Rockwall Community Playhouse

Auditions: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

Written & Created by Roger Bean

Directed by Darlene Singleton
Musical Direction by Paul Burnam

Auditions will be held on Saturday, October 30 at 10am.

You must be willing to make the rehearsals and performances a priority.  Please review the rehearsal schedule in advance.

The Marvelous Wonderettes is a cotton-candy-colored, non-stop pop musical. This smash-off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic '50s hits including "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "Stupid Cupid," and "Lipstick on Your Collar." In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic '50s and '60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

The girls should all sing in a bright, old-fashioned pop-belt style – no modern trills and thrills. Listen to Connie Francis, Doris Day, The Chordettes & The McGuire Sisters for act one styles; listen to Dusty Springfield, Lesley Gore, The Shangri-Las & Betty Everett for act two styles. Old-school comedy skills are required. Do not play the stereotype. Do not play the big hair. Do not play dress-up. These girls need to become real best friends, and their concerns, struggles, hopes, and dreams must be real. Sincerity is the key.

Seeking performers who enjoy singing, dancing, and acting are invited to audition. All ethnicities are encouraged to attend.

Auditions and rehearsals will follow recommended CDC protocols for safely gathering including temperature checks, face masks (except when auditioning and rehearsing), hand sanitizer, and social distancing in the theatre.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
- Prepare 16 to 32-bar selection that show off voice, acting, and range.
- Actors may be asked to sing an entire song(s).
- For vocal audition please bring your own piano-track recording or karaoke version to sing along with.
- For dance audition wear dance or jazz shoes or sneakers - please no flip flops or boots.
- Please bring a current headshot and resume  

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

All Roles Currently Available. All playing ages are just a suggestion and will be adjusted to fit the needs of our casting).

CINDY LOU (18-28), Mezzo Soprano, E3-F5. The prettiest girl at Springfield High. She assumes she will be named Prom Queen and acts out against best friend Betty Jean when things don't go her way. She makes the biggest change between Act 1 & 2, having learned the lessons of true love and loss. Cindy Lou wears pink. Among the songs she sings lead are: 'Allegheny Moon,' 'Son of a Preacher Man,' and 'Maybe'.

MISSY (18-28), Soprano, G3-A5. The over-achiever of the group. Very controlled and controlling, and extremely concerned that everything at the prom turns out wonderful and perfect. An elementary school teacher in the making, she is head of the prom decorations committee and absolutely smitten with her music teacher, Mr. Lee. Her best friend is Suzy. Missy wears orange/apricot. Among the songs she sings lead are: 'Secret Love,' 'You Don't Own Me,' and 'Wedding Bell Blues'.

BETTY JEAN (18-28), Alto, D3-E5. The class clown and tomboy, always vying for attention with her best friend Cindy Lou. It's highly probable that Betty Jean wants to be with Cindy Lou herself, but doesn't even know what those feelings really are. Cindy Lou steals Betty Jean's boyfriend away, which causes a lot of friction at the prom. She holds a grudge against Cindy Lou until they make up at the 10-year reunion. Betty Jean wears green. Among the songs she sings lead are: 'Lipstick on Your Collar,' 'I Only Want To Be With You,' and 'That's When The Tears Start.'

SUZY (18-28), Mezzo-Alto, G3-E5. The happy-go-lucky one of the group and often stereotyped as the ditzy blonde because she is always smiling and giggling-nothing ever seems to bother her. Suzy is in love with the lighting operator, Ritchie Stevens, and is completely surprised when named prom queen. Her best friend is Missy. Frustrated, sad, hormonal, and pregnant in Act 2. Suzy wears blue. Among the songs, she sings lead are: 'Stupid Cupid,' 'Hold Me, Thrill Me,' and 'Rescue'.

Time Commitment: Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal period and performance schedule before auditioning.  Rehearsals begin immediately upon casting (typically rehearsals will be held on Mon/Tues/Thurs 7-10pm and a few Saturdays).  

Performance Dates:  January 21 – February 6. 2022

RCP is a 501c3 Non-profit organization. There is no compensation for any of the actors.

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