Auditions slated for Randal Tyler musical
, 2014


Auditions slated for Randal Tyler musical

The Lancaster Players will hold open auditions at 7 p.m. July 22 and 23 at The Lancaster Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone, for the November production of “Martini, a musical celebration of the cocktail.”

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The production is conceived, written and directed by Randal Tyler. This will be Tyler’s 14th directorial endeavor since his initial involvement with The Lancaster Players in 1989.

All participants interested in singing, acting and production are urged to attend, said Tyler. He seeks a cast of 7 to 10 singers ages 20 to 60s (flexible).

Strong voices are needed along with acting versatility, added Tyler.

The positions of stage manager and producer are also sought (see lancasterplayers.org).

If unable to attend auditions, call Tyler at 438-5312.

Rehearsals will begin in August for the 11-performance run, November 6 through 23.

Individual songs will require much “at home rehearsal” using prepared audio CDs. The music will be in place before physical staging occurs, he said.

The production will feature a mix of comic sketches interwoven with many familiar classic songs of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jules Styne, Paul Simon, Comden and Green and Willie Nelson. There is also original music written directly for the production, said Tyler.

“Martini” will feature Ken Sparks performing standards on the piano as well as his own musical creations; four songs comically detailing the martini’s creation and history. Tyler also contributes three original tunes.

He is seeking a male comedy team (Abbott and Costello) and The Olive Sisters, three female singers (can be different ages) who will perform together as well as separately. Harmony is the goal.

Jan Williams is designing the lighting and sound and the stage set will be rendered by Tyler.

On audition nights, Sparks will accompany those who have brought their own song material.

Preferably all roles are singing ones, said Tyler. However, there is the possibility of two non-singing roles, depending on the audition turn out. The book of the Martini is an organic one, growing out of auditions and casting decisions, he added.


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