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'Spamalot' character lists are posted [Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)]

May 4, 2013

YellowBrix

AUBURN - Lewiston/Auburn Community Little Theatre has released a list of "Spamalot" characters and discriptions for its upcoming auditions set for May 17 and 19.

"Spamalot" tells the legendary tale of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail. However, diverting a bit from the true story, this hilarious musical features such oddities as a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchman and killer rabbits.

In addition to the many character roles and descriptions, there are several specific guidelines required for the auditions. Some specifics include: English and Cockney accents for characters, cold script readings plus dance and vocal auditions.

A complete list of characters, descriptions, music and specific guidelines are posted at www.sunjournal.com and at CLT's website, www.laclt.com/. Auditioners are encouraged to read this material before auditioning.

Scripts are available at the box office at 783-0958 and may be picked up during business hours 3-5 p.m. on Mon. Tues. Wed. and Fri. On Thurs, it is 9 a.m. to noon.

The directors are accepting calls for questions on the musical: Richard Martin at 207-754-9828 or John Blanchette at 207-749-7013. For musical/vocal questions: Paul Caron at 207-783-0774.

Character discriptions and reqirements for CLT's 'Spamalot' auditions

Copies of the script will be available during box office hours at Community Little Theatre. Hours are Mon. Tues. Wed. & Fri. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thurs. 9 a.m. to noon.

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A Table Reading has been scheduled for May 4th at 10AM at Community Little Theatre. All prospective auditioners are welcome to participate.

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FMI on Spamalot auditions, please call Richard Martin at 207-754- 9828 or John Blanchette at 207-749-7013. For questions in regards to music, please call Paul Caron at 207-783-0774

SYNOPSIS

'Spamalot' tells the legendary tale of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail. However, diverting a bit from the true story, this hilarious musical features such oddities as a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Outside there is plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni.

SPECIFIC AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

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A choice of a musical selection from Spamalot is preferable for your audition. Nevertheless, you may select and prepare a song of your choice. If you are singing from the score, you do not need to bring sheet music, Otherwise, please provide sheet music to the musical director during your audition. Suggested songs from the show are listed below next to the character names. No a cappella auditions please.

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Watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Spamalot is lovingly ripped off from this Python classic.

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All auditioners will be required to undergo a dance audition. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear (character shoes) for choreography auditions. We need to see what everyone looks like - so no baggy clothing. Ladies should wear something that shows legs (Vegas show girls).

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Acting - You will be asked to undergo a cold script read of scene/ s from the show.

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You'll also be asked to demonstrate accents relevant to the character/s you are auditioning for. All male auditioners must be prepared to demonstrate both an upper class and lower class English accent. Lady of the Lake auditioners should prepare an upper class English accent. Patsy auditioners should prepare a cockney accent.

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Availability - please be sure to be very specific about any conflict dates you might have between auditions and the final performance. Availability will be a key factor in casting! Please note that there is a possibility of performing a 3rd weekend. We will not know this until as late as the first weekend, so we ask that you keep this open coming into auditions.

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Casting - the show is written with double and triple casting. If we have a great turn-out, we will want to spread the wealth around. That is, we will use more people and go with a larger cast. This is still community theatre---and we want to provide opportunities for as many talented people as possible!

CHARACTERS

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Please come prepared to sing the songs associated with any character for which you plan to audition. You may be asked to sing part of these songs in addition to your prepared piece. The numbers pertain to the Spamalot score.

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King Arthur - Baritone. The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Strong singer. Movement required. Vocal range: G below middle C to F above high C.

Music #13 KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE

Music #25 I'M ALL ALONE

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Sir Robin - Tenor/Baritone A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called 'Brave Sir Robin, despite being cowardly and easily scared. Joins the knights for the thrill of singing and dancing rather than the fighting. Also plays 1st Sentry, 1st Guard and Brother Maynard (long winded monk). Movement and tap dancing required. Vocal range: D above middle C to G above high C.

Music #5 I AM NOT DEAD YET

Music #20 YOU WON'T SUCCEED ON BROADWAY

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Sir Lancelot - Tenor/Baritone A Knight of the Roundtable. Fearless and masculine, but through a twist of fate does discover a softer side. Must be great with character voices and accents as this role also plays 2nd Sentry, French Taunter (an arrogant, Frenchman), The Knight of NI (an absurd leader of a peculiar group of Knights) and Tim the Enchanter (a ghostly being with a Scottish accent). Movement and some dance required. Vocal range: middle C to E above high C.

Music #5 I AM NOT DEAD YET

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Patsy - Tenor/Baritone King Arthur's horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur's approval. Also plays Mayor of Finland and 2nd Guard) Movement and some tap dancing required. Vocal range: Bb below middle C to G above high C.

Music #2 FISCH SCHLAPPING DANCE (Mayor)

Music #18 ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

Music #25 I'M ALL ALONE

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Sir Galahad - Tenor/Baritone A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Denis, a lower class 'mud gather' who, upon being knighted, transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays Prince Herbert's Father (a brutish Yorkshire man at odds with his sensitive son) and The Black Knight (a big invincible Knight who will continue to fight even after his limbs have been cut off). Strong singer with good falsetto. Movement required. Vocal range: Bb below middle C to B above high C.

Music #8 THE SONG THAT GOES LIKE THIS (Dennis)

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Sir Bedevere - Tenor/Baritone A Knight of the Roundtable. Described as the 'Strangely Flatulent'. Also plays Denis Galahad's Mother (a shrill peasant woman), and Concorde (Sir Lancelot's horse). Movement required. Vocal range: D# above middle C to E above high C.

Music #31 ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

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The Lady of the Lake - Alto/Mezzo/Sop The Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Movement required. Vocal range: E below middle C to B above high C.

Music #8 THE SONG THAT GOES LIKE THIS

Music #13 KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE - Bars 112 through 161

Music #14 FIND YOUR GRAIL

Music #21 WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MY PART?

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Prince Herbert - Tenor A precious and sensitive prince who sings atop his tower while pining for his love. Also plays Historian (narrates the story), Not Dead Fred (he's not dead yet), Lead Minstrel (sings 'Brave Sir Robin') and The French Taunter's Best Friend. Strong singing and dance required. Vocal range: A below middle C to A above high C.

Music #5 I AM NOT DEAD YET

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SUPPORTING CHARACTERS Sir Bors, Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Show, Robin's Minstrels, Dancing Monk, Dancing Nun.

The supporting roles will be cast from members of the male and female ensemble. The ensemble will also appear as The Finnish Folk, Not Dead Bodies, The Laker Girls, French Citizens, Monks, French Guards, and The Knights of Ni. Strong singing and dance required for all ensemble performers. Where possible, we will give everyone the opportunity to play more than one supporting roles - a good challenge for those of you who enjoy playing multiple and varied characters. If you have any questions at all, please contact us for clarification.

Music #31 ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

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