Auditions: Breaking Up is Hard to Do!
Auditions for this musical are happening soon!
Where: Toi Poneke, Abel Smith Street
When: May 12th-13th, 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Director: Sandy Brewer
Musical Director: Sue Windsor, Choreographer: Clinton Meneses
Wellington Repertory is excited to be putting on this musical show between August 1st-11th 2018! The director is the legendary Sandy Brewer, fresh from PLT’s “Rock of Ages”, and pre-production planning is well underway.
Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, this is the sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labour Day weekend. The score showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics, including “Where the Boys Are”, “Sweet Sixteen”, “Calendar Girl”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, and of course, the chart-topping title song.
Roles available, attributes required (singers/actors/movers)
CHARACTERS – A GUIDE ONLY Casting: 3M, 3F
MARGE GELMAN (mid 20’s to early 30’s; mezzo soprano, comfortable to an E and possibly beyond, preferably a legit sound): Abandoned at the altar, Marge is an aspiring dentist from Brooklyn who finds herself in the Catskills on what would have been her honeymoon weekend. (Think Jennifer Grey in DIRTY DANCING) Duped into falling for the suave band leader, she ultimately finds self-esteem, learns the value of honesty and friendship and finds love where she least expected it.
LOIS WARNER (mid 20’s to early 30’s; alto with some mezzo soprano ability, comfortable to a C and possibly beyond, preferably a pop sound): An aspiring nightclub singer, Lois lives her life as if in a Betty Grable movie. She brings her best friend Marge up from Brooklyn to the Catskills for Labor Day Weekend. In trying to help her friend Marge recover from heartbreak, she inadvertently puts her in the line of fire with Del, the hotel’s suave but manipulative bandleader. With a Marilyn Monroe simplicity, Lois is a sweet young girl with more heart than brainpower.
DEL DELMONACO (late 20’s to late 30’s; tenor, comfortable to an A—the higher the better): An Elvis wannabe, Del is not the brightest bulb on the tree. (Think Conrad Birdie or Joey from FRIENDS). Del will do anything to get ahead, including misleading Marge into thinking he loves her and stealing his cousin Gabe’s songs for his own use.
GABE (mid 20’s to early 30’s; tenor, Bb-C range): The clumsy, brainy and terribly shy Guy Friday at the hotel, Gabe is on a fast track to joining his father’s orthodontia practice. Lacking the self-confidence to perform his own music, Gabe he is secretly the songwriting genius behind the music Del claims as his own. When Gabe meets Marge, he is compelled to take action to win her heart and, ultimately, to reveal himself as the true musician, performing his own songs in front of the whole resort.
ESTHER (50’s to 60’s; alto, comfortable to a C, or at least a Bb, but should really be rich in her low to mid register): The owner of the mid-size hotel named after her (Esther’s Paradise), Esther is a survivor. Since the death of her husband, she has single-handedly kept the hotel afloat using crafty solutions, boundless energy and creativity to keep guests happy. She is fiercely independent, refusing help or support from anyone, and she’s always there with a quip or smart remark.
HARVEY (50’s to 60’s; baritone, should have range to an F# or a G): The resident “tummler” (comedian/social director) at Esther’s Paradise, Harvey is old-school Catskills. He is all about the punch line (and the set-up). A confirmed bachelor, Harvey spends most of his life cracking wise and avoiding any show if genuine emotion or vulnerability. When he witnesses the extreme lengths to which Marge will go to make love work for her again, he is inspired to take a leap of faith with Esther, the one person who truly appreciates the man behind the jokes.
THE BAND (Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums): The band the “House Band” at Ester’s Paradise Resort, and we will also have backup singers as needed.
Start May 17th. Then Tues, Thurs – evenings, and Sunday afternoons – times to be confirmed
Sean: 01-11 August 2018
Contact Oliver Mander on 021 190-5343 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a preferred audition time.
You will be asked to perform a musical theatre song of your choice. You may sing a cappella, or with a backing track that you provide (you may bring along a device to plug into speakers or Bluetooth to our speaker). If you decide to bring sheet music please have it in a folder for our pianist to use, and advise us at the time of booking your audition that you will be supplying sheet music.
You will be required to read from a musical script that will be supplied to you on the day of audition. You will be able to read off-book (with the script in your hand). You will be asked to ready the script in different ways, so be prepared to show us your acting range and ability to follow and respond to direction.
We will also have a movement section to the audition which will help us ascertain your level of movement and ability to follow the instructions of our choreographer. A small movement piece will be demonstrated and taught by our choreographer on the day. Don’t panic, it won’t be difficult.