The Clarksville Community Players are excited to announce auditions for our final production of the 2017 season directed by Kevin Holmes with musical direction by Mike Autry.
"Wait till your friends see you NOW!!"
Celebrating more than 50 years on the American stage, the Tony award winning SWEET CHARITY has dazzled audiences with showstopping numbers like” If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Hey Big Spender,” “I'm the Bravest Individual,” and “Rhythm of Life” for decades. A musical/comedy masterpiece from the minds of Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, the characters come to life in the heart of NYC in the mid 60s. Follow Miss Charity Hope Valentine, a dance hostess, on her search for love. Like so many on their journey, she loses sight of who she is along the way. Add the thrill of some “happening” nightclubs, the vibrant lights of Times Square, and some colorful characters and you have the makings of one wild and splashy musical!
(ages 16+ please)
August 30-31, 2017 6:30pm
Our director, Mr Holmes, will be looking for actors for the following roles:
Charity Hope Valentine ( acting age 25s-40s) : Down-on-her-luck, but always hopeful, dance-hall hostess who dreams of finding true love.
Helene ( acting age 18-40s): Sultry and sassy dancer at the Fandango Ballroom and one of Charity's best friends. Mezzo with a ballsy sound and a good dancer.
Nickie ( acting age 25s-40s): Brassy New Yorker, dancer at the Fandango Ballroom, and Charity's best friend. Mezzo with a strong belt and a good dancer.
Vittorio Vidal ( acting age 30s-40s): Italian movie star and drop dead gorgeous. Has a way with the ladies and a hot-headed wife, named Ursula. Baritone with an operatic sound.
Oscar Lindquist (acting age 30s-40s): A square and claustrophobic accountant with a sweet nature and a gentle touch. Baritone.
Herman ( acting age 30s-70s): Grizzled and sleezy owner of the Fandango Ballroom, but with a heart of gold. Must be a strong tenor.
Ursula March ( acting age 18-40s): Hot headed and jealous wife of Italian movie star, Vittorio Vidal. Has quite a flair for the dramatic. Will double as several roles in Act 2. Must be a strong and versatile comedic actress and a good mover.
Daddy Brubeck ( acting age 20s-50s): A groovy and hip cat who starts the Rhythm of Life revival church. Think Sammy Davis Jr., if Sammy was a flower child and loved acid. Baritone with serious soul, ability to scat, and a good mover. Strong comedic timing.
Carmen ( acting age 18-50s): Brassy dancer at the Fandango Ballroom. Very sarcastic. Good comedic actress. Must be a good dancer.
Rosie ( acting age 18- 50s): The hot new girl at the Fandango Ballroom. Fresh off the bus, but whip smart and easily corrupted. Must be a good dancer.
Suzanne, Frenchy, Betsy, Elaine ( acting age 18-50s): The featured dance hall hostesses at the Fandango Ballroom. All must be strong character actors who can move. A grizzled and tired bunch, working at a dead end job in Times Square. Lots and lots and lots of attitude.
Ensemble Roles ( acting age 18-50s): Good comedic character actors who can play multiple featured roles with ease. Must also be excellent singers and movers who can dance with attitude in a Fosse style. Will play multiple featured characters as well as dance in Big Spender, Rich Man's Frug, Rhythm of Life, and I'm a Brass Band. Ensemble roles include, among others:
Marvin the Fandango Regular
Daddy Brubeck's Assistants
Featured Hostess at the Fandango
Secretary at the 92nd Street YMCA.
(There are additional ensemble roles available. Each person would have a specific role in the show, some with featured speaking parts. We are looking for singers/actors who can dance/move well and dancers who can sing parts.)
Often as actors, we can stretch ourselves to play older or younger characters by changing our voice or our appearance. Acting age refers to our ability to demonstrate this to the director at the time of auditions. Often talent and intuition can make one appear older or younger on stage, so challenge yourself!
All roles are open and CCP is calling all actors, dancers and singers of all ethnicities. Actors, including those auditioning for ensemble should sing 32 bars from a Broadway song (no pop songs please), in the style of the show. There will be an accompanist at this audition so bring sheet music or a device that plays digital or cd accompaniment so we know that you can sing with backup. We will have a system set up to play music through that plays cds and an adapter for apple and android devices. Also please dress comfortably for movement/dance exercises. Everyone auditioning for speaking roles must have a 1 minute comedic monologue prepared to perform for auditions. Everyone may be asked to cold rea from the script.
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Remember we are just 35 minutes from Roxboro, 20 from South Boston and 30 minutes from South Hill and 45 minutes from Littleton. See you at auditions!