Auditions 2022: Something Rotten!

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Synopsis

Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten. Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.”

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stick in the shadow of the Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self and all that jazz.

Audition Dates and Times

Saturday, Feb 19th- 3:30-5:30 PM

Sunday, Feb 20th- 12:00-1:30PM

Saturday, Feb 26th- 1:00-3:00PM

Sunday, Feb 27th (callbacks, if needed)

Call backs will be as needed Sunday afternoon 

All auditionees will be asked to sing 32 bars of an upbeat and comedic song that shows their vocal range as well as their comedic chops. Make us laugh!

All auditionees will take part in a 32 count tap combo. Tap combo will be taught onsite. Please bring tap shoes if you own them.

If you do not have tap shoes, jazz shoes or clean tennis shoes are just fine.

Characters

All ages listed are simply the ages characters will appear to be, not the ages actors need to be to play those roles.

Shakespeare

The Bard. Over the top with a huge ego and sexy swagger.

Gender: MaleAge: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: Ab4

Vocal range bottom: Ab2 

Notes: Shakespeare should be a strong vocalist and dancer. He raps and taps in “Bottom’s Gonna Be on Top” so actors should have familiarity with both. Rockstar vibes are a must, leather pants are welcome. 

Nick Bottom

A struggling writer who cannot stand Shakespeare, and the main character of our story. Nigel’s older brother and Bea’s husband.Gender:

MaleAge: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2 

Notes: Nick should be charming, yet experiences a full spectrum of emotion throughout the show- we will see him at his best and his worst. Nick should be a strong vocalist and dancer. He raps and taps in “Bottom’s Gonna Be on Top” so actors should have familiarity with both. 

Nigel Bottom

Nick’s sweet younger brother. A struggling writer who falls in love with Portia, a Puritan.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: Eb3 

Notes: Nigel is the sweet innocence of the show and we adore him for it. Nigel should be a strong tenor vocalist with a dance background, as he dances in multiple scenes.  

Bea

Nick’s wife. She loves Nick despite his past lack of success. She dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor and that she can pull the same weight as a man.

Gender: Female

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: D3 

Notes: Bea is strong, confident, and doesn’t take no for an answer. Bea should have a strong belt and a quick wit. Bea dances minimally in the show. 

Portia

A Puritan woman who loves poetry, theater, and ultimately Nigel.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 35

Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: G3 

Notes: Sweet and naive, Portia should act and feel young in comparison to the other leads. Portia should have a strong soprano voice and a dance background, as she leads “We See the Light.” 

Nostradamus

A soothsayer

Gender: Male

Age: 40 to 50 

Notes: An outrageously absurd character and the comedic relief in some of the tenser scenes- though this show has few. Nostradamus should be a showman first, as he leads “A Musical” and drives many of the other songs and scenes. Some dance background is preferred. 

Brother Jeremiah

Portia’s father. A Puritan who thinks Nick and Nigel’s plays are sinful.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: G3 

Notes: Straight-laced and conservative, Brother Jeremiah is the stick in the mud that you love to hate. Flamboyance and aloofness to the content of his dialogue (which often ends in a raunchy joke) are what makes Jeremiah so funny. Jeremiah should have fair vocals, and some dance background is preferred, but not required. 

Lord Clapham

A posh patron of the theater.

Gender: Male 

Notes: Lord Clapham is primarily a speaking role. This role can be doubled as an ensemble member. 

Shylock

An investor to whom Nick and Nigel are in debt.

Gender: Male 

Note: Shylock is primarily a speaking role. This role can be doubled as an ensemble member. 

The Minstrel

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: C#3 

Note: The Minstrel leads “Welcome to the Renaissance” and the “Welcome to the Renaissance Reprise.” He is also a featured ensemble member, so should have a strong dance background in audition to strong vocals. 

The Ensemble

Roles include: Minstrel, Townspeople, Troupe, Lord Clapham, Shylock, Man Servants, Crowd, Chorus, and more. 

Note: All ensemble roles are dance roles. Jazz and tap background is preferred.