Raleigh Little Theatre will be holding auditions for Sleeping Beauty adapted by John Clark Donahue and Thomas Olson. Auditions will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 5 and 6 with call backs on Monday, February 9. The production will be directed by Judy M. Dove.
- Thursday and Friday, February 5 and 6, at 7:00 pm. People interested in auditioning should meet in the Lobby of the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre at 6:30 pm, and will be taken to the Green Room when it is their time to audition.
- You only need to attend one of these nights.
- Auditions begin at 7:00 pm. Registration from 6:30 pm.
Callbacks: Monday, February 9 at 7:00 pm in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. Please arrive at 6:30 pm.
First Rehearsal: Monday, February 16.
No more conflicts after March 15.
Head Shot Photo Shoot: March 26, 6:30 pm
Performance Dates: April 3 – 12 (no shows Easter Sunday) with a possible extension week April 16 – 19
School-day performances: Wednesday, April 8. Actors must be at theatre at 9:00am. Actors must be able to take off from work/school. It is extremely important for students to check these school performance dates to verify that they do not conflict with school commitments.
Saturday and Sunday Two-show days: On weekends, shows at 1:00pm and 5:00pm. The theatre will provide a meal between the shows.
Strike: April 12 following the 5:00pm show (or April 19 with the extension week). All actors are expected to participate in strike.
About the show
This well-known fairytale is set in Medieval England, and will delight with magic, fairies, a sleeping princess, and a handsome prince to the rescue. The production includes original music written by Haskell Fitz-Simons, RLT’s longtime artistic director, for the 2005 production.
Sleeping Beauty is for family audiences but parents are advised that this production does not follow the better-known children’s films or animations, and there is a Dark Fairy whose presence might concern very young children.
Sleeping Beauty will be performed in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre.
You can see more information about the show and order tickets from our Sleeping Beauty show page.
About the roles
Everyone in the cast will be expected to sing in several ensemble/chorus numbers, but there are only a few solo voices. They are noted in the character descriptions.
NOTE: The majority of actors sought will be teens through adult. There is one role for a young Aurora, age 10. Will consider actresses of different ages if they can pass for age 10.
SHEPARD [M, 40 or older] — Alto or Baritone – The “narrator” of the piece. Plays a lute or small harp (if you play a lute, guitar, or a folk lap harp, please bring your instrument with you).
SHEPARD’S SON [M, 18-21; vocal range TBD] – movement ability a plus; may possibly double as the Prince but TBD
QUEEN [F, 30’s – 40’s] – desperate on many levels to have a child; prefer an actress who can strongly reveal subtext in a character who is too-often taken for granted.
KING [M, 40’s] – easily frustrated, over-reactive
JESTER [sings; vocal range TBD] – juggling or gymnastic ability a plus.
GALLO [M, 50’s-60’s] – the King’s Chamberlain; sensitive and patient, but perhaps gullible.
- HETRA (FAERY OF WISDOM) – [Soprano] – may be asked to manipulate a puppet; dance ability a plus
- FAERY OF WIT — dance ability a plus
- EZEBER (FAERY OF BEAUTY) — dance ability a plus
- FAERY Of VOICE – [Soprano] — dance ability a plus
- GRACE (FAERY OF GRACE) — dance ability a plus
- TIRSPI (FAERY OF COURAGE) — dance ability a plus
- FAERY OF SIMPLICITY – [Soprano (operatic) very strong singer] — dance ability a plus
- NIDESSHA (THE DARK FAERY) – must have a strong speaking voice; will be represented by a life-sized puppet and will be controlled by 3 puppeteers, one of whom might possibly be the voice of Nidessha. TBD (see also Old Woman)
OLD WOMAN [M or F, mysterious, old, agile] – may possibly be the voice of Nidessha. TBD
AURORA as a child [F, age 10] – self-assured with a playful spirit; dance ability a plus. See note below.
AURORA as a teen [F, age 16] Alto/Soprano — dance ability a plus.
PRINCE [M, 18-21; vocal range TBD] – moves well; may possibly double as the Shepard’s Son but TBD
PUPPETEERS – will manipulate NIDESSHA as well as some animal puppets and parts of the set. Puppeteers will not be hidden so should have strong movement ability – dancer a plus. We will have a puppet for you to work with, or you can bring your own.
ENSEMBLE will double as ATTENDANTS, members of the ROYAL COURT, and PAGES.
About the production team
The production team for Sleeping Beauty is as follows:
- Director – Judy M. Dove
- Music Director – Yvonne Koch
- Choreographer – Susan Hill
- Production Manager/Technical Director – Todd Aberts
- Set Design — Shannon Clark
- Lighting Design — Kenny Hertling
- Sound Design/Projections — John Maruca
- Costume Design — Jenny Mitchell
- Props — Betsy Bates
- Stage Manager — Karyn Aberts
- Assistant Stage Managers — Spencer Kodadek, Kinsey Watson
About the auditions
Everyone in the cast will be expected to sing in several ensemble/chorus numbers. All actors will go through a vocal warm-up and sing a simple group song, and will participate in a short movement audition.
Actors who are interested in a solo vocal role should prepare a short, 16 bar vocal solo, unaccompanied. Please choose something that will emphasize your particular vocal skills as well as your ability to interpret the story within a song. We may ask you to sing for a role, even if you do not specify a solo, if we think we might want to consider you for a certain character.
Callbacks will consist of readings from the script and a song to be prepared at the call-back session. Information on callbacks will be posted on the call back page on the web site.
Interested in auditioning? Here’s some forms to fill out and bring with you to auditions: