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Spring Musical Audition Info

 

Audition Info


Auditions will be Monday, December 11th from 3-5:30 (or until we’re done, depending on turnout) in the chorus room. Students should prepare 16-32 measures of a broadway song to sing for the directors. An accompanist will be provided- please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. You may also use a karaoke track, but a cappella auditions will not be allowed. There will also be a short dance audition- please wear comfortable clothing in which you can move. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! This dance audition will be short and simple to assess ability.


Callbacks will be Tuesday, December 12th from 3-? in the chorus room. The callback list will be posted via the Drama Club remind and on the Drama Club bulletin board (near Mr. Cowher’s office). In the event you are called back, you will be taught song(s) from the show for whatever role(s) for which you are being considered. You will also be given a reading, and will be paired multiple times.


The first rehearsal (Read-thru) will be on Tuesday, January 2nd (right after we’re back from break), from 3-5:30 with music rehearsals starting the next day. Rehearsals usually take place M-Th 3-5 until tech/dress rehearsals. Students will receive a calendar schedule for the entire length of the rehearsal process at read-thru.


Synopsis


Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.


With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

 

Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Because of its many featured roles and accessible script, The Drowsy Chaperone will fit perfectly into any company's season or school's calendar.


More information can be found at https://www.mtishows.com/the-drowsy-chaperone.  



Casting

Cast Size: Flexible

Cast Type: Ensemble Cast

Dance Requirements: Standard



Character Breakdown


Man (or Woman) In Chair- Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl. Big monologues-carries the show.

Gender: Male/Female


Mrs. Tottendale- The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: G3-Db5


Underling- Mrs. Tottendale's savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: Ab2-G4


Robert Martin-The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: C3-Ab4


George- Robert's anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert's best-interest always at heart.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: F3-Bb4


Feldzieg- Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by Jack Adler.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: Db3-Db4


Kitty- Feldzieg's dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by Sadie Adler. Think Lena Lamont.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Bb3-F5


Gangsters- Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers. Huge comic roles.

Gender: Male/Female

Vocal range top: Db3-Gb4


Aldolpho- European self-proclaimed "ladies man"; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli. Over the top Rico Suave character.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: A#2-G4


Janet Van De Graaf- The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg's Follies; played by rising star Jane Roberts.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: G3-A5


The Drowsy Chaperone- Janet's drowsy confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell

Gender: Female

Vocal range: F3-D5

 

Trix- The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding. WILL ALSO BE A MEMBER OF THE ENSEMBLE

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Ab3-Eb5


Ensemble

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