Old Academy Players welcomes new talent! Please note that we are a non-profit community theater and that all roles are performed on a volunteer basis. Please check this site for audition information which appears throughout the season. If you are auditioning for a show, please complete our Audition Form in advance of the audition.
Audition Date & Time:
Saturday, January 13th 11am
Carfax Building at Old Academy Players
3544 Indian Queen Lane
Philadelphia PA 19129
The director is seeking 9 ADULTS to play the roles listed below. Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of a modern musical theater song. Those auditioning must have sheet music the correct key with starting and ending points clearly marked for the provided accompanist. Accompaniment tracks and a cappella singing will not be permitted. In addition those auditioning will be asked to perform a cold reading from the script. Men interested in the role of “William Barfey” should contact the director, Annie Hnatko (MusicalsAtOldAcademy@gmail.com) in advance of the audition.
Students gather for the County Spelling Bee and grow as people through challenges this Bee has presented. All 6 students dream of proving themselves by winning the bee and progressing to National Spelling Bee.
Fridays and Saturdays, April 20, 21, 27, 28 and May 4 and 5 at 8:00pm
Sundays, April 29 and May 6 at 2pm
*Additional performances may be added
CHIP TOLENTINO (Tenor C3-B4): Athletic and social, he expects things to come easily to him. Lately though, he’s been going through some weird changes, and things are slipping out of his control.
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUBENNIERE (Soprano C4-D5): Youngest bee participant, she is driven by desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She lisps, is a little uncomfortable in her body, but still manages to strike a strong presence with her political awareness.
LEAF CONEYBEAR (High Baritone A2-G4): Home-schooled with his many siblings, all of whom are more successful than him. He is goofy, but sweet.
WILLIAM BARFEE (Tenor D3-B4): He’s noticed on the spelling circuit for his remarkable technique—spelling words out on the floor with his foot. Must be able to dance.
MARCY PARK (Mezzo B3-E5): The ultimate over-achiever. Her many talents include sports, piano, dance, martial arts, baton twirling.
OLIVE OSTROWVSKY (Soprano Belter B3-G5): Loves words and is an only child with often absent parents. She starts enormously shy and shyly blossoms.
RONA LISA PERRETTI (Soprano C4-A5): Long-time spelling bee hostess, a local realtor and 3rd annual Putnam County spelling champion. She is totally dedicated to the success of the bee.
MITCH MAHONEY (Gospel Tenor E3-A4): He appears an odd choice to be the bee’s “comfort counselor,” but it’s part of his community service assignment. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but begins to wish he could find a way to make them feel better about losing.
VICE PRINCIPAL DOUGLAS PANCH (Non-singing): He is frustrated with his life. He fell into education not out of passion. He is eager to do well to redeem himself for past mistakes and to impress Rona Lisa, who impressed him long ago. Must have strong improvisation skills.
Contact Annie Hnatko (MusicialsAtOldAcademy@gmail.com) for questions.
Audition Date & Time:
Saturday, January 20th 11am
Old Academy Players
3544 Indian Queen Lane
Philadelphia PA 19129
Fridays and Saturdays, June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8:00pm
Sundays, June 17 and 24 at 2pm
Rehearsals will begin in March, 2018.
In 1884, John Merrick, grossly disfigured by a rare disease, is rescued from a carnival where he had been exploited as an object of curiosity and horror. Discovered by a young doctor, he is taken to the London Hospital where his condition is studied, and he is given refuge. Though initially repulsed by his appearance, his doctor and other visitors become his first friends, discovering the intelligent and sensitive soul within. He begins to see himself as fully human, deserving of love and respect. This moving play is based on a true story. Winner of several Tony awards, it premiered on Broadway in 1979, and was revived in both 2002 and 2014.
This is truly an ensemble piece, in which all actors (except for the actor portraying John Merrick), play two or more roles. The show will be cast using 7–9 actors. Actors should demonstrate the ability to speak with an upper class British accent, a Cockney accent, or/and a French accent, depending on the roles. Women auditioning for female roles will be asked to sing 8–16 bars of a simple song of their choice, unaccompanied. Sides are available here.
Comments from the director:
This is a “big” play — one which will require a high quality cast, set and costumes, and special dedication from the cast and crew. I am committed to creating a production worthy of Clive Barnes’ review, in which he deems The Elephant Man, “A giant of a play!”
JOHN MERRICK (age 27): This is the “elephant man”, the central character of the play. He is intelligent, artistic, sensitive and sympathetic. His disfigurement is not conveyed through makeup or prosthetics, but rather by the actor’s physical and facial contortions.
The playwright stipulates, “No one with any history of back trouble should attempt the part of Merrick as contorted. Anyone playing the part of Merrick should be advised to consult a physician about the problems of sustaining any unnatural or twisted positions.”
FREDERICK TREEVES (30’s): A young, ambitious doctor, newly hired at The London Hospital. He discovers, rescues and befriends John Merrick. He is caring and compassionate to his patients, but is also straight-laced and moralistic. This is a major role.
CARR GOMM (40’s-60’s): Administrator of the London Hospital. He is an upstanding representative of the hospital, and assertively enforces discipline among the staff.
MRS. KENDAL (30’s-40’s): An actress. Beautiful, intelligent, sophisticated, compassionate. She becomes Merrick’s friend. A pivotal role in the play.
THE PINHEADS (20’s-50’s): Women with pointed heads who are part of the freak show in Brussels. They have French accents and sing a nonsense song. Actors auditioning for all female parts should be prepared to sing an unaccompanied song of their choice.
BISHOP WALSHAM HOW (50’s-70’s): Merrick’s spiritual advisor. Straight-laced and pious.
ROSS (30’s-60’s): Manager of the elephant man. A carnival barker. Dishonest and exploitative.
SNORK (20’s-60’s): A porter at the London Hospital.
A PORTER (20’s-60’s): Works with Snork.
MISS SANDWICH (20’s-60’s): A nurse who applies for the position of Merrick’s caretaker. Despite her experience with lepers, she runs out, horrified at his appearance.
PRINCESS ALEXANDRA (30’s-70’s);
LORD JOHN (30’s-70’s): They each visit John Merrick and bring him a gift. Befriending him has become fashionable.
BELGIAN POLICEMAN (20’s-60’s);
LONDON POLICEMAN (20’s-60’s);
Contact director, Jane Jennings (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions.