The Music Man (Banner)

AUDITIONS: 7pm, Sunday 21 August at Torbay Community Hall

SEASON: 8-17 December 2022

SYNOPSIS 

When travelling conman Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa, he quickly sells the promise of creating a children’s band – uniforms, instruments and all. Unfortunately, he finds himself in love with the librarian and in trouble with the mayor.

Casting Requirements for Music Man!

We do have some performers already cast, from our 2021 auditions, but there are lots of great parts we still need to fill. These include a whole range of main characters, singing and non-singing parts, young and older. For a full list of the MAIN CHARACTERS we still need, see the Character List Below.

We are also looking for CHORUS members to play the River City Townsfolk. We want this to feel like a real town – with families – so we need a range of ages, shapes and sizes.

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

Male Roles

Ages and genders are indicative only.

(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

AUDITION SONG: Shipoopi (first 39 seconds)            LINK                    LYRICS

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(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.

(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 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.

AUDITION SONG: Goodnight My Someone (first 41 seconds)      LINK           LYRICS

(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 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”

AUDITIONS

We would like everyone wanting to be involved with ‘The Music Man’ to attend the audition. This includes new auditionees, as well as those who have already auditioned and/or were cast last year. All auditionees (new and existing cast) should register via the link below:

All auditionees should learn this part of ’76 Trombones’ (2:33-2:50) using this YOUTUBE CLIP and these LYRICS.

There are additional songs on the Character List (link above) for those auditioning for Marian and Marcellus.

Those auditioning for Marian, Marcellus and Winthrop will need to sing solo at their audition. All others will need to sing the excerpt from ’76 Trombones’ in small groups. All auditionees will also learn a simple dance, so please wear comfortable clothing. Those new auditionees wanting to audition for main parts will also need to do one of the audition pieces from the link below:

one you think you could do well. These pieces should be done with an American accent, if you can.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons (times to be advised)
Extra rehearsals will be scheduled closer to the opening date (after mid-November)

More Information

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the director, Karl Buckley at auditions@torbaytheatre.com or 021 867 278