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AUDITION INFORMATION
SUNNYVALE COMMUNITY PLAYERS 2012-2013
LITTLE WOMEN
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AGE REQUIREMENT:
As determined by the Director (see Character Breakdown)

AUDITION DATES:
Monday, December 17, 2012 - 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
CALLBACKS: Sunday, January 6, 2013 – 6:30 pm & (By invitation) Monday, January 7, 2013 – 6:30 pm
NOTE: Please be aware that the audition process may take a total of two to three hours.

LOCATION:
Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 E. Remington Ave., Sunnyvale, CA, 94087

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Download and complete an Audition Packet and bring it with you along with a resume and photo, if you have one. If you don’t have a photo, one will be taken of you for a $2.00 charge. Resumes are optional.
  • Review the conflict calendar. When you come to your audition, be prepared to submit any prior commitments that might prevent you from attending any rehearsals.
  • Prepare 16-24 bars of a song (preferably not from the show). Bring sheet music in your key. No tapes or CD’s will be permitted as an accompanist will be provided.
  • You will be asked to do a short cold read from the script, which you will select from a list provided by SCP.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Be prepared to sing and act.
  • No experience necessary.

CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION FORMS (Conflict Schedule must be filled out & turned in). A Resume and Headshot are preferred, but not required.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
REHEARSALS:
Sunday, January 20 – Thursday, April 18* (Sunday through Thursdays)
6:30-9:30 pm on Sundays, 7:00 to 10:00 pm Monday –Thursdays
*Reduced/minimal rehearsals in February.
TECH WEEK:
Sunday, April 14 – Thursday, April 18 - No Conflicts Allowed!
6:30-9:30 pm on Sundays, 7:00 to 10:00 pm Monday -Thursdays
PERFORMANCES:
April 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
May 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12

CONTACT:
Susan Buchs
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CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
The play occurs from December 1863 through Spring, 1866. Therefore, the characters age roughly three years through the course of the play. This matters most for the sisters and Laurie, who grow up during this time.

Casting will be based on who reads as age-appropriate, rather than strictly who is that age in real life. That is, we could have a Meg who’s really ~30 and an Amy who’s 22, if they read well together and can play the required younger as well as older age ranges.

The March Family:

  • Marmee (40-55) – The strong mother, devoted and supportive. The backbone of the family through a very difficult time. Earthly, strong-willed, wise, ethical and hard-working.
  • Meg March (19-25) – The oldest sister. A romantic, yearns for a great life. Marries John Brooke and has twins in Act II. Feminine, pretty, responsible, considerate, generous. Maternal instincts.
  • Jo March (18-24) – The second oldest sister, and center of the story. A passionate young woman, a feisty tomboy who longs to be an author. Independent, outspoken, energetic, and ambitious. Her bold nature often gets her in trouble. In the end, gets engaged to Professor Bhaer.
  • Beth (16-24) – The second youngest sister. A peacemaker who sees the good in everyone. An exceptional pianist (not required). Virtuous, very shy, charitable, compassionate and simplistic. She says little, but her actions speak volumes. She is especially close with Jo. Dies of Scarlet Fever.
  • Amy (15-22) – The youngest sister. Artistic, and initially spoiled and inclined to tantrums, but later cool, reserved, and worldly. Marries Laurie. (Needs to distinctly portray the child-like early, and more adult later. It’s a big three years for her.)
  • Aunt March (40-55) – Great-aunt of the March sisters. A formidable, overbearing matron. Pretentious and crotchety, a wealthy widow who cares greatly about society and, in a stiff way, loves her family.

Their Men:

  • Laurie (Theodore Laurence III) (16-25) – The boy-next-door, same age as Jo. Charming, clever, intelligent, and energetic. Loves Jo unrequitedly, and later happens upon and marries Amy in Europe.
  • Mr. John Brooke (20-30) – Laurie's Tutor. Bookish, smart, and reserved. A rather stiff man, capable of showing emotion. Marries Meg.
  • Mr. Laurence (Theodore Laurence I) (50-70) – Laurie's grandfather. Stiff, stern, and elderly, but eventually lets out a softer side.
  • Professor Friedrich Bhaer (30-40) – Jo’s mentor, a proper German professor of philosophy. Respected and shy, he critiques Jo’s work and is secretly in love with her. Slight German accent (not required)

The following characters might be cast separately, or doubled as indicated. All are soloist characters in the operatic tragedy (or two), except Mrs. Kirk who is central to the boarding house scenes.

  • Mrs. Kirk – Owner of the New York City boarding house at which Jo stays (possible double with Aunt March).
  • The Fair Clarissa – Heroine of the operatic tragedy (possible double with Meg).
  • Rodrigo – Hero of the operatic tragedy (possible double with Laurie).
  • Sir Braxton Prendergast – Villain of the operatic tragedy (possible double with Brooke).
  • Troll – A character in the operatic tragedy (possible double with Amy).
  • Hag – A character in the operatic tragedy (possible double with Marmee).
  • Knight – A character in the operatic tragedy (possible double with Mr. Laurence).
  • Rodrigo II – A character in the operatic tragedy (possible double with Beth).

MUSICAL NUMBERS:
Act I

  • An Operatic Tragedy
  • Better
  • Our Finest Dreams
  • Here Alone
  • Could You
  • Delighted
  • Take A Chance On Me
  • Off to Massachusetts
  • Five Forever
  • More Than I Am
  • Astonishing

Act II

  • The Weekly Volcano Press
  • How I Am
  • Some Things Are Meant To Be
  • The Most Amazing Thing
  • Days of Plenty
  • The Fire Within Me
  • Small Umbrella in the Rain

SCP’S CONFLICT POLICY:

  • SCP reserves the right to NOT CAST a participant if there are more than seven (7) conflicts.
  • Each cast member must be available for the full run of technical rehearsals and performances.
  • Planned conflicts must be turned in on the conflict sheet by the last night of callbacks. Any conflicts received after that will be considered an unexcused absence.
  • Cast members may have two (2) unexcused absence during the rehearsal period. Participants with additional absences may be asked to leave the show.
  • Arriving more than 30 minutes late or leaving early from rehearsal is considered an absence. If a cast member needs to be late to rehearsal for a planned event, it must be recorded on the conflict sheet and submitted prior to the last night of callbacks.
  • SCP cannot plan rehearsals without an accurate understanding of who is available at any given rehearsal. Therefore, failure to accurately complete the conflict calendar may result in loss of part or being asked to leave the show.
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