Thank you to everybody who auditioned for Something Rotten this week. It was a lot of fun to see you all!
As previously announced, callbacks will be held on Monday, February 24 from 7:00-9:30 at BWTC. A list of actors needed at callbacks can be found HERE.
If your name is on the callback list, please periodically check back on this page throughout the next few days to see if we post callback material ahead of time. We normally like to do that, but we are tied up with our current show this weekend and may not have a chance.
If your name is not on the callback list, that does not mean you have not been cast in the show. All actors who auditioned should still check the final cast list, which is due to be posted at around noon on Tuesday, February 25, in advance of that evening’s first rehearsal for the show.
Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, SOMETHING ROTTEN. Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years”.
Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.
The show will be directed by Charlie Leonard, with music direction by Kirsten Hoiseth Thayer and choreography by Mary Huebert.
Auditions are open to all actors currently in grades 9-12 (2019-2020 school year), and will take place at our theater in downtown Wayzata (605 Rice Street East).
Actors interested in auditioning should come to their choice of one off the following three audition dates:
- Monday, February 17 from 7:00-9:30pm
- Tuesday, February 18 from 7:00-9:30pm
- Thursday, February 20 from 7:00-9:30pm
Once you have decided on which date you plan to attend, please click HERE to sign up for your audition date. We encourage you, whenever possible, to sign up for whichever date currently has the least number of actors already signed up. We have a lot of material to get through each night, and the more evenly spaced out attendance is over the three audition dates, the easier it is to give everybody an equal chance to show what they are able to do.
Please note that parents or other guests are not allowed in the room while the actors are auditioning.
Callbacks for select actors will take place on Monday, February 24 from 7:00-9:30pm. A list of actors who are needed at callbacks will be posted by noon on Friday, February 21, following the last night of the first round of auditions. If you are aware that you are unable to attend the callbacks, should they be necessary, please make sure to let the directing team know that when you arrive at your chosen first round audition date
If you would like to audition, but are unable to attend any of the scheduled audition dates, please contact Charlie Leonard (email@example.com) to make alternate arrangements. Those arrangements could either be the scheduling of a separate audition, or the submission of a video audition. Please note that all first-round auditions must be completed by Thursday, February 20.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?
Actors who are auditioning do not need to prepare any material ahead of time. At the audition, we will teach you one or two musical selections from the show as a group, and then give each actor an opportunity to perform the musical selection(s) individually. We will also split actors into pairs and give them a short scene to practice together, which we will then also see.
While actors do not need to prepare any audition materials, we do require everybody who is auditioning to complete the online ACTOR INFORMATION & CONFLICT FORM prior to your audition. This is your opportunity to tell us all about yourself, your past experience, and indicate what conflicts you have with the rehearsal schedule. Please make sure to have a calendar handy when filling out the rehearsal conflict portion of the form. Failure to complete that section accurately, and the subsequent difficulties that may arise if you begin to add significant conflicts to your schedule once we are already in production, may have a negative effect on future casting. We absolutely will work with you on your schedule, but we do need to know what we are working with. Please also note that the form requires an “e-signature” from a parent or guardian.
We plan to cast between 35-40 actors in the show. The final cast list will be posted on the BWTC website by noon on Tuesday, February 25, with the first rehearsal scheduled for that same evening.
Rehearsals for the production will begin, as just mentioned, on Tuesday, February 25 with a full-cast rehearsal and read-through for the show. Rehearsals will take place on the following schedule through Saturday, April 18:
- Mondays from 7:00-9:30pm
- Tuesdays from 7:00-9:30pm
- Thursdays from 7:00-9:30pm
- Saturdays from 9:00-4:00pm
Not all actors are called to every rehearsal. A weekly schedule for the upcoming week will be sent out via email — and posted in a cast/crew/parent Facebook group — each Sunday afternoon.
We do understand that additional conflicts may come up for each actor throughout the course of the run. We request that we be informed of all changes to your availability prior to that weekly schedule coming out each Sunday, as it is very difficult for all involved if changes need to be made after the fact — especially if your unexpected absence creates scheduling problems for other people in the cast with whom you may be sharing the particular scene or song that is scheduled on a particular evening. To make changes to your availability, please email Charlie Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TECH WEEK/PRODUCTION SCHEDULE:
Additional/longer dress rehearsals will take place during “tech week,” which begins on Monday April 20. Absolutely no absences are allowed during this period of time, unless the directing team has been specifically made aware of them — and signed off on them — at your initial audition.
The schedule for dress rehearsals and performances is as follows:
- Monday, April 20 from 5:00-9:30 (dress/tech rehearsal)
- Tuesday, April 21 from 5:00-9:30 (dress/tech rehearsal)
- Wednesday, April 22 from 5:00-9:30 (dress/tech rehearsal)
- Thursday, April 23 from 5:00-9:30 (dress/tech rehearsal)
- Friday, April 24 – Performance at 7:00pm (cast/crew called @ 5:00pm)
- Saturday, April 25 – Performances at 1:00pm and 7:00pm (cast/crew called @ 11:00am)
- Sunday, April 26 – Performance at 2:00pm (cast/crew called @ 12:00pm)
- Friday, May 1 – Performance at 7:00pm (cast/crew called @ 5:00pm)
- Saturday, May 2 – Performances at 1:00pm and 7:00pm (cast/crew called @ 11:00am)
- Sunday, May 3 – Performance at 2:00pm (cast/crew called @ 12:00pm)
Actors who are cast in in the show will pay a $375 production fee. Production fees are non-refundable, and are due at the beginning of the rehearsal process, unless other arrangements have been agreed upon in advance.
Blue Water Theatre Company believes that no student should be denied the opportunity to take part in our programming due to financial reasons. We have a robust need-based scholarship program that has been generously supported by individuals and local institutions. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Alison Haseman (BWTC’s office manager) at email@example.com prior to your initial audition.
If you have any questions about BWTC’s production of this show, or any questions about Blue Water Theatre Company in general, please contact:
Artistic Director & Founder