General Information About Auditioning
- Auditions are open; family involvement is encouraged
- Productions may have specific age or gender requirements
- Auditions are conducted on a first-come, first served basis
- Bring your calendar to note any conflicts on your audition form
You may fill out the form below and bring it to your audition, or fill out a form at the door
AUDITION SONG EXAMPLES Unless specific audition music is required (read below), we suggest choosing one of the following popular, well-know songs for your audition.
Thank you to each of you who auditioned for CVFT’s production of Shrek the Musical. We had about 130 people who auditioned and members of our casting committee were absolutely ‘blown away’ by the outstanding talent we saw over the course of the week. Our decisions were not easy and we worked most of the weekend on setting the final cast list. A copy of this list is attached below.
If you were not cast, let us start by saying thank you for being part of our audition process. Even if you were not selected as part of this cast, there are other ways to become involved. There will be a number of volunteer opportunities for this and other shows. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering. There will also be opportunities to audition for future CVFT shows and to participate in education programs, like Dragon Fly Theatre Camps. Watch the CVFT website for announcements and information about future opportunities.
If you were cast, congratulations! Please read the attached list carefully. You may be cast in more than one role. Here are a few notes on next steps:
- You will receive a cast email later this week with a few more details. Parents please check with your child about whether they have received a communication.
- We will ask you to accept your role(s) by responding to the email.
- We will be scheduling a short cast meeting in December. Exact date and time will be determined and communicated soon.
- Now that we have determined our cast, we will revise our rehearsal schedule. We will be sending this schedule to you in the next few weeks.
- Our first all cast rehearsal will be Monday January 3, 2015. All cast members should plan on attending this rehearsal.
Again many thanks to all of you for participating in the audition process. We look forward to getting started with this wonderful production.
Randy Ross and Josie Ross
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
Auditions May 4 & 5, 2015
Book by Lawrence Kasha and David S. Landay
Music by Gene De Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
New Songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschorn
Based on the MGM Film and “The Sobbin’ Women” by Steven Vincent Benet
Directed by Hannah Weinberg and Kevin Spencer
Music Direction by Andrew Hasty
Choreography by Hannah Weinberg
July 24-August 2
8 Performances: July 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 & August 1-7:30 p.m. and July 26 and August 2- 2:00 p.m.
OPEN CALL AUDITIONS:
Monday, May 4th
5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Ages 8-13 Vocal Audition (One night only for children)
6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Ages 14+ Vocal Audition
8:00p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Ages 14+ Dance Audition
Tuesday, May 5th
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Ages 14+ Vocal Audition
8:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Ages 14+ Dance Audition
Thursday, May 7th
Callbacks 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m
***Video auditions will be accepted in advance for high school and college students unable to attend auditions.***
Rehearsals: May 18th-July24th.
Ensemble approx. 2-3 nights/week until July, 4-5 nights/week from beginning of July until opening.
Principals, 3-4 nights/week until July, 4-5 nights/week from beginning of July until opening.
Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original MGM film, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical. A truly rollicking adventure that teaches that it takes a bride to turn seven unshaven unkempt brothers into manly gentle men and to turn desire into romance.
Set in Oregon in 1850, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850′s Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides.
From Director Hannah Weinberg
“Unlike many of the big movie musicals from the 1950’s, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers did not jump on the bandwagon of bringing the musical to the stage. It was solely written to be a movie musical. 30 years later an attempt at a stage version turned into a big flop, with only five performances on Broadway, it was later revised again in 2007 for regional theaters. This show calls for a lot of physical movement, high energy, strong dance and musical abilities. Our process will be physical, constantly moving, with creative collaboration to focus on creating a fun working environment to bring this show to life. I am looking for strong, versatile actors who are not afraid to be daring and step out of their comfort zones.”
This production features roles for ages 8 and up, and requires many strong singers and dancers. Experienced dancers and gymnasts are desired. Mainly adult roles (see below), but there will be a small ensemble of children and teens for the townspeople scenes, and in “The Challenge Dance”.
Age 8-13, VOCAL Auditions are May 4th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. ONLY!
This is a singing audition only. Please come prepared to sing 16 measures of a classical Broadway song, bring sheet music; accompanist provided. No dance audition for this age group.
Age 14 & Up VOCAL Auditions are May 4th 6:30-8:00 p.m. and May 5th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
This is a singing audition only. Please come prepared to sing 16 measures of a classic broadway song, memorized. It should be able to show off your vocal range. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key for the accompanist.
Age 14 & Up DANCE Auditions are May 4th & 5th 8:00- 9:00 p.m.
You will be taught a short basic dance routine as a large group, followed by auditions in groups of 6-8.
Dress for dance and bring shoes (Girls: jazz, ballet, or character shoes. Men: Character shoes, shoes without grips)
Call Backs: If requested, you will be called back to sing again, read for specific parts, and dance on Thursday May 7th. Times TBD. Dress for movement.
***Casting 30-40 approximate****
VIDEO AUDITIONS will be accepted in advanced for high school and college students who are unable to attend auditions. The requirements will be similar to what is required at auditions. Details TBD.
If you don’t feel strongly about your dance skills, we shall be setting up times before auditions to work on the routine so you feel comfortable and confident at auditions. More details to come: TBD.
Character Breakdown: (Ages are approximate)
ADAM: The eldest of seven brothers. A tall and attractive hunk. Farmer and hunter. Vigorous, confident, charming. He falls in love with Milly. Male, 25-45 yrs old. Range: B3 – A5
BENJAMIN: The second eldest and second in command. A driven leader who is as quick to being hot tempered as he is to action. Falls in love with Dorcas. ale, 20-40 yrs old. ge: C4 – F5
CALEB: brother. Solid and smart, he a hunter who is unaccustomed to women. The most levelheaded of the brothers. Falls in love with Ruth. Male, 19-39 yrs old. Range: C4 – F5
DANIEL: A brother. He is rough-and-tumble, unkempt, and talkative. Falls in love with Liza. Male, 18-28 yrs olld. Range: C4 – F5
EPHRAIM: A brother. Rough-and-tumble and unkempt. He is like a twin with Daniel, but less talkative. Falls in love with Martha. Male, 17-27 yrs old. Range: C4 – F5
FRANK: A brother. He is a hot head who is always ready to erupt. Reluctant to do anything that might be classified as sissy. The most rugged and “uncivilized” of all the brothers. Falls in love with Sarah. Male, 16-26 yrs old. Range: C4 – F5
GIDEON: The youngest brother. Shy, sensitive, and deeply honest to a fault. Still rough around the edges like his brothers. Eventually falls in love with Alice. Male, 16-26 yrs old. Range: C4 – G5
MILLY: A bride. A feisty, beautiful, frontier woman with a vibrant sense of humor. Strong-willed, smart, and unafraid to say how she feels. She falls in love with Adam. Female, 20-35 yrs old. Range: G3 – E5.
DORCAS: A bride. She is feisty. Works in her parents’ store and rebels against their overbearing nature. Pushes the dress code and acts as if she is more promiscuous than she really is. Falls in love with Benjamin. Female, 20-30 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
RUTH: A bride. Very practical with a sensuality underneath. A problem solver. The mother of the group of girls. Falls in love with Caleb. Female, 20-30 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
LIZA: A bride. A homebody attached at the hip to Martha. She is very superstitious. Eventually falls in love with Daniel. Female, 19-29 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
MARTHA: A bride. A bit of a goody two-shoes who does everything with Liza. She eventually falls in love with Ephraim. Female, 18-28 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
SARAH: A bride. A gardener and “tom boy” raised in a family of boys. She has a fiery sense of exuberance. Falls in love with Frank. Female, 16-26 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
ALICE: A bride. Sweet but very naïve and not too bright. Ultra clean. Very excitable and a hopeless romantic. Falls in love with Gideon. Female, 16-20 yrs old. Range: A3 – C5
MR. HOALLUM: Owner of the general store. He is also the town mayor and Dorcas’ dad. He is very protective of his daughter and girls in town. Male, 45-65 yrs old. Range: C4 – G5
MR. SANDER: Owner of the local restaurant and Ruth’s father. Gruff and grumpy. He is conservative and very protective of his daughter. Male, 45-65 yrs old. Range: A3 – E5
MRS. HOALLUM: Mr. Hoallum’s wife and Dorcas’ mother. Snobby and uptight. Like her husband, she does not like Adam and his brothers. Female, 40-55 yrs old. Range: A3 – D5
MRS. SANDER: Mr. Sander’s wife and Ruth’s mother. Snobby and conservative. Female, 40-55 yrs old. Range: A3 – D5.
PREACHER: Alice’s father. A peaceful and deeply religious man who loves his daughter. Dislikes confrontation. Male, 40-55 yrs old, Range: C4 – E5.
JEB (Liza’s Suitor)
JOEL (Martha’s Suitor)
NATHAN (Alice’s Suitor)
LUKE (Ruth’s Suitor)
MATT (Dorcas’ Suitor)
ZEKE (Sarah’s Suitor)
ENSEMBLE LUMBERMEN; TOWNSBOYS; TOWNSGIRLS