Theater: Musicals

Production: New York Musical Theatre Festival 2013 (See all 5 roles)

'Sasquatched! The Musical'

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Males & Females, ages 18-64, All Ethnicities

Role Description

'Sasquatched! The Musical': NYMF Special Agreement - Approval Pending

Synopsis: "Bigfoot exists! Arthur – a kindhearted, talking Sasquatch – is lost when he is befriended by a young boy, Sam. Together, they encounter quirky locals and elude a ruthless TV crew investigating 'Bigfoot' – as the stage erupts into hilarious social commentary on human-Sasquatch relations and a rockin’ musical romp through the woods."

If unable to attend EPA, pix & resumes to:
Phil Darg
12109 85th Place North
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Roles

ARTHUR
Arthur is a Sasquatch who speaks perfect English without any accent. He is dignified, gentle, and articulate (but largely unfamiliar with human culture). He is completely sincere, and utterly devoid of deception, guile, irony, sarcasm, or any type of “hip” attitude. Arthur does sing – but only in a straightforward fashion (i.e., he is NOT cool or rockin' etc.). Ideally, the actor playing Arthur would be tall (over 6 feet), able to sing a strong (and sweet) tenor, but also have a low, dignified speaking voice. The ability to walk/move with some suggestion of Sasquatch qualities (without overdoing it) is a plus.

SAM
Sam is a ten-year-old boy with two over-protective parents. He is relatively quiet and respectful, but at the same time yearns to take more control over his own life and seek some adventure. Ideally, Sam would be played by an actor who could portray a 10 year old boy. Sam’s singing duties are light, so projecting the right character/speaking voice/height/age may be the prime considerations here. Unlike so many depictions of children in the media these days, Sam is NOT “cool/hip/smarter-than-an-adult” etc. He is curious, vulnerable, and just emerging from his shell.

BERT
I originally envisioned the famous character actor Joel McKinnon Miller (Big Love) for this role. Bert exhibits many characteristics of a local rustic in terms of clothing, grammar and mannerisms. Bert is not terribly bright, but he's an honest guy and - as it turns out - has his priorities in the right place. Bert is between the age of about 35 and 50 years old. He sings mostly high baritone/tenor. His main song is “Eight Feet Tall and Smelled Like a Skunk” – which is done in the ‘50s rock style of Elvis/Buddy Holly/Jerry Lee Lewis, etc.

ZEKE
Zeke is anywhere from about 35-50 years old. He owns the local bar, dresses casually (down vest, plaid shirt and baseball hat?), and is a clever fellow – although he has never been able to translate his cunning into a profitable formula. He is also wily and observant, a bit wicked, and very attracted to his wife (Thelma). Zeke probably has stubble/moustache, long hair or a mullet (Jack Black - are you available?). Zeke sings “Welcome to Bigfoot Central” – which is a real "rockin’ tune" - so the higher pitched rock singing voice (along with comedic ability) is paramount for this part.

THELMA
Thelma is 35-45 years old and is married to Zeke – but is starting to see the limitations of being married to a bar owner in the rural backwoods of the Pacific Northwest. She has a fading red-state sex appeal – but she and Zeke still obviously harbor strong feelings for each other. She is brassy, loud, tacky, earthy – and able to co-sing “Welcome to Bigfoot Central” – in a rock style mezzo-soprano with hints of Janis Joplin.

PAT THE PARK RANGER
Pat is anywhere from 30-45 years old, and has worked as a park ranger in Columbia National Park for many years. She is unmarried, but is a closet romantic. As demonstrated by her song, Pat is very dedicated to her job and is oriented towards nature and environmentalism – although she is not quite as savvy in this area as she thinks (thus, she gets lost in her own park). She should be able to sing “I’m An Eco-Friendly . . . Park Ranger” in mezzo-soprano and make it sound like something from Hair – and a bit like Joan Baez and/or Grace Slick at the same time. Character-wise, Pat is more funny and awkward rather than being a simple romantic ingénue (a big part of the character’s appeal).

CINDY
Cindy is 35-45 years old and is Sam’s mother. She is over-protective, thinks she knows best, and is a bit too concerned with projecting a perfect image – both as a mother and in her physical appearance. She is often involved in controlling Sam and sees this behavior as a virtue – even though she genuinely loves her son. Together, Jim and Cindy represent the quintessential “helicopter parents” - as evidenced in their song. Her singing voice is more mezzo-soprano “show tunes” style rather than rock (with the exception of “Lost in the Woods”). I originally envisioned Jane Krakowski in this role.

JIM
Jim is 35-45 years old and is Sam’s father. Jim enjoys portraying the engaged father figure – even though he is often detached from both Sam and Cindy. Jim wears neat shorts, a polo shirt and a baseball hat – and pretends to enjoy the outdoors while continuously checking his smartphone for messages. He is most comfortable in the role of bread winner and struggles to connect emotionally with his son, even though he loves his family. Most of his songs are in the high baritone-tenor range, and his singing voice tends more towards the “show tunes” style (with the exception of “Lost in the Woods”).

CHAZ
Chaz and Dakota are nearly inseparable. Chaz is about 25-35 years old, has a stylish haircut, and his clothing/looks suggest a media personality (which he is). Chaz may (or may not) also sport a British or Australian accent. Chaz is ambitious, energetic, and often bossy and condescending. Chaz is currently a cable TV personality – but would like to become a bigger network star. His main song is “Shake the Camera and Run” – in which both he and Dakota do some rappin’ hip-hop vocals. He also co-sings “Lost in the Woods” in a high rock register.

DAKOTA
Dakota is about 25-30 years old. Like Chaz, she sports a stylish haircut – along with attractive clothing and looks which suggest that she is a minor media star as well. Dakota knows her craft and is good in front of a camera, but often defers to Chaz as she seeks to promote herself and become a bigger star. Chaz and Dakota often work together, matching each other’s level of energy and presenting themselves as co-hosts – even when the camera is not capturing their actions. Together, they’re talkative, shallow, and often sensationalistic. Even so, they're funny and likeable in their own way. Dakota’s main song is “Shake the Camera and Run” – in which both she and Chaz perform some rappin’ hip-hop vocals. She also sings “Lost in the Woods” in a mezzo-soprano rock vocal style.

STEVE
Steve is 25-40 years old. He sports long hair, wears casual clothes, and practices questionable grooming habits. Steve is a slob, but he is good at using the camera and his nonchalant dry humor provides a needed counterbalance to the energetic Chaz and Dakota. Steve usually does not get excited – unless he suddenly breaks into a dance or is about to lose his camera to a Sasquatch. Steve’s main song is “Shake the Camera and Run” – and ideally, he would be able to sing the low part of the song’s chorus (a funky low baritone) and be able to dance a bit.

CHRIS THE SEISMOLOGIST
Chris is 30-45 years old, and wears a plaid shirt and a knit hat (suggesting his connection to the environment and the Pacific Northwest). Chris has worked outside alone in the park collecting seismic data for many years, and as a result is somewhat socially awkward and lonely. Chris may also be a bit nerdy (wears glasses?) but is very dedicated to the job and has a genuine appreciation for nature and the outdoors. Chris sings “Landslides, Earthquakes, Tremors and Volcanoes” in an open, strong tenor.

CHORUS MEMBERS
the chorus consists of 4-6 actors portraying various parents, tourists, and park rangers. The Chorus Members MUST be persons who can really SING in a variety of vocal styles/ranges (and possibly dance too). The Chorus Members get to sing a lot (in most of the songs), have their own song (“Rhubarb!”), and will be playing a more important role than the script as currently written might suggest.