Auditions

Music Man Auditions

Location: Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Friday, January 4: 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, January 5:  2-6 p.m.

Actors of ALL AGES are urged to audition for this production, which requires a large cast spanning many age ranges. We will be casting both singers and/or dancers in the ensemble. While the ability to both sing and dance would be great, please consider auditioning if just singing or dancing is your strength!

Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to sing 32 bars of music in the style of the show that will best display their vocal ability. Selecting music from the show itself is very much encouraged. An accompanist will be provided. Additionally, those auditioning will be asked to read from the script during the audition.

Auditions will consist of:

•  Vocal Music (Bring sheet music. Children may sing Happy Birthday or prepare a song.)
•  Choreography (Wear comfortable clothes/shoes.)
•  Readings

Casting Needs:Character Breakdown

(Character ages listed are guidelines only.  If you’re not that age, but you can play that age, please audition)

HAROLD HILL – 20-35
Leading man, charismatic and charming, good actor, average singer/mover.

MARIAN PAROO – AGE 20-35
Leading lady, excellent voice,strong actress, moves well, confident. G – High G.

MARCELLUS WASHBURN – AGE 20-35
Good actor, comic timing, sings and dances.

MRS. PAROO – AGE 35-55, or able to play that age
Mother to Marion and Winthrop, good actress, singer, capable of Irish brogue. A flat – High E flat.

MAYOR SHINN – AGE 35-55 or able to play that age
Good actor, comic timing.

EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN – AGE 30-55
Good actress, comic timing. D – High D.

THE BARBERSHOP QUARTET: – AGES College and Up
EWART DUNLOP, OLIVER HIX, JACEY SQUIRES, OLIN BRITT
Important singing roles, capable of holding harmonies, some acting.
Olin–Bass: A – High D
Oliver–Baritone: E – High F sharp
Ewart–Baritone: E – F sharp
Jacey–Tenor: B – High A

CHARLIE COWELL – AGE College and Up
Good actor, strong speaking voice.

ETHEL TOFFELMIER – AGE College and Up
Good actress, good singer and moves well. D – High D.

ALMA HIX, MAUD DUNLOP, MRS. SQUIRES – AGES College and Up
Pick-A-Little ladies core group, strong singers, comic timing, move well, married to 3 of Quartet men. All: D – High D.

CONSTABLE LOCKE (DOUBLES WITH TRAIN CONDUCTOR) – AGE College and Up
Good actor; sings with ensemble.

ADULT ENSEMBLE – AGES – College and UP
Five men, five women. Sing and/or dance.

TEEN ROLES

TOMMY DJILAS – AGE 16-College
Handsome, teen heartthrob, good actor and dancer, sings with ensemble.

ZANEETA SHINN – AGE 14-College
Excellent dancer, Mayor’s daughter, love interest to Tommy, sings with ensemble.

TEEN ENSEMBLE – AGE 16-College
Five boys, five girls. Sing, and/or dance.

CHILDREN’S ROLES

WINTHROP PAROO – AGE 10-13
Young, shy son to Mrs. Paroo/brother to Marion, capable of lisp, sings and dances. C – High E flat.

AMARYLLIS – AGE 10-13
Good actress, same size and age as Winthrop or slightly older. Taller, slightly bratty, sings and dances.

GRACIE SHINN – AGE 10-13
Good singer, Mayor’s younger daughter. B – E flat.

CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE – AGE 10-15
Five + boys, five + girls. Sing and/or dance.

 

 

Auditions for Blood Wedding

Come audition for our spring drama directed by Matt and Kris Brewbaker!

Sunday, December 9th from 2 pm to 5 pm, Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room D

Monday, December 10th from 6 pm to 9 pm, Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room B

Blood Wedding is a lyrical and a mythical tale of love and tragedy. The story begins with an engagement which will unite two wealthy land owners. The groom is the surviving son from a family that has seen too much murder and revenge. The Bride was previously betrothed to Leonardo but his family was deemed too poor for the marriage to occur and is now looking to move on and embrace her new life.

Featuring many of Lorca’s themes of nature and the danger of allowing society to dictate human emotion, this play weaves poetry and song into a story of humanity, love, and loss.

Sides will be provided at auditions.

Roles:

Bride – age: 20ish, young woman who was originally betrothed to Leonardo before marriage was called off by her family

Mother – age: 50ish, Groom’s mother; a bitter and protective woman who lost a husband and son by Leonardo’s family

Bridegroom – age: 20ish, remaining son of Mother, ambitious and polite

Leonardo – age: 20ish, impetuous, determined, aggressive and still in love with Bride

Leonardo’s wife – age: 20ish (some singing involved), Bride’s cousin, sweet and all too aware of Leonardo’s issues

Leonardo’s mother-in-law – age: 50ish (some singing involved), caretaker of the family, distrustful of Leonardo

Father – age: 50ish, Bride’s father, protective and interested in the merging of estates, widowed

Maid/Criada – age: 50 or older (some singing involved), the maid of Bride and Father, very close with Bride

Neighbor – age: 30 or older, woman

Moon – woman, any age, dazzling and dangerous. Lines are all poetry with possibility of some singing.

Beggarwoman – Any age, mysterious and possibly dangerous

Young girl – age: 8 to 12 years old

Woodcutters (3) – age: 20 or older, male

Various other smaller roles, some of which may be dual cast (3 young women age 12 or up)

 

Auditions for Mrs. Bob Crachit’s Wild Christmas Binge

Come audition for our holiday comedy!

Sunday September 16th
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room D
2pm-5pm

Monday September 17th
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room B
6pm-9pm

Audition Requirements: The auditions will consist of a cold reading, as well as 16 bars of a song, (a favorite Christmas carol would be more than acceptable). It should be noted that while vocals will be considered, they are secondary to acting and comedic ability for this particular show.

In this departure from Dickens, young Scrooge’s exclamations of “Bah, humbug!” are an undiagnosed “kind of seasonal Tourette’s Syndrome,” and The Ghost of Christmas Past is played by a sassy African-American woman with enough attitude to portray all three spirits (which she does). She tries to show Scrooge his past, present and future in order to change him, but her magic keeps malfunctioning in Durang’s version of the beloved holiday classic, and they consistently find themselves transported to the wrong time and place. She tries to take Scrooge back to see his old employers, the Fezziwigs—”always an audience favorite”—but instead she and Scrooge keep appearing in the present at the Cratchit’s pathetic home. Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the Dickens, takes center stage here. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage: She’s sick of Tiny Tim (the goody-goody crippled child), she hates her twenty other children (most of them confined to the root cellar), including oversized Little Nell, and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. As the Ghost loses more control, the plot morphs into parodies of Oliver Twist, “The Gift of the Magi” and It’s a Wonderful Life. And to make matters worse, Scrooge and Mrs. Bob seem to be kindred souls falling in love. With a dénouement that is two parts Touched by an Angel and one part The Queen of Mean, Scrooge’s tale of redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head.

GHOST – (20’s to 40’s) a striking theatrical woman with a lot of soul. No accent.

EBENEEZER SCROOGE – (40’s to 60’s) a sour, cranky and grumpy man who hates Christmas. English accent.

BOB CRATCHIT – (30’s to 40’s) a mild mannered, suffering blob of a man. Scrooge’s employee, and family man. English accent.

MRS. BOB CRATCHIT – (30’s to 40’s) an exhausted and fed up house wife. No accent.

TINY TIM – (adult actor 20’s) a boyish adult. Always positive despite his limp. English accent.

LITTLE NELL – (adult actress, 20’s to 30’s) Bob and Mrs. Bob’s daughter. She is not “little”.

MR. FEZZIWIG – (30’s to 50’s) extremely cheerful and happy, his personality dominates the room. English accent.

GEORGE BAILEY – (20’s to 40’s) happy and hyper.

GHOST OF JACOB MARLEY – (40’s to 60’s) Scrooge’s former business partner, misunderstood. English accent.

THE NICE MRS. CRATCHIT – (20’s to 30’s) lovely, sweet, calm, generous. She’s everything that Mrs. Cratchit isn’t. English accent. Also plays Mrs. Dutch Person (dutch accent) and Lovely Irish Voice (Irish accent).

YOUNG EBENEEZER – (boy, age 8 to 13) a young Scrooge with seasonal Tourette’s Syndrome. English accent.

YOUNG JACOB MARLEY – (girl, age 8 to 13) a young Jacob, he actually likes Christmas. English accent.