Directors Gary Hall and Justin Howard invite the community to auditions for the spring production of “The Three Musketeers”. Auditions will be held on January 20 and 21, 2020. Auditioners may attend one or both nights.
All for one and one for all! A swashbuckling romp of romance, danger, and comedy, Alexandre Dumas’ timeless tale springs to life in Ken Ludwig’s adaptation, as the young D’Artagnan, joined by his sister Sabine, discovers honor amid intrigue and high-stakes adventure when he meets the famous Three Musketeers. This dramatic comedy is full of hilarious fun, in the vein of the 1973 movie version. “Think ‘Princess Bride’ meets ‘Monty Python’,” said Hall.
Registration begins at 6:00 pm on both nights, with auditions commencing at 6:30 pm. There is no advance preparation necessary for these auditions, and the directors would like to see you do a cold reading from the script. Auditions are meant to be fun, not nerve-wracking, so come out, have fun and relax.
There are great character roles in this play, including Athos, Porthos, Aramis, D’Artagnan, and Sabine, along with an ensemble cast with opportunities to play multiple characters for men and women. All parts are for actors 18-70, with some older actors needed. Some characters use swords on stage, and training will be provided. No previous combat experience is required.
Director Hall’s very descriptive character analysis is a thorough description of the principal parts for anyone interested in auditioning. “For men, the parts include D’Artagnan. He is young, energetic, naïve, the perfect romantic hero, perfect for any princess or damsel in distress, as long as she has some common sense. Athos rhymes with pathos and he has plenty to spare-dark and brooding in a girl-swooning way. Porthos is Dr. Chill of the musketeer set, smooth and a bit of a dandy when it comes to clothing, but don’t cross him. Aramis…SWOON! Cardinal Richelieu is the consummate villain, full of treachery, but incredibly resourceful, and would generate his own booing section. Rochefort is Richelieu’s right hand man, the play’s equivalent of the six-fingered man of ‘Princess Bride’ fame. King Louis XIII is the quintessential bumbling monarch, a chance for broad comedy. Treville is the long-suffering leader of the musketeers whose prayers for patience are constantly tested.
“The women characters include Sabine, who is in her late teens, D’Artagnan’s sister, fearless and unwilling to submit the rules determined by her gender, which is good, as she spends a large amount of time dressed as a male. Milady is a wily femme fatale (literally). She knows what she’s got and she’s not afraid to use it. Right up there with Richelieu in the sin category. Constance Bonacieux is a beautiful, naïve storybook princess without a title. Queen Anne is the real pants of France.”
Come join in on the swashbuckling fun and be a part of this rousing show, sponsored by Murphy-Pitard Jewelers. For more information on auditions, please call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474.
Auditions Monday, January 20
New Faces & Call Backs Tuesday, January 21
Registration Opens 6:00pm
Auditions Begin 6:30pm
Fill out an audition form, including the rehearsal conflict calendar. Include your regular weekly activities (work, school, church) and any special events for January 23 – March 15. Expect there to be several Saturday rehearsals for choreography and combat training.
At auditions expect cold readings and to learn short combat phrase movement exercise. Directors will post a video of the combat phrase on line about a week before auditions at https://tinyurl.com/vc3q77x. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, contact the directors at the production email firstname.lastname@example.org.
D’ARTAGNAN* • Young, energetic, naïve, the perfect romantic hero, perfect for any princess or damsel in distress as long as she has some common sense, 20s
ATHOS* • Athos rhymes with pathos and he has plenty to spare, dark and brooding in a girl-swooning way, 20s-30s
PORTHOS* • Dr. Chill of the musketeer set, he is smooth and a bit of a dandy when it comes to clothing, but don’t cross him, 20s-30s
ARAMIS* • SWOON!, 20s-30s
CARDINAL RICHELIEU* • The consummate villain, full of villainy, but incredibly resourceful, would generate his own booing section, 30s and up
ROCHEFORT* • Richelieu’s right hand man, the play’s equivalent of the six-fingered man, 30s and up
KING LOUIS XIII • The quintessential bumbling monarch, a chance for BROAD comedy, 30s – 40s
TREVILLE* • Long-suffering leader of the musketeers whose prayers for patience are constantly tested, 30s and up
SABINE* • D’Artagnan’s sister, fearless and unwilling to submit the rules determined by her gender, which is good as she spends a large amount of time dressed as a male, late teens
MILADY* • The wily femme fatale (literally). She knows what she’s got and she’s not afraid to use it. Right up there with Richelieu in the sin category, 30s and up
COSNTANCE BONACIEUX • Beautiful, naïve storybook princess without a title, 20s
QUEEN ANNE • The real pants of France, 20s -30s
* will require stage combat training