & Saturday, April 3-4, 2020, 7:00 pm
RFA Lakeside Theater

The Lakeside Dance Academy will present their Annual Spring Dance Concert at 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, at the RFA Lakeside Theatre on Main St. in Rangeley.  It will be an evening showcasing the work of over 50 dancers of all ages and is sponsored by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Dancers ranging in ability from beginner to advanced will perform in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and en Pointe, and Senior Lu Farmer will be featured in a solo multi-media dance.

The Lakeside Dance Academy has been providing dance instruction since 1986 under the Artistic Direction of Pam Ellis. Teachers also include Raina Sherrer and Lily Webber, both graduates of the Academy, and student teacher Emmarae MacFawn. The Rangeley Friends of the Arts has provided support through the years via their Scholarship and Student Lessons Program.

There will be a reception to celebrate the dancers in the theater lobby after the concert each night. Please come and enjoy their work and their art.  Tickets will be available at the door and will go on sale at 6:00 PM the night of the show. Theater doors will open at 6:15 PM. General Admission seating is $7 for adults and $3 for students ages 7 – 18. Children 6 and under are free. FMI: call Pam Ellis, Artistic Director, at 207-592-7427.

Spring Dance Concert 2020

LAKESIDE DANCE ACADEMY
SPRING DANCE CONCERT

Friday & Saturday, April 3-4, 2020, 7:00 pm
RFA Lakeside Theater

The Lakeside Dance Academy will present their Annual Spring Dance Concert at 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, at the RFA Lakeside Theatre on Main St. in Rangeley.  It will be an evening showcasing the work of over 40 dancers of all ages and is sponsored by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts.  Dancers ranging in ability from beginner to advanced will perform in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and en Pointe. Senior Lu Farmer will be featured in a multi-media Senior Solo dance.

The Lakeside Dance Academy has been providing dance instruction since 1986 under the Artistic Direction of Pam Ellis. Teachers also include Emmarae MacFawn, Raina Sherrer and Lily Webber. The Rangeley Friends of the Arts has provided support through the years via their Scholarship and Student Lessons Program. There will be a reception to celebrate the dancers in the theater lobby after the concert each night. Please come and enjoy their work and their art.  Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6:00 PM. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students 7 – 18. Children 6 and under are free. FMI: call Pam Ellis, Artistic Director, at 207-592-7427.

Artists Reception: Judson Pealer – Wilderness

Wilderness – Paintings by Judson Pealer

Opening Reception: Saturday,  May 23, 2020 5:30-7:00 PM
The Exhibit continues through July 7, 2020

The RFA will host a reception for the work of artist Judson Pealer at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the RFA Lakeside Theater, on Saturday, May 23 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Enjoy complimentary snacks and cash bar (beer/wine) and meet the artist.

Pealer has been showing his paintings on paper and canvas in Maine for a couple of years revealing a variety of art in watercolor, ink and acrylics.  His pieces tend to be bold colors that capture your eye and invite the viewer to explore what all is going on.  He claims nature is his inspiration and that he works intuitively. Sometimes a landscape with water can be perceived or a glimpse of the rich world under a microscope is suggested.  The viewer will inevitably finish the work in their mind. Pealer finds this fascinating that each painting reveals something about himself and thus each piece is self-revelatory and each viewer will take something they create in their own mind to interpret it.

The artist has a Bachelor of Fine Art in studio work from Ohio State University and a Masters of Divinity from Seabury Western in Chicago. Both are a result of deep personal searches to understand and express this world and experience.   He is retired priest but serves as priest part time at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Auburn. He served as rector at Church of the Good Shepherd in Rangeley from 2009 through 2015.  He lives on a ‘micro farm’ in South Paris with his wife Sandra Pealer who is an accomplished painter.  He is a signature Member of Vermont Watercolor Society, an active member of The Western Maine Art Group and The River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to show at Lakeside Theater Gallery among so many very fine area artists and amazingly creative people.  I have been looking and creating since I was in elementary school drawing cowboys, ships and planes. I appreciate the history of art and see myself frequently reliving the Modern Era of art where I find much of my inspiration. Thank you for taking time to look.”    – Judson Pealer

Community Chorus Concert May 2020

Rangeley Community Chorus Concert

Friday, Jun 12, 2020 7:00 PM
RFA Lakeside Theater

Under the direction of Sue Downes-Borko, the Rangeley Community Chorus is a group of twenty-five plus members which includes both year-round and seasonal residents of the Rangeley area plus members from surrounding towns.

General Admission is $15 for Adults, $10 for 18 and under.  Tickets will be available on-line shortly, and will also be available at the door.

Membership in the Community Chorus is open and rotating. New singers are always welcome, and any level of experience is accepted. Please email Sue Downes-Borko if you wish to join the chorus: campserenity@myfairpoint.net

DIVA Auditions 2020

OPEN AUDITIONS for
DIVA NIGHT LIVE

June 7, 2020, 1:00 PM
RFA Lakeside Theater

Live, from Rangeley, Maine, it’s DIVA!
Featuring hit songs from the last 5 decades, and iconic scenes from Saturday Night Live.

Rehearsal Schedule:

July 11 at 4 PM
July 26, 27, 28 at 6 PM
July 29 and 30: Dress/tech rehearsals- we will start run at 6, be there earlier than that to get dressed, etc
July 31, August 1, 2, 3: PERFORMANCES

We are looking for actors to dramatize iconic vignettes from Saturday Night Live, as well as singers and dancers for top hit songs from the past 5 decades.

FOR AUDITIONS:

  • Come prepared with a song (or a couple songs) that you like. If possible, bring your preferred karaoke track on a digital device.
  • Get up on stage and sing your song(s).
  • If you just want to be in the ensemble, (a background singer or dancer) please still come to auditions to sign up.
  • For more information, or if you are unable to attend the audition, email or call Erin Smith, Director, at  207-670-5153/erinnpsmith@gmail.com (yes, there are 2 n’s).

DIVA is a cabaret show where each performer becomes their singer – with costuming, characterization, props, dancers or whatever the individual number requires. The director chooses different numbers around a theme, and creates a fantastic cabaret show that is not only an excellent fundraiser but is fun for both performers and audience. Try something new! Come Join Us!

Student Music Recital 2020

RFA STUDENT MUSIC RECITAL

Wednesday,  June 10, 2020, 6:30 pm

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts will host a Student Music Recital on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Local students will be performing, both those taking private lessons and those involved in the CASA Band Program, showcasing their progress this year on piano, voice, drums, strings, and other musical instruments.  Admission is free; your at-will donations will be gratefully accepted to support the student lesson program.

The performers are students of local music professionals Sue Downes-Borko, Erin Smith, Robert Ludwig, and Mike Schrader. The RFA is able to support each of these students’ private lessons through the admission fees collected during RFA events all year long.

Sweeney Todd Musical Production

Sweeney Todd

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
A Musical Thriller

Community Musical Theater Production

Sat, Sun, Mon & Tues, July 4-7, 2020
Showtimes: 7 PM except on Sunday, July 5, which is a 4 PM Matinee

One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller, is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince. – StageAgent.com

Admission: All seats are reserved – Adults: $20/*First-Night (7/4) and Matinee (7/5): $15, Youth (18 & under) all shows: $10
Tickets will be available online shortly.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

Sweeney Todd is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

*First-Night: an opening night ticket discount to showcase the performers and reward our wonderfully supportive community that enjoys RFA’s live theater productions.

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