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theatre auditions

The Music Man

Auditions

Adult Auditions:

Aug 1, 3, 7 –9: 11:15 am – 2:00 pm

Dance Ensemble:

Aug 4: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Children Auditions (Ages 7 – 12):

Aug 3: 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Callbacks:

Aug 4: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Requirements

Audition Requirements:

  • Bring a 1 minute monologue

  • Bring 32 bars of a musical theatre piece in the style of Music Man*.

  • There will be a $65 performance fee assessed to those who are offered and accept a role in the show. 

 

*Please do not bring a Music Man song for your audition piece.

Synopsis

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.

Perfect for professional theatres, community groups, summer stock and schools alike, this award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads, which have become popular standards. The cast features a soaring soprano ingenue, parts for young performers and children, and one of the musical theatre's treasures, a tour de force leading role for a charismatic actor who doesn't need to be a trained singer.

Male Characters

Harold Hill

Baritone, A Flat to High F

A smooth talking con man and traveling salesman with plenty of charm, who tries Iowa after saturating Illinois; convinces townspeople they need a boys’ band to keep them out of trouble. He falls for Marian, & kisses her on stage; does need some movement ability, & sings “Trouble”, “Seventy-six Trombones,” “The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Shipoopi,”(Dance only) “Till There Was You,” & “Goodnight My Someone” reprise.

Marcellus Washburn

Tenor, G to High A

Former con man and friend to Harold Hill who now lives in River City; becomes fast friends with Harold again and helps him learn about the town, tries to help Harold get out of town after the con; his is a comic role; kisses Ethel Tofflemeier whom he is dating. Should have some dance movement ability, and sings “The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl,” and “Shipoopi,” also the chorus numbers.

MAYOR
GEORGE SHINN

Non-Singing or Chorus Only)

The Mayor of River City, self-important, blustery, pompous, not terribly intelligent. Gets lots of things wrong! Listens to his wife. Protective of daughter, Zaneeta, whom he thinks is dating the wrong boy in town. Takes himself seriously, but comes across funny. Sings: Chorus Numbers.

WINTHROP PAROO

Alto, C – E Flat

Marian’s little brother, cute as a button. Does not talk much because of a lisp and missing his dead father. Learns to trust again and is a chatterbox by the end of the show. Sings: “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” and “Gary, Indiana,” plus some Chorus Numbers.

Barbershop Quartet (Members of the School Board)

OLIN BRITT

Bass

Editor of the Gazette, Member of the School Board turned into Barbershop Quartet, a bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill, and learns not only to sing in harmony, but to behave in harmony. Sings: “Sincere,” “It’s You,” “Goodnight Ladies,” “Lida Rose” and all the Chorus numbers.

OLIVER HIX

Baritone

Banker, Member of the School Board turned Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united by the others by Harold Hill and begins to sing and act in harmony with them. Married to Alma. Sings “Sincere,” 

“Goodnight Ladies,” “It’s You,” “Lida Rose,” and all Chorus numbers.

Charlie Cowell

A rival traveling salesman, first seen on the train at the start of the show, he returns to town to warn them about Harold and hopefully make himself a

hero and earn sales himself. Kisses Marian onstage. Sings “Rock Island” and Finale. (We may also use him as a River City Townsperson in disguise.)

TOMMY DJILAS

A teenager from the “wrong side of town” who starts out as a trouble maker, but falls for Zaneeta, the Mayor’s daughter, and encouraged by Harold, begins dating her secretly. He also becomes the assistant leader of the Boys’ Band, thanks to Harold giving him confidence and trust.

TRAVELING SALESMEn

Salesmen on the train that warn each other about what they’ve heard about Harold Hill. None of them have ever met him, but all know about his reputation. They do not realize that he is there among them on the train and can hear

everything they are saying. They have a syncopated song in the beginning of the show – no singing, but patterned to sound like a moving train. Very clever. Sing: “Rock Island”. (NOTE: The Traveling Salesmen will become Townspeople once Act 1, Scene 1 is over.)

RIVER CITY BOYS/TEENS

These are the dancing and singing ensemble in all the numbers that the townspeople are in with the addition of “Seventy-six Trombones” and “Marian the Librarian.” Featured Dancers will come from this group. Also sing: “Iowa

stubborn,” “Trouble,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi,” & Finale.

JACEY SQUIREs

High Tenor

Owner of the livery stable, Member of the School Board turned Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill, and sings and acts in harmony. Married to Mrs. Squires. Sings: “Sincere,” “Goodnight Ladies,”, “It’s You,” “Lida Rose,” and all Chorus Numbers.

CONSTABLE LOCKE

The town Sheriff. Sings the Chorus Numbers.

RIVER CITY TOWNSPERSONS

These are small town folks who are proud of their town. They are of all ages, sizes and shapes. They will be part of a “family” and assigned children. They sing all the chorus numbers “Iowa Stubborn,” “Trouble,” “Seventy-six

Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi” & “Finale”. Note: Some of the Men will also be Traveling Salesmen and sing “Rock Island”.

EWART DUNLOP

Second Tenor

Owner of the General Store, Member of the School Board turned into Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill and sings and acts in harmony. Married to Maud Dunlop.

Sings: “Sincere,” “Goodnight Ladies,” It’s You,” “Lida Rose” and all Chorus Numbers.

TRAIN CONDUCTOR

He is on in the first scene with lines, and then will become a River City Townsperson for the rest of the show.

Barbershop Quartet (Members of the School Board)

OLIN BRITT

Bass

Editor of the Gazette, Member of the School Board turned into Barbershop Quartet, a bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill, and learns not only to sing in harmony, but to behave in harmony. Sings: “Sincere,” “It’s You,” “Goodnight Ladies,” “Lida Rose” and all the Chorus numbers.

OLIVER HIX

Baritone

Banker, Member of the School Board turned Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united by the others by Harold Hill and begins to sing and act in harmony with them. Married to Alma. Sings “Sincere,” 

“Goodnight Ladies,” “It’s You,” “Lida Rose,” and all Chorus numbers.

Charlie Cowell

A rival traveling salesman, first seen on the train at the start of the show, he returns to town to warn them about Harold and hopefully make himself a

hero and earn sales himself. Kisses Marian onstage. Sings “Rock Island” and Finale. (We may also use him as a River City Townsperson in disguise.)

TOMMY DJILAS

A teenager from the “wrong side of town” who starts out as a trouble maker, but falls for Zaneeta, the Mayor’s daughter, and encouraged by Harold, begins dating her secretly. He also becomes the assistant leader of the Boys’ Band, thanks to Harold giving him confidence and trust.

TRAVELING SALESMEn

Salesmen on the train that warn each other about what they’ve heard about Harold Hill. None of them have ever met him, but all know about his reputation. They do not realize that he is there among them on the train and can hear

everything they are saying. They have a syncopated song in the beginning of the show – no singing, but patterned to sound like a moving train. Very clever. Sing: “Rock Island”. (NOTE: The Traveling Salesmen will become Townspeople once Act 1, Scene 1 is over.)

RIVER CITY BOYS/TEENS

These are the dancing and singing ensemble in all the numbers that the townspeople are in with the addition of “Seventy-six Trombones” and “Marian the Librarian.” Featured Dancers will come from this group. Also sing: “Iowa

stubborn,” “Trouble,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi,” & Finale.

JACEY SQUIREs

High Tenor

Owner of the livery stable, Member of the School Board turned Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill, and sings and acts in harmony. Married to Mrs. Squires. Sings: “Sincere,” “Goodnight Ladies,”, “It’s You,” “Lida Rose,” and all Chorus Numbers.

CONSTABLE LOCKE

The town Sheriff. Sings the Chorus Numbers.

RIVER CITY TOWNSPERSONS

These are small town folks who are proud of their town. They are of all ages, sizes and shapes. They will be part of a “family” and assigned children. They sing all the chorus numbers “Iowa Stubborn,” “Trouble,” “Seventy-six

Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi” & “Finale”. Note: Some of the Men will also be Traveling Salesmen and sing “Rock Island”.

EWART DUNLOP

Second Tenor

Owner of the General Store, Member of the School Board turned into Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill and sings and acts in harmony. Married to Maud Dunlop.

Sings: “Sincere,” “Goodnight Ladies,” It’s You,” “Lida Rose” and all Chorus Numbers.

TRAIN CONDUCTOR

He is on in the first scene with lines, and then will become a River City Townsperson for the rest of the show.

Dance Ensemble

We will be auditioning for a Dance Ensemble comprised of both male/female, 6-8 couples. They will be the dance ensemble for the songs "76 Trombones", "Shipoopi", and "Marian the Librarian." These dancers will also be part of the Town Ensemble at other times.

Audition: Those auditioning will be taught a portion of a song from the show. 

Female characters

MARIAN PAROO

Soprano, Low G to High A

Daughter to Mrs. Paroo and sister to

Winthrop, she is the stuffy, conceited librarian and piano teacher in town. She is very learned and defends the “questionable” books that are in the library. She was close to her deceased father’s friend, Mr. Madison, and the town believes that she had an affair with

him. After all, he left the library to the town, but all the books to her! There was no affair, and he was like an uncle to her. At first, after meeting Harold Hill, she dislikes him but then gets to know him better, and we see a transformation in her while she falls in love. She comes to realize that he really does want to make a difference, and changes things in the town. They end up together. She has stage kisses with Charlie Cowell and

with Harold Hill. Does need some dance movement ability, & Sings: “Piano Lesson,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “My White Knight,” “Shipoopi,”(Dance only) “Will I Ever Tell You,” “Till There Was You,” & “Seventy-six Trombones” reprise.

MRS. PAROO

Mezzo Soprano, A Flat to E Flat

Widowed Irish mother to Marian and

Winthrop, she speaks with an Irish accent. She is a sweet, cheerful homemaker who wants the best for everyone. She gives Marian a lot of advice about how to find a man.,

and dotes on Winthrop. She falls for Harold’s con. Always keeps her hands busy. Sings: “Piano Lesson,”and most of the chorus numbers.

EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN

Alto, D to D

Mayor Shinn’s wife, she is definitely a society lady, knows everyone in town, struts about like a peacock and is

somewhat snooty. A Member of every auxiliary organization in town, she has some strange ideas and doesn’t think she looks as ridiculous as she really is. Keeps her husband in line. Leads the “Ladies Dance” group in the Grecian Urn. Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and all Chorus Numbers.

AMARYLLIS

Alto, C to E

She is the young piano student of Marian’s, and likes Winthrop, but doesn’t understand why he won’t talk to her. The actress does not necessarily have know how to play the piano. Sings: “Piano Lesson,” and Chorus Numbers.

ZANEETA SHINN

Mayor Shinn & Eulalie’s daffy teenage daughter, she has a crush on the town “bad boy” Tommy. She is not rebellious, but is learning to stand up for herself. Very cute and feminine, she is a dancer, especially in “Marian the Librarian” and “Seventy-six Trombones”. Also can sing in Chorus Numbers.

GRACIE SHINN

She is the Mayor’s younger daughter, and somewhat of a tomboy and a bit devilish. Sings Chorus Numbers.

ETHEL TOFFELMIER

She is jolly and friendly, and plays the player piano. She is dating Marcellus and has a stage kiss with him. She does gossip with the other ladies, and is one of the Pickalittle ladies and Grecian Urn performers. Dances in “Shipoopi” and

sings “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and Chorus Numbers.

ALMA HIX

The wife of Oliver Hix, she is a gossipy friend of Eulalie and the other “Pickalittle” women who also perform the Grecian Urn. Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and Chorus Numbers.

MAUD DUNLOP

The wife of Ewart Dunlop, and another of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who are the “Pickalittle” women and perform in Grecian Urn. Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and Chorus Numbers.

MRS. SQUIRES

The wife of Jacey Squires, she is also one of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who are the main “Pickalittle” women and perform in Grecian Urn. Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and Chorus Numbers.

RIVER CITY GIRLS/TEENS

Of all ages, they are the singing and dancing ensemble, in all numbers that the townspeople are in, and especially in “Seventy-six Trombones,” and “Marian the Librarian.” Featured Dancers will come from this group. Also Sing in Chorus Numbers.

RIVER CITY TOWNSPERSONS

These are the small town folks who are proud of their town. They are women of all ages, sizes and appearance. Some of these women will also be in “Pickalittle” along with Eulalie’s friends. All will be part of a “family” and have children assigned to them. All will sing: “Iowa Stubborn,” “Trouble,” “The Wells

Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi,” “It’s You,” reprise, & “Finale”.