The casting team for the North American touring production of Les Miserables, which begins performances on July 15 at the Princess of Wales Theatre, will hold open auditions for Canadian actors on January 20 and 21, in Toronto.
This is the production featuring Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean. Several lead roles are open, as well as the ensemble roles.
Auditions will be held at Roy Thomson Hall, at the 60 Simcoe Street entrance. You should bring a current photo and resume and be a strong belter. That includes the women. The men are primarily high baritones, or tenors with strong, low ranges. Appropriate choices for music are contemporary pop or theatre music; anything else will be considered inappropriate. An accompanist will be provided.
The leads being sought are as follows: Javert, Jean Valjean's nemesis, who's in his 30's and must be a powerful baritone, up to a G. He's hard as nails, so be prepared to be nasty.
Next are Thenardier and Madame Thenardier, in the same age range as Javert. They're the show's comic foil, but also represent greed and corruption. He's a baritone who sings to F sharp, she's a belter. And if you're a Marius, which means a romantic lead, or charismatic like Enjolras; or can play the female roles of Fantine, Eponine or Cosette, then come on down.
The producers are currently projecting a six month run.
But you must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, as well as a member of Canadian Actors Equity, to qualify. Bring your equity cards, they will be checked.
Sign-up is from 9 to 10 am on Jan. 20, at which point you will be given a specific audition time. No phone calls please.