Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
and some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW?
Orpheus will be the first company in Ottawa to produce one of the most popular musicals of this decade: Mamma Mia! The artistic team is excited to share with you some information about the upcoming auditions.
Adult comedic actors, singers, and dancers of all ethnicities, religions, ages (18+), size and shapes, are welcome.. Ethnicity will not be a factor in casting the show and we strongly encourage submissions from artists of ALL ethnic backgrounds.
WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE GAME?
Auditions open for Orpheus members on March 5 and for the general public on March 12.
After those dates, you can call the Orpheus office at 613-729-4318 or email email@example.com to book.
Join us on Monday, March 19 at 7:30 PM, at Orpheus House.
** By appointment only **
Auditions run from Tuesday, March 20 to Friday, March 23, with slots at 6 PM, 7 PM and 8 PM.
The afternoon of Sunday, March 25, time TBA.
Wednesday, March 28, at Orpheus House.
Shows will be at 7:30 PM from June 1–10, in addition to matinees at 2 PM on Sundays (June 3 and 10). There will be no performance on Monday, June 4. All performances will be at Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive.
TAKE A CHANCE… On This Show!
Auditions are by appointment only. Due to expected interest, we strongly recommend you book your spot as soon as you’re able. We’ll create a waitlist for those we are not able to see, once all audition spots are booked.
To maximize the number of people we’re able to see, each time slot will be expanded to fit 10 people. To accommodate the extra auditions, it’s imperative that you come prepared to sing no more than 32 bars of your chosen song. There will not be time to sing more than that. ** See note below from the Musical Director. **
Readings will be short and of a general nature. If required, we will ask for a more in-depth reading in a call back. Sides are available at the bottom of this page to download and print.
Please arrive a few minutes prior to your appointed time, with your sheet music in the correct key and marked properly. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to dance in.
The audition form is a key piece of information. On it, you will mark which part or parts you are willing to accept, including whether or not you are interested in being considered for the off-stage singing ensemble. You must also come prepared to disclose any and all conflicts you may have during the rehearsal period. PLEASE NOTE ALL CONFLICTS CLEARLY ON THE FORM. Signing the form indicates that you are aware of the commitment required, are willing to accept the roles you indicated and that you are available for all the dates you did not indicate as a conflict. The audition form is available at the bottom of this page to download, print and complete in advance of the audition. Copies will be available at the information meeting and at the auditions, but we strongly recommended you arrive with it already completed.
The most important thing about the audition is to show your singing, dancing and acting skills. Wearing a costume or including a gimmick in your audition will not help you, and the artistic team is likely to remember you for all the wrong reasons. Treat the audition as a professional job interview.
GIMME GIMME GIMME…THE PARTS!
** If cast in one of the principal or featured roles, you will be expected to be part of an off-stage singing chorus when needed and when possible. **
** Ages listed are approximate and are stage ages. **
DONNA (late 30s-early 50s – the mother of a 20-year-old girl) Attractive and free-spirited. A former lead singer in a group called “Donna and the Dynamos” who now owns and runs a hotel/casino on a Greek island. A strong feminist with a no nonsense attitude she is also unconventional and wild, vulnerable and indecisive. Vocal range: Alto/Mezzo Soparano (must be able to belt a C).
SOPHIE (18-25) Donna’s daughter. She is determined to find the romance and happiness she feels eluded her mother, but is unsure how to achieve it. Has a wild, zany spirit even though she pursues a conventional marriage. Vocal range: Pop soprano/mezzo (may be asked to learn some simple guitar chords).
SKY (late 20s) Sophie’s fiancé. Athletic, attractive – has given up his life as a successful young businessman in order to make over Donna’s taverna and marry Sophie. Vocal range: High Baritone/Tenor (needs to hit a A♭).
TANYA (late 30s-early 50s) A former singer in the “Dynamos.” Rich, sophisticated, acerbic, and wickedly witty. She is completely in charge of most situations and can break a man without breaking a sweat. Vocal range: Alto/Mezzo Soprano (Must be a strong belter).
ROSIE (late 30s-early 50s) Also a former singer in the “Dynamos,” she now writes for and runs a feminist press. She’s confident, strong, and funny on the outside but shy underneath. Kooky and fun, good comic actress, bit of a clown. Actress who sings. Vocal range: Alto/Mezzo Soprano.
SAM (late 30s-early 50s) May be Sophie’s father. Left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman. Charming, successful architect. Actor who sings. Vocal range: Baritone.
HARRY (late 30s-early 50s) May be Sophie’s father. British financier, wealthy, buttoned-up, and conservative, but trying to reconnect with his freer, youthful self. Must do a very convincing English accent. Also an actor who sings.
Vocal range: Baritone/ Tenor (Ability to play the guitar is an asset).
BILL (late 30s-early 50s) May be Sophie’s father. A travel writer with no possessions or strings. Good-natured, always ready for adventure. Funny, preferably a big or imposing man. Vocal range: Baritone.
FEATURED ENSEMBLE ROLES
LISA (18-25) Sophie’s friend who arrives to be a bridesmaid. Very energetic and kooky. Should sing and dance well.
Vocal range: Mezzo Soprano.
ALI (18-25) Sophie’s friend. Impulsive and fun. Should contrast to Lisa and Sophie. Vocal range: Mezzo Soprano.
PEPPER (20s) Sky’s friend. Helps run the hotel. Charming, loves women, always flirting. Must be a good dancer. Acrobatic skills a plus. Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor.
EDDIE (20s) Another friend of Sky and hotel worker. Laid-back, easygoing. Also a dancer role. Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor.
In addition to the above mentioned roles, we’ll be casting a small, on-stage ensemble of between 8 and 14 actors of various ages, genders and ethnicity. The ensemble will play hotel and wedding guests and be included on stage in all the major musical numbers, in addition to being expected to sing off stage as part of a pit or off-stage chorus. All on-stage ensemble actors must be exceptionally strong actors/singers who move well and are confident and adept at creating fully realized, strong, textured characters. We are seeking a full range of male and female voices.
DEDICATED VOCAL CHORUS
We will also be casting between 4 and 8 off-stage or pit chorus members. These actors will primarily sing off stage, provide vocal support to the on-stage ensemble and fill out the layered ABBA sound. There will be the opportunity to appear on stage in a few places, depending on ability and dance requirements, but there is no guarantee of stage time. If you accept one of these roles, understand that you will not be on stage for the majority of the show. For this chorus, the primary focus for those auditioning will be on vocals and a strong ability with harmony. There is no age requirement for these roles, other than being 18+.
THANK YOU FOR THE (SHEET) MUSIC
**Note from the Music Director**
Mamma Mia! Calls for strong singers with a convincing pop sound. For the music component of the audition, please choose 16 to 32 bars of a song of your choice, keeping in mind the musical style of the show. We might do some scales to explore your range in the audition BUT it is always best if you can showcase your vocal range and abilities in the context of a song.
Music MUST be clearly marked and in the correct key for the accompanist. Please ensure that the music contains an appropriate piano accompaniment (i.e. not a lead sheet or lyric sheet) and that no notes are cut off on photocopies.
** A capella or self-accompanied auditions (including karaoke tracks) will NOT be permitted. **
Arriving at your audition with the clearly marked and appropriate sheet music for a well-chosen song that you have rehearsed will go a long way towards making your audition a success.
Mamma Mia! calls for a wide range of dance ability, from trained, competent jazz/Broadway style dancers to people who are not trained but can move well. The dance portion of the audition will be a short dance sequence, learned and performed as a group in Rice Hall (at Orpheus House). It will give those that are trained an opportunity to show off their skill but will not be too overwhelming for the non-dancers.
The dance style of the show is high energy and fun. Not every role or ensemble member will need strong dance abilities, BUT everyone will require strong performance skills and a willingness to try. Use the dance audition to show off that skill and, more than anything, try your best to look like you’re having a good time and you will be successful.
Please make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes to dance in. No constricting clothing i.e. jeans please.
** EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DANCE PORTION OF THE AUDITION, EVEN THOSE ONLY WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE OFF-STAGE CHORUS. THE OFF-STAGE CHORUS WILL APPEAR ON STAGE IN SOME MOMENTS AND THE ARTISTIC TEAM USES THE AUDITION TO ASSESS MOVEMENT ABILITY. **
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL
One final note: as we all know, taking part in an Orpheus production is not a light commitment. Please take the time to fully assess whether or not you are able to make that commitment before you audition. It is imperative to the success of this production that everyone involved is able to give it their full attention and time.
That said, if you do audition and are cast, the artistic team promises that your time will not be wasted. We will do the utmost to make sure we maximize rehearsals and that the rehearsal process and the performances will be enjoyable.
After all, how can it not be fun singing and dancing to Dancing Queen?!
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