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St. Augustine's Musical Theatre Company

The UK Midlands' Award Winning Premier Local Theatre Company - Entertaining for 45 Years - 1974 to 2019

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The Producers runs from 19 to 24 November 2019 at The Core Theatre, Solihull. Book Now!
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2019 PRODUCTION -
THE PRODUCERS

Tuesday 19 to Sunday 24 November 2019

'Springtime for Hitler' !


Our November 2019 production is the hilarious Mel Brooks musical THE PRODUCERS.

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Based on the original 1967 film, with lyrics by Mel Brooks and music by Mel Brooks, arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman, the smash hit stage version of THE PRODUCERS has won a whole collection of awards including a record-breaking 12 Tonys. Those of you who are familiar with Mel Brook's work will know that you're in for an enormous amount of fun and laughter!

It is 1959 and Max Bialystock, once the toast of Broadway, is now a washed-up has-been who spends his time romancing wealthy old ladies to finance a series of second-rate theatre shows. A chance encounter with an accountant, Leo Bloom, starts the idea of making more money from a theatrical flop than a hit. Leo is a nervous man prone to hysterics, but he lays out a plan for Bialystock to produce the worst musical EVER on Broadway! They plan to get finance from Max's 'ladies' to give them enough money to stage the show and when it flops on the first night, they will take off to Rio to live the good life!

Having found the worst story,
Springtime for Hitler, written by deranged ex-Nazi Franz Liebkind as a loving tribute to Franz's hero Adolf Elizabeth Hitler, the show will be so inappropriate, it will close down instantly! Max and Leo hire a second-rate, cross-dressing producer Roger de Bris to direct the show, which unexpectedly becomes a hit with the audience who find it fabulous and hilariously funny! It's a hit - just what they didn't want!

THE PRODUCERS is packed with brilliant musical numbers such as The King of Broadway, I Wanna Be a Producer, Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop, Keep it Gay, When You've Got It Flaunt It, Along Came Bialy, That Face, and of course Springtime for Hitler.

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Come along and enjoy this off-the-wall, clever, crazy, fabulous musical spectacular - it's guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat with laughter!

To quote Mel Brooks himself: "You don't want to miss it. The best laugh you'll have in ages! Only Mel Brooks could have written this show. It's wonderful!"

THE PRODUCERS will be a first for St. Augustine's MTC - some come and join in the antics and fun!

Book your tickets now. All the details are on the Tickets page, or go straight to The Core Theatre website.


Click the link below to watch the trailer for the 2005 musical film version of
The Producers, and read a synopsis of the show.

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AUDITIONS
Information about auditions for The Producers is now available. A character breakdown for all principal and cameo roles can be found below, including vocal ranges, auditions songs to prepare and dance ability requirements.

If you wish to audition, please register your interest by email as soon as possible (this includes anyone that has already told us verbally - it helps us to organise numbers and judge the response to each role) - mail@stagsmtc.co.uk

If you are new to the Company, please give us your age, a brief outline of any past stage experience, and include a contact telephone number.


Audition dates are as follows:

WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2019 - 7.30pm start - WIDNEY JUNIOR SCHOOL, SOLIHULL
Principal auditions for: MAX BIALYSTOCK; LEO BLOOM; ULLA INGA HANSEN BENSON YONSON TALLEN-HALLEN SVADEN-SVANSON; FRANZ LIEBKIND

THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2019 - 7.30pm start - WIDNEY JUNIOR SCHOOL, SOLIHULL
Principal auditions for: ROGER DE BRIS; CARMEN GHIA; THE STORM TROOPER.

WEDNESDAY 6 & THURSDAY 7 MARCH 2019 - 7.30pm start - THE CORE THEATRE STUDIO
Callbacks for Principal auditions AND auditions for Cameo Roles.



AUDITION VENUES:

THE VENUE FOR THE AUDITIONS ON 13 & 14 FEBRUARY IS WIDNEY JUNIOR SCHOOL, CLIFTON CRESCENT, SOLIHULL, B91 3LQ

THE VENUE FOR THE CALLBACK AND CAMEO ROLE AUDITIONS ON 6 & 7 MARCH IS THE STUDIO AT THE CORE THEATRE, HOMER ROAD, SOLIHULL B91 3RG

Maps for both venues can be found over on the right of this page.  

When you email to register your interest, an Audition Pack with character breakdown details, audition information, and music & lyrics for audition songs to prepare will be sent to you as PDFs for ease of reference. There is no pre-set libretto to learn - libretto sections will be given to read on the day of the auditions.

There are many example videos of sections of the show available to view on YouTube, simply search for 'The Producers', or individually named songs.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN -

PRINCIPAL ROLES

(Please see the separate PDFs of music/lyrics provided for auditions songs. The bars numbers refer to the required sections. These will be sent to you when you email to register your interest.)
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MAX BIALYSTOCK:
The consummate con-man. Max is arrogant, self-righteous, menacing, argumentative, sarcastic, benevolent, intelligent, artful, loving, rude, shiftless, thoughtful, obnoxious, caring and keen - a man who is only interested in making money, though this is later proven untrue. Max's outspoken and grumpy nature can be very imposing. He is willing to do anything to make money (including "shtupping every little old lady in New York") and is often temperamental, feisty and unwilling to cooperate patiently. Confident, charismatic, amoral, quick, bright, innovative, controlling, greedy, surprisingly sensitive (when betrayed by Leo). Strong vocal required. Comic ability and timing essential. Minimal dance requirement.
Vocal Range: Tenor/Baritone - (A2 to F#4)
Stage Playing Age: Approximately Mid 40s to 50s
Audition Songs:
We Can Do It (bars 9 to 81) AND Along Came Bialy (bars 3 to 56)
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LEOPOLD BLOOM:
Leo is a timid, shy and mild-mannered accountant, prone to panic attacks and who keeps a fragment of his childhood blue blanket in his pocket to calm himself. He is a hesitant optimist who longs for something more. A dreamer who wants to get out of a run-of-the-mill life, and longs to be a Broadway Producer. It is Leo who has the idea of how to make money from a failed play. Strong vocal ability. Comic ability and timing essential. Dance ability required.
Vocal Range: Tenor (A2 to F4)
Stage Playing Age: 30 plus
Audition Songs:
I Wanna Be a Producer (bars 54 to 95, & bars 240 to 250) AND Til Him (bars 19 to 50)
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ULLA INGA HANSEN BENSON YONSEN TALLEN-HALLEN SVADEN-SVANSON:
A young and hopeful Swedish actress, who comes to audition for
Springtime For Hitler and becomes Max and Leo’s secretary in the meantime. Though her beauty might eclipse her talent, Ulla is passionate about life and art. Quite a clueless seductress in some ways. She can speak little English, and can dance better than she can type, but Max and Leo become captivated by her. With her faux-Swedish accent, she provides a sexier counterpoint to Max's older lady friends. She eventually takes part in Springtime For Hitler and becomes Leo’s wife. Good accent control, vocal ability, and comic timing required. Also dance ability required
Vocal Range: Mezzo - Belt (A3 to G5)
Stage Playing Age: 20 plus
Audition Song:
When You’ve Got it, Flaunt It! (bars 1 to 43, & bars 57 to 97)
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ROGER DE BRIS: 
Roger is a flamboyantly gay, cross-dressing theatre director, described by Max as the worst director to have ever lived, and is chosen by Max in an attempt to ensure that
Springtime For Hitler will flop immediately. He surrounds himself with deliciously beautiful clothing, people, and possessions. In a crowd, it would be impossible to miss him! He lives with his equally flamboyant ‘common-law assistant’ Carmen Ghia, and his production crew, in an East-Side town house in New York. He ultimately becomes the star of the play as a camp Hitler, vainly believing he is indispensable and the best! Great somic timing required and well as vocal and dance ability.
Vocal Range: Baritone (G#2 to G4)
Stage Playing Age: 40 plus
Audition Songs:
Keep It Gay (bars 1 to 45) AND Springtime For Hitler (bars 158 to 206)
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FRANZ LIEBKIND:
A crazy German playwright, loyal to the Nazi Fatherland. From his lederhosen to his pigeons, his love for the Führer is unmistakable and unshakeable. He is imposing yet tender. Franz has penned an admiring musical tribute to Adolf Hitler titled Springtime For Hitler. He is easily angered and comically emotionally unstable. Franz is shown to be nervous about his past catching up with him, but he is a high-caricature German and hilarious as an over-the-top misguided Nazi. Strong character-acting required with good comic timing and vocal ability.
Vocal Range: Baritone (F2 to G4)
Stage Playing Age: 30 plus
Audition Song:
Have You Ever Heard The German Band? (bars 5 to 62)
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CARMEN GHIA:
Roger De Bris' unswervingly faithful ‘common-law’ assistant. Carmen is severe in looks and passion for Roger. He may appear younger than he actually is thanks to skilled surgeons! Roger and Carmen are both flamboyantly gay and they love to flounce around their New York town house. Hugely camp and comedic. Can be hysterically funny one moment, and a wounded acid-queen the next! Strong character-acting and good vocal ability required.
Vocal Range: Tenor (C3 to A4)
Stage Playing Age: 20 plus
Audition Song:
Keep It Gay (bars 1 to 45 - sing all)
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HOLD-ME, TOUCH-ME:
A sweet, frail, doddery, sex-starved, giggly old lady who is one of Max’s benefactors who give him money to stage his shows, in return for naughty ‘favours’. She should appear to be of a considerable age, but could be played someone of any age, as long as she looks old! A great comic cameo role for a character actress.
Vocal Range: Alto/Mezzo (A3 to C5)
Stage Playing Age: 70 plus (give or take a decade!)
Audition Song: Not necessarily applicable, but may also be required to sing Little Old Lady No 1, in which case, sing
Along Came Bialy (bars 69 to 75). This could be played by a different person.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN -

CAMEO ROLES

(Please see the separate PDFs of music/lyrics provided for auditions songs. The bars numbers refer to the required sections. These will be sent to you when you email to register your interest.)
USHERETTES:

2 Usherettes who open the show and appear again later. Good vocals and dance ability.
Audition Song:
It’s Opening Night (bars 10 to 45)

MR. MARKS:

Leo’s grouchy, condescending boss at his accounting firm.
Audition Song: Not Applicable

ROGER DE BRIS’ PRODUCTION TEAM:

Bryan the set designer (Tenor)
Audition Song:
Keep It Gay (bars 71 to 75, & 83 to 91)

Kevin the costume designer (Baritone/Tenor)
Audition Song:
Keep It Gay (bars 79 to 91)

Scott the choreographer (must be able to dance!)
Audition Song:
Keep It Gay (sing Kevin’s line, bars 79 to 91)

Shirley Markowitz the lighting designer (a butch lesbian - Alto). All very flamboyant!
Audition Song:
Keep It Gay (bars 106 to 109)


THE STORM TROOPER:

A strong Tenor solo Storm Trooper who sings the main opening section of Springtime For Hitler. Playing Age: 20s to 30s. Looks smart and neat, possibly Arian.
Audition Song:
Springtime For Hitler (bars 40 to 74)


SOLO ACCOUNTANT:

Solo singing Accountant in I Wanna Be a Producer. Must have a strong, rich, soulful singing voice.
Audition Song:
I Wanna Be a Producer (bars 44 to 52)


HITLER AUDTIONERS:

Jack Lapidus (sings a part of A Wandering Minstrel - Tenor), Donald Dinsmore (auditions with The Little Wooden Boy, but never gets to actually sing….), Jason Green (auditions with Haben Sie Gehört Das Deutsches Band? - interrupted).


There is a wide range of other cameo parts available, including Accountants, Bavarian Peasants, Convicts, First Nighters, Little Old Ladies, Storm Troopers, Prisoners, Girl Prisoners, Chorus Girls, Bag Lady, Judge, Jury Foreman, Blind Violinist, Irish Policemen, and more.

Vocal Ranges: Various - ensemble singing, with some individual lines
Stage Playing Ages: Various
Audition Song:
It’s Opening Night (bars 10 to 45)


ENSEMBLE/CHORUS

This show requires a strong Ensemble, and the cameo roles will be cast from this Ensemble. All Ensemble cast will be required to have good vocal and dance ability. Apart from the cameo appearances, the Ensemble/Chorus appears regularly throughout what is a very busy show!
The Producers - Synopsis
Act I

In New York in 1959, theatre producer Max Bialystock opens 'Funny Boy, a musical version of Hamlet (Opening Night). It is terrible, and the show closes after one performance. Max, who was once called the King of Broadway, tells a crowd of down-and-outs of his past achievements and vows to return to form (King of Broadway).

The next day, Leo Bloom, a mousy accountant, comes to Max's office to audit his books. When one of Max's little old lady 'investors' arrives, Max tells Leo to wait in the bathroom until she leaves. She plays a sex game with Max, who eventually persuades her to give him a cheque to be invested in his next play, to be called 'Cash'. Leo reveals his lifelong dream: he's always wanted to be a Broadway producer. After a panic attack when Max touches his blue blanket, Leo tells Max that he has found an accounting error in his books: Max raised $100,000 for 'Funny Boy', but the play only cost $98,000. Max begs Leo to cook the books to hide the discrepancy. Leo reluctantly agrees. After some calculations, he realizes that "under the right circumstances, a producer could actually make more money with a flop than he can with a hit. ... You could've raised a million dollars, put on your $100,000 flop, and kept the rest!" Max proposes a scheme:

Step 1: We find the worst play ever written.
Step 2: We hire the worst director in town.
Step 3: We raise two million dollars. ... One for me, one for you. There's a lot of little old ladies out there!
Step 4: We hire the worst actors in New York and open on Broadway and before you can say
Step 5: We close on Broadway, take our two million, and go to Rio.

However, Leo refuses to help Max with his scheme (We Can Do It). When he arrives at work six minutes late, Leo's horrid boss, Mr. Marks, reminds him that he is a nobody. While he and his miserable co-workers slave over accounts, Leo daydreams of becoming a Broadway producer (I Wanna Be a Producer). He realises that his job is terrible, quits, and returns to Max (We Can Do It (reprise)). The next day, they look for the worst play ever written. Max finds a sure-fire flop that would offend people of all races, creeds and religions - 'Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden, written by Franz Liebkind, which Max describes as "a love letter to Hitler". They go to the playwright's home in Greenwich Village to get the rights to the play. Ex-Nazi Franz is on the roof of his tenement with his pigeons reminiscing about the grand old days (In Old Bavaria). The producers get him to sign their contract by joining him in singing Adolf Hitler's favourite tune (Der Guten Tag Hop Clop) and reciting the Siegfried Oath, under penalty of death, promising never to dishonour "the spirit and the memory of Adolf Elizabeth Hitler".

Next, they go to the townhouse of flamboyant homosexual Roger de Bris, the worst director in New York. At first, Roger and his "common law-assistant" Carmen Ghia decline the offer to direct because of the serious subject matter (Keep It Gay). After much persuading and invoking the possibility of a Tony award, Roger agrees and tells them the second act must be rewritten so the Germans win World War II. Max and Leo return to the office to meet a Swedish bombshell who wants to audition for their next play - Ulla Inga Hansen Benson Yansen Tallen Svaden Swanson. She auditions for them (When You've Got It, Flaunt It). The producers are impressed, mostly by her beauty, and hire her to be their "secretary-slash-receptionist". Max leaves to raise two million dollars for 'Springtime for Hitler' by calling on all the little old ladies in New York (Along Came Bialy), which he does (Act I Finale).

Act II

Leo and Ulla are left alone in Max's office (redecorated by Ulla), and they start to fall in love (That Face). Max walks in and sees the perfect form of Ulla's covered behind (That Face (reprise)).

At the auditions for the title role, Hitler, one terrible actor after another is rejected by Roger in summary fashion. Finally, Franz performs his own jazzy rendition of Haben Sie Gehört Das Deutsche Band?, at the end of which Max stands up and shouts, "That's our Hitler!" Opening night arrives (It's Bad Luck to Say 'Good Luck' on Opening Night), and Franz falls down the stairs and breaks his leg. Roger is the only one who knows the part of Hitler, and he rushes to the dressing room to get ready. The curtain rises, and Max and Leo watch the theatrical disaster unfold (Springtime for Hitler). Unfortunately, Roger's performance is so camp and outrageous, the audience mistakes it for satire, and the show becomes the talk of the town. Back at the office, Max and Leo are near-suicidal (Where Did We Go Right?). Roger and Carmen come to congratulate them, only to find them fighting over the accounting books. Franz bursts in, waving a pistol, outraged by Roger's portrayal of his beloved Führer. Max suggests that he shoot the actors (not the producers) as a way to close the show. The police hear the commotion and arrest Franz, who breaks his other leg while trying to escape. They also arrest Max and take the books. Leo hides; Ulla finds him and persuades him to take the two million dollars and run off to Rio with her.

In jail awaiting trial, Max receives a postcard from Leo and, feeling betrayed, recounts the whole show (Betrayed). At his trial, Max is found "incredibly guilty"; but the now-married Leo and Ulla arrive to tell the judge that Max is a good man who has never hurt anyone despite his swindling (Till Him). The judge is touched by this and decides not to separate the partners, sending both (plus Franz) to Sing-Sing prison for five years. In prison, they write a new musical entitled 'Prisoners of Love', which goes to Broadway (Prisoners of Love) (starring Roger and Ulla), and they are pardoned by the Governor. Leo and Max become the kings of Broadway and walk off into the sunset (Leo & Max). Everyone comes back for one last song, telling the audience that they have to leave (Goodbye).
Rehearsals
Rehearsals will get underway in April and are held at Widney Junior School, Clifton Crescent, Solihull, B91 3LQ. 

Rehearsals take place on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY evenings at 7.30pm at Widney Junior School. 
Please note that if you have a role in this production, other than unavoidable work commitments, illness and holidays, you are expected as a priority to make yourself available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for rehearsals. 

If you cannot attend a rehearsal, contact Veronica Walsh on 0121 705 3914 initially and thereafter Stephen Powell or Liane Hughes (phone numbers are on your rehearsal schedule).  Please contact the production team directly and preferably in advance of a rehearsal, so that any disruption to a planned rehearsal can be avoided.  Do not send absence messages via another cast member or other third party!

There will also be two orchestra rehearsals - Sunday 10 November from 10.00am to 1.00pm and Sunday 17 November from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Venues to be confirmed.
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The Producers - Flyer Front
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The Producers - Flyer Back (Ticket Booking Form)
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