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Roald Dahl’s Matilda Auditions
September 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Matilda is an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind whose talents are constantly belittled by her cruel parents and headmistress. Dreaming of a better life for herself, she dares to take a stand against these oppressive forces and takes her destiny into her own hands.
Volunteer actors of any gender, race, ethnicity, age, language, disability/ability, sexual orientation, and gender-identification are encouraged to audition. Should you need accommodations for your audition, such as an interpreter or wheelchair assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible prior to the audition date. For all other questions related to the audition, contact email@example.com.
THE MATILDA CREATIVE TEAM
- Director: Angie Toomsen
- Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Lisa Kelly
- Music Director/Conductor: Benjamin Schmidt
- Choreographer: Erin Helm
- Singing Coach: Allison Holmes-Bendixen
- Dialect Coach: Matthew Weedman
- Scenic and Lighting Designer: Benjamin Stuben Farrar
- Costume Director: Joni Dee Sackett
Please arrive at the TCR lobby no earlier than 12:30/6:30 p.m. to check in and to fill out an audition form. Be prepared to state all potential rehearsal conflicts. You need only attend one night of auditions, then callbacks if requested. Auditions won’t necessarily go until 10:00 p.m. if things move quickly. If you are unsure which set of auditions is best for you or your child, please contact us. We know some kids look younger or older than their age! We will accept but do not require a headshot and resume.
- KIDS (ages 7-15) – Saturday, September 7 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- KIDS (ages 7-15) – Sunday, September 8 – 11:00 to 2:00 p.m.
- ADULTS (ages 16+) – Sunday, September 8 – 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
- ADULTS (ages 16+) – Monday, September 9 – 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
- Callbacks: Tuesday, September 10 – Evening
Callbacks for specific roles will be announced the morning of September 10 on the TCR website and Facebook page.
WHAT TO PREPARE
- VIDEO AUDITIONS: Though your chances are always better if you can attend in person, if you cannot attend, please feel free to submit a video audition by Monday, September 9th at 6:00 p.m. The video should show the song you choose, the reading option you chose, and the dance combination. With your video, please send your rehearsal conflicts. Send all to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please prepare a memorized verse and chorus (16-32 bars or, basically, 60-90 seconds) of a contemporary musical theatre song.
- Your song should be accompanied, not acapella. Your options for this include:
- Bring sheet music (TCR will provide an accompanist)
- Bring a CD with your accompaniment and we will play it for you
- Play the accompaniment for yourself from your phone or tablet
- Have questions or need help? Check out Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page.
- READING/SIDES: Your singing and dancing audition is absolutely part of your acting audition, but you will also be asked to prepare at least one short snippet of text from this document. Try the appropriate dialect/accent if you can.
- DANCE: Come dressed to move. You will learn a dance combination at the audition and then do a dance audition in small groups. Want a head start on the choreo? Erin has created two videos (instructional videos coming soon!):
Kids Combination and Instructional Video (Ages 8-15)
Adults Combination and Instructional Video (16+)
MATILDA KEY DATES
- First Read/Orientation: September 23rd, 6:30 p.m.
- Promotional Shots: September 24th, 5:30 p.m.
- Rehearsals: Begins late September. Tend to be weeknights 6:30-10:00 with weekend rehearsals (pending actor availability).
- Tech Rehearsal: Sunday, November 10 (full day – Saturday the 9th is OFF for actors)
- Fri. November 15th @ 7:30 pm
- Sat. November 16th @ 7:30 pm
- Sun. November 17th @ 2:30 pm
- Wed. November 20th @ 8:30 am <–SCHOOL MATINEE PERFORMANCE
- Thu. November 21st @ 7:30 pm
- Fri. November 22nd @ 7:30 pm
- Sat. November 23rd @ 7:30 pm
- Sun. November 24th @ 2:30 pm
- Fri. November 29th @ 7:30 pm
- Sat. November 30th @ 7:30 pm
- Sun. December 1st @ 2:30 pm
- Wed. December 4th @ 8:30 am <–SCHOOL MATINEE PERFORMANCE
- Thu. December 5th @ 7:30 pm
- Fri. December 6th @ 7:30 pm
- Sat. December 7th @ 7:30 pm
- Sun. December 8th @ 2:30 pm
- Thu. December 12th @ 7:30 pm
- Fri. December 13th @ 7:30 pm
- Sat. December 14th @ 7:30 pm
- Sun. December 15th @ 2:30 pm
Many roles will be doubled. Cast size: Approximately 25.
- MR. HARRY WORMWOOD. Male, Baritone, 30s-40s. Matilda’s uncaring father; a slimy, greedy used-car salesman. Essex or cockney dialect.
- MRS. ZINNIA WORMWOOD. Female, Mezzo-Soprano, 30s-40s. Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer. Essex or cockney dialect.
- MISS AGATHA TRUNCHBULL. Male, Baritone, 35-55. The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school who despises children. Heightened British RP dialect.
- MISS JENNIFER HONEY. Female, Mezzo-Soprano, 20s-30s. Matilda’s kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull. British RP dialect.
- MRS. PHELPS. Female, spoken, 20s-40s. Local librarian who encourages Matilda’s love of reading. Sings in ensemble as Parent and other roles. British RP dialect.
- DOCTOR. Male/Female; Tenor. Mrs. Wormwood’s doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. Plays other roles as well. British RP dialect.
- THE ESCAPOLOGIST. Male, baritone, 20s-30s. A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Strong physical storytelling track. Can double as other roles. British RP dialect.
- THE ACROBAT. Female, Mezzo-Soprano, 20s-30s. Strong physical storytelling track. If you are interested in this role, please come prepared to share a (safe) ballet move or acrobatic trick. British RP dialect.
- RUDOLPHO. Male, Tenor; mechanic-employee of Mr. Wormwood and Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner/instructor; affected Italian dialect. Strong dancer.
Additional Adult Ensemble Roles…
- CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINER. Male/Female. British RP dialect.
- COOK. Female, Mezzo-Soprano. British RP dialect.
- SERGEI. Male; Baritone; Russian mobster; Russian dialect.
- HENCHMAN/WOMAN 1. Male/Female; Tenor; Russian dialect.
- HENCHMAN/WOMAN 2. Male/Female; Tenor; Russian dialect.
- HENCHMAN/WOMAN 3. Male/Female; Mezzo-Soprano; Russian dialect.
- PARENTS – Male/Female.
- BALLROOM DANCERS – Male/female
- DANCE CAPTAIN(s) – we will also select 1-2 dance captains
Actor ages 8 – 14.
- MATILDA WORMWOOD. Female, Mezzo-Soprano. An imaginative young girl (character age is 6) who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched. British RP dialect.
- MICHAEL WORMWOOD. Male, Tenor, age 12-15. Matilda’s older brother; he is not very bright and favored by their parents. Essex or cockney dialect.
- BRUCE BOGTROTTER. Male, Matilda’s classmate. He is subjected to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull. Comedic role. Top note E5. British RP dialect.
- LAVENDER. Female; Matilda’s classmate and friend. British RP dialect.
- AMANDA THRIPP. Female; Matilda’s classmate and friend. British RP dialect.
- NIGEL. Male; Matilda’s classmate and friend. British RP dialect.
- ERIC. Male; Matilda’s classmate and friend. British RP dialect.
- ALICE. Female; Matilda’s classmate and friend. British RP dialect.
- HORTENSIA. Female; Matilda’s classmate and friend. British RP dialect.
- TOMMY. Male; Matilda’s classmate and friend. British RP dialect.
- ADDITIONAL KIDS – Ensemble
Need Help Finding Music?
- Accompaniment Tracks Tips
- Bring your track on a CD or on your phone. Make sure you know what time in the music you want to start singing, so you can start your track just before you want to sing in the music. If you cannot use your phone, we might be able to pull it up for you on our devices but no guarantees. We will have a working CD player.
- Places to find tracks:
- Youtube – You may find free tracks on YouTube for many songs. Since we will have the ability to play from your phone, you can play a YouTube karaoke video to sing with for your audition. On Youtube there are often great tracks for free that you can use.
- Spotify – You can search for and play karaoke tracks from your phone.
- Itunes – Itunes has lots of karaoke tracks. Search for your song title and the work “karaoke” and if they have a track it will come up. You will have to purchase the track, but typically they are only about $1-$2.
- Amazon Music – Amazon digital music sells lots of karaoke tracks too. Just search for your song and the word “karaoke” on Amazon and if they have a track it will come up. Amazon may also bring up an entire karaoke album, but you should be able to just buy one track. Amazon tracks are also usually $1-$2.
- Sheet MusicTips
- Make sure that you bring in sheet music that is in the same key that you’ve been practicing in.
- Please make sure that all the music is visible. The accompanist needs the bottom of the music as well as the top (where the melody line is). Also, please make sure that the copy you bring is clear and not blurry.
- A photocopy or printed sheets are preferable to a bound book, as it can be hard for the accompanist to keep the book open. It is also preferable to put your sheets into a binder, so the accompanist can easily turn the pages.
- Places to purchase sheet music:
- Musicnotes.com – though there are lots of places to buy sheet music online, music notes tends to have the best selection and features. When you purchase sheet music from musicnotes, you can choose what key you want the music in, so you can print it at the place you like to sing it, and each purchase includes access to the digital version of the music you bought that will play on the musicnotes player, that allows you to practice with the music you are bringing into the audition!
- If you can’t find what you are looking for at musicnotes, here are a few others to try: Sheet Music Plus, Sheet Music Direct, Sheet Music Now.