AUDITION INFORMATION for Fiddler on the Roof!
For more information on how you can be a part of it, read on…
IMPORTANT DATES for Fiddler on the Roof
(All of these meetings will be in the auditorium, unless noted.
a. Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – Pre-Audition Info Meeting in the auditorium 2:30 – 4:00 pm
b. Tuesday September 4,2018 – Dance Auditions and Auditions for all new WLW Students and 9th Graders
c. Wednesday September 5,2018 – General Auditions- Signup for slot on the call board to audition.
– Call Back List Posted online at wlwmusical.com. Go to the STAGE DOOR menu and click on Call Back Auditions.
d. Thursday September 6, 2018 – 2:30 – 5:00 pm Call Back Rehearsal (to help you prepare for the challenging music needed in the callback audition)
e. Friday September 7,2018 – 2:30 – 5:30 pm – Call Back Auditions
f. Saturday September 8, 2018 – by 7:00 pm – Final Cast List Posted online at wlwmusical.com * Please do not continue to refresh the page as this could crash the website and make others not be able to view the cast list
g. Monday September 10, 2018 – 2:30 – 5:00 pm – First rehearsal for all cast members. Plan on every day. Once the production is up and running, a new calendar will be posted every week or so, to let you know of actual dates and times of rehearsals.
h. Sept. 4:00 pm – Children’s Cast Auditions
i. Thursday September 27, 2018 – Musical Parent Meeting- REQUIRED FOR ALL CAST, CREW, and ORCHESTRA
November 9, 10 and 16, 17 & 18! We will present the show 5 times!
The Cast consists of 50, including the ensemble roles. Fiddler on the Roof includes a fabulously diverse cast of all ages and ethnicities. Other ensemble children will be cast as well. Principal characters supported by a versatile ensemble playing several roles throughout. Most roles require strong singers and actors who move well. The ages given are the suggested ages of the characters that you will play. The letters in parentheses are the vocal range needed for the role. Example: (C4-E5 means C below middle C and the E above middle C for a male singer).
Tevye is the heart and conscience of Fiddler on the Roof JR. Tevye is often cast as a larger young man, but his stature really comes from his integrity and zest for life. Tevye should be able to show the wide range of conflict, joy and pain that this character feels throughout the story. Your actor needs to be comfortable speaking directly to the audience and must develop a comfortable rapport with them. He does not need to have a great singing voice, but he must have a strong, easily projected voice that can fill your performance space.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Golde is the backbone of the family. She has a rather gruff exterior, but in her heart is sheer dedication to her family. When casting Golde, remember that she must be able to manage Tevye. She runs the household, and must be able to keep Tevye s more emotional side in check. Conversely, she should be able to show a softer side when dealing with Chava and Tevye s rift. She, like Tevye, does not need to be the greatest singer in the world but should have a commanding voice.
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Tzeitel is the oldest daughter of Tevye and Golde. She is the first to challenge the traditions of Anatevka by pleading with her fateher to let her marry Motel the tailor, to whom she has pledged her love. Keep in mind that she is the oldest daughter, is determined and can manipulate her father. This is the perfect spot for a dramatic actress.
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Hodel is a strong, independent middle child. She is outspoken but respectful. She has her eye on the Rabbi s son at the outset of the story, but she is charmed by the revolutionary Perchick the moment she meets him, though she may not show it right away. Her dedication and love is real as she follows him to Siberia. Cast an excellent singer and actor as Hodel.
Chava is the scholarly daughter who loves to read. Her love the Russian, Fyedka, tests her father to the very limit and provides the largest conflict in the story. Cast an actress who is able to display a wide emotional range.
Shprintze and Bielke are the youngest daughters of Tevye and Golde. They are considerably younger than the three matchmaker daughters. They only have a few lines but are featured in quite a few scenes. They don t need to be strong singers or actresses but should be confident onstage.
Motel is the poor, young tailor who is charmed with Tzeitel. He is an endearing sort of Woody Allen type. He doesn t have to be a great singer but requires a sensitive and nervous, yet lovable portrayal.
Perchik is a young student who brings with him radical new ideas that challenge the traditions of the community. Perchik should be able to hold his own with Tevye. He is a strong character, and clashes with Tevye idealistically, but is likable, charming and ultimately becomes a loyal family member.
Lazar Wolf is a butcher, the town s wealthiest citizen and is the same age as, if not older, than, Tevye. Lazar could easily be played by a large boy, but an actor of any size can pull off this role. Lazar must appear rather distasteful and feisty, which is why Tzeitel is frightened to marry him. Lazar is one of the featured singers in To Life.
The Fiddler must be an actor who can hold the attention of an entire audience with stylized movement, facial expression and dance. Freedom of movement and expression are the keys to casting this character. The Fiddler is a silent role, yet an important one, and can easily be played by either a boy or a girl.
Yente is the middle-aged widow who matches up the young people of the village in hopes that they will marry. She is a village busybody and knows all the news of the town. Cast a girl with great comedic timing.
The constable is the local sheriff representing the Russian government. Cast an actor who can provide a sense of threat and conflict. The constable is a complex character, caught between his good nature towards the people of Anatevka and his duty to the non-Jewish Russian government. This is a non-singing role that requires a strong actor.
Fyedka is a strong, young, Russian soldier who falls in love with Chava. This is a great role for a strong, non-singing actor.
Mordcha, Yussel, Avram, the Rabbi and Mendel are smaller roles that add much to the richness of the community portrayed in Fiddler on the Roof JR. Mordcha is a friendly, interesting innkeeper. Yussel is a hatter. Avram is a bookseller. Mendel is the Rabbi s son. The Rabbi is the spiritual center of the community and the actor should be able to play an old man onstage. He should have a comic feel, although this is a serious role. These roles have a short part in To Life that can be spoken or sung.
The Villagers will portray the people of the village as Papas, Mamas, Sons or Daughters. Also included in this group are the Guests, Inn Patrons, Motel s Parents and Motel s Relations. Keep the musicians consistent throughout the show, choosing a few actors with a great rapport. Also, keep family units when casting Motel s parents and relations. This can be as large a group as your stage can safely accommodate. They are the faces of Anatevka. This is a wonderful opportunity to cast anyone regardless of his or her talent level or experience.
The First Man, Second Man, Another Man, First Woman, Second Woman and Third Woman all have spoken lines and are great featured roles, perfect for performers who are new to the stage.
The Russian Soldiers are under the command of the Constable. These are perfect roles for kids who have had little or no experience. Sasha has two short lines, and all the Russians sing together.
CAST AUDITION INFORMATION
When you attend the Audition Workshop/Information meeting you will get to sing your songs with other students and with the piano player. You will get to practice doing some improvisations. All of these things will be actually done in your audition. This will be a very helpful time…make sure to attend.
After your workshop, you will be able to sign up for an audition time for the following week (the second week of school)!! At the audition, please bring in a typed resume that focuses on any singing, acting and/or dancing background that you might have. Focus on experiences that will benefit your career on stage. Also, please bring a photo of you so that we can see your face. It does not need to be a professional head shot picture, just one that shows your face. A school picture will do. But it needs to represents you, so make it be your best.
We will ask you to do a 1 minute acting monologue. Since this is a comedy, your monologue should be similar. We will help you find one if you can’t find one on the internet this summer.
Next, you will sing. You will choose your own song. Think serious musical theater or folk song or gospel song that fits THIS show. (As much as we love these, please, nothing from Shrek or Mary Poppins…to light for this show.) Choose something that fits your voice the best. This song should be prepared ahead of time. It must be memorized!!!!!! You will need to have sheet music for our accompanist to play from.
Our accompanist is a professional and will follow you at the piano. Don’t worry about following them.
Next, SING. We want to see some acting as you sing it to us. Remember that in a show like this, the words ARE THE DIALOGUE that tells the story.
If you are interested in possibly a larger role or one that includes a vocal solo, you should also have at least ONE additional song to sing for us. As a 9th grader, this is not necessary at all. But, if you are interested in pushing yourself more, you may choose your own song from another Broadway show. Like in the real world of auditioning, please pick the BEST 16 measures of the song, and sing those for us! We will not have time for you to sing the entire song for us.
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TECH CREW INFORMATION
TECH CREWS, unlike the cast and the orchestra, do not have the same schedules every week. Depending on the different crews and the projects being worked on, your crews will meet as posted. We will post the crew schedules on the stage door, as well as on the TECH PAGE under the BACK DOOR TAB on our website, wlwmusical.com.
For our shows, we offer some of the most professional theatrical tech experiences available to a high school student. For SHREK, we will be renting a lot of major scenery coming in from Broadway, in NYC. We will then be building lots of other parts for the show.. It’s an amazing experience which you won’t want to miss. So much more to tell you about… go to wlwmusical.com and read more. Questions, just ask.
Here are some of the areas that we will need students working on crews. Which interest you the most?
Costumes, Lighting, Makeup, Hair & Wigs, Prosthetics, Props, Publicity, Set Construction, Set Painting, Lighting, Sound, Special Effects, Stage Management/Show Tech Crew (backstage run crew), Assistant to the Director, House Management, Art, Rigging and so much more.
Are you a former BATS crew member? Make sure and let us know that since you will then be put on the ‘experienced list’ for our crews at WLW. We have at least 6 former BATS crew members, who did Tech at WLW, and now are in university studying it professionally. Some are already working in the entertainment business. It’s the place to be!!