The Dayton Playhouse will hold open auditions for the musical Camelot with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, on Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26, at 7:00 pm. Camelot will be directed by Ranger Puterbaugh, a Language Arts teacher and director of the Drama Club at Northmont High School. Puterbaugh’s recent directing credits include The Addams Family, Moon Over Buffalo, and Children of Eden. Musical director for the production will be Brennan Paulin. Production dates for Camelot are September 16 – October 2 (Fridays through Sundays).
Camelot is the timeless legend of King Arthur brought to the stage. Based on the classic work The Once and Future King, Camelot was a successful Broadway show before being turned into a musical movie in 1967. The story begins with a young Arthur nervous to meet his new wife, Guinevere. Before disappearing forever, Merlin offers some last advice, and Arthur sets out to build the ideal society of knights. With the help of Guinevere, Lancelot, and Pellinore, Arthur begins his quest to establish the Knights of the Round Table. However, it’s not long before old sins and new betrayals threaten to undo all the things they’ve built. This musical blends humor with drama in a wonderful story of chivalry and the legacy we leave behind.
Those auditioning should come prepared to sing a 16-32 bar musical selection that shows range and character, preferably a selection from the classical/golden age of Broadway to best match the show. An accompanist will be provided. Dress comfortable for movement. Auditions will consist of vocal and movement portions, as well as cold readings from scenes. The director asks that everyone try to attend both nights of auditions. Please come to the audition with any and all possible conflicts you may have with the rehearsal calendar. Rehearsals will run Monday through Thursday, generally from 7pm to 10pm for the months of August and September. Final week before opening will require every night rehearsal.
The director will be looking to fill the following roles:
- King Arthur (Male/ Young Adult-Middle Aged/ Lead/ Baritone) – an ambitious and idealistic man who must wrestle with the struggle between his vision for the future and the reality of the world around him.
- Guenevere (Female/ Young Adult-Middle Aged / Lead/ Soprano) – an adventurous spirit caught in the world of high society. She is excited by the idea of adventure and has romanticized the world of knights.
- Lancelot (Male/ Young Adult-Middle Aged/ Lead/ Baritone) – a righteous and pure knight whose desire to serve the greater good comes into conflict with his own personal desires.
- Pellinore (Male/ Middle Aged and older/ Supporting/ Spoken) – a bumbling, well- meaning knight on a long forgotten quest.
- Mordred (Male/ Young Adult/ Supporting/ Tenor) – an ambitious, power hungry man who shares none of the ideals of his father.
- Nimue (Female/ Young Adult – Middle Aged/ Featured/ Mezzo-Soprano) – a mysterious magical woman who lures Merlyn to his fate.
- Morgan Le Fey (Female/ Young Adult – Middle Aged/ Featured/ Spoken) – an estranged witch who uses her powers for mischief.
- Merlyn (Male/ Older/ Featured/ Spoken) – a wise mentor whose words don’t always make sense at first.
- Tom of Warwick (Male/ Young Adult/ Featured/ Spoken)- a young boy who stumbles on the biggest battle of the age.
- Sir Dinadan (Male/ Young Adult – Middle Aged/ Featured/ Tenor)- a knight of the round table who serves the King and Queen faithfully.
- Sir Sagramore (Male/ Young Adult – Middle Aged/ Featured/ Tenor)- a knight of the round table who serves the King and Queen faithfully.
- Sir Lionel (Male/ Young Adult – Middle Aged/ Featured/ Tenor)- a knight of the round table who serves the King and Queen faithfully.
- Squire Dap (Male/ Young Adult/ Featured/ Spoken)- Lancelot’s loyal squire.
- Ensemble: (Assorted scenes, lines, moments)
- Lady Anne
- Lady Sybil
(casting may not be race specific)
The Dayton Playhouse is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, OH 45414. For additional information regarding the Dayton Playhouse and complete character descriptions, visit www.daytonplayhouse.com.
The Dayton Playhouse is a community theatre providing outstanding theatrical productions to Miami Valley audiences of all ages for more than fifty years. The Playhouse is nationally recognized for FutureFest, an annual festival of new plays.