THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
BENEFITING NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
THE HOPEFUL THEATRE PROJECT
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.
100% of our ticket proceeds will go towards the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Tarrant County and their mission of building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
PRODUCTION TEAM - Producer: Kristi Lee Tomenga Director: Jessica Cope Music Director: Ian Mead Moore Choreographer: Alvaro Carranza Stage Manager: Zoe Paraskevopoulos Set Designer: Conor Clark Lighting/Sound Designer: Branson White
Auditions will be Monday, June 20th and Tuesday, June 21st, 7:30 pm- 10:00 pm
At Sanara Yoga & Wellness in Southlake
Video auditions will be accepted until Tuesday, June 21st at 10:00 pm
Callbacks will be held Saturday, June 25th from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
REQUIREMENTS: · Please arrive 15 min early to get signed in. · Dress professionally · Bring a current headshot and resume · Bring list of conflicts from June 27 - July 28. Conflicts during tech week and performances will not be accepted. · Two contrasting 32 bar cuts (or 60 second cuts) in the style of the show. Bring sheet music properly marked and in the desired key. An accompanist will be provided. A tape may be used if needed. · If you are auditioning for "Man in Chair", please prepare a 1 minute monologue. If you would like to audition for "Man in Chair" and another role in the show, you may prepare one monologue and one 32 bar cut.
AUDITIONS: Please schedule an audition prior to June 20th. Audition slots are 5 mins each and located at Sanara Yoga and Wellness, 2008 E State Highway 114, Southlake, TX 76092 .
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The Hopeful Theatre Project will be creating a safe environment for auditions. Social distancing will be enforced. Please wear a mask while you wait for your audition. If you have any questions or concerns prior to your audition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VIDEO AUDITIONS: We are accepting video auditions. Please send your two 32 bar cuts (or 60 second cuts), headshot, resume, and list of conflicts to our Stage Manager, Zoe Paraskevopoulos, at email@example.com by Tuesday, June 21st at 10:00 pm to be considered. Late submissions will not be accepted.
PRODUCTION & REHEARSAL INFO – *Performance Dates: July 29 - August 7, Friday, & Saturday evenings @ 7:30 pm, Matinees Saturday and Sunday @ 3:00 pm. *Location: Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas in Irving, TX *Rehearsals will begin June 27th and will be held at Sanara Yoga & Wellness in Southlake. Rehearsals will typically run Monday-Thursday evenings with some Saturday afternoons. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. Tech week begins July 25th in Irving, TX. **Please Note: The Hopeful Theatre Project’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone will be omitting "Message from a Nightingale". The number and scene have been removed from this production as requested by The Hopeful Theatre Project team and approved by the MTI representative.
**ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE**
Roles are open to actors 18 years of age and older.
The Hopeful Theatre Project seeks diverse performers, including but not limited to: ethnicity, race, color, country of origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, body size, marital status, adults of all ages, religion, beliefs, political affiliations, socioeconomic status, experiences, and any form of disability.
Man in Chair 30-50s, Vocal range: Bass/Baritone (G2-C4)
Musical theatre aficionado and recluse who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the entire show peppering it with his own commentary as he listens to the Broadway recording of "The Drowsy Chaperone” on vinyl to cure his blue mood. Role includes very minimal singing, but must have incredible comic timing, strong acting skills and an excellent ability to interact with the audience. His mannerisms and tics should be amusing and charming while grounded in reality.
Janet Van de Graaff 20s-30s, Vocal range: Alto/Mezzo with both a big belt and a strong head voice (G3-A5)
Feldzieg’s Follies Star and bride-to-be who is conflicted about giving up her life on the stage to marry Robert Martin. Vivacious, loves being the center of attention. Must be a true triple threat performer. Requires strong movement; special skills (acrobatics, juggling, playing an instrument etc.) a plus.
Robert Martin 20s-40s, Vocal range: Tenor (C3-Ab4)
Dashing groom-to-be, head over heels in love with Janet. He is the matinee idol of the time – debonair, dashing, charming, and ever-cheerful. He is cheesy and optimistic. Must be able to tap dance and roller skate.
The Drowsy Chaperone 30s-50s, Vocal range: Alto with strong belt (F3-D5)
Janet’s care-free, alcoholic confidante and friend. An indulgent, melodramatic diva to be reckoned with, she couldn’t care less what the world thinks; she gleefully chews the scenery and steals just about every scene she is in. Great comedic role.
Aldolpho 20s-40s, Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor with strong falsetto (A#2-G4)
European self-proclaimed "ladies man" - a womanizing cad who is very impressed with himself. He is confident and vigorous, but somewhat of a buffoon. Requires vaudeville-style acting, great comic timing, and some flexibility for stage movement and physical comedy.
Mrs. Tottendale 30s-60s, Vocal range: Alto character voice (G3-Db5)
A wealthy widow and host of the wedding. Charming, bubbly, flighty, eccentric, often times forgetful, and funny. Delightfully oblivious to the confusion her behavior generates in other people.
Underling 20s-60s, Vocal range: Baritone character voice (Ab2-G4)
Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant. He is stoic, dry and sarcastic.
Mr. Feldzieg 30s-50s, Vocal range: Baritone (Db3-Db4)
Harried producer and man on a mission, he will do anything to stop the wedding in order to keep Janet in Feldzieg’s Follies. He is blustering, nervous, sarcastic, impatient, and overbearing.
Kitty 20s-30s, Vocal range: Soprano/Mezzo with comedic belt (Bb3-F5)
Mr. Feldzieg’s dim-witted brassy companion, a chorus girl with bold aspirations to be a leading lady. Must have impeccable comedic timing.
George 20s-40s, Vocal range: Tenor (F3-Bb4)
Robert’s incredibly anxious best man. He is loyal, sincere, and very VERY nervous. He makes looking out for Robert’s interests his top priority so that the wedding will come off without a hitch. Must be able to tap dance.
Two jovial gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. Must work together as a single comedic unit adept at wordplay and puns in the spirit of Abbott and Costello; requires stylized physical comedy schtick and dancing skills.
Trix 20s-50s - Vocal range: Alto with strong belt (Ab3-Eb5)
The brave and brash female aviator. She presides over the wedding. She is sassy, sleek and a take-charge kind of gal.
Seeking 4-6 dancers/singers to play maids and butlers, reporters, nightmare monkeys, and more!