2015/16 SEASON

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
(Nov. 6 - 21)

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

A Musical by RUPERT HOLMES
Original Broadway production produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer

Directed by Mike Sornberger
Assistant Director: Carl Bishop
Musical Direction by Andrea O'Brien
Choreography by Meg Martin

Audition Location

Auditions are held at the Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre

375 Bermuda Dr NW, Calgary, AB (Click here for directions).

About the Show

Quick conclusions often lead the best of us astray…


This riotous musical romp presents a play-within-a-play whodunit as a troupe of eccentric Victorian performers put on their production of Charles Dickens’ unfinished story; “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”.

Every night, our audience will decide the fate of the cast and the entire show in this Choose-Your-Own-Ending spectacular that strives to answer the ultimate question: Who killed Edwin Drood? Perhaps it was John Jasper, the Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster, or Rosa Bud, Drood’s ex-fiancee… Maybe it was hot-tempered Neville Landless, or Helena, his fiercely protective sister? How about Princess Puffer, the local Opium Den Mistress, or Reverend Crisparkle, the lurking priest with a mysterious past? Perhaps Bazzard, the servant who’s always creeping in shadows… or Durdles, the town drunk who knows (and talks) more than he should… You decide! A series of unique voting processes will put the audience in charge, guaranteeing a different show every night of the run… and too much fun to possibly miss!

The writing’s on the wall…

Run Dates:

November 6th - 21st, 2015, Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre

PLEASE NOTE: For the week prior to opening (beginning Sunday November 1st), please expect a rehearsal or other activity on each day.

Audition Requirements

Members of Equity and ACTRA please note that as FRC produces shows on a volunteer, recreational basis, we will not pay any professional association fees, such as the fees stipulated by Equity’s Amateur Guest Artist policy, under any circumstances whatsoever.

Monologue: Please prepare a 30-60 second monologue of your choice. The monologue should be humorous, and ideally of a period and style similar to the show.

Music: Please prepare 2 excerpts. Prepare a verse and chorus from one song in the classical musical theatre genre, and a verse and chorus from your favourite song to sing--the one you feel most comfortable singing! Please keep the length of each excerpt to one minute maximum.
A sound system and piano will be provided. Please bring a backing track or accompanist. No a capella.

Dance: Group dance auditions will be held at the end of each hour--you will be expected to attend the audition at the end of the hour you sign up for. Please dress in comfortable clothes that allow movement, and wear appropriate shoes (character shoes for women, dress shoes for men).

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will take place July 21, 2015 to November 5, 2015: Tuesdays/Thursdays 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Sundays 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
During Tech week (November 1-6) performers must be prepared to be called all day Sunday and for every evening of the week.

Roles Available

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a show-within-a-show, so everyone will portray two roles: an actor in the Music Hall Royale, and a character in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
This is represented below as Royale Character / Drood Character.

* Candidates for votes are marked as follows:
D: Candidate for Detective
M: Candidate for Murderer
L: Candidate for Lover

Name Gender Vocal Range Description
Chairman / Mayor Sapsea M Baritone (D#3-F#4) Age: 40+
Chairman: Ringmaster of the chaos that is the music hall. Energetic, witty, engaging, and endearing to the audience.
Sapsea: Comic role, mayor of the town of Cloisterham.
Alice Nutting / Edwin Drood F Mezzo (B3-E5) Age: 20-30
Nutting: A famous male impersonator of Victorian era London, but a demanding diva.
Drood: Rich young man who has had everything, including a fiancée in Rosa Bud, handed to him all his life.
*Note: This actress will also play detective Dick Datchery for part of Act 2.
Clive Paget / John Jasper M Bari-Tenor (A2-A4) Age: 25-40
Paget: Male lead of the Music Hall Royale. A celebrity who's well aware of his celebrity.
Jasper: Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster with a mean temper and an opium addiction; in love with Rosa Bud. Did his jealousy lead him to kill Edwin Drood?
*M L
Deirdre Peregrine/ Rosa Bud F Soprano (A3-B5) Age: 18-25
Peregrine: The young ingénue of the Music Hall Royale.
Rosa Bud: Edwin Drood's fiancée, who catches the eye of Neville Landless and John Jasper... and perhaps others. There's more dimension to her than your average ingénue though--she seems to be the only one who sees the monster in Jasper. Drood neglects her and the two call off their engagement. Did this inspire...murder?
*D M L
Victor Grinstead / Neville M Bari- Tenor (C3-G4) Age: 20-30
Grinstead: A new actor to the Music Hall Royale; this is his very first performance.
Neville: Hot-tempered orphan from "Ceylon" in East Asia. Twin brother of Helena. Instantly loves Rosa and hates Drood. Do these intense emotions drive him to kill?
*D M L
Janet Conover / Helena Landless F Mezzo (G3-D5) Age: 20-30
Conover: A veteran of the Music Hall Royale, she has confidence and experience.
Helena: Similar temper to her twin brother Neville but able to keep it concealed. Mysterious. Highly protective of her brother and develops an equally protective sisterly bond with Rosa. Would she go so far as to kill in order to protect those close to her?
*D M L
Angela Prysock / Princess Puffer F Alto (F3-D5) Age: 40+
Prysock: The Grand Dame of the Music Hall Royale. Well-loved, oozes charm and charisma, and has a bawdy sense of humour that she's not afraid to demonstrate.
Princess Puffer: An opium dealer and otherwise shady character. She supplies Jasper with his opium and learns of his fixation on Rosa. She also has a secret that will be revealed... is the secret motive for murder?
*M L
Nick Cricker / Durdles M Baritone or Tenor (B2-F4) Age: 35+
Cricker: "Clown Prince of the Music Hall Royale." Everything's a joke to him, and he might just be drunk. Lovable and lewd.
Durdles: Much the same, but more so. But as the lovable town drunk, he knows everyone's secrets and lies. Does he know something that's worth killing for?
*M L
Phillip Bax / Bazzard M Baritone (A2-Eb4) Age: 20+
Bax: Absolutely loves the theatre--always the understudy, never the lead. Well loved but never gets his chance to shine.
Bazzard: In a similar vein, Bazzard is a servant who is frequently overlooked but often in the shadows. Would he kill just because he could get away with it? Or maybe to be finally noticed?
*D M L
Nick Cricker Jr. / Deputy M Any range Age: 18-20
Cricker Jr.: The son of Nick Cricker, and learning a great deal from his father on how to be a clown prince.
Deputy: Apprentice to Durdles and comic relief.
*L
Cedric Moncrieffe / Rev. Crisparkle M Baritone (C3-G4) Age: 35-45
Moncrieffe: Can be played in a number of ways.
Crisparkle: Kindly vicar who may be aloof, may be oblivious, or may be hiding a vicious cunning. Definitely has secrets in his past, including having been in love with Rosa's mother. Has he killed before? Could he kill again?
*D M L
James Throttle, Stage Manager MF Non-singing Age: 25+
Helps to explain the overall thrust of the show, and keeps things on track from time to time.
Ensemble MF All Age: 18+
We will also be casting an ensemble of 8-10 people for singing, dancing, and some dialogue. The ensemble helps to fill smaller roles and to set the tone and the energy for the show, which is incredibly important.

Book your audition online!

Please choose an audition time below and complete the request form.

Please note: If you have not booked an audition by 2 hours prior to the start of auditions on the day of your audition, please PHONE the direct office line at 587-332-0250.

For all other inquiries, please call 403-246-8505 (ext. 3 for auditions)

Tuesday
July 14, 2015

7:00 PM Full
7:08 PM Full
7:16 PM Full
7:24 PM Full
7:32 PM Full
7:40 PM Full
7:48 PM Blocked
(Choreo)
8:04 PM Full
8:12 PM Full
8:20 PM Full
8:28 PM Full
8:36 PM Full
8:44 PM Full
8:52 PM Blocked
(Choreo)
9:08 PM Full
9:16 PM Full
9:24 PM Full
9:32 PM Full
9:40 PM Full
9:48 PM Full
9:56 PM Blocked
(Choreo)

Thursday
July 16, 2015

7:00 PM Full
7:08 PM [Book]
7:16 PM Full
7:24 PM Full
7:32 PM Full
7:40 PM Full
7:48 PM Blocked
(Choreo)
8:04 PM Full
8:12 PM Full
8:20 PM Full
8:28 PM Full
8:36 PM Full
8:44 PM Full
8:52 PM Blocked
(Choreo)
9:08 PM Full
9:16 PM Full
9:24 PM Full
9:32 PM Full
9:40 PM Full
9:48 PM Full
9:56 PM Blocked
(Choreo)

Saturday
July 18, 2015

10:56 AM Full
11:04 AM Full
11:12 AM [Book]
11:20 AM Full
11:28 AM [Book]
11:36 AM Full
11:44 AM Blocked
(Choreo)
12:00 PM Full
12:08 PM [Book]
12:16 PM [Book]
12:24 PM Full
12:32 PM Full
12:40 PM [Book]
12:48 PM Blocked
(Choreo)
1:04 PM Full
1:12 PM [Book]
1:20 PM Full
1:28 PM Full
1:36 PM Full
1:44 PM Full
1:52 PM Blocked
(Choreo)
2:08 PM [Book]
2:16 PM Full
2:24 PM Full
2:32 PM Full
2:40 PM Full
2:48 PM Full
2:56 PM Blocked
(Choreo)
3:12 PM Full
3:20 PM Full
3:28 PM Full
3:36 PM Full
3:44 PM Full
3:52 PM Blocked
(Choreo)

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