Lamplighters Music Theatre

Auditions for: A Little Night Music

STAGE DIRECTOR:  DENNIS M. LICKTEIG

MUSIC DIRECTOR:  KARL PISTER

CHOREOGRAPHER:  JAYNE ZABAN

STAGE MANAGER:  AMANDA ROCCUZZO

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ABOUT THE SHOW:

Music and Lyrics:  Stephen Sondheim

Book:  Hugh Wheeler

Sondheim creates a stunning tour de force when he takes Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, and turns it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance. Winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre.

Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick's wife, Anne; Desirée's current lover, the Count; and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men – as well as their jealous wives – agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.

A Little Night Music is full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire. This dramatic musical celebration of love is perfect  with its harmonically advanced score and masterful orchestrations, and contains Sondheim's popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."

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CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Fredrika Armfeldt (Soprano) - a grave, very self-contained girl of 14-15 years old, a formal girl with the precise diction of the convent-trained.  She plays the piano.

Madame Armfeldt (Contralto)-a wealthy, wise and wonderful woman of mystery and humor.  She has numbered kings among her lovers and never fails to both amaze and shock you with her charm and wit.  Age:  70 to 85.

Desiree Armfeldt (Alto)-a middle-aged actress who has lived the theatrical life to the fullest.  She possesses a worldly charm and is more like her mother than she realizes or admits.

Anne Egerman (Soprano) - a ravishingly beautiful young woman of 18.  She is a pure innocent, naive and a bit immature caught in a mature situation.

Henrik Egerman (Tenor)-Anne's stepson, a broody young man of 20 who attends a Lutheran seminary.  He tends to take himself and his work too seriously.  He plays the cello.

Fredrik Egerman (Baritone)-a middle-aged lawyer caught in an unfulfilling second marriage to Anne.  An urbane and witty fellow.

Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm (Baritone)- a man who appears as impressive as his name, a military man who an inflated ego and incredible conceit.  Age: 30 to 45.  Married to:

Countess Charlotte Malcolm (Alto) -his long suffering wife who loves this man despite his constant philandering.  An intelligent, witty woman of means who is constantly thinking of ways to attract the attention of her husband.  Age 30 to 40.

Petra (Alto with a strong chest voice)-the Egerman's maid.  A lusty and outspoken woman with a love of life.  She serves as a carnal frustration to Henrik. Age: 20 to 30.

Mr. Lindquist (Baritone), Mrs. Nordstrom (Coloratura Soprano), Mrs. Anderssen (Lyric Soprano), Mr. Erlanson (Tenor) and Mrs. Segstrom (Mezzo—soprano) these five serve as the musical center of the show.  They function as a type of "Greek Chorus", commenting on the action of the play as well as taking part in the action on occasion.  These five must be accomplished singers.

Frid - Madame Armfeldt's butler.  A man in his late 20's or early 30's who is the example of the perfect servant.  Always present and always listening!  He soon discovers the charms of Petra. (Non-singing role)

Malla, Bertrand and Osa - Servants in the Armfeldt and Malcolm households.  These are non-singing roles and will have limited rehearsal commitments. 

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Performance Schedule

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
February 2, 2019 (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
February 3, 2019 (Sunday 2pm)

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
February 9, 2019 (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
February 10, 2019 (Sunday 2pm)

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
February 16, 2019 (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
February 17, 2019 (Sunday 2pm)

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AUDITIONS ARE HELD AT THE LAMPLIGHTERS REHEARSAL HALL, 469 BRYANT STREET (between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the South of Market area of San Francisco).  Please use this sign-up program to book your audition time. No phone calls or emails, please!

AUDITION FAQs: Please come to the preliminary audition with a classic musical theater song (written before 1970 - no pop music - please), that you feel will show off your voice well. Please note that Lamplighters performs without the use of body microphones, so size of voice and excellent projection are vital.  An accompanist will be provided. Bring your music in the key in which you will sing it.

Also bring your headshot and resume, and your calendar so that you can give us any conflicts that you may have during the rehearsal period. If you are needed for a callback, you will be notified.

CALLBACKS WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 6:00-10:00 PM

BY INVITATION APPOINTMENT ONLY!

REHEARSALS will begin in early December and will be held Sunday – Thursday evenings. Some Friday and Saturday rehearsals may be scheduled as opening night approaches. A tentative schedule will be available at the auditions, and more detail will be provided as soon as available. We will take breaks for the major holidays, but will probably not be able to cast people with extensive holiday travel or performance plans.

PLEASE NOTE: As with any period production, cast members may be required to provide special undergarments that may be necessary (e.g., women, Merry Widows; men, dance belts), as well as tights and footwear. Also, it may be necessary for men to alter or eliminate facial hair. Cast members may be asked to donate a few hours to help with costumes, sets, mailings, etc.

Non-Equity; Non-AGMA; Some Pay  Stipends for leads will range from $200 - $700.00, depending on size and difficulty of the role and whether double cast. All non-singing roles will be offered expense reimbursement up to $200 to help offset costs such as purchasing tights and footwear, travel and lodging, etc.

Created by:   Dennis Lickteig
 
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