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Celebrating over 49 years of entertainment, the award- winning Lowestoft Players present

FOLLOWING A FABULOUS BROADWAY RUN,  3 TRIUMPHANT YEARS IN THE WEST END and 2 SUCCESSFUL UK TOURS, the international award-winning hit musical Spamalot has now been released for amateur theatre groups to perform and the Lowestoft Players will be one of the first societies in the eastern region to perform it.

It won’t be long before Monty Python’s Spamalot gallops into Lowestoft to the sound of banging coconut shells. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, Spamalot is a ‘kind-of new musical’ with a book by Eric Idle and a musical score created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. It is one of the funniest musicals ever and features many of the classic Python sketches. There are dozen’s of roles for both Men and Women, including numerous opportunities for cast members to play multiple roles.

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and Finnish and French people. The show features fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention, including ‘He Is Not Dead Yet’, ‘Knights of the Round Table’, ‘Find Your Grail’, ‘Song That Ends Like This’ and of course the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2010 - before it went bust), ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’.

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CURRENTLY planned for 9 Performances...

 

Technical Rehearsal:        Wednesday 7th Sept...................... TBA                 

Full Dress Rehearsal:       Thursday 8th Sept.......................... TBA

First Performance:            Friday 9th Sept.............................. 7.30pm

                                           Saturday 10th Sept........................ 7.30pm

                                           Sunday 11th Sept........................... 6.30pm

 

                                          Tuesday 13th Sept.......................... 7.30pm

                                          Wednesday 14th Sept.....................7.30pm

                                          Thursday 15th Sept.........................7.30pm

                                          Friday 16th Sept..............................7.30pm

Final Performance:           Saturday 17th Sept............2.30pm / 7.30pm

  

THE VENUE... 

PLAYERS THEATRE, Lowestoft    

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THE CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by STEPHEN WILSON and GERALD WILSON

Choreography by KATIE WARNES

Musical Direction by FRANCESCA WARREN

Production Assistant PAULA CRISP

Stage Manager JAN TAKMAN

 

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THE CAST and CHARACTER SYNOPSIS

We are looking for confident Male and Female performers...

ACTORS who can SING and SINGERS who can ACT! 

Please Note: Most of the main characters and the supporting Company will be required to MOVE/DANCE.

 

Female Character Roles:

 

1] THE LADY OF THE LAKE – appears as various personas throughout the show

*Soprano E4 to B5 with a powerful mid range

Note: Her character age can be mid 20’s to mid 40’s.  

This is a dream role that is challenging both vocally and dramatically.

The Diva of all Divas!!! She is strong and beautiful and possesses mystical powers.

 A great singing voice is essential and she must be able to sing effortlessly in many different styles and vocal registers. Strong performance skills are essential with good comic timing.

(Bonny Langford , Jodie Prenger and Hannah Waddingham have all performed this role to great acclaim)

Audition songs/pieces:

No 13 KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE (Bar 112 – Bar 133)    

No 21 WHAT HAPPENED TO MY PART (Prepare ALL, however may not be required to sing all)

Plus additional scripted dialogue.

Although this role is vocally demanding don’t let it put you off. If you’ve ever dreamt of playing someone so over the top... this is your chance.

 

 

2] THE FEMALE COMPANY / ENSEMBLE

We are looking for a versatile and talented female dancing troupe that will be required to play a wide range of characters throughout the show:  

THE LAKER GIRLS / FINNISH PEASANT FOLK / CAMELOT SHOWGIRLS / FRENCH CAN-CAN DANCERS / TAP DANCING NUNS, as well as numerous other individual cameo roles, including the Knights of Ni.

A STRONG SINGING and ACTING ABILITY is essential to each cast member, along with an ability to DANCE / MOVE .

Audition song/pieces:

No 13 ‘KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE’ (Bar 166 – Bar 188)  and

No 5 ‘I AM NOT DEAD YET’ (Bar 32 – 44)

Plus additional scripted dialogue.

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Male Character Roles:

*** NOTE: Some of these roles have been grouped together as they were originally played by the same performer in the pro Broadway and West End versions.  Our production may not follow the same pattern absolute, but you should grasp the occasion when auditioning to show versatility of playing more than one character role.

 

1] KING ARTHUR  

*Light Tenor / Baritone

Note:  King Arthur’s character age can be between Late 30’s to 60

The King of England, who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Round Table and find the Holy Grail.

 A great role with some fabulous comedy moments . This role requires a good singer and  a performer  with  great humour and good comic timing.  

(Tim Curry performed the role both on Broadway and in the West End. Other well known actors and comedians who have played the role on tour Les Dennis and Joe Pasquali).

Audition songs/pieces:

No 4 ‘ KING ARTHUR’ (Bar 1 – Bar 9)

No 14 ‘ FIND YOUR GRAIL’ (Bar 48 – Bar 65)

No 25 ‘ I’M ALL ALONE’ (Bar 1 – Bar 23)

Plus additional scripted dialogue.

 

2] SIR ROBIN

*Baritone

Note: Robin’s character age should be 30’s to 40’s

A Knight of the Round Table. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave’, though he couldn’t be more cowardly. He only really joins the Knights for the singing and the dancing! He is destined to become a luvvie and to star in musical theatre!

Audition songs/pieces:

No 20 ‘YOU WON’T SUCCEED ON BROADWAY’ (Bar 43-47 and Bar 156 - 171)         

Plus additional scripted dialogue.

 

NOTE: He will also play the role of  GUARD 1  (a funny scripted scene at the opening of Act 1)

 

3] SIR LANCELOT  (LANCE)

*Baritone

Note: As a guide Lancelot’s character age should be pitched somewhere in his 30’s/40’s

A Knight of the Round Table. He is fearless to a bloody fault, but through a twist of fate, he does discover his ‘softer more feminine side’.  A wonderful role, with a comedic twist!

This actor must be great with character voices and accents as he could also play other roles:

Audition song/pieces:

No 12 ‘ALL FOR ONE’ (Bar 21 – Bar 44)

No 13 ‘KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE’ (Bar 166 – 188)

Plus additional scripted dialogue.

NOTE: He will also play the role of  GUARD 2  (a funny scripted scene at the opening of Act 1)

*Please also audition for ONE of the following roles:

THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman. (Think ‘Allo, Allo’ policeman)

THE KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights

TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a strong Scottish Accent

 

4] PATSY

*Baritone

Note: As a guide Patsy’s character age should be pitched somewhere in his 30’s/40’s

King Arthur’s horse and man servant. Underappreciated, but always longing for King Arthur’s approval.  A good, funny physical mover is required for this role with some dance ability. Needs to be able to work the audience for sympathy. Another fabulous role!!!

Audition songs/pieces:

No 3 ‘ARTHUR’S SONG’ (Bar 9 – Bar 16)

No 18 ‘ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE’ (Bar 1 – Bar 25)

 Plus additional scripted dialogue.

 

5] SIR GALAHAD

*Strong Baritone/Tenor

Note: As a guide Sir Galahad’s character age should be pitched somewhere in his 30’s

A Knight of the Round Table. When we first see him we he is just Dennis Galahad, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. He gets a terrific sing with the Lady of the Lake. Another gem of a role!!!

Audition songs/pieces:

No 8  ‘THE SONG THAT GOES LIKE THIS’ (whole song)  Plus additional scripted dialogue.

NOTE *This actor could also play other cameo roles - Please also audition for ONE of the following:

PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshire man at odds with his sensitive son (ACT 2).

TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a strong Scottish Accent

THE BLACK KNIGHT, who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries (ACT 2).

 

5] SIR BEDEVERE

Note: As a guide Sir Bedevere’s character age should be pitched somewhere in his 20’s-40’s

A Knight of the Round Table, and an inept scholar and inventor.  He may also play these other roles:

Audition songs/pieces:

No 12 ‘KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE’  (Bar 166 – Bar 188)

No 13 ‘ALL FOR ONE’ ( Bar 21 – 44)

Plus additional scripted dialogue.

 

NOTE: Please also audition for the following role:

DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman dressed in rags..

  

6] THE HISTORIANA weedy academic  Scripted dialogue only.

 

NOT DEAD FRED – A sickly little fellow who, despite others’ beliefs, claims he is ‘not yet     dead’! A very funny all-singing and dancing role.

Audition songs/pieces: No 5 'I AM NOT DEAD YET’ (Bar 1 – Bar 17) 

 

Ist MINSTRELA singing minstrel in Sir Robin’s band (singing only)

Audition songs/pieces: No 19 'BRAVE SIR ROBIN’ (Bar 1 – Bar 47) 

 

PRINCE HERBERT ­The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing, and pines for his love atop of a tower in ACT 2 .... another deliciously funny cameo role!

Audition songs/pieces: ‘No 22 'WHERE ARE YOU?’ (Bar 25 – Bar 36)  and

No 24 'HIS NAME IS LANCELOT’ ( Bar 37 – 44)

Note: Ideally all of these roles are played by the same actor pitched somewhere in their 20’s -30’s

This performer needs to relish the challenge of playing potentially 4 different supporting roles. He must be a good mover with a *Tenor singing voice

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THE MALE COMPANY / ENSEMBLE

A versatile and talented male company will be required to play a wide range of characters throughout the show including:

FINNISH PEASANT FOLK / KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE /  FRENCH GUARDS and PEASANTS  / A DANCING MONK  / A DANCING NUN and numerous other cameo roles including...

 

NOTE: Please also audition for ONE or TWO of the following cameo roles:

THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman. (Think ‘Allo, Allo’ policeman)

THE KNIGHT OF NI, an absurdly tall cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights

TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a strong Scottish Accent

PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshire man at odds with his sensitive son (ACT 2).

THE BLACK KNIGHT, who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries (ACT 2).

THE MAYOR OF FINLAND, A ‘fun’ all- singing role

GUARD 3, a rather stupid guard at swamp castle in (ACT 2)

CONCORDE, Lancelot’s Horse and Manservant (ACT 2)

BROTHER MAYNARD, Character rolein ACT 2

 

A STRONG SINGING and ACTING ABILITY is essential to each individual cast member, along with an ability to MOVE / DANCE.

 

Audition song/pieces:

No 13 ‘KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE’ (Bar 166 – Bar 188)  and

No 5 ‘I AM NOT DEAD YET’ (Bar 32 – 44)

Plus additional scripted dialogue for 2 or 3 of the characters above.

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THE ‘SPAMALOT’ BACKING SINGERS

We are also looking for a small Backing Group of Male and Female Singers who will perform from a side gallery above the set. 

There are several big production numbers where an augmented vocal sound will be required and anyone wishing to get involved will relish the opportunity of singing this ‘fun’ musical score.

 

Rehearsal requirements: Initially singers will only be required to attend music rehearsals, followed by major run-through rehearsals nearer the production dates.

Audition song/pieces:

No 13 ‘KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE’ (Bar 166 – Bar 188) and

No 5 ‘I AM NOT DEAD YET’ (Bar 32 – 44)

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*TO REQUEST AUDITION PIECES

AND AUDITION APPOINTMENTS:

 PLEASE CALL PAULA CRISP ON 07990 547 471

or email:  paula.crisp5@gmail.com

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IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

 

WEDNESDAY 15th June 2016

‘Spamalot’ INFORMATION NIGHT

Find out all you need to know about the latest Players production, collect audition information and book your timed audition slot if you are auditioning for any of the named principal roles or supporting cameo roles.

Venue: The Players Theatre (The Bethel) at 7.30 pm prompt (Doors open at 7pm)

 

THURSDAY 16th June 2016

‘Spamalot’ PRE-AUDITION SINGING REHEARSAL

If you are auditioning for one or more of the named Principal roles this is your chance to sing/rehearse/learn audition pieces before the actual audition.

 There will also be an opportunity at the beginning of the evening for anyone wishing to audition for the Ensemble or Backing Singers to go through the audition songs. 

You can book a MUSIC REHEARSAL APPOINTMENT SLOT with our MD Francesca Warren on the Information Night. Alternatively just turn up on Thursday evening.  

 

Venue: The Players Theatre (The Bethel)

7.00pm                   Company / Ensemble / Backing Singers - Audition Songs for both Males and Females

8pm - 10pm          Individual Character roles at timed slots  TBC

 

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Auditions will be held on Sunday 19th June 2016

 

SESSION 1:  (at the Players Theatre)

DANCE and MOVEMENT AUDITION for

ALL FEMALE ENSEMBLE/SHOWGIRLS

 Registration - 9.30am                                 Workshop 9.45am – 12.00noon

PLEASE WEAR SUITABLE FOOTWEAR

NOTE: You do not need to book an appointment for this session

If you wish to be included in the cast of Spamalot YOU MUST ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP

 

SESSION 2:  (at the Players Theatre)

ALL MALE AUDITIONEES and THE LADY OF THE LAKE

to join for COMEDY / SINGING and MOVEMENT WORKSHOP .....

Registration - 10.00am                                Workshop 10.30am – 12.30pm approx

NOTE: You do not need to book an appointment for this session

If you wish to be included in the cast of Spamalot YOU MUST ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP

 

SESSION 3:   (at the Players Theatre)

AUDITIONS for....

ALL PRINCIPAL ROLES including ALL NAMED CAMEO ROLES as specified above.

1.00pm – 6.00pm

NOTE: You will need to book a timed audition slot for the characters that you are auditioning for. If you are auditioning for several characters you may need to book more than one appointment

SOME ADVICE: As there are so many roles to audition for, can we suggest that if you intend to audition for several roles, limit the number of characters to 3 or 4 very different contrasting ones that show off your versatility. Then list any other roles you may be interested in.

 

 

MONDAY 20th June 2016 at 7.00pm      (at the Players Theatre)

AUDITION for ‘SPAMALOT’ MALE and FEMALE BACKING SINGERS

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TUESDAY 21st June 2016  

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT

A FULL CAST LIST of the successful Auditionees will be Posted on The Lowestoft Players’ WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE (Approx 9pm onwards)

www.lowestoftplayers.co.uk or www.facebook.com/lowestoftplayers

 

WEDNESDAY 22nd June 2016

FIRST REHEARSAL – FULL COMPANY CALL

7.30pm prompt.... (12 weeks before curtain up)

 

THURSDAY 23rd June 2016

SCRIPT READ THROUGH – ALL  CHARACTERS WITH DIALOGUE TBC

7.30pm prompt....

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REHEARSALS

Will be on TUESDAY / WEDNESDAY / THURSDAY evenings in the main. Rehearsal time will be carefully proportioned to the size of the role. Some roles will be a lot more demanding than others so will obviously be given more rehearsal time. COMPANY ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS will be limited to twice a week where possible until closer to the actual production.

 

Please note that ALL cast members will be required for full rehearsals on Sundays 21st / 28th August and 4th September 2016 from 4pm onwards.

These are important rehearsals in the final run up to the actual performance.

 

HOLIDAY COMMITMENTS: We are well aware that some absence from rehearsals is inevitable, but we expect all auditionees and cast members to be prepared to give their full commitment at all other times.

If you have any concerns about commitment to the show please come and talk to us.

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REMINDER:

*TO REQUEST AUDITION PIECES

AND AUDITION APPOINTMENTS:

 PLEASE CALL PAULA CRISP ON 07990 547 471

or email:  paula.crisp5@gmail.com

 

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Further Useful Information…

1]  As a taster watch the following Video clip of the West End version performed at the 2004 Royal Variety performance :

Please use the following links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_lPzyyAN9k  

 

2]  We also recommend you listen to the whole CD – The original Broadway Cast recording. You will find all the tracks on YouTube or Spotify.

 

3]  MEMBERSHIP of THE LOWESTOFT PLAYERS:

All Members of the Cast must become fully paid up members of the Players:

FULL MEMBERSHIP: Annual Fee of £30 per year / Concessions: £17.50 per year

(this potentially covers up to 4 shows before the next Annual Subscription is due)

*NOTE –current members of the Players – Your annual subscription will be due on 1st August 2016

 

There is also an additional SHOW FEE of £20 per production to all cast performing members.

Please note that this must to be paid at the Audition and certainly before any Casting has been

announced.

 

4] Other Ways to Become Involved with SPAMALOT

As always there are so many important roles to play behind the scenes. So if you don’t fancy

treading the boards this time we are always keen to get people on board to assist with..

 MAKING OUR SPAMALOT COSTUMES

SOURCING and MAKING PROPS

And during the run of the show WORKING BACKSTAGE

or being part of our FRONT OF HOUSE TEAM.

Please contact PAULA (details above)

if you would like to get involved and she will direct you to speak to the right person.

 

 

We look forward to seeing you there on the Information Night on WEDNESDAY 15th JUNE at 7.30

at the Players Theatre.

 

Regards

The Spamalot Creative Team

 

 ***IF YOU ARE NOT AUDITIONING for ‘Spamalot’, BUT KNOW SOMEONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED.....  Please PASS THIS INFORMATION ON.  Thankyou

 

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