The Ritz is a semi-professional theater company that seeks performers for our six Mainstage productions each season, plus our summer theatre series, and various other special events.

Upcoming auditions are listed below and also on The Ritz Theatre Company Casting Page on Facebook

*** AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT***

Due to popular demand for Disney’s Beauty and The Beast – we have added a second night of auditions. Monday, April 24th is booked solid! We are now accepting submissions for Sunday, April 23rd starting at 6 p.m. PLEASE NOTE – Space is limited and once this date is filled up, we will start a Waiting List! Please see the notice below for more information.

The Ritz Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for our 2017 Summer Production – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Director: Craig Hutchings
Music Director: Brian Bacon
Choreographer: Jessica Quindlen

Audition Dates: Monday, April 24, 2017 starting at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks As Needed By Invitation Only: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Show Dates: July 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30 – August 2, 4, 5 & 6

We are actively seeking submissions from diverse Non-Union singers/dancers/actors of ALL types and ethnicities (Ages 16 and up – “Chip” Age 9 to 14) for our 2017 Season Summer production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Rehearsals will be Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Sunday, May 7, 2017. Those granted an audition will be asked to sing 16 bars of a musical theatre song, not from the show but in the style of the show. No a capella singing or backing tracks permitted. In addition, all of those auditioning should be prepared to dance/move. Anyone wishing to be considered for an audition should forward their headshot and resume to: David M. Mooney – Casting Director of The Ritz Theatre Company via email at ritztheatrecasting@gmail.com (Must have Beast Submission in the subject line.) no later than Friday, April 21. Please indicate which role(s) you are interested in being considered for and be aware not all who submit are granted an audition as space is limited.

** PLEASE NOTE – All roles are open and pay a small stipend!

Character List

Belle (Age 20-25) Vocal Range: E3-F5 – An intelligent, strong and adventurous woman, who wants more out of the life than her current ordinary existence. She is optimistic, fun-loving, caring and eager. We are seeking all types and ethnicities for this role. Must be able to move well.

Beast (Age 30-40) Vocal Range: A2-F4 – A prince transformed into a terrifying beast for his lack of compassion. He is hot-tempered and commanding, but has a warm, loving heart buried beneath his gruff exterior. Physicality will be very important for this role.

Gaston (Age 30-40) Vocal Range: A2-E4 – The egotistical, ultra-masculine, physically imposing villain determined to marry Belle. He is manipulative and smooth in his villainy. Imposing physicality is a must. Must be able to move well.

Lefou (Age 21-35) Vocal Range: B2-F#4 – Gaston’s bumbling sidekick. He is loyal, energetic and optimistic but not quite the brightest guy. Physical humor is a must for this role. Must be able to move well. Tumbling and acrobatics a huge plus.

Maurice (Age 50-65) Vocal Range: Bb2-Db4 – Belle’s loving, eccentric father. A child at heart and inventor in his own world.

Cogsworth (Age 40-55) Vocal Range: A2-E4 – A tightly-wound, enchanted mantle clock and the head of Beast’s household. He is uptight, strict, and punctual but also hard-working, faithful, and thorough.

Lumiere (Age 35-45) Vocal Range: F#2-F#4 – A suave, debonair, enchanted candelabra. He is a loyal and steadfast servant. Must be able to move well.

Mrs. Potts (Age 45-55) Vocal Range: F#3-G5 – A warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She is loyal, caring and playful. She must have believably had a child 21 years ago.

Chip (Age 9-14) Vocal Range: A3-F5 – An enchanted teacup and Mrs. Potts’ darling little boy. He is innocent, playful and bright eyed. We are only seeing boys for this role and he must be able to play an 11 year old.

Babette (Age 21-35) Vocal Range: C4-F5 – A saucy, enchanted feather-duster and the object of Lumiere’s affections. She is a playful, gorgeous French maid. This role can be played by MALE or FEMALE. Must be able to move well.

Madame De La Grande Bouche (Age 40-55) Vocal Range: C#4-D5 – A former opera diva-turned-enchanted wardrobe. She is caring, refined, larger than life personality. We are seeking a legit operatic soprano to fill this role.

Monsieur D’arque (Age 35-55) Vocal Range: D3-A4 – The scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum. He is a dark, sinister villain who aides Gaston in his plot to marry Belle.

Silly Girls (Age 20-30) A trio of townswomen who pine for Gaston. We are seeking diversity and comedic timing for these roles. Must be strong dancers who can also harmonize well.

Ensemble (Age 16 & up) Strong dancers and good movers who harmonize well are needed to play townspeople and enchanted objects. Tumbling and acrobatic experience is a huge plus, especially for the wolves.

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CASTING NOTICE #1- HARRIET TUBMAN PREMIERE CONCERT READING

 Audition Dates:

-Friday, March 24th, 6:00-9:00 pm (End time may be extended to accommodate demand).

 

Performance and Audition Location:  The Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Arts District, Haddon Township, NJ 08107.

Performance Date: The concert performance will take place on June 18th, 2017 at the Ritz Theatre at 2:00 pm.  This event takes place during the Ritz’ June black box festival.

Rehearsal Schedule: The dates for rehearsals are TBD, however there will be one rehearsal in April, one to two in May, and two in June.  Multiple dates may be scheduled to accomodate schedules during this time.  Rehearsals will more than likely take place at the Ritz.

Format:  This concert reading will feature very light blocking, mostly contained to standing during your selected scenes.  All dialogue and singing will be on book.  We will be using tracks as accompaniment.

Brief Description: “Harriet Tubman” is a full-length, two act musical based on the life of Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist who became famous for freeing hundreds of slaves before and during the civil war.  The musical influences and styles for the show include spirituals, jazz, folk, and opera.

General Contact Information:
Producer: Matthew Norcross, Craig Hutchings, Bruce Curless,
Casting Director: Melanie Anderson

Costumer: Luis Cruz

Facebook Page for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/Harriet-Tubman-869153226550132/

Contact Email for auditions and recording opportunities: mjn2919@hotmail.com

Available Cast Roles: Unless otherwise noted, all parts are intended for African American applicants.

  1. Harriet Tubman– (Main Actress) (Age range 20’s-30’s)

Speaking and singing role.  Alto voice type preferred (D5 is the highest pitch required).  NOTE:  This role MAY be split between two actresses (If so, second actress age range is 30’s-50’s).

  1. Harriet Tubman– (Teenager) This part is for the younger Harriet. Alto or soprano singer.  Applicant should be age 10-15 or thereabout.
  1. Old Rit– (Age range 30’s-50’s)

Lead role, Harriet’s mother.  Speaking and singing role.  Mezzo, Lyric or Coloratura soprano voice type.  Must also sing ensemble songs (soprano).

  1. Ben Ross– (Age range, 30’s-60’s)

Harriet’s father.  Speaking and singing role.  Baritone or Bass voice required (must be able to sing up to D 4) and sing ensemble songs (bass).

  1. Frederick Douglass (Age range 30’s to 50’s)- Featured singing role. Baritone preferred, though there is flexibility for this.

 

  1. Various Ensemble and features– (Any Age range) This show is very ensemble heavy. (There are 16 ensemble songs in this show).  All singers needed, at LEAST FOUR OF EACH (soprano, alto, tenor and bass).  To be honest, there are so many featured ensemble roles and speaking parts that it’s highly likely that everyone in the production will have the opportunity for a solo singing or dialogue line.  Children needed as well (at least 5) for featured scenes.

 

  1. Non-African American parts– There are several short inserts of famous characters (Abraham Lincoln, John Adams) as well as some overseers, guards, plantation owners as well who have dialogue. There are non African American roles available for both men and women.

 

All applicants should prepare an audition song.  The audition songs should preferably be in the spiritual style, as the majority of the show is in that style.  Please either bring a background track or be prepared to sing a capella.  Additionally, anyone seeking a named part should be prepared to do a reading during the audition.


Production openings-

Director– While there is very little actual staging, there is still a need for a director.  The applicant will work closely with the writer of the show (Matthew Norcross) to enhance the presentation as much as the format allows.

 Other items of note:  There are no stipends available for this performance, however, this reading is being undertaken in order to strengthen the position of a grant that is currently being applied for.  If successful, the grant will enable the Ritz to produce the show in the following year.  Participants in this concert performance will be strongly considered for the full production.

Learning the material and communication:  All cast members will receive an invite to a google drive folder.  In it, you will find all the materials needed to learn the show (isolated ensemble lines, full recordings of each selection, scores, scripts etc…)  With so few rehearsals, it is imperative that you have the ability to learn parts on your own.  Also, a facebook cast group has already been created.  We will use that for general communication purposes during the rehearsal period.

 

Lastly, the soundtrack is currently being recorded and there are a few spots still open for ensemble singers (tenors in particular).  These positions ARE paid positions.  Please message if you’re interested.

 

Check back on March 17th  for details on our next Mainstage audition for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

 

 

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