Audition Information / Announcements

Auditions: Cinderella

08/20/2018


Raleigh Little Theatre will be holding auditions for Cinderella on Monday September 24 and Tuesday September 25 with callbacks on Saturday, September 29. The production will be directed by Mike McGee.

Callbacks have been posted.

Important dates

Auditions (singing and dancing): Monday September 24 and Tuesday September 25 in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre.
6:30 pm for kids (7-12) (registration from 6:00pm)
7:00 pm for adults and teens (registration from 6:30pm)

Callbacks: Saturday, September 29 at 2:00 PM at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre in North Raleigh.

Change in the callbacks location: Callbacks for Cinderella have been moved to Saturday, September 29th at 2:00 PM and will be held at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (NRACT) due to other events at RLT that were rescheduled as a result of Hurricane Florence. NRACT is located at 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27615.

The Cast List will be posted on Monday October 1st. Please check even if you weren’t called back.

First cast meeting: Monday October 1, 6:30pm

The first company meeting and costume measurements will be October 1st at 6:30pm. Rehearsals begin October 22 on weeknight evenings and weekend afternoons (November 22 and 23 will be off). We’ll try to make allowances when we can – BUT number of conflicts will be a factor in casting. Please list ALL conflicts, additional conflicts after casting will not be accepted. (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 24 and 25. No conflicts permitted after November 23
Performances: November 30 to December 2, December 7-9, December 13-16. Please consult the conflict calendar for all important dates.
Strike: December 16, 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 35th 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. All roles are open so please come on out. We will have a lot of fun. Ages are relative! 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 his musical number with comic aplomb. We plan to re-write the King’s song…it’s going to be super fun!

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)

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). We also plan to add a new Ensemble number to start the show!

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 a musical theatre audition song that showcases your voice, and bring the sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.

The dance audition will consist of learning a short combination in small groups. Please wear appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes.

Callbacks are for speaking roles only. The ensemble will be cast based on singing/dancing auditions, and will not be required at callbacks. Callbacks will consist of readings from the script and dance. You may also be asked to vocalize 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

Director: Mike McGee
Music Director: Joanna Li
Choreographer: Jess Barbour
Stage Manage: Dan Eckert

Audition forms

Interested in auditioning? Here are some forms to fill out and bring with you to auditions:

Questions about auditions? Contact Mike McGee, mikemcgee99@nullyahoo.com.