Upcoming Auditions

AUDITIONS FOR "THE BAKER'S WIFE"

THE BAKER'S WIFE
BOOK BY JOSEPH STEIN
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
BASED ON THE FILM "LA FEMME DE BOULANGER" BY MARCEL PAGNOL AND JEAN GIONO
DIRECTED BY RENA GAVIGAN
MUSIC DIRECTED BY SARAH FOX

The bickering residents of a rural village in 1935 Provence, France, have been without a baker for seven weeks. They finally find peace and contentment in the new baker, Aimable, and his radiant young wife, Genevieve. However, when Genevieve is lured away by a handsome young man, the middle-aged baker loses all zest for life and baking. When he refuses to bake, the villagers must work as a team to bring Aimable and Genevieve back together.

 

Old-world charm permeates every moment of The Baker’s Wife, a true gem of a musical by legendary authors, Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof) and Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked, Pippin). This romantic musical has developed a loyal following for its lush score featuring the song “Meadowlark.”

From the director: Although The Baker’s Wife has existed as a fairly traditional period piece in the musical theatre canon, we’re excited to bring this production to life with a fresh perspective and vision. We encourage actors and performers of all backgrounds and identities to audition even if you haven’t seen yourself represented in previous productions of this show. – Rena Gavigan

AUDITIONS
SUNDAY, February 25: 7:00pm
TUESDAY, February 27: 7:00pm
PERFORMANCES MAY 31-JUNE 22 

AUDITION INFORMATION

Audition Dates: Sunday, February 25th at 7pm & Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm at The Ridgefield Theater Barn at 37 Halpin Ln, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Callbacks will be by invitation only on Sunday, March 3rd.

Virtual Auditions Submissions: Email a YouTube link or Google Drive link of your singing audition to thebakerswife@ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org by Sunday, February 25th at 7:00 pm.

Please prepare 32 bars or approximately 30 seconds of a song in the style of the show. Sheet music is preferred but instrumental tracks are also welcome. If possible, download or save the backing track locally to not rely on Wifi. If you could use our help securing sheet music, email us at thebakerswife@ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.

Please click this link for audition sides: The Baker’s Wife Audition Sides

Performance Dates: Friday, May 31 – June 22, 2024. Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm. Sunday matinees at 5:00pm on June 9 & June 16.

Bring a resume detailing your theater experience or be prepared to list your performance experience. 

Bring your schedule and be prepared to list conflicts through June 22nd.

Rehearsal Expectations:
Actors should expect to be called at rehearsal 2-3 times a week for the first month and 4-5 times a week for the three to four weeks leading up to opening night. Actors will not be called at every rehearsal. 

Who will be in the room?
Director: Rena Gavigan (she/her)
Music Director: Sarah Fox (she/her)
Executive Director: Pamme Jones (she/her)

Accommodations & Accessibility
The Ridgefield Theater Barn is committed to providing an inclusive, collaborative, and welcoming experience. Feel free to email us with any questions at thebakerswife@ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us about accessibility and accommodations.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Please Note: Actors age 18+ of all backgrounds and gender identities are encouraged to audition. All roles are open to all races and ethnicities.

Genevieve Castagnet (to play 30-37) The Baker’s Wife.
Our radiant, captivating, and lovable heroine. She recently married the Baker, whom she cares for, but may not be in love with. A persistent younger man makes her question whether she’s got one last chance at passion and romance. Through the story she grows emotionally and learns how to accept another’s love and its true meaning. 
Sings “Gifts of Love,” “Meadowlark,” and “Where Is The Warmth?” Vocal range: E3 – E5.
Kisses Dominique and Aimable.
Wears a slip onstage. 

Aimable Castagnet (to play 55-60) The Baker. 
A sensitive and warm-hearted middle aged baker. Previously unmarried, he adores his younger wife, Genevieve, and is devoted to her happiness and his work (in a way that initially appears somewhat naive). When Genevieve leaves Aimable, we learn of his deep self-knowledge and feeling beneath the uncomplicated, likable exterior. 
Sings “Merci Madame,” “Any-Day-Now Day,” and “If I Have To Live Alone.” Vocal range: Ab2-E4.
Kisses Genevieve.

Pompom (any age) Aimable & Genevieve’s cat. 
An actor to bring our Pompom the cat puppet to life. Must be subtle and specific in your physicality.
Will double as a member of the ensemble when Pompom is not onstage. 

Dominique (to play late 20s) The Marquis’ handyman. 
Decides he must have Genevieve upon first seeing her. He is amorous, self-assured and “love”-crazed. He is a decent man and has a genuineness as he falls for Genevieve. He also has a reputation with the ladies and lacks the warmth that Genevieve discovers that she longs for. 
Sings “Proud Lady” and “Serenade.” Vocal range: B2 – G4.
Kisses Genevieve. Is shirtless in one scene. 

Denise (to play 40+) Cafe Owner & Wife to Claude.
Sociable, warm, and wise. She is the public face of the cafe, greeting and serving her customers and neighbors. She turns the tables and makes her husband, and the other men, see sense about the plight of the village and their relationships. Often adding much needed perspective. 
Sings “Chanson,” “Serenade,” “Romance.” Vocal range: F#3 – F5.

Claude (to play 40+) Cafe Owner & Husband to Denise.
Chummy, stubborn and always going for the joke. Having been married to Denise for many years, the shine has worn off their relationship and it is cluttered with little digs, petty criticisms and recriminations. Is in an ancient feud with Barnaby to whom he stubbornly refuses to talk. Cynical about marriage until, through the baker’s plight, he rediscovers his heart, his genuine love for Denise, and his friendship with Barnaby. 
Sings: “The World’s Luckiest Man,” “If It Wasn’t For You,” “Bread.” Vocal range: A2-F4.

Le Marquis (to play 30+) The Mayor. 
Self-serving, unprincipled and flirtatious with women – he has an entourage of ‘nieces.’ Perceives himself to be the most important person in the village. He has little concern for convention, morality and others’ opinion – until, through the baker’s plight, he discovers his sincerity and community concern. 
Sings: “If It Wasn’t For You,” “Feminine Companionship,” “Bread.” Vocal range: B2 – F#4.

Martine (to play 30+) The Teacher.
Opinionated, educated, well-voiced, and proactive.Along with the Marquis and Priest, he makes up the leadership of the village community, to represent their views. He is the voice of reason and logic. He can at times be somewhat pedantic and dismissive of those less intelligent. But he is also reasonable and easily sees another’s perspective – turning to reassure, defend and counsel the baker in his hour of need. He learns to value the heart as much as the head.
Sings “The World’s Luckiest Man,” “If It Wasn’t For You,” “Bread.” Vocal range: B2 – F4.

Le Cure (to play 30+) The Priest
Steadfast, scrupulous, and an extremist. Along with Marquis and Teacher, he makes up the leadership of the village community, to represent their views. The voice of religion and spirituality. He can at times be somewhat overbearing, disapproving and sanctimonious. Through the baker’s plight, he learns forgiveness and to balance his adherence to religious scripture with genuine concern for the feelings and beliefs of his fellow villagers. 
Sings “If It Wasn’t For You (Reprise),” “If It Wasn’t For You,” “Bread.” Vocal range: C3 – F4.

Hortense (to play 30+) Barnaby’s wife
She is somewhat under the thumb of her husband and consistently bends to his will. She questions her position and she ‘cracks.’ She asserts herself with annoyance to rebuke the foolish actions of the village men (including her husband). By the end, she chooses to leave the village and her husband – in a statement of intent with the possibility of forgiveness. 
Sings “Romance,” “If It Wasn’t For You,” “Bread.” Vocal range: B3 – F5.

Barnaby (to play 30+) Hortense’s husband
The surly butcher and ungrateful husband to Hortense. Somewhat unreasonable and dismissive of his wife’s feelings. Is in an ancient feud with Claude to whom he stubbornly refuses to talk (until the baker’s plight leads to their friendship). 
Sings “The World’s Luckiest Man,” “If It Wasn’t For You,” “Bread.” Vocal range: A2 – F4.

Therese (to play 30+) ‘Spinster’ of the Village.
An honest, simplistic spinster. Tendency towards being disapproving, judgmental and taking the moral high ground. She is initially offended by the teacher’s (fake) advances but then humorously takes him at his word. 
Sings “Romance,” “If It Wasn’t For You,” “Bread.” Vocal range: A3 – F5.

Antoine (to play 20+) A villager.
Straight talking, bordering on blunt, indiscrete and tactless at times. He manages to insult a number of people and put his foot in it (with sometimes comic, sometimes uncomfortable results). He locates the missing Genevieve and drives the others insane with his rambling, shaggy-dog story about her location.
Sings “The World’s Luckiest Man,” “If It Wasn’t For You,” “Bread.” Vocal range: C3 – F4. 

Philippe (to play 18-25) Dominique’s friend.
Decent young man who is faithful to Dominique. He helps Dominique seduce Genevieve one evening by accompanying him (with voice & guitar) outside their balcony.
Sings various ensemble songs. Plays the acoustic guitar. Vocal range: C3 – G4.

Nicole (to play 20s) One of the Marquis’ 3 ‘nieces.’
The 3 ‘nieces’ are entourage to the Marquis. As a unit, they are flirtatious, confident and unconcerned with others’ views about their dubious position. As an individual she reads and cooks.
Sings “Feminine Companionship,” “Romance,” “Bread.”

Simone (to play 20s) One of the Marquis’ 3 ‘nieces.’
The 3 ‘nieces’ are entourage to the Marquis. As a unit, they are flirtatious, confident and unconcerned with others’ views about their dubious position. As an individual she has a tendency towards gluttony and could “eat a dozen brioche.”
Sings “Feminine Companionship,” “Romance,” “Bread.”

Inez (to play 20s) One of the Marquis’ 3 ‘nieces.’
The 3 ‘nieces’ are entourage to the Marquis. As a unit, they are flirtatious, confident and unconcerned with others’ views about their dubious position.
Sings “Feminine Companionship,” “Romance,” “Bread.”

THE BAKER’S WIFE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.mtishows.com

I AND YOU
WRITTEN BY LAUREN GUNDERSON
DIRECTED BY STEPHEN EMERICK

One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness (Dramatists Play Service).

AUDITIONS
MONDAY, February 5: 7:00pm
TUESDAY, February 6: 7:00pm

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Please Note: Actors age 18+ of all backgrounds and gender identities are encouraged to audition.

Casting Note: All roles are open to all races and ethnicities. The only essentiality is that the characters not be the same race.
*Races listed below are that of the actors from the original production.


ANTHONY
, a boy, 17. He is neat, poised, mature for his age. African American*. He’s an A student, a team player, a nice guy. He’s not really great around girls. He takes his homework very seriously. When he likes something (jazz music) he is all in. Throughout the whole play he looks at Caroline like he’s trying to figure her out. Like he really needs to know who she is.


CAROLINE
, a girl, 17. She does not expect company. She is sick but doesn’t project that fact. She is cynical, over it, does not let a stray “feeling” near the surface. Her room is her entire world. White*. 

AUDITION INFORMATION

Audition Dates
Monday, February 5:  7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, February 6:  7:00-9:00 pm

Audition Location
Ridgefield Theater Barn (37 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT 06877)

Audition Materials
Please prepare a side from the play. Click here for audition sides.

What to Bring to the Audition
Please bring a resume detailing your theater experience or be prepared to list your performance experience.Please bring a photo of yourself, if available. Please bring your schedule and be prepared to list conflicts through April 14, 2024.

Who will be in the Room?
Stephen Emerick, Director (he/him/his)
Stage Manager
Pamme Jones, RTB Executive Director (she/her/hers)
Rena Gavigan, Intimacy Director (she/her/hers)

IMPORTANT PRODUCTION DATES
Rehearsals Begin
February 13, 2024 – readthrough
Rehearsals will be 3* evenings per week. Schedule will be finalized after cast conflicts have been collected and organized.

Tech Week Begins
TBD

Performances Begin
Friday, April 5, 2024 and end Sunday, April 14, 2024.

Performance Dates
Friday, April 5 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 6 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 7 at 2:00pm
Friday, April 12 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 13 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2:00pm

ACCOMMODATIONS & ACCESSIBILITY
If you cannot attend these audition dates, but would like to audition, email us at iandyou@ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org to arrange an audition. Video submissions for those unable to come to auditions in person are due by Friday, February 2. Please email iandyou@ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org for more information.

The Ridgefield Theater Barn is committed to providing an inclusive, collaborative, and welcoming experience. Feel free to email us with any questions at iandyou@ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us about accessibility and accommodations.

I AND YOU is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (www.dramatists.com)