Announcing Auditions for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Plaza Theatre Company

Audition Information for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Plaza Theatre Company

Available first audition dates: January 9th and 10th, 2012

Call backs will be held Saturday January 14th

Auditions held at the Plaza Academy Fine Arts & Dance Studio at 221 S. Mill St., Cleburne, TX

Directed by Kyle Macy
Music Director: Kristin Spires
Choreographer: Eddie Floresca
Stage Manager: Aaron Dawn Schultz

AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED:

Click to make an appointment: http://www.appointmentquest.com/provider/2040169233?schedule=auditionsforthedrowsychaperone

Plaza Theatre Company pleased to announce auditions for it’s upcoming production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. The open audition is being held at Plaza Theatre Company to cast the show on January 9th or 10th, 2012 . Auditions are by appointment only. The Producers have pre-cast the role of The Man in the Chair.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

This recent Tony Award winner for Best Musical on Broadway revolves around one musical theatre fan’s obsession with a fictional show from the 1920s – ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’. As he listens to the record, the characters come to life in his apartment. This is the story of a Broadway actress, Janet Van De Graaaff, who wants to marry the debonair Robert Martin and give up her stage career. Janet’s producer, Mr. Feldzieg, must stop the wedding because if she quits show business, he’ll lose his job! Further, gangsters threaten Mr. Feldzieg since if Janet quits, they lose their investment. All of this comes to life out of the imagination of ‘The Man in the Chair’ as 1920’s mayhem and mischief ensue. An old-fashioned laugh-a-minute crowd pleaser.

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

This production of Drowsy will be a fresh take on the Best Broadway Show You’ve Never Heard Of.  The Drowsy Chaperone is a multiple Tony Award winning show that demonstrates the best of contemporary musical theater, while poking fun at the musical theatre heritage of our past.  This production will be a fast-paced process with a truly ensemble cast, expanded chorus, with lots of stage time for everyone in featured moments.  Dynamic character performers, not scared to move, and detail oriented are encourged to come out and audtion.  A diverse cast is sought, and many roles are NOT age specific.

ABOUT THE THEATRE:
Plaza Theatre Company is a 158 seat theatre-in-the-round located at 111 S. Main in Cleburne, TX. The Company produces 10 shows a year usually in the style of family-friendly comedies and musicals. PlazaCo opened in November of 2006 and is currently producing it’s 49th show. The Company has been the proud recipient of over 25 Column Awards including winning “Best Musical” two years running during the past two seasons in addition to recently being named “Best Theatre Group” by the WFAA A-List for 2011. Further information about PlazaCo is available by visiting http://www.plaza-theatre.com

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Those who choose to audition are asked to come prepared to sing 32 bars of a showtune in the style of the show. An accompanist or CD player will be provided but each auditioner will be asked to provide their own sheet music or CD. A brief cold reading will also be required at the initial audition. Additionally, a brief dance combination will be taught so auditioners are asked to wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. A head shot and resume are requested.

Should the production team to take a further look at an auditoner, they may be invited to a Call Back audition on Saturday, January 14th from 9am to 1pm.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION:

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE will open at Plaza Theatre Company on March 16th and play through April 14th, 2012. The show plays every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees at 3pm. Rehearsals will commence on January 16th. Double casting of some roles MAY be available to accommodate scheduling.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

Ensemble THREE (3) MEN / THREE (3) Women
They are the house staff, reporters, band, wedding guests, statuary, monkeys, citizens, and more.  The chorus presence is expanded in this production.  Men with tap experience are especially sought.
Mrs. Tottendale – An older and rather forgetful matron
Underling – Tottendale’s Head of Household – dry wit, droll, can deliver a wry zinger
Robert Martin –  A model turned to “acting” – handsome and friendly, tap skills a plus
George – His put- upon Best Man, tap skills a plus
Mr. Feldzieg – a demanding and panicky Broadway producer
Kitty – Feldzieg’s dim-witted girlfiriend
Gangster #1 / #2  – Two – trying to be intimidating – mobsters who have quit wits and quicker hand gestures
Adolpho – former silent film actor turned to stage actor with little success – must be able to do lots of accents — badly.
Janet Van De Graaf – Broadway startlet of a bygone era – a follies girl with a big decision to make
The Drowsy Chaperone – a seasoned no-nonsense guardian/friend of Janet’s tasked with keeping her out of trouble, when she’s not besotted herself
Trix The Aviatrix – friendly, sassy, and only in two scenes – a scene stealing song and saver of the plot
Superintendant – non singing role – could be ensemble member
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