Algonquin Arts


The Fantasticks

Directed by Jessica O'Brien

Tuesday, June 20: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, June 21: 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736.

Audition Preparation:
For roles other than Henry and Mortimer: Please prepare a brief, appropriate song (standard, legit musical theatre; no pop/rock). Bring sheet music in the correct key; accompanist is provided, but may not transpose.

For the role of Henry: Please prepare a brief, appropriate comedic monologue.

For the role of Mortimer: Please prepare a short "death" pantomime of your own creation.

All: Please bring a picture & resume, stapled back-to-back.

All roles are open and available.

Performance Dates:
Friday, August 11 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 12 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 13 - 3 p.m.
Friday, August 18 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 19 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 20 - 3 p.m.

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."


El Gallo (Male, 30-50). As the narrator of the piece, he is the liaison between the audience and the action onstage. He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience, yet with darker moments. His attitude toward the rest of the cast reveals a decidedly mysterious side. Above all he is grand and must command attention. Seeking a ruggedly handsome, charismatic actor with sex appeal. Should have a facility for verse and excellent comedic skills. Moves very well. Baritone, low A to G above middle C.

Matt (Male, 16-26). As a young lover, he is deeply in love, particularly with the idea of being in love. He lacks experience in the world so, while not stupid, he is naive and perhaps even foolish at times. His image of a young man in love is one of a gallant protector, meaning that he approaches some decisions with a falsified bravery that is little more than bravado. Seeking a strong actor and singer, energetic, with some dance. Lyric baritone with low A to G above middle C.

Luisa (Female, 16-26). As a young lover, she is in love. She is in love with love, the idea of love, the idea of being in love and indeed everything remotely romantic. Her dreams are more fanciful than those of Matt. Because of her particular vision of romance, she deals with the world on a particularly naive level. Requires very strong acting and singing. Some dance. Soprano range with a B below middle C with strong and consistent high C. Some coloratura and chest singing.

Hucklebee and Bellomy (Males, 45-65). Blustery and Boisterous. Duo and team. Strong comedic timing a must. Fathers of Matt and Luisa. Always arguing and bickering, but secretly plotting together for the marriage of their children. More specifically:

Hucklebee (The Boy's Father). An ex-Navy chief. A bit sloppy. Seeking a strong character actor. Some dance. Baritone, low A to middle C. Must be able to handle harmony.

Bellomy (The Girl's Father). A button-maker. Neat. Seeking a strong character actor. Some dance. Baritenor, low A to G above middle C.

Henry (The Old Actor). Seeking an excellent character actor able to play very old, with strong stage presence. Shakespearean experience an asset. Non-singing role.

Mortimer (The Indian). Henry's sidekick. Seeking an "ageless" character actor with good pantomime ability. Cockney accent. Non-singing role.

The Mute (Male or Female, age open). Not a mime. Must move very well and have excellent concentration. While omnipresent the character must also have the ability to fade into the background. This is a functional character that sometimes interacts with the others.

Peter Pan (Summer 2017)

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble (AYE)

Directed by Gina Lupi
Stage Manager: Tommy Fletcher
Music Direction by Mark Megill
Choreographed by Kathleen Pearlberg
Leading Teaching Artist (AYE): Ian Moore

Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.


Saturday, April 29, 2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Students 17 & younger only from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Student & Adult actors will be scheduled an audition time. Please email Julie Nagy to schedule an audition:

Sunday, April 30, 2017: 5-8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 starting at 6 p.m.
Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled. If the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form which will be given at the initial audition.


  1. Peter Pan - Finale Ultimo
  2. Peter Pan - Mysterious Lady
  3. Captain Hook - Hook's Waltz
  4. Tiger Lily, Lost Boys, Indians - Ugh A Wug
  5. Wendy, Michael, John, Mrs. Darling - Tender Shepherd

Audition requirements for all participants:

  1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  3. Prepare 32 bars of a standard Broadway musical selection. Bring sheet music in correct key. Accompanist provided.
  4. Cast will feature adults & students in age-appropriate roles.
  5. Students ages 8-17 who are cast in this production will be required to participate in the Algonquin Youth Ensemble. This class is tuition free as of 2017. **More information is at the end of this audition posting.

BEFORE YOU AUDITION, be advised that all actors must be available for rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role. It is mandatory for actors to be available for all scheduled tech rehearsals/ performances. Conflicts will not be accepted after the cast has been announced.

Classes start Wednesday, June 28 and meet each weekday through July 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. No class on July 4. Students up to age 17 will be required to attend all AYE classes.

To begin in May of 2017. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends. Students will have to attend rehearsals outside of classroom schedule (depending on role and when called).

July 10-14. Evening tech rehearsals, to be scheduled after 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 16 at 3 p.m.
Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 22 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 23 at 3 p.m.
Thurs., July 27 at 2 p.m.
Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 30 at 3 p.m.

Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time.

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

Featuring the iconic songs, "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up" and "Never Never Land," and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure families.


Ensemble: Singers, Dancers and Improvisational skills - various ages and personalities. Includes: Indians; The Lost Boys; Pirates; Various Animals.

Wendy Darling: The eldest Darling child. Wendy is compassionate, incredibly loving, and very protective of her younger brothers. She is the child every parent wishes they had.
Age: 14 to 30*
*Caveat: Adult Actors who look or play youthful.
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

John Napoleon Darling: The middle Darling child. A sly smile is always at home on John's face. He has a mischievous twinkle in his eye and is always ready for an adventure.
Age: 11 to 14
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Michael Darling: The youngest Darling child. Never far from his favorite Teddy, Michael is sweet and innocent. He is ever so lovable and very huggable.
Age: 6 to 9
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Mrs. Darling: The Darling matriarch. Mrs. Darling glides about gently but swiftly from task to task with motherly precision. She has a pleasant strength to her demeanor.
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Mr. Darling: A bit of grouch, Mr. Darling is a professional who happens to be a father. Though sparkles of his love peak through from time to time, he often has places to go and people to see. He may be of imposing size.
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Peter Pan: Childhood and boyishness personified, Peter is athletic and not shy about taking to flight when the moment suits him. His reflexes are catlike and his presence exhilarating. A creature of constant motion.
Age: 14 to 30*
*Caveat: Adult Actors who look or play youthful.
Vocal range top: C4
Vocal range bottom: Eb2

Captain Hook: The one-handed captain of the Jolly-Roger. Relentless and restless in his pursuit of Pan, Hook is short-fused and ridiculous. He is a larger than life villain.
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: C#3

Smee: Captain Hook's knockabout lackey. An archetypical evil side-kick, Smee might be a bit rotund and is definitely dwarfed by Hook. Should be portrayed by an actor with physical comedy chops.
Age: 28 to 48
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Tiger Lily: A striking Native American princess, Tiger Lily is a tough girl and an excellent dancer. She should command the stage when taking it and move about it as would mist.
Age: 14 to 30*
*Caveat: Adult Actors who look or play youthful.
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

**Here at Algonquin Arts Theatre our produced Main Stage performances work closely with the Education Department. This gives us an opportunity to educate students in all areas of the performing arts including performers, writers, production management and behind-the-scenes (tech). Through our Performing Arts Academy (PAA) each semester (Fall-Winter, Winter-Spring & Summer) we offer a program called the Algonquin Youth Ensemble | AYE. AYE is an audition-only, comprehensive instructional, full immersion theatre education program. The Algonquin Youth Ensemble is a class first. There is not a tuition fee to participate in this particular arts education program, if selected. Students will be selected based on their audition alone. Not all who audition will be cast/ selected for the program. Transcending the typical theatre program, AYE members not only have the opportunity to study theatrical disciplines with experienced professionals, but also must apply what they've learned in a fully mounted main stage production. In addition to studying acting, singing and dancing, members work side-by-side with professional directors, designers, actors and musicians through a full rehearsal schedule and performance run of a major musical/ play production. Open to students ages 8-17, participants commit not only to daily/weekly classes, but also to all rehearsals and performances, often participating in production and administrative activities as well.