Auditions for DROOD

This material is from our 2013 production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and remains here for archival purposes.

drood-logo_web_colorOpen Call

Saturday, May 18, at 1 pm and Sunday, May 19, at 7 pm, at the Performing Arts Center (home of Los Alamos Little Theatre), 1670 Nectar St.

If these times are not good for you, please contact the director, Jess Cullinan, for an appointment.

Callbacks will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 7 pm, if needed.

Rehearsals begin the week of July 22.

Performances: October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 at the Duane Smith Auditorium

About the Play

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, by Rupert Holmes, is a murder mystery musical where the audience chooses the ending. Winning the 1986 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score, this show just concluded a critically acclaimed revival run on Broadway.

The story of the show is based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name, as performed by an 1890s London theatre company, the Music Hall Royale. Each actor plays two roles: their actor-self as a member of the Music Hall Royale, and their role in the story of Edwin Drood. A full breakdown of roles can be found here.

This production is at its heart a melodrama, with lots of audience participation and egging on by the acting company. For a full synopsis of the show, please click here.

Scripts are available for 2-day checkout at the Mesa Public Library.

Guidelines for the Audition

The audition will consist of improvisational group theatre games, solo singing, and some group singing. Full participation in the group activities is just as important as your solo.

Arrive promptly at the start time to fill out paperwork.

Check your calendar ahead of time for any conflicts between the first rehearsal and closing night: July 22 – October 12.

Prepare a song that showcases your range and ability as a singer. Please do NOT sing anything from DROOD. Suggested songs by role are listed here, or you can choose something else from another Broadway show, Gilbert and Sullivan, or other appropriate sources. Pop songs are discouraged as they are not in the style of this production.

Songs do not have to be memorized, but please prepare well enough that you can connect with the audience and not just stare at your music!

Bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key for the pianist.

Bring your best British accent! Variations like Cockney, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, are certainly welcome.