The Wellesley Players announces Auditions for My Fair Lady
Based upon George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion With Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and Music by Frederick Loewe
Directed by Celia Couture
Music Direction by Art Finstein
Choreography by Kelly Murphy
Artistic Director Celia Couture intends to present this beloved Broadway musical in a manner that speaks to today’s audiences. Using minimalistic sets, projections, an intimate cast that plays multiple roles, a street tough Eliza and a most egotistical Henry Higgins, Celia hopes the power, brilliance and humor of Shaw’s brilliant and timely piece of theatre is compelling to audiences who have grown up without knowing this classic.
In addition, the show will feature the sparkling two-piano orchestration, crafted with the approval of Lerner and Loewe by the original show’s composer/arranger of dance music.
Anyone cast in My Fair Lady is expected to pay a small production fee or, alternatively, you are welcome to join the Players. Becoming a member of the Players provides you with many more benefits.
Visit the Wellesley Players website for more information: www.wellesleyplayers.org.
Also, please note that each cast member is expected to devote two hours of additional time to one of many aspects of the production, which may include hanging posters, assisting with set build, costuming or other areas where extra hands are requested. Specific dates and times will be provided.
The show requires 1 principle female role and 3 principle male roles. All other roles will be filled by 20 ensemble members. This structure affords all actors more variety and challenges than is common in other productions. It is a basic requirement that all ensemble members be able to sing, act and move well. It is also a desirable skills that cast members can read music.
Please Note: Rehearsals are typically scheduled for Tues, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Rehearsals will begin in earnest in January. Conflicts will be carefully scrutinized and may impact our casting decisions.
- December 2, 3, and 4 (as a call back) from 7:00-10:00 P.M.
- Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Avenue in Needham
Rehearsals will also take place in Needham and some may take place at the Music Director’s home in Framingham.
What to Bring:
Your theatrical resume if you have one, as well and a headshot or other suitable photo, arrive on time and be familiar with the script. If you have special training or perform dialects, please indicate on your audition form (available online here). Please review the performance dates and rehearsal schedule (proposed schedule is online here) and let us know of any conflicts.
If you are auditioning for a lead role, please be prepared to sing one song, either a ballad or up-tempo, NOT from My Fair Lady up to 32 bars. There will also be readings from the script.
For specific roles at callbacks, please be prepared to sing the following:
- Eliza: I Could’ve Danced All Night and Wouldn’t It Be Loverly
- Higgins: I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
- Alfred: Get Me to the Church
- Freddie: On the Street Where You Live
Sheet music available from www.sheetmusic.com. There will be cold readings from the script at the audition.
You will be asked to demonstrate the ability to perform simple dance steps. Wear comfortable clothes/shoes.
Application form from the Wellesley Players website: www.wellesleyplayers.org.
Performance Dates: April 10-12 and 16-19, 2015
See website for cast of characters, including description and vocal parts: http://www.wellesleyplayers.or