Audition Notice

Urinetown: The Musical

Sunday 8th January 2017 at 12.00pm (noon) - recalls may be required

Director: Louis Craig
Musical Director: Gary Nock
Production dates: 13th - 20th May 2017 (Brighton Fringe 2017)
Rehearsals: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, commencing 26th February.

Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

The characters of Bobby Strong and Hope Cladwell were included on New York Theatre Monthly's list of "The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre".

Officer Lockstock: The tongue-in-cheek narrator of our story, he is a corrupt policeman who secretly kills off the guilty offenders. Bold, brash, and larger than life in many ways (Gender: male, Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: A2, BARITONE, 35-55)

Penelope Pennywise: The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest town urinal. She is Cladwell's one-time lover and mother to Hope who eventually softens her temper (Gender: female, Vocal range top: C6, Vocal range bottom: A3, SOPRANO, 30-45)

Bobby Strong: The dashing, rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. He becomes an unsuspecting protagonist and romantic hero when he starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell (Gender: male, Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: A2, TENOR, 20-30)

Little Sally: A precocious and irreverent street urchin. She serves as a quasi-narrator who often questions Lockstock and the play's logic (Gender: female, Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: A3, SOPRANO, 20-30)

Dr Billeaux: Head of Research and Development at UGC. Optional Doubling as TINY TOM (Gender: male, Vocal range top: A3, Vocal range bottom: E3, BARITONE/BASS, 30-50)

Mr McQueen: Cladwell's sycophantic lackey. A servile assistant (Gender: male, Vocal range top: - ?, Vocal range bottom: B2, BASS, 30-45)

Senator Fipp: A greedy politician in Cladwell's pocket. A bumbling coward (Gender: male, Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: C#3, BARITONE, 40-55)

Officer Barrel: Lockstock's patrol partner. A thuggish and aggressive policeman (Gender: male, Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: G2, BARITONE, 30-50)

Hope Cladwell: Cladwell's ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her father and her new love for Bobby. She begins as an innocent, naive angel but becomes vengeful and determined after being exposed to her father's evil (Gender: female, Vocal range top: A5, Vocal range bottom: A3, SOPRANO, 20-30)

Joseph 'Old Man' Strong: Bobby's rebellious father. His refusal to pay the fee sends him to Urinetown, ultimately launching the revolution. Optional Doubling as HOT BLADES HARRY (Gender: male, BARITONE, 50-65)

Tiny Tom: One of the Poor, he is an idiotic man-child. Optional Doubling as DR. BILLEAUX (Gender: male, Vocal range top: A3, Vocal range bottom: D3, BARITONE/BASS, 30-50)

Soupy Sue: One of the Poor, she is excitable and easily panicked. Optional Doubling as CALDWELL'S SECRETARY (Gender: female, Vocal range top: B4, Vocal range bottom: Bb3, HIGH MEZZO, 20-40)

Little Becky Two-Shoes: One of the Poor. She is foul-mouthed, impulsive, and accusatory. Optional Doubling as MRS. MILLENIUM (Gender: female, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: Bb3, SOPRANO, 20-40)

Caldwell B. Cladwell: The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company. He is a miserly money-grubber who gleefully exploits the poor (Gender: male, Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: A2, BARITONE, 50-65)

Josephine 'Ma' Strong: Bobby's mother and Joseph's wife. A strong-willed woman with a bite, able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her. Optional Doubling as OLD WOMAN (Gender: female, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: Bb3, HIGH MEZZO, 55-65)

Hot Blades Harry: One of the Poor, he is a psychopathic and can become a violent loose cannon. Optional Doubling as JOSEPH "OLD MAN" STRONG (Gender: male, Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: A2, BARITONE, 30 +)

The advised possible doubling of roles are:

Joseph “Old Man” Strong / Hot Blades Harry

Josephine “Ma” Strong /Old Woman 

Little Becky Two Shoes / Mrs. Millennium

Soupy Sue / Cladwell's Secretary

Tiny Tom / Dr. Billeaux

Robbie the Stockfish / Business Man #1

Billy Boy Bill / Business Man #2

After doublings, there would be 16 in the total cast and, in addition to the doublings, most of the cast would be regarded as the Ensemble.

VOCALS FOR AUDITIONS

Please bring a song that you know well - it does not have to be complicated, but PLEASE PROVIDE THE MUSIC SO THAT YOU CAN BE ACCOMPANIED ON PIANO.

If you want to bring a backing accompaniment CD - no problem at all.

It will be possible to sing a section of Number 1 from the Urinetown score, if you wish to.

Note that we may not need to hear all of a song, so please don’t be offended if you don’t get to sing the whole number you have prepared.

There will also be a small section of movement which will be taught on the day. Please wear appropriate clothing and don't worry, it will not be overly complex, but there are plenty of numbers during the show that will require sharp, synchronised group movement.