Palo Alto Players


Palo Alto Players announces auditions for its spring musical, FLOWER DRUM SONG, Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and Book by David Henry Hwang.


Our production will be Directed by Lily Tung Crystal and Choreographed by Alex Hsu, with Music Direction by Amanda Ku.  Auditions are by appointment only.  

FLOWER DRUM SONG performs April 27- May 12, 2019, with a paid preview on April 26, 2019. Thursday night curtain is at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8pm, and Sunday curtain is at 2pm. Rehearsals are currently scheduled to begin on or just after March 1, 2019.



Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, December 2 from 10am - 5pm, with callbacks on Sunday, December 9 from 10am - 3pm. Auditions will be at the Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. This is a non-AEA performance.  Stipend available for all roles.

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING IN THE ENSEMBLE AND/OR THE ROLE OF LINDA LOW YOU MUST ATTEND THE DANCE AUDITION from 10am - 12pm on December 2nd.  Those that attend the dance audition will sing immediately after the dance audition (in order of arrival) between 12 - 2.  Please sign up below for BOTH the 10am dance audition and the 12pm vocal audition.


Those not interested in ensemble/Linda please sign up for a vocal audition between 2p - 5pm. 

Please wear dance heels and/or jazz shoes (sneakers ok) to the dance audition. Please prepare a one minute selection of a stylistically appropriate song for the vocal audition.  Bring sheet music, clearly marked and in the correct key.  An accompanist will be provided.  No tapes, please.



'To create something new, we must first love what is old,' claims Mei-Li in TONY Award-winner David Henry Hwang's new adaptation of this Rodgers and Hammerstein jewel. Mei-Li flees Mao's communist China after the murder of her father and finds herself in San Francisco's Chinatown. This naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese opera tradition alive despite his son's determination to turn the old opera house into a swingin' Western-style nightclub. A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera tradition creates a beautifully theatrical tapestry sure to delight our Bay Area audience.


We are looking for the following characters to bring this beautiful show to life


Wu Mei-Li, 20s, female-identified, Asian. A new immigrant from China, initially shy, also openhearted and earnest, she’s learning about the cultural gap between her Chinese upbringing and the young people who grew up in America. (soprano; sweet, pure, lyrical, G3 to Eb5, C5 belt)


Wang Chi-Yang, 50s-60s, male-identified, Asian. A Chinese opera actor, owner of the Golden Pearl Theatre, and immigrant to San Francisco, staunchly traditional and often in conflict with his American-born son. (baritone; character-driven, not “romantic”, B2 to Eb belt)


Wang Ta, 20s-30s, male-identified, Asian. Wang’s Chinese American son who is often in generational and cultural conflict with his father over traditional Chinese and modern American values. (tenor; youthful, romantic, fine but warm belt, B2 to G4 belt)


Chin, 60s-70s, male-identified, Asian. A Chinese man and old family friend of the Wangs, kind and wise, with a sense of humor. (tenor; character-driven, D#3 to A4)


Linda Low, 20s-30s, female-identified, Asian. A Chinese American showgirl, confident, worldly and knows what she wants, but also has empathy for those around her. (mezzo/alto; theatrical belt; full, strong, sexy, A3 to Bb4/Eb5 belt)


Harvard, 20s-30s, male-identified. A Chinese American performer and costumer and Linda’s dedicated friend and wardrobe person.  Loves the limelight. (baritone; character-driven, F3 to E4)


Madame Rita Liang, 40s-60s, female-identified, Asian. A Chinese American talent agent, confident, brash, with a sharp sense of humor. (mezzo/alto; mature belt, A3 to C5)


Chao Hai-Lung, 20s-30s, male-identified, Asian. A new immigrant from China, earnest, in love with Mei Li. (baritone or tenor)


Chong, Asian, any gender. The Chinese American owner of the On Leock Fortune Cookie Factory


Lee, Asian, any gender. A Chinese American restaurant owner.


Ensemble to play citizens of China, Communist Party members, Mei-Li’s father, soldiers, refugees, Chinese Opera Company members, immigrants, showgirls, chorus boys, a ghost couple, stage manager, photographers, reporters, factory workers, emigrants, warrior dancers, maiden dancer, wedding guests and citizens of SF Chinatown.


Date: 12/02/2018 (Sun.)

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