Panto Audition

The (Musical!) Beast of Mount Seymour

A Modern Panto about a Friendly Sasquatch

By Toph Whitmore

Directed by Angie McLeod

Audition Dates

Tuesday September 3. Four Time Slots; 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 (pm)
Thursday September 5. Four Time Slots: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 (pm)
Callbacks: Tuesday September 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Audition Venue

Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver

Map of Theatre

This is a non-Equity production, non-paying.

Audition Requirements

Please email the director, Angie McLeod, at thebeastofmountseymour@gmail.com to secure a spot for yourself on one of the time slots on either Tuesday the 3rd OR Thursday the 5th. In your email, please give me your full name, which character(s) you are interested in, and indicate your first preference of time slot and one back-up time slot. You will receive a reply email confirming your time slot.

Each time slot can accommodate a maximum of 10 auditionees, and will consist of a short dance call, singing, and character work. As a group, you will be taught a short dance sequence and a short bit of song, and then we will try out various characters from the script with a voice and movement exercise. This will focus on character voices and physicality; be prepared to have fun with it and be silly, and don’t be afraid of overacting! This is a Panto, after all, and we are looking for distinct, exaggerated character types.

Please wear clothes and footwear that is comfortable for moving around in. Arrive early for your time slot, as you will need to fill in some paperwork before entering the audition room, and be prepared to stay for the full half hour.

Headshots and résumés are NOT required

Callbacks will consist of reading scenes from the script. Sides will be emailed to candidates after initial auditions to prepare.

Please be prepared to stay for the entire audition, and to read for multiple characters, as we would like to try as many combinations of candidates as possible. If you play a musical instrument, please bring it with you if possible and be prepared to play a short clip of any song of your choosing.

Production Dates

December 19, 2019 to January 4, 2020

(four matinées at 1 pm, five matinées at 4:30 pm, one matinée at 2 pm and five evening performances at 7:30 pm).

Production Venue

Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1L2

Rehearsal Dates

Starting September 17th, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 7 pm in North Vancouver, location TBD

Synopsis

The hottest boy band in the world, Six Degrees of Togetherness (“6DOT” for short), is headed to Deep Cove for a concert. But the members of 6DOT are mysteriously disappearing! Could the Beast of Mt. Seymour be behind it?

On the case is self-described local actress, bon vivant, and humanitarian Penelope Nelopy. Joining Penelope in her quest is new arrival Caroline Goodness, RCMP detective Jenkins (a horse who worked his way up from the Musical Ride), a police chief, a sinister real estate developer named Hunter Green, a couple of nutty sidekicks (Rosenstern & Guildencrantz), an evil witch, a “merman,” and Brock Rockton, North Shore Search & Rescue’s best.

Will they find the missing boy band members? Is the Beast real? Will anyone find love?

And most importantly, will they make it back in time for the big show?
(Maybe, maybe, maybe, and maybe…)

Characters

All characters can be played by any gender.

Penelope Nelopy: Penelope is the “Dame” archetype. She plays narrator, tour guide, talk-show host, and RCMP officer. She knows everyone and everything, can command a room easily, and has an ego bigger than her bra. Ad-libbing and audience interaction ability is a must. Look at ‘Moira Rose’ from “Schitt’s Creek” for some inspiration.

Caroline Goodness: Caroline is the “Principal Girl” archetype. Sweet and innocent, she is new to town, and smitten with 6DOT leader Liam. Although a tad naive, she knows what she wants (Liam) and is determined to get it.

6DOT: Six Degrees of Togetherness, or 6DOT for short, is the biggest boy band in the world. There are six members (surprise!) who move and pose together as a group. They ooze coolness and are accustomed to fame and fortune. They speak in an overly-affected way, with their inflection going up at the end of a sentence as if they are asking a question even when they’re not. Think dude-bro, surfer, or ‘The Californians’ sketches on Saturday Night Live. Have poses and ‘band album-cover faces’ ready!

Liam: 6DOT member: Liam is “the pretty one” and the leader of the group. Not the sharpest tool in the shed, but charismatic and accustomed to having people follow him. Has probably never been told ‘no.’ Think Derek Zoolander.

Zac: 6DOT member: Zac is “the serious one”

Chad: 6DOT member: Chad is “the thoughtful one” . His catchphrase is “I’m Chad” – be prepared to say this one line in multiple ways.

Nick: 6DOT member: Nick is “the one with the toque”

Other Liam: 6DOT member: Other Liam is “the other one named Liam”

Murray: 6DOT member: Murray is … “just Murray”. He is anachronistically balding and middle aged, something that is never explained and makes him stick out like a sore thumb from the other band members. He is considerably less suave than his bandmates, always a bit too slow or a bit too loud and his poses are always a little … off. The band’s 6th wheel.

Ducky McGee: Ducky is an intrepid cub reporter for the Deep Cove Crier, eagerly looking for his big break. He falls hopelessly in love with Caroline Goodness and makes many unsuccessful attempts to win her heart. This character has lots of energy and interaction with the audience, improv skills an asset!

Witchitanya: Witchitanya is the “Evil Witch/Demon King” archetype. She is Deep Cove’s resident evil spirit and speaks (only partially successfully) in rhyme. Fierce, bitter, and subject to mood swings, she allies herself with evil Hunter Green. Oh, and she used to date Karl, back before she came evil. But we don’t talk about that.

Karl: Karl is the “Good Fairy” archetype. He is the renowned Merman of the Cove and self-described ‘friend of the animals, protector of nature, and part-time barista’. He speaks in an off-hand, matter-of fact way, with a certain air of masculinity that contradicts his magical appearance and kind hobbies. Think ‘Kronk’ from “The Emperor’s New Groove”, and mix that with the ‘Old Spice Guy’ and a dash of ‘Captain Hammer’ from “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”

The Beast: The Beast is a Sasquatch that lives on Mt. Seymour. He is feared but misunderstood, with a range of hobbies such as cooking and music. Strong physical movement will be needed, and the ability to rap would be ideal.

Hunter Green: Hunter Green is the “Bad Guy” archetype. Australian accent required!
This accent inspires some interesting entrance music. Hunter is, of course, a hunter, set on adding the Beast’s head to his wall of trophies. He is also a real estate developer who wants to flatten and pave Mount Seymour to build condos. He is loud, mean, selfish and angry. Think ‘Gaston’ from “Beauty and the Beast”

Rosenstern & Guildencrantz: These are the ‘sidekick duo’ archetype. They are sidekicks to Hunter Green, and constantly seek his approval. Neither of them are very bright, or brave. Rosenstern is braver than Guildencrantz, but not by much.

Jenkins: Jenkins is a detective who just happens to be a horse. Despite his unusual appearance, he is the smartest and most normal character in the production.

The Chief: Chief is ornery, cranky, and direct, like every TV police chief ever. He runs the local RCMP detachment with his sleeves rolled up, frequently pounding the desk in anger. (“Darn it, Jenkins, we’ve got to find that boy band!”)

Brock Rockton: Brock is a full-time volunteer with North Shore Search and Rescue. He enters by rappelling. He speaks in a deadpan, direct delivery – think ‘Puddy’ on “Seinfeld” or ‘Joe Friday’ on “Dragnet”. (“Just the facts, ma’am.”)

Contact

Director Angie McLeod. Thebeastofmountseymour@gmail.com