[NEohioPAL] make appt now - 1 week till SWEENEY TODD Auditions (7th gr - coll) at HBTI

Fred Sternfeld hbti_auditions at hb.edu
Sun Jan 26 07:01:05 PST 2014

*testimonial about Bob Russell's production of Jekyll & Hyde at HBTI

*The production of Jekyll & Hyde I recently saw at the Hathaway Brown
Theatre Institute had so little in common with high school theatre that I
felt compelled to write and share my thoughts. The first thing that struck
me was the discipline that the performers exhibited--a polished ease
onstage that allowed each actor to explore the full range of his or her
character while staying grounded in the blocking, music, combat, etc.
necessitated by the moment. A facility of this nature allowed me, as
audience, to accompany my Victorian-era guides through the terror,
aspirations, and heartache that the characters navigated onstage. A
terrific, atmospheric set and lights, and lovely costumes, aided my
journey. But my final praise is for the fine, professional training that
enabled these young performers to excel as they did. As a
director-choreographer and instructor of acting, scene study, and stage
movement, I have nothing but praise for the innovative and comprehensive
curriculum that the directors of HBTI designed, and that they and their
staff implemented. Bravo, and I only hope I can make it back East to see
more. Melanie Smith (M.A.) Sacramento, California*



Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute (HBTI) Summer Productions Sweeney Todd:
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Winner of multiple Tony & Drama Desk Awards, including BEST MUSICAL

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Hugh Wheeler

>From an Adaptation by Christopher Bond

Originally Directed On Broadway by Harold Prince

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Originally Produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert
Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards  in Association with Dean and Judy

Director – Bob Russell

Music Director - Joanna Li

Set Designer - Richard Morris, Jr.

Costume Designer - Inda Blatch-Geib

Light Designer - David Krupla

Sound Designer - Carlton Guc

July 5 at 7:30pm, July 6 at 2:00pm
July 11 at 7:30pm, July 12 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, July 13 at 2:00pm

(2 weekends; 6 performances)

presented on Hathaway Brown School’s main stage

ABOUT THE PLAY “Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd…” a chilling, suspenseful,
heart-pounding masterpiece that tells the infamous tale of the unjustly
exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against
the lecherous judge who framed him and tore his family apart. His thirst
for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the
resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has the people of
London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe!

ROLES Roles are available for teens and young adults from 7th grade –
college. It is possible that ensemble members who cannot perform on Fridays
and Saturdays due to religious observance may be able to perform on Sundays
only. To view character descriptions of Sweeney Todd, go to this



   Auditions are being held jointly for Sweeney Todd and A Chorus Line so
   you may audition for both productions with one appointment on either of
   these dates; it is possible to be in both productions. Callbacks will be
   held separately.

   DATES & TIMES - Monday, February 3 OR Wednesday, February 5 between
   7:00pm and 9:00pm.


   WHERE - Hathaway Brown School, 19600 North Park Boulevard, Shaker
   Heights, Ohio 44122.

   CALLBACKS - Monday, February 10 from 6:00 - 9:00pm.


   APPOINTMENTS - To make an audition appointment, go to this link on the
   HB website <https://www.hb.edu/page.cfm?p=5832&LockSSL=true> and fill
   out the online form. You can audition for multiple productions.  If you
   are unable to make these dates, an alternate appointment is possible either
   in person or through Skype.


   PREPARATION - Please prepare a one minute memorized musical selection
   that is objective driven (pursuing a goal through a song) and a one minute
   memorized monologue from a play. Bring sheet music - an accompanist will be

REHEARSALS • May 27 – June 28; Weekdays, 4:00 - 8:00pm. During these weeks
there may also be Saturday and/or Sunday rehearsals (Saturday: morning or
afternoon, Sunday: afternoon or evening).

• June 29 - July 3. Tech week and dress rehearsals weekdays 5:00 - 10:00pm
and weekend days Noon - 9:00pm.  A dinner break will be built into the
weekend rehearsals. No rehearsal or HBTI training will take place on
Friday, July 4, 2014.

•   Depending upon the size of your role and onstage time, you will be
called to between 2-6 rehearsals per week during the development phase and
then all the rehearsals the last two weeks.


Participation in at least one 2 or 3 week session of “Performance Arts
Training” or “Prime” is required for eligibility to be in a production.
There is a tuition.


If you have a question regarding Sweeney Todd, please contact Director Bob
Russell at brussell at hb.edu.
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