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UPCOMING AUDITIONS

 

HEATHERS THE MUSICALheathersposter-1

August 11-20, 2017

Book, Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Based on the 1989 cult film Heathers

DIRECTED BY KEITH WEIRICH
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY HENRY KOPCZYNSKIE III
CHOREOGRAPHY BY VALERIE PSOINOS NELSON

Based on the cult classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D. – who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under.

Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High – the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man). Heathers The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers the Musical is a new musical anthem for the damaged and disenfranchised.

Musical, Rated R
Please note that Heathers The Musical contains mature language and content, sexual themes, and violence.

OPEN AUDITIONS for Ages 16 and Up. ALL ROLES AVAILABLE.

AUDITIONS: Tuesday, May 30th and Wednesday, May 31st between 6pm – 9pm


CALLBACKS: Thursday, June 1st from 5:30pm-10pm

WHAT TO PREPARE FOR AUDITIONS: Please memorize and prepare a short musical selection in the style of the show that compliments both your singing and acting talents. Singing from the show is acceptable. Please bring a headshot or photo, a resume or list of theatre experience (if any), and your own sheet music – as an accompanist will be provided.

To schedule an audition, please email: your name, age, phone number, show(s) you are auditioning for, and preferred audition date and time to Artistic Director Keith Weirich at keithw@peacockplayers.org.

CALLBACKS: Peacock Players Mainstage Callbacks will be held by invitation only.

If you are unavailable to attend callbacks on this date, please inform the audition monitor at the time of your initial audition.

The invited Callback List will be posted on the CURRENT NEWS page of Peacock Players website by midnight following the second night of auditions. The final cast list will be posted by 9pm on Friday June 2nd on the Peacock Players website: www.peacockplayers.org.

REHEARSALS:
 HEATHERS THE MUSICAL will rehearse Monday through Friday from 6pm-10pm (beginning on Tuesday, June 27th). Please note Peacock Players will host an orientation meeting for this production on Tuesday, June 27th at 6pm, prior to the first rehearsal.

Please note that actors may or may not be called to all rehearsals, but should plan to make themselves available. Please be prepared to list all known rehearsal conflicts on your audition form.

Tech Week rehearsals begin on Sunday August 6th with an extended rehearsal schedule. Tech week rehearsals are scheduled for Sunday August 6th through Thursday August 10th from 5:30pm-10pm.

Please note that all cast members are expected to attend all Performances and all Tech Week rehearsals.

PERFORMANCES:
 HEATHERS THE MUSICAL will perform for seven performances over two weekends – Friday August 11th @ 7pm, Saturday August 12th @ 7pm, Sunday August 13th @ 2pm, Thursday August 17th @ 7pm, Friday August 18th @ 7pm, Saturday August 19th @ 7pm, and Sunday August 20th @ 2pm.

Please note that everyone cast in the production (regardless of age) is responsible for providing a $100 educational production tuition.

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

 

CASTING POLICY & INFORMATION

Casting for Peacock Players & Company’s Mainstage production of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL will require a strong ensemble of both teens and mature adults. As always, Peacock Players embraces non-traditional casting policies, and are flexible in either doubling the “traditionally doubled” roles – as well as open to expandable casting – to include as many roles as possible.

This Peacock Players & Company Mainstage production of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL will be submitted for New Hampshire Theatre Award consideration in the Community Division.

THE TEENS



Veronica Sawyer

Female Leading Role
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Mezzo-Soprano
High Note: G♯5/A♭5
Low Note: G3
Dancing: Mover
Veronica is the brainy (albeit naïve) heroine of our story. She burns to be both cool and kind, but doesn’t know yet how to be both at the same time. She has a fierce sense of right and wrong, and a keen sense of ironic humor. She thinks she’s an old soul, but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love and teenage hormones and shocked by cruelty. High belting required. Must have a dynamic and stylistic range.

Jason “JD” Dean

Male Leading Role
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Tenor
High Note: G#4/Ab4
Low Note: C3
Dancing: Non Dancer
JD is Veronica’s Baudelaire-quoting, Slurpee-drinking love interest. He is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside – yet very damaged on the inside. He has keen smarts and strong inventive sense of humor. He must have a strong, confident belt, and a wide emotional range.

Heather Chandler

Female Supporting Role
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Mezzo-Soprano
High Note: F5
Low Note: A3
Dancing: Dancer
Beautiful but cold, Heather Chandler is the “mythic bitch” of Westerberg High. She is the leader of the richest, hottest, most magnetic but cruelest girls in town. She relishes power and wields it like a scalpel – with no fear, no patience, and no mercy. Strong belt preferred.

Heather McNamara

Female Supporting Role
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Soprano
High Note: C#5/Db5
Low Note: A3
Dancing: Dancer
Pretty and timid, Heather McNamara makes an ideal clique member. She is from an extremely wealthy family. She is beautiful, innocent, stupid, yet can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it. In truth, she is actually quite vulnerable and fearful. Strong belt preferred.

Heather Duke

Female Supporting Role
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Alto
High Note: C5
Low Note: F3
Dancing: Dancer
As the lowest-status Heather, Heather Duke spends most of the first act being abused by Heather Chandler. She is the whipping-girl of the three almighty Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee she wields her power like a bulldozer. Strong belt preferred.

Martha Dunstock

Female Supporting Role
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Mezzo-Soprano
High Note: E5
Low Note: E3
Dancing: Non Dancer
Martha Dunstock is an overweight teen who also happens to be Veronica’s oldest and best friend. Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck”, she is the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. She has a huge and beautiful soul, and remains optimistic even in the face of cruel rejection. Strong belt, with wide vocal expression.

Ram Sweeney
Male Supporting Role
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Baritone
High Note: G4
Low Note: D3
Dancing: Mover
Ram Sweeney is a jock of the stereotypical garden variety. He is a linebacker. Big, dumb, insensitive to the feelings of others, and completely ruled by his appetites. Strong belt, some falsetto useful.

Kurt Kelley

Male Supporting Role
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Tenor
High Note: G#4/Ab4
Low Note: E3
Dancing: Mover
Kurt is the quarterback and captain of the football team. He is also arrogant, entitled, and mean. Big, chiseled, rude, entitled, and cocky. He thinks he’s the brains in his bromance friendship with Ram. Strong belt, some falsetto.

Bitter Geek

Male Feature
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Baritone (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A)
A put-upon, bitter geek.

Blowdried Preppy Stud

Male Feature
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Bass (up to E) or Baritone (up to G#)
A blowdried 80’s preppy.

Hipster Dork

Male Feature
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Baritone (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A)
Thinks he’s Ducky from Pretty In Pink.

Goth Girl

Female Feature
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus)
A sullen Goth girl.

Stoner Chick

Female Feature
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus)
A fuzzyheaded stoner chick.

Young Republicanette

Female Feature
Age Range: 16-18
Voice: Belt to at least C# (Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus)
A tennis-playing, uptight Student Council type.

The Ensemble may be expanded to include more Students of Westerberg High School.

 

THE ADULTS


Mrs. Sawyer (Veronica’s Mom) / Pauline Fleming

Female Feature
Age Range: 40-45
Voice: Soprano
High Note: C5
Low Note: A3
Dancing: Non Dancer
Ms. Fleming is most concerned with televising her suicide group therapy approach than the actual suicides. An aging ex-hippie, she is still yearning for the day that the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. She is hungry for the spotlight, and resentful of the entitled youth she pretends to serve. This actress also traditionally plays Veronica’s Mom: an easygoing and distant parent, yet capable of laying down the law when forced to. Strong Belt/Mix up to C.

Bill Sweeney (Ram’s Dad) / Big Bud Dean / Coach Ripper
Male Feature
Age Range: 40-45
Voice: Tenor/Baritone
High Note: G#4/Ab4
Low Note: A#2/Bb2
Dancing: Non Dancer
Ram’s Dad is basically just an older version of Ram. He is a former football player turned suburban Dad, who has never outgrown his glory days of high school football. He hates weakness, but is capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes. This actor also traditionally plays Big Bud Dean and Coach Ripper, although in other productions also played Principal Gowan instead of Big Bud and Coach. Big Bud Dean (JD’s single Dad): Big creepy personality that barely conceals the enormous rage bubbling just below the surface. He is quite possibly a serial bomber. Coach Ripper: He is a stalwart, man’s man; quick to defend his players.

Paul Kelly (Kurt’s Dad) / Mr. Sawyer (Veronica’s Dad) / Principal Gowan
Male Feature
Age Range: 30-45
Voice: Tenor/Baritone
High Note: G4
Low Note: G#2/Ab2
Like Ram’s Dad, Kurt’s Dad is also a former football player. He’s friendly, but straight-laced and very conservative. He is a simple guy, but not book smart. You’d probably be happy to share a beer with him. This actor also traditionally plays Veronica’s Dad and Principal Gowan, although in other productions also played Big Bud Dean and/or Coach Ripper. Veronica’s Dad: He is an easy going and distant father. Principal Gowan: He is the Westerburg High’s rumpled, and completely burned out principal. He hates and avoids conflict as much as possible.

Officer Milner
Male Feature
Age Range: Mature Adult
Police officer who discovers Heather Chandler’s dead body.

Officer McCord

Male Feature
Age Range: Mature Adult
Police officer who discovers Heather Chandler’s dead body.

The Ensemble may be expanded to include more Parents and Teachers of Westerberg High School.

 

For more information regarding upcoming MAINSTAGE AUDITIONS, please email Artistic Director Keith Weirich at keithw@peacockplayers.org.