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AUDITIONS:

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York, NY

A modern day musical theatre addict drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone.  From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorine, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs.

Director: Gail Steele                      
Music Director: Bob Healy        
Choreographer: Amanda Lawton        

Auditions will consist of singing, dancing and cold readings from the script.  AUDITION READINGS All should prepare a short vocal selection that displays range and abilities. All will be taught a dance combination – please wear appropriate clothing/footwear. For those auditioning for either the role of Robert Martin or the Best Man George a short tap routine will be taught. If you have tap shoes please bring them.

*Singers should provide sheet music – an accompanist will be provided. Punctuality will be noted and appreciated!

Where? Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182
When?  Tuesday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 11 at 7PM sharp

Performance Dates:  February 28, 29 & March 6, 7 at 8:00PM; March 8 at 2:00PM

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Sunday afternoons from 2-5PM, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7-10pm, beginning first week of January; additional rehearsals may be scheduled as needed.

Cast Requirements 18-22:

Character Breakdown for The Drowsy Chaperone is as follows:

ALDOLPHO (Baritone/Tenor) – European self-proclaimed ladies man, set up by Feldzieg to stop the wedding.

FELDZIEG (Baritone/Tenor) – Janet’s Broadway producer who hopes that the wedding falls through.

2 GANGSTERS (Baritone/Tenor) – 2 Brothers posing as pastry chefs, trying to collect from Feldzieg, vaudevillian sidekicks

GEORGE (Tenor) – Robert’s anxious best man

JANET VAN de GRAAF (Alto) – The famous bride, former show girl giving up the stage for love.

KITTY (Soprano) – Feldzieg’s dim-witted companion, looking for her break in show business

MAN IN CHAIR – Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. His recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone” brings the show to life as he narrates.

MRS. TOTTENDALE (Alto) – Wealthy, often forgetful host of the wedding

ROBERT MARTIN (Tenor) – The dashing, ever-cheerful groom

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Alto) – Janet’s alcoholic confidante, over dramatized belt singer/actress.

TRIX (Alto) – The brave and brash female aviator

UNDERLING (Tenor) – Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler

SUPERINTENDENT (Non-Singing) – Fun Cameo role from ensemble

CHORUS/DANCERS: Singing/Dancing Reporters, Maids, Butlers, Flight Attendants &Monkeys

For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu

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AUDITIONS:

Once upon a time a selfish young prince refused to give shelter to an ugly old woman and was changed into a hideous beast. In order to break the spell, he must learn to love another and earn her love in return. But who would ever love a beast? Step into the enchanted world of Belle, Beast, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth and all of the beloved characters in this classic “tale as old as time.”

Director – Emily Smith

Music Director – Debbie Moylan

Choreographer – Bryan Landgren

Where? Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182
When? Saturday, February 8 by appointment only; ages 8 – 12 at 10:00AM or 11:00AM; ages 13 – 18 at 1:00PM

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT CALL THE THEATRE AT THE MOUNT BOX OFFICE AT 978 630-9388, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 9AM to 1PM, OR E-MAIL YOUR APPOINTMENT REQUEST TO box-office@mwcc.mass.edu 

AUDITIONERS WILL BE ASKED TO SING A SHORT VOCAL SELECTION THAT WILL BE TAUGHT AT THE AUDITION; AND THERE WILL BE A DANCE AUDITION, (combination also taught at the audition) FOR ALL ROLES AND CHORUS (wear appropriate clothing and footwear). Some performers will also be asked to do cold-readings from the script. 

Performance Dates: April 5 at 2PM and 4PM; April 10 at 7PM (for the public); April 7, 8, 9 at 9:30AM and Noon and April 10 at 9:30AM (for school groups)

Performances are held during school hours, so all cast members must be willing and able to take 4 days off from school/work.

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, beginning February 11

CAST REQUIREMENTS – large ensemble of kids and teens

Belle – a smart, confident young woman from a small village. A strong singer and actress who is able to stand up to Gaston while showing compassion for Maurice, the Servants and eventually the Beast.

Maurice – an aging and eccentric inventor, but more importantly, the adoring and protective father of Belle. Non-singing role.

Beast – a young prince who was hideously transformed by the Enchantress’ spell. This is a complex character: a dictator, a hurt child, a hero, a defender and a smitten prince.

Gaston – is pompous and dim-witted and will do whatever it takes to win Belle. He has all the confidence in the world but lacks the humility to balance it. Physical size and stature plus bravura are needed.

Lefou – is Gaston’s equally dim-witted lackey. He is Gaston’s foil and doubles the laughs for both of them. Gymnastics ability desirable but not required.

Silly Girls – are in love with Gaston and will do almost anything just to be near him.

Lumiere – a confident, charming French maître de who is under the Enchantress’ spell and is becoming a candelabra. Song and dance man.

Cogsworth – the British major-domo of the castle who is becoming a clock. Cogsworth like to be in charge. Should have great chemistry with Lumiere.

Mrs. Potts – is the castle’s endearing cook who is becoming a teapot. A loving mother figure with a strong, sweet voice.

Babette – the maid of the castle who is turning into a feather duster. She misses the finer things in life but is happy to be at Belle’s service.

Madame De La Grande Bouche – an opera singer who is becoming a wardrobe. She is larger than life in everything she does, including her singing and dancing.

Chip – is Mrs. Pott’s son who is becoming a teapot. He has a wonderful naiveté and can portray the honesty and spirit of a child.

Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress – This non-speaking character must be able to entice the audience into the story.

Monsieur D’Arque – the proprietor of the lunatic asylum. Sinister and menacing. Non-singing role.

Ensemble – servants of the castle, villagers, narrators

For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630 – 9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu

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UPCOMING AUDITIONS

(dates and times may be subject to change)

The Honky Tonk Angels – April 5 and 7, 2020

Newsies – May 28 and 29, 2020

Man of LaMancha – July, 2020

Tilly the Trickster – Week of July 12, 2020

Elf, the Musical – September 13 and 15 2020