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Auditions: Something Rotten!



Raleigh Little Theatre is seeking performers for its upcoming production of Something Rotten!, book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. Conceived by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick. This show will be presented in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre.

About the show

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Important dates

Audition Information Session: June 3, 2024 (Monday) 7-8pm [Watch the recording here]

This information session will include an overview of the audition process, forms, and guidance on how to prepare. This is a great session to attend if you have never auditioned for a show before, never volunteered at RLT, or if you would like to hear more from the creative team about the process and show.

General Auditions: June 10, 2024 (Monday) and June 11, 2024 (Tuesday), 7pm-10pm

Callback List: Posted on RLT’s website by June 12, 2024 (Wednesday) at 5pm

Callbacks: June 13, 2024 (Thursday), 7-10pm

Cast List: June 18, 2024 (Tuesday) by 5pm

Rehearsals: July 8 – August 15, 2024; Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 7-10pm, with some flexibility on weekends

Tech rehearsals: August 17, 2024 (Saturday) and August 18, 2024 (Sunday) all day; exact times TBA

Tech dress rehearsals: August 19, 2024 (Monday) and August 20, 2024 (Tuesday), 8pm

Previews: August 21, 2024 (Wednesday) and August 22, 2024 (Thursday), 8pm

Performances: August 23-25; August 29-September 1; September 5-8; and September 12-15 

Strike: After closing performance on September 15, 2024. All cast and crew members are expected to assist with strike. Strike includes clearing the theatre of costumes, set, and props from the show.

About the roles

Raleigh Little Theatre encourages actors of any ethnicity, identity, ability, etc. to audition for any role. If the script requires strict adherence to any characteristic(s), those will be listed in the character description.

If you need any specific accommodations to audition, please contact Executive Producer, Michele Weathers (michele@nullraleighlittletheatre.org) to make your request. Examples of accommodations made in the past are: wheelchair accessible audition space, large print materials, prompters in the audition room, volunteers to help fill out forms, and auditions by appointment.

NICK BOTTOM – Male presenting, Casting ages 20+. Tenor or High Baritone. The main protagonist of the show.​ A​ struggling renaissance writer at the end of his rope. Nigel’s older brother. Incredibly jealous of the success of William Shakespeare and will do anything to beat him. ​He is responsible for creating the first musical, Omelette, ​after guidance from the misguided Nostradamus.​ Seeking a comedic actor, tap dance skill a plus but not required. Vocal Range bottom: A2, Vocal Range top: G4

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Male presenting, Casting ages 20+. A renaissance rock star. He oozes swagger. Think Mick Jagger, Prince, Tina Turner, Lenny Kravitz. Seeking a comedic actor with a killer pop/rock voice, tap dance skills a plus but not required. Shakespeare is both the real life author of many plays and rival to Nick Bottom. Shakespeare, also referred to as “The Bard” throughout the show, gets all of the praise and attention from his adoring fans leaving writers like Nick and Nigel in his shadow. Rockstar, “Mick Jagger,” Rock Belt, Croon low, Excellent rhythmic skills; Cocky; Vocal Range bottom: A2, Vocal Range top: Ab4

NOSTRADAMUS – Any gender role, Casting ages 20+. Tenor or High Baritone. A soothsayer who “​almost”​ sees the future correctly. A bit loony. This character predicts that Nick and Nigel will write a musical. Seeking a dynamic comedic performer who sings and moves very well. Vocal Range Bottom: C3, Vocal range top: F#4

NIGEL BOTTOM – Male presenting, Casting ages 18+. Nick’s young​er brother. A sweetly naïve young writer and poet, perhaps a little awkward. He’s not very confident, as shown when he doesn’t think his work is very good despite the outstanding quality of his writing. He is very gullible and can easily be manipulated. He falls in love with Portia and ultimately finds confidence in himself through art and love. Seeking a comedic actor who sings very well. Vocal Range Bottom: Eb3, Vocal range top: A4

BEA – Female presenting, Casting ages 18+. Nick’s wife and “Right Hand Man.” She loves and supports him despite his questionable decision making and lack of success. Bea resorts to dressing up like a man to make ends meet for her growing family. She is a strong leader and a powerful woman who is quite persuasive when she wants to be. She ultimately saves the day. Seeking a comedic actor. Vocal Range Bottom: G3, Vocal range top: F#5

PORTIA – Female presenting, Casting ages 18+. A quirky Puritan girl whom Nigel meets on the street. Portia is the only daughter of Brother Jeremiah and the love interest to Nigel Bottom. ​They fall madly in love with each other over their mutual love for Shakespeare and poetry. Seeking a comedic actor. Vocal Range Bottom: G3, Vocal range top: F#5

MINSTREL – Any gender role, Casting ages 16+. The Minstrel is a narrator of sorts for the show with the main purpose of introducing the cast and welcoming the audience to the Renaissance era of the show. This performer opens the first and the second act. Seeking a charismatic actor with a thousand faces. The performer playing the Minstrel will also play other roles in the show. Vocal Range Bottom: C#3, Vocal range top: A4 (ad. Lib. To C5)

BROTHER JEREMIAH – Male presenting, Casting ages 30+. The Puritan father of Portia and secondary antagonist in Something Rotten! He is very strict and refuses to let his daughter engage in “fulfilling her lustful desires.” He shows nothing but disrespect towards everyone, but especially playwrights like Nick and Nigel. A deeply repressed Puritan. Seeking a comedic actor. Vocal Range Bottom: G3, Vocal range top: G4

TOM SNOUT, PETER QUINCE, SNUG, FRANCIS FLUTE – Any gender roles, Casting ages 18+. All Voice Types. These characters are individual members and characters within Nick Bottom’s theatrical troupe. Although these particular characters must present as male, they can be played by either male or female performers. 

ROBIN – Male presenting, Casting ages 16+. Tenor or Baritone. Member of Bottom’s theatrical troupe who always plays the female characters. 

LORD/LADY CLAPHAM – Any gender role, Casting ages 18+. All Voice Types. Lord/Lady Clapham is a flamboyant theatre producer. Comic speaking role. This character may also play other singing/dancing roles throughout the show.

SHYLOCK – Casting ages 30+. Baritone. Jewish landlord/tax collector who loves theater more than anything. It was illegal at that time to hire someone who was Jewish, so when Nick is forced to hire Shylock, he has to watch out or he could be hanged. An investor to whom Nick and Nigel are in debt. Comic character.

Featured Ensemble Roles:

THE BARD BACKUP SINGERS/DANCERS – Ages 16+. All Voice Types. This small group of singers/dancers play Shakespeare’s entourage. Strong dance abilities preferred. 

TAP DANCING ENSEMBLE – Ages 16+. Performers with tap dance training for ​A Musical, Make an Omelette, The Black Death, and more!

PURITANS – Ages 16+. Singing and dancing Puritans in the number, ​We See the Light, ​as well as other scenes.

RENAISSANCE WRITERS – Ages 16+. Actor / Singers who make an appearance in ​Welcome to the Renaissance

SHAKESPEARE GROUPIES – Ages 16+. Singing / Dancing Ensemble in ​Will Power

GALLERY / PEOPLE IN COURT – Ages 16+. Actors / Singer Ensemble in ​Shakespeare in Court

NEW WORLD TROUPE – Ages 16+. Small Actor / Singer Ensemble in ​Welcome to America

LONDON TOWNSPEOPLE – Ages 16+. Aside from a few principal characters, most of our cast will also play varied townspeople in different scenes, as well as singing and dancing ensembles.

Vocal range for Ensemble males: at least an F4 (some with A4)

Vocal range for Ensemble females: at least F5 (More mix & belt as opposed to “legit”)

About the production team

Director: Susannah Hough

Music Director: McCrae Hardy

Choreographer: Freddie-Lee Heath

Costume Designer: Jenny Mitchell

Lighting Design: Paul Marsland

About the auditions

Click here to sign up for an audition day!

There are TWO general audition days. You need only attend ONE

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. Please no pre-recorded music. 

*Don’t know your vocal range? No worries. Bring your prepared song, and the Music Director might also ask you to sing some scales on the piano.*

All auditionees will be asked to learn jazz and simple tap combinations so please bring/wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate to move in (i.e. sneakers or jazz shoes). The show utilizes traditional Broadway-style tap. If you have tap experience, great. If not, that’s ok. We will teach you as well as provide you with shoes should you get cast.

Please fill out the following paperwork to bring with you to the auditions:

A callback list will be posted by 5pm on June 19. All auditionees that are called back will be asked to read, sing and dance from provided sections of the script.

Questions about auditions? Contact Michele Weathers: michele@nullraleighlittletheatre.org

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