The Drowsy Chaperone Auditions

PVP  AUDITIONS August 20 and 21

Time: 7:00  P.M.
Where: All Saints Lutheran Church
13350 La Grange Rd
Orland Park, IL
(Please enter in the back of the church)

 

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

Musical

Director: Gina Dunn
Asst. Director: Ray Fischer
Musical Director: Sharon Mason
Choreographer: Amanda Dunlap
Producer: Jean Friend

 

 

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Because of its many featured roles and accessible script, The Drowsy Chaperone will fit perfectly into any company’s season or school’s calendar.

The Drowsy Chaperone Cast of Characters and Descriptions

Man In Chair
Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl. (Leading pivotal role with muchmonologuing)
Songs: Bride’s Lament, Finale Ultimo

Mrs. Tottendale
The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.
(Alto role)
Songs:  Fancy Dress, Toledo Surprise, Act 1 Finale, Love is Always Lovely, Bride’s Lament, I Do, I do in the Sky, Finale Ultimo

Underling
Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.
(Tenor/Baritone)
Songs: Fancy Dress, Toledo Surprise, Act 1 Finale, Love is Always Lovely, Bride’s Lament, I Do, I Do In the Sky Finale Ultimo

Robert Martin
The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol at the time, Percy Hyman.  Actor playing Robert must feel comfortable tap dancing and have some facility on roller skates.
(Tenor or Baritone)
Songs: Fancy Dress, Cold Feets, Accident Preprise, Accident Waiting to Happen, I Do, I Do In the Sky, Finale Ultimo

George
Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best-interest always at heart. Actor playing George must feel somewhat comfortable with tap dancing.
(Tenor)
Songs: Fancy Dress, Cold Feets, Wedding Bells #1, Toledo Surprise, Act 1 Finale, Wedding Bells #2, I Do, I Do In the Sky, Finale Ultimo

Feldzieg
Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by famous comic actor of the time, Jack Adler.
(Baritone)
Songs:  Fancy Dress, Toledo Surprise, Act 1 Finale, I Do, I Do In The Sky, Finale Ultimo

Kitty
Feldzieg’s dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by famous comic actress at the time, Sadie Adler.
(Soprano or Alto)
Songs:  Fancy Dress, Toledo Surprise, Act 1 Finale, Message From a Nightingale,  Do, I Do In The Sky, Finale Ultimo

Gangsters
Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers.  Actors playing these roles should be comfortable with broad humor and comic timing.
Gender: Neutral (male of female) These two brothers may also possibly be played by females.
(Alto or Baritone)
Songs:  Fancy Dress, Toledo Surprise, Act 1 Finale, Message From a Nightingale, I Do, I Do In The Sky, Finale Ultimo

Aldolpho
European self-proclaimed “ladies man”; played by former silent movie star of the time, Roman Bartelli.
(Baritone or Tenor)
Songs:  Fancy Dress, Aldolpho, Toledo Surprise, Act 1 Finale, Message From a Nightingale,  Do, I Do In The Sky, Finale Ultimo

Janet Van De Graaf
The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg’s Follies; played by rising star of the time, Jane Roberts.
(Alto or Soprano)
Songs:  Fancy Dress, Show Off, Show Off Encore, As We Stumble Along, Accident Waiting to Happen, Act 1 Finale, Bride’s Lament, Message From a Nightingale,  Do, I Do In The Sky, Finale Ultimo

The Drowsy Chaperone
Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress of the time, Beatrice Stockwell.
(Alto or Soprano)
Songs:  Fancy Dress, As We Stumble Along, Aldolpho, Toledo Surprise, Act 1 Finale, Message From a Nightingale,  Do, I Do In The Sky, Finale Ultimo

Trix
The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to preside over the wedding.
(Alto or Soprano)
Songs: Fancy Dress, Wedding Bells #2, I Do, I Do In the Sky, Finale Ultimo

Ensemble Roles
Cast members playing Ensemble roles appear and perform in many of the numbers of the show. Because this musical is a partial “throwback” to the old time Broadway musicals, there are many opportunities for over the top singing and dance numbers.

Most of the major songs in the show have dance and singing sequences for the ensemble.  Members of the ensemble will most likely also have multiple costume changes.

List of Ensemble Parts:

  • Mrs. Tottendale’s Staff
  • Mrs. Tottendale’s Guests
  • Featured Reporters/dancers (Show Off)
  • Photographers (Show Off)
  • Magic Assistants
  • Monkey Dance and Song number
  • Slave Girls/Boys for show within the show number
  • Wedding Singers/Cloud dancers
  • Songs: 
  • Fancy Dress, Show Off, As We Stumble Along, Toledo Surprise, Act 1 Finale, Bride’s Lament, Wedding Bells #2,  Do, I Do In The Sky, Finale Ultimo

PLAY DATES: NOVEMBER 2, 3, 4, 10 and 11
VENUE PALOS PARK REC CENTER