Pippin Auditions

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Audition Information


Audition Dates

FEBRUARY 18TH – 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

FEBRUARY 19TH – 2:00-3:30 PM

FEBRUARY 25TH – 3:00-5:00PM

FEBRUARY 26TH – Callbacks

Audition Location

QCMG LOBBY and THEATRE – 1584 34 TH AVENUE, MOLINE IL

Rehearsals

Begining June 19, Monday-Friday Evenings

Performance Dates

August 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, & 13

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this updated version of Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

CASTING

We are looking to cast 20-24 people (ages 16 and up at the time of auditions) to create an ensemble of players.  We are hoping to cast a diverse group- age, race, ability level.  We would love to see fresh faces and want to work with people of varying degrees of experience.  Please come out and give it a try!  We want storytellers who are willing to step out of their comfort zone to share this timeless story.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTION

Ages listed are appears as that age.

  • Leading Player – The ultimate ‘ringleader.’ Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon of sorts. Guides Pippin through his own story and tries to intervene at the end. excellent dancer. Obsessed with putting on a great show for the audience.
    • Gender: Female
    • Vocal range: Db3 – Ab4
  • Pippin – Our story’s young and confused protagonist. He is longing to find his purpose in life. Naive, innocent, and discontent. Eventually finds love, and meaning in life, with Catherine and Theo.
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 18 to 21
    • Vocal range: G2 – Ab4
  • Charles – Pippin’s demanding father. As the King of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne is more comfortable wielding a sword than breaking bread. He wears his years with great pride.
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: 50 to 60
    • Vocal range: G2 – E4
  • Lewis – Pippin’s half-brother.
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: early 20s
  • Fastrada – Pippin’s conniving stepmother. A seductress, who is no stranger to deceit and betrayal, she is both sexy and smart. Skilled at using her sexual appeal to benefit her and her son.
    • Gender: Female
    • Age: 35 to 45
    • Vocal range: A3 – F5
  • Berthe – Pippin’s saucy grandmother. A brassy broad full of wisdom, grace, and sass. She tries to help Pippin and encourages him to live his life to the fullest.
    • Gender: Female
    • Age: 60-70
    • Vocal range: E3 – C5
  • Catherine – A widow and mother. She is a beautiful and a hopeless romantic, who possesses graceful elegance. Encounters Pippin at his lowest point and eventually falls in love with him.
    • Gender: Female
    • Age: 25 to 35
    • Vocal range: F# – Db5
  • Theo – Catherine’s son.
    • Gender: Male
    • Age: appears 12-15 (must be at least 16)
  • Ensemble – The Players who play a multitude of roles throughout the show.
    • Age: All ages
    • Vocal Range: mixed voices to create an SATB balance

Audition Requirements

  • All those auditioning will be taught a short dance combination at the auditions.  The goal is not perfection but to allow us to see how you move and where your abilities lie.
  • All those auditioning will need to prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music with piano accompaniment for your selected song to the audition. If you have questions about song selection, would like recommendations, or need help finding sheet music for your selected song, feel free to email boxoffice@qcmusicguild.com and we would be glad to assist you.
  • Once a group has danced and sang, some people may be asked to sing again, do some range testing, or read from the script.  If you are not asked to stay, it means we did not need to see anything else after your audition.  We use this time to help us avoid lengthy callback sessions.