AUDITIONS - ASSASSINS

Saturday 14 March, 10am-4pm
Wintec (S Block Music Dept, Collingwood St)

Email info@boldtheatre.nz for an audition time

DIRECTOR: Kyle Chuen
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Nick Braae

Performance dates – Friday 28 August – Saturday 5 September

Rehearsal period – From Sunday 12 July, 4 rehearsals per week including Sunday.

(possibly some earlier music rehearsals but will work around other shows)

USA’s most notorious assassins gather on stage to violently pursue a twisted American Dream.

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of USA’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.


From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking the audience on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.


As seen in the hit Netflix show The Politician.


CAST:


Assassins requires skilled singers who are also versatile actors.


John Wilkes Booth

(1838-1865) Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins.

Gender: male

Age: 25 to 35

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: F2


Charles Guiteau

(1841-1882) Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., on July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad.

Gender: male

Age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: Ab4

Vocal range bottom: A2


Leon Czologosz

(1873-1901) Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical.

Gender: male

Age: 25 to 30

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: G#2


Giuseppe Zangara

(1900-1933) Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. An angry, heavily-accented immigrant.

Gender: male

Age: 30 to 35

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: B2


Samuel Byck

(1930-1974) Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit.

Gender: male

Age: 40 to 45

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: D3


Lynette "squeaky" Fromme

(1948- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson.

Gender: female

Age: 25 to 30

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Sara Jane Moore

(1930- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense.

Gender: female

Age: 40 to 45

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: F3


John Hinckley

(1955- ) Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed and depressed college student.

Gender: male

Age: 25 to 30

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2


Lee Harvey Oswald

(1939-1963) Assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk.

Gender: male

Age: 20 to 25

Vocal range top: C4

Vocal range bottom: G3

Balladeer

A folk singer and the narrator of the show. The voice of America.

Gender: male

Age: 20 to 40

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: C3

Emma Goldman

(1869-1940) Turn-of-the-century Anarchist agitator and feminist. Terse and stubborn. An inspiration to Czolgosz.

Gender: female

Age: 30 to 40


The Proprietor

A mysterious man who runs the shooting gallery at a carnival.

Gender: male

Age: 30 to 50

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: Gb2


David Herold

(1842-1865) One of John Wilkes Booth's confederates. Aided Booth in his attempted escape.

Gender: male

Age: 20 to 25


Billy

Sara Jane Moore's whiny son.

Gender: male

 

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