Open Auditions for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

The Castle Craig Players will hold additional auditions for their upcoming production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE on Sunday January 21 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Directed by Ian Galligan, Musical Direction by Mark Ceppetelli.

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 are provided.

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.)

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)

Audition Cut: Audition Cut – JANET Show Off (measure 124 – end)

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)

Audition CutAudition Cut – ROBERT Accident Waiting to Happen (measure 2-25)

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)

Audition Cut: Audition Cut – CHAPERONE As We Stumble Along (measure 49-end)

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)

Audition CutAudition Cut – MRS TOTTENDALE Love Is Always Lovely (Top-measure 21)

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)

Audition Cut: Audition Cut – UNDERLING Fancy Dress (measure 9-25)

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)

Audition Cut: Audition Cut – FELDZIG Finale Ultimo (Top – measure 32)

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)

Audition Cut: Audition Cut – KITTY Toledo Surprise (measure 100-116)

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)

Audition Cut: Audition Cut – GEORGE Cold Feet (measure 27-60 – Robert’s part)

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)

Audition Cut: Audition Cut – GANGSTERS Toledo Surprise (top-measure 35)

 

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.

Audition Cuts: Please choose one of the above cuts.

Please Note: The roles of THE MAN IN CHAIR, ALDOLPHO and TRIX have been cast. 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.