GYPSY - Lake Worth Playhouse Non Equity Auditions

Posted: October 7, 2019
Audition Location: Lake Worth, FL

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GYPSY

 

Director: Daniel Eilola
Choreographer: Joanne DePrizio 
Music Director: Ed Kolcz

 

Synopsis:

Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters' success... while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920's, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents' landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication. The celebrated score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim boasts one glorious hit after another, including: "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "You'll Never Get Away from Me," "If Momma Was Married," "All I Need Is the Girl," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Get A Gimmick," "Small World," and "Together Wherever We Go."

 

Audition Dates - October 20th, 2019 10am - 1pm (child auditions only),  October 28th and 29th at 7pm (adult auditions) ,

 

Callbacks: October 29th  at 7pm

 

Location: Lake Worth Playhouse - 713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth FL 33460

 

Performance Schedule: January 16th - February 2nd, 2020

 

Rehearsal Schedule:  TBD but typically will take place on weeknights from approximately 6:30 to 10pm. Weekend rehearsals also may be added.

 

Requirements: Please prepare 16 bars of a Broadway song in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided for you - please provide sheet music. In addition, smartphones and digital devices with an accompaniment track are accepted provided if it is cued correctly prior to your audition. No Accapella auditions.

 

All those auditioning will also be taken through a basic dance audition. Please come dressed to move.

 

Some actors may be asked to read from the script.

 

Available Roles:

 

Momma Rose (ages from 35 - 50) The ultimate stage mother. Lives her life vicariously through her two daughters, whom she's put into show business. She is loud, brash, pushy and single-minded, but at times can be doting and charming. She is holding down demons of her own that she is afraid to face. Her voice is the ultimate powerful Broadway belt. Minimal dance but must move well. Comic timing a must. Strong Mezzo/Alto with good low notes and belt.

 

Baby June (about 10) is a Shirley Temple-like up-and-coming vaudeville star, and Madam Rose's youngest daughter. Her onstage demeanor is sugary-sweet, cute, precocious and adorable to the nth degree. Must be no taller than 3fr. 5in.. An adorable character - Mama Rose's shining star. Strong child singer, strong dancer and taps. Mezzo.

 

Young Louise (about 12) She should look a couple years older than Baby June. She is Madam Rose's brow-beaten oldest daughter, and has always played second fiddle to her baby sister. She is shy, awkward, a little sad and subdued; she doesn't have the confidence of her sister.  Strong acting skills needed. The character always dances slightly out of step but the actress playing this part must be able to dance. Mezzo singer.

 

Herbie (35 to 50) agent for Rose's children and Rose's boyfriend and a possible husband number 4. He has a heart of gold but also has the power to defend the people he loves with strength. Minimum dance. A Baritone, sings in one group number, two duets and trio with Rose and Louise. Strong acting role.

 

Dainty June (18-24) Baby June as a young teenager. The older she gets, the less she enjoys being her mother's trained monkey. Strong Alto, must be able to belt a song and have decent dancing skills. The ability to do the splits and twirl a baton a big plus, but not a requirement. Must dance very well, taps, strong Broadway teen singer, close harmony skills preferred.

 

Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee (18 - 25) Baby Louise as a teenager, who grows up to be Gypsy Rose Lee. Still pushed aside by Madam Rose in favor of June, until she herself becomes her mother's new pet project. Should be able to move well. Actress must be 18 or over to play this role. Minimum actual dance but must have very strong movement skills, strong acting skills needed. Must be able to portray both the awkward teen and a sophisticated woman we know now as Gypsy Rose Lee. Must dance inside a dancing cow costume, must be comfortable with the character's profession - stripping. The character is very scantily clad but never actual appears in the nude. Mezzo (needs light sound for "little Lamb" and belt for "Let Me Entertain You."

 

Dressy Tessie Tura (20s-40s) a stripper just past her prime. Big Broadway voice (Mezzo Belt), strong movement/dance, ballet training helpful. A burlesque dancer that shares her dressing room with Louise. She was once a ballerina and still has some of the moves. A course broad who's been around the block. Very funny.

 

Mazeppa (20s-40s) a stripper just past her prime. Big Broadway voice (Alto Belt), strong movement/dance, powerful character. A burlesque dancer who's tough and physically intimidating. Trumpet playing skills would be outstanding but not required.

 

Electra (20s-40s) a stripper just past her prime. Big Broadway voice (Mezzo Belt), strong movement/dance. Quieter than her counterparts but her costume is wired with lights, allowing her to "shine" without working up a sweat. Ditzy and sweet.

 

Cratchitt (any age over 20) the production assistant for the Grantzinger theater, N.Y.C. The comedic role.

 

Children's Ensemble (ages 10 -12) Two or three young boys and one young girl. Baby June's back up dancers and singers. Ability of one child to play accordion or clarinet a plus. Must sing and dance.

 

Young Women's Ensemble (ages 20 - 30) singer/dancers who act as both the back up dancers for Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee and perform in the large burlesque numbers in the second act. Strong dancers. Some comic skills very helpful. Very minimal singing. A few have minor expanded roles.

 

Agnes (20-30) one of the women's dancing chorus, strong comic skills required.

 

Young Men's Ensemble (ages 16 -20) Six young men sing and dance backup for teenage June, plus join in the number "Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone." Should be strong singers and dancers. Will double as small parts in Act I and Act II, plus some backup dancing in Gypsy's strip routine. Must be very strong dancers and singers. Comic time preferred.

 

Tulsa (age 17 - 20) Boy-next-door type. Strives to break out of the troupe with an act of his own. Sings and dances "All I Need Is the Girl." Extremely strong dancer in all styles of show dance including tap. Good singer, charming, very athletic and handsome young man. High Baritone.

 

Kringelin (adult male character over 35) the put upon manager of a hotel.

 

Mr. Goldstone (any age over 30) Booking agent for the Orpheum Theater Circuit. Chaplin-like skills a must never speaks.

 

Cigar (adult male, age 30-50) rather aggressive owner of a burlesque theatre, Classic character part.

 

Pastey (any age) Cigar's stage manager.

 

Chowsie A small dog (with a good temperament).


 

Contact Artistic Director Daniel Eilola at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org with any questions or for additional info.

 

 

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ABOUT LAKE WORTH PLAYHOUSE     

Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave in Downtown Lake Worth.  Valet Parking is $5 (when available). Street and lot parking is also available.

 

Lake Worth Playhouse is a non-profit community theatre with a diverse array of offerings, including award-winning dramas, comedies, musicals, area premieres, Broadway favorites, children's shows, ballets and operas on film, live concerts, improv comedy and alternative programming. In addition to its main stage theatrical fare, the Playhouse presents year-round independent and foreign films in the Stonzek Studio, an intimate black-box style theatre equipped with a large viewing screen and high-definition projection. The Playhouse is proud to offer a variety of educational programs for adults and children, as well as community outreach initiatives that bring cultural programs into the neighborhoods of underserved youth and also make theatre available free of charge for disadvantaged citizens in the community.

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