Sunday, April 14, and Monday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. at The Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg.
From the co-creator of South Park and The Book of Mormon, comes the “All Singing! All Dancing! All Flesh Eating!” Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical is the true story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America – Alfred Packer. The sole survivor of an ill-fated trip to the Colorado Territory, he tells his side of the harrowing tale to news reporter Polly Pry as he awaits his execution. And his story goes like this: While searching for gold and love in the Colorado Territory, he and his companions lost their way and resorted to unthinkable horrors, including toe-tapping songs!
Seeking an ethnically diverse cast of 12 characters (10M, 2F) to play the following roles, though gender is flexible. Casting for supporting male roles may be awarded to females at the director’s discretion.
All ages are playing ages. The director will cast actors who can believably play the ages suggested.
A note on the “Indians”: In the script, the Indians that Alfred Packer meets are actually obviously Japanese immigrants who are passing as Native Americans, and this is played upon heavily in their scenes together. The “Indians” could be played by any ethnicity, as long as it’s different from that of the miners.
Alferd Packer (Male, 25-37, Tenor/Baritone) Alferd is a dreamer who accidentally finds himself guiding a band of miners through the Rockies. He’s the charismatic romantic lead of the show; warm, friendly and at times heroic.
Shannon Wilson Bell: (Male, 26-40, Bass/Baritone) Bell is a miner/servant of God who is training to be a priest. He is the voice of the group and the path he always chooses is the path of the Lord. Unfortunately for Bell, the Lord works in mysterious ways and he finds himself having the worst of luck.
Frank Miller/Frenchy Cabazon: (Male, 25-37, Baritone/Tenor) Miller is the often angry, ill tempered member of the miners. He’s not interested in making friends or falling in love. He just wants to make the big score. Frenchy Cabazon is the intimidating leader of the Trappers. He’s tough, mean and an all around bully with an outrageously horrible French accent.
Israel Swan/ Preston Nutter/ Indian Chief: (Asian Male, 26-35, Baritone/Tenor) Swan is the charming optimist of the group. He’s always there for a kind encouraging word and spins every negative into a positive. Preston Nutter is the muscle and bad boy of the Trapper gang, who loves nothing more than snapping the neck of a poor helpless critter. The Indian Chief is just that, an Indian Chief. Except that he’s Japanese.
George Noon / O.D. Loutzenheiser / The Cyclops (Male, 19-30, Tenor) Noon is the young buck of the group; a long suffering virgin. He’s naive, amorous and determined to “get tender with a lady”. Loutzenheiser is a member of the rough and grizzly Trappers, but also happens to be a flamboyant musical theatre triple threat. The Cyclops is a one-eyed former confederate soldier, angrily roaming the Rockies with his pet sheep.
James Humphrey / Mills: (Male, 23-38, Baritone) Humphrey is the buffoon of the group. He’s a chronic liar. His ridiculous claims irritate and confuse his fellow miners, though quite often, he’s the voice of reason. Mills is the prosecuting attorney, who’s out to convict Alferd. He’s a bit of a dandy, but slippery and cut throat. Has a thing for Polly Pry.
Polly Pry: (Female, 23-32, Mezzo Soprano). Polly is a sly journalist who is looking to get the scoop on America’s first convicted cannibal. Soon, she begins to shed her hard exterior and falls for Alferd. Polly is passionate, cunning, and eventually, warm and loving.
Male Swing x 2: (Male, 24-30) The male swing should be a versatile comedic performer, who is a strong singer and a moderately skilled dancer.
Yuki (Asian Female, 24-30) Should be a versatile comedic performer, who is a strong singer, a moderately skilled dancer and be of Asian descent.
Auditions will take place at the theatre. Actors will be asked to perform 15-32 bars of a song of their choice. Please bring sheet music or a recording of the song. Actors will then be given a cold reading from selections of the play. No monologue is needed.