Auditions for Jekyll and Hyde, The Musical November 5 & 6:
Auditions for Grosse Pointe Theatre’s third production of the season, Jekyll and Hyde, The Musical will be held at the Grosse Pointe Theatre rehearsal facility, 315 Fisher Road in Grosse Pointe on Saturday, November 5, 2011, from 1 – 4 PM and Sunday, November 6, 2011, from 5-7 PM. Scripts and music are available for a $20 refundable deposit. Call 313-8814004 for more information.
Jekyll and Hyde, The Musical is about brilliant Doctor Henry Jekyll, who unwittingly unleashes his dark side, wreaking havoc on the streets of 19th century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde. Jekyll & Hyde’s music is by Frank Wildhorn, with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. It was originally conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn. The show is based on the novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1886), by Robert Louis Stevenson. Director Beverly Dickinson says that the show includes “…a tempestuously romantic and powerful score and staging. If you have not listened to the show’s music, please do so – it’s truly fabulous! The show is also very technical, a little ‘dark,’ with plenty of challenging roles for actor/singers to sink their teeth into. Please come and join us!”
Vocal & Dance
Those auditioning may be taught additional songs at auditions. Everyone must be prepared to move. Those without dance training are also welcome.
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS – Please note that the character ages shown are approximate
CHORUS - Both men and women will sing cuts from Facade. The chorus of this show requires high tenor and soprano voices. Auditioners may be taught additional song cuts at auditions. Actors playing the Board of Governors will also be part of the chorus, if desired.
HENRY JEKYLL / EDWARD HYDE. Mid-30s. Jekyll is committed to his work, compulsive about his beliefs to prove man’s duality of nature. Hyde is an evil murderer, unable to control his passions and urges. This is a demanding role, vocally and physically. Songs: This Is The Moment, Take Me As I Am.
LUCY. 20s. A prostitute, dancer/singer in the London pub, The Red Rat has a heart of gold, and is able to stand up to Hyde. Jekyll befriends her and becomes her protector – and Hyde, her executioner. Songs: Someone Like You, In His Eyes.
EMMA CAREW. 20s. Jekyll’s lovely fiancé is devoted to him and his aspirations, and confused by his secrecy.Songs: Take Me, As I Am, In His Eyes.
JOHN UTTERSON. 40s. Jekyll’s friend. A good man, he begins to suspect Henry. Songs: His Work and Nothing More.
SIR DANVERS CAREW. 50s. Emma’s father and member of the Board of Governors. He is a close to Henry Jektyll.
NELLIE. Exotic, streetwise, a prostitute and a ‘hook’ to bring customers into the pub. Song: Façade.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS. The Bishop of Basingstoke (hypocritical cleric); Lady Beaconsfield (a well-dressed older woman); Sir Archibald Proops (the queen’s counsel, all business); Lord Savage (man-about-town, would “rather be elsewhere”); General Lord Glossop (older, formidable, cruel-looking). Simon Stride. 30-40. In love with Emma, but bitter and malicious. He is Secretary of the Board of Governors. The Governors are all skeptical of Henry’s research and goals. These “good people” represent society’s façade. Board of Governors audition songs:Façade, His Work and Nothing More.
Actors must come with personal calendars, to note any date conflicts between November 7, 2011 and January 14, 2012. Due to the coming holidays, rehearsals will be carefully scheduled immediately upon casting the show.
Rehearsals and Show Dates
Show rehearsals may begin as early as November 7or 8. Technical rehearsals will be held beginning January 8, 2012. Actors must be able to rehearse Monday through Friday evenings of that week. The show opens Sunday, January 15, 2012 with a 2 PM matinee, and closes on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Thursday through Saturday performances are at 8 PM. On Sunday, January 22 the performance is at 2 PM. Performances take place at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Fries Auditorium.
Grosse Pointe Theatre Membership
This is a community theatre production and actors are unpaid, but head shots, costumes, makeup and refreshments are provided. Actors must be members of Grosse Pointe Theatre to perform in the show. Annual dues are $30.