Legends & Lanterns Auditions
Sign up to Audition HERE
Legends & Lanterns brings to life some of the most famous and infamous villains, witches, spirits and phantoms from history and folklore. They have decided to make Main Street their new favorite “haunt”…but don’t worry, these silly apparitions have more treats to offer than tricks, and they look forward to meeting “little monsters” of all ages.
These roles will require an outgoing personality and the ability to engage with thousands of guests “in character.” These positions will require long periods of standing outdoors.
For your audition choose 2 (two) of the characters listed below and prepare a 1-minute interactive performance as each. Present each of your chosen characters’ personalities in a unique, engaging, and entertaining way. Show us what you would bring to the role. Be creative!
IMHOTEP (27th Century BCE): NEW FOR 2019. Watch out, St. Charles! There’s a new “wrap star” in town. Awaken from beneath the sands of Ancient Egypt, the mummy Imhotep wanders the earth seeking to expand the great power he had in life where he was a chancellor to pharaohs, an architect, a high priest of the sun god Ra, and a magician. Armed with an enchanted canopic jar, and the power to unleash the 10 plagues, Imhotep will gladly halt his quest for world domination to chat about the latest mummification techniques or share stories of his friends Osiris (Egyptian god of the underworld) and Anubis (guardian of the dead). The legend of Imhotep inspired several Hollywood interpretations (from Boris Karloff’s portrayal in 1932 to the popular The Mummy franchise in the late 1990s). Do you believe in the “mummy’s curse?” Beware, you are about to find out.
“THE BEARDED LADY” JOSEPHINE CLOFULLIA (1829-1875): NEW FOR 2019. Come one, come all! Step right up and see the amazing Madame Clofullia! Born in Switzerland with a medical condition that left her with a two-inch beard by the time she was 8 years old, Josephine started a life in show business. As a teenager, she toured the great cities of Europe. She modeled her facial hair style after French ruler Napoleon III (who according to legend, gifted her a large diamond in gratitude). She was eventually discovered by notorious showman P.T. Barnum, where he brought her to New York City as a star attraction of his “American Museum,” branding her “The Bearded Lady.” She achieved fame alongside other side show staples such as 25-inch-tall Tom Thumb, the FeeJee Mermaid, and Siamese twins Chang & Eng.
CAPTAIN GEORGE COSTENTENUS “THE TATTOOED PRINCE” (1833-?): NEW FOR 2019. Amazing! Stupendous! Welcome to the greatest show on Earth! Allegedly descended from Greek/Albanian nobility, George Costentenus gained notoriety and fame around the world as a circus performer hailed as “The Tattooed Prince.” Costentenus had a total of 387 figures tattooed on his body (from head to toe…the only place not tattooed were the soles of his feet and parts of his ears). The images ranged from animals to geometric shapes to foreign writing. He often told the tall-tale of how he received his tattoos, having been taken prisoner in his young life when he was a pirate searching for gold in Burma. For three months, he was held down and tattooed against his will (the actual validity of this story has never been proven). The Tattooed Prince spoke multiple languages (including Greek, Arabic, Persian, French, Spanish, Italian, and German). He performed in Paris (including at the famous Folies Bergere), and was eventually discovered by notorious showman P.T. Barnum who paid Costentenus $100 a day (in 1876!) to tour with his “New and Greatest Show on Earth.” Costentenus traveled to Europe in the early 1890s and disappeared from historical records. **NOTE: Real tattoos not required, the effect will be achieved with the use of a printed costume/body suit and some minimal make-up**
THE WEIRD SISTERS “Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” With these words, the three soothsaying crones begin to prophesize the bloody rise and eventual downfall of William Shakespeare’s tragic Scottish king, Macbeth. Mysterious, eccentric, and bizarre, these sister witches will cast a spell on St. Charles, offering visitors a glimpse into their futures (often in the form of a rhyme). Scottish accent.
LA CATRINA: An iconic figure of Dia de los Meurtos, this skeletal grand dame has come to embody the attitudes towards mortality in Mexican culture. The vibrant, festive atmosphere of traditional Day of the Dead celebrations (which have roots that stretch back over 2,500 years to the ancient Aztecs) will come to life, as this gifted storyteller shares tales of the customs and traditions of her native Mexico: from the iconic food, music, and colorful decorations, to the rich heritage of decorating the graves of loved ones with ofrenda (altars) and cempasuchil (marigolds).
VICTORIAN MOURNER: This role may be male or female. From collecting tears in glass vials to crafting elaborate wreaths out of human hair, the Victorians had many bizarre rituals for grieving the death of a loved one. The Victorian Mourner will engage with guests visiting Legends & Lanterns’ Victorian mourning museum (located within the historic Katy Depot), using storytelling and historical knowledge to satisfy visitors’ morbid curiosity of these customs; from fashion and social etiquette to cemetery art and representations of mourning in pop culture.
DRUID ELDER: This role may be male or female. Mystical, wise, and mysterious, the Druid Elder will share how many of the traditions of these ancient Celtic peoples eventually evolved into the beloved customs we celebrate during Halloween today. From dressing up in animal pelts to disguise themselves from malevolent spirits and fairies (which eventually became Trick-or-Treating), to hosting ceremonial bonfires, these rituals were all essential to the festival of Samhain (pronounced SOW-een) which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, the “darker half” of the year. It was during Samhain that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was lifted. Irish/Scottish/Gaelic accent.
ABIGAIL WILLIAMS (1680-?): America’s original mean girl. Niece of village minister Samuel Parris, Abigail was the ringleader of the “afflicted girls” of Salem whose false accusations led to the imprisonment of over 150 innocent people as “witches” (and sent nineteen individuals to Gallow’s Hill) during the infamous witchcraft hysteria of 1692. Wickedly sneaky, bratty, and deceitful, she has come to historic Main Street in order to recruit additional “witch hunters” by sharing her quirky tricks of spotting a wizard or witch. But beware, you never know who she may accuse next!
ICHABOD CRANE: Constantly nervous and devoutly superstitious, the supernatural misfortunes of nebbish schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane are detailed in Washington Irving’s quintessential American ghost story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. After meeting many colorful characters in the quiet, upstate New York hamlet (from the lovely Katrina van Tassel to town bully, Brom Bones), scaredy-cat Ichabod has his worst fears confront him one night when he encounters Sleepy Hollow’s most famous (undead) resident: the terrifying Headless Horseman.
VLAD TEPES (1431-1477): Given the nickname “Vlad the Impaler” by his enemies, the ruthless Vlad Tepes was Prince of Wallachia (now Romania) and a member of the House of Draculesti. Accounts of Vlad’s barbarism (including a rumor that he drank blood) spread throughout Europe, where centuries later, the legend of this imposing figure inspired a young writer named Bram Stoker to pen his 1897 novel Dracula. To make up for his cruel reputation, during Legends & Lanterns, Vlad attempts to win favor from guests with his never-ending supply of bad vampire puns (talk about a real “pain in the neck!”). Eastern European/Transylvanian accent.
HALLOWEEN HISTORY GUIDES: Three roles available. Ever wonder how many of our Halloween traditions started? These ghostly citizens of Main Street's yesteryear have rematerialized to provide entertaining and insightful commentary on the origins of All Hallow's Eve and the customs we enjoy each October. They will also point out areas of mischief, villainy, and the paranormal from Main Street's past, as they lead guests on narrated horse-drawn hayrides through the quaint historic district. For your audition, create a fictional turn-of-the-century character from Main Street's history (perhaps it was the town's gossip columnist, a local showboat performer, constable, saloon owner, etc) and introduce your character in the form of an interesting first-person story.
Auditions are by appointment only
Wednesday, May 8
Thursday, May 9
Sign up HERE