Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater, will be having open auditions for the musical The Drowsy Chaperone on Sunday, April 2 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Callbacks by invitation are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m.
The show dates are June 9 – 25. All shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Auditions will be held at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.
The show will be directed by Tom Frascatore, musical direction by Mark McGee and choreography by Shona Roebuck.
Please bring an accurate and up-to-date schedule of potential conflicts, including work schedules, class schedules, vacations, and other conflicts. Those auditioning should understand that too many conflicts could impact our casting decisions.
Prepare 16 bars of an uptempo cut of a show tune that best shows the vocal abilities of the character(s) for which you are auditioning. Bring sheet music. Accompanist provided. Your sheet music must be in the correct key, clearly marked, and easy to read. No a capella.
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. 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.
Below are the character descriptions:
Man In Chair: Musical theater aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl. The character never leaves the stage. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 50
Janet Van De Graaf: The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg’s Follies; played by rising star Jane Roberts. Young Diva. Gender: Female Age: 25 to 35. Vocal range top: -1 Vocal range bottom: G3 MUST be a triple threat. Dance/Sing/Act. . .TAP Not necessary but welcomed.
Robert Martin: The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman. A Handsome clueless boob. Gender: Male Age: 25 to 35 Vocal range top: Ab4 Vocal range bottom: C3 MUST Tap Dance
George: Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best interest always at heart. Gender: Male Age: 35+ Vocal range top: Bb4 Vocal range bottom: F3 MUST Tap Dance
The Drowsy Chaperone: Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell. DIVA with a show-stopping anthem. Gender: Female Age: 45+ Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: F3
Aldolpho: European self-proclaimed “ladies man”; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli. Outrageous, thick Hispanic accent. Gender: Male Age: 30+ Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: A#2
Mrs. Tottendale: The air-headed, confused society Grand Dame. Host of the wedding. Perpetually confused. Gender: Female Age: 50+ Vocal range top: Db5 Vocal range bottom: G3
Underling: Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor. Gender: Male Age: 50+ Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: Ab
Feldzieg: Scheming Broadway producer who is desperate for his star Janet to return to his show. Gender: Male Age: 40+ Vocal range top: Db4 Vocal range bottom: Db3
Kitty: Feldzieg’s dim-witted girlfriend who has hopes of being a star. Gender: Female Age: 25 to 30. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Gangsters: Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers. Gender: Male Age: 35 to 45 Vocal range top: Gb4 Vocal range bottom: Db3 Dancers welcome here
Trix: The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding. Gender: Female Age: 25+ Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Ensemble-8 Total (4 Men/4 Women) Mrs. Tottendale Household Staff; Reporters: Dancing Monkeys (Yes, actually dressed as monkeys) ANY extra skills welcome here. Not necessary but if available will be put to use. Tap, tumbling, stage combat, pratfalls, etc.
Everyone auditioning will be taught a short dance combination. Please, bring comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes to dance in (jazz shoes, character shoes).
Questions can be emailed to email@example.com or by calling (732) 254-3939. For more information about Playhouse 22, please visit www.Playhouse22.org.