ASSASSINSMusic & Lyrics by Stephen SondheimBook by John WeidmanBased on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
Auditions are located at Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E Main St.
AUDITIONS: Tuesday, June 21, at 6pmCALLBACKS: Wednesday, June 22 at 6pm
The Blackfriars Theatre production of Assassins has a specific concept that will revolve around the casting of a 15-person company of actors-singers-musicians*. This means that the company will also double as the musicians for the show. Initial auditions will consist of both an instrumental and vocal audition.
If you play an instrument, please prepare 16-32 bars (a representative sample) of what you can do with the instrument. If you are able to accompany yourself with this instrument, please feel free to combine your playing with your vocal audition. For the vocal audition, please come prepared with two, 32-bar selections of contrasting styles. Please bring music with appropriate cut notated and in the right key. Accompanist will be provided. We may or may not ask for both selections. There will NOT be a dance/movement segment at the initial auditions. The dance/movement audition will only take place at callbacks. Auditions will be held on a first come, first served sign-up basis, occurring on the night of the 21st – there is no appointment needed.
*Not everyone cast will be required to play traditional instrumentation – we do not wish to discourage anyone from the audition process – but each actor’s musicianship and ability to play any instrument will be taken into consideration when casting. Any and all instrumentation is acceptable and encouraged (i.e. piano, trumpet, harmonica, recorder, kazoo, accordion, spoons, etc. – you’re welcome to think outside the box.)
PROCESS:REHEARSALS: beginning between July 18 and 24, through August 26TECH: August 27 through September 1SHOW: September 2-4, 8-11, 17, 18, 22 & 24^
^PLEASE NOTE: This production will run during The Rochester Fringe Festival. If you are participating in The Rochester Fringe Festival, please double check any performance dates against the calendar for Assassins.
ALSO NOTE: you cannot miss any tech rehearsals. Please bring your calendar with you to auditions to list your conflicts. If you cannot make auditions or if you have questions regarding auditions, please email us at email@example.com.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: (casting 4-5 women and 11-12 men)
John Wilkes Booth (age 25-40): Distinguished gentleman with a genteel Southern accent. A political zealot, “Wilkes” is the pioneer of American assassination and acts as the foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins
Charles Guiteau (age 35-50): Dashing but mad. Guiteau was a multi-careered charlatan with delusions of grandeur who assassinated James Garfield in 1882. This intense libertine requires a multi-personality characterization and a flair for the dramatic.
Leon Czologosz (age 25-35): A young poverty-worn radical, passionate and driven. Czolgosz was an anarchist who, in killing William McKinley, decided to take matters of government into his own hands for the sake of the common man.
Giuseppe Zangara (age 30-35): An angry, heavily-accented immigrant. A smaller actor is preferred but not required. Zangara blamed capitalists and “kings” for his medical conditions and attempted an assassination of Franklin D. Roosevelt—instead killing Mayor Cermak of Chicago.
Samuel Byck (age 30-50): Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit. Byck was disgruntled at government and all it stood for when he attempted to hijack a plane with the intent of crashing it into the Nixon White House. Strong actor – not a heavy singer.
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme (age 20-30): A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson. She is the lunatic foil to Sara Jane Moore’s air-headedness.
Sara Jane Moore (age 35-45): Moore, a former FBI informant, nearly assassinated Gerald Ford in 1975 — the second such attempt on his life in three weeks. She is a frazzled housewife with little sense.
John Hinckley (age 20-30): A love-obsessed and depressed college student. The ability to play guitar a plus. Hinckley used a sociopathic obsession with Jodie Foster as his excuse to attempt an assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981.
Lee Harvey Oswald (age 20-35): A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk. A rural Louisiana twang required. Within this concept, Oswald will be a part of the entire show and will need to sing, as he will be cast from the 7 ensemble members.
Various Ensemble / Proprietor / Balladeer: We will be casting 7 ensemble members (men & women) who will play/share all the ensemble characters, Lee Harvey Oswald, the Proprietor, and the Balladeer. All ensemble members will also double as the musicians. We have currently cast 2 of the 7 ensemble spots to serve as our musical director and core musicians.
If you have questions regarding auditions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.