THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Please view all details on this page including the rehearsal calendar at the bottom of the page and bring any and all conflict dates with you to your audition! 

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What is The Drowsy Chaperone?

     Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

     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.

     Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

-www.mtishows.com

Production Staff

Producing Artistic Director- Marla Ladd

Director and Musical Director- Tyler Stouffer

Choreographer- TBA, an offer is out.

Stage Manager- Emilee Gorski

Audition Details:

· Auditions will be held from 7:00-10:00 pm on Wednesday April 24th and Thursday April 25th. 

· Invited Callbacks will take place on Saturday April 27th starting at 10:00 am.

· The first rehearsal will be held Monday May 6th from 7:00 – 10:30

· The Drowsy Chaperone runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only from June 14 – July 7 with a possible extension to July 14. Please assume the extension will happen when considering your production conflicts.

· All auditions and callbacks will be held at The La Habra Depot Playhouse- 

311 S. Euclid St. La Habra, CA

· The Drowsy Chaperone is a non-union volunteer production. 

· For your audition, please bring a headshot and resume and prepare 32 bars (1 minute) of a song in the style of the show (1920s style musical theater). Please bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. 

· Note: the role of Janet Van de Graaff has been cast. All other roles are open. Performers of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Character Breakdown

Man In Chair

Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.
Gender: Male
This role requires a strong actor with impeccable comedic timing and a heartwarming stage presence. Only one brief moment of singing. 


Mrs. Tottendale

The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Db5; Vocal range bottom: G3


Underling

Mrs. Tottendale's savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: G4; Vocal range bottom: Ab2


Robert Martin

The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Ab4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Actor should have some tap dance experience and be comfortable working in roller skates.


George

Robert's anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert's best-interest always at heart.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Bb4; Vocal range bottom: F3

Actor should have some tap dance experience.


Feldzieg

Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by Jack Adler.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Db4; Vocal range bottom: Db3


Kitty

Feldzieg's dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by Sadie Adler.
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: Bb3


Gangsters

Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Gb4; Vocal range bottom: Db3


Aldolpho

European self-proclaimed "ladies man"; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: G4; Vocal range bottom: A#2

Actor must have impeccable comedic timing


Janet Van De Graaff

This role has been cast.


The Drowsy Chaperone

Janet's alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: F3


Trix the Aviatrix

The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Eb5; Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Seeking an African American actress for this role.


Ensemble

The ensemble play many fun parts in this show. House staff, reporters, monkeys, etc. Performers should be comfortable movers and hold harmony well. Seeking 2 men and 2 women for the ensemble. From this group, we will also cast the Superintendent.