Raleigh Little Theatre will be holding auditions for Cinderella on Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17 with callbacks on Thursday, October 19. The production will be directed by Rod & Nancy Rich.
Auditions (singing and dancing): Monday and Tuesday, October 16 and 17, in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre.
6:00 pm for kids (7-12) (registration from 5:30pm)
7:30 pm for adults and teens (registration from 7:00pm)
The lobby entrance to the Gaddy is currently closed due to reconstruction. Please enter through the stage door located in the back of the theatre near the Rose Garden. Parking is limited in the Rose Garden parking lot, so please prepare to use street parking.
Callbacks: Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 pm in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre
First Rehearsal: Monday, October 23
We’ll rehearse weeknight evenings and weekend afternoons (November 23 and 24 off). We realize the holidays are busy for most people, and we’ll try to make allowances when we can – BUT number of conflicts will be a factor in casting. (The children will probably only rehearse once or twice a week for the first three weeks or so, with more frequent rehearsals as we get closer to opening.)
Tech rehearsals: November 25 and 26. No conflicts permitted from this weekend forward.
Performances: December 1-3, 7-10, and 13-17.
Strike: December 17, following the 5:00pm show. All actors are expected to participate in strike.
About the show
We are excited to present RLT’s annual crowd-pleaser Cinderella in its 34rth anniversary production! Cinderella is based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. Adaptation and lyrics by Jim Eiler. Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy with additional music and lyrics by Haskell Fitz-Simmons, Suanne Strickland, Joanna Li, and additional dialogue by a generation of actors and artists!
For more information and to buy tickets, see the the Cinderella show page.
About the roles
The characters in Cinderella are in line with the traditional fairy tale, but with some additional characters. Alumni from previous years are encouraged to audition, but new faces are also welcome – we always love to introduce people to how much fun this show can be! All roles are open so come on out. We’re also keen on diversity in the cast!
CINDERELLA (Female Actress/Singer 16-25) is a smart and idealistic young woman who loves to read, is fond of dancing, adores art and music, and longs to see the world, but like all of us from time to time, she’s stuck in a bad situation and needs help.
PRINCE CHARMING (Male Actor/Singer 18-30) is a smart and handsome young man who is lonely, and while he longs to find that “certain someone” to cherish and to share his royal life with him, he’s not terribly happy about having to find her under a deadline.
KING DARLING III (Male Actor/Singer 30-60) He may “rule his land with gentle hand”, but he’s determined that his recalcitrant son WILL marry by his 21st birthday, according to the law. Looking for a character actor who can perform a Latin-style musical number with comic aplomb.
STEP MAMA (Female Actress/Singer 30-50) just adores her two lovely daughters, but Cinderella? Not so much. She considers herself to be beautiful, refined, and cultured. Not so much. We are looking for an actress with comedy chops, and a lot of attitude!
THE STEP SISTERS, HENRIETTA AND GERTRUDE (Male singers, 20-??) These two scene-stealers have delighted audiences for 30 years, and we don’t expect this year to be any different! Requires two men capable of creating characters with a broad comic style, including some physical comedy. There are minor differences between the two young ladies: HENRIETTA is the oldest and “wisest”, whereas GERTRUDE is the “prettier” and more intensely clueless of the two.
FAIRY GODMOTHER (Female Actress/Singer 30+) is a clever and energetic fairy with a sparkly magic wand, mystical incantations, and a few unexpected tricks up her sleeve. She is sympathetic to Cinderella’s situation, and helps with magic and a little bit of motherly advice, in spite of the occasional setback.
HELPERS (male or female singers, teen-45 – prefer a pair who can move well) The Fairy Godmother’s two annually-renamed assistants who help out by screening potential aid recipients, running various tasks around the kingdom for her, and disguising themselves as mortals when necessary. They also have several funny bits, and a good song-and-dance routine.
PAGES (Teen roles): Two pages patiently assist King Darling (who badly needs a stronger pair of glasses) and participate in the Latin-style musical number.
MICE/HORSES/TOWN KIDS: (4 Children roles, ages 7-12) Can you sing like a little mouse? Can you sing like a confused horse? Can you sing like a regular kid? Can you trot around the stage like a horse – neighing and shaking your long silky mane?
ENSEMBLE: (Female and male Singers/Dancers). The ensemble will appear as townsfolk in the town square, singing and swaying to a rousing Christmas folk tune and having fun. In the ballroom scene, they will appear as proper Lords and Ladies in beautiful outfits, performing traditional ballroom dances that are fun and easy to learn: Polonaise, Waltz, Minuet, and the ever-popular Sneeze Polka. (Hankies provided).
About the auditions
Those auditioning are asked to wear comfortable clothing which allows for freedom of movement and shoes suitable for dancing.
Auditions: Please prepare 16 bars of an audition song that showcases your voice, and bring the sheet music in the correct key. (You can buy sheet music online at sites like musicnotes.com – which will play the music back so you can rehearse. Ah, the wonders of the interwebs….) An accompanist will be provided. (Note that we will hear a cappella singing, but it’s strongly discouraged.) The dance audition will be in the form of a simple and fun warm-up before singing auditions begin. The adults can learn to do a polonaise step. (It’s bound to come in handy sooner or later….) Kids will have a more fun movement audition where they prance and trot like ponies, all lead by our choreographer, Nancy Rich.
Callbacks are for speaking roles only. The ensemble will be cast based on singing and dancing audition, and will not be required at callbacks. Callbacks will consist of readings from the script. You may also be asked to vocalize or sing a portion of the music from the show.
Perusal copies of the working script will be available for a 48 hour checkout from the RLT business office. The office is located in the rear of our facility and is open from 10:00am-5:00pm, Monday thru Friday. Please call the RLT office at 919-821-4579 to check on availability.
About the production team
Rod and Nancy Rich of Actors Comedy Lab will co-direct, and Joanna Li will be Music Director.
Interested in auditioning? Here are some forms to fill out and bring with you to auditions:
- Audition form — please fill out
- Conflict Calendar – please list every weeknight or weekend day that you have a conflict.