The Who's Tommy
Music and Lyrics by PETE TOWNSHEND
Book by PETE TOWNSHEND and DES MCANUFF
Additional Music and Lyrics by JOHN ENTWHISTLE and KEITH MOON
Originally Produced on Broadway by Pace Theatrical Group and Dodger Productions with Kardana Productions
Directed by Janos Zeller
Assistant Director: Kristine Astop
Musical Direction by Chelsea Wellman
Choreography by Danielle Desmarais
Callbacks will be held Sept 19th starting at 1PM.
Auditions are held at the Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre
375 Bermuda Dr NW, Calgary, AB (Click here for directions).
About the Show
This deaf, dumb, and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball!
The Who’s iconic Rock Opera follows Tommy, a young boy traumatized into catatonia, on his journey of hurt, hope, and eventual healing… with a little pit stop into Pinball Superstardom on the way.
You didn’t hear it. You didn’t see it. You won’t say nothing to no one ever in your life.As his mother searches for a way to cure him, Tommy is left vulnerable to his cruel relatives and neighbours. He retreats further and further into the safety of his own mind, until his pinball wizardry finally offers an outlet for what he’s always wanted: to be seen, heard, and helped.
The score of The Who’s Tommy will thrill classic rock fans and musical enthusiasts alike, as will the timeless story of the struggle over adversity and the strength of the human spirit.
Come on the amazing journey and learn all you should know.
January 8th - 23rd, 2016, Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre
PLEASE NOTE: For the week prior to opening (beginning Sunday January 3rd), please expect a rehearsal or other activity on each day.
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.
All auditioners will need to stay for a group dance audition held once per hour.
Please bring a photo & resume (photo does not need to be a professional headshot).
If you are auditioning for lead or ensemble, please prepare a single song from a rock musical. Please bring a backing track (iPod/MP3 player or CD) or accompanist. No A Cappella please.
If you are auditioning for dance ensemble, please prepare a Jazz/Contemporary piece.
Those auditioning for the part of Young Tommy may sing a song of any genre that they feel best displays their vocal ability. Both boys and girls who are willing/able to play a boy will be seen.
Rehearsals will be held:
- Mondays and Wednesdays 7PM - 10PM
- Saturdays 1PM-5PM
First readthrough will be Sept 26th.
Tommy moves into the theatre on Sunday, December 27th.
There will be no scheduled rehearsal December 28th-29th.
There will be a rehearsal December 30th.
Jan 2nd & 3rd will have 10AM - 6PM calls with lunch break.
Jan 4th-Jan 8th will be our standard tech week schedule (6PM-midnight)
25-35 yrs old
A weary middle-class woman. Mrs. Walker is tired and frustrated from trying to care for and cure Tommy. Tommy's mother and Captain Walker's wife.
30-40 yrs old
A former soldier with lingering guilt. He murders his wife's lover after coming back from a POW camp, resulting in Tommy's trauma-induced blindness, deafness, and dumbness. Father to Tommy and husband to Mrs. Walker.
30-45 yrs old
Tommy's lecherous, drunken uncle. Ernie molests a young Tommy and later runs a children's camp seeking to profit from Tommy's popularity.
|Tommy/Narrator||M||Db3 - B4||
18-25 yrs old
An embittered young genius stricken deaf, dumb, and blind after a childhood trauma. Tommy discovers that he is a natural master of pinball, and later becomes a cult-like hero figure to masses enthralled by his story. Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker's son.
|Cousin Kevin||M||Ab2 - B4||
18-25 yrs old
A bully with sadistic tendencies. Tortures his cousin, Tommy, when they're young and later seizes the opportunity to profit from Tommy's success.
25-35 yrs old
A brazen drug dealer and prostitute. Tommy's parents bring him to the Gypsy to experiment with unusual cures.
30-45 yrs old
A doctor with modern ideas about how to cure Tommy. Tommy's parents hire him in their desperation to find any cure for their son.
A bold, sensitive, and excitable teenybopper. Sally develops a fan crush on Tommy and rushes the stage to be close to him.
Be able to play 4-10 years old
Min. actor age 6
Preferably older and appear younger, girls may also audition.
This role will be double cast.
Soldiers; Nurses; Harlots; Lads And Lasses; Guards; Reporters.
The following Ensemble parts will be featured soloists in several of the songs: Local Lads 1&2 ("Pinball Wizard"), The Hawker ("Eyesight to the Blind"), and The Lover ("Twenty-One").
|Dance Ensemble||MF||We are seeking 6 dancers who will not be required to sing.|
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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)
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