AUDITIONS ARCHIVE (May 4th, 2019)
With our production now successfully cast, the Auditions page has served its purpose. We anticipate no further updates, but it will remain on the web-site as an archive.
AUDITIONS COMPLETE (April 30th, 2019)
We had a large, enthusiastic turnout for auditions last weekend. Between vocal performances, dance routines, and readings of selected scenes from the play, it was an intense three days. We want to thank everyone who auditioned for the effort they put into their preparations and their time commitments. Their work beforehand clearly showed, and will make the final selection process more difficult than usual. The casting announcement will be made later this week. Because candidates were willing to attend multiple sessions last weekend, there is no need for call-back auditions next weekend. Again, thank you to everyone who attended.
WANT SOME ABBA MOJO? (April 19th, 2019)
We came across this video on YouTube, and thought that it might give some of you a perspective on the origins of the music in Mamma Mia! Sunday Night is an Australian production (ABBA is undoubtedly Australia’s favourite pop group of all time) and while the interviews reflect that, nonetheless, the program is a terrfic retrospective of Abba’s development and the musical legacy they created.
FINALIZED AUDITION INFORMATION (March 25th, 2019)
Auditions will occur the final weekend in April (Friday evening, and Saturday/Sunday afternoons. Call-back auditions, if needed, will be on the following weekend (May 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Auditions are open to individuals ages 12 and older, of all ethnicities and body types. Here’s the schedule:
|Friday, April 26th||6:30pm|
|Saturday, April 27th||1:30pm|
|Sunday, April 28th||1:30pm|
|Friday, May 3rd*||6:30pm|
|Saturday, May 4th*||1:30pm|
|Sunday, May 5th*||1:30pm (if needed)|
* The May 3rd-5th dates will be Call-Back auditions only.
All auditions will be held at the Cross Road Assembly of God Church, 1380 10th St, here in Florence (just north and west of the Siuslaw Public Library). We’d like to thank the church membership and especially Pastor Dale Edwards for making their facility available to The Last Resort Players and our community.
We expect MAMMA MIA! to be a whole lot of fun — for the audience and the performers. Audiences will have to wait until opening night, Nov. 1 for their dose, but for prospective performers, the fun starts April 26th, so if you’re interested in auditioning, keep reading, as we’ve tried to identify most of the information you’ll need — much of which you can fill-out ahead of time using the forms provided here. If you have questions, click the email button in the sidebar menu, provide your contact information and question(s), and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
But before getting down to filling-out forms, first we suggest you review the CHARACTERS, SYNOPSIS, and MUSIC pages on this site. This will give you information on the character roles, their backstories, their approximate stage ages, their vocal ranges, and the music numbers in which they’re featured.
Things to Bring to the Audition
The most important thing to bring to any audition is enthusiasm, so don’t forget yours. You’ll also need to complete some paperwork, and the rest of this page will tell you about it.
Most importantly, you will need to complete an Audition Information Sheet. Forms will be available to fill out at the audition, but you can also download a Fillable Audition Information Form here, open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader, fill-in using your keyboard, print it and bring a copy with you (or print the empty form and fill-in by hand). You will also need to bring a short resume of your stage/dance experience and an 8X10 head shot if available. If you don’t have a résumé, please bring a short list of prior experience.
You will also need to complete a liability/photo release form. Basically, the form asks for a liability waiver, and gives us the right to use your name and image(s) in promotional material for MAMMA MIA!. If you are under the age of 18, a parent/guardian will need to complete and sign the form to bring with you. To make life easier, you can download a Fillable Release Form here. Remember, if you’re under-18, get the form signed at home or make sure a parent/guardian comes to the auditions with you. You will not be permitted to audition without a completed/signed Release Form.
Singing Role Audition Requirements
Normally auditions for musicals ask you to prepare a show tune from a different musical, but MAMMA MIA! seems to be the exception to the rule. You may prepare a pop song or even an ABBA song that best displays your vocal range and ability — we are looking for bright, up-tempo numbers with lots of energy, in keeping with the spirit of this show. You will be singing without a microphone. An accompanist will be available, but please bring your own sheet music. A music track is acceptable but may not include a lead vocalist — your voice must be clearly distinguishable from any backup vocals on the track. A CD player and sound bar will be available, or you may bring an Android/Apple phone, iPod, computer track on your own laptop, tablet or similar equipment. If your device does not provide a 3.5mm female stereo audio receptacle, you will also need to bring an audio cable for your equipment that provides a 3.5mm male stereo output jack and is at least 3 ft. in length. Bluetooth pairing will not be available for our equipment, but you may bring your own Bluetooth-paired speaker if that is the only means of outputting sound from your playback device.
Additional Audition Requirement
People auditioning for performing roles will learn a few simple dance steps from our choreographer and perform them in groups at the auditions. Please bring clothing and shoes that you can move in comfortably. This will be fun – not a dance competition.
I’d like to be Involved, but not On-Stage
If you have theatrical production experience (props, lights, costumes, makeup, sets, etc.), we’d love to talk to you, so plan on coming to one of the auditions — we won’t force you to sing or dance 😃. You’ll need to fill out Audition Information and Release Forms though and the LRP membership requirement in the next section will also apply. If you have no prior production experience, well, we can’t promise we’ll find a spot for you in this production but suggest you come and talk to us anyway — everybody has to start somewhere.
You do not need to be a member of The Last Resort Players in order to audition, but if you are offered and accept a position in the Mamma Mia! production company, you will need to become a member. Membership application forms are available on the Last Resort Players website, and forms will be available to fill out at the audition, or you can download a Fillable Membership Form here.