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January 6, 2018

Auditions for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE – Jan 7 & 8

The Castle Craig Players will hold open auditions for their upcoming production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. Directed by Ian Galligan, Musical Direction by Mark Ceppetelli.

AUDITION DATES: Sunday, January 7 & Monday, January 8 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm

PERFORMANCE DATES: April 6-15, 2018 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm)

Rehearsal Begin: Early February 2018.

SEEKING: Seeking adult actors of all types with strong comedic acting skills. Actors must be ages 18 & over. See Character Breakdown and Audition Requirements below.

Please prepare a song from the breakdown below, based on the role(s) you’re interested in. Links to download the sheet music with appropriate cuts can he found HERE.

Please also be prepared to read from the script, and learn a short movement/dance combination (dress comfortably – and bring dance shoes, if you have them). Bring a resume & head shot or recent photo of yourself.

Please email CastleCraigPlayers@gmail.com to schedule an audition time slot. Be sure to state which evening you prefer to attend- and, attach your resume & head shot, if possible. Walk-ins will only be seen if time permits.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
(Please note that the ages listed are the “playing” age – not necessarily the age of the actor. We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the show, as much as possible, prior to the auditions.)

MAN IN THE CHAIR: (20s-60s) Passionate musical theatre fan. His favorite musical is “The Drowsy Chaperone.” At times sarcastic, and emotional, but usually funny. A pleasant narrator of the story as it comes to life in his apartment. Limited singing/dancing as the Man in the Chair is usually speaking during the musical numbers. (Note: this is an extremely monologue-heavy part, so if memorization is a struggle for you, this is not the role for you.)

JANET VAN DE GRAAFF: (20s-30s) Star of Feldzieg’s Follies who is conflicted about giving up her life on the stage to marry Robert Martin. Attractive, vivacious, outgoing personality. She loves being the center of attention and is the consummate 1920’s starlet. Strong movement and special skills (acrobatics, juggling, etc.) a plus. Vocal range: Alto with big belt (G3-E5)

ROBERT MARTIN: (20s-40) The groom-to-be who is deeply in love with Janet. He is the token 1920s leading man – debonair, dashing, and a matinee idol. He is cheesy, cheerful, and optimistic. Must be able to tap dance and roller skate. Vocal range: Tenor (C3 – Ab4)

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE: (30s-50s) Janet’s alcoholic confidante. Care-free, often because she is drunk. An experienced “woman of the world” who couldn’t care less what the world thinks. A melodramatic diva to be reckoned with who gleefully chews the scenery and steals just about every scene she is in. Great comedic role. Think Tallulah Bankhead meets Vera from “Mame”. Vocal range: Alto with strong belt (F3-D5)

ALDOLPHO: (30s-40s) Latin lothario. A womanizing cad who is very impressed with himself. He is confident, vigorous, and a buffoon. Vaudeville-style acting and fake Spanish/Italian accent required. Should have great comic timing. Vocal range: Bass/Baritone + great falsetto (A#2-G4)

MRS. TOTTENDALE: (40-60s) A wealthy widow and host of the wedding. She is flighty, eccentric, often times forgetful, and funny. She is absolutely charming, bubbly and oblivious to the confusion her behavior generates in other people. Must be willing to learn a simple ukulele piece, if cast. Vocal range: Alto character voice (G3-Db5)

UNDERLING: (40s-60s) Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant. He is stoic, dry-humored and sarcastic. A cross between Arthur Treacher and Niles the butler from The Nanny. Vocal range: Tenor character voice (Ab2-G4)

FELDZIEG: (40s-60s) Harried producer who will do anything to stop the wedding in order to keep Janet in the Follies. He is nervous, sarcastic, impatient, overbearing, and insensitive. Vocal range: Baritone (Db3-Db4)

KITTY: (20s-40s) 1920s dumb blonde chorine. She is Mr. Feldzieg’s obnoxious companion and will do anything to be a leading lady. A cross between Norma Cassady from “Victor Victoria” and Lena Lamont from “Singin’ in the Rain”. Vocal range: Soprano comedic belt (Bb3-F5)

GEORGE: (20s-40s) Robert’s anxious best man. He is loyal, sincere, and nervous. Makes looking out for Robert’s interests his top priority so that the wedding will come off without a hitch. Must be able to tap dance. Vocal range: Tenor (F3-Bb4)

GANGSTERS 1 & 2: (20s-40s) Two jovial gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. Typical 1920’s Broadway gangsters full of word play and stylized movements. Good comic timing and dancing skills required. Vocal range: Tenor (Db3-Gb4)

TRIX THE AVIATRIX: (20-50) The brave and brash female aviator. She is sassy, sleek and a take charge kind of gal. Preferably an African American actress as originally cast. May double in the ensemble. Vocal range: Alto (Ab3-Eb5)

ENSEMBLE: (20-40) A strong ensemble, all of whom play many characters (Tottendale’s staff, Monkeys, reporters, photographers, Chinese monks, wedding guests, etc.) Opportunities for featured dancers. All vocal ranges. All ensemble must move well. Special skills (acrobatics, juggling, etc.) a plus.

Please Note: Roles/Doubling subject to change at the discretion of the production team.

Please email CastleCraigPlayers@gmail.com with any questions or to schedule an audition time slot.

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