Audition Information for
The Drowsy Chaperone
Friday, September 15, 7:30-9:00 PM
Saturday, September 16, 3:30-5:00 PM
Thursday, September 21, 7:00-8:30 PM
Saturday, September 23, 3:30-5:30 PM
Fay Schanne Dance Studio, 414 Oakshade Road, Shamong, NJ
The Drowsy Chaperone is for students in grades 8 through 12.
Director: Laurel Thomas
Vocal Director: Kendra Cancellieri Hecker
Choreographer: Fay Schanne
Technical Director: Steve Lottes
Prepare a song best demonstrating your range and style, utilizing a CD or iPod accompaniment only (make sure you download your music onto your device, there is no wifi and cellular service is not reliable for the streaming of music at the studio). A capella singing or using vocals on your audition music is not acceptable. You may start your song at any point you choose.
Readings from the script or other shows. You will pick a reading from a selection prepared by the director.
Come prepared to dance, as all roles require movement. Please wear sneakers or bring ballet slippers, jazz, or character shoes if you have them.
PERFORMANCES & REHEARSALS
Performances will be January 12, 13, 19, & 20, 2018. There will be a total of 6 performances over 4 days. Tech Week is January 6-11, 2018. While we appreciate your interest, we must ask that you refrain from auditioning if you have conflicts with ANY tech week or performance dates. A rehearsal schedule will be provided at the first cast meeting.
LIST OF CHARACTERS
MAN IN CHAIR – Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show and listens to the record on vinyl.
MRS. TOTTENDALE – The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.
UNDERLING – Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.
ROBERT MARTIN – The dashing, ever-cheerful groom.
GEORGE – Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best-interest always at heart.
FELDZIEG – Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show.
KITTY – Feldzieg’s dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star.
GANGSTERS – Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzeig.
ALDOLPHO – European self-proclaimed “ladies man”; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli.
JANET VAN DER GRAAF – The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg’s Follies.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE – Janet’s intoxicated confidante and friend.
TRIX – The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding.
ENSEMBLE – Staff; Reporters
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.
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.
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.
Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.
For questions about auditions, please email us, or call our information line at 609-367-5912.