What we are looking for in your audition:

As directors, we have been asked to share information pertaining to the process of presenting a great audition. At the Palace Playhouse we look for four main items as we hold auditions for each theatre productions.


PRESENTATION: As each person presents him/herself on stage, the first 10 seconds
tells the most about the type of performer we are about to watch. We look for eye
contact, projection and enunciation while introducing him/herself and selections to
be presented. We look for stage presence, such as standing tall on both feet, eyes
engaged, confidence, and grooming.


MATERIAL SELECTION: Choosing a great song for each audition is key. It is best to
sing material that is similar in tone, mood, and personality to the musical for which
you will audition. For example, at the auditions for Newsies we heard great choices
from Matilda, Annie, and Junie B. Jones, which were more fitting than Gershwin
ballads or church songs.


ABILITY: Musical selections are required to have accompaniment. This shows
ability to match pitch, rhythm, and if the singer can produce volume. Monologues
give us the opportunity to see contrast in style and character of the one who
auditions.


ROLE PLACEMENT: Even when all the above have been met or have even excelled,
we still must look at the needs of the production. Considerations are made as to
how many to cast and costume, and how varying ages, sizes and shapes can be
utilized to fit the needs of the show.


There are many variables to consider when casting each production. Hours are spent going over the applications checking rehearsal conflicts and reviewing impressions from the audition. It is wonderful to watch children, teens, and adults participate. We are always grateful to each and every one from our talented community who choose to audition for a production at the Palace Playhouse.

 

What you should have prepared before you come to Auditions:

  • Come prepared to sing 16-32 measures from a Broadway musical similar to the scheduled production.  All audition songs are expected to be memorized.  Do not plan to sing an entire verse, only 32 measures are needed.  Lengthy music introductions should be eliminated.

 

  • Musical selection should reveal character, personality, vocal quality and range.

 

  • Musical auditions must be accompanied.  A cappella auditions will not be accepted.  Accompaniment can be live, keyboard, or electronic.  An accompanist will be available if needed, but it is always wise (if possible) to bring your own.  If you use electronic accompaniment, please eliminate lengthy introductions.

  • A short 30-second memorized monologue is recommended.  A monologue is not a poem.  It is a memorized selection spoken by a character from a musical or play, performed to reveal the character’s intent.

  • Please supply a personal resume.  If you do not have a completed resume, use the following link: AUDITION FORM, to print and fill out with your personal information to be submitted at the time of your audition at the Palace.

  • Date you know you have conflicts for both the rehearsal process and shows. 

Upcoming Auditions

GRAND HALL

Hunchback of Notre Dame 

  • Performance Dates -September 29-October 31, 2020

  • Audition Dates - July 22nd-23rd, 2020 

    • 6-8:30 PM, possible callback Saturday the ​25th. Ages 15+

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. 

Production Dates:

Available Character Roles

New Calendar coming soon!

Excellent roles are available!

Casting

Character Breakdown

Claude Frollo

Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral and the most powerful cleric in Paris, he is the reluctant caretaker of Quasimodo. He will do whatever it takes to rid the city of the gypsy “vermin,” even as he lusts after Esmeralda. Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive. 

Gender: Male

Age: 40 to 50

Vocal range top: Bb4

Vocal range bottom: E2

Jehan Frollo

Claude’s reckless younger brother. With the gypsy Florika, he fathers Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother’s care. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed. 

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: F3

Florika

A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: E4

Father Dupin

A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.

Gender: Male

Age: 40 to 60

Vocal range top: A3

Vocal range bottom: C3

Quasimodo

The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge. Lonely and staunchly obedient to Frollo, he possesses a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells and gargoyles of the cathedral. Despite his shyness and uncertainty, he quickly befriends Esmeralda. Big-hearted, and brave when need be.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: Bb5

Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Clopin Trouillefou

The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies. An air of mystery surrounds Clopin, who often leaves the scene in a puff of smoke. As the master of ceremonies for the Feast of Fools, he is witty and playful, but he boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: D3

Captain Phoebus de Martin

Returning to Paris after serving in the war, Phoebus takes up his new position as Captain of the Cathedral Guard. Overconfident yet charming, this handsome, strong soldier makes the ladies swoon, yet his moral compass is also strong, and he openly defies the corrupted Frollo.

Gender: Male

Age: 25 to 40

Vocal range top: Ab4

Vocal range bottom: A2

Lieutenant Frederic Charlus

Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 30

Esmeralda

A beautiful and free-spirited gypsy who possesses the strong sense of justice and morality that Frollo lacks. Compassionate, she frees Quasimodo from the frenzied mob at the Feast of Fools and, against her better judgment, falls for the cocky Phoebus.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: E3

King Louis XI

King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.

Gender: Male

Age: 40 to 50

Tribunal

A judicial officer.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 50

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: G2

Madam

Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies. 

Gender: Female

Age: 35 to 50

Saint Aphrodisius

A stained-glass image that comes to life.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 50

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: B3

Congregation

Gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris.

Gender: Any

 

Choir

Gender: Any

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