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Auditions: Pippin

02/12/2019


Seeking Singers, Dancers, Artists and Dreamers!

Open Call for Performers to appear in an Inclusive Production of Stephen Schwartz Pippin.

Raleigh Little Theatre is seeking actors for all roles for the musical Pippin by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. For this show, we want to create a theatre troupe that is reflective of our community, so we encourage actors of all ethnicities, genders, orientations, and actors with disabilities to join us for this fully inclusive production. The production is to be directed by Patrick Torres.

Important dates

Auditions : Monday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM. Registration from 6:30 PM, in the lobby of the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. You only need to attend one of these audition dates. To register for an audition slot, please go to our SignupGenius page.

Callbacks:

  • Dancing and Readings from the Script: Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 PM in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre
  • Singing: Monday, March 18 at 7:00 PM in the Gaddy Goodwin Teaching Theatre
  • Actors who are called back will be expected to attend both dates unless notified otherwise

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will begin Wednesday, April 10.

Tech rehearsals: May 25 – 28

Preview Performances: May 29 and May 30.

Performances: Opens May 31 and runs through June 16 with a possible extension through June 23.

For any questions or accessibility accommodations, please contact Patrick Torres at patrick@nullraleighlittletheatre.org or 919-821-4579 ext. 222.

If you are requesting an ASL interpreter or audition material in alternative formats, please contact us by Wednesday, March 6.

About the show

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

About the roles

For this production of Pippin, we seek to create a troupe of players as diverse as our community. We encourage actors with disabilities, actors of all ethnicities, actors of all gender identities to audition. While most roles have vocal ranges listed, we will consider deaf or non-speaking actors for each role.

Leading Player

The ultimate ‘ring leader.’ Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon of sorts. Guides Pippin through his own story and tries to intervene at the end. excellent dancer. Obsessed with putting on a great show for the audience.

Age: Any
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Gb3

Pippin

Our story’s young and confused protagonist. He is longing to find his purpose in life. Naive, innocent, and discontent. Eventually finds love, and meaning in life, with Catherine and Theo.

Age: 20s
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Charles (Charlemagne)

Pippin’s demanding father. As the King of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne is more comfortable wielding a sword than breaking bread. He wears his years with great pride.

Age: 50s/60s
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Lewis

Pippin’s not-too-bright half-brother, and, after Pippin, heir to the throne, Lewis is doted upon by his mother, Fastrada, as she attempts to promote his chances of becoming principal heir. Not at all like Pippin, Lewis loves weight lifting, wrestling, showing off, and, most of all, Lewis.

Age: 20-30?
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Fastrada

Pippin’s conniving stepmother. A seductress, who is no stranger to deceit and betrayal, she is both sexy and smart. Skilled at using her sexual appeal to benefit her and her son. She is a dancer.

Age: 30s/40s/50s
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Berthe

Pippin’s saucy grandmother. A brassy broad full of wisdom, grace, and sass. She tries to help Pippin and encourages him to live his life to the fullest.

Age: 60s
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Catherine

A widow with a young son and a large estate, Catherine finds Pippin in a distraught state after his debacle at trying to rule his father’s empire and takes him in. She is young, practical, understanding, down-to-earth and in love with Pippin. She is a hopeless romantic, who possesses graceful elegance. Although we are open to casting any role with artists who are deaf or hard of hearing , we are seeking two performers to play Catherine – one deaf performer and a performer to voice for her (familiarity with ASL is a plus).

Age: 20s/30s
Vocal range top for vocal actor: D5
Vocal range bottom for vocal actor: G3

Theo

A small, lovable boy, he is Catherine’s son and becomes Pippin’s friend.

Age: Child (8 – 12, could be played by any gender)
Vocal top: C5
Vocal Bottom: A3

Ensemble

Charlemagne’s Army, Monks, Nobility, Peasants, The Players

About the production team

  • Director: Patrick Torres
  • Music Director: Katherine Anderson
  • Stage Manager: Elaine Petrone
  • Costume Designer: Jenny Mitchell
  • Set Design: Elizabeth Newton
  • Lighting Design: Cailen Waddell
  • Choreographer: Chasta Hamilton
  • Assistant Director: Jess Barbour

About the auditions

Auditions: Please prepare 16 bars of an audition song from a musical (no rock or pop) that showcases your voice, and bring the sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.

Artists who are deaf or hard of hearing should prepare a one minute ASL or signed English interpretation of a song and contact us so that we can have the proper equipment available the to play your music. You can also perform your song without music if you choose.

To register for an audition slot, please go to our SignupGenius page.

Actors who are called back will be expected to attend callbacks on both March 17 and 18 unless notified otherwise.

Audition forms

Interested in auditioning? Here’s some forms to fill out and bring with you to auditions plus some helpful documents: