Announcing Upcoming Season Auditions
August 7-8, 2019 (7:00pm-10:00pm)
Callbacks, August 10, 2019 (11:00am-finished)
Kensington Town Hall
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD
General audition notes: please bring a headshot/clear photo if possible. No headgear/hats. Photos will be taken of those who do not bring one.
Director: Craig Pettinati
Music Director: Matthew Dohm
Audition notes: please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Piano accompaniment will be provided.
Sky Masterson Male, E5-B3, 30-45: A charming but self-assured gambler. Sky is able to adapt to any situation but ready to reel off prepared anecdotes regarding his view of the world. Despite his failings, Sky is immensely likeable and oozes style. Songs: I’ll Know, My Time of Day, I’ve Never Been, Luck be a Lady, Happy Ending
Nathan Detroit, Male, F5-D4, 35-45: A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the bigtime. He loves Adelaide, but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways. Songs: The Oldest Established, Sue Me, Happy Ending
Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Male, B5-D4, 30-45: Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan’s loyal friend and lackey. Songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, The Oldest Established, Guy and Dolls, Sit Down, You’re Rock’ the Boat, The Happy Ending
Sarah Brown, Female, G5-B3, 20-30: A pretty, bright-eyed woman who serves as Sergeant of the local Mission. Idealistic, sheltered, and straight-laced, she is passionate about her cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with gambler Sky Masterson along the way. Songs: Follow the Fold, I’ll Know, If I Were a Bell, I’ve Never Been, Marry the Man Today, The Happy Ending
Adelaide, Female, E5-A3, 30-45: a strongly comic and classic show girl. A club singer and Nathan’s long- suffering fiancée, Adelaide is not always the brightest. Weary of the disruption Nathan’s involvement in the craps game causes to their relationship, she longs for quiet family life away from New York. Songs: Bushel and a Peck, Adelaide’s Lament, Take Back Your Mink, Adelaide’s 2nd Lament, Sue Me, Marry the Man Today, The Happy Ending
Benny Southstreet, Male, G5-D4, 30-45: Nathan’s right-hand man and a gambler himself. Smart, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan’s best interest at heart. Songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, The Oldest Established, Guys and Doll, The Happy Ending
Harry the Horse, Male, G5-F3, 35-55: A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan’s craps game and backs his cheating, but is also a man of his word in the gambling community.
Lt. Brannigan, Male, 40-55: A New York police officer who is on to Nathan’s illegal craps games and is dead-set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character
Arvide Abernathy, A member of the Save-a-Soul mission, Arvide is Sarah’s grandfather. He is a reasoned old man with a warm heart that harbors only the kindest intentions, even if he tends to be a little gullible. Songs: Follow the Fold, More I cannot Wish You, The Happy Ending
Rusty Charlie He is a gambler and one of Nathan’s primary associates (friends). Songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, The Happy Ending
Big Jule, Male, G5-F3, 30-50: A big time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and his own pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. Tough looking. A bit of an oaf.
General Matilda B. Cartwright, Female the regional director of the Save-a-Soul mission, Matilda is authoritative through necessity but motivated by charity. She cuts loose in the song Sit down Your Rockin’ the Boat.
Hot Box Girl/ Missionary Band (x3), Females, should sing and dance well
Angie the Ox, Gambler, Male, in Nathan’s gambling group of friends. Should sing and dance well
Joey Biltmore, Gambler, Male, in Nathan’s gambling group of friends. Should sing and dance well
Gambler, Male, Nathan’s gambling group of friends. Various other roles, Should sing and dance well
Director: Bruce Hirsch
Audition notes: TBA
Peter Hunter: (M) (25 – 35) Manager of a sub-branch of the National United Bank.
Frances Hunter: (F) (25 – 35) Peters newlywed wife.
Brian Runnicles: (M) (25 – 35) the chief cashier.
Eleanor Hunter: (F) (50 – 65) Peters mother.
Leslie Bromhead: (M) (50 – 65) The National United Banks district manager, Peter’s boss.
Superintendent Paul: (M) (50 – 65) Of the local police force.
Mr. Needham: (M) (40 – 50) a bank inspector.
Susan and Barbara: (F) (20 – 35) two “customer service agents”.
Delivery man: (M) a delivery man.
Director: John Nunemaker
Audition notes: please prepare a two minute dramatic monologue.
Judge Lawrence Wargrave – (50-65) A recently retired judge. Wargrave is a highly intelligent old man with a commanding personality. As the characters begin to realize that a murderer is hunting them, Wargrave’s experience and air of authority make him a natural leader for the group. He lays out evidence, organizes searches, and ensures that weapons are locked away safely. Wargrave’s guilt is revealed at the end of the novel in a confession that illuminates the characteristics that drive him to commit the series of murders: a strong sense of justice combined with a sadistic delight in murdering.
Vera Claythorne – (17-25) A former governess who comes to Indian Island purportedly to serve as a secretary to Mrs. Owen. Vera wants to escape a past in which she killed a small boy in her care, Cyril Hamilton, so that the man she loved would inherit Cyril’s estate. Although the coroner cleared her of blame, Vera’s lover abandoned her. Vera is one of the most intelligent and capable characters in the novel, but she also suffers from attacks of hysteria, feels guilty about her crime, and reacts nervously to the uncanny events on the island. The “Ten Little Indians” poem has a powerful effect on her.
Philip Lombard – (30-45) A mysterious, confident, and resourceful man who seems to have been a mercenary soldier in Africa. Lombard is far bolder and more cunning than most of the other characters, traits that allow him to survive almost until the end of the novel. His weakness is his chivalrous attitude toward women, particularly Vera, with whom he has a number of private conversations. He cannot think of her as a potential killer, and he underestimates her resourcefulness, which proves a fatal mistake.
Dr. Edward George Armstrong – (45-65) a gullible, slightly timid doctor. Armstrong often draws the suspicion of the other guests because of his medical knowledge. He is a recovering alcoholic who once accidentally killed a patient by operating on her while drunk. Armstrong, while professionally successful, has a weak personality, making him the perfect tool for the murderer. He has spent his whole life pursuing respectability and public success, and is unable to see beneath people’s exteriors.
William Henry Blore – (30-45) a former police inspector. Blore is a well-built man whose experience often inspires others to look to him for advice. As a policeman, he was corrupt and framed a man named Landor at the behest of a criminal gang. On the island, he acts boldly and frequently takes initiative, but he also makes frequent blunders. He constantly suspects the wrong person, and his boldness often verges on foolhardiness.
Emily Brent – (50-65) an old, ruthlessly religious woman who reads her Bible every day. The recording accuses Emily Brent of killing Beatrice Taylor, a servant whom she fired upon learning that Beatrice was pregnant out of wedlock. Beatrice subsequently killed herself. Unlike the other characters, Emily Brent feels convinced of her own righteousness and does not express the slightest remorse for her actions.
Thomas Rogers – (35-55) the dignified butler. Rogers continues to be a proper servant even after his wife is found dead and the bodies begin piling up. The recording accuses Rogers and his wife of letting their former employer die because they stood to inherit money from her.
General John Gordon Macarthur – (50-70) the oldest guest. Macarthur is accused of sending a lieutenant, Arthur Richmond, to his death during World War I because Richmond was his wife’s lover. Once the first murders take place, Macarthur, already guilt-ridden about his crime, becomes resigned to his death and sits by the sea waiting for it to come to him.
Ethel Rogers – (40-50) Rogers’s wife. Ethel is a frail woman, and the death of Tony Marston makes her faint. Wargrave believes her husband dominates her and that he masterminded their crime.
Anthony Marston – (18-30) A rich, athletic, handsome youth. Tony Marston likes to drive recklessly and seems to lack a conscience. He killed two small children in a car accident caused by his speeding, but shows no remorse.
Isaac Morris – (30-55) A shady, criminal character hired by the murderer to make the arrangements for the island. Morris allegedly peddled drugs to a young woman and drove her to suicide.