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Audition Information

WVLO Encourages Performers of all Races and Ethnicity to Audition


Auditions began 5 months ago
Sunday, January 28, 2018: 7 pm - 9 pm
Monday, January 29, 2018: 7 pm - 9 pm
(auditionees need come only on one day)

Callbacks Thursday, February 1, 2018: 7 pm - 10 pm
Callbacks Saturday, February 3, 2018: 10 am - 4 pm
(you may be requested to attend one or both callbacks)

Orientation March 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Rehearsals begin mid-April, 2018
Performances are on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays June 23 - July 21, 2018

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Director's Note for Spamalot
Picture of Geoffrey Ward, Director

When I was asked why I wanted to direct Spamalot, I didn't have to think twice about my answer: Because it's silly! More importantly because I want to bring the wit and character of Monty Python's Flying Circus to a new generation of theatergoers— theatergoers, young and old, who may have never experienced the style of humor these talented boys from England created. For those experienced Pythoners, I want to take them back to their youth to relive the newness and off the wall silliness that Monty Python's Flying Circus was. In order to do all that, I felt that this show needed someone who gets their humor, who knows their silliness, innuendo, and has the ability to recreate it on stage. Thank goodness for the W.V.L.O. board and Nancy Kwong, my producer, who vested in me that challenge and responsibility. I feel so blessed to be sitting in this director chair surrounded by a like-minded (Pythonesque) staff of theater professionals.

Spamalot is a unique piece of musical theater. Most musical theater takes the audience through a storyline with each scene setting up the other through dialogue, dance, and music. Spamalot, on the other hand, is a tapestry of skits woven together with catchy songs and rollicking dance numbers. The show, at best, has a sketchy storyline with no real purpose other than to entertain its audience. It is intelligent farcical slapstick at its very best. Eric Idle and John DuPrez adapted Spamalot from the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The characters in Spamalot have been recreated to mirror the characters originally created by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, & Michael Palin in Grail. With the help of our wonderful staff, it is my Holy quest to bring these very characters back to life on our stage, as Idle originally wanted them portrayed: very, very, silly.


Cheers,
Geoffrey Ward


 
Roles for Spamalot
CharacterDescription
King Arthur
Male: late 30s to 60s
Vocal: Bass / Baritone

The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and by order of God, find the Holy Grail. Elitist, great humor, silly, and good singer.

Sir Robin
Male: 30s to 40s
Vocal: Bari-tenor

A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called Sir Robin the Brave, though he couldn't be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for singing and dancing. Loves to dance. Also plays Guard 1 and Brother Maynard (a long winded Monk).

Sir Lancelot (aka Lance)
Male: 30s to 40s
Vocal: Bari-tenor

A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault, but through a twist if fate, does discover his softer side. This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, as arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.

Patsy
Male: 30s to 60s
Vocal: Bari-tenor

King Arthur’s horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur's approval. The only really level headed character. Dry humor, good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town, and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.

Sir Galahad
Male: 30s - 40s
Vocal: Strong baritone / tenor

Begins as Dennis, a lower class mud gatherer who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad, a Knight of the Roundtable. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT's Father, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries.

Sir Bedevere
Male: 20s to 40s
Vocal: Bari-tenor

A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAGHAD'S MOTHER, a really shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot's horse. No solo singing.

The Lady of the Lake
Female: 20s to 40s
Vocal: E3 - B6

A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. She must be able to sing effortlessly and be proficient in opera, jazz, scat, ballad, belting, and pop singing styles.

Multiple role actor
Male: 20s to 30s
Vocal:tenor with strong falsetto

Needs to be a good mover.

Ensemble
Male / Female: 20s to 30s
Vocal: various

6 to 10 men and women with strong dancing skills (tap required).


The Staff
Director Geoffrey Ward
Music DirectorRon Bowman
Vocal DirectorNick Perez
ChoreographerLisa Callaghan
Costume DesignerLisa Armenta
Scenic DesignerSteven C. Wathen
Sound DesignerBrett Carlson
Sound ConsultantDan Singletary
Sound OperatorsChris Willmore & Dave Raiman
Lighting DesignerHeather Kenyon
Light Board OperatorAradhna Bulchand-Ashrani
Follow Spot OperatorsDon Masuda, Emily Oberheim
ProducerNancy Kwong
Assistant ProducerEarl Masuda
Associate ProducerLiz Dale
Stage ManagersMike MacKenzie and Dave Raiman
Assistant Stage Manager
Tech Crew
Tech/Construction DirectorEd Hand
Painting Crew
Props Coordinator
Props MistressNancy Dean
Wig and Hair DesignChristine Ormseth
Publicity/MarketingCynthia Rust-Greaves
Staff PhotographerEdmond Kwong
Program and Box OfficeMarge Hand
House ManagerJudy Pincus
VideographerDave Singletary - Playback Memories
Audition PianistsAmanda Ku
Rehearsal PianistsNick Perez

Questions?

Email auditions@wvlo.org

Auditions and callbacks location:
Saratoga Civic Theater
13777 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga, CA
Most rehearsals at
WVLO Rehearsal Hall
500 E. McGlincey Ave
Campbell, CA
Performances at
Saratoga Civic Theater
13777 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga, CA

Audition Guidelines & General Information

Auditionees, you have won our hearts and minds just by reading this audition form! So don't be nervous or hesitant to come join us. We welcome you to come on down and have some fun with us. We cannot wait to see your amazing talents!!

The audition will include:

  1. Singing— 16 bars of a contemporary Broadway song which best shows your vocal range and dramatics, with the option for the music director to ask for more of the song if needed.
    • Do NOT audition with a song from the show.
    • PLEASE bring sheet music in your key with cuts marked. An accompanist will be provided.
    • NO impromptu vocal, acapella, or recorded accompaniment PLEASE!
  2. Dancing— you will be shown a short routine and asked to perform.


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