Casting Call for Company by Stephen Sondheim

CASTING CALL

COMPANY
BY Stephen Sondheim
Director: James Suckling
Playing dates: 1st – 11th Dec 2021
Audition date: Sunday, 13th June from 10 a.m.

I am thrilled to have been asked by The Loft Theatre to direct Company. From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends — “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” — explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

Company features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim’s best known songs. The strength of the piece lies in its vivid yet real characters, meaning impressive technical aspects aren’t necessary to convey the story. It can be told as effectively with a cavalcade of automated set pieces as it can with a chair or two. Every audience member will see reflections of themselves in at least one of the characters on stage.

I am very excited to be working with Alice Brown as Musical Director. Alice has a Masters in Music from Birmingham and is passionate about Sondheim.

KEY INFORMATION

Audition Date: Sunday 13th June from 10am

Back-up audition day / Recalls as required: Sunday 20th June from 10am

Please audition for 1 character only and prepare the song(s) and dialogue for that character – available at the link below:
COMPANY audition pieces

We can discuss alternate casting options on the day. For COVID safety we will be auditioning one person at a time – please make sure you have warmed up vocally before your audition. All guidance for being at the theatre will be sent to you when we confirm your audition details.

NEXT STEPS

Please contact me (James) on jamessuckling@talk21.com / 07776 228179 to book a time slot and ask any questions you may have.

Please contact Sue Moore, the Artistic Director for any other questions.
suemoore@lofttheatrecompany.com

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 3rd October. Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal but your availability is expected.

Show Dates – Wed 1st December – Saturday 11th December

Character Breakdown & Audition Pieces

COMPANY Audition pieces

Robert

The story’s protagonist, he is a keen observer who appears happy but holds pain in his heart. He is the only one of his friends still single. Terrified of marriage and fears a lifelong loneliness. Lead character with strong singing and acting skills.
Gender: Male
Playing Age: 30 to 35
Vocal range top: G4 Tenor
Vocal range bottom: G2
Audition Script: from 2:2
Audition Songs: Someone is Waiting & Being Alive

Sarah

Harry’s hyper critical wife. She is an avid learner of karate and tends to overeat. Open, accepting, and full of love. Good character part.
Gender: Female
Playing Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A5 Alto
Vocal range bottom: A3

Audition Script: from 1:2
Audition Song: Side by Side / What Would I Do Without You

Harry

Sarah’s husband. He is a recovering alcoholic continually falling off the wagon. Believes the advantages of marriage outweigh the disadvantages. Good singer.
Gender: Male
Playing Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F4 Baritone
Vocal range bottom: A2

Audition Script: from 1:2
Audition Song: Sorry Grateful

Susan

A delicate southern belle (accent required). Peter’s wife and ex-wife. Motherly in her affections towards Robert.
Gender: Female
Playing Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A5 Soprano
Vocal range bottom: A3

Audition Script: from 1:3
Audition Song: Side by Side / What Would We Do Without You

Peter

Susan’s husband. The perfect husband and ex-husband. He is very liberal in his view of relationships.
Gender: Male
Playing Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: G4 tenor
Vocal range bottom: B2

Audition Script: from 1:3
Audition Song: Have I Got A Girl For You (upper part)

Jenny

Quietly manipulative, simultaneously square and wise. Loves her husband, David, and will indulge him from time to time. Strong acting skills – stoned but thinks she isn’t! Strong singer for “Bless this Day.”
Gender: Female
Playing Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A5 Soprano
Vocal range bottom: A3

Audition Script: from 1:4
Audition Song: Getting Married Today (Bless This Day)

David

Jenny’s husband, he is relaxed and always in control. Believes a man should be married and that the sacrifice of freedom is worth what you get in return.
Gender: Male
Playing Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F4 Baritone
Vocal range bottom: B2
Audition Script: from 1:4
Audition Song: Have I Got A Girl For You (upper part)

Amy

A frantic neurotic engaged to Paul but terrified of marriage. After a mental breakdown, she finally realizes that Paul is, in fact, her soulmate. Strong acting and singing skills required.
Gender: Female
Playing Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F5 Alto
Vocal range bottom: G3
Audition Script: from 1:6
Audition Song: Getting Married Today

Paul

Amy’s fiancé. Mildly clingy, but patient to her neurotic nature. He is fully committed to the idea of marriage and encourages Robert to do the same. Strong singing skills required.
Gender: Male
Playing Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: G4 Tenor
Vocal range bottom: B2
Audition Script: from 1:6
Audition Song: Getting Married Today (Today is for Amy)

Joanne

Acerbic, demanding, and blunt. Too old to be part of the young crowd, but not old enough to be part of the older crowd. Puts on a brassy front that melts when she is alone with her husband. The Elaine Stritch / Patti Lupone part!
Gender: Female
Playing Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: C5 Alto
Vocal range bottom: E3

Audition Script: from 2:4
Audition Song: The Ladies Who Lunch

Larry

Joanne’s husband. He is stoic and centered, but has moments of goofiness. Indulges his wife’s behaviour but knows when to put his foot down.
Gender: Male
Playing Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: G4 Tenor
Vocal range bottom: B2
Audition Script: from 2:4
Audition Song: Have I Got A Girl For You (upper part)

Marta

A girlfriend of Robert’s. Intensely modern, who is seeking adventure and excitement in the City. Strong singing skills required.
Gender: Female
Playing Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E5 Alto
Vocal range bottom: A3
Audition Script: from 1:5
Audition Song: Another Hundred People

Kathy

An old girlfriend of Robert’s, who is now considered a good friend. She plans to leave the City for a life of domesticity. Sweet and loving.
Gender: Female
Playing Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: A5 Soprano
Vocal range bottom: A3
Audition Script: from 1:5
Audition Song: You Could Drive A Person Crazy (upper part)

April

A girlfriend of Robert’s. She is a flight attendant who came to New York to live in Radio City. Ditzy and adorable.
Gender: Female
Playing Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: A5 Soprano
Vocal range bottom: A3

Audition Script: from 1:5
Audition Song: You Could Drive A Person Crazy (upper part)