Auditions for Gallery Players production of AMADEUS By Peter Shaffer, Directed by Ross Shirley will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 2:00p-5:00p and Monday, January 13, 2020 from 6:30p-9:30p, by appointment only at the Columbus JCC: 1125 College Ave.
Sign up for a slot below and prepare one two-minute contemporary monologue showing range. Please consider material in the vein of Eugene O’Neil, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Terrence McNally, etc. Monologues showing dramatic and comedic elements are encouraged. Several roles in this production traditionally played by men may be cast as women or in a non-gender specific context. Those auditioning for Katarina are welcome to sing a brief cutting from an aria, etc. An accompanist will not be provided.
Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out an audition form, bring a current resume and headshot, along with conflicts for March-May, 2020. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, January 15th 6:30-10p and will consist of readings from the script.
Six Performances will run in May 2020: Sat 5/2 at 8:00p, Sun 5/3 at 2:30p, Sat 5/9 at 8:00p, Sun 5/10 at 2:30p, Sat 5/16 at 8:00p and Sun 5/17 at 2:30p.
Antonio Salieri (male, 30’s-50’s): Court composer and later imperial kapellmeister to Joseph II, emperor of Austria, Salieri is ambitious and has promised to dedicate his life and talents to God in return for fame as a composer. He found success in the emperor’s court and is part of a faction of Italians who advise the emperor on cultural matters. However, once Mozart arrives on the scene and Salieri hears his exquisite work, he feels betrayed by God and lets his feelings of mediocrity, jealousy, and bitterness consume him. Keyboard/piano skills are welcomed but not required.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (male, mid 20's): A child prodigy from Salzburg, Austria, and a genius composer, Mozart is seeking a position in the emperor’s court. He is extravagant, arrogant, juvenile, foul-mouthed, and impulsive in social and political situations, but creates unbelievably remarkable music. He eventually loses support in court, and, unable to secure a steady income, becomes a poverty-stricken alcoholic and struggles to survive. But he always remains true to his music. Keyboard/piano skills are welcomed but not required.
Constanze (Stanzi) Weber (female, early 20’s): Mozart’s wife whom he married against his father’s wishes, Weber loves and supports him in his work through every humiliation and hardship. Though both are cavalier and juvenile, she is more responsible and practical and even willing to sacrifice herself for him.
Joseph II (male, 40’s): Emperor of Austria and brother of Marie Antoinette, Joseph II enjoys and supports Mozart’s music but is ultimately persuaded by Salieri and others at court to cut him off.
Count Johann Kilian von Strack (male or female, 50’s): Chamberlain of the Imperial Chamber, von Strack is a stiff and proper court official.
Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg (male or female, 50’s): Pompous and supercilious, Orsini-Rosenberg is director of the Imperial Opera.
Baron Gottfried van Swieten (male, 60’s): Prefect of the Imperial Library, van Swieten is cultivated and serious. He is known as “Lord Fugue” and is ardent Freemason.
Two Venticelli (male or female): Gossips who work for Salieri and provide him with information on Mozart’s private affairs
Kapellmeister Guiseppe Bonno (male, 80’s): The royal choral director. Non-speaking. Doubles as servant/citizen.
Salieri’s Valet/Cook (male or female): Non- speaking. Doubles as servants/citizens.
Teresa Salieri (female 30’s-50’s): Wife of Salieri. Non- speaking. Doubles as servant/citizen.
Katherina Cavalieri (female, 20’s): Salieri’s promising pupil who has affairs with both Salieri and Mozart. Non-speaking. (Those with opera experience are welcome to sing.) Doubles as servant/citizen.
1-2 Servants/Citizens of Vienna (male or female): Non-speaking.
|| Giselle Siegel