Auditions for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at The Wilton Playshop

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Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.
Directed by Don Bovingloh
Auditions held at The Wilton Playshop

15 Lovers Lane, Wilton, CT
Performances: February 15 - March 2, 2013
This show is written to resemble musical comedy theatre of years gone by.
Beside the principal roles, there is a small ensemble cast of various unspecified characters of all ages. All roles must sing well and able to do standard musical theatre movement.
Dance skills are required for the roles of Janet, Robert, George, Kitty, and the 2 Gangsters.

Character Breakdown:
MAN IN CHAIR: 30 - 50.Man in chair is the very enthusiastic host of the show. He escorts the audience in and out of the fantasy memory of his favorite old Broadway musical "The Drowsy Chaperone". He is extremely charming, personable, sometimes catty, vaguely effeminate, and knows practically every musical ever written during theatre's "golden age".
JANET VAN de GRAAF: 20's. Alto. Excellent dancer / acrobat. Janet must be a belter. She is the show's bright ingénue who plays a bride in the play and is also a rising glamorous musical theatre star as she enthusiastically sings and dances. Her conflict is how to balance her love of the theatre and her love of Robert. MRS. TOTTENDALE: 30 - 50. Alto.She is the air-headed dowager hostess of the wedding. Enough said.
ALDOLPHO: 40's. Bass/baritone, with a great falsetto.He is a thick accented European self-proclaimed "ladies man" with and ego to match. He was a former silent movie star Roman Bartelli. Aldolpho must have outrageous, comical expertise that is at once over the top and completely honest and genuine.
FLEDZIEG: 50 plus. Baritone.Within the musical play he is a Broadway producer, an officious executive type.
ROBERT MARTIN: 20 - 30's Tenor, tap dancer. Robert is a handsome, dashing, and ever optimistic groom and famous matinee-idol from the golden age of film and theatre. He can't pass a mirror without looking at himself. His personality is that of a one-dimensional autograph photo. He is a rather dim bulb but always cheerful with a 100 watt smile.
GEORGE: 30 - 50. Tenor, tap dancer.Robert's anxious best man. Character actor with great comic timing.
KITTY: 20 - 30. Soprano.Kitty is Mr. Feldzieg's "lady friend" / companion. She is dim-witted and also very sexy. Playboy bunny with brain of blond.
2 GANGSTERS: 18 - 40. Tenors, dancers.A vaudeville duo who play the Tall Brothers posing as pastry chefs to disguise their connection to the mob. Need to have fantastic comic timing and adept at physical comedy. Larger than life and full of perpetual enthusiasm.
UNDERLING: 30 - 60. Tenor. Mrs. Tottendale's butler. "Underling" is not quite the slavish servant he appears. He is savvy and quite sophisticated. He appears stiff, stuffy, and possibly British.
TRIX: 20 - 30. Alto.A brave and brash female aviator who can belt her big number.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE: 40 - 60. Alto.She is the alcoholic confidante and "chaperone" of Janet before her wedding. Her character outside of the play is Beatrice Stockwell a well establish stage diva. She is perpetually drunk and in search of a cocktail throughout the play and does her best never to show it. A classy and sophisticated intoxicated matron.

Arrive on time and be prepared to sing, dance and read. (Wear comfortable clothing and shoes you can move in!)
Bring a recent head shot or photo, and acting resume if you have one.
Prepare an up-tempo song to sing; bring your music -- music director Brendan Fox will accompany each auditioner.
For more information: production@wiltonplayshop.org


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