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The Dio - Dining & Entertainment, Livingston County's award winning professional theatre company, is excited to announce auditions for their upcoming production of A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, directed by Steve DeBruyne, music direction by Marlene Inman. Auditions will take place Sunday, May 5 from 6pm to 9pm at The Dio, 177 E. Main Street, Pinckney Michigan, 48169. PLEASE USE FRONT ENTRANCE.

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFO:

Rehearsals will begin July 20 and take place Mondays through Fridays from 6pm to 10pm and Saturdays from noon to 6pm. Can work with rehearsal conflicts if necessary. Tech Saturday will take place from noon to midnight on August 17. No conflicts will be accepted during tech week, August 17, 19, 20 and 21.

Performances begin August 22 and take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons through October 6 with a possible two show extension, the evening of Thursday, October 10 and the afternoon of Sunday, October 13.

 

PAY:

Actors over the age of 18 receive a rehearsal stipend of $100 and $10 per performance, plus a meal following each performance and two complimentary tickets. Actors with serving experience may choose to serve tables on select nights for additional tip money.

AUDITION INFO AND PREPARATION:

Open auditions for non-Equity actors will take place on Sunday, May 5 from 6pm to 9pm. Doors will open at 5:30pm. Please use the front entrance on Main Street. Actors wishing to audition must sign in by 8:45pm. No need to stay the entire time. Once you have auditioned, you will be free to go.

Please prepare a 16 bar cut of a classic musical theatre song, and 16 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song in the style of the show. Songs from the show are discouraged. Bring sheet music in the correct key, a headshot and resume STAPLED TOGETHER, as well as a list of any conflicts from July 20 to October 13. An accompanist will be provided.

Actors unable to attend the audition may submit a video audition to director, Steve DeBruyne, steve@diotheatre.com. Please include headshot, resume, all conflicts from July 20 to October 13, and video of your two song cuts - one song should be a close up of your face, shot just below your shoulders, one song should show your full body.

Callbacks will take place by invitation only on Sunday, May 12 from 6:00pm to 11pm. Callback sides and music will be available at diotheatre.com prior to the callback. Actors should plan to stay the entire time, however cuts may be made.

 

SYNOPSIS:

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is the knock-'em-dead, uproarious hit and the most-nominated show of the 2014 season. With ten Tony nominations and four wins, including Best Musical, Book, Direction and Costumes, it also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including Best Musical), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Best Musical) and one Drama League Award (Best Musical).

When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he's eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind....

SEEKING VERY STRONG NON-EQUITY SINGER/ACTORS FOR THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

Montague "Monty" Navarro - Male, age 25 to 35. Vocal range low A to high A. Handsome, clever, charismatic, vulnerable and endearing. Discovers he is in line to become the Earl of Highhurst, and intends to kill off the family that stands in his way.

Miss Shingle - Female, age 55+. Monty's unexpected visitor.

Sibella Hallward - Female, age 25 to 35. Vocal range low F# to high A. The girl Monty loves. Sexy, flirtatious, narcissistic, willful, calculating and irresistible. A social climber, but also truly loves Monty. Tremendous wit and high style.

 

Phoebe D'Ysquith - Female, age 25 to 35. Vocal range B below middle C to high sustained C# with an optional high Eb. Monty's cousin. Beautiful, virtuous, forthright, romantic, comically earnest with a backbone of steel. Actress must have a sense of irony and humor in addition to a youthful innocence behind her sophistication.

The D'Ysquith Family - Male, any age, must be a versatile character actor with a superb grasp of British farce. Physical comedy and stamina is a necessity. The following roles, all played by one actor:
- Asquith D'Ysquith, Jr., a dandy
- Lord Adlabert D'Ysquith, Eighth Earl of Highhurst
- Reverend Lord Ezekiel D'Ysquith, a clergyman
- Lord Adlabert D'Ysquith, Sr., an elderly banker
- Henry D'Ysquith, a country squire
- Lady Hyacinth D'Ysquith, a benefactress
- Major Lord Bartholomew D'Ysquith, a bodybuilder
- Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey, an actress
- Chauncey D'Ysquith, a janitor

WOMAN #1 - (G to high A), Mourner; Tour Guide; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Pub Owner's Wife; Mrs. Pebworth; Phoebe's Maid; 3rd Newsboy; Tailor; Selina Chard (Servant); Flower Girl

WOMAN #2 - (low F# to high A), Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Mrs. Hetherington; 4th Newsboy; Tailor; Lady Eugenia D'Qsquith; Flower Girl

WOMAN #3 - (G to high C), Mourner; Sibella's Maid; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Miss Evangeline Barley; Bridesmaid; Miss Hayes; Tailor; Hilda (Servant); Flower Girl

 

MAN #1 - (Low A to high A), Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; 2nd Clerk; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Tom Copley; Dr. Brownlee; 1st Newsboy; Weight Lifter; 3rd Actor; Ancestral Bust; Walter (Servant); Dr. Pettibone (Medical Examiner); Prison Guard

MAN #2 - (Low C to High G#), Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; 1st Clerk; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Pub Owner; Mr. Cross; 2nd Newsboy; Weight Lifter; 1st Actor; Lord Asquith's Physician; Ancestral Bust; Mr. Waters (Servant); Chief Inspector Pinckney

MAN #3 - (Bb to high Bb), Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Pub Patron; Henry's Employee; Mr. Goodsall; 2nd Actor; Alfred Gorby (Butler); Lord High Steward (voiceover); Magistrate


Callback information for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

Please click on the character below for all sides and music

MONTY

PHOEBE

SIBELLA

MISS SHINGLE

MISS BARLEY

LADY EUGENIA

MAN 1, 2 & 3

WOMAN 1, 2 & 3

D'YSQUITH FAMILY

 Actors unable to attend the audition may submit a headshot and resume to Artisitic Director, Steve DeBruyne, steve@diotheatre.com.