Sweeney Todd Auditions

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Join us for Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning success, Sweeney Todd. We are looking for talented actors to join our cast in this tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat that has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences since its musical inception in 1979 from a 19th century Penny Dreadful short story. An unjustly exiled barber, Sweeney Todd, returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him, ravaged his young wife, and kidnapped his daughter. Revenge engulfs Todd as he opens a new barber practice and meets Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop. Unable to control his blood-thirst, Todd inspires the integration of an ingredient into Mrs. Lovett's meat pies that has the people of London lining up for seconds. Featuring unforgettable melodies and a chilling story we hope to capture our audience’s imagination as well as proffer a warning against leaning in to a life of revenge.

 

Auditions will be held at the Exit 7 Theater at 37 Chestnut St., in Ludlow, MA on

June 3rd at 5pm

June 6th at 6:30pm

Callbacks on June 7th at 6:30pm (by invitation only)

Auditioners will be expected to:

-Sing a song from the show (see vocal selections below - no outside songs, please)

-Read from the script (See character descriptions below to inform cold readings - we will have sides available at the auditions)

-Participate in group movement as needed by the director

Character Descriptions

Below are brief descriptions of the characters. Age ranges and genders are given, but casting is completely open, so audition for any role.

 

Sweeney Todd

A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna's father, singularly focussed on taking bloody revenge. Our story's tormented protagonist. Gender: Male Age: 40 to 55. Vocal range: F2-Gb4

 

Mrs. Lovett

An entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner. She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture. Gender: Female. Age: 35 to 50 Vocal range: G3 to E5

 

Anthony Hope

A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna. Gender: Male. Age: 20 to 30. Vocal range: Bb2-F4

 

Johanna

A spritely girl, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd's long-lost daughter and Turpin's ward. Gender: Female. Age: 18 to 21. Vocal range: Bb3-A5

 

Tobias Ragg

A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett. Gender: Male. Age: 12 to 18. Vocal range: Bb2-Ab4

 

Judge Turpin

A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd.

Gender: Male. Age: 50 to 65. Vocal range: E2-Gb4

 

The Beadle

A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin. Gender: Male. Age: 40 to 55. Vocal range: D3-D5

 

Beggar Woman

A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret. Gender: Female. Age: 35 to 50. Vocal range: Ab3-F5

 

Adolfo Pirelli

A flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past. Gender: Male. Age: 30 to 45. Vocal range: B2-C5

 

Jonas Fogg

The owner of Fogg's Asylum. He sells the hair of madmen to wigmakers. Gender: Male. Age: 35 to 60

 

Ensemble

There are also several ensemble roles including townspeople and other assorted parts.

 

Vocal Selections

All of this music can be found here.

 

Character

Audition Song

Callback Songs

(please learn all for each character)

Sweeney Todd

My Friends

m3-m36

A Little Priest

M1-m81


Johanna Act II Sequence

m25-m60

Mrs. Lovett

Worst Pies in London

M2-m37



A Little Priest

M1-m81


Parlor Songs Part II

m41-m48


By the Sea

m1-m8 AND m24-m78

Anthony Hope

Johanna Part II

m4-m34

Ah Miss

M16-37


Kiss Me Part II

M16-m29


Johanna Act II Sequence

m25-m60

Johanna

Green Finch and Linnet Bird

m21-m62

Ah Miss

M31-37


Kiss Me Part II

m16-m29

Tobias Ragg

Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir

m7-m29

m60-m79

Parlor Songs Part II

m41-48

Judge Turpin

Pretty Women Part I

m4-m16

Kiss Me Part II

m16-m29

The Beadle

Ladies in Their Sensitivities

m22-m37

Kiss Me Part II

M16-m29


Parlor Songs Part II

m41-48

Beggar Woman

No Place Like London

m27-m42

 

Adolfo Pirelli

Pirelli’s Entrance

m2-m18

 

Jonas Fogg or Ensemble

The Ballad of Sweeney Todd

M1-m74

OR

Fogg’s Asylum

M1-m27

OR

City on Fire

m1-m15