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Stage West Community Playhouse

Actor/Singer/Dancers with exceptional comedic timing.

Open Call Auditions for the new Musical SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Stage West Community Playhouse:

An original musical comedy with a book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Set in 1595, the story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world, as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare.

Director, JENNIFER GARCIA, is seeking Actor/Singer/Dancers with exceptional comedic timing.

NICK BOTTOM- Male, mid 20’s to 30s. A struggling renaissance writer at the end of his rope. Nigel’s older brother. Incredibly jealous of the success of William Shakespeare and will do anything to beat him. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings, tap dance skill a plus but not required. (Baritone)

NIGEL BOTTOM- Male, mid 20’s to 30’s. Nick’s younger brother. A sweetly naïve young writer and poet, perhaps a little awkward. He falls in love with Portia and ultimately finds confidence in himself through art and love. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings very well. (High baritone/tenor).

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE- Male, mid 20s to 30s. A renaissance rock star. Think Mick Jagger or James Brown. Seeking a comedic actor with a killer pop/rock voice, tap dance skills a plus but not required. (rock tenor)

THOMAS NOSTRADAMUS- Male, 30’s to 60s. A soothsayer who almost sees the future correctly. A bit loony. He predicts that Nick and Nigel will write a musical. Seeking a comedic actor who sings and moves very well. (Baritone)

MINSTREL- Male, mid 20’s to 40’s. Seeking charismatic actor with a thousand faces. The Minstrel will open the first and second acts of the show and will be used as part of the ensemble. Must sing and move well. (Baritone)

BEA BOTTOM- Female, mid 20s to 30s. Nick’s wife and “Right Hand Man”. She loves and supports him despite his questionable decision making and lack of success. Bea resorts to dressing up like a male to make ends meet and to prove to Nick she can be an actor. Seeking a comedic actress who sings very well. (Belter)

PORTIA- 20s to 30s female. An adorably quirky Puritan girl whom Nigel meets on the street. They fall madly in love with each other over their mutual love for Shakespeare and poetry. Seeking a great comedic actress who sings very well. (Youthful Soprano with a strong mix)

BROTHER JEREMIAH- Male, 40′ to 50s. Portia’s father. A Puritan with deeply repressed homoerotic tendencies. He despises playwrights, poets and all things ungodly. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings.

ENSEMBLE- 16 and older/any ethnicities. Seeking Actors, dancers and quirky character types who are strong singers and move well. Tap dance skills a plus but not required. Ensemble members will also play SHYLOCK ( an old Jewish moneylender), LORD CLAPHAM (a flamboyant theatre producer) and a handful of other named parts.


25th- Vocal Audition and cold reads

26th- Dance Audition and Vocal Audition / cold reads (alternate date for those who could not attend on the 25th).

27th- Call backs (if needed)

Please prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice in the style of the show. Please bring current headshot (or recent photo) to attach to your audition sheet for reference. Be prepared to dance.

Dance call will be in two parts with both Broadway style choreography and tap. For dance call – Please wear clothes you can freely move in and bring tap shoes if you have them- Women please wear circle skirts or dress and Character shoes, Men jazz shoes or sneakers.

Be prepared to read provided sides. A song selection from the show will also be provided for call backs (if needed). An accompanist or Bluetooth device will be provided. If you are using sheet music, please also bring a karaoke track option.



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