Auditions

Four County Players invites you to attend…

AUDITIONS for

PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim
Devised by Stephen Sondheim & Julia McKenzie
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Directed by Robert Chapel
Music Direction by Greg Harris
Choreography by Geri Carlson Sauls

AUDITIONS: Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Arts Collaborative, and Sunday, June 9 at Four County Players – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. See details below for how to sign up.

CALLBACKS: Wednesday, June 12 at Four County Players – by invitation only.

REHEARSALS: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from 7PM – 10PM, beginning July 22. Rehearsals will take place in Charlottesville until the week of August 12. IMPORTANT NOTE: due to the condensed rehearsal schedule, we will not be able to accommodate those with a great number of conflicts. The cast should be available for most rehearsals.

PERFORMANCES: August 30, 31, September 6, 7 at 8PM and September 1, 8 at 2:30PM on the Mainstage at Four County Players

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Featuring nearly thirty Sondheim tunes, PUTTING IT TOGETHER is performed by five people who are thrown together at a party in a Manhattan penthouse. With a bit of imagination, the guests transform the apartment into the stage of an abandoned theater, an estate in Sweden, an island outside of Paris, a street off the Roman Forum, the woods of a fairy tale and a mythical town in the Southwest. This tribute to Sondheim’s incredible career – in the form of a musical revue – will have you laughing, crying, and reflecting on what it means to create art.

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Since SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM was first produced in 1976, there have been eight other revues produced featuring his music. While SIDE BY SIDE featured many of his well known songs up to that date, by the time music was compiled for PUTTING IT TOGETHER (the UK production in 1992 and the Off-Broadway production in 1993), it was decided to include a number of songs that were not-so-well-known, along with some that were Sondheim standards. They even attempted to weave a bit of a plot throughout the show, albeit not an easily recognizable one. The 1998 Los Angeles and 1999 Broadway productions followed suit, with a few changes. This, I believe, is what makes PUTTING IT TOGETHER so very interesting and entertaining, especially if one is a Sondheim buff, as I am. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised to hear songs from THE FROGS, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, DO I HEAR A WALTZ? (for which Sondheim wrote the lyrics to the music of Richard Rodgers), the film DICK TRACY, and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, my personal favorite of all of Sondheim’s shows, as well as lesser known songs from his most popular shows. I hope you enjoy!

ABOUT AUDITIONS:
Director Robert Chapel, music director Greg Harris, and choreographer Geri Carlson Sauls are looking for a cast of five strong singers/actors – three male-presenting and two female-presenting – AGES 18 AND UP for this production. Actors of all races, gender identities, and (dis)abilities will be considered for all roles. Please see this link for full character descriptions: https://rb.gy/95zufh

Initial auditions will consist of 1.5 hour time blocks. Each time block will begin with a group movement audition. Following this, you will be called in individually to sing your audition song. After you have sung, you are free to leave.

MOVEMENT AUDITION: While this is not a dance-heavy show, we would like to see everyone move. Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes.

VOCAL AUDITION: Please prepare up to 32 bars of a Sondheim song of your choice. You must provide your own sheet music – in your key! – and have clear start/stop points marked for our music director/pianist. Ahead of auditions, you’ll be requested to email us a PDF of your sheet music. If you’re unable to do so, please bring sheet music with you to your audition, hole-punched and in a three-ring binder, if possible. Set yourself up for success! Musicnotes.com is a great resource for music.

Callbacks, if needed, will consist of singing from the score and a more involved dance combination for the actors being considered for the roles of Man 2 and Woman 2.

TO AUDITION:
Please complete the RSVP form at this link to sign up for your audition slot: https://forms.gle/qYy4fnNV3r6PnJeJ8

Questions? Email auditions@fourcp.org.