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Auditions: Urinetown

May 12th, 2021

The Players Club of Swarthmore will be holding auditions for the Main Stage production of Urinetown on Thursday, October 21st, 2021 & Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 (by appointment).
 

Urinetown
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
 
Auditions: Thursday, October 21st & Tuesday, October 26th (by appointment)
Callbacks (by invite only): Wednesday, October 27th from 6:00pm-10:00pm
Performance dates: February 11-13, 17-20, 24-26
Where: Auditions will be held in-person at the Players Club of Swarthmore (614 Fairview Rd, Swarthmore, PA 19081).
 
Please pre-register: here
 
We will contact you with a time slot prior to audition night. If you are not able to attend in-person you may make video submission arrangements with the director.
 
Rehearsals are three evenings a week, beginning December 5th with a full week of technical/dress rehearsals. Some of our rehearsal and performance spaces are only accessible by stairs. Please let us know if you need accommodations.
 
COVID SAFETY GUIDELINES: All PCS Volunteers will be required to be vaccinated in order to participate on-stage and off for the remainder of the 2021 season. If you are not
yet fully vaccinated, but will be by the start of rehearsals, you may submit your audition via video.
 
The Players Club of Swarthmore and the Urinetown Production Team are committed to diversity and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, and abilities to audition.
 
Due to the mature content of this show, auditions are open to ages 18+. Please note this is a non-union, non-paying production. Transparency and open communication are values that are extremely important to us; if you have any questions, please email the director at arpasquini@gmail.com.
 
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show, preferably comedic. Songs from URINETOWN are permitted. Please choose a song that will showcase your acting as well as your vocal abilities. Those auditioning for Hope should bring in something to show a clear legit soprano style.

A piano accompanist will be provided. Please bring clearly marked sheet music. Please be prepared to dance.
 
CONFLICTS: Please refrain from auditioning if you have any conflicts with tech week (February 6-10) and/or show dates (see above).
 
SYNOPSIS:
In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.
 
CASTING BREAKDOWN: All roles are open. We acknowledge that roles we list fall on gender binary, but invite transgender and non-binary performers to audition for the roles they most identify with. We are seeking 16-19 energetic, dynamic performers to fill the following:

Major Characters
BOBBY STRONG (Tenor):
The dashing young everyman who works for Miss Pennywise as the Assistant Custodian at the poorest, filthiest urinal in town; the eventual protagonist and romantic hero who starts a revolution, and falls in love with Hope Cladwell along the way.
 
CALDWELL B. CLADWELL (Baritone):
The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company, a miserly moneygrubber who gleefully exploits the poor.
 
HOPE CLADWELL (Soprano):
Cladwell’s ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her love for her father and her new love for Bobby. Having just returned from the Most Expensive University in the World, she eventually joins Bobby as part of the Revolution.
 
OFFICER LOCKSTOCK (Bass):
The principal narrator; a policeman in charge of finding guilty pee-ers.
 
LITTLE SALLY (Mezzo-Soprano):
A precocious, thoroughly irreverent and very intelligent street urchin; the co-narrator who always outsmarts Lockstock, and constantly questions the play’s logic.
 
PENELOPE PENNYWISE (Mezzo-Soprano w/ belt):
The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest urinal in town. A shrewd, penny-scrounging cheapskate, Pennywise is a figure of authority and lives to maintain order at the public bathrooms, but harbors a surprising secret.
 
OFFICER BARREL (Baritone):
Lockstock’s partner. He harbors a surprising secret.
 
MR. MCQUEEN:
Cladwell’s assistant. A sneaky man who will do anything to save himself.
 
SENATOR FIPP:
A corrupt politician in Cladwell’s pocket. He also harbors a surprising, and slightly disturbing, secret.
 
JOSEPH “OLD MAN” STRONG:
Bobby’s rebellious father, whose refusal to pay the fee causes him to be sent to Urinetown.
 
JOSEPHINE “MA” STRONG:
Bobby’s mother, a strong-willed old woman who is able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her.
 
The Poor
Hot Blades Harry (Baritone, excellent dancer):
A dangerous and unpredictable rebel.
 
LITTLE BECKY TWO-SHOES (Mezzo-Soprano, excellent dancer):
A young, pregnant woman. Harry’s “Mate”.
 
SOUPY SUE:
An affectionate member of the gang.
 
TINY TOM:
A confused man-boy.
 
ROBBY THE STOCKFISH:
A poor rebel.
 
BILLY BOY BILL:
A poor rebel.
 
The Rich
MRS. MILLENNIUM:
Office worker who aspires to be Cladwell’s Head Secretary.
 
DR. BILLEAUX:
A scientist for Urine Good Company.
 

 
* ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING: ACKNOWLEDGE THE CONTAGIOUS NATURE OF THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 AND THE INHERENT RISK OF EXPOSURE THAT EXISTS IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ARE PRESENT; AGREE TO COMPLY WITH ANY AND ALL PROTOCOLS OF PCS DESIGNED TO MITIGATE THE RISKS OF INFECTION BY COVID-19; VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS OF EXPOSURE TO OR INFECTION BY COVID-19 AS A RESULT OF ATTENDING AND PARTICIPATING IN THE AUDITION PROCESS; AND RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY PCS (AND ITS GOVERNORS, MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS) FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO EXPOSURE TO OR INFECTION BY COVID-19 OR SIMILAR DISEASE WHICH MAY OCCUR IN CONNECTION WITH PARTICIPATION IN THE AUDITION PROCESS.
 

The Players Club of Swarthmore is an all-volunteer organization. All roles are unpaid and Non-Equity.

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