KELSEY THEATRE CASTING CALL: “The Music Man” – Yardley Players

The Yardley Players have announced audition information for their 2015 production of The Music Man,

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. But Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons.

Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love. Harold risks being caught to win her.

YARDLEY PLAYERS AUDITION NOTICE FOR MUSIC MAN

CREATIVE TEAM

  • DIRECTOR:  MARGE SWIDER
  • MUSICAL DIRECTOR:  PAT MASTERSON
  • CHOREOGRAPHER:  LAURA MUREY GHAFFOOR

PLACE OF AUDITIONS

MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1200 OLD TRENTON ROAD, WEST WINDSOR, N. J. 08550

DATES OF AUDITIONS:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 AND SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015 from 1p to 5pm.

Due to the fact that we may have a lot of snowfall this winter, we have alternate dates for auditions if we get snowed out on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8.  The alternate dates are Feb. 14 and 15.

PLACE OF SHOWS:  KELSEY THEATRE, MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

DATES OF SHOWS

  • FRIDAY, MAY 8 & MAY 15 AT 8pm
  • SATURDAY, MAY 9 & MAY 16 AT 2pm AND 8pm
  • SUNDAY, MAY 10 & MAY 17 AT 2pm

REQUIREMENTS FOR AUDITIONS

  • DOWNLOAD AUDITION FORM FROM WEBSITE: YARDLEYPLAYERS.COM.
  • BRING A RECENT PHOTO OF YOURSELF AND A RESUME.
  • WEAR DANCE OR COMFORTABLE SHOES FOR DANCE AUDITION.
  • PREPARE A SONG FROM THE SHOW ACCORDING TO THE LIST BELOW.

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED.  PLEASE CALL MARGE SWIDER AT215-968-1904.

REHEARSALS ARE ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHTS FROM 7-10 AND SUNDAY AFTERNOONS FROM 2-6 AT MCCC.

**DURING THE 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO OPENING, ALL CAST MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO BE AT REHEARSALS ON SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY,WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY AND AT ALL PERFORMANCES.

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Harold Hill (Baritone, 25-45)  Lead with singing and dancing and great acting skills. A con artist and salesman with a strong, persuasive, likable personality.

Marcellus Washburn (Tenor, 25-45) Singing and dancing and strong acting skills. Harold’s chummy friend who knows of Harold’s con games.

Winthrop Paroo (Alto, 8-12) Marian’s shy brother who has a lisp but later develops into an outspoken personality with solo singing and dancing and acting.

Quartet (Tenor I, Tenor II, Baritone, Bass, 25-60) Strong singing harmony parts, and  lines, part of the town council.

Charlie Cowell (35-60)  Anvil Salesman who tries to trip up and expose Harold’s con. Ensemble singing on train “Rock Island”, good acting skills.

Mayor Shinn (40-60) Blustery politician with good comedic timing, no singing or dancing.

Tommy Djilas (15-19) Zaneeta’s boyfriend, town’s bad boy with lines and ensemble singing.

Salesmen (25-60) Perform  rhythmic opening song “Rock Island” and ensemble songs.

Conductor (25+) Opening lines on train.  Ensemble singing.

Constable (30+) Quiet, wise man who sees through Harold Hill. Lines, Ensemble role.

Marian Paroo (Strong soprano, 25-35) Lead with singing and dancing and strong acting skills. A stiff uptight librarian who changes as she falls for Harold Hill.

Mrs. Paroo (Mezzo, 45-65) Irish accent, Marian’s mother who stands up for what she believes. Lines and song “If You Don’t Mind My Saying So” along with                                      ensemble songs.  Good acting skills.

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn (Alto, 40-55) Mayor’s peacock wife with great comedic timing.

Pick-a Little Ladies (30-60) Strong singers, Eulalie’s gossipy friends.

Amaryllis (Alto, 8-11) Singing duet with Marian, Marian’s opinionated piano student. **The role of Amaryllis has been cast.

Gracie Shinn (12-14) Mayor Shinn’s daughter with a few lines and a few solo singing lines.

Zaneeta Shinn (14-18) Strong dancer, a little daffy, Mayor’s daughter who likes Tommy Djilas. Good acting skills.

LARGE ENSEMBLE OF ADULTS, TEENS, AND CHILDREN AGES 8 AND ABOVE FOR SINGING,
DANCING, AND SOME WHO MAY PLAY INSTRUMENTS IN HAROLD HILL’S BAND.

SONGS TO PREPARE:

  • Harold Hill-“Trouble”  or “Marian”
  • Marcellus-“Shipoopi”
  • Winthrop-“Gary Indiana” or “Wells Fargo Wagon”
  • Marian Paroo-“Goodnight My Someone” or “My White Knight”

    Quartet may try “Lida Rose” or any song from the show.
    Pick-a Little ladies may try “Pick-a Little” or any song from the show.

    All others can choose any song from this show.
    Suggested: “Wells Fargo Wagon” or “76 Trombones”

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