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CURIOUSER
A New Musical About the Mind Behind Wonderland

Music and Lyrics by Lori Robinson Distel 
Book by Piper J. Distel 
Featuring Characters and Verse by Lewis Carroll 
Orchestrations by Sabatino Vacca 
Dramaturgy by Arthur G. Brook and Martin Smith 

Directed by Lori Robinson Distel and Martin Smith
Musical Direction by Sabatino Vacca 
Vocal Direction by Lori Robinson Distel
Choreographed by Corina Dunn
Stage Managed by Terri-Lynn Graham

SYNOPSIS: Journey ‘down the rabbit hole,’ and meet ‘the mind behind Wonderland’ in this new bio-musical about the extraordinary life of beloved children’s author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pseudonym ‘Lewis Carroll.’
From his childhood in Yorkshire to his eventual friendship with the young girl who would become ‘Alice,’ Dodgson’s conservative Victorian upbringing and keen knack for storytelling are paralleled through the famous characters to which audiences have come to love. Get ready to peer through this theatrical ‘looking glass,’ and catch a glimpse at the kooky and amusing life of one of history’s most misunderstood geniuses. 

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AUDITION DATES: Monday, August 23rd (6:00-10:00 pm) and Tuesday, August 24th (6:00-10:00 pm)
Due to popular demand, extra time slots have been added beginning at 5:00 pm on both Monday and Tuesday. 
By appointment only. Book your audition by filling out the form below! 
LOCATION: TBD. Auditions and callbacks will be held in Cambridge. 
VIDEO AUDITIONS: Video auditions will be accepted beginning now until Tuesday, August 24th at          11:59 pm. Please send a Google Drive or YouTube link to pennyandpoundtheatre@gmail.com 

SHOW DATES: 
Thursday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm (PREVIEW) 
Friday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm (OFFICIAL OPENING) 
Saturday, December 4th at 1:00 pm 
Saturday, December 4th at 7:00 pm 
Sunday, December 5th at 1:00 pm 

TECH WEEK DATES: 
Sunday, November 28th (MOVE-IN) 
Monday, November 29th (QUE-TO-QUE) 
Tuesday, November 30th (TECH DRESS) 
Wednesday, December 1st (FINAL DRESS) 

REHEARSAL DATES: 
Rehearsals will officially begin on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th. 
Rehearsals will be held ONCE A WEEK for the month of SEPTEMBER. 
Rehearsals will be moved to THREE TIMES A WEEK beginning in OCTOBER. 
Exact rehearsal dates TBD. 

AUDITION INFORMATION 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO AUDITION? Auditions are open for all ages! 'Wonderland' is a very diverse place, therefore, we encourage auditions from people of all races, religions, gender identities, physical abilities and sexual orientations! 

WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE? For those auditioning for a vocal role, please prepare a song that showcases your range and ability (preferably a musical theatre song!) You may sing a capella, or bring along a track! 
For those who are auditioning for a speaking role only, you will be asked to do a cold reading from the script. 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? A resume and headshot (if you have them!) Please wear clothes and shoes that you can move comfortably in. 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE AUDITION? Please arrive ten-fifteen minutes before your scheduled audition slot to fill out the necessary paperwork.
The audition panel will consist of Lori Robinson Distel (Music and Lyrics, Director, Vocal Director); Martin Smith (Director); Piper J. Distel (Book); Sabatino Vacca (Orchestrations, Musical Director); Terri-Lynn Graham (Stage Manager); Corina Dunn (Choreographer) and Arthur G. Book (Dramaturge).
During your audition, you will be asked to present your prepared song (if you have one!), and then asked to do a cold-reading. We may also request to test your vocal range. You may also be asked to partake in a small group movement audition. Don't worry if you're not a dancer! We just want to see what you're comfort level is when it comes to choreography. The ability to dance will not be a determining factor when it comes to casting most roles.  

CALLBACKS: Callbacks for specific roles will occur by invitation only. You may be asked to prepare a sampling from one of the songs in the show.
If you don't receive a callback, don't worry! We will not be hosting callbacks for every role in the show. 

SHOW FEE: For those who are cast, there will be a show fee of $80. Family fees (more than one family member in the cast) will be $100. The first payment towards this fee is expected at the first rehearsal. Fees may be paid in installments. 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS 

PLEASE NOTE: The role of Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) has been cast. 

HISTORICAL CHARACTERS 

REVEREND DODGSON: Gender: M | Acting Age: 50-55 | Range: Non-Singing 
Charles' father. A pragmatic and unimaginative, but very loving man. Only wants what's best for his family. 


UNCLE SKEFFINGTON: 
Gender: M | Acting Age: 35-50 | Range: Tenor
Charles' uncle. A fun-loving and colourful 'dandy' who becomes the inspiration behind 'The Cheshire Cat.'  


LORINA LIDDELL: 
Gender: F | Acting Age: 35-45 | Range: Non-Singing 
The wife of Dean Henry Liddell, and the mother of Ina, Alice, and Edith. A haughty, judgemental, spoiled type.
The inspiration behind 'The Queen of Hearts.' 


DEAN HENRY LIDDELL: 
Gender: M | Acting Age: 35-50 | Range: Non-Singing 
The Dean of Christ College, and the father of Ina, Alice, and Edith. A kind and loving man, though somewhat daft. The inspiration behind 'The King of Hearts.' 


HEADMASTER: 
Gender: M | Acting Age: 30+ | Range: Non-Singing
The Headmaster at 'Rugby School.' A small and particular Frenchman. The inspiration behind 'The Mouse.' The actor who performs as 'THE HEADMASTER' will likely take on another role. 


DOCTOR: 
Gender: M | Acting Age: 30+ | Range: Baritone 
The Doctor whom Charles visits during his bout with depression. Ethereal. Not very helpful. The inspiration behind 'The Caterpillar.' The actor who performs as 'THE DOCTOR" will likely take on another role. 


MASTER EAGLESON, MASTER DUCKWORTH, MASTER LAWRENCE: 

Gender: M | Acting Age: 18-25 | Range: Tenor, Baritone, Bass 
Friends of Charles from Rugby School. The inspiration behind 'The Eaglet, The Duck and The Lory.' 
The actors who perform as 'EAGLESON, DUCKWORTH and LAWRENCE' will likely take on other roles.

 

WONDERLAND CHARACTERS 

THE MAD HATTER: Gender: M | Acting Age: 18+ | Range: Tenor 
The personification of Charles' imagination. Zany, unpredictable, 'mad.' Strong comedic timing and improv skills a must. 

THE WHITE QUEEN: Gender: F | Acting Age: 16+ | Range: Mezzo/Alto 
A character in 'Wonderland,' inspired by Charles' mother. 


THE WHITE KNIGHT: 
Gender: M | Acting Age: 18+ | Range: Tenor/Baritone 
A character in 'Wonderland,' inspired by Charles' father. 


THE CHESHIRE CAT: 
Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 16+ | Range: Tenor or Alto
A character in 'Wonderland,' inspired by Uncle Skeffington. Strong dance skills an asset. 

THE CATERPILLAR: M | Acting Age: 16+ | Range: Baritone 
A character in 'Wonderland,' inspired by The Doctor. 


THE QUEEN OF HEARTS: 
Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 18+ | Range: Tenor or Mezzo
A character in 'Wonderland,' inspired by Lorina Liddell. 


THE KING OF HEARTS: 
Gender: M | Acting Age: 18+ | Range: Tenor/Baritone 
A character in 'Wonderland', inspired by Henry Liddell. 


THE WHITE RABBIT: 
Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 16+ | Range: Tenor/Baritone or Mezzo
A character in 'Wonderland.' 


MARCH HARE: 
Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 16+ | Range: Tenor or Mezzo
A character in 'Wonderland.' 

THE NUTTY MILLINERY: Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 16+ | Range: Tenor or Mezzo
A character in 'Wonderland,' named by Alice Liddell. Definitely not the Mad Hatter.

MOCK TURTLE: Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 16+ | Range: Tenor/Baritone or Alto 
A character in 'Wonderland.' 

LORY, EAGLET, DUCK: Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 14+ | Range: Tenor or Mezzo 
Characters in 'Wonderland,' inspired by Eagleson, Duckworth, and Lawrence. 

THE MOUSE: Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 14+ | Range: Tenor or Mezzo 
A character in 'Wonderland,' inspired by The Headmaster. 

WONDERLAND CHARACTERS: Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 14+ | Range: Multiple 
Dodo, Bill the Lizard, Duchess, Red Queen, Gryphon, Knave of Hearts, Frog Footman, Fish Footman, Sheep, Humpty Dumpty, etc. 

 

YOUTH (Under 14) CHARACTERS 

YOUNG CHARLES: Gender: M | Acting Age: 12-14 | Range: Tenor 
Charles Dodgson at age 12. A dreamer by nature, with a keen knack for storytelling. 

ALICE LIDDELL: Gender: F | Acting Age: 10-14 | Range: Mezzo
The middle daughter of Henry and Lorina Liddell, and eventual inspiration behind 'Alice in Wonderland.'
Free-spirited and imaginative; a storyteller. 


INA LIDDELL : 
Gender: F | Acting Age: 12-14 | Range: Mezzo or Alto
The eldest daughter of Henry and Lorina Liddell. Motherly, somewhat particular. A goody-good. 


EDITH LIDDELL: 
Gender: F | Acting Age: 5-9 | Range: Soprano 
The youngest daughter of Henry and Lorina Liddell. Sweet, childish. A bit spoiled. 

THE DORMOUSE: Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 8-12 | Range: Tenor or Soprano/Mezzo
A character in one of Alice Liddell's stories. 

MASTER EAGLESON/MASTER DUCKWORTH/MASTER LAWRENCE 
Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 10-14 | Range: Tenor or Mezzo 
Three boys who bully Charles upon his arrival at Rugby School. The inspiration behind 'The Lory, The Eaglet and The Duck.' 

DODGSON CHILDREN: ELIZABETH, CAROLINE, LOUISA, HENRIETTA, EDWIN, WILFRED 
Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 5-14 | Range: Non-Singing 
Charles' brothers and sisters. 

THE RUGBY BOYS: Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 10-14 | Range: Multiple 
Students at 'The Rugby School.' 

WONDERLAND CHARACTERS: Gender: M/F | Acting Age: 8-14 | Range: Multiple 
Flowers, bugs, animals, etc. 

 

MUSIC SAMPLES 

Check out the music of 'CURIOUSER,' composed by Lori Robinson Distel and performed by Lys Chen.

"Never Give Up On Your Dreams"
"Spot of Tea"
Charles, Mad Hatter, Wonderland Characters
March Hare, Nutty Millinery, Dormouse,
Ina, Edith, Alice, Wonderland Characters
"She Never Would Leave Me"
Charles, Wonderland Characters

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