Announcing Virtual Auditions for Matilda

Sunnyvale Community Players is pleased to announce virtual auditions for Matilda, the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny!

In accordance with California’s current Shelter-in-Place ordinance, we will not be holding in-person auditions. So we are holding virtual auditions instead! We ask all applicants to fill out our online audition form and submit along with a video audition.

Announcing Virtual Auditions for Matilda

About the Show

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With a book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Staff

Director/Choreographer: Gary Ferguson
Music Director: Tony Gaitan
Producers: Emily DeWolfe and Nick Moline

Important Dates

Rehearsals: July 13 – September 5, 2020
Tech: September 6-11, 2020 (no conflicts allowed)
Performances: September 12 – October 4, 2020 Thursdays- Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm.

Regular rehearsals are Sunday from 6:30pm-9:30pm and Monday-Thursday from 7pm-10pm. Some Saturdays may be required.

Character Descriptions

MISS TRUNCHBULL (Male)

Headmistress of Crunchem Hall Primary School. Miss Honey’s aunt. Once a famous athlete, she is described as a “gigantic Holy terror”, a “fierce tyrannical monster” who “marches like a storm trooper with long arms swinging” with an “aura of menace.”

Age: 30 to 40ish.
Physicality: 6’ plus. A physical character actor – must be physically fit and agile.
Vocal: High baritone with a strong F sharp. Extremely good enunciation and vocal dexterity.
Dialect: Heightened RP*.
Dance: Ribbon Dance and Vaulting

NOTE: There are physical demands of this role–physical fitness is crucial.

MISS HONEY (Female)
A mild, quiet person who never raises her voice and seldom seems to smile – yet possesses the rare gift of being adored by every small child under her care. She should have a curious warmth that is almost tangible.

Age: 25 to 35 years old.
Physicality: “Slim and fragile that if she fell over she would smash into a thousand pieces like a porcelain figure.”
Vocal: Soprano up to Bb, with a strong and solid belt up to D. Lyrical pure sounding voice. Could even have a slightly folksy quality.
Dialect: RP*
Dance: Loud and Miracle

NOTE: This role also features as a parent during the opening number.

MR. WORMWOOD (Male)
A dealer in second-hand cars – “a mean crooked crook” – with a penchant for wearing jackets with large, brightly coloured checks. Should ideally be a clown and could have an ex-punk rocker voice.

Age: 35 to early 40s.
Physicality: A weasley or ratty essence. Needs to be agile.
Vocal: Top A (negotiable!) To f#
Dialect: Essex/Estuary/East London
Dance: Not Required

MRS WORMWOOD (Female)
Mother of Michael and Matilda, and the wife of Mr Wormwood. She is obsessed with her amateur Ballroom dancing partner and her looks. Like her husband she thinks very little of Matilda’s unique abilities and often berates her. She is as loud in her makeup and dress sense as she is in her voice – must have strong comedy.

Age: 30s.
Physicality: Above 5’ 8”preferred
Vocal: Really strong belt voice, with matching vocal stamina. Up to top F/G – with higher adlibs.
Dialect: Essex / Estuary / EastLondon
Dance: Strong understanding of movement

MRS PHELPS (Female)
Warm and nurturing local librarian who encourages Matilda’s love of reading. She has an inner peace.

Age: 30s to50s
Physicality: Generally played by a woman of non-caucasionheritage.
Vocal: Accomplished Singer
Dialect: Possibly African or Caribbean or non-Caucasian
Dance: Basic movement skills. Appears as a parent in Miracle.

MALE ENSEMBLE / RUDOLPHO (Male)
Mrs Wormwood’s dance partner. Should be genuinely fit and athletic. Should have a flare for character comedy, and have great vocal and dance stamina for the number ‘Loud’.

Age: 20s, early 30s
Physicality: Strong and fit.
Vocal: High baritone with consistent Fs with passing topA
Dialect: Any Ukregion
Dance: Very strong dancer. Latin ballroom is an advantage.

NOTE: This track is an ensemble/role track during the show and may have other principal, or non-principal, covers.

MALE ENSEMBLE / SERGEI
Russian Mafia Boss who is physically intimidating, with an accomplished Russian accent.

Age: 30s
Physicality: Over 6ft, broad, masculine, intimidating with strong facial features.
Vocal: Rich Baritone.
Dialect: Russian and Northern or Birmingham or Estuary.
Dance: Auditioned as a movement track.

Track: This track is an ensemble/minor roles track during the show and may have principal, or non-principal covers.

MALE ENSEMBLE / DOCTOR
Age 20s,30s
Physicality: Over 5’10”
Vocal: High tenor with a comfortable top A. Rock Quality.
Dance: Strong dance track. Salsa.

NOTE: This track is an ensemble/minor role track during the show and may have principal, or non-principal covers.

MALE ENSEMBLE / ESCAPOLOGIST
Age: 20s, 30s
Physicality: Over 5’10”
Vocal: High lyric baritone.
Dialect: 1940’s RP*
Dance: Movement Track.

MALE ENSEMBLE / MECHANIC
Age: 20s
Physicality: Up to 5’8”
Dance: Very strong mover

MALE ENSEMBLE
Age: 20’s/30’s
Physicality: Above 5’10”
Dance: Strong dance track. Salsa.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE / ACROBAT
A strong all round ensemble performer with covers.

Age: 20s/30s
Physicality: Above 5’4”
Vocal: Check for covers
Dialect: African, Caribbean or non-Caucasian may be required for recovery.
Dance: Strong dance track

FEMALE ENSEMBLE
A strong all round ensemble performer with covers.

Age 20s/30s
Physicality: Above 5’4”
Dialect: African, Caribbean, or non-Caucasian, may be required for recovery.
Dance: Strong dance track

FEMALE ENSEMBLE
A strong all round ensemble performer.

Age: 20s/30s
Physicality: Generally played by a woman of non-Caucasian heritage.
Dialect: African, Caribbean, or non-Caucasian, may be required for cover Dance Good movement track

CHILDREN’S CASTING GUIDELINES – CHARACTER NOTES

MICHAEL WORMWOOD/ MALE ENSEMBLE (Male)
Must be able to fully participate in all ensemble vocal and dance numbers and also to play the Wormwood’s monosyllabic son. Needs good deadpan comedy and the ability to find a character during a lot of stage time with few words.

Age: 10 to 15
Physicality: 5’2” to 5’7”. Teenage-looking.
Vocal: Accomplished singer.
Dialect: Essex / Estuary / East London
Dance: Physically fit and strong mover.

MATILDA
An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched.

Age: Looks 6 to 10
Height: Up to 4′ 3″. Short as possible.
Essential Enigmatic, serious, intense. Instinctive acting ability. Vocal health and clarity. Cartwheel.

AMANDA
Height: 4′ 3″ –4′ 5″
Essential Slight framed. Strong dance and vocal ability.

LAVENDER
Age: 7 to 10
Height: 4′ 3″ –4′ 5″
Essential Good dance. Strong singing and acting. Loud and kooky – likes to have fun – big personality.

ALICE
Height: 4′ 6″-4′ 8″
Essential Strong and Bold. Strong dance and vocal ability.

HORTENSIA
Height: 4′ 6″– 4′ 8″
Essential Feisty. Strong dance and vocal ability.

ERIC
Height: Up to 4′ 3″.
Small as possible. Essential Cute. Small. Ability to learn. Boys with limited dance training, but demonstrating strong potential are still encouraged to audition

BRUCE
Matilda’s classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.

Age: 7 to 14
Height: 4′ 6″ – 4′ 8″
Essential Vocal ability for “Revolting Children”. Acting ability. Comic. Boys with limited dance training, but demonstrating strong potential are still encouraged to audition.

As part of the action on stage this role is required to eat chocolate cake, cream & icing. Must not be allergic to latex (material of the prop cake) or cake/icing ingredients

NIGEL
Height: 4′ 6″ – 4′ 8″
Essential Vocal stamina for spoken dialogue. Strong dance ability. Strong vocal ability.Boys with limited dance training, but demonstrating strong potential are still encouraged to audition.

TOMMY
Height: 4′ 8″ – 5″
Essential Strong dance and vocal ability. Boys with limited dance training, but demonstrating strong potential are still encouraged toauditionBruce Matilda’s classmates. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.

*English Received Pronunciation
RP: a social accent of English
Received Pronunciation, or RP for short, is the instantly recognisable accent often described as ‘typically British.’ Popular terms for this accent, such as ‘the Queen’s English,’ ‘Oxford English,’ or ‘BBC English’ are all a little misleading.

2 Responses to “Announcing Virtual Auditions for Matilda

  • Miki Kwan
    3 months ago

    Hello, I just saw this today and noticed the audition ended on 4/10! My daughter LOVES this musical and really want to submit a audition video and I hope you would allow her submission!
    Thanks
    Miki
    408-747-7667

    • Hi Miki,

      We’ve kept the auditions open a few extra days so please feel free to have your daughter audition.

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