WILD PARTY - Laurel Mill Playhouse Non Equity Auditions

Posted: January 22, 2014
Audition Location: Laurel, MD

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Andrew Lippa's Wild Party


Book by  Andrew Lippa 
Music and Lyrics by  Andrew Lippa 
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March 
Director - Michael V. Hartsfield
Producer - Maureen Rogers
Laurel Mill Playhouse announces auditions for Wild Party which will take place  on Saturday, February 8th  at 11:00 am and Sunday, February 9th at 7:00 pm. 20-25 women and men are needed. Actors  may audition bringing sheet music for the accompanist that will be provided or a CD. Sixteen bars of a Broadway style song that showcases vocal range will be requested. Wild Party  will open on April 25 and run through Sunday, May 18.  Performances will run on Friday and Saturday evenings with two selected Sunday matinees. 

Adapted from a book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie and Burrs, a vaudeville dancer and a vaudeville clown. In a relationship marked by vicious behavior and recklessness (mirroring the time in which they live), they decide to throw a party to end all parties.

As the guests arrive, we meet an assortment of people living on the edge. Queenie and Burrs set out to make each other jealous, but Queenie begins to fall in love with her conquest named Black. After a long night of decadence, Burrs' jealousy erupts and he comes to a violent end at Black's hand. In the stark light of a new day, Queenie moves out into a brighter world, although not necessarily a brighter future, leaving the passed-out revelers in her wake.

An award-winning score by Andrew Lippa provides excitement and drive for this tale of passions out of control. Capturing the sound of a bygone era with a nod to the present one, he makes us realize that moral decadence is not only limited to our past.

Andrew Lippa's Wild Party Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Laurel Mill Playhouse is located at 508 Main Street in historic Laurel.  Contact Maureen Rogers at maureencrogers@gmail.com or 301-452-2557. For additional information visit www.laurelmillplayhouse.org.



Character Breakdown

BLACK Strong, handsome, and poised without being posed. An enigmatic loner. Protective. No-nonsense kind of guy who cannot understand Queenie’s attraction to Burrs. African-American.
Male, 25-35 yrs old 
Range: F3 - G5 
BURRS Handsome. A professional clown. Dangerous and charming all at once. Sexually ravenous and drawn to Queenie like a moth to the flame. Hurts somewhere deep inside, and slowly descends into jealous insanity.
Male, 30-40 yrs old 
Range: G3 - A5 
DOLORES A party-goer pitching ideas and hoping to score with Sam. A wild woman of the night.
Female, 30-45 yrs old 
Range: A3 - A5 
EDDIE Mae’s husband who is perhaps even more dim-witted than she is. A big oaf. Can be a lovable teddy bear but also a quick tempered brute. Adores his wife.
Male, 30-45 yrs old 
Range: A3 - A5 
KATE A lush. Likes to be the “life of the party.” Always looking out for number one, and is jealous of Queenie. Sexy, sensual, and confident.
Female, 20-30 yrs old 
Range: F3 - E5 
MADELAINE TRUE A tired woman with slanted eyes and a cruel mouth. An announced lesbian. Sexually hungry. Blunt and very dry.
Female, 40-55 yrs old 
Range: A3 - E5 
MAE Eddie’s wife. Sweet and beautiful, but not particularly bright. Adores her husband and dotes on him.
Female, 25-45 yrs old 
Range: A3 - D5 
MAX One of the party goers and a member of the usual “gang.” He is full of life and energy.
Male, 25-35 yrs old 
Range: A3 - B5 
NADINE The only minor at the party. Waifish and somewhat naïve. She is in over her head and trying to keep up.
Female, 16-18 yrs old 
Range: A3 - A5 
OSCAR D'ARMANO Phil’s brother and lover who dresses as his twin. A composer and an entertainer in every sense of the word. Very flamboyant.
Male, 25-35 yrs old 
Range: A3 - B5 
PHIL D'ARMANO Oscar’s brother and lover who dresses as his twin. A composer and an entertainer in every sense of the word. Very flamboyant.
Male, 25-35 yrs old 
Range: A3 - A5 
QUEENIE Blonde and beautiful. Sexy. Looks a little older and more tired than her age would indicate. Afraid of being alone. Has become addicted to Burrs’ presence and ravenous sexual appetite.
Female, 20-30 yrs old 
Range: F3 - F5 
SAM Busy producer and “attention whore.” Trying to avoid the outrageous pitches made by Dolores, until it becomes sexual.
Male, 30-50 yrs old 
Range: A3 - A5 

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