Friday, May 21, 2021

Actor's Youth Theatre announces Auditions for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE on May 29

The Drowsy Chaperone Auditions: May 29th 10am-1pm

Director: Diedra Celeste Miranda
Music Director: Tyler Thompson
Choreographer: Stephanie Coffelt

Please read the below information carefully. 

This production will be performed WITHOUT masks.  We will require masks during all rehearsals and whenever possible backstage.  

We will be holding auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone on Saturday, May 29th from 10am-1pm at the Tuscany Theatre (861 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234). 

What to Prepare: For the initial audition please prepare 32 bars (measures) in the style of the show and a one minute comedic monologue. ​

An accompanist will NOT be provided.  Please bring a device to play an instrumental track to sing along with.  You may sing acapella.  

​Can't make it to the audition? No problem! You may send a video audition with the above requirements to by Saturday, May 29th at 12pm. 

Callbacks will be from 2-5pm on May 29th. ​ Please bring dance attire and tap shoes if you have them. 

Rehearsals will take place Monday-Saturday 12pm-6pm June 21st-July 7th.  Rehearsals will take place at Tuscany (861 N. Higley)​

Performances: July 8th-17th,  This production will be performed at The Tuscany Theatre (861 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234)​

Parent Expectation: We do require all cast members to pay a production fee of $300 due at the time of the first scheduled rehearsal.  This fee goes to pay for show rights, costumes, sets, props, and the creative-team salaries. Additionally, we require all of our parents to volunteer 10 pre-show and 10 volunteer hours during the show.  If you are unable to participate in volunteer hours there is a buy-out fee of $100  per 10 hour commitment. 

All roles open to actors ages 14-20
Character Breakdown

Man in Chair: Lead
Vocal range: Baritone
Age range: 30-60
The Man In Chair is 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 principal character that is not a stock character from 1920's musicals, and his mannerisms should be funny and charming but also realistic.
Janet Van de Graaff: Lead
Vocal range: Alto with big belt (G3-E5)
Age range: 30s
The star of Feldzieg’s Follies is conflicted about giving up her life on the stage to marry Robert Martin. An attractive, vivacious, outgoing personality, she loves being the center of attention and is the consummate 1920s starlet. Strong movement required and some "special skills" (acrobatics, juggling, playing an instrument, etc.) are a real plus.
Robert Martin: Lead
Vocal range: Tenor (C3-Ab4)
Age range: 30s-40s
Robert is 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. He must be able to tap dance and roller skate.
The Drowsy Chaperone: Lead
Vocal range: Alto with strong belt (F3-D5)
Age range: 40s-50s
The Chaperone is Janet’s alcoholic confidante. She is care-free, often because she is drunk. An experienced “woman of the world” who couldn’t care less what the world thinks, she is also a melodramatic diva to be reckoned with who gleefully chews the scenery and steals just about every scene she is in. Think Liza Minnelli meets Tallulah Bankhead.
Adolpho: Featured
Vocal range: Bass/baritone and strong falsetto (A#2-G4)
Age range: 40s-50s
Aldolpho believes he is the quintessential Latin lothario. He is a womanizing cad who is very impressed with himself. He is confident and vigorous, but also a complete buffoon. Vaudeville-style acting and highly exaggerated fake Spanish/Italian accent are required. He should have great comic timing.
Mrs. Tottendale: Featured
Vocal range: Alto character voice (G3-Db5)
Age range: 40s-60s
A wealthy widow and host of the wedding, Mrs. Tottendale is flighty, eccentric, often forgetful, and very very funny. She is absolutely charming and bubbly and completely oblivious to the confusion her behavior generates in other people.
Underling: Featured
Vocal range: Tenor character voice (Ab2-G4)
Age range: 50s-60s
Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant, Underling is stoic, dry-humored and very sarcastic. A cross between Arthur Treacher and Niles the butler from The Nanny.
Mr. Feldzieg: Featured
Vocal range: Tenor character voice (Ab2-G4)
Age range: 50s-60s
Feldzieg is the 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: Featured
Vocal range: Soprano comedic belt (Bb3-F5)
Age range: 20s-30s
Kitty is the epitome of the 1920s "dumb blonde" chorus girl. She is Mr. Feldzieg’s companion and will do anything to be a leading lady. She's a cross between Norma Cassady from Victor Victoria and Lena Lamont from Singin’ in the Rain.
George: Featured
Vocal range: Tenor (F3-Bb4)
Age range: 30s-40s
George is Robert’s incredibly anxious best man. He is loyal, sincere, and very VERY nervous. He makes looking out for Robert’s interests his top priority so that the wedding will come off without a hitch. He must be able to tap.

Gangsters: Featured
Vocal range: Tenor (Db3-Gb4)
Age range: 30s-60s
The two jovial gangsters who pose as pastry chefs are typical 1920s Broadway gangsters full of word play and stylized movements. Good comic timing and dancing skills are definitely required.
Trix the Aviatrix: Featured
Vocal range: Alto (Ab3-Eb5)
Age range: 30s-50s
Trix ia a brave and intrepid female aviator. She is sassy, sleek and a take charge kind of gal.

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