Albany Civic Theater – Albany, OR

Albany Civic Theater - Albany, OR

now in our 72nd season

Something Rotten!

Book by: John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick
Music & Lyrics by: Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick

Directed by: Christi E. Sears

Audition Dates: Jan. 2, 3, 4, 2023
Audition Welcome Letter
Audition Form
  Jan. 2: Vocals and Dance (Bring sheet music for vocal audition)
  Jan. 3: Cold Reads
  Jan. 4: Callbacks Only 

Performances: Apr. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 16(m), 20, 21, 22, 23(m), 27, 28, 29, 2023

Something Rotten! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. (

“Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth century Shakespeare and twenty-first century Broadway. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Niel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.” (Music Theatre International, 2022)


Christi E. Sears has a string of hit musicals and plays to her credit, including: Clue, Altogether Now (Special Event), The Secret of Chimneys: ACT Radio Play, Mamma Mia, The Addams FamilyAnnie, Big FishShrekYoung FrankensteinAvenue QThoroughly Modern MillieCurtainsSteel MagnoliasThe ProducersThe Music ManHello, Dolly!The Rocky Horror ShowPirates of PenzanceInto the WoodsYou’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownBell, Book and CandleAuntie Mame, and Greater Tuna at ACT. Christi also directed at CCT: CinderellaDamn Yankees, and Little Shop of Horrors. A long-time administrative member at ACT, Christi has served four terms as president and two terms as treasurer. She currently serves on the ACT Board as Production Manager. Christi resides in Albany and has worked for over 27 years as the Accounting/Payroll Manager at Palm Harbor Homes.

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Cast of Characters

Nick Bottom: 30 to 50s, male. A writer. Nigel’s older brother. He holds a grudge against Shakespeare. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings and dances very well. Tenor (B2-A4)
Nigel Bottom: 30 to early 50s, male. A writer. Nick’s younger brother. Sweet and a little awkward. He is in love with Portia. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings very well. Tenor solid to G#4.
Shakespeare: 30s to 50s, male. Over-the-top and cocky, a true rock star of his time. He is the Renaissance James Brown. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings and dances very well. Rock tenor solid to A4.
Thomas Nostradamus: 40s to 60s, male. A soothsayer. He predicts that Nick and Nigel will write a musical. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings and dances very well. Tenor 2 (C3-F4).
Brother Jeremiah: 50s, male. A Puritan and the father of Portia. He despises Nick and Nigel. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings very well. Rock Baritone solid to G4.
Minstrel/Snug: 25 to 50s, Male or Female. Is the fun-loving charismatic narrator of the show, and sings the opening numbers of each act. Must sing and dance well. Tenor solid to A4.
Bea: 30-40s, female. Nigel’s wife. She loves Nigel despite his past lack of success. She dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor. Seeking a great comedic actress that sings very well. Mezzo with belt (D3-D5).
Portia: 20s to 40s, female. A beautiful puritan woman that Nick meets on the street. She has golden hair and loves poetry. Seeking a great comedic actress that sings very well. Soprano with a mix (G3-F5).
Shylock: An older Jewish man. Nick and Nigel are in debt to him. He becomes an investor in their musical. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings well.
Lord Clapham/Judge: Older male. Patron of the theatre. He’s flamboyant and extremely posh. Seeking a great comedic actor that sings well.
Ensemble: Various ages, diverse, and ethnicities. Must sing and dance, tap (willing to learn) and musical theatre styles. Characters noted below:
Robin/Town/Troupe/Chorus (male)/Man Servant/Queen
Tom/Town/Troupe/Chorus (male)/Man Servant/ (Frances Flutes Lines)/Snout
Peter/Troupe/Chorus (male)/Man Servant/Chef
Town/Troupe/Chorus (male)/Man in Crowd/Valet
Town/Troupe/Chorus (male)/Renaissance Writer/Man Solo/Man 2/Man Servant
Town/Troupe/Chorus (male)/Astrologer/Foreman/Doorman/Man Servant/Footman
Town/Troupe/Chorus (male)/Eyepatch Man/Messenger/Man Servant/Heratio
Town/Troupe/Chorus (female)/Woman 2/Woman in Crowd/Panic Woman/Entourage/Rosalind
Town/Troupe/Chorus (female), Gypsy/ Announcer/Renaissance Writer/Entourage/Chef
Town/Troupe/Chorus (female), Puritan/Entourage/Helana
Town/Troupe/Chorus (female), Puritan/Entourage/Miranda/Chef
(Additionally in Act II all will play a Puritan during song/dance number.