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Audition: Anything Goes

CORONADO PLAYHOUSE announces AUDITIONS for:

ANYTHING GOES

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse

New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

Directors: Justin Allen Slagle & Amanda Graham-Hyden
Music Director: Terry Hendricks
Choreographer: Fred DeBerg

Audition Date/Time:

DANCE CALL – Sunday, February 16th at 6:00 pm **OPEN dance call** 

IMPORTANT: All parts with an asterisk (*) in character breakdown must attend dance call and sign up for a 6pm appointment on February 16.

SINGER CALL – Sunday, February 16th (8:00-10:00 pm) & Monday, February 17th (7:00-10:00 pm) (by appointment only)

CALLBACKS: 

Tuesday, February 18th from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (callbacks are by invitation only)

Production Dates/Times:

May 22-June 28, 2020
Thursday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

Please note: This production will have an Industry Night on Monday, June 1 at 8pm

To Reserve Your Audition Time:

Please click on the following link and complete the online submission form.  Please attach your headshot and resume. https://form.jotform.com/193446557695172

Note: If the slots are full, please check back regularly as cancellations do occur up until the audition dates.

Where:

Spotlight Dance Arts, 941 Broadway, El Cajon, CA 92021

Directions will be included in your confirmation email.


Coronado Playhouse will be offering FREE audition workshops for ANYTHING GOES.

This is a great opportunity to work with the creative team, learn more about the needs of the production and prepare for the audition process. BRING YOUR TAP SHOES! The workshops will be held on Sunday, January 12 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and Saturday, January 18 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  The workshop is not required but highly encouraged. You are welcome to attend one or both dates. They will be held at choreographer, Fred DeBerg’s Studio (see address above). Please come in comfortable clothes for dancing and bring tap shoes. PLEASE RSVP FOR THE WORKSHOP(S) TO audition@coronadoplayhouse.com and include your full name, telephone number and which workshop(s) you plan to attend.

If you have any questions not answered in this announcement, you may email audition@coronadoplayhouse.com

Please note:  No photos or video recording permitted during auditions or callbacks.


Audition Details:

  • Bring all of your conflicts from April 5, 2020 through May 21, 2020 and these must be listed on the audition form. Please ensure you do not have any performance date conflicts, including Industry Night on June 1.
  • Audition forms will be emailed to you in advance. Please plan to bring your completed audition form, your headshot and your resume with you to the audition.
  • Rehearsals will begin Sunday, April 5 at 6pm. The rehearsal schedule will be provided in advance of the first read through.  Typically, they are held Sunday through Thursday evenings and possibly during the day on Saturday but then expand once the current show at the Playhouse closes.
  • If you are asked to come to callbacks, please be prepared to sing from the score, read sides from the book and dance.
  • Strictly a Non-Equity production.
  • For all roles: Prepare a one-minute musical theatre song in the style of the show or character. DO NOT sing from the show. Bring sheet music in the correct key and marked accordingly; an accompanist will be provided but will not transpose. No a cappella; no backing tracks.

Show synopsis:

In New York City in the early 1930s, successful Wall Street banker Elisha Whitney waits impatiently for his assistant Billy Crocker to drop off some items for Whitney’s upcoming vacation. But Billy forgets Whitney’s passport and agrees to deliver it on the cruise ship the following morning. Billy then meets and falls in love with a beautiful girl who is boarding the SS American, the same London-bound ship his boss is boarding. He sneaks aboard himself. The beautiful girl, Hope, is engaged to a stuffy British aristocrat, Lord Evelyn, but that doesn’t stop the love-struck Billy. 

Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner is Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

After more disguises, ploys, confessions, mistaken identities, and marriage proposals, all done to the fantastic music of Cole Porter, how will everything work out? Who knows? Anything goes!

Anything Goes features the classic American classics  “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re The Top,” “Bon Voyage,” “Friendship,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Anything Goes,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “Be Like The Bluebird” and “All Through The Night.”


Cast List and Breakdown: 

All roles open to all ethnicities.

RENO SWEENEY* – Reno is a sexy and charismatic nightclub singer, formerly an evangelist. She is confident, clever, philosophical, funny, persuasive and extremely comfortable with herself. She is the consummate performer and a showstopper with a great belting voice. The actor must have great comedic timing and be able to command the stage. The playing age range (this is the age she appears to be on stage) can be 30-45 years old. Auditionees for this role must have a high level of tap-dancing skill. 

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Alto (G3 – Eb5). 

HOPE HARCOURT* – Hope is a wealthy and beautiful heiress. Maintaining the family status quo is very important to her and critical to the ones she loves. She has a sweet personality with a strong sense of morals and duty. She is willing to sacrifice love and marry to satisfy her mother’s wishes. Hope has a sense of humor and can be mischievous. The ultimate leading lady, this character is sparkling and ladylike. The playing age range (this is the age she appears to be on stage) can be 19- 33 years old. Auditionees for this role will be required to dance. 

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Soprano (A4 – Eb5). 

ERMA LATOUR* – Best description? – A traffic stopping dame. Erma is independent, modern, impulsive, courageous, immoderate and driven by whatever gratifies her at the moment. She must be fresh and enjoyable in spite of her brazen ways. Loveably clueless with a ‘joysey’ accent. The playing age range (this is the age she appears to be on stage) can be 21-35 years old. Auditionees for this role will be required to tap dance. 

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Mezzo (A4 – C#5). 

EVANGELINE HARCOURT – Hope’s widowed, overbearing mother who is mainly concerned with money and social status. She married well but not to her one true love. Evangeline was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and accustomed to the good life. This actor must be able to span the distance between refined lady and panic-stricken comedienne to breathless receiver of renewed hope. The playing age range (this is the age she appears to be on stage) can be 45-65 years old. Auditionees for this role will NOT be required to dance.

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Doesn’t sing solo.

RENO’S ANGELS* – These three girls are Reno’s backup singers and dancers for her nightclub act. The collective feel of the Angels is that they charge the atmosphere. The playing age range (this is the age they appear to be on stage) can be 18-29 years old. Auditionees for these roles will be required to have a high level of tap and jazz. 

VOCAL RANGES REQUIRED: Mixed. 

  • Charity Taylor – This girl is looking for a millionaire. Her college degree didn’t pay as much as her legs do.
  • Purity Evans – Purity is a showgirl with a heart of gold. She secretly wants to marry her childhood sweetheart.
  •  Virtue Williams – An excellent showgirl but charmingly and completely clueless in all other arenas. 

BILLY CROCKER* – Billy is Elisha Whitney’s kind but inefficient General Manager, who is in love with Hope. He boards the ship without a ticket and adopts a number of disguises to avoid being caught. This actor must be charismatic, have good comedic timing and considerable charm. The playing age range (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 25-35 years old. Auditionees for this role will be required to dance. 

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Tenor (B3 – G4). 

LORD EVELYN OAKLEIGH* – Hope’s aristocratic English fiancé. He is earnest, energetic, good natured, gullible and absolutely fascinated by American slang. This actor must be a strong comedic actor with a believable upper crust English accent. The playing age range (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 30-45 years old. Auditionees for this role will be required to dance. 

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Baritone (C3 – G4). 

MOONFACE MARTIN* – This guy is a loveable, goofy gangster who is ‘public enemy No 13’ and travelling disguised as a priest. He desperately yearns to be public enemy No 1. Wily and quick-witted, yet somehow just this side of gullible, he is loyal and willing to go the distance for a friend. This actor must be able to develop a strong comedic character and be able to sell a song. The playing age range (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 30-50 years old. Auditionees for this role will be required to do a little dancing. 

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Baritone (Bb3 – Gb4). 

ELISHA WHITNEY – A successful Ivy league Wall Street banker. He is extremely near sighted and a gloriously functional drunk. He thinks he is always right but is also capable of listening to reason and changing his mind. This character has a huge personality. The playing age range (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 40-60 years old. Auditionees for this role will NOT be required to dance. 

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Baritone (C4 – D4). 

CAPTAIN REGINALD STRONG – This man is in charge of the ship, the SS American. He is intelligent, strong but a little too concerned with prestige. This actor should have good comedic timing. The playing age (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 45-60 years old. Auditionees for this role will NOT be required to dance. 

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Baritone. 

LANCE WHITE* – Purser for the SS American. He is reliable, alert and by the book with an air of confident style. The playing age (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 20-30 years old. Auditionees for this role will be required to dance. 

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Any (no solo). 

LUKE AND JOHN – Mischievous Chinese, reformed gamblers and recent Christian converts, travelling with Henry T. Dobson. The playing age (this is the age they appear to be on stage) can be 20-50 years old. Auditionees for these roles will NOT be required to dance. 

VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Any (no solo). 

CHANTEY QUARTET* – This is a strong quartet of sailors. All actors must be strong singers. The playing age (this is the age they appear to be on stage) can be 20-45 years old. Auditionees for this role will be required to dance. 

VOCAL RANGES REQUIRED: 2 Tenors and 2 Basses. 

  • Donald Parker – Wants to see the world before he settles down. 
  • Harold Wilkins – Left home to help his family recover financially. 
  • Stanley Jones – Wants to be a professional boxer, but he/she is a third-generation sailor. 
  • Charlie Smith – Became a sailor to forget about a lost love.

ENSEMBLE*Fred, Henry T. Dobson, Reporters, News Photographer, F.B.I Agents, Old Lady in a Wheelchair, Various Sailors, Various Passengers, Ship’s Crew (Ensemble tap skills are desired.)