January 5, 2016

AUDITIONS for JANE EYRE coming to The Barn in February!

...for The Barn production of

Music and lyrics by Paul Gordon
Book by John Caird
Additional lyrics by John Caird

Directed by Jeannette Bonjour
Musical Direction by Baker Purdon
Asst. Direction by Valerie Martin

February 6th and 7th, 2016
from 1:00 - 4:00pm
At St. Pius Church
55th and Woodson, Mission, KS

Auditions will be an open call both days, and will consist of singing a prepared 32 bar selection of a musical theatre song in the style of the show.

Please Provide: Sheet Music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.
Absolutely no CDs & NO ACAPPELLA auditions
Headshot/Resume (if available)

Invited Callbacks will be held on Saturday, February 13th, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Please be prepared to read scenes and sing songs from the show (sides will be provided). If you are auditioning, please make sure to clear your schedule that afternoon, as callbacks are critical
to putting together the strongest ensemble for this ensemble piece.
Rehearsals will begin Sunday, February 29th. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday through Thursday nights from
7-10pm. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to
an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week (4/8-4/14)

April 15th-May 1st, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
All performances take place at The Barn Players Theatre
6219 Martway in Mission, KS

Charlotte Bronte's great love story comes to life with music to lift your heart and set your spirit soaring. This beloved tale of secrets and the lies that secrets create, of unimaginable hope and unspoken passion, reminds us what it is to fall deeply, truly and completely in love. Nominated for five Tony Awards, Jane Eyre explores religion, sexuality and protofeminism, all while enchanting audiences with a timeless love story.

Jane's story begins in Gateshead, where she is in the unfortunate care of her cruel Aunt Sarah and cousin John, as per her uncle's dying wish. The miserable young orphan is finally rescued when she is sent away to attend Lowood School for Girls. After six years, Jane leaves Lowood and is shortly after hired as a governess at Thornfield Hall. Here she meets Mr. Edward Rochester, thus beginning her passionate and heart wrenching journey of love, loss and the struggles of morality.

Character Breakdown
1. Jane Eyre: Our story's protagonist. A young, strong-willed woman who is outwardly quiet, watchful and shy. Her beauty does not come from her physical appearance but rather from her character, humor, and strength. Age range: Must look 18-25
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

2. Young Jane Eyre: Full of soul. Strong and willful. Age: 9 to 12
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D4

3. Mrs. Reed: Jane's cold, over-bearing aunt. Mezzo (will also be in the Ensemble)

4. Miss Scatcherd: A teacher at Lowood, she is a hard-faced and
embittered middle-aged woman whose nature has been warped by
dogged obedience to Mr. Brocklehurst and a natural distrust of anything unusual or imaginative. Age: 40 to 60 (will also be in the Ensemble)
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D4

5. Marigold: A servant at Lowood School. An ex-schoolgirl herself, she has been kept to do the dirty kitchen work and cleaning. She is semi moronic and entirely without humor. Age: 30 to 40 (will also be in the Ensemble)
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: D4

6. Helen Burns: A young woman of calm and spiritual demeanor. She is intellectually and spiritually engaging. Teaches the young Jane her most important lesson in life. Age: 14 to 16 (will also be in the Ensemble)
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: A3

7. Mrs. Fairfax
Rochester's elderly relation and the housekeeper of Thornfield Hall who is fussy, garrulous, and kind-hearted. Age: 55 to 70
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: F3

8. Adele: Rochester's ward (and possible daughter); she is a pretty, self-dramatizing, and precocious French child; Age: 10-12; mezzo (will double as a schoolgirl at Lowood)

9. Grace Poole: Bertha Mason's minder and nurse who is caring and capable, and has an occasional fondness for the liquor pot. Age: 40 to 60
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

10. Blanche Ingram: The clever, sophisticated, and stunningly beautiful woman who is to be married to Rochester. She is witty and graceful but also possesses a stunning voice. Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: B3

11. Lady Ingram: Blanche Ingram's mother. An amply proportioned
woman who wears an expression of almost insupportable haughtiness, her eyes are fierce and her voice deep. She is pompous and dogmatic.
Age: 55 to 65

12. Bertha Mason: Rochester's mad wife kept in the attic of Thornfield Hall. She is strangely beautiful yet a criminally deranged bride stuck in the moment of her final happiness. Age: 35 to 50 (will also be in the Ensemble)
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: C#4

1. John Reed: Jane's cruel, manipulative cousin; Age: 11-15 (will also be in the Ensemble)

2. Mr. Brocklehurst: The owner of Lowood School. He must be an
imposing and frightening figure to Young Jane; cold-eyed, zealous and pontifical. Age: 40 to 60
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: D3

3. Robert: The Butler at Thornfield, he is dry and intelligent, and a martyr to Mrs. Fairfax's whims. An understanding and reliable servant to Rochester. Strong acting a must.
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: Bb3
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

4. Edward Fairfax Rochester: An intelligent and powerful male
presence, he has been greatly damaged by life and is therefore quite prickly and demanding, but has a keen sense of humor and engaging personality. Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2

5. Richard Mason: Bertha Mason's brother. He is a well-educated
gentleman, but mentally and emotionally weak as he is haunted by the wrong he has done to Rochester and the need to care for his deranged, unhappy sister. Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

6. St. John Rivers: The appealing and handsome curate of the parish of Gateshead who is caring for Mrs. Reed at her death. He is a complex young man, passionately devoted to his Christian faith and duty. Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

ENSEMBLE (4-6, in addition to those roles above that will be
cast from the Ensemble)
Servants; Schoolgirls
Roles to be cast from the Ensemble: Lord Ingram, Mary
Ingram, Mr. Eshton, Louisa Eshton, Amy Eshton, Colonel
Dent, Mrs. Dent, The Vicar

For more information, please contact Eric Magnus, Artistic Director of The Barn Players, at emagnitude@me.com

The Barn Players embraces diversity in all aspects of our
organization. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting
is encouraged.

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