TESS – THE ALBUM
New British writing team of Michael Blore and Michael Davies are delighted
to announce the first ever cast recording of their musical TESS
Posted on: March 7th , 2016
Album Producer: Sunim Koria
Casting Director: Anne Vosser
March 31st & April 1st, 2016 10am – 5pm
Dance Attic Rehearsal Studios, 368 North End Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1LY
Actors are requested to prepare one song of choice that shows off their full range as well as the music from the show that is provided.
Recording of the principal roles will take place at a studio in the London area and be carried out between August and September 2016 on dates agreed with the artist. Please see below for a guide to the number of days each role is required in the studio.
Almost two years in the making, this sumptuous new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles has been created by composer Michael Blore and award-winning playwright and lyricist Michael Davies and recently gained the critical praise of Sir Tim Rice.
TESS tells the devastating story of Tess Durbeyfield, daughter of a poor villager who fatefully discovers that they may be related to the ancient aristocratic d’Urberville family. As Tess is sent to seek respectability with her new-found relatives, she embarks on an emotional and dramatic journey that will lead her to love, loss and ultimate tragedy.
TESS couples Hardy’s iconic tale with a majestic score and evocative libretto. Fully sung-through, in the manner of Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera, it offers a bold and highly expressive retelling of this ever-popular, much-loved story.
TESS DURBEYFIELD, 18-25, MEZZO SOPRANO/SOPRANO (range from E below middle C to G above upper C), eldest daughter of a Marlott village farming family. Beautiful-looking (and sounding!). Ability to perform with a West Country accent an advantage. Expected number of days in the studio: 8
ANGEL CLARE, 20s, HIGH BARITONE/TENOR (range from G below low C to A-flat above middle C), second son of a parson entertaining a certain wanderlust. Handsome with it. Expected number of days in the studio: 4
ALEC D’URBERVILLE, 20s to early 30s, HIGH BARITONE/TENOR (range from G below low C to A above middle C), a nouveau riche landowner. Charming and sinister. Expected number of days in the studio: 4
JOHN DURBEYFIELD, 50s, BASS (range from E-flat below low C to D above middle C), Tess’s father with a penchant for a drink. A farmer. A West Country accent is required. Expected number of days in the studio: 2
JOAN DURBEYFIELD, late 40s to early 50s, SOPRANO (range from A below middle C to G-sharp above upper C), Tess’s superstitious mother. A West Country accent is required. Expected number of days in the studio: 2
For more details and submissions please e-mail the casting director, Anne Vosser, and write
"TESS - The Album" in the subject line.
The first stage of casting has been announced for the album of new British musical TESS.
Performing in the chorus in a variety of roles will be GSA graduate and solo artist TRICIA ANDERSON, leading actor from numerous musicals such as Chess and La Cage aux Folles MICHAEL BARKER, TV actress and performer at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate Theatre CATHY CRADDOCK, actress, director and producer at Heartbreak Productions MADDY KERR, graduate from the Birmingham School of Acting whose recent credits include The Russell Brand Effect: the morning after JANETTE SUMMERFIELD and actor and director of shows including Jesus Christ Superstar and Glorious! MARK TOLCHARD. The chorus is completed by two newcomers – SOPHIE CRADDOCK and LEXY KNIBBS, who will soon be performing as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray at Stratford College.
“I’m thrilled to be involved in this exciting project”, says Janette Summerfield. “I was privileged to hear and sing a couple of songs early on in the creative process and was struck by how powerful both the lyrics and the music were. I was still singing the songs a week later!”
Casting for the album will be conducted in three stages. The second stage will be of named supporting roles with an announcement expected at the beginning of March. The final stage will be of the principal roles and involve London casting director Anne Vosser. Auditions will take place at the beginning of April with an announcement to follow soon after.
Pre-production of the album will begin in April and be produced by Sunim Koria.
Having gained the critical praise of legendary lyricist Sir Tim Rice, the show is being recorded for the very first time to promote it to a bigger audience in its quest to receive a first theatrical performance. “I’m delighted to be recording this album”, adds actress Summerfield. “I know the story of Tess and can’t wait to help transfer it from page to stage.”
SELL-OUT WORKSHOP SHOWS
NEW LONDON SHOWCASE
BANBURY LITERARY FESTIVAL
TESS WEST END SHOWCASE
DUET GETS LONDON OUTING
ELAINE PAIGE ON SUNDAY
1ST WHAT'S ON STAGE ARTICLE
FIRST SONG PERFORMANCE
BBC HOST SINGS ON ALBUM
LEADING LADY UNVEILED
BROADWAY STAR JOINS ALBUM
TESS SCOOPS WEST END STAR
LATEST STAR ANNOUNCED
WEST END STAR SIGNS UP
CASTING GROBY & TRINGHAM
CASTING THE DAIRYMAIDS
FIRST CASTING FOR ALBUM
TIM RICE BACKS TESS
TESS ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT
IN CONVERSATION WITH CTP
TESS ON THE BBC