Auditions for Young Frankenstein

Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Young Frankenstein”, written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and directed by Jason Summers. “Young Frankenstein” is the electrifying musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film. It will leave you in stitches.

AUDITIONS: Sunday May 19th at 6:00 and Monday May 20th at 7:00

CALLBACKS: Tuesday May 28th at 7:00 (by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES: Friday September 6, 2024 thru Saturday September 28, 2024 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers, this musical extravaganza takes center stage. Comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his legendary film, breathing life into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein!

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (4 Male-Presenting, 3 Female-Presenting, 10 ensemble)

PLEASE PREPARE:

32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. Due to the comic nature of the musical, we ask that you choose material that not only shows off your voice but also shows your ability to play comedy or a big, over-the-top character.

Frederick Frankenstein
Male or Male Presenting. 30-50
A famous scientist dedicated to his work and innocent of the world at large. Intent to distance himself from his notorious grandfather whose scientific legacy is less than legitimate. A warm lyric baritone who sings to E-flat, and a comic actor who combines the manic energy of Danny Kaye with the charm and elegance of Fred Astaire. Sings with effortless charm (“Puttin’ On the Ritz”) and requires vocal power for a full-voice traditional Broadway ballad.

Elizabeth Benning
Female or Female Presenting. 30-40
Frederick’s spoiled and self-centered fiancée. Great comic role. A lyric soprano with wide range (to high C) who can deliver showy coloratura fireworks with complete ease. Music has a comic-operetta-ish sensibility that reflects the songs of Romberg, Herbert, Friml, and early Kern.

Igor
Male or Male Presenting. 30-50
A hunchback servant at the Frankenstein estate in Transylvania. Great comic role. High light baritone (to F#), should have the nimble charm to sing English music hall style songs and the show-biz savvy of Jimmy Durante.

Inga
Female or Female Presenting. 20-40
A young local Transylvanian woman who becomes Dr. Frankenstein’s eager assistant. Oblivious to her own sexuality and appeal. A bright, clear youthful Broadway mezzo with a high sustained belt to D-flat and a sweet mixed voice that extends up to high E.

Frau Blucher
Female or Female Presenting. 40-65
The housekeeper at the Frankenstein estate. She keeps the secrets of the past. A great slyly comic role. Requires skilled, dark, dramatic Lotte Lenya alto with a real sense of the Berlin Cabaret world of the 1920s and 30s. Solid belt up to B-flat and a workable mix that extends up to E-flat.

Inspector Kemp/Blind Man
Male or Male Presenting. 40-60
One actor to play both roles or may be split between two actors. Head of the local police with highly developed sense of his own power and a keen desire to keep order in the town. The Blind Man is a recluse who enjoys a meal with Frankenstein’s monster. This double role requires a great comic, transformational actor. Big legit bass-baritone voice that can really open up and soar to high F. Should demonstrate very dramatic singing chops in terms of volume and the break-your-heart quality of a singer, like Al Jolson in his prime.

The Monster
Male or Male Presenting. 18-50
The monster created when Dr. Frankenstein performs his famous brain transplant. Bass-baritone with good legit sound up to E-flat. Physically imposing.

Ensemble
Chorus / Ensemble. All Genders. 18-64
Singers and dancers with big, healthy voices, impeccable diction and wide ranges. Sopranos should not hesitate in showing off their sustained high notes and basses should give us their best low. Wide variety of dance styles in the show, so performers with a movement background are highly encouraged to audition. Lots of opportunities for featured acting, singing and dance moments throughout the show.

Sides from the script will be made available at the audition. All roles available. Casting is open to all ethnicities and races. Newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. Visit https://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/covid19 to read the theater’s current COVID policies and safety measures. For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313 or visit https://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/auditions

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Elmwood Casting Policy

Elmwood Community Playhouse is committed to providing equal opportunity to all and we strive for nondiscrimination in all areas of our organization. We are a non-Equity playhouse and therefore cannot cast members of the Actors Equity Association.

Elmwood Playhouse has an open auditions policy for every role in every show. Any member of the community is invited to audition, regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or identity, age, or special need. In accordance with our Code of Conduct policy, Elmwood Community Playhouse is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all our functions.

Actors do not need previous experience on the Elmwood stage to be offered a role. Many actors have been offered a role after the first time they audition. Further, Elmwood maintains a no pre-casting policy. All roles are available during the initial audition.

Dates for upcoming auditions are listed on our website, on social media, and announced in the members’ newsletter. If, in the opinion of the director, a suitable role cannot be cast from those who have auditioned, auditions may be extended beyond the original schedule, or specific individuals may be invited to audition to meet the needs of the production.

Upon arriving at the audition space, all actors will be asked to fill out an audition form. While not required, actors are encouraged to bring a headshot and/or suitable resume. If there is a specific role in a show that is of interest, please identify it on the audition form so the director is aware. Please be prepared to list all schedule conflicts from the day of audition through the closing performance of the show.

All casting decisions are made on the basis of the actor’s skill and ability demonstrated during the audition(s), as well as upon the actor’s appropriateness and suitability (physical, vocal, mental, and/or emotional) for the available roles. Certain circumstances, such as in plays where race, gender, or age are core to the show, may influence casting choices, however, casting is solely decided based on skill and ability.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to audition. All performers cast in a show must become a member of Elmwood Playhouse.

Acting Opportunities

Elmwood Playhouse produces: Six “main stage” shows a year. Involvement in these generally requires an average of 2-3 nights a week rehearsal for approx 8 weeks, and 12 to 20 performances over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Actual schedules will vary by show. A variety of “one performance” workshops for the monthly membership meetings, generally the first Monday of the month and open to the public. Special event performances throughout the year. This gives a broad range of opportunities for actors of varied skills and backgrounds to get on stage, whether you’re looking for a leading role or a small part to “get your feet wet”. Our shows run four to five weekends, occasionally with benefit performances during the week.

If you are cast…

All cast and crew personnel are required to become members of Elmwood Community Playhouse and are required to attend strike, which is held the Sunday after the final performance. By taking part in a production, you also allow that images of yourself captured by Elmwood Community Playhouse during their activities (including but not limited to rehearsals, productions and special events) through video, photo and/or digital camera, to be used solely for the purposes of Elmwood Community Playhouse promotional materials/publications and web site, and waive any right of compensation or ownership thereto. As is true in the professional world of theatre and dance, if the director or choreographer believes that a cast member’s participation in a production is unsatisfactory, it is his/her right to replace the person. A professional attitude and commitment to productions are expected at all times.