CONWAY — M&D at Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse will be holding auditions for the Tony Award-winning "Matilda: The Musical" with book by Dennis Kelly based on the children's novel by Roald Dahl and song and lyrics by Tim Minchin, as directed by Mary Bastoni, on Sunday, Jan. 12, (ages 7 to 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and ages 18 and up from 7 to 9 p.m.) and Monday, Jan. 13, (all ages at 7 p.m.) at 2760 White Mountain Highway in North Conway. If necessary, callbacks will be held on Jan. 14 and 15.
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives.
Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however — the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace.
Please observe the following steps in the auditioning process:
• To schedule an audition, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with name, age, and email (youth), or name, age, role auditioning for and email (adult). A reply will be sent with a specific date/time for your audition.
• The auditioning process will be thorough and specific, and will be comprised of three parts: song, reading and dance. Actors are strongly urged to thoroughly prepare for auditions by memorizing 16 bars of a character’s applicable song selection, be prepared to read from the script selections in an English accent, and demonstrate your dancing ability by carefully practicing with video links available at mdplayhouse.com/up-next/auditions. The script is also available at the same link.
There are parts available for both children and adults:
Matilda Wormwood: An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched. Mezzo soprano.
Miss Agatha Trunchbull: The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda's school who despises children. Baritone/alto.
Miss Honey: Matilda's kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull. Alto.
Mr. Wormwood: Matilda's uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman. Baritone
Mrs. Wormwood: Matilda's self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer. Alto.
Michael Wormwood: Matilda's older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents.
Bruce: Matilda's classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull. Tenor.
Lavender: Matilda's classmate and friend.
Mrs. Phelps: A nice librarian.
The Escapologist: A character in a story that Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Baritone.
The Acrobat: A character in a story that Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Mezzo soprano.
Rudolpho: Mrs. Wormwood's ballroom dance partner. Baritone.
Doctor: Mrs. Wormwood's doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. Baritone.
Children’s entertainer: A party entertainer at the start of the show. Baritone.
Ensemble: Cook, Henchman 1, Henchman 2, Henchman 3, kids (Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia and Tommy) and parents.
Performances are Thursday through Sunday, March 26 through April 12.
For more information, go to mdplayhouse.com or call the box office at (603) 733-5275.