Brussels Light Opera Company

Urinetown

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Production Team
Stage Manager Emanuelle Vergier
Music Director Steven De Mesmaeker
Producer Meera Laurijssen
Assistant Producer Alexander Just
Auditions

PRACTICE SESSION - Sunday 7 January 2018 - 14.00

SOLOISTS - Monday 8 January 2018 - 19.30

CHORUS - Tuesday 9 January 2018 - 19.30

Call backs as needed - Sunday 14 January 2018 - 13.30

All sessions at De Kam, Beekstraat 172, 1970 Wezembeek-Oppem

Characters

LEADS – Roles that will be auditioned in BOLD

Officer Lockstock

Vocal Range: Bass/ Baritone

Narrator of the show and leader of the Police. A figure of authority. A key role. He is a symbol of police brutality and suppression by means of force. Strong acting ability and excellent comic timing are required. Some dance skills required. Prominent in 5 songs

Little Sally

Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano

A poor street urchin who is also co- narrator of the show. Needs to be smallish in stature because she is the ‘child’ of the cast. Needs to look young in stage age. She is innocent initially, but it becomes clear she is easily persuaded by mob coercion. A key role. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Medium dance skills required. Prominent in 3 songs

Bobby Strong

Vocal Range: Tenor

The “Hero” of the show and the assistant-custodian at the poorest urinal in town – Amenity#9. Bobby is the leader of the poor through the rebellion and is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. Falls in love with Hope. He is a college drop-out and pseudo-anarchist. A key role. Strong acting - singing ability and good comic timing. Medium dance skills required. Prominent in 8 songs

Hope Cladwell

Vocal Range: Soprano

Cladwell’s good hearted daughter. Fresh out of the Most Expensive University of the World and about to work at her father’s company. A naïve girl who believes there is good in everyone. Falls in love with Bobby. She lives in ignorant bliss, but has a strong heart. Key role. Strong acting - singing ability and good comic timing. Medium dance skills required. Prominent in 6 songs.

Caldwell B Cladwell

Baritone or Bass Baritone

CEO of Urine Good Company (UGC). He is an unscrupulous capitalist and the main antagonist. He uses his employees and police force for his personal bidding. Key role. Strong acting - singing ability and good comic timing. Minimal dance required. Prominent in 5 songs

Penelope Pennywise

Vocal Range: Alto

The proprietor of Public Amenity Number # 9, the poorest urinal in town. A Black sheep, she betters her public standing by leaching onto Cladwell. She is an intense realist and is ruthless in her attack when to it comes to earning her living. She possesses a plot-twisting secret. A gutsy female character. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Medium dance skills preferable. Prominent in 5 songs.

TITLED ENSEMBLE/SUPPORTING

Senator Fipp

Vocal Range: Bass

A corrupt senator who takes bribes and lacks moral values. A creepy character who seems to lurk in all the wrong places. Strong acting, minimal singing skills and good comic timing. Minimal dance required. Prominent in 3 songs

Mr McQueen

Vocal Range: Tenor

Cladwell’s head lackey and corporate “yes”-man – a flamboyant character! He is always following in Cladwell’s footsteps. Too weak to step out of the shadow. Strong acting, minimal singing skills and good comic timing. Minimal dance required. Prominent in 3 songs.

Hot Blades Harry

Vocal Range: Tenor

A dangerous and unpredictable man- a sadist! He is willing to incite violence to get what he wants. A disgruntled blue-collar worker. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Medium dance skills preferable. Prominent in 3 songs.

Little Becky Two-Shoes

Vocal Range: Soprano

A disturbed girl who has been led astray by the bad influences of city-life. Essentially, an angsty teen. Follows Hot-Blades Harry. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Medium dance skills preferable. Prominent in 3 songs.

Soupy Sue

Vocal Range: Soprano

A middle-aged woman who has grown tired of desperation. She is a bit of an environmentalist. Angry, yet affectionate. – singing ability and comic timing. Medium dance skills preferable. Prominent in 2 songs.

Tiny Tom

Vocal Range: Bass or Baritone

He believes himself to be younger than he actually is and appears eccentric due to his child-like nature. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Medium dance skills preferable. Prominent in 2 songs.

Robby The Stockfish

Age: Open Vocal Range: Baritone

Somewhat of a goof. He is recently unemployed from a menial desk job. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Medium dance skills preferable.

Billy Boy Bill

Vocal Range: Tenor

A lazy free-loader who just wants the easy way out. A poor rebel who frequents Public Amenity Number # 9. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Medium dance skills preferable. Prominent in 2 songs.

Officer Barrel

Vocal Range: Bass

Officer Lockstock’s right hand man. He is his partner in all things criminal. Blindly follows orders and does little thinking for himself. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Minimal dance skills required. Prominent in 3 songs

Joseph ‘Old Man’ Strong / UGC Executive

Vocal Range: Tenor

Bobby’s rebellious father. Bobby gets all his strength from his father and they have a close relationship. Strong acting, medium singing skills and comic timing. Minimal dance required.

Josephine ‘ Old Ma’ Strong

Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano

Bobby’s strong-willed mother. She is a poor woman who frequents Public Amenity Number# 9. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Medium dance skills preferable. Prominent in 4 songs.

ENSEMBLE - – To be selected from Chorus

Cladwell’s Secretary / UGC Executive

Vocal Range: Soprano

Caldwell B Cladwell’s Head Secretary. Prim and proper in nature and look. Straight – laced. Strong acting – singing ability and comic timing. Minimal dance skills required.

Mrs Millenium / UGC Executive

Vocal Range: Soprano

One of Cladwell’s lesser lackeys. Office worker who aspires to be Cladwell’s Head Secretary. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Minimal dance skills required.

Dr. Billeaux / UGC Executive

Vocal Range: Bass or Baritone

A scientist for Urine Good Company. Typical “crazy” stereotypical scientist. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Minimal dance skills required. Prominent in 1 song.

Police/ Other UGC Executives/Additional Rebel Poor

Age: Open Vocal Range: Various

Will be featured as Policemen / Policewomen, UGC Executives, and possibly additional poor people in the first and second Acts. Main roles will be a strong ensemble support base for Lockstock and Barrel and ensemble support for the UGC Scenes. Strong acting - singing ability and comic timing. Minimal dance skills required.

Synopsis

In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company (UGC). If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, CEO of UGC, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, Bobby Strong, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.

About

Mark Hollman - music and lyrics & Greg Kotis - book and lyrics

SYNOPSIS: In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company (UGC). If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, CEO of UGC, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, Bobby Strong, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.