Casting Call: Putting It Together

General Information

LBMT is looking to cast its upcoming production of Putting It Together. The musical revue will be presented from April 28 – 30 for four performances at Live! On Elgin (220 Elgin Street #2). The show is being directed by Joy Mwandemange (with support from Euan Wheaton) and musically directed by Sabrina Tang. The musical features a cast of five characters.

Rehearsals for the show will be held at Riverview School of Music (480 Avalon Place). Weekly rehearsals will take place on Monday evenings from 7-9:30pm and Saturdays from 12-4pm. Additional Wednesday evening rehearsals may be added in April closer to the show dates.

Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be adhering to current COVID-19 protocols set in place by the Province of Ontario and Ottawa Public Health.

Audition Information

Dates and Times:

  • Saturday, January 14: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
  • Sunday, January 15: 7pm, 8pm
  • Monday, January 16: 7pm, 8pm

Audition Location: Riverview School of Music (480 Avalon Place)

If you are not available these audition dates but would like to still audition, please select “Not Available” on the audition form. We will contact you to make alternate arrangements for a video audition.

Please prepare 32 bars (one or two minutes) of a musical theatre song that best demonstrates your vocal abilities. Please come prepared with sheet music so our pianist will be able to provide you with piano accompaniment.

You will receive a short scene that you might be asked to read during your audition (it will be a cold read). You may be given further instruction about the scene by the director at your audition. Please look it over prior to your audition time. Please Note: You do not need to memorize the scene.

A dance/movement segment of the audition will be required for all those auditioning. Please come wearing dance appropriate clothing, as you will not be able to change at the audition.

A session of callback auditions on Saturday, January 21 may be held at the discretion of the artistic team and may only require certain individuals. They are not an indication of whether you will be cast in the show, or if you are up for receiving a specific role in the production. Callbacks may not be required if the artistic team does not feel they are necessary for casting the production.

Please submit the audition application at the bottom of the page, if you would like to audition for the show.

Show Synopsis

Act One

A cast of three men and two women lead us through an evening at a cocktail party that explodes time and place as it deals with universal themes.

Man 3, alone onstage, gives a comedic monologue that summarizes a few Sondheim shows, warning the audience that Sondheim expects audiences to think about the material presented. He then gives the audience some instruction (“Invocations and Instructions to the Audience”). The other cast members enter, illustrating the difficulties and precision that go into performance (“Putting It Together”).

The performers become characters at a cocktail party; Man 1 and Woman 1 are the married couple who are hosting the party, Man 2 works at Man 1’s publishing firm, and Woman 2 is Man 2’s date. Man 3 is a mysterious, uninvited guest who often comments on the action. The characters schmooze (“Rich and Happy”). Man 1 and Woman 1 share a moment of remembered romance (“Do I Hear a Waltz?”). Man 3 comments on how they are just rolling along, unaware that things might go wrong (“Merrily Fragment 1”).

Woman 2 pours the men champagne and reflects on how her looks are all that she has, while Woman 1 mocks her (“Lovely”). Man 3 directs our attention to Man 1’s attempts to seduce Woman 2 (“Hello, Little Girl”); Woman 1 walks in on them (“My Husband the Pig”). As Woman 1 bemoans her married life, Woman 2 commiserates (“Every Day a Little Death”).

Man 3 sets up the next moment in one word: revenge. He enters, dressed as a butler, and Woman 1 flirts with him (“Everybody Ought to Have a Maid”). Meanwhile, Man 1 attempts to distract himself from Woman 1 by urging Man 2 to go out with some girls whom he knows (“Have I Got a Girl for You”). This leads them both to ponder the beauty of women (“Pretty Women”). Man 3 points us to an invitation – Woman 2 goes after Man 2 (“Sooner or Later”). This invitation results in consummation, with Man 3 commenting on the action (“Bang!”).

Elsewhere, Woman 1 and Man 1 deal with desperation. Woman 1 suggests that they rekindle their marriage by going on a trip, but Man 1 is apathetic (“A Country House”). Man 2 and Woman 2, however, express their love for each other (“Unworthy of Your Love”). Man 3 comments on Woman 1 and Man 1 (“Merrily Fragment III”). Woman 1 becomes drunk and lashes out at Man 1 (“Could I Leave You?”). The whole cast sums up their lives, a celebration with a hint of irony (“Rich and Happy – Reprise”).

Act Two

The cast is confident that things are looking up for them (“Back in Business”) but they’re all starting to find the cocktail party stuffy (“It’s Hot up Here”). Man 3 invites us to hear what everyone is thinking: We begin with Woman 1. She feels that her life has become tedious and empty (“The Ladies Who Lunch”).

Next, Man 1 regrets that the nature of life is such that making one choice means not making many others (“The Road You Didn’t Take”). Man 2 is content with his singledom (“Live Alone and Like It”). Woman 2 is happy with the rich life into which she has grown, but that doesn’t mean that she’s satisfied with what she has (“More”). Man 3 points us to competition. The women then express their contempt for the way that women undercut each other (“There’s Always a Woman”).

Now it’s Man 3’s turn to share what he’s thinking: He reflects on how he’s attracted to women who can’t stand him (“Buddy’s Blues”). Man 1 contemplates how he and Woman 1 had something special (“Good Thing Going”). Man 2, meanwhile, wants to marry Woman 2, as long as it doesn’t involve too much sacrifice or compromise (“Marry Me a Little”). Woman 1 remembers her wedding day – her first wedding day – when she was unsure and panicked (“Getting Married Today”).

All of the characters then share their need for connection (“Being Alive”). Woman 1 wonders why they can’t go back to how things used to be, acknowledging that the good old days perhaps never really existed (“Like It Was”). Despite this, all of the characters revel in the strength of old friendships that, no matter how they are tested, last (“Finale Act Two”).

Characters

Man 1

  • Party host. Rich. Hard-working. Pompous. Bit of a sexual pig. Big brother type to Man 2. Outwardly perfect, but inwardly miserable in his marriage. Emotionally absent and tired of his equally absent wife.
  • Gender: Male
  • Plays Age: 40 to 50
  • Vocal Range: F2 – F4

Man 2

  • Not as confident as his colleague, who he possesses a younger brother type of relationship with. Cerebral and calculated with charm. Enjoys being a bachelor, but may have a desire to become married someday.
  • Gender: Male
  • Plays Age: 25 to 35
  • Vocal Range: G2 – A4

Man 3

  • The uninvited party guest. Awkwardly honest with people he doesn’t know and serves lots of unwarranted commentary. Mischievous, kooky, and forward.
  • Gender: Male
  • Plays Age: 30 to 45
  • Vocal range: G2 – F4

Woman 1

  • Party hostess. Rich. Outwardly happy but truthfully miserable with her marriage. Regal and proper, yet depressed and shallow. Yearns to become a mother but is discontent with her distant husband.
  • Gender: Female
  • Plays Age: 40 to 50
  • Vocal Range D3 – G5

Woman 2

  • A maid who eventually becomes a party guest. Winsome and sexy, she routinely acts out because of her ‘loneliness.’ Ditzy, with little book smarts, but knows how to turn manipulate people as a sultry seductress.
  • Gender: Female
  • Plays Age: 20 to 30
  • Vocal Range: F3 – G5

Please Note: These are volunteer positions.


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