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Spamalot

Show Type: Main Stage--Musical
Performance Dates: June 12-14 & 19-21, 2015
Performance Location: Jackson College's Baughman Theater in the Potter Center

Directed by Dean Dyer

Audition Date: March 4 & 5, 2015
Audition Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Audition Location: Western Community Arts Center, Choir room
1400 S. Dearing Rd., Parma, MI 49269

What to Prepare: For lead and supporting singing roles, please bring a short selection which highlights your vocal range and quality.  Be prepared to read in a British accent (Cockney or standard, depending on role), or an exaggerated French accent if auditioning for the French Taunter or his guards.  You will also be asked to sing a short selection from “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”  

It is not necessary to attend both nights of auditions, although we may ask those competing for roles to respond to a call back.  

General Information: Spamalot is a campy, silly musical with moments that cross the line into raunchy.  This is not a show for children, and no actors under the age of 16 will be involved.  In keeping with its origins in the Monty Python’s Flying Circus, this show doesn’t just break the fourth wall--it pummels it into rubble and pole vaults over the remains, breaking wind as it reaches its apex.  Not only is at least one audience member chosen to play an active role in the end of the show, but characters regularly venture into the audience, call attention to the fact that they are performing, and constantly share non-verbal asides.  While it is a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, there are moments that might offend the sensitive, particularly in scenes which deal with Christian and Jewish religion.

Cast of Characters:Below is the cast of characters, with brief descriptions following.  The script calls for a lot of doubling and tripling, but also allows these roles to be broken up to include a larger cast and especially more female roles.  A list of codes used in the character descriptions is also included.  The number behind each character name is a rough count of the lines for the role.

M = Male; F = Female; E = Either; W = Walk-on (Single, brief appearance, few or no lines); C = Cameo (Single appearance, slightly more than walk-on, speaking role); L = Lead Role; S = Supporting Role; NS = Non-singing role.  

King Arthur 175 (M, L):  The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great humor, good singer.  Should be adept at ad-libs for the audience participation scene.

Sir Robin 75 (M, S):  A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called “Sir Robin the Brave,” though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing.

Sir Lancelot 45 (M, S):  A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault, but does discover his “softer side.”  Considerable singing, athletic dancing.

Patsy 22 (M, S):  King Arthur’s “horse” and servant. Underappreciated, but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing.  Relatively few lines, but lots of stage time and leads the signature song, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

Sir Galahad 32 (M, S):  A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class “mud gatherer” who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Strong bari-tenor singing required.

Sir Bedevere 16 (M, S):  A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Tenor Singing Required, no solo singing.

The Lady of the Lake 16 (F, S):  A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show and (in her mind) of ALL shows. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers, while also very deliberately going over the top. She has few lines, but sings frequently, including a complete scene that features her singing.

The Laker Girls (F, 4-6 total, C): Female half of the ensemble group.

The French Taunter 19 (M, S):  Arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, ridiculously overplayed accent, limited singing (more like chanting in group)

Not Dead Fred 9 (M, S):  A sickly little fellow who claims that he is not dead yet, despite the insistence of others to the contrary.  Leads a song and dance early in the show.

The Knight of Ni 30 (E, C):  An absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights. The lines for this role are shared/alternated with the other two knights.

2nd Knight of Ni (E, C))

 

3rd Knight of Ni (E, C)

The Black Knight 16 (M, NS, C):  A fierce battler who refuses to surrender to King Arthur despite several mortal wounds

Tim the Enchanter 16 (E, C):  A ghostly being with a Scottish accent.

Mayor (M, C):  A jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his hometown in song.

Prince Herbert’s Father 41 (M, S):  A wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman at odds with his sensitive son.

Prince Herbert 26 (E, S):  Hopeful and frilly prince. Loves to sing. Pines for his love, fighting for his father’s acceptance, lures Sir Lancelot out of the closet.

Historian 4 (E, C, NS): A tweedy academic.  The four lines are long, narrative blocks to introduce scenes.

French Guard 7 (E, C): Condemnatory French sidekick to the French Taunter.  Minimal singing.

Minstrel (E, C): In Sir Robin’s band, sings all of his lines ballad-style about Robin’s cowardice.

Brother Maynard 3 (M, C), a long-winded monk.

Galahad’s Mother 10 (E, C, NS)

Shrill Peasant Woman 1 (E, W, NS)

Concorde 9 (E, C, NS) Sir Lancelot’s horse.

Guard 1 12 (E, C)

Guard 2 1 (E, W)

Sir Bors 1 (E, W, NS)

Sir Not Appearing 1 (E, W, NS)

The Voice of God 7 (M, off-stage voice):  We may use the taped voice of Eric Idle for this role as permitted by the licensing company.

 

 

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