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Arlington Friends of the Drama

Auditions for "Gypsy" at AFD Theatre

Arlington Friends of the Drama Announces Auditions for

Gypsy

A Musical Fable

 

Initial Auditions:

Tuesday and Wednesday; January 7th and 8th from 6:30-10:30pm

Callbacks:

Saturday; January 11th at 1:00pm

Book by Arthur Laurents

Music by Jule Styne Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Suggested by memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee

 

Director: Ryan Began

Music Director: James Haupt

Choreographer: Kathleen Tringale

Production Manager: Ginger Webb

 

May 1-17, 2020

AFD Theatre

22 Academy Street, Arlington, MA

afdtheatre.org

 

Production Description

Set during the vaudeville era, Gypsy is about a relentless stage mother, Rose, who travels the country with her two daughters, June and Louise, and their manager, Herbie. While June and Louise wish their mother would settle down and marry Herbie, Rose continues to pursue dreams of stardom for her girls. When June deserts the act, Rose turns her attention to the shy Louise, whom she hopes to fashion into a star. When the act is booked into a burlesque house by mistake, Louise is forced into the spotlight and Gypsy Rose Lee is born.

The musical has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, among them Ben Brantley ("what may be the greatest of all American musicals") and Frank Rich. Rich wrote that "Gypsy is nothing, if not Broadway's own brassy, unlikely answer to King Lear."

 

Performance Dates

All dates are for 2020.

 

Friday, May 1 at 8pm

Saturday, May 2 at 8pm

Sunday, May 3 at 3pm

 

Friday, May 8 at 8pm

Saturday, May 9 at 2pm

Saturday, May 9 at 8pm

No show Mother's Day, May 10

 

Friday, May 15 at 8pm

Saturday, May 16 at 8pm

Sunday, May 17 at 3pm

 

Preparation

Fill out and bring the attached audition form: AFD_Audition_Form_Gypsy.pdf (The link for this document is at the bottom of the page just above the list of audition slots.)

Please also download, review and indicate scheduling conflicts on the tentative rehearsal schedule and bring to auditions: Gypsy Proposed Schedule 11.25.19_ec edits.pdf (The link for this document is at the bottom of the page just above the list of audition slots.)

Also please note:

  1. All actors are required to audition with one of the monologues provided. Please be prepared to read the monologue with the corresponding accent. MONOLOGUES ARE PROVIDED IN THE ATTACHED DOCUMENT: AFD_Gypsy_Audition_Notice.pdf (The link for this document is at the bottom of the page just above the list of audition slots.)
  2. Please prepare 60-90 seconds of music in the style of the show (but not from the show) that best demonstrates your vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided, so please bring sheet music with written piano accompaniment in the key you'll be performing.
  3. There will be dance audition at callbacks on Saturday, January 11th. It is strongly advised that you wear appropriate shoes and clothing you feel comfortable moving in. You may be asked to do some light movement at the initial audition as well, please come prepared for that.
  4. EVERYONE CAST MUST SUBMIT TO A CORI CHECK. Since there a number of children in the show anyone cast in the show must submit and pass a CORI background check. This is to help ensure the safety and enjoyment of all involved in the production.  If you have any questions regarding this policy please reach out to the producer.
  5. All children will be seen for their audition on Saturday, January 11th from 12-1pm. Please e-mail Ginger Webb at [email protected] to reserve your child’s spot. Children auditioning for an Ensemble role will be taught a selection from the show and will be asked to prepare a monologue of their choice and may be asked to read a short side. They will also be required to participate in a short dance audition and should plan accordingly. Additionally, if they have special dance skills (pointe, tap, acro they should bring essentials to show)

 

Roles

ROSE – Female (ages 35-50) – Vocal range F3 to C5

The ultimate stage mother. Lives her life vicariously through her two daughters, whom she's put into show business. She is loud, brash, pushy and single-minded, but at times can be doting and charming. She is holding down demons of her own that she is afraid to face. Her voice is the ultimate powerful Broadway belt. Minimal dance but must move well. Comic timing a must.

 

LOUISE/GYPSY ROSE LEE – Female (ages 18-27) – Vocal range G3 to E5

The older version of Baby Louise, character must be able to transform from the mousy and awkward Louise, into the sophisticated and seductive Burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Basic dance skills required but should be able to move well, strong acting skills needed. Must dance inside a dancing cow costume, must be comfortable with the character's profession - stripping. The character is very scantily clad but never actual appears in the nude.

 

JUNE – Female (ages 16-24) – Vocal range G3 to F5

The older version of Baby June. The older she gets the more frustrated with her mother’s domination she becomes. A Shirley Temple type child star. Must  be able to belt a song and have decent dancing skills. The ability to do splits, high kicks, tap/jazz dance, baton twirling a big plus but not required.

 

HERBIE – Male (ages 35+) – Vocal range C3 to D4

A candy salesman, manager for Rose’s children, and Rose’s boyfriend and a possible husband number 4. He has a heart of gold but also has the power to defend the people he loves with strength. Minimum dance but must move well. A Baritone, sings in one group number, two duets and trio with Rose and Louise. Strong acting role.

 

TULSA – Male (ages 18-25) – Vocal range C3 to G5

Boy-next-door type. Strives to break out of the troupe with an act of his own. Sings and dances "All I Need Is the Girl." Extremely strong dancer in all styles of show dance including tap. Good singer, charming, very athletic and handsome young man.

 

DAINTY JUNE – Female (age about 10) – Vocal range C4 to E5

A Shirley Temple-like up-and-coming vaudeville star. Her on stage demeanor is sugary sweet, cute and precocious. Strong singer and must have decent dancing skills. The ability to do splits, high kicks, tap/jazz dance, baton twirling a big plus but not required.

 

YOUNG LOUISE – Female (age about 12) – Vocal range C4 to E5

Rose's shy older daughter, and has always played second fiddle to her baby sister. She is awkward, a little sad and subdued; she doesn't have the confidence of her sister. Strong acting skills needed. The character always dances slightly out of step but the actress playing this part must be able to dance.

 

DRESSY TESSIE TURA – Female (age 30+) – Vocal range B3 to D5

Experienced and wise burlesque performer, just past her prime. Shares her dressing room with Louise. She was once a ballerina and still has some of the moves. A course broad who's been around the block. Very funny. Strong movement/dance required, specialty: Ballet Stripper.

 

MAZEPPA – Female (age 30+) – Vocal range G3 to D5

Bold and brassy trumpet playing burlesque stripper, past her prime. Tough and physically intimidating.  Strong movement/dance required. Trumpet playing skills would be outstanding but not required.

 

ELECTRA – Female (age 30+) – Vocal range B3 to D5

Ditsy and sweet burlesque stripper, past her prime. Quieter than her counterparts but her costume is wired with lights, allowing her to "shine" without working up a sweat. Basic dance skills required.

 

Ensemble – Men and Women, Various ages and vocal ranges

We are looking for 3-5 males and 3-5 females to round out our ensemble. They will be playing multiple roles including; Pop, Uncle Jocko, Mr. Kringelein, Miss Cratchitt, etc. As well as back up dancers, strippers, show girls and boys, business roles, stage hands, etc. There are multiple opportunities for featured/solo singing, dance, and dialogue moments. Must be strong singers, dancers and actors. The director intends on substantially utilizing the ensemble for this production by combining the below characters into tracks for each ensemble actor

 

Children’s Ensemble – Boys and Girls (ages 8-12) – Vocal range C4 to E5

Two or three young boys and one young girl. Baby June's back up dancers and singers. Ability of one child to play accordion, violin, clarinet or other instruments a plus. Must sing and dance.

 

Please download, review and indicate scheduling conflicts on the tentative rehearsal schedule and bring to auditions.

Arlington Friends of the Drama is a volunteer organization dedicated to giving non-professional actors a chance to perform onstage. We do not compensate any actors. If your professional status or union membership requires that you be compensated, we cannot accommodate you.
 

Original Production by David Merrick & Leland Hayward

Entire production originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins

GYPSY is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK

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