Audition

Welcome!  We hope you will audition for a Sunset show!

We hold auditions for all performances at Sunset Playhouse, and everyone is welcome to try-out for every show!

Scripts may be checked out at the box office Tuesday (1-7 pm), Wednesday-Friday (1-5 pm) and Saturday (1-4 pm) with a $10 deposit. No guarantee of availability. For further information or if you have any questions, contact the box office by calling (262) 782-4430.

SIDE SHOW AUDITION INFORMATION

SIDE SHOW Auditions
 
Auditions: Monday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:00pm 
Rehearsals: TBA

Performances: Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2, 2019

SIDE SHOW will be directed by Becky Spice with music direction by Paula Tillen.

Please show up on one of the dates listed below with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Bring comfortable clothes for the dance audition as well. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – SIDE SHOW.  You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (May 26 – May 29) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.
 
Auditions: Monday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:00pm 
Rehearsals: TBA

Performances: Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2, 2019

 

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions. Click here to see our other upcoming auditions! 

Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a

$10 cash deposit. 

Box Office hours are Tuesdays 1 pm – 7 pm

Wednesdays-Fridays 1 pm – 5 pm & Saturdays 1 pm- 4 pm

Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 pm for auditions.
 

Synopsis

Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, SIDE SHOW is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bond brings them fame but denies them love.
 

Character Descriptions

Male Characters
 
Terry Conner: (age: 30 – 40) A talent scout/agent for the Vaudeville circuit. Handsome, smooth, and suave; a leading-man type. Daisy’s love interest. 
Baritone with strong upper range – F#2 – G4
 
Buddy Foster: (age: 20 – 35) Usher turned Entertainer. Bright and energetic, but a bit naive. A song and dance man. Violet’s love interest.
Tenor; big range – F2 – A4
 
Jake: (age: 25+) “Side Show” Foreman. Very strong physical presence even when silent. Secretly in love with Violet. Strong singer. Jake is also the Cannibal King.
Tenor/baritone with strong top range – G2 – A4
 
The Boss: (age: 30+ preferred) Formidable presence; the sleazy, mean owner/emcee of the “Side Show.”
Strong Tenor voice – C3 – G4
 
Reptile Man: (any age) Half man/half reptile. 
 
Bearded Lady: (any age) Must be comfortable appearing in women’s clothes.
 
Fakir: (any age) Far East/Indian character.
 
The Geek: (any age) A “refined but deadly” wild man whose act includes biting the head off of a live chicken or snake.
 
Sheik: (any age) A tribe ruler whose act includes his harem of virgins.
 
Roustabouts(4): (any age) “Carnies,” they are part of the “Side Show,” managing the equipment, patrons, etc. Actors will play a multitude of roles. 
 
Female Characters
 
Daisy Hilton*: (age: 20 – 35) The dominant and more outspoken of the twins, her dream is to become a famous performer/celebrity. 
Alto/Mezzo with belt; big range – E3 – G5 sustained
 
Violet Hilton*: (age: 20 – 35) The shy and more composed of the twins, her dream is to marry and raise a family at home. 
Mezzo/Soprano with belt; big range – Eb3 – F#5
 
* NOTE: Since the Hilton sisters were conjoined twins attached at the lower spine/hip, actors interested in these roles MUST be comfortable acting, moving, and dancing in tandem with another, and may be paired at the audition or callback with other candidates for scenes and dances.
 
Fortune Teller: (any age) Exotic look. Strong belter/gospel voice.
 
Snake Lady: (any age) Snake Charmer.
 
6th Exhibit: (any age) Considered one of the strangest exhibits in the sideshow.
 
Dolly Dimples: (any age) Listed as the classic “Fat Lady” with Baby-Doll attire. Actor may be stuffed for size.
 

Harem Girls (2 – 4): (any age)

**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast. For the After Sunset Studio Series they are generally 3 nights a week from 7:00 -10:00 PM, plus tech week.**
 

LEADING LADIES AUDITION INFORMATION

LEADING LADIES will be directed by Michael “Paco” Pocaro. Auditions may consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – LEADING LADIES. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.
 

Auditions: Monday, April 22 – Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Performances: Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 23, 2019

 

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions. Click here to see our other upcoming auditions! 

Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a

$10 cash deposit. 

Box Office hours are Tuesdays 1 pm – 7 pm

Wednesdays-Fridays 1 pm – 5 pm & Saturdays 1 pm- 4 pm

Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 pm for auditions.
 

Synopsis

In this hilarious comedy by the author of LEND ME A TENOR and MOON OVER BUFFALO, two English actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge Circuit in Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces!
 

Character Descriptions

Male Characters
 

Duncan Wooley (age: early 40’s) Local minister, engaged to Meg. A good man, but fussy, headstrong, egocentric. 

Doc Myers (age: mid 50’s) Local doctor, Chief Moose, likeable curmudgeon, boisterous, stocky, father to Butch.

Leo Clark (age: early 40’s) A clean shaven, Shakespeare actor from England (yes, English accent required), marginally gifted, charming yet mildly pompous, prone to temper tantrums, longs to achieve stardom…

Jack Gable (age: late 30’s to early 40’s) A clean shaven, Shakespeare actor from England (yes, English accent required), Leo’s partner, easily dragged into Leo’s harebrained schemes (think Ethel to Leo’s Lucy), nice guy, longs to settle down… 

Butch Myers (age: early 20’s) A little slow on the uptake, built like he played high school football, sincere, good-hearted. 

 
Female Characters
 
Meg Snider (age: early 30’s) Local girl, vivacious, warm, great sense of humor. Has unfulfilled dreams of the great big world outside of central Pennsylvania she has yet to experience. 
 
Audrey (age: 20) A well built, extremely sweet and good-natured, an “intelligent airhead.” Audrey roller-skates. The director would most likely be really impressed if auditioners showed up with their own roller skates prepared to dazzle. 
 

Florence Snider (age: 60+) An extremely crusty, terrible eyesight, wealthy, wily, ailing… or hypochondriac?

 
**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 7:00 pm -10:00 pm.

HAIRSPRAY AUDITION INFORMATION

HAIRSPRAY will be directed by Tommy Lueck with music direction by Mark Mrozek and choreography by Reggie Kurschner. Please show up on one of the dates listed below with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Bring comfortable clothes, jazz and tap shoes (if you have them) for the dance audition as well. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the  Audition Sheet – HAIRSPRAY. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.
 

Vocal/Dance Auditions: Monday, May 13th – Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Thursday, May 16th, 2019 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Tuesday, May 28 – Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Performances: Thursday, July 18th – Sunday, August 11th, 2019

 

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions. Click here to see our other upcoming auditions! 

Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a

$10 cash deposit. 

Box Office hours are Tuesdays 1 pm – 7 pm

Wednesdays-Fridays 1 pm – 5 pm & Saturdays 1 pm- 4 pm

Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 pm for auditions.
 

Synopsis

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network… all without denting her ‘do!
 

Character Descriptions

Male Characters
Corny Collins (Age: 20 to 35) The charismatic host of the Corny Collins Show. Good looking and smooth talking, he is a genuinely nice guy both on and off camera.
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3
 
Edna Turnblad (Age: 30 to 50) Tracy’s big and blonde mother. She is a working housewife who has lost her confidence and dream to be a plus-size clothing designer. Boisterous and commanding. Played by a male in drag.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
 
Link Larkin (Age: 15 to 30) The star heartthrob on Corny Collins’ show. He is extremely attractive and talented. Hoping to get his big break with a recording contract, he unexpectedly falls for Tracy.
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3
 
Seaweed J. Stubbs (Age: 15 to 30) Tracy’s classmate and friend, who is discriminated against due to his skin color. He is cocky but surprisingly lovable. Talented in song and dance. He falls for Penny.
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3
 
 
Wilbur Turnblad (Age: 35 to 55) Tracy’s simpleminded and kind father. He owns a joke shop and supports his daughter in spite of everything else. He also loves his wife, Edna, very much.
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3
 
Ensemble
Corny Collins Kids (Tammy, Brad, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, Etc.); Students; Hookers; Protestors
 
Female Characters
 
Tracy Turnblad (Age: 15 to 30) Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist, she is large and in charge. Confident, talented, and incredibly determined. A romantic with a good heart and desire to cut up the dance floor. Always on top of the latest trends.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Penny Pingleton (Age: 15 to 30) Tracy’s best friend and dorky sidekick. Not the brightest girl, but she has good intentions. Bursting to get free of her mother’s dominating control, she falls for Seaweed with childlike curiosity.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3
 
Velma Von Tussle (Age: 30 to 45) Amber’s mother and the director of Corny’s show. She is a devious taskmaster and snobby racist. The former Miss Baltimore Crabs will go to any length to ensure her daughter is the next big thing.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3
 
Amber Von Tussle (Age: 15 to 30) Link’s girlfriend and Tracy’s nemesis. She is pretty, thin, shallow, snobby, and racist. Can’t dance but is expected to win Miss Baltimore Hairspray. Always feels the need to be the center of attention.
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3
 

Little Inez (Age: 13 to 20) Seaweed’s little sister and just as talented a dancer.  Tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black by Velma.

Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C5
 
Motormouth Maybelle (Age: 30 to 45) Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother, she also appears as the Guest DJ on the Corny Collins Negro Day show. Big, blonde, beautiful and proud of it. She is sassy and confident.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Prudy Pingleton (Age: 35 to 45) Penny’s strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and close-minded.
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: D4
 
Ensemble
Corny Collins Kids (Tammy, Brad, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, Etc.); Students; Hookers; Protestors
 
**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 6:30 -10:00 pm.
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