Auditions for THE MUSIC MAN!

Springhouse Theatre Company, together with director Will Sevier, announce auditions for Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN, coming Fall 2020. This award-winning musical features a variety of roles, with a broad age range from children to senior adults.

Audition Dates:

  • Sunday, June 21 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Monday, June 22 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Location: Springhouse Worship and Arts Center, 14119 Old Nashville Highway, Smyrna, TN 37167

Rehearsal Information: Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons and Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, beginning Sunday, August 2.

Production Dates: September 18, 19, 25, 26, and October 2, 3, 4

Audition Appointments: Please e-mail dee.warrenclan@gmail.com, indicating a 45-minute window of audition times that would best suit you for the dates listed above. Appointments are strongly suggested, but walk-ins will be worked in, time permitting.

Audition Requirements: Please prepare a one-minute section from a song in the style of the show. Each person must provide piano accompaniment in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. (No recordings or acapella singing will be accepted.) Auditions will also include cold readings from the script, as well as a dance / movement portion. A monologue of less than two minutes is welcome, but not required.

About the Show: Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN is set in the close-knit community of River City, Iowa in 1912. When a con man (Harold Hill) comes to town, the local librarian / music teacher (Marian Paroo) is suspicious of his claims to be a marching-band leader. Through quick thinking and cunning distraction, “Professor” Harold Hill manages to charm the busy-body community, selling them all manner of band equipment and frippery. Though his deceit finally catches up with him, he is surprised to find mercy, and love, in the arms of Marian Paroo.

Available roles: 9 men, 8 women, 2 children (1 boy and 1 girl, ages 8-12), plus ensemble (all ages)
Character descriptions are provided below:

Charlie Cowell
A traveling salesman who is on to Harold Hill's schemes. Tirelessly attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind Harold Hill.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 45

Harold Hill
Our story's unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Mayor Shinn
A blustery politician who is all too “self-important.” Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
Gender: male
Age: 50 to 60

Ewart Dunlop
A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill, with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Oliver Hix
A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Jacey Squires
The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C3

Olin Britt
A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: C4
Vocal range bottom: F2

Marcellus Washburn
Harold's chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Tommy Djilas
An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 20

Marian Paroo
The stuffy town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Mrs. Paroo
Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.
Gender: female
Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Amaryllis
A slightly bratty piano student of Marion Paroo.
Gender: female
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Winthrop Paroo
Marian's baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.
Gender: male
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
Mayor Shinn's peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.
Gender: female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Zaneeta Shinn
The Mayor's fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.
Gender: female
Age: 14 to 18

Alma Hix
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Oliver Hix.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 45

Maud Dunlop
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Ewart Dunlop.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 45

Ethel Toffelmier
A comical “Pick-a-Little Lady,” and Marcellus Washburn's girlfriend.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 40

Mrs. Squires
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Jacey Squires.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 45

Ensemble
Constable Locke, Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople, Traveling Salesmen

All applicants are welcome. Springhouse Theatre is an equal-opportunity theatre, and consideration for casting will be given fairly and equitably, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, religion, family status, or disability.

THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

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