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The Wedding Singer

Music by Matthew Sklar, Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy, Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy

Auditions

Leo J. Welder for the Performing Arts
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00pm

Performance Dates

  • Thursday, November 16 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, November 17 - 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 18 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 19 - 2:00 pm

About the Show

The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer's sparkling new score does for the '80s what Hairspray did for the '60s. Just say yes to the most romantic musical in twenty years.

It's 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

The Wedding Singer features a large chorus with many featured roles for actors who sing, and dancers who act. This show works perfectly as a high school's featured musical or as the highlight of any regional season.

Audition Requirements

Prior to Auditions -- Auditions are open to all and everyone is welcome—no experience necessary!  Find a copy of the script, read the play, and become familiar with the characters.  Scripts are usually available for rental from the theatre office.  You will be asked to read from sides, but the director also may ask for more from the script.  Information regarding general age or any physical character requirements is below.

Initial Audition -- You will be asked to complete an audition form that includes past stage experience, contact information and your schedule. Please know your possible rehearsal conflicts.  You may not have ANY conflicts during tech week or for any performance. During your audition, the directors will be considering you in the context of the play being cast .The director will be listening to your vocal quality, assessing your stage presence and projection, and observing your movement. Be prepared to answer questions from the director.

Casting -- This is a highly subjective process involving artistic choices that are influenced by many factors including but not limited to:

  • The factors listed above
  • Compatibility with the ensemble in terms of physicality and interpersonal "chemistry"
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction
  • The artistic judgment of the director

You will be notified by email a few days after auditions whether you are cast or not. If you are not cast, please consider the number of factors that led to the director's decision. Everyone who has ever auditioned, including most directors, knows the anxiety of auditioning and the pain of not being cast. Don’t let it discourage you from attending future auditions or taking advantage of the many other volunteer opportunities available to you.  

Musicals – in addition to the information above, musicals require both a vocal and choreography audition. Please bring sheet music for a song you have prepared. There will be a piano accompanist (preferred) but you may bring music on a cd (and the cd player) if you need to. No a cappella. We prefer show tunes, so pick something that shows off your talent and that you enjoy singing.  You can choose something from the show you are auditioning for, but it’s not necessary at all.  What you sing isn’t nearly as important as HOW you sing! 

Dress comfortable and in shoes you can dance in.  You don’t need to prepare any type of dance program prior to auditions.  The choreographer will have a short workshop during auditions and teach some basic steps for everyone to follow.  Choreographer will not be performed during your singing audition.  Never danced before?  It’s okay, this is just to see how you move.

 

Character Breakdown
All roles are open.

Total Cast- 20 (11 men, 9 women)

  • ROBBIE HART- lead singer of a band.  Handsome and charismatic.  Truly “nice” guy that has the classic lead singer aura and personality.  Also a bit of a dreamer.  In love with ‘love’ until Linda leaves him at the altar and breaks his heart. AGE- mid 20’s to 40’s, Vocal- C6-B3
  • SAMMY- the bass player in the wedding band and one of Robbie’s best friends.  A total guy’s guy, but beneath his pretending to love being a bachelor he is actually in love with Holly. AGE- mid 20’s to 40’s, Vocal- A5-C4
  • GEORGE- the wedding band’s keyboardist and one of Robbie’s best friends.  He is sensitive and somewhat flamboyant.  The foil to Sammy’s super guy attitude. AGE- mid 20’s to 40’s, Vocal- A5-C4
  • JULIA SULLIVAN- waitress.  The pretty “girl next door” in looks and personality.  Engaged to Glen but falls in love with Robbie and is conflicted as to who to choose.  Empathetic, caring and brave. AGE- mid 20’s to 40’s, Vocal F5-G3
  • HOLLY- Julia’s cousin.  Sexually promiscuous and always up for a good time, but wants to be loved and is looking for romantic fulfillment in all the wrong places.  She is in love with Sammy.  AGE- mid 20’s to 40’s, Vocal E5-A3
  • GLEN GUGLIA- Julia’s fiancé.  A Wall Street broker.  He is rich, shallow, and materialistic.  Constantly tries to buy Julia’s love with money.  He is a bit of a womanizer. AGE- 30’s to 50, Vocal B5-D4
  • ROSIE- Robbie’s grandmother who raised him.  Motherly but adventurous and always trying to remain “hip” despite her age. AGE- 50’s to Older, Vocal- C5-C4
  • LINDA- Robbie’s fiancé who leaves him at the altar.  Keeps Robbie around as a back-up plan. Is more in love with the idea of Robbie being a rock star than she actually is with Robbie. 
  • ENSEMBLE- 6 Men and 6 Women             AGES- can play at least 20’s.

Rehearsals begin Sunday, October 1 and are typically scheduled Sunday through Thursday from 6:30pm to 10:00pm.

A detailed schedule, with dates and times and those REQUIRED to be at rehearsals, will be provided throughout the rehearsal process. Should conflicts arise – actors are asked to contact their stage manager immediately. The success of the production is impacted by the attendance, discipline and accountability of all cast and crew at all scheduled rehearsals and performances

Technical Rehearsals
(Production week) begin Sunday, November 12

Strike
                Sunday, November 19

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