Auditions for LEND ME A TENOR and GYPSY

Audition dates & character breakdowns are posted below for both productions. Additional details and audition requirements will be posted soon! Be sure to join our mailing list, as well as like our Facebook page to receive audition updates as they become available!

LEND ME TENOR

By Ken Ludwig, Directed by Pam Amodio
PERFORMANCE DATES: May 3-18, 2019
AUDITION DATES: February 25 & 26, 2019
Audition requirements & more details coming soon!

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
(Please note that the ages listed are the “playing” age – not necessarily the age of the actor.)

MAX (20’s-30’s) – Assistant to Saunders. An aspiring opera singer, but low self-confidence. In love with Maggie.

MAGGIE (20’s-30’s) – Daughter of Saunders. Smart and practical. Max’s girlfriend, but longing for an adventurous fling.

SAUNDERS (50’s) – Maggie’s father and General Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. He is uptight and has a short fuse.

TITO (30’s-50’s) – A world famous Italian tenor known as Il Stupendo. He loves Maria but finds it hard to resist his adoring female fans.

MARIA (30’s-40’s) – Tito’s wife. A proud, passionate and temperamental woman who is growing weary of her husband’s wandering eye.

BELLHOP (20’s-30’s) – An energetic fan of Tito, he uses the opportunity to get close to the star.

DIANA (30’s-40’s) – A soprano at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Sexy and forceful, she hopes to make a connection with Tito and move up to bigger venues.

JULIA (60’s) – Chairman of the Opera Guild. A well-to-do and cultured matronly woman, who is very invested in the Cleveland Grand Opera Company’s performance of Otello.

 

GYPSY

Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Ian Galligan
PERFORMANCE DATES: July 16-August 10, 2019
AUDITION DATES: May 6, 7 & 8, 2019
Audition requirements & more details coming soon!

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
(Please note that the ages listed are the “playing” age – not necessarily the age of the actor.)

MOMMA ROSE (ages from 35-50) The ultimate stage mother. Lives her life vicariously through her two daughters, whom she’s put into show business. She is loud, brash, pushy and single-minded, but at times can be doting and charming. She is holding down demons of her own that she is afraid to face. Her voice is the ultimate powerful Broadway belt. Minimal dance but must move well. Comic timing a must. Strong Mezzo/Alto with good low notes and belt.

BABY JUNE (about 10) is a Shirley Temple-like up-and-coming vaudeville star, and Madam Rose’s youngest daughter. Her onstage demeanor is sugary-sweet, cute, precocious and adorable to the nth degree. Must be no taller than 3′, 5″. An adorable character – Mama Rose’s shining star. Strong child singer, strong dancer and taps. Mezzo.

YOUNG LOUISE (about 12) She should look a couple years older than Baby June. She is Madam Rose’s brow-beaten oldest daughter, and has always played second fiddle to her baby sister. She is shy, awkward, a little sad and subdued; she doesn’t have the confidence of her sister.  Strong acting skills needed. The character always dances slightly out of step but the actress playing this part must be able to dance. Mezzo singer.

HERBIE (about 45) agent for Rose’s children and Rose’s boyfriend and a possible husband number 4. He has a heart of gold but also has the power to defend the people he loves with strength. Minimum dance. A Baritone, sings in one group number, two duets and trio with Rose and Louise. Strong acting role.

DAINTY JUNE(ages 16-24) Baby June as a young teenager. The older she gets, the less she enjoys being her mother’s trained monkey. Strong Alto, must be able to belt a song and have decent dancing skills. The ability to do the splits and twirl a baton a big plus, but not a requirement. Must dance very well, taps, strong Broadway teen singer, close harmony skills preferred.

LOUISE/GYPSY ROSE LEE(ages 18-25) Baby Louise as a teenager, who grows up to be Gypsy Rose Lee. Still pushed aside by Madam Rose in favor of June, until she herself becomes her mother’s new pet project. Should be able to move well. Actress must be 18 or over to play this role. Minimum actual dance but must have very strong movement skills, strong acting skills needed. Must be able to portray both the awkward teen and a sophisticated woman we know now as Gypsy Rose Lee. Must dance inside a dancing cow costume, must be comfortable with the character’s profession – stripping. The character is very scantily clad but never actual appears in the nude. Mezzo (needs light sound for “little Lamb” and belt for “Let Me Entertain You.”)

TULSA(ages 17 – 20) Boy-next-door type. Strives to break out of the troupe with an act of his own. Sings and dances “All I Need Is the Girl.” Extremely strong dancer in all styles of show dance including tap. Good singer, charming, very athletic and handsome young man. High Baritone.

TESSIE TURA(20s-40s) a stripper just past her prime. Big Broadway voice (Mezzo Belt), strong movement/dance, ballet training helpful. A burlesque dancer that shares her dressing room with Louise. She was once a ballerina and still has some of the moves. A course broad who’s been around the block. Very funny.

MAZEPPA(20s-40s) a stripper just past her prime. Big Broadway voice (Alto Belt), strong movement/dance, powerful character. A burlesque dancer who’s tough and physically intimidating. Trumpet playing skills would be outstanding but not required.

ELECTRA(20s-40s) a stripper just past her prime. Big Broadway voice (Mezzo Belt), strong movement/dance. Quieter than her counterparts but her costume is wired with lights, allowing her to “shine” without working up a sweat. Ditzy and sweet.

MISS CRATCHITT(20+) the production assistant for the Grantzinger theater, N.Y.C. The comedic role.

YOUNG WOMEN’S ENSEMBLE (ages 20-30) singer/dancers who act as both the back up dancers for Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee and perform in the large burlesque numbers in the second act. Strong dancers. Some comic skills very helpful. Very minimal singing. A few have minor expanded roles.

YOUNG MEN’S ENSEMBLE (ages 16-20) Six young men sing and dance backup for teenage June, plus join in the number “Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone.” Should be strong singers and dancers. Will double as small parts in Act I and Act II, plus some backup dancing in Gypsy’s strip routine. Must be very strong dancers and singers. Comic time preferred.

CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE (ages 10-12) Two or three young boys and one young girl. Baby June’s back up dancers and singers. Ability of one child to play accordion or clarinet a plus. Must sing and dance.

MR. KRINGELIN (35+) the put upon manager of a hotel.

MR. GOLDSTONE (30+) Booking agent for the Orpheum Theater Circuit. Chaplin-like skills a must never speaks.

CIGAR (adult male, age 30-50) rather aggressive owner of a burlesque theatre, Classic character part.

ADULT ENSEMBLE (20s-40’s) – Stage Mothers, Strippers, Stagehands, Backstage Figures, Showgirls, etc.