'Fantasticks' auditions March 18-19

FTC show to be performed in August

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will have an August production of “The Fantasticks” with auditions taking place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18-19 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

This production is being directed by Jeryl Hoover. All roles are available.

Performances for “The Fantasticks” are Thursday through Sunday Aug. 7-10. Attendance at crunch week rehearsals, Aug. 3-6, and at all performances is mandatory.

Producers ask those auditioning to prepare one song that best showcases their vocal ability. A CD player and pianist will be provided. Cold readings will follow vocal auditions.

Attendance at both audition days is not mandatory.

“The Fantasticks,” written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, tells an allegorical story concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud.

The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud.

When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world. They return to each other bruised but enlightened, and they renew their vows of love with more maturity.

The cast of characters:

The Actor (Henry): An aging, over-the-top thespian who specializes in reciting Shakespeare, he is a commedia clown; his world is the stage and he knows no other reality. This role is for a male, minimum age 35, and it’s a speaking role.

The Boy (Matt): An innocent, young man who is searching for love and adventure. A bright guy, but naïve and even foolish at times, he is approaching situations with a false bravado. This part requires a range of acting skills from naiveté to mature acceptance of harsh realities. This role is for a male, minimum age 18. Vocal range: A2-G4 light, lyrical baritone.

The Boy’s Father (Hucklebee): A former boisterous navy man and meticulous gardener who fakes a fight with Bellomy in hopes of getting their children to fall in love. This role is for a male, minimum age 40. Vocal range: A2-F#4 baritone, requires singing characterization rather than “beautiful” voice.

The Girl (Luisa): A button-maker’s young and pretty daughter, she is a romantic idealist who falls in love with Matt. She is naïve, yet honest and tender. Must have range of acting skills from extreme naiveté to mature acceptance of harsh realities. This role is for a female, minimum age 16. Vocal range: B3–C6 light, facile coloratura soprano with strong lower range.

The Girl’s Father (Bellomy): A fastidious button-maker and also a picky gardener who fakes a fight with Hucklebee in hopes of getting their children together. This role is for a male, minimum age 40. Vocal range: A2-F#4, baritone, requires singing characterization rather than “beautiful” voice.

The Man Who Dies (Mortimer): Henry’s goofy sidekick and another former actor who specializes in stage deaths. A commedia clown, his world is the stage and he does not live in reality. This role is for a male, minimum age 21, speaking role.

The Mute: A speechless presence who watches, acts as the wall, and deals with props; the “invisible” stage assistant. Should be able to easily assist in the story or fade into the background unnoticed. This role is for a male or female, minimum age 18. Pantomime role.

The Narrator (El Gallo): A rakish, handsome, sophisticated gallant and narrator of the show. He aids the performers in orchestrating the story. Must have range of acting skills from light charm to darker manipulation. This role is for a male, minimum age 25. Vocal range: Ab2-G4, dramatic baritone w/strong upper range.

Additional information can be found on the theater website at www.fredericksburgtheater.org or by contacting the FTC office at fbgtheaterco@verizon.net or via phone at 830-997-3588.

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