THE THREE MUSKETEERS-- AUDITION NOTICE
Palos Verdes Performing Arts announces casting for The Three Musketeers, a new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic story of adventure by Catherine Bush. This production features sword fighting and various forms of stage combat, and experienced stage fighters are sought. Auditioners should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue in the style of the play. Classical/Period material preferred. Please note any stage combat experience.
Producer: Chris Gilbert
Director: Orestes Arcuni
Stage Manager: Jenny Jacobs
Fight Choreographer: TBD
Set Design: Greg Fritsche
Costume Design: Diana Mann
Lighting Design: Jean-Yves Tessier
Production Assistant: Cole Cuomo
AEA Guest Artist Tier III - $585/week
Non-union - $1000
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28, 12pm – 8 pm - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
at the Norris Pavilion: 501 Indian Peak Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29, 10am – 6 pm - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
at Madilyn Clark Studios, Studio D: 10852 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
APPOINTMENT DETAILS: Please forward all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. If selected, you will receive a link to make an appointment.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 1, 11am – 6pm – BY INVITATION ONLY
at the Norris Pavilion: 501 Indian Peak Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
***You will not be needed to be present at callbacks for the entire allotted time, callbacks will be scheduled by role and availability.
LOCATION DETAILS: The Norris Pavilion Building is next to the fire station. Parking is across the street in mall parking structure. It is FREE.
JANUARY 5 – JANUARY 24, 2019
Tuesday-Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm, Sundays 12pm-8pm
All rehearsals will be held at the Norris Pavilion.
JANUARY 25 – FEBRUARY 3, 2019
Fridays 7:30 pm, Saturdays 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Sundays 2 pm
All performances will be held at the Norris Theater.
WE ARE SEEKING A DIVERSE GROUP OF 11 MEN AND 6 WOMEN TO TELL A CLASSIC STORY, NOT TO RECREATE THE SOCIAL CONDITIONS OF 17TH CENTURY FRANCE. WE ENCOURAGE ACTORS OF ALL COLORS AND BACKGROUNDS TO AUDITION AS WE SEEK TO BUILD AN INCLUSIVE CAST REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DIVERSITY OF ACTORS IN LOS ANGELES.
SEEKING TO CAST ALL ROLES. THE ROLES OF D’ARTAGNAN, ATHOS, PORTHOS, ARAMIS, CARDINAL RICHELIEU, ROCHEFORT, AND MILADY DE WINTER MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR EQUITY (UP TO 4 CONTRACTS). ALL OTHER ROLES WILL BE NON-UNION CONTRACTS. ALL ACTORS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE ENSEMBLE OF SUPPORTING ROLES, SOME OF WHICH INCLUDE MULTIPLE PARTS AS DETAILED BELOW.
D’Artagnan (early 20s) – A young man from the country who moves to Paris determined to become a Musketeer. Must prove himself to Monsieur de Treville and the Musketeers to join them, and endeavors to help in their pursuit of justice and adventure. A skilled swordsman and strategist. Falls in love with Constance and attempts to singlehandedly rescue her when he learns of her imprisonment in the Bastille. Sword fighting or stage combat experience preferred.
Athos (late 20s – late 30s) – One of the Three Musketeers. A former French count and bold fighter, quick to joke in a dangerous situation, and scoffs at the romantic fantasies of D’Artagnan and the other Musketeers. Prone to drinking and sarcasm. Haunted by the memory of his late wife, whom he was forced to execute under the law as the nobleman of his region. Sword fighting or stage combat experience preferred.
Porthos (late 20s – late 30s) – One of the Three Musketeers. Involved with a wealthy married woman who sustains his lavish lifestyle and fine clothes. Shows D’Artagnan the human flaws of the Musketeers by revealing his own affair, enabling Athos’ drinking to excess, and pointing out the hypocrisy of Aramis’ involvement with an engaged woman and dueling her suitor to the death while in the seminary. Sword fighting or stage combat experience preferred.
Aramis (late 20s – late 30s) – One of the Three Musketeers. Until recently was a seminarian bound for the priesthood but was forced to leave when he fell in love with one of his students and killed her suitor in a duel. He was sentenced to five years in the King’s service as a Musketeer for his transgressions. Looks forward to finishing his time and resuming his studies in the church. Sword fighting or stage combat experience preferred.
Jussac (20s – 40s) (also plays Felton, Criminal, Braddock, Guest 4, Soldier 3) – Richelieu’s guard. Pursues the Three Musketeers and wounds Athos in a duel. Sword fighting or stage combat experience preferred.
Monsieur de Treville (30s – 50s) (also plays Sailor 1, Soldier 1, Guest 1, Spy 3) – Captain of the King’s Musketeers. Faces increased pressure from Cardinal Richelieu to rein in the Three Musketeers, who are accused of killing two of the King’s guards. Accepts D’Artagnan’s request to join the Musketeers on the condition that he prove his valor by stealing the Cardinal’s ring.
Cardinal Richelieu (30s – 50s) (also plays Innkeeper, Mob 1) – The King’s top advisor, with spies and soldiers at his disposal. Orchestrates the ploy to catch the Queen in her affair at the ball and attempts to influence Monsieur Treville and the Three Musketeers, whom he suspects of disloyalty to the King.
Rochefort (30s – 40s) (also plays Patron 3, Cahusac, Sailor 2, Spy 2) – Richelieu’s spy and enforcer. Sabotages D’Artagnan’s attempt to join the Musketeers to protect his secret relationship with Lady de Winter. Pursues the Three Musketeers and D’Artagnan and aids Richelieu in his plan to discredit the Queen. Sword fighting or stage combat experience preferred.
Lady de Winter (20s – 30s) – Another of Richelieu’s spies. She uses her physical beauty and strategic acumen to disarm and gain the trust of D’Artagnan and others in the course Richelieu’s plot against the Queen. Does not shy away from danger or violence, and in her past survived an execution attempt. Imprisons Constance in the Bastille when Rochefort catches her transporting a message from the Queen. Sword fighting or stage combat experience preferred.
Louis XIII (30s – 40s) (also plays Beggar, Drunk, Lemieux, Monsieur Bonacieux) – The King of France. Throws a festive ball at Cardinal Richelieu’s suggestion in hopes of catching the Queen in her affair with Lord Buckingham, though this attempt fails when the Three Musketeers intervene. (Monsieur Bonacieux – D’Artagnan’s landlord and Constance’s father. A friend of Monsieur Treville and the Musketeers, he aids Constance in her secret transportation of the Queen’s letters. Recommends D’Artagnan to Constance as a potential courier.)
Anne of Austria (20s – 40s) – The Queen of France. Lives in fear of the King’s discovery of her affair with Lord Buckingham. Rejected the advances of Cardinal Richelieu in the past and is now under constant surveillance. Relies on the aid of her maid Constance to transmit communication to Lord Buckingham.
Constance Bonacieux (early 20s)– The Queen’s trusted maid. Carries letters between the Queen and Lord Buckingham at great personal risk. Accepts D’Artagnan’s offer of aid in transporting a message, and eventually returns the love he professes for her. Poisoned and killed by Lady de Winter.
Lord Buckingham (20s – 40s) (also plays Guard 2, Citizen, Spy 4) – An English nobleman engaged in an affair with Queen Anne. Returns to England with a set of diamonds given to him as a parting gift by the Queen, and later hatches a plan with D’Artagnan to return the diamonds to help the Queen avoid Richelieu’s detection.
Planchet (20s – 40s) (also plays Mob 4, Guard 3, Fisherman 2, Guest 5, Soldier 2) – Monsieur de Treville’s capable servant and spy. Aids the Musketeers and M. Treville in protecting Constance and the Queen. Reveals a handy knowledge of self-defense when called “pipsqueak” by one of the King’s men. Lover of Kitty, a servant of Lady de Winter. Hand-to-hand stage combat or martial arts experience preferred.
Kitty (20s – 40s) (also plays Mob 3, Patron 2, Guest 3)– Lady de Winter’s maid and lover of Planchet. Overhears Rochefort and de Winter plotting to move Constance from the Bastille, which gives D’Artagnan the opportunity to attempt to rescue her. Remains in her dangerous position out of devotion to Planchet and their cause.
Abbess (30s – 50s) (also plays Mob 2, Patron 1, Barmaid, Guest 2) – Head of the Carmelite nuns at the convent in Bethune, and a friend of the Queen. Hides Constance in the abbey as one of the nuns after she is freed from prison by the Queen’s influence. Reveals Constance’s identity and presence at the abbey to Lady de Winter, who she does not know is in league with Richelieu.
Bicarat (20s – 40s) (also plays Mob 5, Fisherman 1, Spy 1, Herald) – Richelieu’s guard. Surrenders in defeat.
HAIRSPRAY - April 26 – May 12, 2019
Auditions will likely be mid-February. More detailed information will be posted here later this Fall.
We look forward to seeing your audition soon!