Casting call for AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer, a Masquerade Theatre Company production to be staged at Teatru Manoel, Valletta 19-21 & 26-28 October, 2018 (6 shows).
Synopsis: In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyong Salieri's envious grasp: Genius. Call or email Veronica on 7979 3737 / 2124 6619 /email@example.com for an audition pack and a slot, stating which role you wish to try for.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- Male, 25-35 A child prodigy from Salzburg, Austria, and a genius composer, Mozart is seeking a position in the emperor’s court. He is extravagant, arrogant, juvenile, foul-mouthed, and impulsive in social and political situations, but creates unbelievably remarkable music. He eventually loses support in court, and, unable to secure a steady income, becomes a poverty-stricken alcoholic and struggles to survive. But he always remains true to his music. An immature, coddled, petulant young man. He is brilliant, high-strung, childish, giggly, profane, and vulgar -- yet genuinely innocent.
Constanze Weber -- Female, 19-29 Mozart’s wife whom he married against his father’s wishes, Weber loves and supports him in his work through every humiliation and hardship. Though both are cavalier and juvenile, she is more responsible and practical and even willing to sacrifice herself for him. Young and ambitious -- she is playful, lustful, and a free spirit.
Joseph II -- Male, 40-50 Emperor of Austria and brother of Marie Antoinette, Joseph II enjoys and supports Mozart’s music but is ultimately persuaded by Salieri and others at court to cut him off.Emperor of Austria.Amiable; short attention span.He’s a cheerful, dapper individual who is always pleased with himself.
Count Johann Kilian von Strack -- Male, 30+ Chamberlain of the Imperial Chamber, von Strack is a stiff and proper court official.Groom of the Imperial Chamber.Stiff and proper; humorless.Official to the bone.
Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg -- Male, 30+ Plump and supercilious, Orsini-Rosenberg is director of the Imperial Opera.Supercilious, grand and slightly pretentious.
Baron Gottfried van Swieten -- Male, 30+ Prefect of the Imperial Library, van Swieten is cultivated and serious. He is known as “Lord Fugue” and is ardent Freemason.• Prefect of the Imperial Library.Solemn and lacking any sense of humour; dogmatic.
Two (2) Venticelli -- Male, any age Gossips who work for Salieri and provide him with information on Mozart’s private affairs. “Little Winds”: Purveyors of information, gossip, and rumour.Absolute need for chemistry and impeccable timing.The two Venticelli often act as one mind; ability to move well/fluidly is a must.
Katherina Cavalieri -- Female, plays 20s to 30s; Salieri’s pupil, then mistress.
Teresa Salieri -- Female, 30s; Salieri’s wife, she is a serious woman.
Salieri’s Valet -- plays 30+
Salieri’s Cook -- plays 30+
Major-Domo -- Male; efficient court servant.
GuiseppeBonno -- Male, 60s