Auditions

Black Rose Theatre Company will hold auditions for its upcoming production of ​The Music Man on ​June 11, 12, and 13, 2019​.

Rehearsals will begin on June 17, 2019. The production opens on Thursday, August 1, 2019 and will run 2 weekends–Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and a Sunday Matinee. Auditions will take place at Black Rose Theatre, 103 Black Street, Brandon, MS.

Vocal: Please prepare a 60-90 second section of a musical number or comic song, preferably one which invokes the show’s sound, themes, and/or character(s). We will provide keyboard accompaniment for performers who bring sheet music, as well as a speaker for those wishing to accompany themselves with a recorded file. Please download files to your device; the production team cannot guarantee streaming quality at the site.​Please do not plan to audition acapella.

Monologue: Prepared monologues are not necessary, but non-singers may substitute a prepared comic monologue for the vocal portion. In any case, the director will assign at least one cold reading to every performer during the initial audition.

Dance: Dance calls will not be held as part of the initial audition.

Individual auditions for this production will be private. Ten minutes will be reserved for each audition. ​If you are interested in auditioning, please go to the website below to sign up for a 10 minute time slot. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/TheMusicManBRTC19

Available times are:

Tuesday, June 11: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Wednesday, June 12: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Thursday, June 13 6:00PM to 9:30PM

Possible Callbacks on Friday, June 14 6:00PM to 9:30PM

In order to ensure sufficient time for each audition, appointments are preferred. ​Please plan to be at the theatre at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time.​​The creative team will see walk-in auditions as the schedule permits. Please bring resume and headshot, if available.

We will hold callback auditions (as necessary) on June 14; rehearsals begin June 17.

Although each audition is closed, parents of minor performers may accompany their children if they wish.

Please direct any questions about auditions to the director at ​harrisjn24@gmail.com​.If you are having difficulty with the online scheduler, please email the above address to request an audition time.

The creative team is seeking performers for the following roles:

HAROLD HILL: (Baritone, A Flat to High F) A charismatic, fast-talking traveling salesman/con man who is seemingly willing to employ any means to relieve unsuspecting Midwesterners of their money. Highly intelligent, calculating, and methodical (though not a villain). Strong movement ability is a plus, as Harold moves constantly throughout the show. Ability to command the room is a must.

MARIAN PAROO:(Soprano, Low G to High A) Daughter to Mrs. Paroo and sister to Winthrop, she is the headstrong, culturally refined librarian and piano teacher in town. Marian’s cultural and social standards are clearly higher than anyone else in River City. Despite her mother’s urgings, she refuses to settle for anything (or anyone) that doesn’t meet those standards. Timing is a must; strong vocal and movement abilities are a definite plus.

MRS. PAROO: (Mezzo Soprano A Flat to E Flat) Widowed Irish mother to Marian and Winthrop. 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. Mrs. Paroo is consistently one of Harold’s biggest fans. Irish dialect is a plus.

WINTHROP PAROO: (Alto, C – E Flat) Marian’s charismatic, largely nonverbal little brother. Self-consciousness over a pronounced lisp and family trauma keep Winthrop from speaking much at first, but he becomes something of a chatterbox by the end of the story. Ability to play a band instrument is not necessary, but it would be a plus. The creative team will gladly hear instrumental auditions for this role.

MARCELLUS WASHBURN: (Tenor, G to High A) Former con man and friend to Harold Hill who now lives in River City. When he encounters Harold, they become quick partners again. Age is immaterial, but youthful essence is a plus. Feature dancer; high aptitude for dance is a must.

ETHEL TOFFELMIER: Bubbly, friendly; plays the player piano. Dates Marcellus; their relationship makes both even more bubbly. Ethel gossips with the other ladies; she performs in Pick-A-Little and the Grecian Urn. Feature dancer; high aptitude for dance is a must.

MAYOR GEORGE SHINN: The Mayor of River City, self-important, blustery, pompous, not too bright.Excessively protective of his wife and daughter. Comic relief; strong timing is a must.

EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN (Alto, D to D): Mayor Shinn’s wife, she is a self-important pseudo-socialite. A Member of every auxiliary organization in town, she has some strange ideas and doesn’t think she looks as ridiculous as she really does. Keeps her husband in line. Leads the “Ladies Dance” group in the Grecian Urn. Strong movement ability is a plus; comic timing and boldness are a must.

ZANEETA SHINN: Mayor Shinn & Eulalie’s cheerful, energetic teenage daughter. She has a crush on the town “bad boy” Tommy Djilas. She is not rebellious but is learning to stand up for herself. Feature dancer; high aptitude for dance is a must.

GRACIE SHINN: She is the Mayor’s younger daughter, and somewhat of a tomboy and a bit devilish.

TOMMY DJILAS: A teenager from the “wrong side of town” who starts out appearing as a trouble maker. He gains the affection of the Mayor’s daughter despite the Mayor’s strenuous objections. He also becomes the assistant leader of the Boys’ Band. Feature dancer; high aptitude for dance is a must.

AMARYLLIS (Alto, C to E): Marian’s young piano student. Amaryllis is attracted to Winthrop but doesn’t understand why he won’t talk to her. Ability to play piano is not necessary but would be an added bonus. Keyboard will be provided for those wishing to submit an instrumental audition.

OLIN BRITT: (Quartet: any part) 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. Doubles as a traveling salesman.

OLIVER HIX: (Quartet: any part) 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. Doubles as a traveling salesman.

JACEY SQUIRES: (Quartet: any part) 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. Doubles as a traveling salesman.

EWART DUNLOP: (Quartet: any part) 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. Doubles as a traveling salesman.

ALMA HIX: The wife of Oliver Hix, she is a gossipy friend of Eulalie and the other “Pick-a-little” women who also perform the Grecian Urn.

MAUD DUNLOP: The wife of Ewart Dunlop, and another of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who are the “Pick-a-little” women and perform in Grecian Urn.

MRS. SQUIRES: The wife of Jacey Squires, she is also one of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who are the main “Pick-a-little” women and perform in Grecian Urn.

CHARLIE COWELL: 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. Comic timing a definite plus.

CONSTABLE LOCKE: The town Sheriff. Somewhat gruff but provides moments of comic relief. Comic timing is a definite plus.

TRAIN CONDUCTOR: Appears alongside traveling salesman on train. Limited lines with room for comic interpretation. Doubles as a River City townsperson (possibly Mayor Shinn or Constable Locke).

TRAVELING SALESMEN (6 including quartet): 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. Salesmen only appear in the opening scene; all will double.

RIVER CITY BOYS/GIRLS/TEENS: (8-12, ages 5-20): Various looks/personalities. Most are members of River City families but will sing/dance outside family units as well. Most will join boys’ band. Strong movement/dance and vocal are a definite plus.

RIVER CITY TOWNSPERSONS: These are small town folks who are proud of their town. They are of all ages, sizes, shapes, and vocal parts.

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