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PTC ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR LES MISERABLES

Wednesday, December 19, 2012                 
 
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PRESS CONTACT: Heather Nowlin        
 
heather.nowlin@ptc.utah.edu

 

Pioneer Theatre Company Announces Auditions for the Musical

Les Misérables

A musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg,
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

Auditions for Pioneer Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season finale musical Les Misérables will be held January 17 and 18, 2013 from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day. Callbacks will be held on January 19, 2013; times will be announced to auditioners who are called back.

Audition slots from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18 are for Actors’ Equity members only. Audition slots from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18 are open to all auditioners. Auditioners must be 18 years old or older. The audition slots are limited to three minutes.

All auditioners must come in to sign up on the callboard in Room 325 at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sign-up sheet will be posted by noon on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Auditions will be held in Room 245 at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The first audition will be singing only. Auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a song from the show or in a similar Broadway style. An accompanist will be provided, but auditioners should bring their own sheet music and/or scores (neither will be provided by the theatre). A photo and résumé are recommended. The callback audition will involve dancing and reading from the script.

Rehearsal dates for the production are Thursday, April 4, 2013 – Thursday, May 2, 2013; performance dates are May 3, 2013 – June 1, 2013, currently, with extended dates a possibility. Guest director Charles Morey will direct the production and PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg will choreograph.

All adult roles are currently available; auditions for children’s roles in the production were held previously. All auditioners at this audition must be 18 or older.

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According to the Actors’ Equity Broadway production breakdown, there are three adult principal roles, six featured chorus roles, and several other chorus/ensemble roles. These auditions are for all adult roles. The following is a breakdown of adult principal and featured chorus roles.

 

PRINCIPAL ROLES

JEAN VALJEAN: Tenor. Ages from mid-thirties to early fifties over the course of the play (1815-1832) – but life and events “age” him even more than do the years. Highly intelligent. Deep emotional and spiritual resources. Hunted and driven by the law, but equally driven by a deep moral conviction to do right. A man of enormous physical, emotional and moral strength.

INSPECTOR JAVERT: Baritone. Ages from mid-thirties to late forties/early fifties over course of play. Highly intelligent. Cunning and clever. Emotional scars have left him rigid and un-bending. The need to serve “justice” has turned into obsession, which he ultimately realizes.

FANTINE (Doubles as “Street Urchin.”): Mezzo-Soprano. Twenties. A beauty both angelic and sensual – but ravaged by poverty, misfortune, degradation and tuberculosis. Deep emotional resources and unwavering love for and commitment to her daughter.

 

FEATURED CHORUS ROLES

COSETTE: Soprano. Early Twenties. Beautiful, innocent, intelligent. A pure heart and a pure soul at the moment of self-discovery and the discovery of love.

THÉNARDIER: Baritone. Ages from mid-thirties to late forties/early fifties over course of play. Conniving, greedy, vicious, without ethics or scruples. Dangerous. Unctuous when it suits his purposes, rapacious when the mask is down. Has comic moments but a big mistake to play into that. There is nothing “cute” about him.

MADAME THÉRNARDIER: Alto. Ages from mid-thirties to late forties/early fifties over course of play. Mean spirited, conniving, greedy, cruel. Utterly without ethics or scruples and therefore assumes no one else is capable of them, either. A perfect match for her husband.

EPONINE: Mezzo-Soprano. Early twenties. Street smart. Tough. Savvy. Strong. A good, true and ultimately courageous heart.

ENJOLRAS: Bari/tenor. Twenties to early thirties. Leader of the student revolutionaries. Charismatic, fiery, a true leader.

MARIUS: Bari/tenor. Twenties. Good-looking leading man. A member of the student revolutionary group – but at heart a poet, a dreamer and a romantic.

All other ensemble roles will be assigned “as cast.”