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Auditions begin 6 weeks ago
Sunday, June 2, 2019: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday, June 3, 2019: 7 pm - 9:30 pm
(auditionees need come only on one day)

Callbacks Tuesday, June 4, 2019: 7 pm (invitation only)
Callbacks Saturday, June 8, 2019: 10 am (invitation only)
(you may be requested to attend one or both callbacks)

Rehearsals begin first week of September, 2019
Performances are on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Nov 9 - Dec 7, 2019

Sign up for audition slots is closed— walk-ins are encouraged and will be taken as time permits.


 

Roles for Mamma Mia
Character Gender Age Vocal Range Description
Donna Sheridan femalearound 40 American mezzo soprano / alto
E3 - A5
The owner of the Taverna on the Greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie’s mother. She is the former lead singer of “Donna and the Dynamos. Honest, straightforward, and hard-working, she is the most naturalistic and vulnerable of the characters. Delivers some of the biggest solos in the show.

Songs include The Winner Takes it All, Slipping Through My Fingers, Dancing Queen, Super Trooper, and Money Money Money.

MUST DANCE
Sophie Sheridan femaleearly 20s soprano / mezzo soprano
F#3 - E5
Donna’s strongminded 21-year-old daughter, Sophie is determined to have what her mother never had: a traditional family and a father to walk her down the aisle. Young, bright and energetic, she has lived all her life on the island and is ready to leave.

Songs Include I Have a Dream, Honey Honey, The Name of the Game, Lay All Your Love on Me, and Under Attack.

Dance experience recommended.
Tanya Cresham-Leigh femalearound 40 mezzo soprano
E3 - E5
One of Donna’s oldest and best friends, Tanya, has married several millionaires and discovered a lot more about plastic surgery than love - to the extent that she was ever looking. Clever, fun-loving and a big character, she heartily flirts with young men, happy to play, but not to stick around.

Songs include Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Super Trooper, and Does Your Mother Know.

MUST DANCE
Rosie Mulligan femalearound 40 American mezzo soprano
E3 - D5
American, Donna's friend, a former member of the Dynamos, unmarried, free-spirited and a renowned author of cookbooks. A character who has developed a confident, funny and self-deprecating exterior which masks her inner vulnerability. Mostly comic, yet one of the most poignant moments in the show in the heart of Act 2. Dances like nobody's watching.

Songs include Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Super Trooper, and Take a Chance on Me.

Dance experience recommended.
Sam Carmichael male40 - 50 American baritone
D3 - Ab4
One of Sophie’s Potential fathers and a wealthy architect. Sam has regretted leaving Donna all his life and now finds himself divorced and back in her presence. He is decent man, confident and composed. At times he is perhaps a little over-bearing, but he is determined not to mess up the second chance he has been given… a very true and honest character within the chaos.

Songs include S.O.S., Thank You for the Music, and Knowing Me Knowing You.
Harry Bright male40 - 50 English tenor, baritone
C#3 - F#4
Another of Sophie’s potential fathers and a respected London banker. Once a head-banging, partying musician who went down the straight road - at least with his career. He is quirky, in the closet and somewhat romantic and nostalgic. A very nice guy, determined to make up for some past regrets.

Songs include Thank You for the Music, and Our Last Summer.
Bill Austin male40 - 50 Australian or English baritone
Bb2 - F#4
Another of Sophie’s potential fathers, a well-known travel writer, Bill has traveled to the far reaches of the earth, but is lost in love and life. A real character, Bill has generally avoided the complexities of a relationship and now wonders if it’s too late. Lots of comedy for this part.

Songs include Thank You for the Music, The Name of the Game, and Take a Chance on Me.
Sky male25-32 American tenor
Eb3 - D5
Sophie's fiance. A former stockbroker who moved to the island in a young version of a mid-life crisis. He is older than Sophie, but smitten by her exotic charm. Perhaps he is too eager to please and has not quite found all the answers he had hoped for on the island.

Songs include Lay All Your Love on Me.

MUST DANCE
Ali and Lisa femaleearly 20s, American mezzo soprano
G3 - Db5
Sophie’s bright and big-hearted friends who have traveled to the island for the wedding. A supporting double-act of bubbly, bridesmaid excitement.

Dance experience recommended.
Pepper male20 - 25 tenor
A4 - F5
A flirty waiter at the Taverna featured through his brief relationship with Tanya. Hot, energetic and fun-loving, makes a great double-act with Eddie.

MUST DANCE
Eddie male20 - 30 tenor, baritone
A waiter, boatman and handyman at the Taverna. Other half of double-act with Pepper.

MUST DANCE
Ensemble anyvarious various
15 or more to play Islanders, workers for Donna, wedding guests. Includes 6 male dancer/acrobats and 5 female dancers.

Dancers and acrobats. Must be strong singers!

The Staff
Director Lisa Milanes
Music DirectorSarah Moulder
Vocal DirectorAndrea Kline
ChoreographerLisa Callaghan
Costume DesignerJudy Pincus
Scenic DesignerStephen C. Wathen
Sound Designers
Sound CoordinatorDan Singletary
Sound Operators
Lighting DesignerMike Munoz
Light Board Operator
Follow Spot Operators
ProducerNancy Hand
Assistant ProducerLiz Dale
Associate ProducerEarl Masuda
Stage ManagerMike Mackenzie and Dave Raiman
Assistant Stage Manager
Tech Crew
Tech/Construction DirectorEd Hand
Painting Crew
Props Coordinator
Props MistressNancy Dean
Hair and Makeup DesignChristine Ormseth
Publicity/MarketingCynthia Rust-Greaves
Staff PhotographerEdmond Kwong
Program and Box OfficeMarge Hand
House ManagerJudy Pincus
Videographer
Audition Pianists
Rehearsal Pianists

Questions?

Email auditions@wvlo.org

Auditions and callbacks:
Saratoga Civic Theater
13777 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga, CA
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 - 32 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. You will be asked to stop at 32 bars!
    • 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. There will be no dancing at the callbacks.
  3. Auditionees will be notified by email after the close of auditions as to whether they are called back, which night(s), and what time(s). Note: some actors may be cast without being called back.


N O T E S

  • Roles open to all races & ethnicities
  • No roles are pre-cast.
  • Auditions will close promptly at times stated.
  • All actors to play age appropriate
  • No AEA (Actors Equity Association)- no actor stipend or subsidy.
  • Headshot: Bring a headshot if you have one. Don't worry if you don't, we'll take an audition photo on audition day.
  • Rehearsals: Generally, rehearsals are Monday through Thursday evenings 7pm - 10pm, and Sundays 6:30pm - 9pm. Some Saturday rehearsals may also be scheduled. Not everyone needs to attend all rehearsals. After casting, the specific rehearsal dates for each actor (role) will be established.
  • Conflicts: You will have an opportunity at auditions to indicate your conflicts so please bring your personal calendar for the show rehearsal and production window.
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