Release your inner thespian and be a part of the Joe Jefferson Players family again or for the very first time! Auditions for upcoming performances are held approximately two and a half months prior to show dates. We welcome actors of all talents and ages as we cast for lead and supporting roles. With each audition, the director will provide expectations and requirements in advance, usually via our Facebook Events page, at least 3 weeks in advance of auditions.
Next Audition Opportunity: Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Auditions: Sunday & Monday, October 21st & 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at The Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street in Midtown Mobile.
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The Joe Jefferson Players are holding open auditions for Mel Brooks’ Musical Comedy, Young Frankenstein. We want everyone to do well so whether you’re an old pro or a first timer, know that you are welcome!
In-person auditions will be closed with the director, musical director/pianist, choreographer and stage manager. After the singing audition, a group dance audition will be conducted. All auditionees must complete a dance and vocal audition in order to be considered for the production. We are looking for a diverse group of individuals with experience in voice, dance and other various skills to perform in the upcoming musical, Young Frankenstein.
Please have a 16 to 32 bar cutting (30 to 90 seconds) of a musical theatre song prepared to sing. Sheet music preferred with clearly marked start and stop points. We will have our music director/accompanist available to play your audition selection.
Please wear dance-appropriate attire for your audition. If you have jazz or character shoes, go ahead and bring them. Clothing should be flexible and easy to move in, but not too baggy. All body types are welcome. Please be prepared to move, bend and balance.
Please have a list of conflicts ready upon arrival at auditions and check performance dates carefully before auditioning.
Please be aware that many actors wait to attend the last audition date, which can sometimes extend the audition duration for everyone. Be prepared just in case it runs late, or be brave and attend on the first night. We can’t wait to see you at auditions!
Read-through will be the week of October 22-26 at JJP. From there a subsequent rehearsal schedule will be provided. Rehearsals are generally weekday evenings and some mandatory Saturday and/or Sunday rehearsals will also be scheduled.
Set build/paint/work days are every Saturday beginning November 24 at 10:00 a.m. and all actors and others are encouraged to do their part.
Tech Week/Dress Rehearsal: January 13-17, 2019
Director – Gene Murrell
Musical Director – Daniel Driskell
Choreographer – Rebekah Howard
Fridays and Saturdays: January 18, 19, 25, 26, 24, 25 & February 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m.
& Sundays: January 20, 26 & February 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Young Frankenstein, officially known as The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein, is a musical with a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. It is based on the 1974 comedy film of the same name written by Brooks and Gene Wilder and directed by Brooks, who has described it as his best film. It is a parody of the horror film genre, especially the 1931 Universal Pictures adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and its 1939 sequel, Son of Frankenstein.
From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein!
Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.
Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers, Young Frankenstein has all the of panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. It will surely be the perfect opportunity for a production company to showcase an array of talents. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment.
Frederick Frankenstein (Lead): Male, 30-49 – a famous scientist dedicated to his work and innocent of the world at large. Intent to distance himself from his notorious grandfather whose scientific legacy is less than legitimate. A warm lyric Baritone who sings to E-flat, and a comic actor who combines the manic energy of Danny Kaye with the charm and elegance of Fred Astaire. Sings with effortless charm (“Puttin’ On the Ritz”) and requires vocal power for a full-voice traditional Broadway ballad. All Ethnicities.
Elizabeth (Lead): Female, 30-39 – Frederick’s spoiled and self-centered fiancée. Great comic role. A lyric Soprano with wide range (to High C) who can deliver a showy coloratura fireworks with complete ease. Music has a comic-operetta-ish sensibility that reflects the songs of Romberg, Herbert, Friml, and early Kern. All Ethnicities.
Igor (Lead): Male, 30-49 – a hunchback servant at the Frankenstein estate in Transylvania. Great comic role. High light Baritone (to F#), should have the nimble charm to sing English music hall style songs and the show-biz savvy of Jimmy Durante. All Ethnicities.
Inga (Supporting): Female, 20-39 – a young local Transylvanian woman who becomes Dr. Frankenstein’s eager assistant. Oblivious to her own sexuality and appeal. A bright, clear youthful Broadway Mezzo with a high sustained belt to D-flat and a sweet mixed voice that extends up to high E. All Ethnicities.
Frau Blucher (Lead): Female, 40-69 – the housekeeper at the Frankenstein estate. She keeps the secrets of the past. A great slyly comic role. Requires skilled, dark, dramatic Lotte Lenya Alto with a real sense of the Berlin Cabaret world of the 1920s and 30s. Solid belt up to B-flat and a workable mix that extends up to E-flat. All Ethnicities
Inspector Kemp/Blind Man (Lead): Male, 40-59 – one actor to play both roles. Head of the local police with highly developed sense of his own power and a keen desire to keep order in the town. The Blind Man is a recluse who enjoys a meal with Frankenstein’s monster. This double role requires a great comic, transformational actor. Big legit Bass-Baritone voice that can really open up and soar to high F. Should demonstrate very dramatic singing chops in terms of volume and the break-your-heart quality of a singer, like Al Jolson in his prime. All Ethnicities.
The Monster (Lead): Male, 18-50 – the monster created when Dr. Frankenstein performs his famous brain transplant. Bass-Baritone with good legit sound up to E-flat. Physically imposing. All Ethnicities.
Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): Males & Females, 18-64 – singers with big, healthy voices, impeccable diction and wide ranges. Sopranos should not hesitate in showing off their sustained high notes and Basses should give us their best low. Also, specifically looking for a real old-fashioned Barbershop Quartet Top Tenor. All Ethnicities.
Dance Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): Males & Females, 18-50 – excellent tap dancers to comprise the ensemble. All Ethnicities.