Auditions

AUDITIONS for “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” – NEW DATES!
Sunday, April 5, 7:00-9:00pm
Monday, April 6, 7:00-9:00pm
Greenspace Center , 815 Market St, Lewisburg.
Show to be performed June 19-28, directed by Jove Graham with music direction by Diane Scott.

“Lovingly ripped off from” the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “SPAMALOT” re-imagines King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail in a world full of killer rabbits, coconuts, dancing knights, rude Frenchmen, philosophical arguments about the weight-bearing capacity of migratory birds… and singing and dancing!

A NOTE REGARDING COVID-19: At this time, auditions have been postponed one week to April 5 & 6, but given the current coronavirus concerns, please check back here and/or follow RiverStage on Facebook for updates, as this could change.  In all cases, we have set up an online video submission form where you may choose to send in your information and a video-recording of your audition, if you would prefer not to audition in person; that form can be found by clicking here.  Also, we will be taking precautionary measures to limit person-to-person contact.    For example, auditioners will be asked to sit at least 6 feet apart in their own row of the auditorium, each auditioner will be given their own pencil and copy of the readings (i.e., no sharing of pages or pencils), and doors will be propped open to avoid the need for anyone to touch doorknobs or handles while at RiverStage.  If you still have concerns or questions, please contact us at auditions@riverstagetheatre.org and we will be happy to work with you.  Thanks for your patience and understanding during this difficult time period.

NOTE REGARDING THE SHOW: We realize that, based on the cast list, it may seem like there are not many roles for women (or non-singing roles) in this show, but that’s not true!  We are looking for a big, diverse cast of men AND women, and we definitely need dancers and people who can be funny on stage, whether you sing of not.  This show has many, many featured parts that will make the audience laugh, and in many of these cases, we will cast whomever we think is going to be funny in the role and not necessarily adhere to male/female casting descriptions.  (If you’ve ever watched Monty Python’s Flying Circus, you know that they didn’t adhere to them either!)  It will be a terrific ensemble show to be a part of, so if you are looking for a great summer musical theatre experience this year, come out and audition with us!

WHAT TO DO AND BRING: Auditioners may attend either session and will be asked to: (1) sing a song (even if you are primarily interested in a non-singing role), (2) read from the script, (3) tell us about any scheduling conflicts you may have in April, May or June, and (4) perform some basic dance movements (even if you are primarily interested in a non-dancing role, so please wear comfortable clothes, including shoes) (and tap shoes, if you happen to have them).

(1) SINGING:  Each auditioner should bring a short song or section of a Broadway song (approximately 1 verse + chorus) to sing.  (Sheet music, CD accompaniment, a-cappella or other electronic device OK.)  You may choose any song that you feel you can perform well, but it is highly recommended that you choose something that showcases your sense of humor and volume/projection.  (For example, suggested songs from Spamalot might be “Find Your Grail” (women), “Whatever Happened To My Part?” (women), “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” (men), or “The Song That Goes Like This” (either).)  Auditioners should also bring a calendar to indicate scheduling conflicts in April, May and June.

(2) READING: Auditioners will also be asked to read scenes aloud from the script.  Click here to read a few “imagined monologues” along the lines of what we will be using in the auditions, or click here to read a few sample 2-person scenes.  If you would like to prepare ahead of time, we would highly recommend looking at these, or watching/re-watching any of the Monty Python movies (especially Holy Grail) or the Flying Circus TV show.

(3) CAST OF CHARACTERS: Characters include, but are not limited to:

  • KING ARTHUR: The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great humor, good singer.
  • SIR ROBIN: A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’ though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing.
  • SIR LANCELOT: A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ Character voices and accents a must.
  • PATSY: King Arthur’s “horse” and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover.
  • SIR GALAHAD: A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad.
  • NOT DEAD FRED: A sickly little fellow who, despite others’ beliefs, claims he is “not yet dead” and later becomes “Sir Fred.”
  • LADY OF THE LAKE: A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. Great singing voice is essential as the Lady of the Lake must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers and be a strong comic actor.
  • ENSEMBLE MEN: knights, peasants, guards, and more!
  • ENSEMBLE WOMEN: The Lady of the Lake has a team of “Laker Girls,” enthusiastic dancers who also sing and play other roles in the show.

The following roles are usually doubled (i.e., played by actors already playing other characters) but don’t necessarily have to be for this production.  Many of these can be played by either men or women.

  • HISTORIAN: A tweedy academic.
  • SIR BEDEVERE: A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. No solo singing.
  • THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman
  • The KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights
  • TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
  • FRENCH GUARD: The condemnatory French sidekick to the French Taunter.
  • MINSTRELS: In Sir Robin’s band.
  • CONCORDE: Sir Lancelot’s horse
  • PRINCE HERBERT: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower.
  • GUARD 1
  • BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.
  • MAYOR
  • Drunken, useless GUARD 2
  • DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER, a politically active peasant woman
  • PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son
  • THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries.

For more details on any of these auditions or our shows, please contact auditions@riverstagetheatre.org.  And don’t forget that you can receive email updates about all our upcoming auditions and shows by joining our mailing list by using our Contact Us form!