Open Auditions For The Tony Award Winning Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

 

August 24, 2023

Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for the Tony Award Winning Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Saturday, August 26 from 10am to 1pm, and Sunday, August 27 from 6pm to 9pm at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Callbacks will take place by invitation only on Monday, August 28 from 7pm to 10pm. This is a non-equity, all-volunteer production directed by Catherine Rahm and produced by Jeremy Palmer and Grace O'Neill for Kentwood Players with rights secured from Music Theatre International.

Performance dates are Friday, November 10 through Saturday, December 9, 2023, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Saturday matinees at 2:00pm will be added on November 18 and continue through the rest of the run. There will be no performances Thanksgiving weekend, November 24, 25 and 26. Auditions and performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is the knock-'em-dead, uproarious hit and the most nominated show of the 2014 season. When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he's eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. But can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind...

All roles are open and available to anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender. Age or appearance of age is only a factor as it applies to relationships in the play. An English dialect is required for the production, and auditioners should be able to demonstrate the dialect or their ability to learn one. Those auditioning and production team members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are recommended but not required at the Westchester Playhouse.

To audition, please prepare 16–32 bars of a song from a classic musical. Songs from the show are acceptable, but please, no rock or pop. Be prepared to learn a short dance combination. No appointments are necessary to audition; just arrive to allow time to sign-in and complete paperwork during scheduled audition times. Please bring a current headshot and resume as well as your calendar as a rehearsal schedule will be posted and you will be asked to note any conflicts. For more information and sides in advance, please send an email to gentleman@kentwoodplayers.org.

Cast Breakdown

**The roles of Monty, D'Ysquith, Sibella and Phoebe will be double-cast. At alternate performances, they will fill in as members of the ensemble.**

Monty Navarro – Male presenting, to play 25-35. Somewhat beaten down by life, but willing to work hard to move up the ladder, even if that requires a bit of murder. Vocal range A3 to A#5.

D'Ysquith Family – Plays all members of the D'Ysquith family, both male and female, ages 30-60. Must be able to create 8 distinct characters with different voices and bearings. Vocal range F2 – G#4.

Sibella Howard – Female presenting, to play 25 – 35. Loves Monty in her own way, but is always looking out for her own best interests. Vocal range F3 – F#5.

Phoebe D'Ysquith – Female presenting, to play 20 – 30. Sweet and a bit unworldly, but she has hidden depths and a will to do what needs to be done to get her happy ending. Vocal range G3 – C6

Miss Shingle – Female presenting, to play 45 – 65. Was devoted to Monty's mother and is determined to see that he finally gets what he deserves. Vocal range E3 – E5

Lady Eugenia – Female presenting, 35+. Also plays other ensemble roles. Vocal range F3 – F#5

Miss Barley – Female presenting, 25-30. Also plays other ensemble roles. Vocal range G4 – B6

Physician – Female presenting, any age. Also plays other ensemble roles. Vocal range A4 – G5

Magistrate – Male presenting, any age. Also plays other ensemble roles. Vocal range A3 – G#4

Inspector - Male presenting, any age. Also plays other ensemble roles. Vocal range C2 – F#4

Guard – Male presenting, any age. Also plays other ensemble roles. Vocal range A3 – F

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