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Auditions for 'The Drowsy Chaperone' set

by the Grosse Pointe News

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.


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.

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 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


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, naďve, 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