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Auditions for 'The Drowsy Chaperone' set


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January 31, 2013
Grosse Pointe Theatre holds auditions for the musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone," the theatre's final show of the season. Auditions begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, the theater rehearsal studio, 315 Fisher, City of Grosse Pointe.

Synopsis:

This upbeat and silly homage to movie musicals of the '20s and '30s offers laughs and nostalgia. A Hollywood starlet, Janet Van de Graff, wish-es to abandon her career and become the real-life wife of handsome millionaire playboy, Robert Martin. The wedding is to take place in Mrs. Tottendale's mansion.

Someone's got to lose when Janet retires. The antics of a devious producer and the two Chicago-style gangsters dressed as pastry chefs result in mayhem, hijinks and the question: Will true love conquer all?

Performances are May 5, 8 through 12 and 16 through 18 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

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Scripts are available for a refundable $20 deposit. For more information, call (313) 881-4004. Music and vocal materials, edited audio tracks and corresponding sheet music of what to prepare for auditions, are available digitally from the music and vocal director, Jay Shaheen at JayShaheen@hotmail.com or by calling (313) 886-2208.

For character information, contact director Susan Davis at (313) 882-2770. For information about auditions or technical production matters, contact producer, Jon Lechner at thekid57@aol.com.

Cast:

In addition to the songs listed, all parts, except the ensemble and "Man," should prepare "Fancy Dress."

Janet — lead, age 20-30, alto — actress, beautiful, sexy, pampered and in love. Audition songs: "Show Off," "Accident Waiting to Happen."

Robert — lead, age 30-ish, tenor — playboy, handsome, naïve, trusting. Tap required. Audition songs: "Cold Feets," "Accident Waiting to Happen."

Man — support, any age, minimum vocals optional — narrator, musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. Perhaps slightly effeminate. No audition song.

Mrs. Tottendale — support, age 60-ish, alto — granddame hostess, ditzy, forgetful. Audition song: "Love is Always Lovely."

Underling — support, age 60-ish, tenor — Tottendale's savvy butler. Audition song: "Love is Always Lovely."

Chaperone — support, age 40-ish, alto — Janet's tipsy confidante, well-established stage actress. Audition song: "As We Stumble Along."

Aldolpho — support, age 20-50, base/baritone and great falsetto — European self-proclaimed lothario. Audition song: "Aldolpho."

George — support, any age, tenor/minimally featured vocals — anxious best man, best friend, best advice. Tap required. Audition songs: "Cold Feet" and dialogue within the song and "Wedding Bells."

Feldzieg — featured, age over 40, baritone/tenor-minimally featured vocals — greedy, Broadway producer. Audition Song: "Wedding Bells."

Kitty — featured, 20-ish, soprano — Feldzieg's dim-witted companion. Audition song: "Toledo Surprise."

Gangsters — two actors, featured, any age, tenors — posing as pastry chefs, intending to disrupt the wedding. Audition song: "Toledo Surprise."

Trix — featured, age 20-40, alto — the brave and brash Aviatrix. Audition song: "I Do, I Do in the Sky."

Ensemble ­—12 actors of various ages — butlers, maids, wedding guests. Audition song: Wedding Bells."

Actors must join Grosse Pointe Theatre to perform in the show. Mem-bership is open to all persons over age 18 with an interest in theatre.

The theatre, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit gpt.org.

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