Wicked Forum Cast Recording Auditions - Take Two
Since JMan383 is unable to get online much at the moment, he's offered to allow someone else to take over, and since no one else is offering and no one has responded to my own post from a few days ago to object, I'm just going to go ahead and post this now to get things moving again since according to the original audition thread it is now a whole year since auditions first opened.
Auditions, questions etc. will now need to be PMed to me (MontysFlyingCircus). My name is Kye, for reference. Without an L. I'm going to be helping to produce and edit an original online musical later on this year, so this will allow me to get some practice. I hope no one minds me taking over since I kind of joined this forum for the purpose of auditioning myself so I'm a relative newbie.
This is how things are going to work (please read carefully, as there are a couple of slight changes from the first thread).
1) You may audition for as many characters as you like, but can only win one leading role. That means you can audition for both Elphaba and Glinda if you so desire, but cannot sing as both of them in the final recording. Smaller roles may be doubled up on if necessary. If you somehow end up getting the most votes for two major roles, you will be asked to choose between them and the other role will go to whoever got the second highest amount of votes for that character.
2) If auditioning you must send in a recording of yourself singing a song that is sung by the character you wish to audition for, in the same key and octave as is used in the original Broadway recording and without any added effects. You must also send in a recording of you singing one other song from a musical other than Wicked, preferably in a contrasting style to the first. If you are auditioning for more than one character you only need one non-Wicked song. This means that we can hear more of those auditioning for characters that only have a couple of sung lines, and it also will give us a more well-rounded idea of your skills. If you know what your vocal range is, then please also include that in your PM. If you do not know your range, this site: http://www.vocalist.org.uk/vocal_range_key.html
will help you to find out what it is.
3) Auditions for Elphaba and Glinda will be restricted to members aged seventeen years or older. I realise that this may not be the most popular decision but it's for your own good. If you are seventeen or older, but you know that you will still struggle to sing Elphaba's high belted notes or Glinda's high notes for that matter DO NOT DO IT. Even if you are singing a lower song in the auditions. If you win a part you WILL be required to sing the part in it's entirety and you will run the risk of ruining your voice PERMANANTLY and you may also require surgery if you push your voice into doing something that it is not ready for.
If you have been trained by a professional adult vocal coach and that coach really thinks that you can sing the part you wish to audition for but you are under sixteen years old or younger, then I will require them to email me [monstysflyingcircus (at) gmail.com] from a professional email address so that I can confirm as far as I can that they are qualified to make that kind of a judgement. We will not accept responsibility for ruined voices, medical bills or anything else. It will be your own choice and that of your coach, not mine and not that of anyone else working on the project, or of musicals.net. If I feel that you are struggling vocally, then I reserve the right to replace you with an understudy in order to protect your voice.
3) This will be a legal production. I will be contacting the copyright holders of Wicked as soon as I can locate their contact details and if they decline to give us permission to record, then we will switch the production to a different show. If they require a fee to allow us to record, then we may have to do the same if we cannot raise the required funds. If it isn't too much to raise then I will post a link to a paypal donations page and see if we can raise it between us so that we can continue.
4) Only recordings with a recognisably safe file type will be opened. MP3/4 files, WMA, WMV, Mpg etc. are fine. Zip files will not be opened either. This is not my computer and I do not want to risk infecting it with viruses / malware etc. Audio and video files are both fine. You will need to upload them somewhere and send me a link to them. Places like Sendspace.com would be good for this.
5) Deadlines will be kept to. All auditions must be in by June 15th 2010. That gives you over a month to record. If any roles have not been auditioned for at this point, then auditions for those roles will remain open for a little longer. The others will NOT. It would not be fair to those who to the original deadline if someone who came in later were to win a part that they auditioned for. I think the length of the audition should avoid any clashes with exams. If you are planning to audition and have exams or vacations or whatever, please let me know as soon as possible. Getting the auditions out of the way before the Summer properly starts will mean that we can actually record over the summer when people have more free time.
7) If we get only one or two decent auditions for a character from people who would be able to handle the part, I also reserve the right to cast without that part being voted on. However I will of couse aim for a vote and will probably form some get a few neutral opinons from musically knowledgeable people before changing that.
I think that about covers everything. If I've missed anything (which is quite likely since I'm currently half asleep) please feel free to poke me in a PM so I can fix it. Also, I will need fellow editors/organisers so please let me know if you're interested in that too. Finally if anyone needs any sheet music or backing tracks - I have backing tracks and I think most of the sheet music.