General Audition Information
Interested in performing on stage with Way Way Off-Broadway? Auditions are held prior to each show that WWOB produces, and is open for anyone to try out. Previous performing experience is not required, all we ask is that you are willing to dedicate the considerable time and effort it takes for rehearsals and performances, so that we can put on the very best show that we can. At your audition, you may sing a song of your choosing (please bring a CD or USB accompaniment track), or sing music that we will provide. Either way, make sure you bring your great personality and energy! DISCLAIMER: With so many talented people auditioning for our shows, our Production Teams are faced with the difficult task of casting a show with the right people. Regardless of any previous conversations with, or comments from, members of the Production Team, everyone must participate in the audition process, and no one is assigned a role until auditions are complete. Occasionally, certain roles or productions will be assigned prior to or without holding open auditions; however, this will not occur unless specifically announced by WWOB.
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Upcoming Auditions for ANASTASIA: THE MUSICAL
August 28-29, 2023
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Anya/Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov
- Playing age: 27
- Range: G3-F5, Belt to D5. Soprano or Mezzo
- Dance Requirement: Some movement
- Anya is brave, fiery, witty, and above all determined. With no memory of her life before age 17 and having lived through the horrors of the Russian Revolution, Anya jumps at the sound of gunshots and is mistrustful of strangers, but there is steel hiding just beneath the surface. Anya is strong-willed and compassionate. Her mantra, “Home, love, family” is her goal. All she knows is her family is in Paris and she will find them however she can.
- Playing age: 28
- Range: A2-G4. “Baritenor”
- Dance Requirement: Some Movement
- Dmitry is a scoundrel with a heart of gold. A street rat who grew into a conman, Dima does all he does to get out of poverty and is not above lying, cheating, and stealing to do so–that is until he meets Anya. What starts as just another scheme (albeit much bigger than anything he’s tried to pull off before) turns into the adventure of a life time that requires Dimitry to look inward and figure out how to put the one he loves before himself.
Vladimir “Vlad” Popov
- Playing age: Mid 40s-Early 50s (No age really specified)
- Range: A2-F4. Comic Baritone
- Dance Requirement: Strong mover
- Vlad is Dmitry’s partner in crime (literally) and surrogate father. Before the revolution he scammed his way through society pretending to be a count. Vlad is dramatic, crafty, and a big softie at heart. While he, like Dmitry, is not above lying, cheating, and stealing, he cares greatly for his loved ones and is generally affable, though he can be calculating when he needs to be.
Deputy Comissioner Gleb Vaganov
- Playing age: Mid 30s
- Range: A2-Gb4. Baritone with a strong upper extension.
- Dance Requirement: None.
- Gleb is the villain of the show, though not a bad person. He fully believes in the Communist ideals he follows. Loyal, honest, and hard working, Gleb almost has the potential to be a hero (he’s very much the hero of his own story). A deeply conflicted person, Gleb’s infatuation (and borderline obsession) with Anya leads to his battle with the idea of doing one’s duty vs. doing what is right.
Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch
- Playing age: Mid 30’s to 40 (She’s based on Lili Dehn- a real life Russian countess who was a familiy friend of the Romanovs)
- Range: G3-C5 (Breifly sings a B5 at the end of Land of Yesterday, but the rest of the role is very Mezzo) Jazzy Mezzo with an upper extension.
- Dance Requirement: Dancer (Ideally a strong dancer)
- Lily is the lady in waiting to the Dowager Empress. She has been by the Dowager’s side since before the revolution. Lily is clever, dutiful, and above all fun (when not working for the Dowager). She deals with her exile from Russia with a sort of resigned dark humor…and a LOT of vodka. She and Vlad were once an item (unbeknownst to her oblivious husband) and re-kindle their romance upon re-uniting.)
Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna Romanov
- Playing age: 80
- Range: F3-Bb4. A regal Mezzo
- Dance Requirement: None
- The Dowager Empress has lost everything she once held dear and must now put up with imposter upon imposter never allowing her to grieve in peace. She is icy, proud, and regal (not to mention intimidating) to all but her family. Though, she does have a very shrap wit. She is especially warm with Anastasia both when a child and after it’s revealed that Anya really is the princess. She commands authority and attention the minute she enters a room.
Young Anastasia/Alexei (Doubles in Ensemble as well)
- Playing age: ~5 for Young Anastasia, (cast with an older child, normally between 6 to 8).
- Range: C4-C5, a sweet child soprano
- Dance Requirement: Some dance
- Young Anastasia is the willful, brave, proud, and precocious youngest daughter of the Tsar. She has a special bond with her grandmother (whom she calls Nana). Alexei was the Tsarevich (Heir to the throne) and only boy of the Romanov siblings. He suffered from debilitating hemophelia that often left him bed-ridden. Anya mentions that he was her best friend.
- Age 8 to 10 for Alexei (Anastasia’s brother)
- The Ensemble has a TON to do in this show and plays a vast array of featured characters
- All of the Ensemble plays Townsfolk, Royal Servants, Bolshevik Officers and Soldiers, Parisians, Reporters, and Aristocrats