Fleet Street Needs a Few Barbers

Opera Omaha Announces Audition for Ensemble of Sweeney Todd

Auditions will be held at the BLUEBARN located at 1106 S 10th St in Omaha, NE.  A pianist will be provided.

Audition Dates

Thursday, Oct 1 from 5:30pm-7:30pm

Friday, Oct 2 from 5:30pm-7:30pm

Saturday, Oct 3 from 2pm-4pm

A wide variety of roles will come from the ensemble.  Ensemble members must have strong, trained voices, good musicianship, and should be confident movers.  There are many important solo lines for ensemble members in the show including one trio for tenors and one quintet for 5 voices.

Our Sweeney Todd ensemble will be working together as a unified and evolving presence to create various stage pictures and emotional landscapes reflecting and amplifying the story.

Must be willing to work in a wide range of movement from pedestrian/gestural to more athletic and precise.  No formal dance experience necessary.

Ensemble must also be able to demonstrate a strong concentration, intensity, and the ability to play “characters”.

Audition Requirements

–Please prepare one song of your choosing that shows off your vocal range.  This selection should be in English.  Please bring a copy of the sheet music for the accompanist.  The panel reserves the right to only hear a portion of your selection.

–In addition to your song, please prepare the excerpt provided by Opera Omaha for your appropriate vocal part.

–Sopranos (G3-D6), NB Soprano 1s MUST have a strong, high voice to C# and D6.

–Altos (G3-G5)

–Tenors (A2-Db5)

–Baritones (F#2-Db5) NB  This can be a high baritone OR a lower tenor.

–Basses (F#2-F4)

–All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

–Ensemble will receive the music in advance along with supplementary study tools.  You are expected to have a good working knowledge of the music BEFORE the first music rehearsal.  Reading music is required.

–Please dress for movement during the audition.

Please note the following before auditioning.

–The first music rehearsal is March 16, 2021 and the final performance is April 18, 2021.

–Ensemble will not be excused in advance from the final room run on April 6 or any rehearsal thereafter or any performance.  Last minute changes will be taken into consideration.

–Late arrivals and early departures from rehearsals must be approved in advance, but are highly discouraged.

–Each conflict will be handled on an individual basis.

–Current COVID-19 safety protocols for performers will be followed and provided to registered auditionees prior to the audition.

To schedule an audition, please contact Stephanie Shattuck at shattuck@operaomaha.org.  Reserve your audition slot by Friday, September 25.

Auditions for Sweeney Todd at Chanticleer

Auditions for Sweeney Todd  at  Chanticleer Theater 
January 10th & 12 7:00 PM

Location:  830 Franklin Ave, Council Bluffs, IA

Production Dates March 11-30
Rehearsals begin Sunday, January 17

Audition Material Needed (ex: cold readings, contrasting monologues, prepared song, dance, etc.)
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song and  bring music for the accompanist – no a cappella, please , no dance audition is required

Show Summary
One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate, Mrs. Lovett, bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.

  • Contact Information:   Please email  laureen.pickle@cox.net  with questions

    Stage & Music Director: D. Laureen Pickle
    Asst. Director: Mark Reid
    Stage Manager: Jamie Jareke

    Detailed Character Descriptions:
  • Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker (Bass/Baritone F2 – Gb4, 30 – 50) A man consumed by revenge after his wife is kidnapped and raped, and he is wrongly convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • Mrs. Nellie Lovett (Alto/Mezzo G3 – E5, Cockney accent, moves well, 30 – 50) An amoral, pragmatic seller of meat pies. She lusts after Todd. A very high-energy role.
  • Joanna Barker (Soprano C3 – Bb5 , 15 – 25) Benjamin Barker’s daughter, a ward of Judge Turpin. Beautiful and pure-hearted.Anthony Hope (Tenor or Bari-tenor, Ab2 – F#4, 18 -30) A good-natured, optimistic& naive young sailor.
  • Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker (Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano Ab3 – F5, 25 – 40) Barker’s wife, who he believes to be dead. Schizophrenic personality ranging from pathetic to crudely suggestive.
  • Judge Turpin (Bass/Baritone E2 – F#4, 40 – 60) A lustful, immoral, power-hungry man. Twists the law to suit himself.
  • Beadle Bamford (Tenor D3 – D5, 35 – 50) Judge Turpin’s partner in crime. “A bully with a thin veneer of gentility.”
  • Adolfo Pirelli/Danny O’Higgins (Tenor B2 – C5, 30 – 50) A charlatan who claims to be “the king of the barbers, the barber of kings.” Must be able to use both rich Italian and rough Irish dialects. A very high operatic style tenor role.
  • Tobias Ragg (Tenor or unchanged voice Bb2 – A4,  looks 13-25) Pirelli’s young, simple, and kind-hearted assistant.  Will hear both younger boys aged 12 and older, or men aged 17 and older
  • Ensemble: A wide variety of roles will come from the ensemble. Ensemble members must have strong, trained voices and good musicianship. The Ensemble is the key to success for this production, and many solo opportunities are available.