PRODUCTION INFO

Radio Theatre Classics

Videos / Audition form due Friday, January 15th

Musical Theatre Southwest is holding digital auditions for our new project series, Radio Theatre Classics (RTC). RTC is comprised of four scripts.

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES IN A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA

Written by Alissa Hall

PHILIP MARLOWE IN ‘TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS’

Written by Alissa Hall

ALICE IN WONDERLAND a two part series

Written by Alissa Hall

These scripts have been reduced down to a minimum number of players, and as such each cast member may have multiple characters, and voices, to portray within the script. Clearly delineated, strong character voices will “read” to the listener’s ear in the traditional style of radio theatre (script readings will be in podcast form) as distinctly different people, even when played by the same actor. If needed, please be prepared to show a variety of dialects, as identified below, for your audition as well.

All casts are 4 or less players, and booths will be closed in and physically distanced during on site recording days as a safety precaution. 

Also, remote record-from-home options are being considered, in case on site recording proves impossible due to future Covid restrictions. 

Auditioning will consist of sending in a video of yourself performing monologues of the characters you are auditioning for. You can access the folders of character monologues here:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-Pz3_2E_MoGqIO2iAiseNP1khzRK5gkT?usp=sharing

 

All videos must be submitted along with your audition form NO LATER THAN Friday, January 15th at 11:59pm.

 

REHEARSAL DATES

Jan 25-28 – SHERLOCK virtual rehearsals 

*Jan 31 – SHERLOCK recording day, on site 

 

Feb 1-4 – MARLOWE virtual rehearsals

Feb 6 – MARLOWE recording day, on site

 

Feb 8-11 – ALICE 1 virtual rehearsals

Feb 13 – ALICE 1 recording day, on site

 

Feb 15-18 – ALICE 2 virtual rehearsals 

Feb 20 – ALICE 2 recording day, on site 

 

Director, Alissa Hall

Composer, Xavi Visage

Please sign up for auditions at the link provided below.

https://www.cognitoforms.com/MusicalTheatreSW/MusicalTheatreSouthwestsRadioTheatreClassicsAuditionForm

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 / MTS RTC Audition

Example JohnDoe / MTS RTC Audition

* Slate at the beginning of your video (name, and what roles you’re reading for)

* Please have all of your monologues recorded on one video instead of one per role.

* HAVE FUN! Do your best!

Radio Theater Classics: Character Breakdowns

 

For SHERLOCK HOLMES AND A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA

Jan 25-28 – SHERLOCK virtual rehearsals 

Jan 30 – SHERLOCK recording day, on site 

-SHERLOCK HOLMES (male, in his 30s-50s, must be able to do an English accent), analytical, witty, precise, uses a Cockney accent when disguised; also, HOLMES (as CLERGYMAN) another disguise which requires another voice, and PAT (1 line)

-JOHN WATSON (male, in his 40s-60s, must be able to do an English accent), intelligent, but always a step behind Holmes, warm and kind, uses a Cockney accent when disguised; also, 1st CABMAN, and BERT

-IRENE ADLER (female, 20s-40s, must be able to do an English, or continental/European, accent) former opera singer, adventuress, wickedly smart; also, ANNOUNCER upbeat, HATTIE saucy, and the MAID who knows something we don’t  

-KING of BOHEMIA (male, 30s-60s, must be able to do a German, or Austrian, accent) usually dignified, currently anxious; also, BARTENDER (Cockney or East End accent) has plenty to say over a pint, if you’re buying, Mr. NORTON, COACHMAN, 2nd CABMAN (Cockney or East End accent), ALFIE, and ERNIE

 PHILIP MARLOWE IN TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS

Feb 1-4 – MARLOWE virtual rehearsals

Feb 6 – MARLOWE recording day, on site 

-PHILIP MARLOWE (male, 20s-60s) (Director’s note: I am not looking for a Humphrey Bogart impression, but prefer your own authentic interpretation, even if doing a character voice) our hardworn detective, with a whiskey voice and a cigarette stained attitude

-HARRIET HUNTRESS (female, 20s-50s) labeled a gold digger, actually a woman with a grudge to settle; also, ANNOUNCER upbeat

-WADSWORTH JEETER (male, 40s-60s) older, dignified but worried; also, WAX NOSE a henchman, and MARTY ESTEL a big time gambler on Sunset Strip

-GROVER JEETER (male, 20s-50s) drunk, dim and violent, also, HAWKINS a “detective” from the El Milano Hotel, and WALDO chauffeur with a deadly aim and no regrets

 

ALICE IN WONDERLAND, parts 1 & 2

Feb 8-11 – ALICE part 1 virtual rehearsals

Feb 13 – ALICE part 1 recording day, on site

and

Feb 15-18 – ALICE 2 virtual rehearsals 

Feb 20 – ALICE 2 recording day, on site 

Director’s note: Both parts 1 and 2 will be played by the same three actors. Please be sure you are available for both sessions when auditioning.

ALICE PART 1

-ALICE (female, teens-20s), our no-nonsense heroine; also, ANNOUNCER upbeat

-1st NARRATOR (male, 20s-60s), sinister, snarky, sour and skeptical; also, RABBIT uptight, CATERPILLAR languid, DODO slow and solemn, COOK violent, EAGLET (1 line), DUCK (3 lines), LORY (1 line), FROG, and BABY who is a pig 

-2nd NARRATOR (female, 20s-60s), warm, wise and winning; also, SISTER older and duller, CHESHIRE CAT who comes and goes, MOUSE squeaky, DUCHESS crazy, and FISH (1 line)

 

ALICE PART 2

-ALICE (female, teens-20s), our no-nonsense heroine; also, ANNOUNCER upbeat, and DORMOUSE sleepy

1st NARRATOR (male, 20s-60s), sinister, snarky, sour and skeptical; also, RABBIT uptight, CATERPILLAR languid, FROG slow, THE MAD HATTER obviously mad, KING OF HEARTS dim witted, and GRYPHON

2nd NARRATOR (female, 20s-60s), warm, wise and winning; also, CHESHIRE CAT who comes and goes, MOUSE squeaky, DUCHESS crazy, the MARCH HARE giggles, QUEEN OF HEARTS cruel, THE MOCK TURTLE who sings two songs, KNAVE (1 line), and SISTER (1 line)

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.