Mamma Mia! Audition Information



2020 Spring Musical Audition Information

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Contents

 

  1. Contents & Introduction                                    
  2. Pre-Audition Requirement                               
  3. Audition Procedure                                         
  4. Production Schedule                                       
  5. Rehearsal Rules & Procedures   
  6. Synopsis of Plot                            
  7. List of Characters                              
  8. Parental Support                                                           
                                                   

Thank you for your interest in being a part of North Buncombe High School’s Spring Musical. The last three years have produced some of the most remarkable musicals, with a group of talented and hard-working students, as well as supportive parents. I love the songs of ABBA and they have intertwined a passionate story into this musical. Our creative team of Linda Jones, Lindsey Guilliams and myself are looking forward to working with this year’s group of students to finish this year off with a strong production. There are many types of roles in this production. Some characters just have lines. Some just sing. Some sing and dance. Some just dance. Some have all three (the triple threat). And, of course, we always need to have great help behind the scenes backstage.  In this packet, you will find all the information about the expectations and requirements for both the auditions, rehearsals and performances for the production. After signing up for auditions, you will receive a link to fill out the Audition Form online. The Audition Form is to be completely filled out and submitted by January 24th.  The Conflict and Acknowledgment form, in this packet, should be turned in to Mr. Webb at or before you audition; signed by both you and your parent. In order to ensure a smooth production, conflicts and limitations must be addressed from the start. While there are roles and positions in this production that will not require participation at every rehearsal, their needs to be a consistent commitment to rehearsals for lead actors and featured dance ensembles. April 18th-26th rehearsal and performance times are mandatory for participation in this production. If you know that you will have to miss any of these rehearsals or performances and you still want to work on the production, we can find a way for you to help out. Once again, I am grateful for your interest in this year’s production. This show is great fun. There are 8 featured roles and 5 supporting roles, but the ensemble is involved all 25 musical numbers. I know with your support and the support of our skilled parents, we will make Mamma Mia! a show that will be talked about for many years.


Pre-Audition Requirements

 Singing

  • In this packet, you will find a song to MEMORIZE, if you are trying out for a lead role.
  • If you are only trying out for an Ensemble role, you do not have to memorize a song, but you will be asked to sing the “Happy Birthday” song, to get an idea of where you will sing in the ensemble.
  • Non-singing roles do not have to sing at the audition. There are two featured roles that do not sing and some dancers will not have to sing.

 

Auditioning for DONNA/ROSIE/TANYA; memorize The Winner Takes It All and Take A Chance On Me.

Auditioning for SOPHIE, memorize The Name Of The Game and Honey, Honey.

Auditioning for LISA/ALI, memorize Honey, Honey.

Auditioning for SKY/PEPPER, memorize Lay All Your Love On Me.

Auditioning for SAM/BILL/HARRY, memorize S.O.S.

 

You will have resources to help you memorize the songs. In this packet you have been given the sheet music. You will be sent a link on Google drive with the recording from Broadway show. The accompaniment rehearsal track for your audition is on YouTube.

*YOU ARE WELCOME TO PRESENT A MEMORIZED SONG OF YOUR CHOICE FOR THE AUDITION, BUT IF YOU ARE ASK TO COME TO A CALL-BACK AUDITION, YOU WILL NEED TO PRESENT BOTH OF THE SONGS LISTED ABOVE THAT PERTAIN TO YOUR CHARACTER.

 

Acting

In this packet, you will also find many choices of scenes to read at the audition. You do not have to memorize this scene… but it is recommended. It is your chance to show us how you would play this character. You will choose one of these scenes and make sure you write on your Audition Form which scene you will be performing. In addition to the scene and character you want to read for, you might want to be familiar with the other scenes in case the director wishes to have you read again for a different role.

 

 Dancing

In this production, there are many opportunities for the ensemble to dance. Everyone can contribute in the dance numbers, if they are willing. And if you girls want to dance with a guy…. get them to the audition.

 

 

Audition Procedures

Date/Time: Monday, January 27th from 6-8pm. Thursday, January 30th from 6-8pm.

Place: NBHS Auditorium

 The audition will be a mixture of closed and open. You will have to stay for the entire audition time on Thursday, January 27th or Thursday, January 30th, but you do not need to attend both days. Please arrive 10 minutes early.

If you have not submitted your online Audition Form, you must do this before you can check in for Audition.

When you arrive for the audition you need to sign in at the audition table at the back of the auditorium.

 After you sign in, you must turn in your signed Parental form, if you haven’t already.

After you turn in your forms, you may find a seat at the front of the auditorium. Please, do not sit at the back of the auditorium.

We will start by teaching you some basic movement, for a dance routine.

 Then the closed audition process will start. Everyone will remain in the auditorium until your name is called. When your name is called, please make your way to the Chorus Room.

 During the closed audition section, you will present your song(s), prepared scene and answer questions.

 When you are not presenting your closed audition, the Assistant Director will take your headshot picture on stage.

 During this time our production Choreographer will also record your dance routine that you learned at the beginning of the audition.

 Everyone will return to the auditorium and sit respectfully in the House Right seats. (they will be the chairs to your right as you face the stage.)

 Please wait to be dismissed by Mr. Webb before you leave.

Please do not linger around the auditorium after you are dismissed. Auditors need to discuss the auditions in private and go home as well.

Callbacks will be Friday January 31st from 3:15-4:30pm.

 The Cast List will be posted on Saturday, February 1st at 4pm on the North Buncombe High School website under the Theatre Arts tab for Mamma Mia! And posted on the Theatre doors on Monday morning.

 Materials will be handed out at the first rehearsal; Monday, February 3rd from 3:15-6pm.

 *The first rehearsal is from 3:15-6pm Monday, February 3rd in the Auditorium. If you fail to attend this rehearsal without prior approval from Mr. Webb, your part will be forfeit to someone who is in attendance.

 


Mamma Mia Rehearsal and Performance Dates
*Mandatory Rehearsal/Performance


January
27th      6-8pm Auditions

30th      6-8pm Auditions

31st      3:15-4:30pm Call Backs

February

3rd        3:15-6pm Read/Sing Through*

4th        6-8pm Dance

5th        3:15-5pm Dance

6th        6-8pm Music

 

10th      3:15-6pm Music/Blocking

11th      6-8pm Dance

12th      3:15-5pm Dance

13th      6-8pm Music

 

17th      3:15-6pm Music/Dance

18th      6-8pm Dance

20th      6-8pm Music

 

24th      3:15-6pm Music/Blocking

25th      6-8pm Dance

26th      3:15-5pm Dance

27th      6-8pm Music

 March

 2nd       3:15-6pm Block/Music/Dance

3rd        6-8pm Block/Dance

5th        6-8pm Block/Music

 

9th        3:15-6pm Block/Music/Dance

10th      6-8pm Block/Dance

12th      6-8pm Run Through Show

 

17th      6-8pm Dance

18th      3:15-5pm Dance

19th      6-8pm Act I

 

23rd      3:15-6pm Act II

24th      6-8pm Act I Dances

25th      3:15-5pm Act II Dances

 

30th      3:15-6:30pm Run Through Show

31st      6-8pm Dances

 April

 2nd       6-9pm /Run Through Show*

 

SPRING BREAK

 

13th      3:15-6:30pm Run Through Show

14th      6-8pm Polish Scenes

15th      3:15-5pm Polish Scenes

16th      6-9pm Run Through Show*

 

18th      2-5pm Cue-Cue/Dances

18th      6-9pm Dress Rehearsal*

20th      5-8:30pm Dress Rehearsal*

21st      5-8:30pm Dress Rehearsal*

22nd     11:15-3pm Previews

22nd      6-9:30pm Final Dress Rehearsal*

23rd      6-9:30pm Performance*

24th      6-9:30pm Performance*

25th      6-9:30pm Performance*

26th      1-5pm Performance*


Rehearsal Rules & Procedures

For safety, efficiency and successful production

  • Be ready to step on stage to rehearse, open your mouth to sing or sit quietly to hear notes or announcements from the start time of rehearsal until you are dismissed.
  • During rehearsals, you are to remain in Auditorium and/or Chorus room. You should never be roaming the halls. There will be a mid-rehearsal break. You can step right outside or go to the cafeteria only. Bottom line, we should never have to go look for you. Always let an Assistant Director, Stage Manager or Director know where you are going and why.
  • Remember you are still at school. All school rules will be enforced.
  • Follow directions from Directors and Adult Supervision quickly and quietly.
  • No eating during your scheduled rehearsal time. (except when on a break) Water only in chorus room.
  • Always bring your script, pencil and wear proper clothes for dancing to rehearsal.
  • Cast members are responsible for cleaning up after themselves.
  • Do not touch a person, prop, costume, supply, unless you were directed to do so by the directors or supervising adult.
  • Excessive tardiness or absences will result in modification to your part.
  • Bring Homework or other silent activities to occupy yourself when you are not involved in the scene at hand. You should always be memorizing lines, dances or songs. Use the rehearsal time to rehearse.
  • Respect your fellow cast and crew members, the facility, the audience, and yourself. Don’t socialize loudly while others are working on the show. Practice being silent offstage.
  • Do not tell other Actors or Tech workers how to do their job. Show by example. Offer to help. Positively support one another.
  • All performers will be expected to actively participate in finding and retrieving props that are specific to your character i.e. hand props.
  • Each performer will be responsible for bringing part of their personal costume. This will probably be on the order of shirts, shoes and socks. You will be expected to have all of your costume responsibilities met by the date the Director sets.
  • All performers are responsible to be at ALL rehearsals unless a conflict sheet has been filled out and discussed with Mr. Webb, or a performer is sick. If you are sick, you should still call, text or email and let Mr. Webb know. (Contact sheet will be given out at the first rehearsal)
  • All performers will be expected to have ALL of their lines, songs and dances memorized by the date that will be set by Mr. Webb. (Failure to do this can result in your part in the show being modified.)


Synopsis of Plot

 The story takes place on a mythical Greek island in the present day, and centers around a young girl named Sophie who dreams of a white wedding, with her father giving her away at the altar (I HAVE A DREAM). Problem is, she doesn't know who her dad is - and she's getting married the next day. As the show begins, she explains to her chums that her mum, Donna, fell into the arms of three men within a short space of time. So she's got three possible dads, and has invited them all to the wedding (HONEY, HONEY).

 
Sophie's mum, a tavern hostess, used to front a rock chick band called "Donna and the Dynamos." Her former bandmates - the tomboyish Rosie and the glamorous Tanya - show up for the wedding, and talk over how life has turned out for them (MONEY, MONEY, MONEY). They're not the only ones who turn up though - so do the three possible dads, whom Sophie convinces not to tell Donna that she invited them (THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC). Donna is surprised, to say the least, at the sight of the new arrivals (MAMMA MIA).
 
Convinced that this new twist will ruin everything, she escapes to her room, where Rosie and Tanya do their best to cheer her up (CHIQUITITA). They discover momentos of their old rock band days, and try to see if they've still got it (DANCING QUEEN). Sophie is not much happier - she'd been sure she'd be able to tell at first sight which one was her father, but she has no clue. Sky (her fiance) tries to cheer her up, while his friends try to steal him away for the traditional bachelor party, beginning with a deep-sea dive (LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME).
 
At Sophie's own party, Donna, Rosie and Tanya make their triumphant return to the stage (SUPER TROUPER). The three "dad"s, Sam, Bill and Harry, are also present, and as the only men there are subjected to the attention of the girls (GIMME! GIMME! GIMME!). Sophie talks to each of the men, and all of them become convinced that the reason he has been invited is because he is Sophie's father (THE NAME OF THE GAME). Sophie returns hopelessly confused, while the party carries on (VOULEZ-VOUS).
 
The second act begins with Sophie in bed having nightmares about her wedding, and about the events that have led up to three men fighting to give away the bride, who isn't what she seems (UNDER ATTACK). Sam is the first to try to speak to Donna about his suspicions, but all she can think of is the past (ONE OF US). It turns out Sam, who may have been the love of her life, left her. They both wish they could go back to the time when they were open with one another (S.O.S.).
 
Meanwhile, Tanya has been fighting off advances from one of the boys that works for Donna, and finally manages to put him down once and for all (DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW?). Sam tells Sophie something about his failed marriage, trying to ensure she knows what she's getting into with Sky (KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU). Harry has also decided to speak to Donna, and they begin to reminisce about the time they spent together (OUR LAST SUMMER). Sophie herself arrives and Donna helps her finish getting ready for the wedding, hardly able to believe her little girl is getting married (SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS). Sam returns again, emboldened by his talk with Sophie, but Donna still doesn't want to have anything to do with him, and asks him to leave (THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL).
 
An attraction has been growing between Rosie and Bill, who find themselves alone in the church before the wedding. She decides to take matters into her own hands (TAKE A CHANCE ON ME). The wedding begins, with Donna giving the bride away. However, Sophie's been doing some thinking, and puts an end to the proceedings, saying she's just not ready. But someone else is - Sam explains his desertion of 20 years ago and asks Donna to marry him. Shocked, but happy, she agrees (I DO, I DO, I DO). Content with having three dads rather than just one, Sophie leaves with Sky to find their future (I HAVE A DREAM).

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Donna Sheridan (E3-A5)

The owner of the Taverna on the Greek island of Kalokairi; Sophie’s mother, (around 40, American). She is the former lead singer of “Donna and the Dynamos. Honest, straight and hard-working, she is the most naturalistic and vulnerable of the characters. Delivers some of the biggest solos in the show. (The Winner Takes it All, Slipping Through My Fingers, Dancing Queen, Super Trooper, Money Money Money, among others.)

Sophie Sheridan (F#3-E5)

Donna’s headstrong 21-year-old daughter, Sophie is determined to have what her mother never had: a traditional family and a father to walk her down the aisle. Young, bright and energetic, she has lived all her life on the island and is ready to leave. (I Have a Dream, Honey Honey, The Name of the Game, Lay All Your Love on Me, Under Attack, among others)

Tanya Cresham-Leigh (E3-E5)

One of Donna’s oldest and best friends, Tanya (around 40) has married several millionaires and discovered a lot more about plastic surgery than love - to the extent that she was ever looking. Wild, fun-loving and a big character, she flirts mercilessly with young men, happy to play, but not to stick around. (Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Super Trooper, Does Your Mother Know, among others)

Rosie Mulligan (E3-D5)

Donna’s friend (around 40, American, often plus-size) a former member of the Dynamos; unmarried, free-spirited and a renowned author of cookbooks. A character who has developed a confident, funny and self-deprecating exterior which masks her inner vulnerability. Mostly comic, yet one of the most poignant moments in the show in the heart of Act 2. Dances like nobody’s watching. (Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Super Trooper, Take a Chance on Me, among others)

Sam Carmichael (D3-Ab4)

One of Sophie’s Potential fathers and a wealthy architect (40-50, American). Sam has regretted leaving Donna all his life and now finds himself divorced and back in her presence. He is straight-laced, confident and composed. At times he is perhaps a little over-bearing, but he is determined not to mess up the second chance he has been given... a very true and honest character within the chaos. (S.O.S., Thank You for the Music, Knowing Me Knowing You, among others)

Harry Bright (C#3-F#4)

Another of Sophie’s potential fathers and a respected London banker, (40-50, English). Once a head-banging, partying musician who went down the straight road - at least with his career. He is quirky, in the closet and something of a romantic nostalgist. A nice guy, determined to make up for some past regrets and full of singing. (Thank You for the Music, Our Last Summer, among others.)

Bill Austin (Bb2-F#4)

Another of Sophie’s potential fathers, a well-known travel writer, Bill has visited the far reaches of the earth, but never found what he’s really looking for. A real character (40-50, often English or Australian), Bill has generally avoided the complexities of a relationship and now wonders if it’s too late. Lots of comedy and a golden heart within. (Thank You for the Music, The Name of the Game, Take a Chance on Me, among others)

 Sky (Eb3-D5)

Sophie’s fiancé; a former stockbroker who moved to the island in a young version of a mid-life crisis. He is older than Sophie (25-28, American), but smitten by her exotic charm. Perhaps he is too eager to please and has not quite found all the answers he had hoped for on the island. (Lay All Your Love on Me, among others)

Ali & Lisa (G3-D5)

Sophie’s friends who have traveled to the island for the wedding. (early 20s, American) A supporting double-act of bubbly, bridesmaidish excitement. (Honey Honey, among others)

Pepper (A4-F5)

A flirty waiter at the Taverna featured through his brief infatuation with Tanya. (20-25, could be from anywhere). Hot, energetic and fun-loving, makes a great double-act with Eddie. Opportunity for a good mover. (Take a Chance on Me, among others)

Eddie (Non-Singer)

A waiter, boatman and handyman at the Taverna. Other half of double-act with Pepper. (20-30, American). Fairly non- specific. Opportunity for a good young character actor to create something interesting. (Full Company numbers)

Father Alexandrios (Non-Singer)

The minister who officiates Sophie’s wedding. Often a heavy-weight Greek Orthodox priest, this is a potentially delightful little role for a character actor of non-specified gender with some imagination. A nice little turn in Act 2 for someone who doesn’t want too much to sing. (Finale Numbers)

 

Parental Support

 You are already making a commitment by allowing your child to be involved. Regular schedules such as transportation, meals, study-time and bed-time become very erratic. I want to thank you in advance for this commitment. I really believe it is a powerful investment into the memories and development in one’s remaining childhood years. It has become clear to me that having a parent at the rehearsals from time to time reminds the students the reason they are at the rehearsal. The more parents are involved into seeing the show has props and costumes and scenery and people to come see the show, the students work harder and create bonds, not only with their peers, but with other families, as well. My weaknesses are costumes, ad-sales and publicity. I have had some great help in the past. The main leadership roles are: 

 

  • House Manager: Responsible for decorating the lobby, and over-seeing box office and concessions operations.

     

  • Meals Coordinator: responsible for organizing the Tech Rehearsal dinner that happens on Tech Saturday as well as any other evening you would like to prepare snacks or drinks for the rehearsals.

     

  • Master Carpenters: It really shouldn’t be too bad, but it is always great to have a couple of knowledgeable hands completing the projects while the students rehearse. This will allow the scenery to get built faster. You might even have better or cheaper ways of completing the task. I am a good listener.

     

  • Costume Managers:  Allowing the students to get or make their own costumes has made a great impact on the shows lately, but I need someone to put a group together to organize what is coming in and what is being approved and who is making what. That is what I need. Someone to organize what is going on with costumes.

     

  • Prop Manager: Yes, we will have students, who will be in charge of props and help gather props, but it is always very helpful to have an adult oversee that the props are getting in or to seek out during the hours that a student cannot, because they are at school. I will have a prop list on the first night of rehearsal.

     

  • Rehearsal/Production Parents: I have seen a big difference in student focus at rehearsal with one or two parents at rehearsals. Sometimes there are situations that come up that need for an adult to see to. With a rehearsal parent there, there is less interruption to the rehearsal. Illness, injury, chasing down a student that should not be roaming the halls or outside. Helping with a costume or just looking for someone to perform to.

     

  • Publicity Manager: Get the word out as far and wide and in as many ways as possible without spending too much money to do this. PSA's to radio, newspapers and social media. Flyers wherever people will let you put one up. Word of mouth. Organize T-shirt sales for the production.

     

  • Business Manager: Responsible for raising money through selling advertising space to businesses, selling space in the program for parents and friends to place comments, or even have a Business or patron sponsor the show. I know a business cannot totally cover a show, but with a sizable donation, we would put their business name on every flyer, in the lobby on our radio and newspaper spots and announce their business at the beginning of each show.

 Thanks again for your consideration to help with one or more of these crews. On the students Audition Form/ Parental Agreement, there will be a place for you to let me know if and where you would like to lend a hand.


Student and Parental Procedure and Conflict Acknowledgment

We have circled or highlighted all of the applicant’s conflicts on the back of this sheet. We have read the Audition Packet and will follow the guidelines that have been addressed, as well as following North Buncombe High School’s guidelines for conduct. I understand that I will be asked to supply some or all of my costume for the show, as well as learning lines, songs, dances, and blocking pertaining to my role in the show. I understand that if I don’t attend scheduled rehearsals without the prior approval of Mr. Webb, that my role can be adjusted or removed from the production. I have listed all prior commitments on this sheet and will be responsible to let Mr. Webb know in advance if an emergency presents itself. I understand that if I cannot attend the rehearsals April 18th-26th or follow these guidelines, I will forfeit my participation in the production.

 

 

Student’s Printed Name: ­­­­­­­­­­­­ ___________________________________________

 

 

Student’s Signature: _____________________________________________

 

 

Parent’s Printed Name:(Please Print) _________________________________________________________

 

 

Parent’s Signature: ____________________________________________________________

 

 

 

As a parent, I am willing to help out with _____________________________________________________

(See pg. 9 in the packet for suggestions)