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Torbay Theatre announces open auditions for its December 2021 production of  The Music Man a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, and based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey.

With songs like ”76 Trombones” and “Ya Got Trouble” we will be moving from Oklahoma to Iowa this year.

We are delighted that Karl Buckley (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) has agreed to direct, with Oliver Burton making his debut as Musical Director (mentored by Graham Mandeno) and the talented Grace Coffman (Oklahoma) as choreographer.

Auditions will be held on Sunday 8 August at 2 pm in the Torbay Community Hall, 35 Watea Road, Torbay.  Callbacks and further auditions will be held during the following week, at times to be advised.

As these are open auditions in workshop format, all auditionees are required to attend together at 2 pm.  We suggest you wear comfortable clothes and footwear suitable for movement.

Please complete the online Music Man Audition Form via the link below.

There is no need to bring a prepared audition song, as we will want to hear numbers from the show.

If you are auditioning for a main role, choose one of the pieces from the document below to prepare and perform at auditions. If there is not one for the exact part you want, choose one you think you could do well. These pieces should be done with an American accent, if you can.

If you have any questions, please email auditions@torbaytheatre.com

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons (times to be advised)
Initially, week-nights rehearsals will be for principals only, and the ensemble will be required only on Sundays.
Calls for these week-night rehearsals will be adapted, where possible, to cast availability.
Extra rehearsals will be scheduled closer to the opening date (after mid-November)

Performances

The performance season will be from 9 to 19 December, 2021.

Casting Requirements for Music Man!

We are looking for a strong cast of up to 30 singers and dancers aged from 12 up, with two or three younger children. Most of the ensemble, while not required to be proficient dancers, will be expected to move competently to simple choreography. 

Further information is available by clicking on the character names below.

Male Roles

Ages and genders are indicative only.

(Baritone, A Flat to High F) – Male, 40s

A smooth talking con man and traveling salesman with plenty of charm, who tries Iowa after saturating Illinois; convinces townspeople they need a boys’ band to keep them out of trouble. He falls for Marian & kisses her on stage; does need some movement ability. Sings: “Trouble”, “Seventy-six Trombones,” “The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Shipoopi,”(Dance only) “Till There Was You,” & “Goodnight My Someone” reprise.

(Tenor, G to High A) – Male, 30-40s

Former con man and friend to Harold Hill who now lives in River City; becomes fast friends with Harold again and helps him learn about the town, tries to help Harold get out of town after the con; his is a comic role; kisses Ethel Tofflemeier whom he is dating. Should have some dance movement ability, and sings “The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl,” and “Shipoopi,” also the chorus numbers.

(Non-Singing or Chorus Only) – Male, 40-50s

The Mayor of River City, self-important, blustery, pompous, not terribly intelligent. Gets lots of things wrong! Listens to his wife. Protective of daughter, Zaneeta, whom he thinks is dating the wrong

boy in town. Takes himself seriously, but comes across funny. Sings: Chorus Numbers.

( Alto, C – E Flat) – Male, 8-15

Marian’s little brother, cute as a button. Does not talk much because of a lisp and missing his dead father. Learns to trust again and is a chatterbox by the end of the show. Sings: “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” and “Gary, Indiana,” plus some Chorus Numbers.

BARBERSHOP QUARTET
(Members of the School Board)

(Bass) – Male, 30-60s
Editor of the Gazette, Member of the School Board turned into Barbershop Quartet, a bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill, and learns not only to sing in harmony, but to behave in harmony. Sings: “Sincere,” “It’s You,” “Goodnight Ladies,” “Lida Rose” and chorus numbers

(Baritone) – Male, 30-60s
Banker, Member of the School Board turned Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united by the others by Harold Hill and begins to sing and act in harmony with them. Married to Alma. Sings: “Sincere”, “Goodnight Ladies,” “It’s You,” “Lida Rose,” and chorus numbers.

(High Tenor) – Male, 30-60s
Owner of the livery stable, Member of the School Board turned Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill, and sings and acts in harmony. Married to Mrs. Squires. Sings: “Sincere,” “Goodnight Ladies,”, “It’s You,” “Lida Rose,” and chorus numbers

(Second Tenor) – Male, 30-60s
Owner of the General Store, Member of the School Board turned into Barbershop Quartet, another bickering business man until he is united with the others by Harold Hill and sings and acts in harmony. Married to Maud Dunlop. Sings: “Sincere,” “Goodnight Ladies,” It’s You,” “Lida Rose” and chorus numbers

(Non-Singing or Chorus Only) – Male, 40s

A rival traveling salesman, first seen on the train at the start of the show, he returns to town to warn them about Harold and hopefully make himself a hero and earn sales himself. Kisses Marian onstage. Sings “Rock Island” and Finale. (We may also use him as a River City Townsperson in disguise.)

(Chorus Singing) – Male, 16-20s

A teenager from the “wrong side of town” who starts out as a trouble maker, but falls for Zaneeta, the Mayor’s daughter, and encouraged by Harold, begins dating her secretly. He also becomes the assistant leader of the Boys’ Band, thanks to Harold giving him confidence and trust.

(Chorus Singing) – Male, 40-60s

The town Sheriff. Sings the Chorus Numbers

(Chorus Singing) – Male, 30-60s

He is on in the first scene with lines, and then will become a River City Townsperson for the rest of the show.

(Chorus Singing) Male, 30-60s

Salesmen on the train that warn each other about what they’ve heard about Harold Hill. None of them have ever met him, but all know about his reputation. They do not realize that he is there among them on the train and can hear everything they are saying. They have a syncopated song in the beginning of the show – no singing, but patterned to sound like a moving train. Very clever. Sing: “Rock Island”

(NOTE: The Traveling Salesmen will become Townspeople once Act 1, Scene 1 is over.)

(Chorus Singing) – Male 12-20s

These are the dancing and singing ensemble in all the numbers that the townspeople are in with the addition of “Seventy-six Trombones” and “Marian the Librarian.” Featured Dancers will come from this group. Also sing: “Iowa Stubborn,” “Trouble,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi,” & Finale.

(Chorus Singing) – Male 20-60s

These are small town folks who are proud of their town. They are of all ages, sizes and shapes. They will be part of a “family” and assigned children. They sing all the chorus numbers “Iowa Stubborn,” “Trouble,” “Seventy-six Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi” & “Finale”. Note: Some of the Men will also be Traveling Salesmen and sing “Rock Island”

Female Roles

Ages and genders are indicative only.

(Soprano, Low G to High A) – Female, 30-40s

Daughter to Mrs. Paroo and sister to Winthrop, she is the stuffy, conceited librarian and piano teacher in town. She is very learned and defends the “questionable” books that are in the library. She was close to her deceased father’s friend, Mr. Madison, and the town believes that she had an affair with

him. After all, he left the library to the town, but all the books to her! There was no affair, and he was like an uncle to her. At first, after meeting Harold Hill, she dislikes him but then gets to know him better, and we see a transformation in her while she falls in love. She comes to realize that he really does want to make a difference, and changes things in the town. They end up together. She has stage kisses with Charlie Cowell and with Harold Hill. Does need some dance movement ability, & Sings: “Piano Lesson,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “My White Knight,” “Shipoopi,”(Dance only) “Will I Ever Tell You,” “Till There Was You,” & “Seventy-six Trombones” reprise.

(Mezzo Soprano A Flat to E Flat) – Female, 50-60s

Widowed Irish mother to Marian and Winthrop, she speaks with an Irish accent. She is a sweet, cheerful homemaker who wants the best for everyone. She gives Marian a lot of advice about how to find a man, and dotes on Winthrop. She falls for Harold’s con. Always keeps her hands busy. Sings:

“Piano Lesson,” and most of the chorus numbers.

(Alto, D to D) – Female – 30-50s

Mayor Shinn’s wife, she is definitely a society lady, knows everyone in town, struts about like a peacock and is somewhat snooty. A Member of every auxiliary organization in town, she has some

strange ideas and doesn’t think she looks as ridiculous as she really is. Keeps her husband in line. Leads the “Ladies Dance” group in the Grecian Urn. Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and chorus numbers.

(Alto, C to E) – Female, 8-15

She is the young piano student of Marian’s, and likes Winthrop, but doesn’t understand why he won’t talk to her. The actress does not necessarily have know how to play the piano. Sings: “Piano Lesson,” and chorus numbers.

(Chorus Singing) – Female, 16-20s

Mayor Shinn & Eulalie’s daffy teenage daughter, she has a crush on the town “bad boy” Tommy. She is not rebellious, but is learning to stand up for herself. Very cute and feminine, she is a dancer, especially in “Marian the Librarian” and “Seventy-six Trombones”. Also can sing in chorus numbers.

(Chorus Singing) – Female, 8-15

She is the Mayor’s younger daughter, and somewhat of a tomboy and a bit devilish. Sings chorus numbers.

 (Chorus Singing) – Female, 30-40s

She is jolly and friendly, and plays the player piano. She is dating Marcellus and has a stage kiss with him. She does gossip with the other ladies, and is one of the Pickalittle ladies and Grecian Urn performers. Dances in “Shipoopi” and sings “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and chorus numbers.

(Chorus Singing) – Female, 30-60s

The wife of Oliver Hix, she is a gossipy friend of Eulalie and the other “Pickalittle” women who also perform the Grecian Urn. Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and chorus numbers.

(Chorus Singing) – Female, 30-60s

The wife of Ewart Dunlop, and another of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who are the “Pickalittle” women and perform in Grecian Urn. Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and chorus numbers.

(Chorus Singing) – Female, 30-60s

The wife of Jacey Squires, she is also one of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who are the main “Pickalittle” women and perform in Grecian Urn. Sings: “Pickalittle,” “It’s You,” and Chorus Numbers.

(Chorus Singing) – Female 12-20s

They are the singing and dancing ensemble, in all numbers that the townspeople are in, and especially in “Seventy-six Trombones,”and “Marian the Librarian.” Featured Dancers will come from this group. Also sing in chorus numbers.

(Chorus Singing) – Female 20-60s

These are the small town folks who are proud of their town. They are women of all ages, sizes and appearance. Some of these women will also be in “Pickalittle” along with Eulalie’s friends. All will be part of a “family” and have children assigned to them. All will sing: “Iowa Stubborn,” “Trouble,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Shipoopi,” “It’s You,” reprise, & “Finale”

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