Auditions

Placer Community Theater is holding open auditions for The Producers on Friday, May 11 at 6:30 pm and Saturday, May 12 at 12:00 pm at Pamelot School of Dance, 540 Wall Street in Auburn.

All ages are invited to participate and all roles are open.

About the Show

Based on the 1968 film, Mel Brooks’s musical The Producers is a laugh-out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing farce that has been a smash hit since its 2001 debut. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and he finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway, with the worst script, the worst director, and the worst cast they can find; the catch is that they will raise two million dollars to finance the show, and they plan to take the money and head to Rio when the show inevitably closes after just one performance. Too bad for Bialystock & Bloom that, against all odds, the show is a total hit! With dozens of great parts, no shortage of showstopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humor keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop.

The original Broadway production starred Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock and Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom.  It opened at the St. James Theatre on April 19, 2011 and ran for 2502 performances.  It broke the record, receiving 12 Tony Awards.  Broderick and Lane reprised their stage roles in the 2005 film version.

Preparation

  • Please bring a resume and a recent photo. You will be asked to fill out an audition form when you arrive.
  • Please prepare a song that shows off your voice. Do not sing a song from the show.
  • Bring instrumental-only accompaniment (no voices on the track) on a CD or an mp3 player. If you are unable to provide an accompaniment track, you may sing a capella but will be asked to match pitch on a piano.
  • Be prepared to learn a short dance combination. Dress appropriately in comfortable clothing.
  • You will be asked to perform a cold reading from the script.

Auditions

  • Please arrive no later than the starting time of the audition. No appointment is necessary.
  • Plan to attend either Friday night or Saturday afternoon. You do not need to attend both dates.

Callbacks

  • Callbacks will be held on Monday, May 13 at 6:30 pm – location to be decided. You will be notified if you need to come to the callback.
  • You will be asked to part of a song from the show. You may also be asked to perform a dance combination and read a scene from the script.

Performance Dates

The Producers will perform Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the State Theatre in Auburn from July 20 to August 5.  Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 pm.  The second and third weekend features both matinee and evening performances on Saturday.

Creative Team

  • Director: Charles Davidson
  • Choreographer: Maureen Roman
  • Musical Director: Lisa Sands

Rolls Available

All roles are open.  Age ranges are provided as a guideline only.  The creative staff reserves the right to alter the ages as necessary.  There is no pay.  Placer Community Theater is an entirely volunteer organization.

Max Bialystock.  Male (Tenor).  Age Range:  35 – 55.  A loveable rogue who is desperate to return to his former glory days.  He has a persuasive charm and a devilish mind, although he is often angry, short-tempered and unwilling to cooperate nicely. Arrogant, self-righteous, menacing, argumentative, sarcastic, benevolent, intelligent, artful, loving, rude, shiftless, thoughtful, obnoxious, caring and keen – a man who is only interested in making money.  Max requires a comic actor with impeccable timing, high energy and agility, not great deal of dancing required but his frantic disposition will call for a lot of movement.

Leo Bloom.  Male (Tenor).  Age Range:  25 – 40.  A timid, unassuming, shy, mild-mannered, and slightly neurotic accountant, prone to panic attacks.  He keeps a fragment of his childhood blue blankie in his pocket to calm himself.  He yearns to be a Broadway producer and live life to its fullest but he is intimidated by Max.  It is Leo who has the idea of how to make money from a failed play.  This role requires an actor with great comic timing and an ability to demonstrate a journey in growth of confidence throughout the course of the show, tap dancing a big plus.

Ulla.  Female (Mezzo-Soprano).  Age Range:  20 – 35.  A young, voluptuous, leggy Swedish woman who becomes Max’s secretary but wants to be a star.  Hired mostly for her looks, she can speak little English, but is a jiggly dancer, and can dance better than she can type.  She is a sexier counterpoint to Max’s older investor girlfriends and understands the spell she casts over men.  A triple-threat.  Must be able to stop the show with her dance solo and song.  Swedish accent required with good comedic timing.

Franz Liebkind.  Male (Baritone).  Age Range:  35 – 55.  Franz is a former Nazi and the current author of Springtime for Hitler.  He’s never quite left World War II behind.  He is greatly enamored of Adolph Hitler and is easily angered and emotionally unstable.  The role demands an actor who sincerely believes everything he is saying.  The audience must never really be sure of what he is going to do next.  A good German accent is important as well as the ability to play broad comedy while remaining serious.

Roger De Bris.  Male (Baritone).  Age Range:  35 – 60.  A flamboyant theatre director.  He is desperate to be recognized for his genius and talent.  Max describes him as the worst director to have ever lived.  The actor playing this role must have the ability to play broad and campy.  Needs to be a strong singer.  Must also look good in a dress.

Carmen Ghia.  Male (Tenor).  Described by Roger as his “common-law assistant”. Carmen Ghia is an aging twink who screams gay pride with every subtle movement and uttered consonant.  He should have the moves of a cat and the soul of Norma Desmond.

Featured and Ensemble Roles

A large ensemble is required for this show.  Ages range from 20s to seniors.  There are featured songs, solo dance numbers, and many comedic bits in this show.  We also have the ability to showcase some individual talents.  Most ensemble members will be in five or six numbers.  Some tap dancing needed.  This is a fun ensemble show with lots of variety and stage time.

Ensemble roles include Bag Lady, Bum, Street Vendors, Accountants, Stormtroopers, Show Girls, Usherettes, First Nighters, Prisoners, Judge, Jurors, Workmen, Street Cleaner, Blind Violinist, Hold-Me-Touch-Me, Little Old Ladies, and Roger’s design team.

For More Information

Contact Placer Community Theater at info@placertheater.org or Charles Davidson (davidsonpct@gmail.com).

If you would like to be added to our email list for future auditions, please visit our Contact Us section.

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