Anything Goes Cast Audition Information:
*At this time, all cast roles have been filled for Anything Goes. A huge thank you to all who auditioned! The pool of talent was overwhelming and we were so glad to see so many people interested in our club!*
Hello and thank you for your interest in being a part of the cast in MMT’s 2017/18 production of Anything Goes!
Cast auditions are comprised of 2 songs, a monologue, a conversation portion, and a dance call. Read on to find out more about how to audition, time commitment, and to sign up for an audition!
Important note: The production team of Anything Goes welcomes all candidates, regardless of race, gender identity, culture or ethnic origin, sexuality, disability, or religion. We are aware of the problems in the original book of this musical, and will be mounting this production without that material. We are committed to making MMT and this show a supportive environment that encourages open-mindedness, respect, and safety.
All roles will be cast race-blind and open gender. The decision will be based off on vocal range instead of gender identity and expression. Please refer to the specific character ranges when preparing. Specifically, we are looking to cross-gender cast the role of Billy. Accommodations are available upon request with advance notice. Feel free to email us at mmt.prodteam @ gmail.com with any concerns. Please note that due to the dance-heavy nature of the show, it may be difficult to accommodate specific roles without advance notice.
Note: You do not have to be a McMaster student to audition. All faculties, part-time/full-time students, ages, and non-students welcome!
1. Songs: Auditionees must prepare two contrasting songs- one from the list below and another either from the list or personal choice. Songs will be sung acapella (no background music), and must be a musical theatre song. No pop, Disney, or songs from Anything Goes please! Songs should preferably cut down to about a minute long; if you don’t cut down your song, you may be cut off by the prod team to accommodate time constraints. Auditionees may also be asked to do a range test- this means the vocal director will play a note on the piano and ask you to sing it to see what the range of your voice is. Ability to read music is not mandatory.
2. Monologue: Auditionees will then do a cold reading of a monologue of the directors’ choosing. (Cold reading means you won’t prepare the monologue beforehand).
3. Conversation: This year’s MMT audition process will offer an opportunity for candidates to have a short conversation with the prod team. This component of the audition is a great chance to show off your passion, get to know us better, and offers a platform for you to tell us about your life inside and outside of theatre. No preparation is necessary, and there are no wrong answers!
4. Dance Call: This portion will take place the Saturday after audition week (September 23rd) and is mandatory for all auditionees. You will be taught 1-2 short dance combinations by our choreographer and perform them in groups. Wear comfy clothes and shoes and be ready to move! There will be two different time slots of about 2 hours to choose from on the Saturday, you may attend whichever works for you. Tap shoes are not required but feel free to bring them if you have a pair as one combination may include some tap movements. No prior tap experience is necessary.
Cabaret – Cabaret
On the Steps of the Palace – Into the Woods
Think of Me – The Phantom of the Opera
Don’t Rain on My Parade – Funny Girl
Roxie – Chicago
Secrets – The Addams Family Musical
The Party Goes With You – 35mm: A Musical Exhibition
Mama Who Bore Me – Spring Awakening
The Life of the Party – The Wild Party
I Dreamed a Dance – Next to Normal
Best Worst Mistake – If/Then
My Unfortunate Erection – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Alone at the Drive-In Movie – Grease
Words Fail – Dear Evan Hansen
Never Ever Getting Rid of Me – Waitress the Musical
Ever After – bare: a pop opera
What Do You Do With a B.A. in English? – Avenue Q
Feed Me (Git It) – Little Shop of Horrors
The Impossible Dream – Man of La Mancha
It’s Too Darn Hot – Kiss Me Kate
Please choose at least one song from the above list, along with a contrasting musical theatre song of your own choice. NOTE: Your song choice(s) will affect the characters you are considered for, but anyone can pick any song.
Reno Sweeney – Vocal Range: G3 to Eb5. Mezzo Soprano, needs a strong belt. Big range necessary, as well as strong ability to sing whilst performing demanding dance.
Billy Crocker – Vocal Range: B3 to G4. Baritone/Tenor. Strong use of mix/head a must. Strong belt preferred. Must have a relaxed, jazzy tone.
Hope Harcourt – Vocal Range: A4 to Bb5. Soprano, must have a strong upper range. Strong head/mix required, use of belt a plus but not necessary.
Evelyn Oakley – Vocal Range: C3 to G4. Baritone/Tenor. Strong use of mix/head is useful, strong belt is preferred.
Moonface Martin – Vocal Range: Bb3 to Gb4. Baritone/Tenor. Needs a strong foundation and confidence in voice. Generally performed in character voice/accent.
Erma – Vocal Range: A4 to C#5. Mezzo/Alto. Strong, confident, and raunchy voice. Strong use of belt required. Generally performed in a character voice/accent.
Eli Whitney – Vocal Range: C3 to D4. Baritone/Bass. Strong lower register, must be powerful and confident.
Evangeline Harcourt – Any vocal range. Occasional supporting lines, must have a strong mid-range.
Cast Time Commitment:
MMT rehearses every Sunday from about 10am- 6pm (8pm in second semester), October to February; you must be available to attend all or most of these rehearsals. Our tech week is during McMaster’s winter reading week (February 19th to 25th 2018) and we rehearse every day in that week from 10am-10pm. We do not rehearse in December and the holiday season/exam season. The show will run for roughly 10 performances through the last week of February and first week of March, most at 8pm and some 2pm matinees. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email us at mmt.prodteam @ gmail .com or message us on our Facebook page!
Cast auditions will take place:
September 17, time slots available between 1:00pm-9:00pm (excluding 3pm-4pm and 530pm-630pm), in MUSC 203 (MUSC refers to the McMaster University Student Centre).
September 18, 1:00pm-9:00pm in MUSC 302 from 1-5, and MUSC 220 from 5-9
September 21, 7:30pm-9:30pm in MUSC 301
September 22, 7:30pm-9:30pm in MUSC 301
The dance call will take place on Saturday September 23rd. There will be two sessions (10:00am-12:15pm and 1:15pm-3:30pm). You are only required to attend one. If you cannot attend either but still want to audition, please contact the production team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dance call will take place in TSH B124 (in the arts quad basement). PLEASE come at least 15 minutes before your audition slot- you will have to fill in a form and read over the monologue given to you, so ample time beforehand is mandatory!
Callbacks will take place on Sunday September 24th, time slots from 10-7pm. Only select auditionees will receive a callback, and you will be sent information regarding this via email on the Saturday night. If you are called back, you will likely be sent a song from the show to learn on Saturday night, so it is wise to be familiar with the show before the audition process.
**Orchestra auditions and Crew interviews will take place after cast auditions. You may audition for all three, but you may only accept one.
Note on financial accessibility: Your ability to buy tap shoes will not determine whether you will be cast or in what role you can be cast. You will not be required to buy tap shoes, should you be cast. Some members of the cast may borrow tap shoes from another member or soft-shoe.
Good luck to all auditioning!
CAST AUDITION SIGN UP SHEET: Cast Doodle Poll
No more audition slots: If all slots have been filled, please email us at mmt.prodteam @ gmail.com and we may be able to accommodate you (additional times are limited and on a first-come first-serve basis, and unfortunately cannot be given to everyone who emails.)