Open Auditions in Richmond, CA (Bay Area) For “Amelie, The Musical”

03/24/2022

Masquers Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming production of:

Amelie, The Musical
Location: Richmond, CA 94801

Book By Craig Lucas
Music by Daniel Messé
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé

directed by Enrico Banson To be performed live and on stage!

Seeking actors who are also skilled musicians for ALL ROLES

Summary
Times are hard for dreamers but Amélie is someone to believe in. Following a critically acclaimed and sell-out tour in 2019, a Grammy nomination and 3 Olivier Award nominations, and an inventive reworking in the West End, Amélie The Musical arrives at Masquers Playhouse in Richmond. The much loved five-time Oscar®-nominated film will be brought to life by a cast of talented actor-musicians and set to a critically acclaimed re-orchestrated score.

Amélie secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness discovering the possibilities around every corner and bringing happiness to those she encounters. When a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. This is a beautiful and inspiring story about an imaginative dreamer who discovers her voice, uncovers the power of human connection, and sees possibility around every corner.

Auditions: Please make an appointment for an audition. You only need to attend one day.
Initial auditions are scheduled:

Monday, March 28 from 7pm until 10pm
Tuesday, March 29 from 3pm until 10pm
Auditions and callbacks will be at Masquers Playhouse – 105 Park Place, Richmond, CA 94801

Preparation: Be prepared to present a contemporary monologue (preferably comedic) and 16 to 24 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song. Submit or bring with you a headshot and theater resume. For actor-musicians, be prepared to show 16 bars with your instrument. Actors who play guitar and/or piano may accompany themselves during their audition song. All actors should be prepared to read from the script (time permitting).

Callbacks: Callbacks are by invitation only – Wednesday, March 30 from 7pm to 10pm. Materials for callbacks will be provided when invited. Additional callbacks may be coordinated if needed.

Rehearsals: Exact rehearsal schedule will be dependent on actors’ availability. Rehearsals start early September and will typically be weeknights and Saturday mornings. Please note that Tech Week starts November 6. Please no conflicts during tech week (November 6 – November 11).

Performances: Five-week run beginning November 11 and continuing through December 10. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Please Note: While no performance is scheduled for THANKSGIVING DAY, there will be performances the weekend BEFORE and AFTER, including Black Friday 11/25.

COVID Protocols: Proof of full vaccination is required to audition. You must remain masked when not on stage auditioning. You may unmask during your audition.

Roles: Seeking very skilled actor-musicians for ALL ROLES. All genders, ages, ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Roles are non-pay, non-AEA. While the gender of the character is listed below and referenced in various ways in the show, anyone presenting/identifying as the character’s gender is encouraged to audition.

Amélie (Female – late 20’s/early 30’s) – Pop/Mix. Still imaginative, still sees the best in things, still independent, but her independence might be growing into a more permanent state of isolation.

Nino (Male – late 20’s/early 30’s) – Pop/Tenor, preferably a skilled guitarist. A loner and artist; unconventional good looks; independent, private.

Raphael/Bretodeau (Male – 40’s) – Baritenor. Raphael is Amélie’s father, a clinical Army physician; orderly, sees the worst in things; finds his daughter incomprehensible. Bretodeau is a middle-aged man with regrets.

Amandine/Philomene (Female – 40’s) – Mezzo. Amandine is Amélie’s mother, a neurotic teacher, sees eye to eye with her husband. Philomene is an airline hostess, a regular of the Two

Windmills Café, frequently away.

Suzanne/Collignon’s Mother (Female – 50’s up) Alto. Suzanne has seen it all, self-made person, practical, clear-eyed, dryly funny, was a performer, something of a beauty but tired;

Collignon’s mother (older) is a know-it-all, a bit paranoid.

Collignon/Dufayel (Male – 50’s up) Baritone. Collignon is the local grocer. Mean-spirited and selfish. Dufayel is an elderly recluse with degenerative bone disease.

Hipolito/Elton John (Male – 30’s/40’s) – Tenor, preferably a skilled keyboardist/pianist. Hipolito is an unpublished writer, a regular of the Two Windmills Café. Elton John is the superstar we know, showy, exuberant.

Joseph/Fluffy the Goldfish and others (Male – 20’s/30’s) – Bari-tenor. Joseph is Gina’s misogynistic ex-lover, a plumber, a regular of the Two Windmills Café. Fluffy is a goldfish and young

Amélie’s best friend.
Lucien/Garden Gnome and others (Male – 20’s/30’s) – Tenor. Lucien is a child-like employee of the local grocer. The Garden Gnome, even though he’s cast in plaster and heavy, is well-traveled and witty.

Georgette/Sylvie and others (Female – 20’s/30’s) Mezzo. Georgette is an overwhelmed hypochondriac; Sylvie is spunky sex shop worker. Seeking a real comedienne.

Gina and others (Female 20’s/30’s) Pop/Mix. Gina is a waitress at the Two Windmills Café.

Blind Beggar and others (Male 30’s up) Dyspeptic, preferably a skilled accordionist.
The role of the Mysterious Man/Woman will possibly played by the onstage music director.
Please note that in this version, the character Young Amelie is portrayed by a puppet.

Stipend Available: Actors and actor-musicians are volunteers but will receive stipends to defray transportation costs.

Questions: Please submit any questions to Enrico Banson at director@masquers.org



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