Audition: Fantasticks

Audition: Fantasticks

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June 29 @ 1pm
June 30 @ 7pm
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Rhinebeck Theatre Society is excited to announce auditions for The Fantasticks, the world’s longest-running musical, written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones.

Directed by Tina Reilly, music directed by Michael Berkeley, choreographed by Amber McCarthy, and produced by Dorothy Luongo.

This is the sweet and funny story of two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love. The handsome and charismatic El Gallo leads the young lovers from the dreamy moonlight into the sun, where weaknesses in their relationship are illuminated. They grow apart and finally find their way back to each other discovering a more mature love.

With songs like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain”, the music is as timeless as the story itself.

Location: The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.

Performance Dates: September 27 to October 6, 2019

Seeking: Actors, singers, dancers over age 18. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Prepare / Bring: For El Gallo, Luisa, Matt, Bellomy, and Hucklebee, please prepare 16 - 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Bring your piano sheet music for our accompanist. No a cappella please. For Henry, please prepare a brief, comedic monologue. For Mortimer, please prepare a death pantomime of your own creation. For The Mute, please prepare a short comic pantomime of your own creation.

Bring your schedule and be prepared to list your conflicts.

Questions: Contact director Tina Reilly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Character Breakdown:

El Gallo / The Narrator - (age 30-50) our guide through the musical. A rugged and masculine leading man. Mysterious, magnetic, charismatic. Under his harsh exterior, he is compassionate and honest.

Luisa / The Girl - (age 18+ to play age 16) Imaginative daydreamer and a romantic idealist. She is in love with her neighbor, Matt. When she falls under the influence of the roguish El Gallo, her naïve heart is prey to his machinations on her painful journey from sheltered girlhood to her wiser self. Please note, this role requires strong acting and singing abilities, as the actor must be able to make the journey from naïve, to restless, to broken, to discovering a mature love.

Matt / The Boy - (age 18+ to play age 19) - Very handsome. An innocent young man searching for love and adventure. Bright, but naïve and foolish at times, approaching situations with a false bravado. Matt must have a boyish wonder and charm. Please note, this role requires strong acting and singing abilities, as the actor must be able to make the journey from naïve, to restless, to broken, to discovering a wiser self.

Bellomy / The Girl’s Father - (age 40’s-50’s) a button salesman; fastidious and tidy. Bellomy would do anything to make Luisa happy, including manufacturing a false feud with his best friend and neighbor, Hucklebee, to bring their children together. Must have great comic timing.  

Hucklebee / The Boy’s Father - (age 40’s-50’s) learned horticulture in the navy, comical and a curmudgeon, also a bit sloppy and boisterous. Hucklebee has manufactured a false feud with his best friend and neighbor, Bellomy, to bring their children together. Despite this, he is actually a loving and concerned father who means well. Must have great comic timing.  

Henry / The Old Actor - (age 60+) does not sing much, but must be able to sing in tune and hold harmonies. Must have terrific comedic timing and a fierce darkness. Must have a strong stage presence. The stage is his world and he knows no other reality. Henry was once a famous actor, but is now an aging thespian that is down-on-his-luck and specializes in reciting Shakespearean soliloquies.

Mortimer / The Man Who Dies - (age 40+) does not sing much, but must be able to sing in tune and hold harmonies. Must be adept with physical comedy, improv, miming and have terrific comedic timing. Submit all types, shapes and sizes for this role. A clownish and goofy character who specializes in dying - comically elaborate death scenes.

The Mute - (age 25+) serves many functions - setting props as characters need them, assisting El Gallo, and becoming the wall separating the families. While this is a non-singing, non-speaking role, the actor must be able to move well. Should be able to easily assist in the story or fade into the background unnoticed.The Mute is a physical performer with adept mime skills. Ideally a magician, but not necessary.