|Auditions!! for Les Miserables - May 20-23, 2013|
|Cumberland County College Announces Auditions Les Misérables Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-‐Michel Schönberg Music by Claude-‐Michel Schönberg Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer This international smash-‐hit is the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-‐long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-‐view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long. Les Misérables is a sung-through pop opera requiring a cast of exceptional singers. Singers are asked to prepare a piece from a contemporary musical. Songs from the show are acceptable. Bring picture, resume, sheet music. No cd, no a cappella. [CAST] Seeking: JEAN VALJEAN -‐ Tenor, low A to high B. Ages from mid-‐thirties to early fifties over the course of the play. Intelligent, with strong physical strength and moral strength. Mature and Compassionate. JAVERT -‐ Baritone, low F to F sharp. Also ages 17 years from mid-‐thirties to late forties, early fifties. Rigid and stern character with an ominous presence. COSETTE -‐ Soprano, B flat (below Middle C) to High C with belt, must be able to float a B flat, with more contemporary, less operatic sound. Beautiful, innocent and pure. FANTINE -‐ Mezzo-‐Soprano. 25 -‐ 35, low G flat to E flat. Beautiful woman with an angelic demeanor. MARIUS -‐ Lyric Tenor or High Lyric Baritone, low A to high A flat, Romantic hero. Good looking, young leading man. EPONINE -‐ Mezzo Belt (low F sharp to E) Waiflike child of the streets with a yearning heart and toughness. THENARDIER -‐ Baritone (C to high G flat). Strong character with comedic ability that can transform to a hidden darker side. MADAME THENARDIER -‐ Alto / Mezzo Belt (low G sharp to D). Strong character similar to Thenardier. Unethical but a survivor. ENJOLRAS -‐ Baritone / tenor (low A to high G). Charismatic with fierce dedication. Intellectually and physically a leader. YOUNG GAVROCHE -‐ (approximately 10) A fearless and cocky child, Gavroche imagines himself part of the student rebellion and in fact, he is. His ability to maneuver among the adults without detection helps him bring valuable information to the rebellion. YOUNG EPONINE -‐ (9 -‐ 11) The daughter of the Thenardiers, Eponine is a spoiled brat who is content to let Young Cosette be treated like a housemaid. YOUNG COSETTE -‐ (8 -‐ 10) Fantine's daughter, the sweet and innocent Cosette is placed in the care of the abusive Thenardiers, until she is rescued by Valjean. She sings "Castle on a Cloud," and dreams of being in a safe and loving place. FEMALE ENSEMBLE -‐ Amazing contemporary Broadway singers with pop sensibility. Must be able to convey passion through song. Ensemble. MALE ENSEMBLE -‐ Amazing contemporary Broadway singers with pop sensibility. Must be able to convey passion through song. ALL CHARACTERS, EXCEPT JAVERT AND VALJEAN, WILL PLAY MULTIPLE ROLES. We will not be using British, Cockney or French accents in this production. Please note: you may sing a selection from Les Miz that is sung by the character you are auditioning for. If you are auditioning for the ensemble, you may sing a short song from the show, or in the style of the show, that clearly demonstrates a wide range, and a powerful instrument. No contemporary pop songs, no Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Lerner and Loewe etc, and no "comic" songs (unless auditioning for Thenardiers). All songs should be from the contemporary "pop opera" musical theatre canon...Les Miz, Phantom, Aspects of Love, Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Women, etc. The emphasis needs to be on presenting your selection with clear, bold acting choices and powerful vocals. AUDITION DATES: MONDAY, May 20 at 5:00 Men auditioning for: Jean VALJEAN, Javert, Marius, Thernardier and Enjolras ONLY TUESDAY, MAY 21 at 5:00 All other men - students on the barricade/ensemble ONLY WEDNESDAY, May 22 at 5:00 Women auditioning for Fantine; Eponine, Cossette and Madame Thernardier ONLY THURSDAY, May 23 at 5:00 All other women - lovely ladies, factory girl, lady liberty, ensemble ONLY Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 CHILDREN - ONLY Girls prepare - Castle on a cloud Boys - prepare a Broadway song and Gavroche's song children will not be seen prior to this date, do not call Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5 CALLBACKS Singers/actors will be called for callbacks, please do not call to inquire|
|Down Jersey: The Snakes Plus One - Sunday, June 2 at 3 PM|
|Tickets: $10 for all ages. The Snake Brothers and series host Jim Albertson will come center stage to lead the audience in singing folk and songs of the sea, many from the South Jersey region.|
|**CANCELLED** Jonathan Batiste Concert - Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 PM|
| Tickets: PAY WHAT YOU CAN anonymously at the door or in advance.
You may RESERVE tickets NOW for this ASSIGNED SEATING event by calling
The Box Office at (856) 692-8499. Tickets may be available the night of the show.
Be uplifted as Batiste creates an exceptional and interactive performance with his band Stay Human.
Batiste says; “We’re gonna play jazz tunes in the jazz style.
We’re gonna play tunes that aren't jazz and jazz ’em up.
We're gonna play tunes that are kind of jazz and make ’em even more jazzy."
Batiste segues from a clever rearrangement of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” to Thelonious Monk's “Round Midnight,” then stands up, grabs a melodica, and rips into a version of “You Are My Sunshine” befitting a New Orleans parade.
An unforgettable night and a transformative experience.
Batiste has performed in over 40 countries, in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Concertgebouw. On television he has been featured in the NBA All-Star Game Half-Time Show 2008, the hit HBO series “Treme,” Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer,” and BET.