AUDITIONS: SWEENEY TODD

Bijou Creative will be holding auditions for Sweeney Todd on Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 February 2018.
To book your audition, please read the following information and fill out the form below.


 

About the Show

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony's (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

Bijou's production of Sweeney Todd will run at the Playhouse Theatre, Hobart
from 28 June – 7 July.

Key Dates

24 June – 27 June: Bump in / Tech Week
28 June: Show opens 8pm
29 June: Show 8pm
30 June: Show 2pm & 8pm
1 July: Show 4pm
3 July: Show 8pm
4 July: Show 8pm
5 July: Show 8pm
6 July: Show 8pm
7 July: Show 2pm & 8pm

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be two nights a week and one full day weekend day from the beginning of March onwards. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. Rehearsals will gear up in the final weeks leading up to opening night, with the possibility of three nights a week and a full weekend day with calls every night in production week.

Payment

Bijou Creative offers performers a small honorarium for their participation in the show. The honorarium for Sweeney Todd is $150 each, plus a share of the box office if there is profit.

Roles

All roles in this show are open for audition. Please note that age ranges are indicative only.

Sweeney Todd: Male, 30-50s
A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna's father, singularly focussed on taking bloody revenge. Our story's tormented protagonist. Strong baritone with low F to high Gb.

Mrs. Nellie Lovett: Female, 30-50s
An entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner. She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture. Excellent mezzo soprano voice up to a high E.

Anthony Hope: Male, 20-30s
A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna. Excellent tenor voice to a high F with strong falsetto for ensemble moments.

Johanna: Female, 16-20s
A spritely girl, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd's long-lost daughter and Turpin's ward. Excellent lyric soprano to a high B flat and up to a high D for chorus singing moments.

Tobias: Male, 16-30s
A poor, naive apprentice to Pirelli. He finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett. Excellent tenor voice to a high A flat.

Judge Turpin: Male, 40-60s
A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd. Strong bass voice with low E to high F.

Beadle Bamford: Male, 30-50s
a sleazy, menacing henchman of the Judge; he can be subtly terrifying or outright threatening, yet equally fastidious and fussy. Strong tenor to a high D.

Beggar Woman: Female, 30-50s
A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbours a dark, surprising secret. Strong Mezzo to a high F. 

Signor Adolpho Pirelli: Male, 25-40s
A flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past. Must be able to use both rich Italian and rough Irish dialects. A very high operatic style tenor voice to a high C. 

Jonas Fogg: Male, 35-50s
The proprietor of London's asylum for the criminally insane. He sells the hair of madmen to wigmakers. No solos but will sing in ensemble numbers.

Featured Ensemble Male and Female 16+
A small company of strong actor/singers. They will feature as various characters (townsfolk, pie shop and barbershop customers, lunatics), and will each sing a number of important solo lines, as well as a quintet. Must be extremely adept singers with ability to take on complex harmonies. Must be excellent at characterisation.

Audition Information

Auditions will be held at TC Vocal Studio (House of Dance, 69 Liverpool Street) on Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 February. Callbacks (if required) will take place on Monday 5 February. Auditions will take around 5-10 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled audition time.

What to prepare

Please prepare the following musical excerpts for the characters you wish to audition for (click the song name to download the sheet music). You may also be asked to cold read a portion of the script at the audition.

Sweeney Todd
My Friends (bar 37 to 70) and Epiphany (bar 16 to 80)

Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Worst Pies in London and By The Sea (bar 21-57)

Anthony Hope
Johanna and Kiss Me

Johanna
Green Finch and Linnet Bird and Kiss Me

Judge Turpin
Pretty Women Part I (Bar 1-16) Pretty Women Part II (bar 49-75)

Tobias
Not While I'm Around and God That's Good (bar 1-47)

Adolpho Pirelli
The Contest (bar 1-75)

Beadle Bamford
Ladies in their Sensitivities

Beggar Woman
No Place Like London (bar 27-47) and Searching (bar 38Y-39W)

Featured Ensemble / Jonas Fogg
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Bar 1-71. Choose an octave and harmony line that best suits your voice). 

Registration Form

Book your audition by filling out the form below. We will contact you by email to confirm your audition time. Please bring a copy of your performance CV and a recent headshot with you to the audition.

 
 
Name *
Name
Preferred audition time *
These are the final audition times available. Auditions will take around 10 minutes.
Role/s you are audtioning for *
Would you like to be considered for a featured ensemble role if you are not cast as a principal?
Are you committed to another show between March and July 2018?