FLAGLER PLAYHOUSE AUDITION INFORMATION FOR SWEENEY TODD

The Flagler Playhouse is holding open auditions for Sweeney Todd—The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Sunday, June 3rd and Monday, June 4th at the Playhouse from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Please use the CAST DOOR Entrance located between the Playhouse and the Annex entrance.  There are roles in this musical for approximately 10 adults and numerous Ensemble roles, ages 18 and older.  There are no roles for children.

The Broadway premiere of this Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler production received 8 Tony Awards—one for Best Musical.  Sweeney Todd has a rich and challenging music score, so the audition process will focus primarily on singing.  There will be no dance auditions.

One of the big rules about auditioning for a musical is never sing something from the musical.

Sing something you CAN sing. As important as it is to showcase your ability, it is more important that you don't screw it up. lol. Do something you know and are comfortable with. This doesn't mean it has to be easy. You are the only one that knows what you can sing well.

Please plan on attending ONE of these auditions on June 3 or June 4, 2018.
These auditions are for anyone who wants to be considered for any role in the show. Please bring sheet music for a song you have prepared as well as a CD or Track accompaniment for the song you have selected.

The music for “Sweeney” is difficult, so prepare a song that demonstrates your vocal training, range, and stamina. An accompanist will NOT be available. Please be prepared to sing a minimum of 16 bars (or 16 measures) of the song you have chosen. You may be asked to sight read a portion of music during the Audition.

AGE LIMIT: Participants for this production must be at least 18 years old.

Director's Casting Note: The music is difficult and borders on operatic, so vocal training and stamina is
essential. There will be minor choreography and musical staging.. As long as you “move well" you should be fine. Everyone in the production needs to be a singer-actor.

One-minute monologues will be provided for the following characters:   Sweeney Todd, Beadle Bamford, Judge Turpin, Mrs. Lovett, The Beggar Woman, Pirelli and Johanna.  Please take a monologue marked for that character when registering for auditions if interested. It will be important to know the difference between Standard British Accent and Cockney Accent.

Ensemble: A wide variety of roles will come from the ensemble. Ensemble members must have strong voices and good musicianship. They must also be able to demonstrate a strong concentration, intensity, and the ability to play “characters”. There will be a specific number chosen to be a part of the ensemble. Not everyone auditioning will be cast. Those auditioning for Leads will also be part of the ensemble at times.

Sweeney is a very ‘grounded’ piece. Get your feet on the ground. Be solid. Have faith in simple things.

Finally, don’t think of it as an audition. It’s a chance to perform. Become just as engaged in it as if you had a full house on Broadway.

SWEENEY TODD – CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

THE MEN

SWEENEY TODD/BENJAMIN BARKER: English accent not necessary. His determination for revenge twists him into something violent and evil. However, in auditions and performance, his vulnerable side should be in play: it is what transforms him. Killing is an attempt to assuage his very visible pain, to heal himself.

ANTHONY HOPE:  Standard British accent (RP). Idealistic, not yet corrupted by the world. Romantic. He believes people are mostly good at heart. He is the model English hero, who, in reality, is powerless to achieve the perfect world. He quickly surrenders to feelings of "true love."

TOBIAS RAGG: Cockney accent. Simple-minded but clever, he responds easily and quickly to the kindnesses of his elders, especially Pirelli (his "father") and Mrs. Lovett (his "mother"). He is very suspicious of Sweeney, however. Like many in this play, he is on the edge of insanity, but is basically well-intentioned. Stares.

ALDOLFO PIRELLI/DANNY O’HIGGINS: An Irish con man pretending to be Italian (so, 2 accents). A flashy showman with a big voice and dramatic gestures, he sells fake medicine and collects as much money as he can.

JUDGE TURPIN: Standard British accent (RP), a conservative judge without much compassion. Embodies Puritanical hypocrisy: lusts after his ward Johanna, even as he professes to keep her innocent and safe from "vile young men." Licks his lips or has other disgusting mannerisms.

BEADLE BAMFORD: Standard British accent (RP) or Cockney, jovial and boisterous assistant to the Judge, yet has a scheming nature. Will break the law to keep people in line. His corruption makes him blind to true good and evil. A respected citizen not worthy of respect. The Beadle's character is a carbon copy of Judge Turpin. He, however, has less power than Judge Turpin, and so must carry out the crimes against others, which he does with great relish. His brutality emerges as he breaks the neck of the bird that Anthony has bought for Johanna.

JONAS FOGG: (non-singing role, will be part of Ensemble) The proprietor of London's asylum for the criminally insane.

 

THE WOMEN

MRS. NELLIE LOVETT: Cockney accent, energetic, talkative, has a crush on Sweeney. There is a very slight edge of insanity to her and a streak of larceny--she is motivated by desire--for money, for love, for popularity. She is all bright eyes and smiles, but kills cockroaches and chops meat like a pro.

JOHANNA BARKER: Sweeney's daughter. Standard British accent (RP). Her family seems easily pushed into madness. She is pretty, sweet, and delicate and the beginning; after her confinement in the asylum and until her rescue, she may be on the edge of insanity. A damsel in distress.

BEGGAR WOMAN/LUCY BARKER: It's hard to see through her filthy rags to determine her age, but actually about 40, Cockney accent. She is more of a major character than she appears to be (there is a surprise at the end of the play). She's lewd, vulgar, and in constant physical and psychological pain. Sweeney does not discover that the desperate and miserable Beggar Woman is his wife, Lucy, until after he has killed her. She appears throughout the play, initially as the illustration of what poor, destitute women in Victorian London were often reduced to. After Sweeney refuses her pleas for money, she lewdly propositions him. Later, she becomes the harbinger of doom as she haunts the street in front of the pie shop, trying to draw attention to the "stink of evil" within.

ENSEMBLE/CHORUS: This is the real backbone of the show. Various types of freakish carnival people and ragged poor, they wear their rags like finery--as if they know it's a costume. Many have a twinkle in the eye--a lurid enjoyment of horrifying the audience with violence. There are many specific singing roles within the Chorus, and there is a feeling of them being always nearby and running the show. Accents not necessary.

Note: All lead roles may be members of the Ensemble at various times in the production.

Ticket Prices

Tickets can be purchased on line at www.flaglerplayhouse.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Box Office 386-586-0773. Tickets must be paid for at time of purchase.

Adult and Senior: $25.00

Student: $20.00 (age 21 and younger with a student ID). Student tickets may only be purchased at the box office.

Student Rush: $15.00 If available these tickets may be purchased at the door 15 minutes before a performance (age 25 and younger with a student ID).

Season Tickets: $100.00 for all 5 shows

 

Group Tickets

Arrangements for groups of ten or more can be made by calling 386-586-0773, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Procedures and terms will be explained upon contact. All group tickets must be purchased at one time with one payment. Group tickets can only be held for two weeks until full payment is received or the tickets will automatically be placed back in the system. Patrons purchasing tickets for a group of 10 or more should distribute tickets and collect payment prior to entering the theater. This will ensure that all group members are accounted for and can be seated upon arrival, in a timely manner. No one will be seated without an individual ticket.

 

Handicapped Seating

Please call the box office.

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Show Times

Unless noted otherwise, all evening performances are at 7:30pm
All matinees are at 2:00pm.

 

Box Office Hours
   
Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-2pm, and one hour before show time.

Phone: 386-586-0773

 

Seating Chart

Our 2018-2019 Season!
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Sweeney Todd 1

September 21 - October 7, 2018     

One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after 15 years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears revenge on the whole human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate, Mrs. Lovett, bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public.
This is perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score.

November 2 - November 18, 2018

Chekhov is alive and well in Buck’s County PA., where adult siblings Vanya and Sonia reside in their old family home, mourning lost dreams and missed opportunities. When their oft-wrong fortune telling maid warns of impending danger, and their movie star sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with young, sexy boy toy, Spike, the family is launched into a rollicking weekend of one-upmanship, exposed nerves and lots of broken mugs. Vanya & Sasha & Masha & Spike blends Chekhov's famous ennui with the modern day toils and troubles of celebrity, social networking and age into a laugh out loud comedy that will tickle your funny bone and stimulate your mind.

Vonia and Sonia
A is for Alice

January 25 - February 10, 2019

A... My Name is Alice is a musical revue featuring songs and sketches performed by women of different ages and types in a wide variety of situations with insight, empathy and self deprecating humor, including going out to a male strip club for the first time, getting wrapped up in a romance novel, the trials and tribulations of growing older, how friendships change through the years, and how to deal with the loss of a mother.

March 8 - 24, 2019

The Glass Menagerie  is a memory play, and its action is drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. Tom is a character in the play, which is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and his sister, Laura. Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura’s father, ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since.
Glass Menagerie
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April 26 - May 12, 2019

A rollicking hootenanny of a musical, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is based on the true story of a legendary Texas brothel, which operated from the 1840s to 1973. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by politicians, football teams and others, the “Chicken Ranch” thrived in the small town of Gilbert, Texas. Girls came from all over to work at the ranch and make some extra cash. However, a crusading do-gooder Houston radio commentator and his conservative audience expose the Chicken Ranch, forcing it to shut its doors forever.

Wonderful Life

Special Holiday Event!

December 7 - 16, 2018 (Six performances only)

The Christmas Classic Radio Show, It's a Wonderful Life reworks the classic holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart and is set in a 1940s radio studio with a cast of five actors playing multiple roles and creating sound effects. They tell George Bailey's story of redemption, renewal and rejuvenation

PLEASE NOTE: This show is NOT part of our regular subscription season.
Tickets for this show are $25.
(Students, $20. Student tickets are only available through our box office.)

A... My Name is Alice

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January 25 - February 10, 2019

A... My Name is Alice is a musical revue featuring songs and sketches performed by women of different ages and types in a wide variety of situations with insight, empathy and self deprecating humor, including going out to a male strip club for the first time, getting wrapped up in a romance novel, the trials and tribulations of growing older, how friendships change through the years, and how to deal with the loss of a mother.

Sweeney Todd

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September 21 - October 7, 2018     

One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after 15 years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears revenge on the whole human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate, Mrs. Lovett, bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public.
This is perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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April 26 - May 12, 2019

A rollicking hootenanny of a musical, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is based on the true story of a legendary Texas brothel, which operated from the 1840s to 1973. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by politicians, football teams and others, the “Chicken Ranch” thrived in the small town of Gilbert, Texas. Girls came from all over to work at the ranch and make some extra cash. However, a crusading do-gooder Houston radio commentator and his conservative audience expose the Chicken Ranch, forcing it to shut its doors forever.