SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: James Lapine
Directed by: Tiffany Coville-Schweigert
Music Direction by: Betsy Bledsoe
September 29, 30 @ OCTA 1pm-4pm
Open call no time slot reservation needed
October 7 at OCTA 1:00-4:00pm
By invitation only
MATERIAL TBA (this material will be posted closer to audition date)
We will begin rehearsals January 6, 2019
Rehearsals Sunday-Thursdays. Sundays 1-4pm (subject to change), Monday-Thursday 6:30-9:30pm
All rehearsals to be held at OCTA
EXPECTATION AND PREPARATION:
Prepare: 16 bars from a musical within the same genre, mood and feel of Sondheim. Please don’t show up singing a song from Avenue Q or Seussical 🙂
Bring: Headshot and resume
Scheduling notes: any/ALL conflicts from Jan. 6- Feb. 8th. NO conflicts during tech week please.
Additional Notes: Cast WILL be required to help with strike. Cast members could potentially be asked to assist in getting costume pieces for themselves.
Feb 8 – Feb 24, 2019
Fri/Sat at 8:00pm | Sun at 2:00 pm
****If you cannot make auditions on September 29 or 30 please contact director Tiffany Coville-Schweigert at email@example.com.
Inspired by the painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s stunning masterpiece, merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. One of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, this moving study of the enigmatic painter, Georges Seurat, won a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for an astounding ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The days leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat is struggling to make meaningful art and maintaining a relationship with his lover, Dot. Amid the scorn of the artistic community, Seurat’s artistic ability thrives while his love diminishes. A century later, Seurat’s descendant – named George and also an artist – finds himself burnt out and in search of what artistic path to follow, but he finds the answer to his future in the past.
An ensemble of strong singing actors performs this challenging and heartbreaking work about our need to connect to the past, present and future. Sunday in the Park with George features two coveted starring roles made famous by the Broadway performances of Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. The show may be staged simply, as in its original workshop production, or with the grandeur of Seurat’s masterpiece.
25-40. Act 1: An artist obsessed with his work at the cost of his personal life. Act 2: Seurat’s burnt-out descendant and inventor-sculpture searching for his purpose. Vocal range: Ab4 – G#2. Tenor.
DOT / MARIE:
20-40. [DOT] – George’s headstrong, discontent mistress and occasional model. [MARIE] – George’s elderly wheelchair-bound grandmother. Vocal range: D5 – E3. Mezzo-Soprano.
OLD LADY / BLAIR DANIELS:
60-80. [OLD LADY] – George’s mother. A cranky and rather demanding fixture in the park. Finds solace in nostalgia. [BLAIR DANIELS] – an art critic. Vocal range: Eb5 – F#3. Mezzo-Soprano.
NURSE / MRS./ HARRIET PAWLING:
40-60. [NURSE] – The Old Lady’s attendant. Calming and assertive. [MRS.] – part of an American couple, married to Mr. [HARRIET PAWLING] – a patron of the arts. Vocal range: F4 – G3. Mezzo-Soprano.
JULES / BOB GREENBERG:
25-45. [JULES] – a rival artist. Callous, critical, shallow. Pursues his cook Frieda. [BOB GREENBERG] – a museum director. Vocal range: F4 – G2. Baritone.
YVONNE / NAOMI EISEN:
25-35. [YVONNE] – Jules’ pampered wife. Snippy and snooty. [NAOMI EISEN] – a composer. Vocal range: Eb5 – E3. Mezzo-Soprano.
BOATMAN / DENNIS:
35-60. [BOATMAN] – A surly blue-collared laborer. Simple-minded and slovenly. [DENNIS] – a technician. Vocal range: Eb4 – Eb2. Baritone.
FRANZ / LEE RANDOLPH:
30-50. [FRANZ] – Jules’ disgruntled coachman and Frieda’s husband. Yearns for the Nurse. [LEE RANDOLPH] – the museum’s publicist. Vocal range: G4 – B2. Baritone.
FRIEDA / YOUNG MAN/ BETTY:
35-55. [FRIEDA] – Jules and Yvonne’s cook and Franz’s wife. Caring, positive surrogate nanny to Louise. Pursued by Jules. [YOUNG MAN] and [BETTY] – an artist. Vocal range: F5 – G3. Soprano.
SOLDIER / ALEX:
20-35. [SOLDIER] – A French military man. Polite and a gentleman.
[ALEX] – an artist. Vocal range: F4 – A2. Baritone.
MR. / CHARLES REDMOND:
[MR] – Part of an American couple, married to Mrs. [CHARLES REDMOND] – a visiting curator.Vocal range: D#4 – Eb2. Baritone.
LOUIS / MAN/ BILLY WEBSTER:
35-55. [LOUIS] – A baker. Kind, friendly, and very popular, but a bit dull. [MAN] and [BILLY WEBSTER] – Harriet’s friend. Vocal range: A4 – B2. Baritone.
CELESTE #1 / ELAINE:
18-30. [CELESTE #1] – A young, gossipy, flirtatious shopgirl. [ELAINE] – George’s former wife. Vocal range: G5 – A3. Soprano.
CELESTE #2 / A PHOTOGRAPHER:
18-30. [CELESTE #2] – Another young, gossipy, flirtatious shopgirl. And [A PHOTOGRAPHER]. Vocal range: Eb5 – G3. Soprano.
10-14. Jules and Yvonne’s spoiled daughter. Mezzo-Soprano.
*OCTA celebrates our cultural and intellectual richness and is committed to promoting diversity in all aspects of our organization. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.