Congratulations to everyone who participated in auditions for Chaplin. As always, the quality and caliber of performers at this school is extremely high and the directorial team is very excited to get to work with all of you who will be cast in this show. Please remember that the mandatory dance call is tomorrow, January 25th, from 2:15 - 3:15 on the stage.
The directorial team would like to callback the following actors for the listed parts. Your callback song is noted. The soundtracks and backing tracks for them are readily available for rehearsal. Mr. Pace will stay late after the dance call tomorrow for option voice coaching.
Charlie Chaplin/Sydney Chaplin
Singing "Where Are All The People"
Practice Backing Track
Now announcing auditions for our 2023 spring musical, Chaplin: The Musical. April 20-22, 2023.
An ethnically, culturally, and ability diverse cast of Actors, Singers, and Dancers is needed for this stage spectacle!
Below is the casting and audition information. Please read the information completely before you fill out your audition application and direct any questions to Mr. Pace, Mr. Campbell, Skye Csulik, or Sara Saraeb. Audition application submissions will be due Friday, January 20th by 3:00pm. Auditions will be held on January 23rd and 24th with a dance call for all auditioners on January 25th and principal callbacks on January 26th.
There will be an optional "How to Audition for a Musical" workshop for any interested students after school on Tuesday, January 17th on the stage. We'll discuss vocal technique, preparation, and performance as you get ready for your auditions.
Chaplin is based on the real-life story of Charlie Chaplin, the iconic film actor, writer, producer and director. The new musical spans the comic’s entire career, from Chaplin’s first performance as a child in 19th-century London to his tearful acceptance of an honorary Academy Award in 1972. The show documents the beloved actor’s rise to fame and the people who shaped his life, including his mother Hannah, his older brother Sydney, his fourth wife Oona O’Neill, and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
The musical dramatizes the making of Chaplin’s legendary films, including The Kid, The Circus, Modern Times and The Great Dictator as well as his turbulent childhood, frenzied love life, and political beliefs. Featuring an original score by Christopher Curtis, including “Look at All the People,” “Just Another Day in Hollywood” and “This Man,” Chaplin tells the touching story of the man who makes the world laugh as his legendary screen persona, the Tramp, but struggles to find happiness in his own life.
Students wishing to audition for a part will do so with a 32 bar song cut (approx. 1 minute) in their voice range and contemporary dramatic monologue. Songs should be sourced from other similarly styled contemporary or jazz musicals. See this link for assistance with selecting a good song cutting. Below is a list of good options for shows to select songs from. Please note: this list is not exhaustive and there are many other options of shows and songs to use. Check with Mr. Pace or Mr. Campbell if you want to ensure your song selection is appropriate for the auditions. Students will need a karaoke track of the song for auditions and should choose a 32 bar cutting of it that shows range in your voice, both highs and lows. Most of these tracks may be found on YouTube.
Dramatic monologues should be no more than 1 minute in length and memorized and can be from any work written for the stage.
All auditioners will also participate in a dance call in which you will be taught a basic set of dance steps and replicate it as well as you can. Specialty dance skills such as tap and ballet may be utilized throughout the show. If you have experience in these areas, please be sure to note them in the corresponding place on your audition application or speak to the director or choreographers for more information.
Chaplin takes place mostly through the 1920's through 1950's and it's musical matches that style. Students sholuld look for songs from contemporary or jazz style shows. A partial list is below. There are many other options of similar style with solid auditions songs. Please see Mr. Pace or Mr. Campbell if you need help selecting a piece.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Bonnie & Clyde
She Loves Me
Daddy Long Legs
My Favorite Year
*Roles are gender neutral unless otherwise indicated*
Charlie Chaplin - Male, Tenor (Jimmy Eligible Role)
Hannah Chaplin - Female, Mezzo-Soprano (Jimmy Eligible Role)
Sydney Chaplin - Male, Baritone (Jimmy Eligible Role)
Oona O'Neill - Female, Soprano (Jimmy Eligible Role)
Hedda Hopper - Female, Mezzo-Soprano (Jimmy Eligible Role)
Young Charlie - Kid-like voice (could be male or female)
Alf Reeves - Gender Neutral - Centralized ensemble voice
Mr. Karno - Gender Neutral - Centralized ensemble voice
Mack Sennate - Gender Neutral - Centralized ensemble voice
Mildred Harris - Female, Mezzo-Soprano
We will also be looking for a large ensemble to play Londoners, Music-Hall Patrons, Film Crews, Starlets, Reporters, Hollywood Elite, Ushers, and Dancers. There are many opportunities for named ensemble characters and solo lines in songs.