The Theater League of Clifton will hold open auditions for its spring show, “The Fantasticks,” on Wednesday, Feb. 28 and Thursday, March 1 from 7-9:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 from 4:30-6 p.m. Auditions will be held at Holy Assumption Church Theater Hall, 35 Orange Ave., Clifton, NJ 07013—where the show will be performed. Call backs by invitation and audition by appointment on Monday, March 5, 7-9:30 p.m.
Performance dates are May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20. Steve Bell is the director of the show, while Jalmari Vanamo serves as the producer.
Parts include El Gallo; Matt; Luisa; Hucklebee and Bellomy; Henry and Mortimer; and the Mute. Performers should prepare up to 32 bars of an appropriate song for the role for which you are auditioning. Songs should be in the style of the show, and songs from the show are permissible. Sides will be provided at auditions.
Details for each role:
El Gallo (male, high baritone, age 30-45*) As the narrator of the piece, he is the liaison between the audience and the action onstage. He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience, yet with darker moments. His attitude toward the rest of the cast reveals a decidedly mysterious side. Above all he is grand and must command attention.
Matt (male, baritone, age 16-26*) As a young lover, he is deeply in love, particularly with the idea of being in love. He lacks experience in the world so, while not stupid, he is naive and perhaps even foolish at times. His image of a young man in love is one of a gallant protector, meaning that he approaches some decisions with a falsified bravery that is little more than bravado.
Luisa (female, legit soprano, age16-26*) As a young lover, she is in love. She is in love with love, the idea of love, the idea of being in love and indeed everything remotely romantic. Her dreams are more fanciful than those of Matt. Because of her particular vision of romance, she deals with the world on a particularly naive level.
Hucklebee and Bellomy (males, baritone; females, alto/belt, age 45-60*) Blustery and boisterous. Duo and team. Strong comedic timing a must. Fathers or Mothers of Matt and Luisa. Always arguing and bickering, but secretly plotting together for the marriage of their children.
Henry and Mortimer (males, non-singing roles, age 30-60*) Foolish comic actors who move the action while not seeming to contribute anything of substance. As performers their day has long past. Henry can play grand characters and recite Shakespeare, but with very little success these days. May be asked to speak in an English accent. Mortimer’s specialty is dying on stage in the manner of great adventures and melodramas. May be asked to speak in a cockney accent. Henry and Mortimer function as a unit and rarely appear apart from each other. They are entirely theatrical and theirs is the world of the stage.
The Mute (male or female, age open) The Mute serves many functions—setting props as characters need them, assisting El Gallo, and becoming the wall separating the families. While omnipresent, the character must also have the ability to fade into the background. This is a functional character that sometimes interacts with the others.
*Please note: TLC casts age appropriate. These ages are approximate. Actors should be able to play these ages. Call (973) 928-7668 for more information.
The Theater League is presenting The Fantasticks through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). The beloved show, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, ran for over 50 years in Manhattan and has entranced generations of audiences the world over. The Fantasticks is a funny, romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall.
The narrator, El Gallo, asks members of the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing that “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” The famous score, which includes the classic songs Try to Remember, They Were You, and Soon It’s Gonna Rain, is as timeless as the story itself.