The Story of Something Rotten!
Welcome to the Renaissance, where the Black Plague has ceded power to the Puritans, farthingales and codpieces are the latest fashion trend, and the biggest celebrity in England is a playwright named William Shakespeare. Amid all this excitement, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are trying to keep their acting company afloat. In a desperate attempt to out-Bard the Bard, Nick consults with a soothsayer, who informs him that the future of theatre involves acting, singing, and dancing -- sometimes all at once! As the Bottom brothers strive to write the world’s very first “musical”, they find themselves caught in a bitter battle with the Bard and the play's the thing. Something Rotten! is a hysterical and joyous celebration of everything you love about Broadway.
Directed by Peter Wolfe
August 8, 2020, 9:30am- 4:00pm at Imagination Theater; Check-in at 9:00am
Auditioners should be prepared to sing any musical
theater type song of their choice (Not from the show)
Minimum audition age is 14
Auditions will consist of singing, cold reading from the script,
basic dance and tap movement, and improvisation
Something Rotten is a tap-heavy show.
Auditioners are encouraged to acquire tap instruction prior to auditions
Sunday, August 9, 2020, 1:00-5:00pm
Rehearsal and Performance Schedules
Performance schedule is not yet finalized.
Performances will take place in February, 2021
Rehearsals will take place September-December, 2020, and January, 2021
Cast breakdown for Something Rotten!:
Female Leads: 2
Male Leads: 8
Ensemble: 8 Females, 6 Males
Note: Ages may vary based upon an actor’s appearance and suitability. All roles include dancing
NICK: A writer. Nigel’s older brother. He holds a grudge against Shakespeare. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings and dances very well. Tenor (B2-A4).
NIGEL: A writer. Nick’s younger brother. Sweet and a little awkward. He is in love with Portia. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings very well. Tenor solid to G#4.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: Over-the-top and cocky, a true rock star of his time. He is the renaissance James Brown. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings and dances very well. Rock tenor solid to A4.
THOMAS NOSTRADAMUS: A soothsayer. He predicts that Nick and Nigel will write a musical. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings and dances very well. Tenor 2 (C3-F4).
BROTHER JEREMIAH: A Puritan and the father of Portia. He despises Nick and Nigel. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings very well. Rock Baritone solid to G4.
MINSTREL: Is the fun-loving charismatic narrator of the show, and sings the opening numbers of each act. Must sing and dance well. Tenor solid to A4.
BEA: Nigel’s wife. She loves Nigel despite his past lack of success. She dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor. Seeking a great comedic actress that sings very well. Mezzo with belt (D3-D5).
PORTIA: A beautiful puritan woman or older teen that Nick meets on the street. She has golden hair and loves poetry. Seeking a great comedic actress that sings very well. Soprano with a mix (G3-F5).
SHYLOCK: An older Jewish man. Nick and Nigel are in debt to him. He becomes an investor in their musical. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings well.
LORD CLAPHAM: Older male. Patron of the theatre. He’s flamboyant and extremely posh. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings well.
ENSEMBLE: Various ages. Must sing and dance, tap and musical theatre styles.