By Anaïs Mitchell
Developed with and Directed by Rachel Chavkin
In the Shoctor Theatre
Rehearsal starts at The Citadel in Edmonton on October 13, 2017
Opening at The Citadel November 16, 2017
Closing at The Citadel December 3, 2017
Character Breakdown is attached
We are seeking actors with unique, vibrant singing skills.
Certain roles will also require strong instrumental abilities.
Actors of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
AUDITIONS IN EDMONTON May 9 and 10
AUDITIONS IN TORONTO May 22-24
FOR AUDITIONS IN EDMONTON: May 1, 2017
FOR AUDITIONS IN TORONTO: May 8, 2017
Those selected to audition will be asked to prepare a brief folk/rock/contemporary song that shows their style and vocal range. Bring sheet music in the correct key. Those auditioning will also be given a selection from the show to prepare. A piano accompanist will be provided. We strongly encourage any actors who are auditioning for Orpheus to accompany themselves. Check the character breakdown for vocal ranges.
Those selected to audition for the Fates or Workers will also be required to attend a dance call. We are looking for actors who can really move, expressive inside their movement and dancing. Dancers with a background in hip hop, traditional West African or other vernacular styles are very appropriate.
To submit your interest, email resume and headshot to Peni Christopher, Citadel Theatre, email@example.com. Write “Hadestown Edmonton” or “Hadestown Toronto” in the subject line and indicate the role you are interested in in the body of the email.
The Citadel Theatre is committed to inclusive casting. We encourage submissions from professional artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities.
GENERAL NOTE: in general, we are not looking for conventional “music-theatre style”/vibrato singers. We are seeking singers capable of pure tones and/or vibrato that feels informed by jazz/rock/gospel.
ORPHEUS: High Tenor with falsetto up to D#. (A2 – F5). 20s to 30s, male, any ethnicity. Orpheus is an optimist, an idealist, a counter-culturalist. There should be something special about his pipes. Not a conventionally handsome leading man, Orpheus should feel unique and have the sensitive soul of an artist. MUST PLAY A MOBILE STRINGED INSTRUMENT.
HADES: Bass. G1 – Eb4 (will consider G2 – Eb4). 40s-60s, male, any ethnicity. Lord of the Dead. Powerful, immortal and deeply in love with Persephone. Needs to have a major seductive power and strong authoritative presence. Tyrannical and a bit menacing.
PERSEPHONE: Alto/Mezzo. (E3 – C5). 40s to 60s, female, any ethnicity. Goddess, playful, mercurial, fun and sexy. Persephone is not too feminine and lets her sharp edges show. She is the seasons and is cut from the same cloth as Orpheus. She must have a wryness and intelligence that she uses sharply for both entertainment and as a defense mechanism.
HERMES: Tenor/baritone. (D3 – B4). 30s-80s, male, any ethnicity. Hermes has a trickster-ish quality. His allegiances remain mysterious. His main allegiance is to the telling of the tale.
EURYDICE: Alto/Soprano. (E3 – E5). 20s to early 30s, female, any ethnicity. A practical leading heroine with an extremely vulnerable underbelly, a haunted bird. She takes the leap to the underworld as a step towards something reliable. There is both toughness and delicacy in her being and her singing; she uses a belt for some songs, real subtlety for others.
THE THREE FATES: Powerful and dark. Operate as one of the “voices in the heads” of the other characters. All of the Fates MUST play an instrument of some kind and be skilled with harmonies. Essential for all Fates to be good movers.
THE WORKERS: The workers populate the world above and below ground. Above, they are migrant (agricultural) workers. Below, they are industrial/mine/factory workers. They should be physically strong and great dancers.