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AUDITIONS

Auditions will be held Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1, at Lemont High School, 800 Porter Street.

A packet of vocal selections is available through the "Vocal Selections" button below. Online audition sign-up will be available beginning May 1. Auditionees are asked to sign up for a one-hour time slot between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on one of the audition dates.

Must be at least 11 years old by Aug. 1, 2022. 

Call backs, if needed, will be Thursday, June 2. If cast, a $50 fee is required for participation.

Performances of The Music Man will be Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m.​

Important Audition Information

 

Seeking an energetic cast of approximately 50 performers. Dancers, tappers, and movers wanted! Audition will include a vocal selection, dance sequence, and a cold script reading.

 

VOCAL SELECTION: Prepare a selection from the original score of The Music Man based upon the character for which you are auditioning. These selections are listed below in the Character Descriptions and can be found by clicking the Vocal Selections button. Please memorize the selection so you can commit to the character. The music is marked as to which part of the song you should sing. In the audition room, we will give you an adequate intro, so you feel comfortable. 

DANCE SEQUENCE: Choreographers will teach the dance sequence at the audition. Please wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes. 

SCRIPT READING: During this part of the audition, you will select one of the script excerpts provided at the audition for a cold reading. You will be given a short time to review the selection before you perform it. You do not need to memorize or prepare anything in advance. 


Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one. 

 

Please complete the Audition Packet available through the button below and bring it with you to your audition. It is important that you know your schedule for June and July, and note dates you will be late or absent on the conflict calendar in the packet. Rehearsals will be Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Conflicts will be taken into consideration in casting decisions. There can be no conflicts or late arrivals from July 15 through 24. 

Synopsis

Harold Hill, a traveling salesman with a shady reputation, arrives in the small town of River City, Iowa, to sell the locals everything they need to start a marching band - from instruments to music lessons. There is a catch … Hill doesn’t know anything about music and plans to leave town before that is uncovered. Marian, the prim and proper town librarian, suspects his intentions; but as the two get to know each other, they fall in love and discover the best in themselves. In the end, Harold inspires the entire town and finds his heart and home.

 

This classic musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson became a Broadway hit in 1957 and won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. With multiple revivals and popular film  television adaptations, it remains a favorite production for both professional and amateur theatre companies.

Character Descriptions and Vocal Selections

Please sing the vocal selection listed after the character for which you are auditioning. If no selection is listed, please sing Seventy-Six Trombones or Wells Fargo Wagon. Selections are available by clicking the Vocal Selections button. Music is marked with the section of the song to by performed.

 

HAROLD HILL (Adult - Baritone - Already Cast)

Traveling salesman with a shady reputation and lots of charm and wit.

 

MARION PAROO (Adult - Soprano - G3-Ab5) - My White Knight

Independent, prim, and proper town librarian. Initially suspicious of Harold but grows to love him despite his flaws.


MAYOR SHINN (Adult)

Self-important, blustery, pompous politician, who is not terribly intelligent. He takes himself, his wife, and his daughters too seriously, but comes across as funny.

MARCELLUS WASHBURN (Adult - Tenor - G2-A4) - Shipoopi

Past partner and old friend of Harold who has “reformed” his ways. He now lives in River City with his girlfriend who is also “reformed” from their past life of “flim flam.”


THE QUARTET: May audition as a quartet or individually. All quartet auditions must be done acapella. Sing any barbershop song with your own quartet OR sing Goodnight, My Someone.

  

EWART DUNLOP/TRAVELING SALESMAN (Adult - Second Tenor - C33-G4)

Owner of the General Store and member of the bickering school board until he is turned into a member of the harmonious barbershop quartet.

 

OLIVER HIX/TRAVELING SALESMAN (Adult - Baritone - B2-F#4)

Banker and member of the bickering school board until he is turned into a member of the harmonious barbershop quartet.

 

JACEY SQUIRES/TRAVELING SALESMAN (Adult - High Tenor - F3-B4)

Owner of the Livery Stable and member of the bickering school board until he is turned into a member of the harmonious barbershop quartet.

 

OLIN BRITT/TRAVELING SALESMAN (Adult - Bass - F2-C4)

Editor of the Gazette and member of the bickering school board until he is turned into a member of the harmonious barbershop quartet,

 

WINTHROP PAROO (Middle School Boy - C4-E5) - Gary, Indiana

Marian’s little brother who does not talk much because of his lisp and the loss of his father who has died. He is initially shy and withdrawn but finds his confidence and voice.

 

MRS. PAROO (Adult - Alto - Ab3-Eb5) - If You Don’t Mind My Sayin’ So

Widowed Irish mother to Marian and Winthrop. She is a sweet, cheerful homemaker who wants the best for everyone.

AMARYLLIS (Middle School Girl - Soprano/Alto - C4-E5) - Goodnight, My Someone

Young outgoing piano student of Marian’s who likes Winthrop but doesn’t understand why he won’t talk to her. Actress doesn’t need to know how to play piano.

 

TOMMY DJILAS (High School/College Boy)
A teenager “troublemaker” who likes Zaneeta, the Mayor’s daughter. He becomes the assistant leader of the Boys’ Band thanks to Harold’s trust in him.

 

CHARLIE COWELL/TRAVELING SALESMAN/ENSEMBLE (Adult)

A rival traveling salesman, first seen on the train at the start of the show. He returns to town to warn them about Harold.

 

EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN (Adult - Alto - D4-E5) - Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

Mayor Shinn’s wife and a “society lady”. She knows everyone in town, struts about like a peacock, and is somewhat snooty. She spends her day being in charge of everyone, including her husband.

 

MAUD DUNLOP (Adult) - Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

The wife of Ewart Dunlop and one of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who becomes one the “Pickalittle Ladies” and Grecian Urn Performers.

 

MRS. SQUIRES (Adult) - Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

The wife of Jacey Squires and one of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who becomes one of the “Pickalittle Ladies” and Grecian Urn Performers.

 

ALMA HIX (Adult) - Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

The wife of Oliver Hix and one of Eulalie’s gossipy friends who becomes one of the “Pickalittle Ladies” and Grecian Urn Performers.

 

ETHEL TOFFELMIER (Adult) - Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
Marcellus’ jolly girlfriend who has “changed her ways.” She also becomes one of the “Pickalittle Ladies” and Grecian Urn Performers.

CONSTABLE LOCKE/TRAIN CONDUCTOR (Adult)

Town sheriff who is also on the train with salesmen at the start of the show.


ZANEETA SHINN (High School Girl)

Mayor Shinn and Eulalie’s daffy but cute teenage daughter who has a crush on the town “bad boy” Tommy. She is not rebellious but is learning to stand up for herself. This part is a featured dancer.

 

GRACIE SHINN (Middle School Girl)

Mayor Shinn’s younger daughter who is somewhat of a tomboy and a bit devilish.

 

RIVER CITY TOWNSPEOPLE/ENSEMBLE (Variety of Ages 11 through adult)

 

Meet the Team

Producer: Sandy Doebert

Assistant Producer: Kate Loeffler

Director: Heather Hutchison

Assistant Director: Diane Link

Vocal Director: Carrie Marcotte

Music Director: Michael Kennedy

Choreographer: Brenda Perez de Tejada

Assistant Choreographer: Darby Schober

Stage Manager: Matt Gottardo

Back Stage Manager: Gianna Cacciato-Lewis

Sound Designer & Tech Adviser: Andrew Stratton

Lighting Designer: Angela Kvitek

Assistant Lighting Technician: Bartlomiej Maciol

Set Designer: Brett Baleskie

Costume Designer: Tom Kieffer

Makeup Designer: Diane Link

Hair Designer: Lynn Hodak

Prop Manager: Tracy Roach

Performance Details

Box office opens July 1

Three performances will be held at the Lemont High School Performing Arts Center. 

Friday, July 22, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 23, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m.