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Augusta Players announces auditions for Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN

The Augusta Players announces auditions for
Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN

Auditions – June 18, 2022
Callbacks – June 19, 2022
to be performed September 15, 22, 23, 24, 25 – 2022.

Great roles for performers of all types, ages, ethnicities, shapes, sizes.

There are roles for adults, children and teens.

Looking for: Actors who sing, singers who move well, dancers who sing, and trained dancers in ballet and jazz.

All roles are open.

General Open Auditions: Saturday, June 18, 10AM – 5PM

Callbacks: Sunday, June 19, 1PM

Location:
Jessye Norman School of the Arts
739 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901
PLEASE do not call the school with questions and please read this whole notice before calling The Augusta Players.

 

Please fill out the audition form here:  http://tiny.cc/apmusicman

 

If you cannot attend the in-person auditions:
Video submissions will also be accepted until 4pm on June 18.
Please email video submissions to: TheAPMusicMan@gmail.com

Videos should include:

  • Your name, phone number and email address
  • A section of a song (See below) no longer than 1 minute.
  • The dance auditions that can be learned by the posted dance audition video
  • If auditioning for a specific character, one of the posted audition scenes.

 

SINGING:

Please prepare a verse and a chorus of a Broadway-style song from the golden age of Broadway. You may sing from the show. Please no contemporary songs. Please sing something that demonstrates your vocal range and abilities.  If you are auditioning for a specific character, please see the character breakdown below and sing a listed song from the show. An accompanist will be provided, but you must provide your own sheet music unless you are singing from the show.

No a cappella singing, please, but singing with an accompaniment cd with no vocals will be acceptable. If you choose to use your phone a mini-jack (ear phone style cord) will be provided. If you need an iPhone charger style cord that must be provided by you.

 

DANCE / MOVEMENT:

Dance combinations will be taught. You can get a head start by looking at the video link.

Link to dance audition for ADULTS AND KIDS: https://youtu.be/R45_NCNf8G8
Link to dance audition for TEENS AND DANCERS: https://youtu.be/B5srzjGRjxc

Please be prepared for movement by bringing jazz, character or tennis shoes and wearing comfortable clothes. A hard soled, closed toe shoe will be acceptable.  

Gymnastics also a plus but not required.

Please bring personal calendars and be prepared to list all conflicts (Mondays-Sundays) beginning with Monday, August 8, 202 through Sunday, September 25, 2022.  Please do not assume that we know when any general holidays are (ie., school breaks, etc) and plan to list those as conflicts if you will be out of town or otherwise engaged.  Conflicts must be noted at the audition and will influence casting. Only conflicts noted at the audition will be taken into consideration.
NO CONFLICTS ALLOWED FROM September 12, 2022 – September 25, 2022.

 

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Book, Music & Lyrics: Meredith Willson

Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’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.

To learn more about the show explore this link: https://www.mtishows.com/the-music-man

Directed and Choreographed by Scott Seidl
Music Directed by Paul Barton-Jones
Associate Choreographer Kaitlyn Dunaway

 

Link to dance audition for ADULTS AND KIDS: https://youtu.be/R45_NCNf8G8
Link to dance audition for TEENS AND DANCERS: https://youtu.be/B5srzjGRjxc

Link to PDF of Audition Scenes  Click HERE

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
(AGES ARE A SUGGESTION. OTHER WILL BE CONSIDERED)

MALE ROLES

Harold Hill
(Vocal Range – Ab2 – F4) The story’s unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.
Sings: “Trouble”, “Seventy-six Trombones,” “The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Gary Indiana,”“Till There Was You,” & “Goodnight My Someone” reprise.
Dance: “Seventy-six Trombones”, “The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl”, “Marian the Librarian”,“Shipoopi”
Please prepare “The Sadder-But-Wiser-Girl”, “Ya Got Trouble”, “Marian The Librarian”

Mayor Shinn
A blustery politician who is all too “self-important.” Loves order and tradition. Married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
Sings: Non singing role or Chorus only.

Marcellus Washburn
(Vocal range G2 – A4) Harold’s chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
Sings: “The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl,” “Shipoopi,” and chorus numbers.
Please prepare “Shipoopi”

Ewart Dunlop
(Vocal Range – F3 – F5) River City School Board Member. Becomes a member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.
Sings: “Sincere,” “Goodnight Ladies,” It’s You,” “Lida Rose” and all Chorus Numbers.

Oliver Hix
(Vocal Range: B2 – F4) River City School Board Member. Becomes a member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a baritone voice. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.
Sings: “Sincere,” “Goodnight Ladies,” It’s You,” “Lida Rose” and all Chorus Numbers.

Jacey Squires
(Vocal Range: C3 – C5) River City School Board Member. Becomes a member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill. The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.
Sings: “Sincere,” “Goodnight Ladies,” It’s You,” “Lida Rose” and all Chorus Numbers.

Olin Britt
(Vocal Range: F2 – C4) River City School Board Member. Becomes a member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a bass voice.
Sings: “Sincere,” “Goodnight Ladies,” It’s You,” “Lida Rose” and all Chorus Numbers.

Charlie Cowell
A traveling salesmen who is on to Harold Hill’s schemes. Tirelessly attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind Harold Hill. (May also be in the ensemble.)
Speak sings: “Rock Island.”

Winthrop Paroo
(Vocal range: C4 – Eb5) Marian’s baby brother (character age between 8-12), he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band. Sings: “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Gary, Indiana,” and some Chorus Numbers.
Please prepare “Gary Indiana”

Tommy Djilas
A young teen from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta and becomes the assistant leader of Professor Hill’s Boys’ Band. An excellent dancer.
Featured dance numbers (including partnering): “Seventy-six Trombones,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Shipoopi.”
Sings: All chorus numbers.

River City Teen Boys Ensemble / Traveling Salesman
These are the dancing and singing ensemble characters in all chorus numbers and scenes. Featured dance numbers: “Seventy-six Trombones,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Shipoopi.”
Sings: All chorus numbers with the addition of “Rock Island.”

River City Townsmen / Traveling Salesman
These are the singing and acting ensemble characters in all chorus numbers and scenes. Traveling Salesman are in the opening number.
Sing & Dance: “Iowa Stubborn,” “Trouble,” “Seventy-six Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi” & “Finale” with the addition of “Rock Island.”

River City Townsboys – Boys Band
These are the singing and acting ensemble characters in all chorus numbers and scenes. They become Harold Hill’s boys band and perform at the end of the show.
Sing & Dance: “Iowa Stubborn,” “Trouble,” “Seventy-six Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi” & “Finale”

 

FEMALE ROLES

Marian Paroo
(Vocal Range: G3 – A5) The accomplished and curious town librarian and music teacher. She is a well-spoken, put together young lady who cares deeply for her younger brother and mother. She is firm in her beliefs, even when they differ from the others in town. She dislikes Harold Hill and doubts his intentions in starting the River City Boy’s Band, but eventually falls for him. She has a biting wit and timing. Sings: “Piano Lesson,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “My White Knight,” “Will I Ever Tell You,” “Till There Was You,” & “Seventy-six Trombones” reprise. Featured Dance: “Marian the Librarian”, “Shipoopi”
Please prepare “My White Knight”, “Goodnight My Someone”, “Will I Ever Tell You”

Mrs. Paroo
(Vocal Range: Ab3 – Eb5) Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop. Sings: “Piano Lesson,” “Gary Indiana” Chorus numbers.
Please prepare “Piano Lesson”

Amaryllis
(Vocal Range: C4 – E5) A spunky young (character age between 8-12) piano student of Marion Paroo. No piano experience necessary.
Sings: “Piano Lesson,” and Chorus numbers.

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
(Vocal range: D4 – D5) Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife. The snooty town gossiper, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself. Her outspoken thoughts in addition to her flair for theatrics bring a comical presence to the town.
Dance: Leads the “Ladies Dance” group in the Grecian Urn.
Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and all Chorus Numbers.

Zaneeta Shinn
The Mayor’s delightful teen daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet, outgoing and, at times, quirky. An excellent dancer.
Featured dance numbers (including partnering): “Seventy-six Trombones,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Shipoopi.”
Sings: All chorus numbers

Alma Hix
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Oliver Hix. Featured Dance: Grecian Urn
Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and Chorus Numbers.

Maud Dunlop
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Ewart Dunlop. Featured Dance: Grecian Urn
Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and Chorus Numbers.

Ethel Toffelmier
A comical “Pick-a-Little Lady,” and Marcellus Washburn’s girlfriend. Featured Dance: Shipoopi, Grecian Urn Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and Chorus Numbers.

Mrs. Squires
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Jacey Squires. Featured Dance: Grecian Urn
Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and Chorus Numbers.

River City Teen Girls Ensemble
These are the dancing and singing ensemble characters in all chorus numbers and scenes. Featured dance numbers (including partnering): “Seventy-six Trombones,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Shipoopi.” Sings: All chorus numbers

River City Townswomen & Townsgirls
These are the singing and acting ensemble characters in all chorus numbers and scenes.
Sing & Dance: “Iowa Stubborn,” “Trouble,” “Seventy-six Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi” & “Finale” . (Towngirls may dress as boys as part of the Boy’s Band.)

 

If you have other questions after reading this notice, you may contact The Augusta Players at (706) 826-4707 or email info@augustaplayers.org

 

Link to dance audition for ADULTS AND KIDS: https://youtu.be/R45_NCNf8G8
Link to dance audition for TEENS AND DANCERS: https://youtu.be/B5srzjGRjxc

Link to PDF of Audition Scenes  Click HERE

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