Auditions

OPEN CALL AUDITIONS: GUYS AND DOLLS

July 9,2023 1:00-7:00pm

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BACKGROUND

(description provided by Musical Theater International)

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsal Wk 1 August 14 – 17, 2023 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Rehearsal Wk 2 August 21 – 24, 2023 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Rehearsal Wk 3 August 28 – 31, 2023 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Rehearsal Wk 4 September 4 – 7, 2023 6:00pm – 10:00pm
TECH SUNDAY September 10, 2023* 12:00pm – 10:00pm
TECH WEEK September 11 – 14, 2023 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Performances September 15 – October 15, 2023 Fri, 7:30pm; Sat, 3:00pm, 7:00pm;

*denotes Sunday rehearsal

PLEASE PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION:

  • A cut of a song from the musical or in the style of Guys and Dolls that showcases your voice
    • Auditions will be accompanied; please provide your own sheet music
  • A printed copy of your resume
  • A printed headshot or recent photo

CALLBACKS ARE BY INVITE ONLY ON JULY 16.

If you are invited for a callback, please come prepared for a dance call (movement clothes, dance shoes) and for side reading. Not all cast members will be called back; not everyone called back will be cast. Further details will be included in callback communications.

Please contact Admin Cameron Britt (cameron@mycabaret.org) with further questions.

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is committed to a strong anti-racist philosophy and building a culture of equity and inclusion. We are passionate about theatre and building a team that reflects the diversity of our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender-identity, sexual orientation, familial status, religion, ability, age, or national origin. The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is dedicated to making theatre and the performing arts an accessible and inclusive space for all. We welcome all auditionees.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

(descriptions provided by Musical Theatre International)

Nicely-Nicely Johnson

  • Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan’s loyal friend and lackey.
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 30 to 45
  • Vocal range top: B5
  • Vocal range bottom: D4

Benny Southstreet

  • Nathan’s right-hand man and a gambler himself. Smart, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan’s best interest at heart.
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 30 to 45
  • Vocal range top: G5
  • Vocal range bottom: D4

Sarah Brown

  • A pretty, bright-eyed woman who serves as Sergeant of the local Mission. She fully believes in her worthy cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with Sky along the way. She is prudish and uptight, but eventually lets go.
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 20 to 30
  • Vocal range top: G5
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

Arvide Abernathy

  • The bass drum and cymbal player in the Mission band, he is Sarah’s loving grandfather. Wise and sweet, he wants nothing but the best for her.
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 50 to 65
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: D4

Harry The Horse

  • A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan’s craps game and backs his cheating, but is also a man of his word in the gambling community.
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 35 to 55
  • Vocal range top: G5
  • Vocal range bottom: F3

Lt. Brannigan

  • A New York police officer who is on to Nathan’s illegal craps games and is dead-set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character.
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 40 to 55
  • Nathan Detroit
  • A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the bigtime. He loves Adelaide, but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways.
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 35 to 45
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: D4

Miss Adelaide

  • Nathan’s fiancé and a lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub. She loves Nathan more than anything in the world and desperately wants to get married. Pretty, outspoken, stubborn.
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 25 to 35
  • Vocal range top: E5
  • Vocal range bottom: A3

Sky Masterson

  • A high-stakes gambler whose luck never seems to run out, and a wild card who surprises himself when he falls in love with the unlikeliest of women. Suave, smart, handsome.
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 35 to 45
  • Vocal range top: E5
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

Big Jule

  • A big time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and his own pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. Tough looking. A bit of an oaf.
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 30 to 50
  • Vocal range top: G5
  • Vocal range bottom: F3

General Matilda B. Cartwright: 

  • Regional representative of the Save-A-Soul Mission.
  • Powerful, matronly, no-nonsense with a formidable presence and, it transpires, a sense of humor.
  • Able to play age: 40 – 70
  • Mezzo Soprano

Ensemble

  • Sightseers, Mission Band (Agatha, Calvin, Martha), Crap Shooters (Liver Lips Louie, Angie The Ox, Rusty Charlie), Hot Box Girls, Waiters, Cuban Dancers