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2014-15 season musicals
FAR FROM HEAVEN
Book by Richard Greenberg
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
Director: Scott Edmiston
Rehearsals: August 18-September 11
Performances: September 12-October 11
CATHY WHITAKER: (Female – mid 30s) A seemingly perfect American housewife; beautiful, poised, and gracious, with a complicated inner life. Must have strong soprano (to F-sharp) as well as lower register (to G below Middle C); vocally demanding role. This role has already been cast; actors may audition for possible replacements.
RAYMOND DEAGAN: (African-American male – mid 30s-40s) An African-American man in 1957 suburban Connecticut: handsome, compassionate, and decent, with a sense of gravitas—but also lightness. Must sing exceptionally well - high baritone, to an A-flat. This role has already been cast; actors may audition for possible replacements.
FRANK WHITAKER: (Male – mid 30s-40s) A handsome, All-American, successful business man. Married to Cathy, he harbors a dark secret. Must have a superb high baritone voice, and the ability to sing in various styles. Range: low E to high A
JANICE WHITAKER: (Female – about 8 years old) Cathy and Frank’s daughter. A spunky little American girl of the late fifties. Must sing very well.
DAVID WHITAKER: (Male – about 11 years old) Cathy and Frank’s son. Bicycle-riding, dungarees-wearing, All-American early adolescent. Must sing very well.
ELEANOR FINE: (Female – late 30s to 45) Cathy’s best friend; a worldly, sophisticated, no-nonsense woman. Has money instead of children and a sharp wit. Excellent singer, alto with mix. This role has already been cast; actors may audition for possible replacements.
STAN FINE, etc: (Male – late 30s-mid 40s) Eleanor’s husband, a smarmy, self-confident, successful suburban businessman with a 1950s sensibility. Also plays other roles. Must be an excellent baritone singer.
SYBIL: (African-American female – mid 30s) The housemaid for the Whitaker family and in most ways, Raymond’s female counterpart. Strict, stern and protective. Must be a good singer, alto with mix.
DICK, etc: (Male – mid 30s-40s) A suave and charming man, old-fashioned and conservative. Also plays other roles including a Latin-style vocalist with a band. Must be an excellent singer.
MRS. LEACOCK: (Female – 60s-70s) A reporter for the local paper, she is meddling, intrusive and always looking for a story. Plays additional roles, must be a strong singer.
DOREEN/CONNIE, etc: (Female – 20s-40) Doreen: Connecticut suburban homemaker and ditzy friend of Cathy. Connie: Flirtatious receptionist, a babe. Must be an excellent singer with belt/mix.
NANCY, etc: (Female – 30s-40s) Connecticut suburban homemaker and friend to Cathy, Doreen’s counterpart. All-appearances by day, lets loose a little by night. Plays additional roles. An excellent singer with belt/mix.
MONA LAUDER, etc: (Female – Mid 40s to 60) The town gossip, she is self-righteous, nosy, high-society, and proper. Plays additional roles, must be an excellent singer.
MORRIS FARNSWORTH: (Male – late 50s-mid 60s) Mona’s eccentric older uncle, he is a snobby, elitist art snob. Plays additional roles, must be an excellent singer.
SARAH: (African-American female – about 10 or 11 years old) Raymond’s daughter, lovely and shy. Non-singing role.
GUS, etc: (African-American male – 20s-30s) A bar employee and musician, he is stubborn and set in his ways. Plays additional roles, must be an excellent singer.
CHASE, etc: (Male – 25-30) Attractive and well-built, a young romantic leading man who becomes the love interest of Frank. Plays additional roles, should sing.
ESTHER, etc: (African-American female – 20s) A skeptical, sassy acquaintance of Raymond with attitude and spunk. Plays additional roles. Must be an excellent singer.
Book by John August
Music/Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Director: Paul Daigneault
Rehearsals, option 1: January 19-February 15
Rehearsals, option 2: January 26-February 15
Performances: March 13 -April 11
WILL: (Male – mid-late 20s) A reporter for the Associated Press in Paris, Will’s job is to report the facts, and he becomes frustrated with his father’s wild tales, which leads to an argument that kept father and son from talking for three years. Now Will is expecting his first child and his father is facing terminal illness, so the two men must come to terms. Must be an excellent singer, comfortable with contemporary rhythms and styles. Tenor with sustained G.
YOUNG WILL: (Male – 8-10 years old) The younger version of Will is intrigued by his father’s stories, but already starts to doubt their truth. With his father always on the road, he feels he is the man of the house. Performer should be a good singer; range: B below middle C to C an octave above middle C.
EDWARD: (Male – 30s-40s) Charismatic Southern storyteller. Leaves his small town in search of adventure. He joins a travelling circus and meets the love of his life, Sandra, but even after beginning their family and having their son, Will, Edward’s heart is still on the road where he works as a travelling salesman. He maintains that his tall tales are true, which, in a way, they are, as a reflection of the way he sees the world and wants his son to live. Comedy and charisma are essential. Also plays himself as a teenager and early 60s. Performer must be an excellent singer, comfortable with contemporary rhythms and styles.
SANDRA: (Female – 30s-40s) The love of Edward’s life, whom we first meet auditioning for the travelling circus. She’s the only person who loves and understands both Edward and Will, and must try to help them repair the bridges they’ve burned. She tries to stay strong knowing she’ll soon lose her husband. Also plays herself as a teenager and early 60s. Performer must be an excellent singer, comfortable with contemporary rhythms and styles, leaning toward country. Mezzo or soprano with a strong mix to Eb/F.
KARL THE GIANT: (Male – 20s-late 30s) A monster who arrives at Edward’s childhood small town, Karl is in fact a sad-sack loner with a gift for big numbers. His comedy is like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. Karl’s height will be augmented for fantasy sequences, but the actor himself must be very tall (6’5+). Basso profundo with a solid low E. Should dance.
AMOS/DR. BENNETT/GENERAL, etc: (Male – 30s-60s) Amos: Owner of the Calloway Circus, a down-market PT Barnum with a secret. Promises to tell Edward the name of his true love in return for years of back-breaking labor. Needs strong comedic chops. Big vaudeville part. Dr. Bennett: Edward’s doctor and close friend. General: General Patterson, barely avoids death by blow dart thanks to Edward. Plays additional roles. High baritone or tenor, to high A flat. Should dance.
DON PRICE/RED FANG, etc: (Male – 20s-30s) Don: Edward Bloom’s lifelong nemesis, a hot-headed bully. Needs strong comedic chops. Baritone. Also plays Don as a teenager. Red Fang: A deadly assassin attempting to kill General Patterson with a blow dart. Should dance.
MAYOR/ZACKY: (Male – 20s-40s) Mayor: The good-hearted leader of Ashton, who ultimately turns into a drunk when his town is slated for destruction. Zacky: Don’s spastic and easily-spooked younger brother, who ultimately becomes instrumental in helping save the town of Ashton. Needs strong comedic chops. Tenor/baritone to sustained B flat. Also plays Zacky as a teenager and in his late 40s. Should dance.
THE WITCH: (Female – late 30s-60s) Fortune-telling leader of a backwoods coven. Immediately knows Edward Bloom is special. The Witch is powerful and charismatic; a dark Dolly Parton. Must have a big voice that can shiver souls. Big belt to F# and lives up in that range. Should dance.
JENNY HILL: (Female – 20s-mid 30s) Edward’s high school cheerleader girlfriend. Takes him at his word when he promises he’ll return after seeing the world. A series of bad choices leads her to living in a swamp shack, ready to be killed by the impending flood. Mezzo or soprano. Also plays herself as a teenager and in her mid 50s. Should dance.
JOSEPHINE: (African-American female – 20s) French person of color. Will’s lovely and funny wife who is pregnant throughout most of the story. She is charmed by Edward and happily inserts herself into his stories. Mezzo or soprano. Should dance.
ENSEMBLE: (Female) Strong singer/dancer to play a variety of parts such as townsperson, USO dancer, etc. Tap dance, ballet and acrobatics a plus. Could also play Zacky.