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Auditions: Guys and Dolls

April 10th, 2018


The Players Club of Swarthmore will be holding auditions on Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00pm for the Main Stage production of Guys and Dolls.
 

Auditions: will be held Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1 at 7PM
 
Callbacks: on Monday, May 7 at 7PM
 
Performance Dates: are September 14-29.
 
Open Call. Performers will be seen on a first-come/first-served basis. Sign in when you arrive.
 
If you have any questions, email director Anthony SanFilippo at asf3737@gmail.com.
 
Performers should prepare a song to sing (details below) and also be prepared to dance.
 
Men should bring tap shoes if they have them to learn a tap routine at auditions. Women should bring Character shoes.
 
Sides, as well as specific musical selections from the show, will be provided at Callbacks for specific characters.
 
Audition forms will be available when you sign in but if you can, please fill out an audition form in advance. They are available from the Auditions Page.
 
Head shots and resumes are not required but are incredibly helpful (hint…hint).
 
Additionally, please be prepared to list ALL known conflicts between mid-June and the end of September. Rehearsals will MOSTLY take place on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, although there will be some other rehearsal dates as well.
 
*** All Roles are open and are open to all. (Ages 17 and older) ***
 
*** Please read the following about your audition song from Music Director Eric Thompson:
 
Song Selection: 16-32 bars (about 30 seconds to a minute).
 
Guys and Dolls is a traditional musical, with some jazz undertones. It’s at the end of the “Golden Age” of Musical Theater.
 
The music requires a legit (not pop) sound. Here is a list of composers you should look at, and those composers you should avoid.
 
Good Composers:

  • Frank Loesser (How to Succeed, The Most Happy Fella, Guys and Dolls – Yes, you can audition with a song from the show)
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma!, Allegro, Carousel, South Pacific)
  • Lerner and Loewe (Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Camelot)
  • Bock and Harnick (Fiorello!, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof)
  • Styne (Gypsy, Bells are Ringing, Funny Girl)
  • Cole Porter (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate)
  • Flaherty and Ahrens (Ragtime, Anastasia)
  • Schwartz (Rags, Children of Eden)

 
Composers to Avoid: Jason Robert Brown, Jonathan Larson, Stephen Sondheim (though it hurts me), Jeff Blumenkrantz, Georgia Stitt, Andrew Lloyd Webber (which doesn’t hurt at all), David Yazbek, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk.
 
Please pick an audition song that:

  • Shows vocal range and showcases what your voice does best. Pick something that you know you can sing to the best of your ability.
  • Allows you to ACT. Tell a story. Read the lyrics of the songs you are choosing..
  • Showcases you for the character/characters you are interested in. If you want to be seen for Sarah, sing a soprano ballad. If you want to be seen for Sky, find a light-hearted tune. For Nicely-Nicely, sing an up-tempo!.

 
*** Please bring your own Sheet Music for the accompanist to play ***
 
Director Anthony SanFilippo will be looking for a diverse cast of approximately 25-30 talented performers (Singers, Dancers, & actors).
 
Character Descriptions (by order of appearance):
(Ages are Stage Age – if you can look it, you can play it!)

Nicely-Nicely Johnson
Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan’s loyal friend and lackey.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: D4
 
Benny Southstreet
Nathan’s right-hand man and a gambler himself. Tries to play it smart and slick – but doesn’t quite get there… always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan’s best interests at heart.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: D4
 
Sarah Brown
A pretty, bright-eyed woman who serves as Sergeant of the local Mission. She fully believes in her worthy cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with Sky along the way. She is prudish and uptight, but eventually lets go – in a big way.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: B3
 
Arvide Abernathy
The bass drum and cymbal player in the Mission band, he is Sarah’s loving grandfather. Wise and sweet, he wants nothing but the best for her.
Gender: Male (Will consider a female and make her a grandmother)
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4
 
Harry The Horse
A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan’s craps game and backs his cheating but is also a man of his word in the gambling community.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 60
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
 
Lt. Brannigan
A New York police officer who is on to Nathan’s illegal craps games and is dead-set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 60
 
Nathan Detroit
A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the big time. He loves Adelaide but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4
 
Miss Adelaide
Nathan’s fiancé and a lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub. She loves Nathan more than anything in the world and desperately wants to get married. Pretty, outspoken, stubborn. MUST BE A GOOD DANCER AS WELL.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3
 
Sky Masterson
A high-stakes gambler whose luck never seems to run out, and a wild card who surprises himself when he falls in love with the unlikeliest of women. Suave, smart, handsome.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3
 
General Matilda B. Cartwright
A no-nonsense leader of the Save-A-Soul Mission from the regional office. A bit of a hard-scrabble figure who thinks very little of Sarah. General Cartwright has a catharsis though and let’s her hair down during Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.
Gender: Female
Age: 45-65
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: B3
 
Big Jule
A big-time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and his own pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. Tough looking. A bit of an oaf. (WOULD LOVE TO FIND A PHYSICALLY IMPOSING PERFORMER FOR THIS PART… BUT NOT BEHOLDEN TO THAT)
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 60
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
 
Ensemble
Mission Band (Agatha, Calvin, Martha), Crap Shooters (Liver Lips Louie, Angie The Ox, Rusty Charlie and more – LOOKING FOR TAP DANCERS), Hot Box Girls (probably six in total, but could be a little flexible), Waiters, Cuban Dancers.

 
Please note: PCS is an all-volunteer organization, all roles are unpaid.
 

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