Information, Characters, Voice Parts

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Auditions:  24th, 29th, 31st January 2017

Show Dates: 1st – 10th June 2017

  • Director: Stuart Sadler
  • Musical Director: James Harvey
  • Choreographer: Kirsty Smith
  • Production Manager: Oliver Fisher

Based on the ever popular 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centres on two con men living on the French Riviera. The first is the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other, a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, they unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the both of them. They agree on a settlement: The first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town.

A hilarious battle of cons ensues, that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

What You Need to Know for the Audition

Auditions take place at Cambridge University Press, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8BS.

You can book your slot via email to secretary@festivalplayers.org

The auditions comprise a song of your own choice plus a monologue. The monologue scripts are available on the Festival Players website. When you book your audition, you will be given a link and a password to access the scripts.

If there isn’t a monologue specifically for your character, then please choose the most appropriate one from the list. If you are auditioning only for the ensemble you do not need to perform a monologue

Character  M/F  Description  Age 
Lawrence Jameson Male An older, wiser, and sophisticated con artist. Actor, singer, good dance/movement with distinguished, cultured physical style. Needs to be able to affect German/Austrian accent at different points in the show and sing with Austrian accent

G2 – Bb4 (Tenor)

40-50
Freddy Benson Male A young and inexperienced con artist. Actor, singer, good dance/movement, physically active, high energy. Freddy also impersonates a wheelchair confined veteran and Lawrence’s crazy younger brother Ruprecht.

A2 – B4 (Tenor)

20-35
Christine Colgate Female An American heiress vacationing on the French Riviera and the target of Lawrence and Freddy’s bet. Actor, singer, some dance/movement with sweet innocent look and appeal (needs both a standard American and a Brooklyn accent)

A3 – F#5 (Mezzo-Soprano)

20-35
Andre Thibault Male The Chief of Police and Lawrence’s French assistant. Actor, singer, some dance/movement with distinguished, business-like persona. Needs to be able to affect a French accent.

F2 – F4 (Baritenor)

30-50
Muriel Eubanks Female A wealthy American socialite, one of Lawrence’s victims, and Andre’s love interest. Actor, singer, some dance/movement with distinguished, wealthy air

E3 – C5 (Alto)

40-50
Jolene Oakes Female An American oil heiress from Oklahoma vacationing on the French Riviera. New money — think of a combination of Ado Annie / Gertie (from “Oklahoma!”) having recently won the lottery. Actor/Singer/good dancer/movement, spunky high energy Southern firecracker

A3 – D5 (Alto)

17-45
Lenore Female A wealthy socialite, and one of Lawrence’s victims 17-30
Sophia Female A wealthy socialite, and one of Lawrence’s victims 17-30
Renee Female A wealthy woman and one of Freddy’s victims (French accent) 20-40
Gerard Male Renee’s Jealous Husband 20-40
Ensemble The Ensemble play every other role in the show including Croupier, Conductor Waiter, Nun, Hotel Manager, Maid Etc. These parts include singing, dancing, some lines and bits of business. 17+

 

 

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