Auditions: Urinetown at San Bernardino Valley College

August 25, 2011
4:00 pm

San Bernardino Valley College Department of Theatre Arts will hold auditions for Urinetown, music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, book by Greg Kotis.

Director: Ron Berglas
Assistant Director: Maraveena Tanielu
Music Director: Julie Edwards- Matanga
Choreographer: Maura Townsend

Audition Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
Time: 4:00pm
Place: SBVC Auditorium 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. San Bernardino, CA 92410

What to bring:
• Prepare 16-32 measures of a ballad and upbeat song.
• Appropriate and comfortable clothes and footwear to move in.
• Headshot and resume.
• Music sheet for accompanist.

Synopsis
One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

We encourage all to audition. Enrollment is required in one or more of the following SBVC classes after casting:
– Music 130/131 (Beginning/Intermediate Voice) 3 units
– Theatre Arts 114
(Theatre Practicum) 4 units
– Theatre Arts 160×4 (Theatre Crafts) 3 units
– Dance 114×4 (Dance Rehearsal and Performance) 4 units

If you cannot make the audition time and day, please call or email for an appointment, prior to the actual audition day. Conflicts and audition appointments are approved at the discretion of the Director and Production Team. Do not hesitate to discuss your conflicts.  ALL Technical Rehearsals, Final Dress, and Show Dates are MANDATORY.

Information of Questions?
Maraveena Tanielu
Email: mtanielu@valleycollege.edu
Phone: (909) 384-4400 ext. 5328

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE
(Times and dates subject to change)

  • Orientation: August 22, 23, 24 @ 4:00 pm
  • Rehearsals: Monday through Thursday beginning August 29 – November 10 @ 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm
  • Technical Rehearsals: November 12-15 @ 6:00 pm (4:00 pm Call Time)
  • Preview Date/Final Dress Rehearsal: November 16 @ 7:00 pm
  • Show Dates: November 17, 18, 19 @ 8:00 pm, November 19 & 20 @ 2:00 pm

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

  • AN OLD WOMAN One of the Poor.
  • BILLY BOY BILL One of the Poor, typically shy.
  • BOBBY STRONG The dashing young everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest urinal in town; the eventual protagonist and romantic hero who starts a revolution, and falls in love with Hope Cladwell along the way.
  • CALDWELL B. CLADWELL The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company, a miserly moneygrubber who gleefully exploits the poor.
  • CLADWELL’S SECRETARY DR. BILLEAUX Head of Research and Development at UGC.
  • HOPE CLADWELL Cladwell’s ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her love for her father and her new love for Bobby. Having just returned from the Most Expensive University in the World, she begins the show as an innocent young girl, but eventually is exposed to her father’s evil doings and evolves into the leader of the revolution.
  • HOT BLADES HARRY One of the Poor, a psychopathic, violent loose cannon.
  • JOSEPH “OLD MAN” STRONG Bobby’s rebellious father, whose refusal to pay the fee causes him to be sent to Urinetown, ultimately launching the revolution.
  • JOSEPHINE ‘MA” STRONG Bobby’s mother, a strong-willed old woman who is able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her.
  • LITTLE BECKY TWO-SHOES One of the Poor; foul-mouthed, impulsive, accusatory.
  • LITTLE SALLY A precocious, thoroughly irreverent and smartly funny street urchin; the quasi-narrator who always outsmarts Lockstock, and constantly questions the play’s logic.
  • MR. MCQUEEN Cladwell’s sycophantic assistant/lackey. A servile yes man.
  • MRS. MILLENIUM A trusted UGC employee.
  • OFFICER BARREL Lockstock’s partner. He harbors a surprising secret.
  • OFFICER LOCKSTOCK The tongue-in-cheek narrator of the story. A corrupt policeman who secretly kills off guilty pee-ers.
  • PENELOPE PENNYWISE The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest urinal in town. A shrewd, penny-scrounging cheapskate, Pennywise is a figure of authority and lives to maintain order at the public bathrooms. Hollman says the character was partly inspired by that of Mr. Peachum from The Threepenny Opera, and her music resembles that of
    Leocadia Begbick in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. She was once Cladwell’s one-time lover and is secretly Hope’s mother. She softens over the course of the show.
  • ROCKY THE STOCKFISH One of the Poor, the revolution’s stoic enforcer.
  • SENATOR FLIPP A greedy, cowardly politician in Cladwell’s pocket.
  • SOUPY SUE One of the Poor, easily panicked.
  • TINY TOM One of the Poor, an idiotic man-child. edly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
  • DANCE & CHORUS ENSEMBLE
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