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Local AEA & Non-Union Auditions: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

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PTC Announces Local AEA and Non-Union Auditions for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Local Actors’ Equity Association members and non-union actors

The much-anticipated Utah premiere of a recent Broadway favorite! Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is an electropop opera based on a scandalous slice of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Young and impulsive, Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines. When she falls under the spell of the roguish Anatole, it is up to Pierre, a family friend in the middle of an existential crisis, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation. 

This award-winning musical, with its daring score and bold storytelling, is one of the most requested titles from PTC audiences in recent memory and will be presented in an immersive format never before seen in our 60-year history!


Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
by Dave Malloy             

Adapted from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • April 15 – May 10, 2024 (Rehearsals)

  • May 10 – May 25, 2024 (Performances)

Directed and choreographed by Karen Azenberg
Musical Direction by Phil Reno


Rehearsals run:

Monday – Saturday: Up to eight hours daily (with a break) between the hours of 10:00AM and 8:00PM

Additional hours will be added for Technical Rehearsals beginning May 3.

This audition is for local Actors.  Out of town actors may submit to our casting director Bob Cline for New York auditions.

Audition Information

  • Actors must audition in-person, Friday, January 5.
    • 1:00-2:00 PM (AEA Members ONLY)
    • 2:00-5:00 PM (Non-Union).
  • Call backs are by invitation only and will be held in-person, Saturday, January 6. Times: TBA
  • Audition Location:

    Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
    300 South 1400 East, Room 245
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112 

  • Please prepare 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song that shows off your vocal range and personality.   An accompanist will be provided.  Bring your own music as well as a headshot & resume.
  • If you are auditioning for a specific role, please use the music sides provided below.


Audition Sign-up

Sign-up opens Wednesday, December 27th at 9:00 AM.


NON-UNION ACTORS:  (Non-union actors may only sign-up between 2:00 – 5:00 PM.)  

Cast Breakdown for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

All roles listed in character breakdown below are available.

Pioneer Theatre Company is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and is seeking all races, ethnicities, body types, gender identities, actors with disabilities, and actors of all ages for roles in this production.

In reference to the character descriptions below- most characters we encounter currently are written with man/woman, he/him, or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. However, limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with.

Performers skilled in the following instruments, a plus:

  • Accordion
  • Clarinet
  • Guitar
  • Viola
  • Violin

NATASHA:  Female, 22- 29 year-old ingénue. Profoundly, lethally romantic, innocent, and doughy-eyed. Belt/Soprano (G3-F#5, belt to C5).

PIERRE:  Male, 30s to 40s. The socially awkward, illegitimate son of an old Russian grandee. A melancholy outsider, despite his great wealth. Gruff, pessimistic and detached. Baritone/Tenor (G2-B4)

ANATOLE:  Male, Late 20s to 30s. Aristocrat. Power and Rake-ishness incarnate. Seductive hedonist. Ambisexual – think David Bowie. High Operatic Tenor (C2-C#5).

SONYA:  Female, 20s. Natasha’s dear friend and confidante, she has lived with Natasha’s family like a daughter since childhood. Passionate, selfless, loyal, and devoted to her friend. Mezzo (G3-E5, belt to A4).

HELENE:  Female, Late 20s to 30s.  Aristocrat, the queen of society. Deceptive and amoral. Highly sexualized and not overly intelligent. Sense of humor. Chesty Alto (E3-F5, belt to B4)

MARYA D:  Female. 30s-50s. The grande dame of Moscow, a mother figure, old fashioned and chatty but deeply kind. Strong sense of humor, self-awareness. Glamorous. Cabaret Alto (F3-B4, belt to B4).

DOLOKHOV:  Male. Late 20s to 30s. An enigmatic officer, hedonistic and a bit of a sociopath. Droll sense of humor. Fiercely intelligent. Alternately remorseless and regretful. Baritone (D3-F4)

PRINCESS MARY:  Female, 20’s to 30s.  Lonely, plain, spinster daughter of a wealthy prince. She is cut off from the world in her father’s grand old house and resigned to his cruelty. Mezzo (A3-Eb5, belt to C5, plus operatic soprano to C6).

PRINCE ANDREY/ OLD PRINCE BOLKONSKY:  Male, 30s.  (Actor will double as both parts.)  Prince Andrey is the finest catch in all of Russia. An incredibly handsome and noble officer, very serious, a little gloomy after his years at war and his difficult family. Old before his time and carrying a weight on his heart and mind. A touch of bitterness undercuts his nobility. 

Old Prince Bolkonsky is a conservative, old-fashioned aristocrat whose dementia has causes him to be alternately nasty and incapacitated. Lives with his still unmarried daughter, whom he torments but also relies on to take care of him.  Baritone-Tenor (F2-Eb4). 

BALAGA:  Male. Late 20s-40s. A Russian troika driver, an absolutely mad fantasy-like character. Has supernatural abilities with his troika and can drink incredible amounts. Lower class. Bold. Dripping with energy. Ragged and raw but warm. (Actor also plays a servant and an Opera Singer.)  Baritone (A2-E4).

ENSEMBLE:  All races, ethnicities, types, and sizes.  Since this production will be environmentally staged, movement and agility skills a plus.

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