Encore! Educational Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for our early January production of Rothschild and Sons, a powerful musical drama that depicts the rise of the Rothschild family in Frankfurt and how they used their power and wealth to obtain civil rights (including dismantling of ghetto walls) for European Jews. The songs were written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, after their tremendous success with Fiddler on the Roof, with book by Sherman Yellen. This is a memorable piece of musical theatre that has a strong message as it covers a period of 50 years (1772-1822).
Auditions will be held on 27-28 August, and September 4th, 2019 at the Melabev Center, 152 Derekh Beit Lechem, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
Please fill in this Google Form to reserve your audition slot: https://forms.gle/w5TLCigJgRWfBXr5A
Please prepare a song from the show or a similar number. You may be asked to read some dialogue.
For further information, or to arrange another audition time, please contact Robert Binder at email@example.com
The principal characters are:
Mayer Rothschild, father of the family, 20-60 years old. Strong acting and singing (baritone) role.
Gutele Rothschild, mother of the family (20-70) years old. A long-suffering but determined woman, two solos and several parts in concerted numbers (mezzo-soprano).
Prince William of Hesse, one of Europe’s richest monarchs who entrust his fortune to Rothschild to invest when he flees Napoleon’s conquest of Europe. Strong, domineering personality, sense of humor, somewhat devious.
Joseph Fuché, minister of police under Napoleon. Assertive, no-nonsense officer. Major solo (bass-baritone) in Act I.
John Herries, chancellor of the exchequer. Very British, stiff upper lip, until the current election a typical English cabinet minister. Dramatic more than singing role (baritone).
Prince Metternich, arch-villain of the piece. Everything you’d expect in an anti-semitic diplomat. Major singing role in Act II (baritone).
[In the original and many subsequent revivals, the previous four roles were played by one actor in a tour-de-force performance. We may divide the role into separate actors.]
Amshel Rothschild, eldest son.
Solomon Rothschild, second son.
Nathan Rothschild, third son, and major character in Act II. Sharp, witty, incisive. Good acting and singing parts (high baritone).
Jacob Rothschild, fourth son.
[The four brothers are also portrayed as children, with young actors playing these parts, ages 10-14.]
Kalman Rothschild, fifth son.
[The five adult brothers have several concerted numbers and age in the course of the show from young men to middle-aged men.]
Hannah Barent-Cohen, London-born beauty pursued by Nathan. Strong acting skills, solo in Act II (soprano).
Budurus, secretary to Prince William. Pompous but well-meaning aristocrat. Dramatic part.
There are numerous smaller parts, some with solo lines or dialogue (Prince William’s bankers, Frankfort Fair vendors, English broker-bankers, European royalty, etc. Some of the solos now assigned to men may be re-assigned to female voices.
There are large chorus numbers in both acts (Hesse and Aix-la-Chapelle). In addition, the men’s chorus appears as French soldiers serving Napoleon, British broker-bankers, and European heads of state.
The cast requires 10 or so youngsters between the ages of 8 and 14, as Rothschild sons, Frankfort urchins, stock exchange messengers, etc. Both boys and girls will be considered for these roles.
There is something for everyone in this superbly written show – and no poop deck!