Audition for "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

​November 25, 2014

posterMt. San Jacinto College Performing Arts Departments Present:
The Broadway Musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" 
 
Based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schultz 
 
This lovely musical allows an ensemble of comic actors to shine. Auditions are open to MSJC students and the community at large. Everyone of college age and above is welcome to audition. The college is also interested in hosting guest artists with extensive resumes. The cast consists of 6 singing/speaking roles and 4 to 10 ensemble singer/dancers. This is a high paced show; all cast members need to be able to dance and jump around while singing. 
 
AUDITION INFORMATION 
 
December 10, 2014 and Tuesday January 13, 2015 with call backs on Tuesday, January 20th 6:00 – 8:00 pm on 12/10 and 1/13; 6-9 pm on 1/20. Mt San Jacinto College Theatre, San Jacinto Campus, 1500 Building, 1499 N. State Street, San Jacinto 92583. 
 
Song: Please prepare a song that best shows your voice. You may bring sheet music, as an accompanist will be provided, but feel free to bring a CD (without vocals) or your own accompanist. Monologue: You will also need to present a monologue (2 minute maximum) from a play or musical of the actor's choosing. Monologues in the style of the show are encouraged i.e. humor, childlike sentiment, and simple joy may be themes illustrated in the actor's monologue. You may access various pieces from the show as audition material. You may be asked to read from the script. Those auditioning should come prepared to dance, wearing loose clothing and appropriate shoes (no sandals).
 
Everyone who is cast in the production must enroll as a student in the course THA 209 Musical Production with the exception of guest artists. The classes / rehearsals are Mon/Tues/Thurs evenings, 6 to 8:50pm starting 1/22/15. There will be 6 weekend public performances starting on 4/10/15. There will be a tech rehearsal on Sunday April 5th and additional evening rehearsals the week prior to the opening night. We are looking for committed team players.
 
We are also looking for people to work behind the scenes to assist with sound, lights, props, set construction, projections, photography, production work and costumes. If you are interested in the technical or production side of the show and want to enroll as a student or become an official volunteer, please come to the audition and let us know.
 
The Director is MSJC Theater Arts Department Chair and Broadway actress, Shezwae Powell. The Musical Director is Hemet Unified and MSJC Instructor and local musician Richard Hoglund. The Choreographer is Inland Empire veteran dancer/choreographer, Sean Kiralla. 
 
Roles (age ranges are 18 and over): 
 
Charlie Brown: male baritone; a sometimes optimistic, sometimes self-deprecatory lovable loser who will one day get the little red haired girl to notice him, get his kite to fly, and pitch one winning baseball game. Strong singing and acting skills.
 
Sally Brown: female soprano; a highly articulate, charismatic, lovable, sometimes eccentric and argumentative younger sister to Charlie Brown. Strong singing and acting skills.
 
Linus Van Pelt: male baritone; the thumb-sucking, blanket-dependent younger brother to Lucy. The irony with Linus is that he appears at once to be a 5 year old but is really the most educated character in the bunch. Strong singing, acting, and soft shoe or tap experience would be great.
 
Lucy Van Pelt: female alto; the bullish, manipulative, self-important older sister to Linus who bosses Charlie Brown around and perpetually offers arm-chair psychiatric advice for her rate of five cents. This actress will have the ability to be a brute but also allow a softer, gentler Lucy shine when necessary. Strong actress and belter.
 
Snoopy: male tenor; a clownish, vaudevillian scene stealer who can really “sell it.” Snoopy is at once a dog with many animal behaviors, but can dance circles around everyone else. Strong comedic timing and musical theatre style dance required.
 
Schroeder: male tenor; Lucy's love interest; spends most of his time practicing the piano. His love is his piano and Beethoven. That said, he comes out and shines in his one number, “Beethoven Day,” which can be a show stopper. Strong acting and singing skills. Schroeder does not actually play the piano during the show.
 
Ensemble: 4 to 10 male and female singer/dancer ensemble roles who will likely take on the looks and mannerisms of Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Pig Pen, Franklin, etc. Various vocal ranges. 
 
Show Dates & Times: 
 
April 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2015, at 7:30 pm
April 12 & 19, 2015, at 2:30 pm
San Jacinto Campus Theatre, 1499 N. State Street, San Jacinto, CA 92583
 
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
 
Directed by Shezwae Powell
 
General Admission $12
Seniors & Students $10
Students w/SGA $9
 
For ticket reservations call the Theatre Box Office at 951-487-3790.
 
Visit us at: www.msjc.edu/performingarts
 
Flier: http://www.msjc.edu/PerformingArts/SJC/Documents/CharlieBrown2015.pdf
 
For more information contact Shezwae Powell at 951-487-3791 or spowell@msjc.edu