NEYT ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR 2018 SHOWS
All auditions take place at the New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat
Street, Brattleboro, VT. 802-246-6398
NEYT SPRING MUSICAL
JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH JR.
Directed by Katrina Spenceman
AUDITIONS: Sunday, February 4th 1-3pm
Ages 11-15 Tuition $500
REHEARSALS begin March 19th weekdays M, T, Th, F 4-6:45pm
PERFORMANCES May 4, 5, & 11, 12, 13 (seven performances)
Come sing and dance in a fully produced one-act (60 minute) musical.
Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl’s JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH JR is a brand-new take on this beloved tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by TONY Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul (of DEAR EVAN HANSEN fame) and a witty and charming book by Timothy Allen McDonald, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is a “masterpeach”!
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean, and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks, and plenty of disagreements along the way.
With lots of outlandish and larger-than-life human and insect characters, this show will be a fun adventure for one and all!
WHAT TO PREPARE:
Please come prepared to sing a brief (1 minute/16 bar) cutting from a musical theatre song of your choosing. Don’t forget to bring the sheet music with you for the pianist!
Please also prepare a brief (1-minute or less) monologue of your choosing OR prepare one from the attached.
Be ready to move! We will do a short dance combination.
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Ladahlord is a mysterious character who seems to have a hand in the magical things that are happening. Ladahlord also serves as a guiding narrator throughout the story.
Vocal range: G3 to Gb5
James is on an epic quest to find a family of his own and gain confidence in himself.
Vocal range: G#3 to E5
Ladybug immediately takes on a doting, parental role in James’ life. Regal demeanor.
Vocal range: A3 to D5
Grasshopper, the leader of the Insects, is ever the optimist and assumes a parental role in James’ life. Warm & inviting.
Vocal range: A3 to F#5
Spider is a clever creature who becomes a fun-loving older sister to James. She’s a spunky spider with tons of personality.
Vocal range: B3 to C5
Earthworm is a gentle spirit, although he can be a bit of a coward. Luckily, he gains enough courage to save the day when it’s needed. Earthworm looks at James as a brother figure. A little outlandish.
Vocal range: B3 to A5
Centipede may be a bit of grouch, but he is ever-loyal to the pack, and by the end of the story, he’s won over by James. James sees Centipede as that cranky uncle with a heart of gold.
Vocal range: G3 to F#5
SPIKER and SPONGE
Spiker and Sponge are the sort of aunts (or monsters) that you fear ever being stuck with. They take James into their home but
only so that he can be their own personal servant. Spiker is the brains of the operation, and Sponge is more concerned with finding something to eat.
Vocal range: F3 to E5
Mr. Trotter, Mrs. Trotter, Karl Kreatour and the Zoo Crowd are all part of James’ nightmare.
The Matron Nurse runs the Painswick Orphanage, and you definitely get a sense she hasn’t had a vacation in years. She really commands a room.
BILLY and BOBBY BOBBY-COP
Billy and Bobby Bobby-Cop are a perfectly unified pair of cops working for Scotland Yard.
The Vagrants, including DOREEN DRIGGLES, RIDGLEY RAPSCALLION, VIOLET FUNKSCHMELLER, and CHRIS CRYERMOUTH are a group of have-nots to support Spiker and Sponge’s treacherous plans. The are integral to creating the world of the story. The PASSING MAN, MAN (with wallet) and PASSING WOMAN have featured moments where they fall victim to Spiker and Sponge.
The Garden Chorus comes to life in “Shake It Up” as Ladahlord mixes a magical potion.
The Reporters, including IDA WALTERS, are on the scene just as the peach is becoming larger than life.
BITSY BOTANA and the rest of the Ladies’ Garden Guild are in flowery frocks and hats, intent on having Spiker and Sponge give the keynote speech at their conference.
The Hollywood Agents, led by BUZZ,
jump in on the success of the growing peach with movie and Broadway deals for Spiker and Sponge.
FARM ANIMALS, WILLY WONKA and OOMPA-LOOMPAS
They are all in harm’s way as the peach outgrows its stem and rolls towards the ocean. Fun cameos with lots of personality.
The Angry Crowd is in search of the amazing giant peach, but they quickly turn into an angry mob when the peach is nowhere to be found. These ensemble parts are easy to cast from any of your company.
The Cruise Ensemble are various vacationers en route to New York with Spiker and Sponge.
SHARKS AND SEAGULLS
The Sharks and Seagulls are featured dancers in “Plump and Juicy” Cast strong movers and dancers in these roles.
New Yorkers, including the SCREAMING WOMEN, LUCILLE VAN KOOGLESTEIN, BUNNY MACKENZIE THE THIRD, JAKE and JOE all witness the peach land directly on the Empire State Building and are sent into a panic!
If you do not already have something you would like to share – feel free to work on one of the following monologues:
“There is something that I believe we might try. I’m not saying it’ll work… We’d need hundreds of yards of string to make this work. Miss Spider, can you do it? Quickly! As much as you can, the strongest there is and thick as my finger. I’m going to lift this peach clear out of the water! Look at the seagulls. The sky is full of them. Look up there! I’m going to take a long silk string and I’m going to loop one end of it around a seagull’s neck. And then I’m going to tie the other end to the stem of the peach. Then I’m going to get another seagull and do the same thing again, then another and another…there is no shortage of seagulls. All we need to get their attention (looking at Earthworm) is some bait.”
“I am not loved at all. And yet I do nothing but good. All day long I catch flies and mosquitoes in my webs. I am a decent person. It is very unfair the way we Spiders are treated. Why only last week your own horrible Aunt Sponge flushed my poor dear father down the plughole in the bathtub. I watched the whole thing from a corner up in the ceiling.”
“A peach? I think you must be mistaken, my dear. That miserable tree never has any peaches on it. You’re teasing me, Spiker. You’re making my mouth water on purpose when there’s nothing to put into it. Why, that tree’s never even had a blossom on it, let alone a peach. Right up on the highest branch, you say? I can’t see a thing. Very funny…Ha, ha…Good gracious me! Well, I’ll be blowed! There really is a peach up there! A nice big one, too! It looks ripe to me. Why don’t we eat it? We can have half each. Hey, you! James! Come over here at once and climb this tree! I want you to pick that peach up there on the highest branch. And don’t you dare to eat any of it yourself. Your Aunt Spiker and I are going to have it between us right here and now, half each. Get on with you! Up you go!”
2018 NEYT TRAVELING COMMEDIA TROUPE
Directed by Rosa Palmeri and Marcel Freda
AUDITIONS: Saturday November 11 from 1-3:00pm
Ages 12-19 Tuition $450
Join a small troupe of students in a traveling show that will not only go to Brattleboro area schools, but represent New England Youth Theatre at the 2018 Great River Theater Festival. If you are interested in building a show based in commedia, physical comedy, and clown and want to work with a strong, mixed-age troupe, I encourage you to join me in this concentrated, committed, and fun work. We are accepting 7-9 students into the troupe so there will be a real chance for advanced, individual training.
To audition: Prepare a short poem that makes you laugh, rhyming is good, you can write it if you want to! It should be 1 to 2 minutes long. Please make it very physical.
Sunday 12-5pm, Monday 4-6:45pm, Tuesday 4-6:45pm Wednesday 4-6:45pm (as called)
March 25, 26, 27, 28 (no Easter Sunday)
April 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 (no vacation week 15-20) 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30
May 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 (NEYT performance May 8th 7pm)
PERFORMANCES throughout region in May
Additional rehearsals end of June TBD
Green River Festival - July 6, 7, 8 (2 performances)
Rosa Palmeri is an actor, teacher, and visual artist living between Brattleboro, VT and NYC. She teaches and directs with NEYT and with ‘Get Thee To the Funnery’ camps across the state. Her regional credits include Muriel McComber in Ah, Wilderness! and Beth/Mrs. Filcher in A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater). Other favorite roles include Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth, Masha in The Seagull, a two-woman Twelfth Night, a two-person Taming of the Shrew, and Harpo Marx in A Night at the Opera. She received her BFA in theater performance from the University of Evansville, and her MFA from the American Conservatory Theater. She trained at Shakespeare & Company, Celebration Barn, The New Harmony Project and under the tutelage of many, many clowns.
SENIOR COMPANY SPRING PLAY 2018
THE LARAMIE PROJECT by Moises Kaufman
Directed by Hallie Flower
AUDITIONS: Wednesday, November 15th 4-6:30 pm
Ages 13-19 tuition $450
In October 1998, openly gay college student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. It was a hate crime that shocked the nation. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. The dialogue and monologues which comprise The Laramie Project are taken from interviews, news reports, courtroom transcripts, and journal entries.
“And someone got up there and said… c’mon guys, let’s show the world that Laramie is not this kind of a town, why did this happen here?... That’s a lie. Because it happened here. So how could it not be a town where this kind of thing happens?...And we have to mourn this and we have to be sad that we live in a town, a state, a country where s**t like this happens. I mean, these are people trying to distance themselves from this crime. And we need to own this crime…We are like this.”
This project includes a weekend workshop with Tectonic Theater Project studying Moment Work and collaborations with both The Matthew Shepard Foundation and Green Mountain Crossroads.
Please come prepared with a brief (less than 2 minute) monologue from a contemporary play or novel.
REHEARSALS Begin February 5th
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
WORKSHOP WITH TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT
February 24th & 25th 10-5pm
Green Mountain Crossroads panel event dates TBA
PERFORMANCES: April 6, 7, 8, and 13, 14, 15
JUNIOR COMPANY WINTER 2018 PLAY
Adapted & directed by Peter Gould
AUDITIONS: November 15th 4-5:30pm
Ages 9-13; tuition $450
Robin Hood and his Merry Band are coming back to NEYT!
Here is how to audition for Peter Gould's "Robin Hood"
Robin Hood and his merry band have been roaming Sherwood Forest for about a thousand years now--robbing the rich and giving all the money to the poor! Deer-hunting with bows and arrows: Twang! Wsshhh! Thwack! And making the Sheriff of Nottingham suffer for his evil ways! You can join Robin's band of outlaws. Just bring a one-minute audition piece: some poetry or a bit of your favorite word play. We'll do some group fun with body and voice. Peter's auditions are all-inclusive and non-threatening: everyone is accepted! Auditions are our first chance to get to know each other and see what we all bring to the mix.
Come work under the Sign of the Four with Peter! (Heart/Mind/Body/Voice)
REHEARSALS Begin January 2nd
Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays
8 PERFORMANCES: February 9,10, 11 & 16, 17, 18