Auditions announced for M&D’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

M&D is pleased to announce auditions for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, with a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek new book by Douglas Carter Beane, original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. While still maintaining all the charm and enchantment of the R&H classic, it will have the audiences laughing until midnight.

Auditions will take place on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 starting at 6:30pm at M&D Playhouse, 2760 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule your audition, please email thecin1@yahoo.com. When scheduling your audition you will be sent a karaoke cut of a song to present. If you are unable to make the auditions, but would still like to be considered, please email a self-tape of 32 bars from the R&H catalog which highlights your vocal talent.

The rehearsal schedule is TBD and will be based on actor conflicts. At M&D we welcome performers of all ages, and abilities and do not discriminate against race, color, region, disability, gender, and sexual orientation.

Show dates are August 8th through August 25th on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 3:30pm.

AVAILABLE ROLES AND CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

ELLA: (Soprano B3 – Eb5) – age 16-30
Though no one notices her beneath her rags and quiet demeanor, she is opinionated, charismatic, passionate, beautiful and funny. Idealistic and hopeful, she courageously challenges the prince to change the policies of his kingdom – and helps him discover who he truly is. Always her late father’s daughter, she is determined to see the good in everyone despite her hardships and suffering. We see her blossom into a confident woman. 
TOPHER: (Baritone C#3 – A4) – age 16-30
A misguided and lost prince who longs to do something important with his life. Though brave and heroic, he feels lonely and unfulfilled. Charming but NOT a stereotypical ladies man, he is thoughtful, appealing and innocent – with an unforced goofy streak. Moral, genuine and kindhearted, he is at a crossroads and must take control of his kingdom and his future. 
JEAN-MICHEL: (Baritone C3-G4) – age 20-?
A feisty, passionate peasant determined to make a change for the starving class. Impetuous. A firebrand, but lacks authority and isn’t taken seriously as a revolutionary. He has a crush on Gabrielle, though her courtship is forbidden because they are from different social classes. 
GABRIELLE: (Soprano C4-G5) – age 16-40
Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Encouraged by her mother and sister to value material wealth and social status, she unenthusiastically joins them in their abrasive behavior. Quietly passionate, empathetic, and witty, she is drawn to Ella and Jean-Michel. Ironically aware that she doesn’t fit in. 
CHARLOTTE: (Mezzo-Soprano B3-F5) – age 16-40
Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Brash, self centered, materialistic, snooty, loud, sassy and bratty, she has a ridiculously high, but unfounded opinion of herself. She never passes up an opportunity to be the center of attention. 
MARIE: (Soprano A3 – Ab5) – age 20-?
A friend to Ella and the town’s resident crazy lady and beggar woman, Marie is actually a fairy godmother in disguise. Wise, warm, otherworldly, and charming. Marie rewards Ella for her kindness by making her dreams a possibility. 
MADAME: (Mezzo-Soprano C4-D5 – Character Voice) – age 30-?
Ella’s selfish stepmother. The epitome of vanity and fashion. A ravenous social climber who values wealth, status and material possessions above all else. Unapologetically dismissive and sometimes cruel, Madame schemes her way up the social ladder. 
SEBASTIAN: (Baritone C3 – F4) – age 20-?
The kingdom’s Lord Chancellor. Though he is Topher’s trusted advisor, he is devious and selfish. Using propaganda and dishonesty, he keeps Topher isolated and in the dark about his kingdom. Sebastian rules without regard for the lower class, or anyone other than himself – and truly believes he deserves to rule the kingdom. 
LORD PINKLETON: (Tenor D3 – A4) – age 30-?
The Lord Chancellor’s right hand man. Announces royal balls, banquets and even the weather to the villagers. 
Ensemble: – ages 10-?
Footman, Coachman, Knights, Peasants, Serfs, Townspeople, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Court, Giant, Puppets, Servants, etc.