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Open Auditions


January 30, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Roger T. Sermon Community Center
201 N Dodgion St
Independence, MO 64050 United States
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(816) 325-7370

Return to the Forbidden Planet

Written by: Bob Carlton

Directed by: Larry Morris 

Musical Director: Hannah Eppert

Auditions will be held from 6:30pm – 9:00pm on Monday, January 30 and Tuesday, January 31, 2016.

Callbacks will be held from 6:30pm – 9:00pm on Wednesday, February 1 (if the full time allotted is required).

Auditions and callbacks will be held at the Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion Street, Independence, MO 64050.

Performance Dates:  March 30, 31- April 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 2017

Scripts will be available for checkout for 72 hours at The Sermon Center office for a $20 refundable deposit in mid-November.

SYNOPSIS: Fasten your seat belts, return your tray tables to the upright position and prepare to blast off for rock and roll! In this crazy-quilt starship musical, loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the 1956 sci-fi classic The Forbidden Planet, a spaceship, helmed by Captain Tempest, makes an emergency landing on the uncharted planet D’illyria. In residence is Mad Scientist Doctor Prospero who was banished into hyperspace with his infant daughter Miranda. Featuring rock-and-roll hits of the 50s and 60s (“Great Balls of Fire”, “The Monster Mash”, “Good Vibrations” and others,) a B-movie atmosphere, and with dialogue in iambic pentameter, RTTFP is Shakespeare’s lost rock n’ roll masterpiece and winner of the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Musical. Download a script cutting.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: All auditioners must bring a completed Audition Form with all conflicts listed. Prepare 1 to 2 minute Shakespearean or Fakespearean (i.e. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars) monologue.  Please bring in 32 bars (about a minute) of a rock song (classic rock or musical theater rock – think Jerry Lee Lewis, Beach Boys, Rock of Ages).  Music from the show is not to be used for auditions. Show songs are posted below.  Please bring sheet music in the correct key or a backing track in MP3.

IF YOU ARE COMING IN FOR THE CHORUS – be dressed to move! Dancers who do not sing will be considered. Singers who do not dance will be considered. Singers come in with a song, dancers come in with moves.

Who’s who in this play:

CAPTAIN TEMPEST – A captain’s captain. Square jaw, rocking voice. Think Commander, Captain or Space Ranger. Tenor/Baritone, sings “Young Girl”.

PROSPERO – scientist who has been marooned on the planet D’illyria. Is he a mad scientist, or is he just being driven crazy by his teenage daughter? Is there a difference? Baritone, sings “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”.

MIRANDA – Prospero’s daughter; a teenager discovering men for the first time—‘nuff said. Alto/Mezzo, sings “Teenager in Love”.

ARIEL – (male or female) Robot loyal to Dr. Prospero. Will not be on roller skates. Alto/Tenor/Baritone, sings “Who’s Sorry Now”.

SCIENCE OFFICER (aka Gloria) – a woman with history with Dr. Prospero (spoiler alert – she’s his wife & Miranda’s mom!) Alto/Mezzo, sings “Gloria”.

NAVIGATION OFFICER – a woman who knows where she’s going. Alto/Mezzo, sings “Tell Her”.

COOKIE – the ship’s cook, a hopeless romantic. Killer guitar skills a plus, bring yours if you have one, killer air guitar skills a must. Baritone – sings “She’s Not There”.

BOSUN ARRAS – the ship’s bosun (look it up). Tenor/Baritone, sings “The Shoop Shoop Song”

THE CREW – (Chorus/Ensemble) (male & female) comprised of Ensigns/Petty Officers, etc. How many on the CREW has yet to be determined.

Songs from the show (not to be used at auditions)

  •  “It’s a Man’s World”
  • “Great Balls of Fire”
  • “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
  • “Good Vibrations”
  • “The Shoop Shoop Song”
  • “I’m Gonna Change the World”
  • “A Teenager in Love”
  • “Young Girl”
  • “She’s Not There”
  • “Shakin’ All Over”
  • “Gloria”
  • “Who’s Sorry Now?”
  • “Tell Him” (as “Tell Her”)
  • “Robot Man” (Connie Francis version)
  • “Shake, Rattle and Roll”
  • “Go Now”
  • “Only the Lonely”
  • “Born To Be Wild”
  • “Mr. Spaceman”
  • “Monster Mash”

If you have questions e-mail the director at larrymorris1967@yahoo.com