Eight Things You Need to Know Before Auditioning
for “Jekyll and Hyde”
Forewarned is forearmed…which is why we want to share our expectations for all performers—from the leads to the chorus—who are cast in this production of Jekyll and Hyde.
1. Set aside any preconceived notions. Tony indicates that he is treating this production as he would a classical operatic work, which means that the printed score will take priority. If you’re cast in the show, do not rely on the CD of the Broadway production, or any other version, as the way the songs “should” be sung. Also, please do not allow any previous production you may have been involved to be your guide—enter into this with an open mind.
2. Bring in a tape recorder to music rehearsals, and a pencil (with an eraser) to blocking rehearsals.
3. Don’t rely upon the scripted stage directions. They may not bear any resemblance to what we ultimately do in this production.
4. Please show up promptly to rehearsals! There’s a lot to be done!
5. Please let us know if you can’t attend a rehearsal. Three unexcused absences will result in termination.
6. Make lengthy suggestions in private. Jekyll and Hyde requires a big cast, and even with four months rehearsal, there’s a lot of work to get accomplished. Please respect the time commitment of your fellow actors, and if you have concerns about blocking or vocal interpretations, discuss it with Ted or Tony one-on-one, before or after rehearsal.
7. For movement rehearsals, please be sensible. Sneakers will only get in the way!
8. Any similarities between Ted and Simon Cowell during the auditions are purely coincidental.