Merrily We Roll Along – On stage July 7-18, 2020
Written by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
Composed by Stephen Sondheim
Director/Choreographer: Barbara Mah
Assistant Choreographer: Julia Stanski
Music Director: Kayla Willsey
Audition Dates: Feb 9 & 10, 2020 (evenings)
Callback Date: Feb 15, 2020 (afternoon)
Audition and Callback Location: Walterdale Theatre, 10322 83 Ave., Edmonton
Rehearsals Begin March 22, 2020.
They are normally Tues/Thus evenings and Sunday afternoons.
The compelling Broadway tale about friendship, artistic integrity, the high price of success, staying true to your dreams and the compromises and turning points along the way.
Set from the early 1980’s to the late 1950’s, the show moves backwards in time, tracing the friendship of the main characters through the relationships, milestones, and decisions that have shaped the course of their lives. There are some memorable tunes as “Not a Day Goes By” and “Good Thing Going”.
Sign up for auditions here:
Questions?: please e-mail [email protected]
PREPARE: 64 Bars of a Sondheim song that shows range and acting ability NOT from the show. If actors are using sheet music, please email a copy, in the key you are singing, with edits marked, to [email protected] at least two days prior to auditions. Actor may also use accompaniment tracks. A speaker that plugs into earphone jacks will be provided. If the phone does not have an earphone jack, actors are required to provide their own amplification. No self accompaniment, no acapella, please.
Auditions will happen in a group setting (i.e. you will hear others sing), there may also be a very small movement component in the group setting and cold reads. Please come dressed to move. A fuller movement audition will be held during callbacks
Callbacks will call for actors to sing from the score. Sheet music will be provided and may be requested ahead of time. Scenes will be provided for on-book auditions. Not all actors being considered for roles will be required for the callbacks.
Rehearsals begin with first read the evening of March 22, and then start in April and run Tuesday/Thursday nights (7-10 pm), and Sunday afternoons (1-5 pm). As it gets closer to show time, rehearsals may change to 6-10 pm on the weeknights.
Tech week begins July 2, prepare to be in the theatre every night.
Please bring any conflicts with rehearsal dates to the audition including vacations, concerts, or jobs. Note that due to the timing of the show in July, it may not be possible for cast to participate in a Fringe show unless rehearsals for that begin after July 18. Please do not book other shows that also rehearse or perform during April to July 2020.
Ages are relative — will adjust as necessary. Walterdale is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, the director will consider all submissions.
Please note that Walterdale is an amateur theatre and we cannot consider applications from members of Canadian Actors Equity.
FRANKLIN SHEPARD | M late 30’s to early 50’s. Composer/Flim Producer, ambitious. Baritone.
CHARLEY KRINGAS | M late 30’s to early 50’s. Playwright/lyricist, introvert, family man. Baritenor.
MARY FLYNN | F late 30’s to early 50’s. Author/critic, very intelligent, vulnerability covered by her dry, sardonic wit. Mezzo with bright belt.
BETH SPENCER | F late 20’s to early 40’s. Frank’s first wife. Soprano.
GUSSIE CARNEGIE | F late 20’s to early 50’s Broadway star, ambitious, intelligent, ruthless. Big theatre belt.
JOE JOSEPHSON | M 40’s-50’s. A Broadway producer. Baritone.
FRANKLIN SHEPARD JR. | M 8-10 yrs old. Son of Beth and Frank. Should sing well. Will consider pre-pubescent female willing to play male.
ENSEMBLE: 8 M/8F|The ENSEMBLE in this show is quite active playing small roles, with extensive singing and movement. The roles include:
JEROME, Frank’s lawyer.
SCOTTY, Frank’s agent.
TYLER/STAGE MANAGER, inventor of the answering machine.
TERRY/PHOTOGRAPHER, friend of Frank’s.
MR SPENCER, Beth’s father.
KT, TV personality.
NEWS ANCHOR FEMALE.
NEWS ANCHOR MALE.
MEG, young starlet.
DORY, RU, friends of Frank.
EVERLYN, Charley’s wife.
MRS. SPENCER, Beth’s mother.