Audition Notice – GUYS & DOLLS at Plaza Theatre Company

Audition Information for GUYS & DOLLS at Plaza Theatre Company

Available first audition dates: March 19th and 20th, 2012

Call backs will be held Wednesday March 21st from 7 to 10pm

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

Directed by Jay Lewis
Musical Director: Karyn Martin
Choreographer: Jennifer Leyva
Stage Manager: Cessany Ford
Assistant Director: Shauna Lewis

AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED:

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

Plaza Theatre Company pleased to announce auditions for it’s upcoming production of GUYS & DOLLS. The open audition is being held at Plaza Theatre Company to cast the show on March 19th and 20th, 2012 . Auditions are by appointment only. A Call-back audition will be held on Wednesday March 21st from 7 to 10pm.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

First performed on Broadway in 1950, and later a film in 1955, Guys and Dolls is a musical based on the Damon Runyon books of the New York underworld. It tells the story of a gambler, Nathan Detroit who runs a “floating” crap game, much to the disgust of his long suffering fiancee of 14 years, the Hot Box night club singer, Adelaide Adams. To raise the money to pay for a venue for his crap game, he bets $1000 on what he believes is a sure thing. Sky Masterson, a high rolling, suave gambler boasts that he could have any girl he wants. So Nathan bets him that he can’t get the local “Save A Soul” missionary, Sarah Brown to come to dinner with him in Havana. She is reluctant, so Sky in turn guarantees that he will provide 12 “genuine sinners” for her midnight prayer meeting in return for dinner. So, Sky needs sinners to win his bet, Sarah needs to save her mission, Adelaide wants to turn her 14 year engagement into a wedding and Nathan is just trying to keep his crap game afloat, keep Adelaide happy and not get arrested by the local cop or shot by a visiting gangster. This story sets the stage for a range of musical numbers including, Fugue for Tinhorns (I got the horse right here), Guys and Dolls, Adelaide’s Lament, Bushel and a Peck, If I Were a Bell, Sit Down Your Rocking the Boat, Luck be a Lady, Marry the Man Today and the love songs, I’ll Know (…when my love comes along) and I’ve Never Been in Love Before. The show also provides a great showcase for female dancers in the Hot Box Nightclub acts of Bushel and a Peck and Take Back Your Mink (think Rockettes style) and for the men there is The Crapshooters Dance, the lead in to Luck be a Lady, (think West Side Story dance style). Both male and female dancers get to use their Latin American skills in the Havana dance club scene.

Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

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 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.

If asked for callback, a brief dance combination will be taught so please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.  A head shot and resume are requested.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION:

GUYS & DOLLS will open at Plaza Theatre Company on May 18th and play through June 23rd, 2012. The show plays every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees at 3pm. Double casting of some roles MAY be available to accommodate scheduling.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

Nathan Detroit — Reckless and adorable gambler; Adelaide’s would-be better half. Baritone D – High F.

Miss Adelaide — Comic classic showgirl; Nathan’s long-suffering fiancee of 14 years. Mezzo A – D (belt).

Sky Masterson — Handsome, suave gambler who will bet on anything. Baritone B – E Flat.

Sarah Brown — Prim Salvation Army officer. Beautiful foil to Sky’s machismo. Soprano B – High A.

Nicely-Nicely Johnson — A never-give-up gambler. Tenor D flat to High B flat.

Arvide Abernathy — Sarah’s grandfather – a gentle soul. Baritone D – High F.

Benny Southstreet — Small-time gambler with big ideas. Baritone D-flat – High G.

Rusty Charley — Hangs out with Nicely and Benny – another small-time gambler. Baritone D-flat – High G.

General Matilda B. Cartwright — Salvation Army matron – tough bird. Mezzo Soprano, E – High A.

Non-Singing Principals:

Harry the Horse: A hoodlum out of Brooklyn. Tough guy.

Big Jule: Chicago mobster with a snub nosed revolver and a short temper.

Angie the Ox: Another thug.

Lt. Branigan: Irish cop taking charge on his beat.

Chorus (Looking for at least 6 men and 6 women)

LOTS for both singing and dancing chorus in this show!

Gamblers, Cuban partiers, Hot Box Dolls, Gangsters, Mission Band members.

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