Thank you for your interest in auditioning for The Western Stage!
Before you begin, please read the following so that you are familiar with our process:
December 9, 2017 – SpringFEST Auditions
LIVE! A Musical Showcase, Emma: A Pop Musical, The Princess Who Had No Hair
January 20, 2018 – General Auditions
It Can’t Happen Here, The Secret Garden, Hair, The Ballad of Juan Jose, Legacy of Light, The Drowsy Chaperone
Email Casting Coordinator Malinda DeRouen at TWScasting@gmail.com to make your audition appointment!
It Can’t Happen Here
By Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen
Based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis
1st Rehearsal – April 14; Tech Starts – May 25
June 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23
Lewis’ tale keeps insinuating itself into our lives because of its insight into American politics. It tells of the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Sound familiar? A frightening reminder of just how fragile democracies really are.
Doremus Jessup 40-50
The liberal democratic editor of the local newspaper with a strong sense of justice.
Emma Jessup 40-50
The wife of Doremus.
Sissy, Philip, Mary Jessup 20’s
The Doremus children.
Lorinda Pike 40-50
Local bar owner and liberal activist.
Berzilius “Buzz” Windrip 40-50
Charismatic, populist Senator, later President.
Shad Ledue 30-60
Doremus’ hired worker.
Effington Swan 30
Townspeople, Politicians, Minute Men
The Secret Garden, The Musical
Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
1st Rehearsal – May 5; Tech Starts – June 15
June 23, 24, 29, 30 & July 1, 7, 8, 13, 14
Based on a beloved Victorian children’s story, with a soaring musical score, this is the story of ten-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who is sent off to the Yorkshire Highlands to live with reclusive, long-suffering relatives she has never met. Mary’s feisty and determined spirit peels away the gloomy sadness that surrounds her uncles and invalid cousin showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.”
Mary Lennox Lead Mezzo 10-15
Recently arrived to Misselthwaite Manor from India, she is sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven, after her parents and everyone she has ever known has died in a cholera outbreak. She is spoilt child, now bewildered and alone. Initially she is petulant and rude, but evolves into a girl full of spirit. In her heart she is a warm girl.
Archibald Craven Lead Tenor 35-45
Mary’s crippled uncle and now guardian — a reclusive man haunted by the memory of his beloved late wife Lily, lost in childbirth. He is a deeply unhappy, reclusive man who has been preoccupied with his loss for 10 years.
Colin Craven Supporting Boy Soprano 10-12
The invalid son of Archibald. Colin has been sickly since his mother died giving birth to him. He had no company other than his dour uncle and servants. He us capable of being very rude and petulant, but is essentially sweet-natured.
Lily Craven Lead Soprano 25-35
The spirit of Archibald’s wife, Colin’s mother, Mary’s aunt. A warm and loving woman who deeply loved Archie. She is a benevolent presence watching over her unhappy husband, son and niece.
Dr. Neville Craven Supporting Baritone 22-35
The younger brother of Archie, Neville is Colin’s physician. He is resentful of his position as the younger brother. A humorless, bitter man.
Martha Supporting Mezzo 22-35
Mary’s chambermaid. She is Mary’s first friend, giving her advice and inspiration. Extremely warm, optimistic, good-hearted girl, feisty and courageous.
Dickon Supporting Tenor 16-28
Martha’s younger brother who introduces Mary to the gardens and the wild things of the Cornish Moor. He has a magical understanding of plants and animals, very much in tune with the forces of nature. Very sweet-natured and gentle.
Ben Weatherstaff Supporting Baritone 45+
Ben is the head gardener. He tended Miss Lily’s garden until his back prevented him from doing so. He is loyal to the late Lily. Rough and gruff, but essentially kind.
Mrs. Medlock Supporting Speaking Only 35+
The housekeeper at the Craven residence. Confident, business- like, mean. Shows little warmth.
Mrs. Winthrop Cameo Speaking Only 40+
The headmistress of a school. Believes in strong discipline.
Major Shelley Cameo Speaking Only 25+
An army officer.
Mrs. Shelley Cameo Speaking Only 25+
Wife to Major Shelley.
The remaining “Dreamers” consist of Mary’s parents, staff and friends in colonial India, all of whom died in a cholera epidemic. They appear as individuals and as a “Greek chorus”, commenting on events for the living and in flashbacks to their lives in England and India. They are all watching over Mary. Collectively they form the vocal ensemble.
Ayah Supporting Alto 20-40
Mary’s Indian nanny and main caregiver.
Fakir Supporting Tenor 25-40
Fakir is an Indian Holy man.
Rose Supporting Mezzo 25-35
Sister to Lily, mother to Mary. Seen first as Mary’s uncaring mother, then in ghostly form. Beautiful, vain and spoilt. In life, lacking in maternal qualities.
Cpt. Albert Lennox Supporting Tenor 30-35
Rose’s husband and Mary’s father, a military man, who also returns as a ghost. A warm and loving father.
Alice Supporting Soprano 25-35
Rose’s friend. Well to do.
Lt. Peter Wright Supporting Baritone 25-35
An army officer.
Lt. Ian Shaw Supporting Tenor 25-35
An army officer.
Major Holmes Supporting Bass 30-45
An army officer.
Claire Holmes Supporting Soprano 25-30
Major Holmes’ wife. A well to do lady.
Book & Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado
Music by Galt McDermot
1st Rehearsal – June 23; Tech Starts – August 3
August 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 & September 1
Hair is more than just a musical: it is a social and cultural phenomenon, a jubilant assertion of life and freedom and a cry of protest. The show was born out of protest, but its spirit is one of affirmation. Hair brought counter-cultural values to a mass audience and helped loosen up a whole generation.
Claude Lead Rock Tenor 18-35
A lover of life and the picture of a young man next door of the 60’s. A charismatic leader who struggles with the conflict of what his heart tells him is right and what the authorities around him lead him to believe.
George Berger Lead Rock Tenor 18-35
The tribe leader. A social activist recently kick out of high school. High energy, athletic, wild. Strong presence and, though he may be a young man, he is looked up to.
Sheila Lead Rock Alto 18-35
A second semester student and passionate protester from NYU who lives with Berger and Claude, aspires to spread love, loves Berger but fascinated by Claude. Wants to change society through peaceful protest.
Jeanie Supporting Alto 18-35
A follower, not a leader. Incredibly sweet, understands Claude better than anyone. Wise, passionate, creative and pregnant.
Crissy Supporting Mezzo 18-35
A flower child mourning a lost love. The youngest female of the tribe
Dionne Supporting Mezzo 18-35
Energetic and lots of fun. Great with comedy and ad-lib vocals.
Hud Supporting Rock Baritone 18-35
Speaks his mind. High energy, spiritual performer with a strong voice and presence.
Woof Supporting Rock Tenor 18-35
High energy, versatile performer. Looks up to Berger and Mick Jagger
This is not a typical musical chorus, as the entire cast is a true ensemble. Tribe members sing lead in many featured songs and play many roles in the show including the principals, parents, historical figures, and more. Energetic, creative performers with heart and passion.
American Night: The Ballad of Juan José
By Richard Montoya
1st Rehearsal – August 11; Tech Starts – September 14
September 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 & October 5, 6, 7
As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession to pass takes him on a fantastical odyssey through U.S. history guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the country’s toughest times. American Night: The Ballad of Juan José is a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth.
A Mexican citizen who is in the process of becoming an US citizen to better the life of his family.
The following characters will double as multiple smaller roles:
Legacy Of Light
By Karen Zacarias
1st Rehearsal – September 8; Tech Starts – October 19
October 27, 28 & November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11
Two women scientists, living hundreds of years apart, explore the meaning of love, motherhood, family, art and science in this contemporary comedy. Legacy of Light juxtaposes the story of an 18th Century mathematician and scientist, who became unexpectedly pregnant at 42, and that of a 21st-century physicist desperately trying to conceive a child. Legacy of Light, equates the laws of physical science with human love and uses magical realism in some dreamlike moments to draw together serendipitous stories.
Emile du Chatlet 40’s
She is a beautiful, intelligent scientist.
Voltaire is Emile’s lover. A playwright and wannabe scientist.
Emile’s handsome young lover.
Modern professional woman. Scientist.
Modern young woman.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
1st Rehearsal – September 22; Tech Starts – November 2
November 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 & December 1, 7, 8
A loving send-up of the frivolously inconsequential stage musicals of the Jazz Age, a fan known only as Man in Chair gives a spin to the original cast recording of one such musical. The recording comes to life. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. A bona fide madcap escapist American musical comedy.
Man in Chair Bari-tenor 25+
Narrates the show as he plays the Broadway recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone”, a music theater aficionado and recluse who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He is truly happiest listening to his collection of Broadway show records. He is the only-non-stock character in the show, seen on stage throughout, whilst generally shy in demeanor. Funny and charming, grounded in reality.
Janet Van de Graff Mezzo 25-35
Star of Feldzieg’s Follies who is retiring from show business to marry Robert Martin. She is the classic 1920’s starlet and ingénue. Strong dancer.
Robert Martin Tenor 20-30
The groom who is in love with Janet Van de Graff. He is the classic 1920’s leading man: charming, handsome, and a matinee idol. He is cheesy, cheerful, and optimistic.
The Drowsy Chaperone Alto 40-50
Janet’s alcoholic confidante, carefree, 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.
Adolpho Baritenor 40-50
An over confident womanizing cad who is very impressed with himself. A vigorous, vaudeville-style buffoon.
Mrs. Tottendale Alto 45+
The wealthy widow and host of the wedding. She is eccentric and forgetful, but always charming. She is oblivious to the mayhem that surrounds her in the show. Charming and bubbly.
Underling Baritenor 30-60
Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant. Stoic, dry and sarcastic.
Mr. Feldzieg Baritone 30-50
Broadway producer who will do anything to stop the wedding and get Janet back in show business. Nervous, insensitive and impatient.
Kitty Soprano 20-40
1920’s blonde chorine. She is the traveling companion of Mr. Feldzieg and is trying to get the role of leading lady in his show. Nasal and annoying, but not mean.
George Tenor 20-40
The Best Man. He is loyal, sincere, and anxious. He is a good friend to Robert and works hard to keep the wedding from being derailed.
Gangsters 1 & 2 Baritone 20-40
Two happy-go-lucky gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. They are stereotypical Broadway gangsters, with complicated wordplay. Comedic and physical.
Trix, the Aviatrix Mezzo 25-50
A confident female aviator. She is a strong and confident woman living a life of adventure. A take-charge kind of gal.
Ensemble ALL TYPES
Strong singers and dancers with tap experience.
Email Malinda at TWScasting@gmail.com to make an appointment!
To be considered, please contact Casting Coordinator, Malinda DeRouen for more information.
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Thank you for your interest in being a part of The Western Stage!