Spring Musical Auditions: Songs for Another Day

Event Date: 
Monday, December 21, 2020 7:00 pm

Required Audition Form: https://forms.gle/NCRo8cg9hzet7kiKA

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98498300816

As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, Grays Harbor College and the Bishop Center for the Performing Arts will present Broadway show tunes of loss, hope, and love. The songs mourn normal days gone by, yearn for one day more, and anticipate many happier days ahead.

Performance Date: March 12, 2021 (Recording shared over Facebook Live for 48 hours)

About the Show

Songs for Another Day will be an experiment in remote rehearsal and performance. Intrepid cast members will be embarking on a journey into territories where theatre meets video. Seeking performers of all ages and genders with a strong ear for music.

Performers will video themselves lip-synching to their own recorded voices in their homes and neighborhoods. Several songs will be taken out of context from their original shows, allowing many roles to be cast non-traditionally. Choreography will be dictated by the opportunities and limitations found in each space. Costumes will be largely drawn from personal wardrobes.

A compilation of these recordings will be shared over Facebook Live, hosted by the director and choreographer, Dr. Andrew Gaines who will introduce each song. The performance will conclude with a live Q&A.

Audition Guidelines

Auditioners should select one song and use the provided “backing track” played on a separate device. You may audition for a second song after everyone has had a chance to sing once, time-permitting.

Auditioners will be heard on a first come, first served basis. Fellow auditioners will be welcome to watch each other’s auditions. Note that the session will be recorded only for the purposes of casting.

First time using Zoom? Watch this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygZ96J_z4AY

If you would like sheet music for any song, please email your request to Andrew Gaines.

Song Selections

Beautiful City - Godspell (2011)

(Any gender, 16+)

In this new arrangement for the Broadway revival, Jesus preaches that society has within its power the ability to create a truly "civilized" community. It begins by making a choice. This song will likely feature you singing around downtown Aberdeen.

Reference Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiaSle49Ros

Backing Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_Sr826Vl_I

Start with the opening verse, ending with “city of man.” (approx. 1:13)

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables - Les Misérables

(Any gender, 21+)

Marius' solo after the battle. Sitting alone at the café, knowing he's the only one to survive, other than Jean Valjean, he regrets and reminisces the loss of his friends. This song would ideally be performed at your kitchen table.

Reference Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3DNaw2-hLg

Backing Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FljJ4sO_cwg

Start with “From the table in the corner…” (approx. 0:52) and end with “On this lonely barricade, at dawn.” (approx. 1:32)

It Only Takes a Moment (Duet) - Hello Dolly!

(Both characters 18+)

Cornelius publically shares the lessons he’s learned about love by expressing his feelings for Irene Molloy. You might recognize it from Disney’s WALL-E!

Reference Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgFIDmCD2W0

Backing Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zun6yimhWNc

CORNELIUS - Start at beginning and end with “A whole life long” (approx. 1:05)

IRENE – Start with “He held me…” (approx. 1:05) and end with “ (approx. 1:46)

Mr. Cellophane - Chicago

(Male, 21+)

Amos Hart is the disillusioned husband of accused murderess Roxie Hart. He laments to her lawyer Billy Flynn that people can walk right by him without even acknowledging that he even exists—just like plastic film (aka cellophane). This song will likely be performed outside in your neighborhood or downtown Aberdeen.

Reference Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhyWWvcWNu0

Backing Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfcANkWLO6U

Start with “I tell ya, Cellophane” (approx. 1:10) and end with “and never know I'm there...” (approx. 1:35)

Not While I'm Around (Duet) - Sweeney Todd

(Female, 30+ & Any gender, under 16)

Mrs. Lovett has taken in young Tobias, who was homeless, to be her helper. Tobias expresses suspicions about Sweeney Todd and wants to protect Mrs. Lovett, a mother figure. Mrs. Lovett is revealed to be not as nice as Tobias had initially thought. This song will be performed in a bedroom, possibly two of them. Accents will not be used.

Reference Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp8y-KiM0hs

Backing Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBqsuLJL0vg

Start with “No one's gonna hurt you, no one's gonna dare…” (approx. 0:42) and end with “Not while I'm around” (1:18)

Somewhere That’s Green - Little Shop of Horrors

(Female, 18+)

Audrey tells of her dream to leave her boyfriend, Dr. Orin Scrivello, D.D.S, to marry Seymour and live on a little street in a little suburb, with all the luxuries she has never known on Skid Row. This song will likely feature your home or your neighborhood. Accents will not be used.

Reference Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr87uGnVEDU

Backing Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sPMK_eQ0Gw

Start with “A matchbox of our own…” (approx. 0:52) and end with “somewhere that’s green” (approx. 1:31)

Try to Remember - The Fantasticks

(Male, 18+)

El Gallo, the narrator, invites our audience to activate their imagination in order to transform the blank canvas of the show’s sparse set (here, a cold computer screen) into a rich tapestry of memory.

Reference Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_COP3cyN7zg

Backing Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjZb7WSbNOQ

Start with the opening verse and end with “then follow…” (approx. 0:53)


Email Dr. Andrew Gaines


Songs for Another Day - A Virtual Musical Revue - Grays Harbor College - March 12, 2021

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