Book by Edna Walsh, Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irgolová based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney Direction and Staging: Mathias Maas
Musical Direction: Matthew Mazzella
Performance Run Commitment: November 14 – December 1, 2019
– Saturday 9/14 from 11am – 2pm, Manoa Valley Theatre
– Sunday 9/15 at 11am – 2pm, Manoa Valley Theatre
– 9/22 at 7pm
First Rehearsal Date: Monday 9/23 at `Iolani School
General Rehearsal Schedule & Location: Rehearsals are typically Monday – Friday on `Iolani campus from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Performance Dates: 11/14-12/1 possible extension 12/1-12/8. Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and a Sunday matinee. (Based on demand: Saturday matinees and/or Sunday evening performances are a possibility.)
About the show:
From the very first note, Once draws you in and never lets go. This emotionally captivating musical is the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award and a Tony Award. On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music.
Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. A show like that only comes around Once.
All roles are open to audition, except for Ivanka. We are specifically seeking talented actor/musicians of ALL ethnicities, who can also act and sing, for this musical production (4-5 women; 7-8 men, 1 girl). This musical is based on the film Once.
Please sing a short folk/rock song (one minute or less) in the style of the show; and if you are able, please be prepared to accompany yourself on the instrument that you are most proficient in. There will be a keyboard in the room. Actors must bring any other instrument(s) they intend to play for the audition. If you play any of the other instruments listed below, please submit video links of you playing those as well. Please feel free to submit band reels and other promotional material for review.
Instruments needed in Once: Piano, guitar, violin, cello, double bass, electric bass, mandolin, ukulele, accordion, banjo, harmonica and drums/percussion.
PLEASE NOTE: All actors in the cast of Once must play at least one instrument. However, unlike most productions of this musical, the instrumentation in this production will be less specific to the character. For example, Andrej usually plays the double bass and Svec usually plays drums. This may be reversed in this production, depending on the actors. This does not apply to Girl (who must play piano) and Guy (who must be an excellent guitar player).
Instruments needed in Once: Piano, guitar, violin, cello, double bass, electric bass, mandolin, ukulele, accordion, banjo, harmonica, and drums/percussion.
GIRL, Female, 20-35, mezzo soprano; direct, intelligent, no nonsense and witty. Should have something ‘other’ about her. Has had to work hard at life but doesn’t think she deserves any sympathy. Must play the piano and sing extremely well. Should have a strong Czech (Eastern European) accent.
GUY, Male, 30-39, baritone; a busker who, after suffering a painful breakup has decided to give up on his music and has resigned himself to living a life as a vacuum machine repairman, and living along above his dad’s shop; brooding and charismatic. Must play the guitar and sing extremely well. Should have a strong Irish accent.
BILLY, Male, 30-49, baritone; a large Irish man. Owner of the music store where Girl plays piano. Loud, funny and protective of Girl but also has a vulnerability. Must sing and play guitar well. Should have a strong Irish accent. (If following the original production casting, Billy also plays Ukulele, Cajon, Snare Drum.)
REZA, Female, 25-29, Soprano; a sexy, funny, smart Czech girl. Often a bit larger then life. Must sing well and ability to play violin/fiddle is a bonus. Should have a strong Czech (Eastern European) accent.
BARUSKA, Female, 45+, alto; mother of Girl. A cool but caring Czech mother who likes a full house and full stomachs. Not many inhibitions. Must sing and should play the accordion/piano well. Should have a strong Czech (Eastern European) accent. (If following the original production casting, Baruska plays piano, accordion, Tambourine, Melodica.)
BANK MANAGER, Male or Female, 30-49, tenor/alto; seems quite prim and proper but has a secret passion for music. Must sing and play guitar well. Should have a strong Irish (Cork) accent. (If following the original production casting, Bank Manager plays guitar, cello.)
DA, Male, 50+; Guy’s dad. A man of few words, but a lovely and caring father. Should play guitar, ukulele/mandolin well. Should have a strong Irish accent.
SVEC, Male, 18-39; a real odd ball. Loves television and coffee. Playing guitar & drum kit well is a plus. Should have a strong Czech (Eastern European) accent. (If following the original production casting, Svec plays Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Drum Set.)
ANDREJ, Male, 18-29; earnest and kind. An employee at a fast food chain, but has big dreams. Should play guitar & bass guitar extremely well. Should also have a strong Czech (Eastern European) accent. (If following the original production casting, Andrej plays Electric Bass, Ukulele, Tambourine, Cajon, Guitar.)
EAMON, Male, 20-49; the music studio manager where Guy and Girl record their album. A tough nut to crack but eventually gives into the musician’s talents. Must sing well; playing guitar (& piano) well is a plus. (If following the original production casting, Eamon plays Guitar, Piano, Melodica and Harmonica.) Should have a strong Irish accent.
EMCEE, Male, 20-49; the emcee at a bar. A good-natured ball buster. Must sing well, playing guitar (& piano) well is a plus. Should have a strong Irish accent.
EX-GIRLFRIEND, Female, 20-39, mezzo-soprano; Guy’s ex-girlfriend who now lives in New York. Kind, lovely and likable. Playing violin well is a plus. Should have a strong Irish accent.
IVANKA, Female, 4-8, daughter of Girl. This part has been cast.
For more information, please contact MVT at 988-6131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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