Dirty Rotten Scoundrels wanted!

Sep 8 2019 | By More

EMT open call for April 2020 show

Edinburgh Music Theatre has put out an open call for performers to join the company for its April 2020 production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, to be staged at the Church Hill Theatre.

The amateur company has set up an open evening for would-be participants to find out about the show and learn some numbers from it, followed by a chance to audition for the general ensemble. It has also set dates for a one-day dance and drama workshop as well as for auditions for the principal and featured roles.

Publicity for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the 1988 comedy film of the same name, itself is said to be a remake of the 1964 movie Bedtime Story. The comedy, with Michael Caine and Steve Martin, had piqued the interest of composer and lyricist David Yazbeck (The Full Monty).

The musical is set in a luxurious coastal resort on the French Riviera where Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health.

After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree a deal: first to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town…

With a book by TV writer Jeff Lane, the musical premiered on Broadway in 2005 and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards. Sophisticated, suave and silly, it features hilarious character, toe tapping numbers and great, big laughs.

welcome evening

EMT will be holding a welcome evening on Wednesday 25 September 2019 (7 – 10pm). This is an opportunity for potential cast members to find out more about the company, meet recent and returning cast members and find out a little more about the production itself. All EMT performers must be aged 18 or over.

The company will also be holding a dance and drama Workshop on Saturday 5 October 2019, between 10am-1pm when the creative team will run a workshop that gives prospective members a flavour of the types of choreography and performance challenges they might expect to face over the coming months.

Anyone interested in joining EMT as a cast member for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, but not wishing to be considered for anything other than the ensemble, will be need to attend the company auditions at the end of the welcome evening.

For the company auditions, applicants will be required to sing a musical number which will be taught to participants at the welcome evening. Anyone intending to participate in the company auditions process should email edinburghmusictheatre@live.com to reserve an audition slot.

Auditions for principal and featured roles will take place on Sunday 6 October (1.15pm-5.45pm), and Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October (7pm-10pm). Full audition materials will be available following the welcome evening. Audition venues are still to be confirmed, but you can reserve your slot through the Pre-Application Guidance.

Callbacks are currently scheduled for Saturday 12 October 2019 (10am-5pm) at Barclay Viewforth Church Centre.

Rehearsals take place in Barclay Viewforth Church Centre, Weds 7-10pm and Sats 10am-1pm, from Weds 16 October 2019.

Listings and links

Pre-Application Guidance
Full details of the company, requirements and how to audition are available on the Pre-Application Guidance form. This is available:
Here in Word form; and
Here in PDF form.

Welcome Evening and ensemble auditions
Wednesday 25 September: 7 – 10pm.
Barclay Viewforth Church Centre, 2 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4HR
Please register online here: Welcome Evening.
Email edinburghmusictheatre@live.com to reserve an audition slot.

Dance and Drama Workshop
Saturday 5 October 2019: 10am-1pm
Barclay Viewforth Church Centre, 2 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4HR
Please register online here: Drama & Dance Workshop.

Auditions for principal and featured roles
Sunday 6 – Tuesday 8 Octover 2019
Venues to be confirmed, but you can sign up on the doodle polls here:
Sunday 6 October (1.15pm-5.45pm). Doodle it here.
Monday 7 October (7pm-10pm). Doodle it here.
Tuesday 8 October 2019 (7pm-10pm). Doodle it here.

Callbacks are currently scheduled for Saturday 12 October 2019 (10am-5pm) at the Barclay Viewforth Church Centre.

EMT website: www.edinburghtheatre.co.uk.
EMT on facebook: @edinburghmusictheatre.
Twitter: @edmusictheatre.

The original cast recording (and original film) of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are available on Amazon. Click images for details.


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