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“The Drowsy Chaperone” Audition Information

 

Auditions       Tuesday          August 21       3:00- 6:00

                      Wednesday     August 22       3:00- 6:00

Callbacks       Tuesday          August 28       3:00-6:00

 

Rehearsals     every other Sunday (2:00-6:00 p.m.)

                        every other Tuesday (3:00-6:00 p.m.)

                        all Wednesdays (5:00-8:00 p.m.)

                        beginning September 4

 

Show Dates   Friday, December 7     7:00 p.m.

                      Saturday,December 8     7:00 p.m.

                      Sunday,December 9     2:00 p.m.

 

Auditions:       Attend either the August 21 OR August 22 auditions and be prepared to sing a verse and chorus from any song from the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Also, you will have to perform a short dance routine that will be taught at the audition (Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for dancing). All must sing and dance even if going for an acting role. Acting will be seen at the callbacks. The callback list will be posted in M2 on Thursday, August 23 or can be seen at HArts Academy.org.

 

Callbacks:     Callbacks for lead vocal and acting roles will be on Tuesday, August 28 from 3:00-6:00 in the Auditorium. Pick up callback scripts and prepare to sing and read for ALL characters that you were called back for. Scripts do not have to be memorized. We are looking for definite voice and physicality in the creation of characters.

 

Rehearsals:      You must be able to attend ALL rehearsals in order to participate in this production. Rehearsals are all Wednesdays (5:00-8:00 p.m.), every other Sunday (2:00-6:00 p.m.), and every other Tuesday (3:00-6:00 p.m.) beginning September 4. Missed rehearsals will result in you being dropped from the show. Rehearsal dates can be seen on HartsAcademy.org

 

Show Dates:    You must be able to attend all performance dates in order to participate in this production.

 

“The Drowsy Chaperone” Story Synopsis

book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar            music & lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison

The Man in Chair, a mousy Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy. As he listens to this record, he is transported into the musical. The characters appear and his apartment is transformed into an impressive Broadway show.

Wealthy widow Mrs. Tottenham is hosting the wedding of the year! Janet Van de Graaff, glittering starlet of Feldzieg’s Follies, is leaving the stage for love, a turn of events which horrifies the angry and anxious Mr. Feldzieg, whose chief investor has sent two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs to make sure he stops the wedding. Hiring Aldolpho, a Latin lover, to seduce the bride, is unsuccessful, as Janet’s chaperone, a drunken diva, gets herself mistaken for the bride and seduced in Janet’s place. The eager best man, George, quite by accident breaks up the happy couple, when he sends groom Robert Martin out to the garden, blindfolded, and in roller skates. This playful, heartfelt parody of American musicals from the Jazz Age, examines the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them.

 

All participants must:

Maintain a 2.0 grade point average with no more than 1 Fail.

Sell at least 20 tickets at $8 each.

Attend ALL rehearsals and performances.

Be respectful, cooperative and willing to learn.

 

Role

Character Breakdown, (songs = solo + group)

Lines

Songs

Man in Chair

The narrator of the show. He is essentially a neurotic shut-in. But he is truly happy listening to his collection of soundtracks from classic Broadway shows. His mannerisms and tics should be funny and charming but also realistic. (Leading pivotal role with much monologuing)*Must be a spectacular actor

185+

0

 

Janet Van de Graff

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) *Must be an excellent actor, singer and dancer, a true triple threat

63

3 +5

 

Robert Martin

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) *Must be an great actor and singer, and a good dancer

39

2 +5

 

The Drowsy Chaperone

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) *Must be a great actor & singer

33

3 +5

Aldolpho

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) *Must be a great actor & singer

33

2 +5

Mrs. Tottendale

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) *Must be an good actor and singer

38

1 +5

Underling

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) *Must be an good actor and ok singer

35

½ +5

Mr. Feldzieg

A nun of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris's soul music. F3- B4 *Must be an excellent actor, a great singer and good dancer

64

½ +5

Kitty

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) *Must be a good actor, dancer and singer

20

1 + 5

George

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. Vocal range: Tenor (F3-Bb4) *Must be a good actor, singer and dancer

32

1+5

Gangsters

# 1 & # 2

Two jovial gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. Typical 1920s Broadway gangsters full of word play and stylized movements. Good comic timing required. Vocal range: Tenor (Db3-Gb4) *Must be a good comedic actors, a good singers and dancers

28/

24

1+5

Trix the Aviatrix

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) *Must be an great singer

1

2+5

 

Ensemble

Reporter # 1 (3 lines), Reporter # 2 (3 lines), Superintendent (14 lines), Servants, Party Guests, etc. *Must be a good singers and dancers

0

0+8

 

* Audition songs must be sung in the same key of the music. See the Original Broadway Cast version of the songs for reference.

 

The Drowsy Chaperone Songs

Overture

n/a

Hello

Man in Chair

Fancy Dress

Tottendale, Underling, Robert, George, Feldzieg, Kitty, Gangsters, Aldolpho, Janet, Drowsy, Trix & Ensemble

Percy Hyman

Man in Chair

Cold Feets

Robert, George

The Ooops Girl

Man in Chair

Show Off

Janet & Ensemble

Beatrice Stockwell

Man in Chair

As We Stumble Along

Drowsy & Ensemble

Roman Bartelli

Man in Chair

I Am Aldolpho

Aldolpho, Drowsy

Accident Waiting to Happen

Janet, Robert

The Tall Brothers

Man in Chair

Toledo Surprise

Gangsters, Kitty, Feldzieg, Tottendale & All

Act I Finale

All

Message From a Nightingale

Drowsy, Aldolpho, Kitty, Gangsters & Ensemble

Bride’s Lament

Janet & Ensemble

Love is Always Lovely in the End

Tottendale, Underling

George’s Triumph

Trix & All

I Do, I Do in the Sky

Trix & All

As We Stumble Along Reprise

All

  • Audition song must be sung in the same key as the music

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