MUSOC presents: HEATHERS 2018

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REHEARSAL INFORMATION FOR CAST AND BAND

Rehearsal Dates and Times:

  • Tuesdays 7pm-10pm
  • Thursdays 7pm-10pm
  • Sundays 2pm-6pm

Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday 3rd July, with the first rehearsal being a full read-through. All rehearsals are at the Jack Mann Auditorium on UC Dovedale Campus. We will be rehearsing through the August mid-semester university break as normal as this is very close to our production week.

Camp Dates: 17th, 18th and 19th of August

Production Week Dates: Monday 17th- Tuesday 25th of September

Show Dates: Thursday 27th of September to 29th of September and Thursday 4th of October to Saturday 6th of October

You must be able to make all shows, camp, and production week to be in the show. Some circumstantial lateness or one-off absences can be worked around providing you communicate with Maeve (producer@musoc.org.nz) in advance. However, particularly around production week, you are expected to apply for appropriate leave from work and such: we give you these dates now so that you can fully commit.

 

Production Team

Director: Nick Cheesebrough

Musical Director: Emily McCulloch and Charlotte Ensor

Choreographer: Aly Findlay

Producer: Maeve Burns

 

About the Show

Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass...but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.


Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”), Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde) and Andy Fickman. Heathers The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers will be New York’s most popular new musical. Are you in, or are you out?

 

Audition Dates & Callbacks (CAST)

SINGING (attend one, will be a 10 minute slot)

  • Thursday 28th June 5:30-10pm

  • Friday 29th June 6-10pm

  • Saturday 30th June, 9am-9pm

MOVEMENT (attend one)

  • Thursday 28th June, 7:30-8:30pm

  • Saturday 30th June, 10-11am

CALLBACKS

  • Sunday 1st July, 12-7pm (for leads, everyone will not be needed the whole time)

All auditionees must attend a singing audition and a movement audition.

If you are auditioning for a lead, you must be available for callbacks on Sunday the 1st of July.

AUDITION SIGN UP HERE

If you don’t receive a confirmation email with your audition time and date within 24 hours of filling out the Google Form, please email producer@musoc.org.nz.


BAND AUDITIONS

Band is expected to make ALL Thursday and Saturday rehearsals, camp, production week, and pack out but as with the cast, some circumstantial absences can be worked around providing you communicate with Emily and Charlotte (musical directors) and Maeve (producer) in advance.

We are looking for the following instruments:

  • Guitar
  • Percussion

BAND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Please email expressions of interest to producer@musoc.org.nz detailing instruments played and previous experience. It is a written score, so score reading is also highly preferable but not compulsory. Listen to the recording on Spotify (only 4 songs) or YouTube (whole album and several different versions of the whole show onstage, Rock Repertory production best).

 

WHAT TO PREPARE FOR AUDITION

  • Please show us your characterisation in the singing audition. Perform for us.

  • Please know your song. Knowing it allows you to perform it properly and it just lets us know that you’ll put in work into learning your parts during the actual show. Professionalism is cool.

  • Please prepare 32 bars (around about a verse and a chorus) of any song in the new contemporary, pop Broadway style like Brooklyn, Bring It On, Lysistrata Jones, Wonderland, Legally Blonde, Altar Boyz, Waitress.

  • For movement audition, please wear clothes and shoes you can comfortably move around in, plus a water bottle. If you’re not a dancer, don’t freak out, we’re just gonna see how you learn basic choreography and move with music.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

VERONICA SAWYER          AGE: 17

She burns to be both cool and kind, but doesn’t know yet how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she's an old soul, but she's still innocent enough to be blindsided by love/hormones (or shocked by cruelty).

Voice: High belting required, up to Ab. Must have dynamic and stylistic range.

 

JD          AGE: 17

He is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside yet very damaged on the inside. Keen smarts and strong inventive comedy.

Voice: Strong, confident belt to at least an Ab, A preferable; wide emotional range.

 

HEATHER CHANDLER          AGE: 17

Richest, hottest, most magnetic, cruelest girl in town. Relishes power and wields it like a scalpel – no fear, no patience, no mercy.

Voice: Strong belt to F or higher preferred. Mezzo for chorus.

 

HEATHER MCNAMARA         AGE: 17

Beautiful, innocent, stupid, can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful.

Voice: Strong belt to Db, D preferred. Soprano for chorus.

 

HEATHER DUKE          AGE: 17

Whipping-girl of the three Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee she wields power like a bulldozer. Alto for chorus.

Voice: Strong belt to C, D preferred. Alto for chorus.

 

MARTHA DUNNSTOCK          AGE: 17

Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck”, the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. Huge and beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection.

Voice: Strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.

 

RAM SWEENEY          AGE: 17

Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites.

Voice: Strong Baritone, belt to G, some Falsetto useful.

 

KURT KELLY           AGE: 17

Quarterback and Captain. Big, chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. Mean, thinks he’s the brains in friendship with Ram.

Voice: Tenor, strong belt to Ab or A, some Falsetto.

 

RAM’S DAD          AGE: 40 to 45 (stage age)

Former football player turned suburban Dad, has never outgrown his glory days in high school. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes.

Voice: Baritone/Tenor – power Country/Gospel belt to Ab, higher welcome.

 

MS. FLEMING          AGE: 45 to 50

Aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Hungry for the spotlight, resentful of entitled youth.

Voice: Great belt up to C, higher always welcome.

 

KURT’S DAD          AGE: 30 to 45

Straight-laced, very conservative, also former football player. A simple guy, not book smart, you’d be happy to share a beer with him.

Voice: Strong Baritone/Tenor -- power Country/Gospel belt to G, even higher better.

 

ENSEMBLE

Mix of men and women to play the other high school students, possibly some parents. Strong singers and performers, strong stage presence and movement required. Any vocal range. Vocal style: contemporary, pop, belt-y Broadway.