Auditions

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Lizzie

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is excited to announce auditions for our upcoming fall show, LIZZIE.

On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend.

Lizzie Borden took an axe,
Gave her mother forty-whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

LIZZIE is an all female cast fronting a six-piece rock band,
LIZZIE is sex, rage, and bloody murder,
LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score.
LIZZIE is a new American musical with a sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Weber than to Bikini Kill, the Runaways, and Heart.

Music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt; Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner; Book by Tim Maner; Additional Music by Tim Maner; Additional Lyrics by Alan Stevens Hewitt; Based on an original concept by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner; Orchestrations by Alan Stevens Hewitt

Auditions for the Theatre Company of Saugus production of LIZZIE will be on Sunday, July 22, 2018, starting at 4PM and on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, starting at 6PM. Callbacks will be on Thursday, July 26, starting at 6PM.

Performances are scheduled for October 12-14 and 19-21, 2018. Rehearsals will usually be three times per week, on Sundays and two weeknights.

The location of auditions, rehearsals, and performances is the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, MA 01906. See our Directions page.

The production team for LIZZIE includes stage director and choreographer Kathleen Tringale and musical director Brian Nickerson.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 32-bar selection from a song not from the show. Piano sheet music is a must, no guitar tab or lyric sheet with chords written in. No pre-recorded/karaoke accompaniment is allowed.

We are looking for singers who are able to sing with metal rockin’ grit and toughness.

If you are trying to decide what type of song to use for your audition, here are some shows that would provide some appropriate singing style options:
Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Spring Awakening – Next to Normal – School of Rock – Repo: The Genetic Opera – Trans Siberian Orchestra
OR rocked up versions of songs from shows like Chicago – Cabaret – Jekyll & Hyde – Sweeney Todd
Think dark, think heavy!

You can also showcase the necessary vocal skills, using Hard Rock, Grunge, or Heavy Metal selections that could be appropriate from: Queen, Meat Loaf, Alice in Chains, Hole, Veruca Salt, Guns N Roses, Joan Jett, Pat Benetar, Metallica, or Ozzy Osbourne.

There are roles for female rock voices who play the women involved in the events at the Borden house. All roles are open. See descriptions below.

All those auditioning are asked to sign up for an Audition slot for LIZZIE:

If you have questions about the show and the auditions, or need to arrange for an alternate audition time, please contact us at TCSaugus@gmail.com or at 781-816-7019.

Save time at your audition by reading and filling out the audition paperwork.  Click here to download the Info Sheet, Audition Form, Conflict Calendar, and Cast Contract.

If you would like to help out with the production, please contact us at TCSaugus@gmail.com or 781-816-7019.


Roles in Lizzie, as provided by the script.

  • Lizzie Borden (high belt: F#3-F#5, belt to A5 if possible) is damaged, twisted. She can turn on a dime from fragile, broken, meek and obedient to conniving, sinister, furious and terrifying. She is a wounded animal backed into a corner, terrified but enraged. We find her at the moment she realizes she has nothing to lose. She is transformed through an act of unspeakable transgression, turning her own historical infamy into an ascension to legend.
  • Emma Borden (alto/mezzo belt: F#3-D5) is the older sister, eclipsed by the younger. She must content herself by playing a motherly Lady MacBeth to Lizzie, dripping her own hatreds into Lizzie’s ears over the years, stoking the fires of Lizzie’s rage, disappearing when the deeds must be done, and suffering with guilt afterwards. Emma is a woman who has come to see that every opportunity for happiness has passed her by. She’s furious, but she’s also desperately sad.
  • Bridget Sullivan/Maggie (contralto/low alto: F3 with E3 pick-up/ghost-notes in one number – Eb5 (E5 opt. in one ad lib)) is the Borden’s Irish maid. She may be a Banshee, called to wail at the Borden’s door. She always seems to know what is going to happen, does things one step before anyone else. She’s put upon, angry, and as resentful of the Borden sisters as she is of the parents. Bridget is the Sex Pistols rock and roll nihilist; ready to f*ck things up because she knows that’s the only way anything is ever going to get better.
  • Alice Russell (high mezzo lyric/mix/belt: G3 with F#3 pick-up/ghost-notes in one number – A5 legit soprano) is the Borden’s next door neighbor. She is a luscious pear, the sensuous mother-sister-lover which is sorely lacking in Lizzie’s life. She appears to Lizzie in her greatest moments of need and attempts to lead her away from a path of destruction and toward one of love, truth, and affection. Lizzie may have true feelings of affection for her, or she may be using Alice’s feelings to build an alibi.