Aurora Community Theatre
Kevin Kelly, Director
Tim Shaffer, Music Director
Kristy Cruz, Choreographer
Marc C. Howard, Producer
Ann Nyenhuis, Stage Manager
Todd Plone, Set Design
T.L. Codella, Lighting Design
Jen Ryan, Costume Design
Maggie Hamilton, Sound Design
When: Sunday July 28th, 2019 6:00-8:30 pm and Monday. July 29th, 2019 7:00-9:30 pm
Callbacks: Dance Tuesday July 30th, 2019 7-10 pm, Reading and Music Tuesday August 6th, 7-10 pm
Where: 115 E. Pioneer Trail, Aurora, OH 44202
What to Prepare: Please bring a resume and headshot. Prepare 32 bars of music preferably not from the show. Prepare your sheet music for an accompanist. A one-minute monologue would be welcome, but not required. No, a capella or taped music. If invited to dance audition or callbacks, scene work, further music or instructions will be given.
Rehearsals: Will begin in August
Performances: October 25th - November 16th, 2019
Casting Note: Any race, gender, age, body type, or other identities are encouraged to audition and will be considered equally in casting. ACT does not offer union contracts and performers are volunteers.
Please direct audition questions to the director at: [email protected]
How to Succeed - Character Breakdown
J. PIERREPONT FINCH - Window cleaner. (Male - Age 20-35, tenor) Finch is young and driven to succeed in the business world. He exhibits a great amount of charm and pluck but is never completely trustworthy. He will vacillate between uncertainty and over-confidence.
J.B. BIGGLEY - President of the Worldwide Wicket Company. (Male - Age 45-60, baritone) Biggley is a self-important blowhard. He is the head of the company and makes sure everyone knows it. However, he is completely brought to his knees by the women in his life.
BUD FRUMP - Biggley's nephew. (Male - Age 20-40, tenor) Frump is a lazy weasel who expects to succeed in the company through nepotism. He appears to have everything put together, but the people who know him, know the truth.
ROSEMARY PILKINGTON - Office Secretary (Female - Age 20-35, mezzo or alto) Rosemary is beautiful, loyal and long-suffering. She is in love with Finch and supports him in his climb to succeed in the company. She is spurned and ignored several times throughout the show and continues to return to Finch.
HEDY LA RUE - The Other Woman (Female - Age 20-40, soprano or mezzo) Hedy is the sexy bombshell who is having an affair with Biggley. She is not bright but knows how to use her looks to succeed in the company. She later appears as the pirate mascot in the company "treasure hunt."
SMITTY - Office Secretary (Female - Age 20-45, mezzo or alto) Smitty is friend and confidant of Rosemary. She is less idealistic than Rosemary and encourages her in her efforts to snag Finch.
MISS JONES - Mr. Biggsley's secretary (Female - Age 20-60, high belt) Miss Jones is the extremely gruff executive secretary to the head of the company. She is the one that keeps Biggley in line, and all of the employees try to stay out of her way. She breaks this mold late in the show with an upbeat solo. This character must be a belter.
BERT BRATT - Personnel Manager (Male - Age 20-60, baritone) Harried executive that does a quality job. Bratt is central to the hirings and firings that move the plot along and is one of the only executives who seems to do his job.
MR TWIMBLE - Head of the Mail Room (Male - Age 30-60, baritone) Hardworking low-level executive who has been beaten down by working in the mail room for too many years. He is a genuinely likeable guy.
WALLY WOMPER - Chairman of the Board (Male - Age 40-70, baritone) Womper is a grumpy looking man who is largely silent. When he does speak, he is revealed to be a gruff but charming man who is proud of his blue-collar background.
MISS KRUMHOLTZ - Mr. Gatch's secretary (Female - Age 20-60, soprano, mezzo, or alto) Miss Krumholtz is the professional secretary that is completely loyal to the executive she is assigned to that day.
MILT GATCH - Head of Plans and Systems (Male - Age 20-60, tenor, baritone, or bass) Gatch is a confident and handsome junior executive who is not immune to an attractive female.
BENJAMIN BURTON DANIEL OVINGTON - New head of advertising (Male - Age 20-40, tenor, baritone, or bass) Ovington is the golden boy. Tall, handsome, athletic and smart. He is hired to head up the advertising department.
MALE ENSEMBLE (Junior Executives) (ages 20-40) Various vocal ranges. Multiple speaking parts.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE (Secretaries) (ages 20-40) Various vocal ranges. Multiple speaking parts. Date:
Aurora Community Theatre