Best 16 Bars/Character Ranges
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Author:  AnnieER25 [ Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Best 16 Bars/Character Ranges

So my husband and I are planning on auditioning in August and we need the best 16 bars to prepare for auditioning for the leads. The director would like to use a rock band, but the theatre probably won't let her. At the very least she's going to try to give it more of a pop sound.

In your opinion which song or 16 bars (that's all we get, but we can choose the song and which 16 bars) are the best for Emma, Lucy, Jekyll & Hyde (I'm looking for the best for both Jekyll and Hyde, chances are he may have to sing both if the director wants contrasting styles)?

Also does anyone know what the singing ranges in the libretto are for these characters?

Thanks, Annie

Author:  The Russian [ Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Jekyll & Hyde Audition

I could be wrong about these ranges but I'm fairly certain:

Emma: She's a soprano. I disagree with directors that want her to belt her stuff. She's supposed to be different from Lucy, both physically and vocally. Her stuff sits pretty high, around D, E and F. I think she's got a high C or two in the quartet.

Lucy: Pretty straightforward belter, though it was written for Linda Eder whose range goes freakishly high in her belt register. It goes up to E for sure, if not F.

Jekyll/Hyde: Pretty cut-and-dried male belt range. Low G to High A. You've gotta be able to sustain a high tessitura and be able to sing the whole role. It's a biggie. Gotta have stamina. Not to mention you need to play both Jekyll and Hyde and you've gotta be pretty.

Author:  The Russian [ Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Songs to take

For Emma you shold look at something that shows a good top and is in that ingenue category. I'd go with something by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Something from Phantom of the Opera or Aspects of Love.

Lucy: You've gotta belt, and you've gotta do it high. Something from the show itself is probably the best choice, but beware! There is a very specific sound people are looking for if you go that route. Generally, if you're gonna take something from the show, then be sure you do it better than anybody else!

Jekyll/Hyde: Again, something from the show would be best. I Need to Know, Alive, This is the Moment and sections of the Confrontation are all really hard to sing and you've gotta be able to do them all!

Author:  AnnieER25 [ Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:16 am ]
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I've been debating between "Unexpected Song" from Song & Dance, or "Point of No Returm" from POTO for my initial 16 bar audition. Is it a bad idea to use duet pieces? The director wants the show to have a pop/rock feel (she may even set it in the 90s) so I could even sing a contemporary song (If I go that route I was thinking of Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited" because I've been told that I do it really well by complete strangers at karaoke).

But I also have to prepare 16 bars of a song for each role I go for. A friend who is a director (both for CT & professionally) told me to use either an excerpt from "In His Eyes" or "Once Upon a Dream" for Emma and either "Bring on the Men" or "A New Life" for Lucy. However I would much rather do part of "Take Me as I Am" for Emma because OUAD is so low considering what she normally sings. I wish the director would just choose what we have to prepare like the CT the next town over does!

I can easily reach the C6 and I know that I can belt up to a C5 (I haven't had a need to go higher), which I know is about two or three notes shy of Lucy's belt but I have a really strong upper range so I don't think it would sound bad if the top notes weren't belted. I just don't know...

Thanks for your help :)


Author:  theatre_grl [ Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:47 pm ]
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Duets are okay if you do a part that would be only one person singing, but stay away from PotO.
Usually its not great to do something from the show you are auditioning for unless you are asked to.
You could probably find more help on the Auditions forum

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