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CABARET

Music by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Book by Joe Masteroff

Based on John Van Druten's 1951 play I Am a Camera which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood.

Director: Tom Delbello

Choreographer: Beau Harmon

Musical Director: Greg Bolin

Scenic Designer: Gary Thornsberry

Costume Designer: Alex Stearns

Lighting Designer: Miriah Borden

Sound Designer: Jason Taylor

Show Description

Cabaret is set in Berlin during the dawn of the 1930’s. A time in which Weimar Culture, which had flourished since 1918 and was on the brink of coming to an end. Berlin was the hectic hub of Weimar Culture. After WWI, the new youth generation saw no point in abstinence, instead, it became a time of sexual liberation and resulted in a huge advancement in the arts, learning, sciences, and architecture. Gender was being explored through advances in both psychology and sociology. Fertile ground for intellectuals, artists, and innovators from many fields. The social environment was chaotic, and politics were passionate.

This production of Cabaret will be told through the memory of Cliff Bradshaw. Through his gaze, we witness the excitement and uninhibited world of the Kit Kat Klub. The Klub becomes the centerpiece for all of the action as scenes from Cliff’s past are played out in the same space as the socially and politically driven numbers of the Kit Kat boys and girls led by the Charismatic Emcee. These Kit Kat Club performances comment on real-life horrors and situations in a clever and entertaining way as a way to distract and disguise the horror that is taking hold all around them. Thus, the audience is forced to contemplate what happens when we ignore the truth which surrounds us

CABARET CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

1929-1930 Berlin

For the auditions and callbacks please prepare the appropriate character dialect. Male actors called back for either the Emcee or Bobby will be asked to wear heels for the dance call and for callbacks.

CLIFF BRADSHAW: Early 20s, male, Baritone-Tenor – A writer from America who has come to Berlin to explore his homosexuality. Idealistic observer. A bit naïve but loyal to a fault. Desperately trying to find his place in the world.

SALLY BOWLES: 18 to 21, Female, Mezzo-Soprano – Not race specific. A British Cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub. British dialect. Charismatic, enchanting, free-spirited, uninhibited and troubled performer. Has fully embraced the party culture of Berlin. Fights a mental battle to hide the darkness and reality of her life outside of the club. The role requires the actor to be comfortable with sexually suggestive movement.

EMCEE- Early 20’s, Male, not race specific, Master of ceremonies for the Kit Kat Klub Middle C/High C# He identifies as gender fluid not androgynous. He is charismatic, comedic, theatrical, bold, flamboyant, courageous, clever, sarcastic, sensual, and mysterious. German accent required. The role requires the actor to be comfortable with sexually suggestive movement, expression, costuming, and same-sex intimacy. Must walk and dance in heels throughout the entire show.

FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER: Played as older Woman. Alto – runs a boarding house in Berlin, stern but with a soft side. Under pressure. Wages a battle within herself to pursue the dream of tomorrow or face the reality of the world around her. Strong range of emotion. German accent required. Must be able to move.

HERR SCHULTZ: Played as older Man. Sweet, loving and honest German who also happens to be a Jew during the rise of Fascism in Germany. He owns a Flower shop and falls in love with Fraulein Schneider. Charming and convincing and likable. Strong range of emotion. German accent required. Must be able to move.

FRAULEIN KOST/FRITS/CHANTEUSE: Female, 20s, Mezzo-Soprano – likable, sexually uninhibited, confrontational, playful, calculating prostitute who enjoys the company of sailors. Strong dancer. This character takes on the persona of Frits in the Kit Kat Club and sings the Chanteuse solo in “Married”. Also sings Tomorrow Belongs To Me (Reprise). German accent required.

ERNST: 20s, male, Baritone/Tenor – charming, warm, flirtatious, but with a darker side and questionable associates. German accent required.

BOBBY: 18-21, Male- Enticing, youthful, charming, kind and extremely comfortable with his homosexuality. Bobby has a history with Cliff and has invited him to Berlin to explore the freedom of acceptance in regards to the homosexual lifestyle. Strong Dancer. Is featured in Two Ladies, and will be added to “Don’t Tell Mama” and the “Entr’act”. Must dance in heels. German accent required.

MAX/CUSTOMS OFFICIAL: 30s -40s, Male- Seedy, jealous, overbearing, conceited, part owner of the Kit Kat Klub who is very insecure when threatened. Customs official is intimidating and authoritative. German accent required.

KIT KAT CLUB GIRLS: 18 to 30s, Females – Looking for all types of body shapes. Various backgrounds and ethnicities, strong dancers, singers. Gritty, dark, mysterious and irresistible. Sexually liberated and embrace the party culture. The key is to be comfortable and embrace your individuality. Must be comfortable in costumes that show off sex appeal. German accent required.

KIT KAT CLUB BOYS: 18 to 30s, Males – Looking for all types of body shapes. Various backgrounds and ethnicities, strong dancers, singers. Gritty, dark, mysterious and yet irresistible. Sexually liberated and embrace the party culture. The key is to be comfortable and embrace your individuality. Must be comfortable in costumes that show off sex appeal. German accent required.

Cabaret Music Audition Materials

Please find attached the music sides for each of the main characters in Cabaret.  

Note: Each side contains directions for where to start during the general auditions, as well as the callbacks for each character.   

Please prepare the following for general auditions: 

1.     One 16-bar cut in the style of the show and

2.     A side chosen from the list below (starting at the indicated “general audition” mark)

Please Note: There is a chance you may not be asked to sing both of your selections at generals.

NOTES: 

1. All auditions sides are pulled from the 1998 revival of the show. Please be familiar with this version, as well as past versions. Be ready to speak about the character you are submitting yourself for.

2. If you are submitting for Bobby, please have your 16-bar cut demonstrate your falsetto range.

3. Each characters’ sides also have indicated “callback” starting marks.  Should you be called back, you’ll need to be familiar with these longer cuts of each song. 


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by Peter Parnell

Creative Team

Director: Kaitlin Hopkins

Choreographer: Cassie Abate

Musical Director: Austin Haller

Show Synopsis

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

At its core Hunchback is a story about hope. At the end of the day, regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, handicap or socio-economic status, regardless of the hardships that life deals us, we are all just human beings. People who love and want to be loved; people who want to be accepted for who they are. When faced with oppression, judgment and discrimination, what are we willing to do to push against it? Is our character defined by what we are taught or is it defined by our innate compassion and humanity? Hunchback explores these themes and so much more.

Character Descriptions

**Seeking performers of all ethnicity and cultural backgrounds.

Quasimodo

The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge. Lonely and obedient to Frollo, he possesses a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells and gargoyles of the cathedral. Despite his shyness and uncertainty, he quickly befriends Esmeralda. Big-hearted, and brave when need be.

Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: Bb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Esmeralda

A beautiful and free-spirited gypsy who possesses the strong sense of justice and morality that Frollo lacks. Compassionate, she frees Quasimodo from the frenzied mob at the Feast of Fools and, against her better judgment, falls for the cocky Phoebus. Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: E3A

“The word Gypsy refers to a member of an ethnic group called the Romani, or Romany. Gypsies speak a language (Romany) that is related to Hindi and are believed to have originated in South Asia. They are a traditionally itinerant ethnic group, living mostly in Europe and the Americas and originating from the northern Indian subcontinent, from the Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and Sindh regions of modern-day India and Pakistan. The Romani are widely known among English-speaking people by the exonym Gypsies (or Gipsies), which some people consider pejorative due to its connotations of illegality and irregularity. They are a dispersed people, but their most concentrated populations are located in Europe, especially Central, Eastern and Southern Europe (including Turkey, Spain and Southern France).”

Claude Frollo

Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral and the most powerful cleric in Paris, he is the reluctant caretaker of Quasimodo. Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive. Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: Bb4 Vocal range bottom: E2

Jehan Frollo

Claude’s reckless younger brother. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed.

Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Florika

A Gypsy. Female Age: 20 to 30. Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: E4

Father Dupin

A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.

Age: 40 to 60 Vocal range top: A3 Vocal range bottom: C3

Clopin Trouillefou

The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies. An air of mystery surrounds Clopin, who often leaves the scene in a puff of smoke. As the master of ceremonies for the Feast of Fools, he is witty and playful, but he boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd.

Age: 30 to 40 Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: D3

Captain Phoebus de Martin

Returning to Paris after serving in the war, Phoebus takes up his new position as Captain of the Cathedral Guard. Overconfident yet charming, this handsome, strong soldier makes the ladies swoon, yet his moral compass is also strong, and he openly defies the corrupted Frollo.

Age: 25 to 40 Vocal range top: Ab4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Lieutenant Frederic Charlus

Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.

Age: 20 to 30

King Louis XI

King of France, nicknamed the Prudent. Age: 40 to 50

Madam

Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies. Age: 35 to 50

Saint Aphrodisius

A stained-glass image that comes to life.

Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: B3

Official An officer of the court of King Louis XI. Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: G2

Hunchback of Notre Dame Dates of Commitment:

Rehearsals begin February 12th
Performances April 22-28
(Cast must be free to rehearse Easter weekend)
 
General Audition Requirement Hunchback
Please prepare the following for general auditions:
Two 16-bar contrasting cuts either “from” the show or "in the style" of the show 
Please Note: There is a chance you may not be asked to sing both of your selections at generals.
Character(s) Script Page(s) Side #
Frollo & Quasi 47-48, 98-99 1, 2
Frollo & Esmerelda 35-36, 84-85, 46-47 3, 4, 5
Frollo 2 6
Frollo & Jehan 8-9 7
Quasi & Esmerelda 42-43, 66-67 8, 9
Quasi & Phoebus 73-74 10
Esmerelda & Phoebus 39 11
Clopin & Phoebus & Esmerelda 50-51 12
Statues & Gargoyles & Quasi 11-12 13

 

Character Sides
Frollo 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Quasi 1,2,8,9,10,13
Esmeralda 3,4,5,8,9,11,12
Phoebus 10,11,12
Clopin 12
Jehan 7
Statues/Gargoyles/Congregation 13