AUDITIONS - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
The City of Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department and The Art Park Players will be holding open auditions for their next production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, Tuesday, August 22, beginning at 7 p.m., Callbacks will be on Wednesday, August 23 if necessary.
Prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show. There will be NO accompanist. You must bring a CD with an accompaniment, or have a digital file (flash drive/or mobile) provided it is edited and cued correctly. A résumé and 8”×10” headshot is requested, but not required. Please also wear or bring comfortable dance attire, as all who audition will be required to learn a short dance/movement combination.
Bring a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. Any conflicts with the posted schedule must be discussed with the Producer and agreed to by the Director before casting can be confirmed. THE DROWSY CHAPERONE will be directed by David Eck with choreography by Heather Steele, musical direction by Alex Musgrove, and technical direction by Joe Piper.
Auditions will be held at the Theatre/Courts Building at 1302 Center Street, Deer Park, TX 77536.
Performances Dates: October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27 and 28
Rehearsals will begin on August 28th. Rehearsals will be Monday through Friday 7-10 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (subject to change)
To be considered for all roles, you must be able to commit to all rehearsals during the tech weeks October 2 - through opening night on October 13.
ROLES TO BE CAST:
Man In Chair: (40+) Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.
Janet Van de Graaff: (20-30) 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 1920s starlet. Strong movement and special skills (acrobatics, juggling, etc.) a plus. Vocal range: Alto with big belt (G3-E5)
Robert Martin: (20-30) 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: (35+) 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 Liza Minnelli meets Tallulah Bankhead. Vocal range: Alto with strong belt (F3-D5)
Aldolpho: (35+) 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 (ANumber 2-G4)
Mrs. Tottendale: (40+) 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. Vocal range: Alto character voice (G3-Db5)
Underling: (40+) 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)
Mr. Feldzieg: (30+) 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: (20-30) 1920s dumb blonde chorine. She is Mr. Feldzieg’s 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: (20-30) 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. Vocal range: Tenor (F3-Bb4)
Gangsters 1 and 2: (20+) Two jovial gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. Typical 1920s Broadway gangsters full of word play and stylized movements. Good comic timing and dancing skills required. Vocal range: Tenor (Db3-Gb4)
Trix the Aviatrix: (30+) The brave and brash female aviator. She is sassy, sleek and a take charge kind of gal. May double in the ensemble. Vocal range: Alto (Ab3-Eb5)
Superintendent- The “Super” of Man-In Chair’s building who interrupts the production
Ensemble (Household Staff, Reports, etc.) - various roles-some with lines. All dance and sing.
Songs: Fancy Dress, Show Off, As We Stumble Along, Toledo Surprise, Act 1 Finale, Bride’s Lament, Wedding Bells Number 2, I Do I Do In The Sky, Finale Ultimo
Please contact David Eck 281-478-2048 if you are unable to make auditions and would like to schedule a private appointment, or have any additional questions