Bernadette (Lead): Male, 40-69
Baritone/tenor, moving, singing and lip-synching ability essential; quietly dignified transsexual who must be convincing as an older woman who was once the star performer of 'Les Girls'; mother of the group; glamorous, oozes Old Hollywood charm with rapier wit and sensitivity.
LIVE - MACARTHUR PARK - BEGINNING - BAR 50
LIP SYNC - I WILL SURVIVE - BEGINNING TO LETTER C
HARMONY - TRUE COLOURS - BEGINNING TO BAR 35
SCRIPT PAGE 14 & 15
Mitzi/Tick (Lead): Male, 30-45
Baritone/tenor; dance, singing and lip-synching ability essential; with an unremarkable and essentially straight exterior, Tick is a discontented drag queen, the best in the business; his journey from disillusionment to fulfilment through being reunited with his son is the central core of the story.
LIVE - I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU - BEGINNING TO BAR 32
LIP SYNC - I WILL SURVIVE - LETTER C TO BAR 39
HARMONY - TRUE COLOURS - BEGINNING TO BAR 35.
SCRIPT PAGE 14 &15
Felicia/Adam (Lead): Male, 20-30
Tenor; outstanding dance, singing and lip-synching ability essential; well built, flashy, young drag queen and born performer with a more than occasional bitchy streak.
LIVE - VENUS - BAR 39 TO BAR 58
LIP SYNC - VENUS - BEGINNING TO BAR 30
HARMONY - TRUE COLOURS — BEGINNING TO BAR 35
SCRIPT PAGE 18 & 19
Bob (Lead): Male, 40-59
Baritone; strong acting ability with one song; a mechanic; manly, soft hearted Aussie bloke; has a fascination with Bernadette whom he saw perform in 'Les Girls' in Sydney more than twenty years ago.
A FINE ROMANCE REPRISE – ALL
SCRIPT PAGE 56 & 57
Benji: Male, 7-11
Son of Tick and his estranged wife, Marion; Marion has raised Benji to be a sweet and open-minded young boy who is supportive of his Father's lifestyle; requires a good actor who sings.
ALWAYS ON MY MIND/SAY A LITTLE PRAYER/KYLIE MEDLEY - BAR 8 TO 42
SCRIPT PAGE 98
Shirley: Female, 30-59
Hardened outback bartender/waitress; good ironic comedy; character acting, singing (solo and ensemble pieces) and dancing ability (alto/belt).
I LOVE THE NIGHT LIFE - BEGINNING TO BAR 33
SCRIPT PAGE 35
Marion: Female, 30-45
A hotel entertainment manager; mother of 8-year-old Benjamin and estranged wife of Tick; strong, direct and forthright woman who takes charge, but is incredibly accepting of her role as a single mother; there is a deep, unconventional affection between her and Tick; strong singing and acting; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.
SCRIPT PAGE 9 &10
Cynthia: Female, 20-39
Asian/Eurasian; Bob's feisty wife; a frustrated performer of obscure 'stage tricks', which make her very popular at the local pub; character acting, singing and dancing ability essential; must have a great physique; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.
POP MUSIK - BEGINNING TO BAR 20
SCRIPT PAGE 57
The Divas: Female, 20-49
Three women who carry the musical weight of the show; sassy, strong and sexy, these women lead us through some of the greatest hits of the last decades; all shapes and sizes welcome, but brilliant vocalists in the disco-belt style with flexible range and strong movers a must.
IT’S RAINING MEN - BEGINNING TO BAR 71
Miss Understanding: Male, 30-39
Fabulous drag queen with great comic hosting ability; sets up the tone of the show for us; must be able to work a crowd well, and look brilliant in drag; ability to deliver Tina Turner numbers convincingly a must; character acting, singing and dancing ability a must; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
SCRIPT PAGE 7
Frank: Male, 20-45
Tough miner bloke with violent tendencies; a hardened resident of mining town Coober Pedy; tall, strapping and very outback Australian; character acting, singing and dancing ability; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.
SCRIPT PAGE 79 & 80
Jimmy: Male, 25-39
Friendly indigenous Australian bloke whom the queens run into in the desert; innocent charm and great movement skills; any traditional dance a huge plus; character acting, singing and dancing ability; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.
SCRIPT PAGE 49 & 50
Young Bernadette/Farrah: Male, 20-39
Young Bernadette: the epitome of grace and glamour, gender illusion rather than drag, 'Les Girls' at its most alluring. Farrah: young, beautiful and sassy drag queen; must be a brilliant mover and look stunning and believable as a woman; character acting, singing and dancing ability; will be required to sing and dance in ensemble numbers.
SCRIPT PAGE 11
Ensemble – a selection of good dancers who sing well, to play a variety of ensemble characters, to include
8 men – four will appear in drag
8 females – four will appear as drag queens
Additional chorus characters
Max cast size will be 32 people.
Everyone auditioning for any of the roles above and/or the ensemble will be required to do a vocal and dance audition to:
I will survive.
All non-listed supporting roles will be cast from the main auditions
Audition & Rehearsal Information
Auditions for all parts and ensemble will be held on Sunday 13th November from 11am, times to be confirmed.
We will be holding the following audition workshops:
Sunday 6th November 2 – 5 pm – Dance Workshop with Zak
Monday 7th November 7.30pm till 10pm – Music workshop with Ed
Rehearsals will commence on Thursday 4th January 2017. Rehearsals will be held on Monday and Thursday evening from 7.30pm till 10.00pm. Please be prepared to be called to either night/or both for this production. A monthly call sheet will be made available. Sunday rehearsals will be held from Sunday 2nd April.
It’s hard to believe that there are only 4 weeks to go until opening night. When a show starts rehearsing it always feels like there is forever before show week but before you know it the weeks have flown by! I always enjoy working with the principals and chorus watching the characters come alive in front of your eyes. I’m always amazed by watching the cast transform themselves into their characters; switching effortlessly from their fantastic Lancashire accents into a New York drawl with personalities to match.
At the moment we are working on polishing the musical numbers with the choreography so that we are word, note and movement perfect! This company have worked so hard and have been really focused in rehearsals so we have made great progress! Last week we were rehearsing the most famous chorus number from ‘Guys and Doll’s ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin the Boat’ – it’s a real musical and dance tour de force – even with five weeks to go this number is already making my hairs stand on end!
It’s been a lot of fun working on Guys and Dolls with such a fantastic team. From what I’m seeing and hearing I know that the show is really going to rock - just like the song says! Looking forward to seeing you in the Charter Theatre, Preston from Wednesday September 14th through to Saturday 17th.
Interested in being a part of the show? See the casting information below!
Any questions? Feel free to contact us!
3 Female Principals (Sarah, Adelaide and the General)
9 Male Principals ( Sky, Nathan, Nicely- Nicely, Benny, Harry the Horse, Rusty Charlie, Big Jule, Lt Brannigan, Arvide)
Additional Crapshooters: (5 min but could have more)
Angie the Ox, Brandy Bottle Bates, Scranton Slim, Society Max, Liver Lips Louis (These are referenced in the script).
If we have more I have researched other actual names we can use.
Joey Biltmore and the MC are voiceovers (we can use one or two of the males above)
7 Mission band members (5 female and 2 male), named speaking roles are Agatha, Martha and Calvin
2/3 additional female ensemble members (but optional)
8 Hotbox girls to inc Mimi
Total company: (Min numbers)
16 females (plus optional 2/3)
Cast List and Character Notes (all these parts will be subject to an audition)
Age ranges: The playing ages are a rough guide. When casting roles the panel need to consider the relative ages of performers cast in those roles that require the audience to believe in particular relationships e.g. romantic partnerships, couples, family relationships and work roles. Therefore, your suitability for casting might depend on the ‘playing age’ of the person you are being cast opposite.
Sky Masterson: Male. Baritone B to Eb. Playing age 26 – 38. Lead role
Charismatic, cool and charming. Sky is a suave, intelligent and confident gangster who naturally commands others’ respect and attention. Handsome, with buckets of stage presence and sex appeal, he is familiar with attracting the attention of the ladies but finds himself falling in love with the one woman who brushes off his advances. He surprises himself by discarding his spontaneous, free-wheeling lifestyle for a conventional romance. Some dance/movement ability would be useful (though not essential) for the crap shooting sequence.
Sarah Brown: Female. Soprano to High A. Playing age 18 – 35. Lead role.
Conventional, respectable and principled, Sarah is initially a little too buttoned-up for her own good. She has genuine passion for her calling and compassion for her ‘fold’ but gives Sky an initial frosty response. The actress playing this role has to play convincingly drunk, when under the influence of alcohol she allows her straight-laced persona to slip and falls exuberantly and madly in love. She goes on a journey of reconciling her feelings with her beliefs, and changing some of her prejudices so that her head can follow her heart.
Nathan Detroit: Male. Baritone to High F. Playing age 35 – 50. Lead role.
Organiser of the floating crap game. With a tendency towards neuroticism Nathan is a lovable rogue who is always struggling to stay one step ahead of the pack and looking for the big break he never seems to get. Funny, frustrated but romantic his heart is torn between the camaraderie of his gambling circle and the woman he loves.
Adelaide: Female. Mezzo to A. Playing age 30s to 40s. Lead role
Lead performer at the ‘Hot Box’ a somewhat tacky and dodgy cabaret joint. Strong comic actress required with dancing ability and ability to carry off a basque and stockings. She spends the whole show with the symptoms of a cold, acting through sneezes and congestion. She adores Nathan but is driven crazy by his antics with the gambling ring and having been engaged to him for 14 years.
Nicely Nicely Johnson: Male. Tenor to high B flat. Playing age 30 to 50. Supporting role Best pal to Nathan Detroit. With a voracious appetite and boundless enthusiasm, Nicely is ‘nice’ by nature and name. Comic, cheerful and likeable he delivers hilarious one-liners and a big, Broadway showstopper (‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’) with equal aplomb. Size does not matter.
Benny Southstreet: Male. Baritone. 25 – 55 supporting role.
Nicley’s pal with whom he sings the duet ‘Guys & Dolls’ and trio ‘Fugue for Tinhorms’. Upbeat, sometimes nervy and appears laid-back. He is more of a novice in the gangster business and further down the pecking order. Characterful
Harry the Horse: Male. Supporting role. 25-45 supporting role
Another gangster. Has come into money by collecting the reward on his father (!). Side kick and mouthpiece to Big Jule, so, though a pleasant rogue, is more on the ball and can be a cool customer who is able to stand his ground when necessary. Sings with ensemble but not alone. An ex jockey. He needs a character walk and stance.
Big Jule: Male. Speaking role. Playing age 35+. Supporting role.
Powerful, intimidating, high status gangster from out of town, whose reputation precedes him. A man of few words but much clout. There is comedy in his straight- talking bluntness. Usually played by an actor of large height and stature to match his name, but can be played a diminutive actor as an ironic and comic gesture. Enters the story part way through the first act.
Arvide Abernathy: Male. Baritone 60 – 90 supporting role.
Sarah’s grandfather and significant member of the Salvation Army mission. Wise, warm and caring.
Rusty Charlie: Male. Baritone 20s and above. Cameo
Sings the trio ‘Fugue for Tinhorns’ with Nicely & Benny.
Lt. Brannigan: Male. Non-singing role. Playing age 35+. Minor Role
Member of the local police force, wise to the gangsters’ exploits and trying to keep them in order. Commands respect from Nathan and the guys. Should be played with Irish/American accent.
General Matilda B. Cartwright: Female mezzo 40 – 65 cameo
Regional representative of the Salavation Army. Powerful, matronly, no-nonsense with a formidable presence and, it transpires, a sense of humour.
Hot Box Girls female 16 – 35 chorus
We are looking for 8 females to make up this chorus of performers who back-up Adelaide in her night club act. Strong dancing, singing and character performance required. They perform 2 numbers with Adelaide – one of which involves stripping down to a basque and stockings. They will double into other aspects of the female ensemble.
Ensemble: The ensemble make up the characters of Times Square, gangsters and their molls, Salvation Army personnel and other cameos. We are looking for strong performers who can create individual, well-drawn characters, to include a range of dancing abilities for the different ensemble scenes.
Congratulations to Andrew Hawarden (Most Entertaining Performance - Pantomime), David Thomas (Best Musical Director - Pantomime) and The Chorus of Witches of Eastwick (Best Chorus - Musical) for winning their awards!
This year we are pleased to announce we have been nominated for 14 Awards for the District 2 NODA Awards!