A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

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Auditions for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder will be held, BY VIDEO SUBMISSION ONLY. Videos must be received no later than 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 2nd to be considered for callbacks. Specific details about video submission are below.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
will be directed and choreographed by Jennifer Hill-Barlow, with music direction by Anne Puzey.

In-person callbacks, by invitation only, are scheduled for November 12, 2022. Details will be included if invited to callbacks. 
Rehearsals will begin on or around November 28, 2022.
This page will be updated when callback invitations and casting have been sent.
At Hale Center Theater Orem we seek to honor the intentions of the works we produce. If nothing specific is given by the original playwright regarding the characteristics of any given role, and/or if those characteristics do not affect the intended story in any significant way, we will not consider any certain person or type over others when casting. 
We invite anyone and everyone to audition for any and all of our productions, regardless of any physical attribute, gender, race, age, ability, ethnicity, or experience. All are welcome at HCTO.

Video Audition Details:
Please film yourself performing 16 bars of a song in the style of the show (classical Broadway). Please no a capella submissions. In addition to your vocal selection, please also include a recording of one of the monologues that can be found HERE.

YouTube links and non-secured Google Drive links are the easiest. Many people will be watching your audition video and open links make it the most simple for everyone to access.

Please send your video along with a headshot and resume to no later than November 2, 2022 at 11:59pm to be considered for callbacks. 

The audition form is available here.

Character Descriptions

All roles are available. We are looking for a diverse cast with a variety of body types.

THE D’YSQUITH FAMILY (Male; able to play 30s-mid 50s)

Must be an experienced, skilled, and transformational comedic actor who has a superb grasp on British farce. Physical comedy and stamina is a necessity. Does not necessarily need to be a phenomenal singer, but must be able to carry a musical comedy without an ounce of hesitation. Plays the following range of characters from the same family, ranging from an off-kilter priest to a closeted bee enthusiast to a lowly custodian (each of them intrinsic “English types”). Vocal range B2-F4. •Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr., a dandy •Lord Adlabert D’Ysquith, Eighth Earl of Highhurst •Reverend Lord Ezekiel D’Ysquith, a clergyman •Lord Adlabert D’Ysquith, Sr., an elderly banker •Henry D’Ysquith, a country squire •Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith, a benefactress •Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith, a bodybuilder •Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey, an actress •Chauncey D’Ysquith, a janitor

MONTAGUE “MONTY” D’YSQUITH NAVARRO (Male; able to play mid 20s-30s)

Handsome and effortlessly charming, clever and charismatic, vulnerable and endearing, with a highly developed appreciation for life’s ironies. Monty is the engine of the plot; must be able to command attention and draw the audience in. Discovers he is in line to become the Earl of Highhurst, and intends to kill off the family that stands in his way. While he is intent on killing off the entire family tree, he must have a winning charm that would garner anybody’s trust. Must have excellent comedic timing, vocal variation, and physical skills. Legit Baritone. A2-A4.

SIBELLA HOLLAND (Female; able to play 20s-mid 30s)

Sexy, flirtatious, narcissistic, willful girl that Monty loves - calculating, and irresistible. A social climber, yes, but also truly loves Monty, and in the end would do anything to protect him. Tremendous wit and high style. Strong mover. Character mezzo, F#3 to A5, belting not required.

PHOEBE D’YSQUITH (Female; able to play early 20s-early 30s)

Beautiful, virtuous, forthright, romantic, comically earnest, with a backbone of steel. Monty’s young poised virtuous cousin (and potential wife). She is not your typical ingénue, though. Actress must have a sense of irony and humor, in addition to a youthful innocence behind her sophistication. Coloratura soprano, range B3 up to a high sustained C#6 with an optional high Eb6. Very flexible and agile. Also open to performers from a strong operatic background.

ENSEMBLE (PLEASE NOTE – The character breakdowns are subject to change.)

Voice types: Legit soprano, Tenor, High/Low Baritones. All should have decent to great movement / character physicality.

WOMAN 1 (Female; able to play 30s-50s)

Plays MISS SHINGLE, a Cockney housekeeper/governess who has served a wealthy, titled family for 30 years. She informs Monty that he is indeed a D’Ysquith. Storytelling is paramount for her role. Also plays TOUR GUIDE, as well as PUB OWNER’S WIFE, MRS. PEBWORTH, 3RD NEWSBOY. Seeking a character woman. Mezzo soprano, G3 to A5.

WOMAN 2 (Female; Able to play 30s-late 40s)

Plays LADY EUGENIA, an unhappily married countess. Overbearing and mean spirited at times, but comically so. Must be highly adept at the biting quip and the withering glare. Also plays MISS HETHERINGTON, and 4TH NEWSBOY. Vocal range F#3-A5.

WOMAN 3 (Female; able to play mid 20s-mid 30s)

Plays MISS BARLEY, an alluring artist model. Also plays SIBELLA’S MAID, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, PHOEBE’S MAID, HILDA. Vocal range G3-C6.

MAN 1 (Male; able to play 20s-mid 30s)

Appealing and attractive. Plays TOM COPLEY (aka FARMER), as well as 2ND CLERK, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, 2ND NEWSBOY, ACTOR, ANCESTRAL BUST, DR. PETTIBONE, and GUARD. High baritone with a strong top; solid A2-A4.

MAN 2 (Male; able to play early 30s-40s)

A versatile and appealing character man. Plays DETECTIVE PINCKEY, who has a featured number. Also plays 1ST CLERK, PUB OWNER, MR. CROSS, 1ST NEWSBOY, 1ST ACTOR, PHYSICIAN, and 2ND ANCESTRAL BUST. Bass, C2 to G#4.

MAN 3 (Male; able to play mid 20s-40s)

A character man. Plays THE MAGISTRATE, as well as MR. GOODSALL, ACTOR, and MR. GORBY. THE MAGISTRATE has a featured number with DETECTIVE PINCKEY. True tenor. Bb2 –Bb4


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