Anything Goes

 

September/October 2018 

A 1930s musical, Anything Goes has been revived several times and has received Tony Awards for the Best Revival of a Musical. Filled with dance and the songs of Cole Porter, the story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with an heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer/Evangelist, Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The musical introduced such songs as “Anything Goes”, “You're the Top”, “It’s Delovely” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”

 

Characters, Principals (all are singers)

SIR EVELYN OAKLEIGH - English gentleman, eccentric comic timing and character singing.

HOPE HARCOURT - 18 to 35 and engaged to Sir Evelyn. Strong legitimate soprano, some dance ability, sweet personality. 

MRS. WADSWORTH T. HARCOURT - silly, snobbish mother of Hope; society matron - 40 to 70. Mostly speaking, some singing.

RENO SWEENEY - nightclub singer, former evangelist, 25 - 50, must have a brassy personality, a strong belt and great comic timing. Tap ability is helpful. 

BILLY CROCKER - 20 - 35. Whitney's "general manager", in love with Hope, comic timing, some dance ability and a lyrical voice.

MOONFACE MARTIN - Public Enemy No. 13 disguised as a preacher, lots of physical comedy. Featured comic singer with high energy. 

BONNIE - moll, traveling with Moon, 20 to 40 years old. Must be perky, have a fun comic voice, strong singing belt and fantastic tapper.

Characters, Supporting

ELISHA J. WHITNEY - Wall Street executive; lush. 40 - 70, strong comic desire to drink. Mostly speaking with some featured singing.

STEWARD - of the liner "American”, 20 - 40, hard working and often confused, mostly a speaking role, can also be a member of the speaking chorus.

REPORTER (CHARLIE) - for the Globe American

CAMERAMAN - for the Globe American

BISHOP (HENRY T. DOBSON) - missionary, very full of himself, 30 to 60, mostly a speaking role, can also be a member of the speaking ensemble.

FIRST CHINESE MAN (CHING) and SECOND CHINESE MAN (LING) - Christian converts and gamblers, silly comic speaking roles. May also be members of the singing ensemble.

PURSER - of the liner "American"

CAPTAIN - skipper of the liner "American”, 30 - 60. Mostly a speaking role, can also be a member of the singing chorus.

CHASTITY, PURITY, VIRTUE, AND CHARITY (ANGELS) - girls in the backup vocal quartet (Andrews Sisters Style) and showgirls for Reno's Act, 17 - 40, featured dancers and strong voices, great personalities and excellent tappers.

SAILORS QUARTET - 17 to 40, strong singing quartet featured vocally throughout the show. Must move well.

SAILORS - Ensemble, ship's crew

GIRL 1, 2 and 3 - Ensemble and Passengers

SINGING ENSEMBLE

FINIAN’S RAINBOW

February 2019


The winner of 3 Tony Awards, with Irish whimsy, melodious magic, and biting social commentary, Finian’sRainbow tackles the American Dream and the state of civil rights in the post-World War II United States. Aging Irish dreamer Finian McLonerghan and his savvy daughter Sharon travel to America to bury a small pot of gold, which Finian believes will grow to yield millions. When they arrive in fictional Rainbow Valley in Missitucky, the McLonerghans encounter goodhearted sharecroppers, bigoted blowhard politicians… and a romantic leprechaun! One of America’s classic and most original musicals, FINIAN’S RAINBOW remains as timely now as when it was first written. The charming score called “one of the most enduringly delicious ever concocted for an American musical” by The New York Times, includes hits like “Old Devil Moon,” “Look to the Rainbow,” “How Are Things In Glocca Morra?” and “If I’m Not Near the Girl I Love”

 

Characters

SHARON MCLONERGAN - a lovely, Irish colleen,  Soprano, Mezzo Soprano

FINIAN MCLONERGAN - Lead, 60 - 80, Character Singer, Must do a good Irish accent, Tenor or Baritone

OG - semi-mortal Leprechaun, Tenor or Baritone, excellent mover, 30 - 59

WOODY MAHONEY - 30 - 49, bari-tenor, homegrown hero

SUSAN MAHONEY - Woody’s mute sister, excellent dance skills

SENATOR BILLBOARD RAWKINS - prototypical white Southern Politician, spoken, tenor, 40 and older

AFRICAN AMERICAN VERSION OF SENATOR BILLBOARD RAWKINS, same approximate stature as white Southern politician

BUZZ COLLINS/ENSEMBLE - Supporting, Spoken, 30 - 59, dapper, cigar smoking character with a derby hat and a nervous manner

SUNNY - blind, harmonica playing sharecropper, non speaking

SHERIFF/ENSEMBLE - Supporting, Male, Spoken, small plump man who speaks with a slow whining delivery

HENRY - a small African American boy who reads Susan's dance, a sharecropper's kid

MELINDY - a pretty sharecropper who dances

HOWARD - an African American college student

3 SHARECROPPERS AND 3 SHERIFFS' DEPUTIES

DIANA - a little girl; sharecropper's kid and friend of Henry's

HONEY LOU AND OTHER CHILDREN OF THE SHARECROPPERS'

JOHN THE PREACHER - Male, Featured, Tenor

MR. SHEARS - businessperson, tall and lean

MR. ROBUST - businessperson, short and squat

THREE GOSPELEERS - an African American quartet minus one baritone, Russ

SIX GIRLS - African American and White, the Necessity Sextet (non speaking)

or

ONE NECESSITY SINGER

CHORUS AND DANCERS - all ages, genders, ethnicities and vocal ranges  




MAN OF LA MANCHA

July 2019

 

Man of La Mancha, the winner of 5 Tony Awards including best book and best score has inspired theatre goers since the very first note of “The Impossible Dream” was heard on opening night. Enter the mind and world of Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. Against all odds, a man sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. This lyrical and amusing adventure is a classic tale of the triumph of man over his own follies.

 

Characters,Roles

CAPTAIN OF THE INQUISITION - An Imposing, cruel man. This is a non-singing role unless he also doubles as one of the prison characters later in the play.

DON QUIXOTE (ALONSO QUIJANA)/ MIGUEL de CERVANTES: - Tall, thin charismatic man, he is an actor, playwright, and would-be knight.

He is both the narrator of the story, and the main character in this play-within-a-play. Baritone (Low B Flat to G).

SANCHO PANZA (THE MANSERVANT): Older than Don Quixote, he is shorter and more squat.even with all his idiosyncrasies.

Tenor (C to high A). NOTE; ALL THE REMAINING CHARACTERS DOUBLE AS PRISONERS WHO BECOME THE VARIOUS CHARACTERS LISTED BELOW. ALL WILL EVENTUALLY SING “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM”:

ALDONZA (DULCINEA) - A serving woman and prostitute, rough on the outside but has a gentle heart, Soprano (low A Flat to high A Flat).

THE INNKEEPER (THE GOVERNOR) - A large and powerful man. Bass (low A to C sharp).

THE DUKE (DR. SANSON CARRASCO/KNIGHT OF THE MIRRORS): - Baritone (low C to D flat). Sings “We’re Only Thinking of Him.”

THE PADRE: - A kindly, sympathetic Cleric. Tenor (C to High G).

THE BARBER: - Comedic Role, he is the traveling barber with the Golden Helmet. Tenor (F to high G).

ANTONIA: - Alonso Quijana’s (Quixote) self-centered niece and Dr. Carrasco’s fiancée. Mezzo (C to high F).

THE HOUSEKEEPER: - Alonso Quijana’s strong housekeeper who is full of hope, and with strong religious/ moral convictions.

Mezzo (A to high F).

PEDRO: - The head muleteer, he is a mean and vicious man, leading the attack on Aldonza. He uses a bull whip. Baritone

(Low D to D).

ANSELMO: - Another rough, sturdy muleteer. Tenor (F to high G Falsetto).

GUITAR PLAYER: - One of Muleteers, he must be able to play Flamenco Rhythm, and has a guitar solo. Could also be any of the other muleteers listed. Any Range. Please bring your guitar to the audition.

OTHER MULETEERS (JOSE, TENORIO, PACO, JUAN): - All are tough muleteers. Various singing Parts.

MARIA: - The Innkeeper’s shrewish wife. Any Range.

FERMINA: - A servant girl in the Inn. Any Range

THE MOOR - (Also one of the Muleteers): Head of the Moorish/Gypsy band. Tenor (C to high B). Sings in Moorish Dance

CANTOUR: - Assistant to The Moor. Tenor (F to A Flat). Sings in Moorish Dance. Could be played by a female.

MOORISH/GYPSY SPECIALTY DANCER: - Special Featured Female Dancer of Moorish Dance Any Range.

MOORS: - Male & Female Gypsies who dance & sing. Males will double from Muleteers. Any Range.

GUARDS/MEN OF THE INQUISITION/ KNIGHT OF THE MIRRORS’

ATTENDANTS: - These are either “extras” or are made up of male and female cast members who are not in the scene immediately before theirs.

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