PRODUCTION INFO

Musical Theatre Southwest is holding digital auditions for Monty Python’s Spamalot, a Socially Distant Concert-ish Version. Auditioning will consist of sending in a video of yourself performing a two minute song, as well as a video of you dancing to the prepared choreography piece. 

 

All videos must be submitted along with your audition form NO LATER THAN Friday, September 18th at 11:59pm.

 

Digital Performance Dates: November 13th – 15th

Rehearsals start September 23rd, and run Sundays through Thursdays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

 

Director, Lando Ruiz

Stage Manager, Elizabeth Ponic

Choreographer, Justine Saugen

Music Director, Dakotah Lopez

AUDITIONS

All videos must be submitted along with your audition form NO LATER THAN Friday, September 18th at 11:59pm MST.

GENERAL AUDITION VIDEO INFO

Here are some general guidelines to follow when creating and uploading your videos for our auditions. These videos will remain private, and will not be shown to anyone outside of the audition team.

  • Upload your audition videos to your own Youtube channel under Unlisted with the title FULLNAME / VOCALorCHOREO AUDITION / MTS SPAMALOT

Example JohnDoe / Vocal Audition / MTS Spamalot

  • Set the music loud enough to be heard on the video
  • Keep the lighting bright enough for the team to see all of your facial expressions
  • Stay in frame the entire number as much as possible.
  • Not all characters will be dancing in the production, so please do not feel too intimidated if you are not the strongest dancer. We have room for everyone who is willing to put in the work.
  • HAVE FUN! Do your best!

VOCAL AUDITION INFO

Here is some information specific to your vocal audition.

  • Please slate at the beginning of your audition video. This consists of stating your name, the song you will be singing, and what musical it is from.
  • The audition team prefers that you perform a song from Spamalot, however this is by no means required.
  • Your song should be no longer than two minutes in length.
  • Make sure that your voice is louder than the song you are singing.

CHOREOGRAPHY AUDITION INFO

Here is some information specific to your choreography audition.

  • Not all roles require dancing, so please do not feel intimidated to the point of not auditioning.
  • Please state your name at the beginning of the video
  • Wear something that allows the choreographer to see your body move. No jeans or baggy clothes. Women are welcome to wear heels, but are NOT required.
  • Adjust the choreography to your own needs. We’re looking to see how YOU move, not necessarily how perfect you can be with the choreography.
  • We understand that it will be hard for some people to find a space large enough to dance in. If you absolutely cannot find a place, please contact Sef Garcia at [email protected]

Rehearsals will be held remotely and at the MTS Center for Theatre Black Box, 6320-B Domingo Rd NE (east of San Pedro, between Central & Copper).

Character Breakdown

Actors of all ethnicities and races are encouraged to audition.

  • KING ARTHUR: 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.
  • SIR ROBIN: A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’ though he could not be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing.
  • SIR LANCELOT d/b/a LANCE: A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault, but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’
  • PATSY: King Arthur’s horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing.
  • SIR GALAHAD, DENNIS: 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: A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. No solo singing.
  • THE LADY OF THE LAKE: A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers.
  • HISTORIAN: A tweedy academic. Must have excellent diction.

ENSEMBLE: 

(All of these roles can be played by female or male actors.)

  • NOT DEAD FRED: A sickly little fellow who, despite others’ beliefs, claims he is “not yet dead.”
  • PRINCE HERBERT: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing, and pines for his love atop a tower.
  • MAYOR and FINLAND VILLAGERS
  • SINGING MONKS
  • SIR NOT APPEARING
  • DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER
  • THE DANCING MONK
  • THE DANCING NUN
  • THE FRENCH TAUNTER: an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman
  • TWO FRENCH GUARDS: also arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman
  • ROBIN’S MINSTRELS: In Sir Robin’s band
  • THE KNIGHT OF NI: An absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights
  • THE KNIGHTS OF NI
  • THE BLACK KNIGHT: Who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries.
  • PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER: a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman at odds with his sensitive son
  • GUARD 1: The lead guard
  • GUARD 2: A drunken, useless guard
  • CONCORDE: Sir Lancelot’s horse and servant
  • TIM THE ENCHANTER: a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
  • SIR BORS: a knight who will confront the killer rabbit

COVID GUIDELINES

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our volunteers, and those working at MTS. You must follow all safety instructions while participating in any project at MTS. Here you can look at a breakdown of the majority of our guidelines that everyone at MTS are required to abide by.

 

  • All members will practice social distancing while at MTS, including the parking lot, to the best of their ability.
  • All members are required to wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer provided every time they enter the building, including after a short outdoor/smoke break
  • All members will wear a face mask at all times with the exception of filming
  • All members will have to be checked by a non-contact thermometer at the door. If one’s temperature is too high (100.4°F or higher), there will be an area to cool down. If one still ranks above that, they’ll be required to leave the premises.
  • All members will be responsible for green lighting themselves before coming in for the day.
  • MTS staff will be responsible for sanitizing all high touch points before and after every rehearsal.
  • Scenes involving singing will be done through lip syncing. The vocals will be practiced and recorded beforehand. If the song involves multiple people we’ll have a staggered call, cleaning the space in between vocalists.

 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By participating at MTS you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. We thank you for taking the time to read through this audition call, and look forward to seeing your videos. Remember, always look on the bright side of life.

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