The Kelsey Theatre invites you to . . .
OPEN AUDITIONS -
Anyone can audition, you do not have to be a student at MCCC.
NOTE: Auditions will be held on the Mercer County Community College Campus unless otherwise stated. Check the Kelsey Theatre for room location signs.
All performances will be held at Kelsey Theatre, located on the West Windsor Campus of Mercer County Community College 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor, NJ 08550 unless otherwise stated.
JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS
PRESENTED BY: PIERROT PRODUCTIONS
DIRECTED BY: PETE LaBRIOLA
PIERROT PRODUCTIONS is happy to announce the auditions for their first production of 2017, JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS, with music by Jacques Brel and English lyrics by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman.
This is the cabaret-style musical revue that first introduced the songs of Jacques Brel to the English-speaking world almost 50 years ago, and has run for record-breaking periods in productions around the world.
This production, under the leadership of Director Pete LaBriola and Music/Vocal Director Erica Silver will be presented at The Kelsey Theatre on January 6-8 and 13-15, 2017. The Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the campus of Mercer County College in West Windsor, NJ.
Rehearsals will start as soon as casting has been completed, and scheduled in accordance wit the availability of those who have been cast. As we respect everyone's family traditions, there will be a reduced rehearsal schedule during the holidays.
The auditions will be held on Saturday, November 5, starting at 1:00, and Tuesday, November 8, starting at 7:00.
To make an audition appointment, please send your name, email address, cell phone #, date you'd like to attend and time frame (actual appointment slots will be assigned in the order that requests are received) to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a non-union production.
ROLES BEING CAST:
There will be 4 people in the cast, 2 men and 2 women. The major selection criteria are the ability to interpret songs to the audience, and to blend within the group. Reasonably strong voices are an asset, there are occasional close harmonies, and the melodies are variously vivacious, haunting, tender, dramatic, "gutsy" or combinations of all of the above. Candidates should read to a character age of 21 or above.
Woman 1: soprano, middle C to E.
Woman 2: soprano or alto, D to D
Man 1: baritone, D to E
Man 2: tenor, G to F#
The vocal ranges are quite narrow, with solos always being "within the staff" and group numbers only a little wider.
For the women, a vocal sound tending towards a French cabaret singer (which sometimes can be quite light with sopranos) would be an asset - as opposed to an amplified American Idol sound. No French accents will be used (the songs are all in English except for one which is in Flemish - we will provide coaching for that).
Auditioners are asked to sing 16-32 bars from music they feel is appropriate for cabaret entertainment (a Brel song is not necessary). Bring sheet music in the appropriate key; an accompanist will be present. While there is no dancing in the show, there is a fair amount of stage movement, so we will be looking for candidates who are comfortable in their own bodies.
Should you wish to get comfortable with the songs in the show, every number is available on YouTube - simply search "Jacques Brel is alive" and you'll find them.
Jacques Brel was born in Belgium (hence the Flemish in "Marieke") to an upper-middle-class family, and was expected to take over his father's cardboard box business, but he lacked any interest in doing so. At the age of 20, and with limited means, he moved with his wife and two small children to Paris to make his career as a songwriter, much like an American counterpart might do today in Nashville. He soon realized that instant stardom was not his to be had, so he spent the next few years crisscrossing France, singing his own songs in hundreds of cabarets and one-night concert stands. His reputation was actually built by that, paving the way for his permanent return to Paris for the latter part of his life.
Brel was the leading French singer-songwriter during the 1950-1970's. His songs explored facets of love, life, human foibles, war, and death. His work, though, was relatively unknown in America except to people in the music business. Two of these, Blau and Shuman, felt it should be introduced to audiences on this side of the Atlantic, so "Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well and Living in Paris" was born on January 22, 1968 at the Village Gate Theater in New York's Greenwich Village. It was advertised as the first "libretto-less" musical and featured 25 of Brel's songs, translated. It ran there for over four years to packed houses, after which it enjoyed strong receptions at such places as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and a number of capital cities around the world. Sadly, Brel died at 48, only 10 years after the NY opening.