Thursday, May 26, 2016

audition notice - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Hale Centre Theatre - June 18

Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions on June 18th for The Drowsy Chaperone, playing August 26, 2016 – October 8, 2016.

The show is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein, directed by Cambrian James, music directed by Lincoln Wright, choreographed by Cambrian James, and casting directors David and Corrin Dietlein. Performances are Thursday – Saturday nights with Saturday matinees and possibly some Wednesdays.

When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of 5 Tony Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

Audition Information: Saturday, June 18th
Be prepared to sing 16 bars of music.
Bring your own sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.
The casting directors use Casting Manager during the casting process. Please post your head shot and resume to your Casting Manager profile.

Call Backs
Call backs for The Drowsy Chaperone will be held Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 PM with the first read through scheduled for Monday, July 11th at 7:00 PM.

Audition Location 
Auditions will be held at the theater located at 50 West Page Avenue in Gilbert.

How to make an appointment
CLICK HERE to sign up for appointment 

Each adult actor 16 years of age and older will receive a payment of $25.00 per performance. Child actors will be paid $12.50 for each performance.

Other Notes
Runtime: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Auditions are by appointment only. Any questions may be emailed to


THE MAN IN THE CHAIR: (35-60; Baritone) The narrator and host for the show. He is essentially a neurotic shut-in. But he is truly happy listening to his collection of soundtracks from classic Broadway shows. This is the only character that is not a stock character from the 1920’s musicals, and his mannerisms and tics should be funny and charming, but also realistic.

JANET VAN de GRAAFF: (20’s-30’s; Alto with big belt: G3-E5) Star of Feldzieg’s Follies who is conflicted about giving up her life on the stage to marry Robert Martin. Attractive, vivacious, outgoing personality. She loves being the center of attention and is the consummate 1920s starlet. Strong movement and special skills (acrobatics, juggling, etc.) a plus.

ROBERT MARTIN: (20’s-30’s; Tenor: C3 – Ab4) The groom-to-be who is deeply in love with Janet. He is the token 1920s leading man – debonair, dashing, and a matinee idol. He is cheesy, cheerful, and optimistic. Must be able to tap dance and roller skate.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE: (30s-50s; Alto with strong belt: F3-D5) 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. Great comedic role.

ADOLPHO: (30’s-40s; Bass/Baritone + great falsetto: A#2-G4) Latin lothario. A womanizing cad who is very impressed with himself. He is confident, vigorous, and a buffoon. Vaudeville-style acting and fake Spanish/Italian accent required. Should have great comic timing.

MRS. TOTTENDALE: (45-60; Alto character voice: G3-Db5) A wealthy widow and host of the wedding. She is flighty, eccentric, often times forgetful, and funny. She is absolutely charming, bubbly and oblivious to the confusion her behavior generates in other people.

UNDERLING: (50s-60s; Tenor character voice: Ab2-G4) Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant. He is stoic, dry-humored and sarcastic.

MR. FELDZIEG: (40s-50s; Baritone: Db3-Db4) Harried producer who will do anything to stop the wedding in order to keep Janet in the Follies. He is nervous, sarcastic, impatient, overbearing, and insensitive.

KITTY: (20-30; Soprano comedic belt: Bb3-F5) 1920s dumb blonde chorine. She is Mr. Feldzieg’s companion and will do anything to be a leading lady.

GEORGE: (20’s-30s; Tenor: F3-Bb4; Doubles in Ensemble) Robert’s anxious best man. He is loyal, sincere, and nervous. Makes looking out for Robert’s interests his top priority so that the wedding will come off without a hitch. Must be able to tap.

GANGSTERS 1 & 2: (20s-30s; Tenor: Db3-Gb4; Doubles in Ensemble) Two jovial gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. Typical 1920s Broadway gangsters full of wordplay and stylized movements. Good comic timing and dancing skills required.

TRIX THE AVIATRIX: (20s-30s; Alto: Ab3-Eb5) The brave and brash female aviator. She is sassy, sleek and a take charge kind of gal. May double in the ensemble.

ENSEMBLE: (20-40; Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) A strong, dancing/singing ensemble consisting of 2 men and 2 women.

Cambrian James is well-known for his versatile staging throughout the Valley and nationally. He is a multi-award winning director and choreographer for Tarzan, The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Damn Yankees and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Cambrian has enjoyed a long career as an actor and dancer in Annie (Daddy Warbucks), Crazy For You (Bobby Child), The King and I (the King) and Hairspray (Edna Turnblad).

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