Assassins Audition Details

New Stage Theatreworks will be holding auditions on May 15 & 16 at 7:00pm at Theatre Tallahassee, located at 1861 Thomasville Road for its second show of the 2015-2016 season, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical masterpiece “Assassins“. Roles are available for 11 men, 6 women and one young boy.

  • Please prepare 16 bars of a song that best shows your range and bring your sheet music.
  • An accompanist will be provided.
  • A resume will save you time with the audition form as well.
  • You may be asked to read from the script.
  • Callbacks will be held by invitation only on Tuesday, May 17.
“Assassins” will be performed July 8-10 and 15-17 at Theatre Tallahassee, 1861 Thomasville Rd Tallahassee, FL 32301.
Rehearsals are projected to start May 23 and typically be held weeknights from 7:00 – 10:00pm, but not everyone will be expected to be at every rehearsal in the early part of the process.
Directed by: Krystof Kage
Music Direction by: Michael Norris

The Assassins

John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865) – Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins.
Male (25-35) – Bass/Baritone (F2-G4)
Charles Guiteau (1841-1882) – Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., on July 2, 1881. Dashing but a little off-kilter.
Male (35-45) – Baritone (A2-Ab4)
Leon Czologosz (1873-1901) – Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical.
Male (25-30) – Bass/Baritone (G#2-G4)
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme (1948- ) – Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson.
Female (25-30) – Alto (A3-G5)
Sara Jane Moore (1930- ) – Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense.
Female (40-45) – Contralto (F3-Eb5)
Giuseppe Zangara (1900-1933) – Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. Heavily-accented immigrant with a very upset stomach.
Male (30-35) – Tenor (B2-A4)
Samuel Byck (1930-1974) – Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hilariously disgrunted schlep in a Santa Claus suit.
Male (40-45) – Baritone (D3-G4)
John Hinckley (1955- ) – Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed, nerdy and depressed college student.
Male (25-30) – Tenor (A2-G4)
Lee Harvey Oswald* (1939-1963) – Assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk.
Male (20-25) – Tenor (C3-G4)

The Country

Balladeer* – A folk singer and the narrator of the show. The voice of America.
Male (25-30) – Tenor (C3-G4)
The Proprietor** – A mysterious man who runs the shooting gallery at a carnival…and so much more…
Male (30-50) – Bass (Gb2-F4)
Emma Goldman (1869-1940) – Turn-of-the-century Anarchist agitator and feminist. Terse and stubborn. An inspiration to Czolgosz.
Female (30-40) – Vocally Flexible
David Herold (1842-1865) – One of John Wilkes Booth’s confederates. Aided Booth in his attempted escape.
Male (20-25) – Vocally Flexible
Billy – Sara Jane Moore’s whiny son.
Male (6-12)
Ensemble (2m, 3f)
Bystanders; Tourists; Reporters; Photographers
Vocally Flexible
* Yes, these two roles are combined
** Yes, I will be using the revival version of this character


Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM


Assassins is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert Jr.

Playwrights Horizons, Inc. – New York City
Produced ASSASSINS Off-Broadway in 1990

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