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Production: Gretna Theatre 2013 Summer Season

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Gretna Theatre (Mt. Gretna, PA) is casting its 2013 season. Season includes: "My Way" (conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson; Todd Olson, book; Louis F. Goldberg, musical dir.; ...more

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Males & Females, ages 18-70, All Ethnicities

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Full Character Breakdown


Although no one actually "plays" or "impersonates" Sinatra in the show as written, all characters (male and female) represent certain aspects of his persona and phases of his career as they tell his life story and interpret his music. All performers should have great "stage presence" and strong personalities of their own. All roles require ability to sing tight harmonies and dance or move well.

Man #1 (Baritone – 40-60) Dark Italian looks (represents the "Rat Pack/cool" years). Sings many of the Sinatra standards. Excellent voice with a feel for Sinatra's phrasing/vocal style. Should dance or move extremely well. Tap dance skills are a plus as there are optional dance breaks written for this character. Leads the cast in setting the tone of the show's music and projects the style and easy sophistication that was Sinatra's trademark. He is matched with Woman #1.
Man #2 (Lyric Baritone – 25-40) All American boy good looks (represents the "skinny 1940?s big band crooner" years). Must sing to a solid G. Has the smooth and easy sound/style of Sinatra's earlier recordings with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Moves well with a natural flair for comedy to carry much of the show's humor and lighter moments. He spends much of the show trying to learn how to be "cool." He is matched with Woman #2.
Woman #1 (Mezzo w/belt – 30-50) Dark, exotic good looks suggesting movie queen Ava Gardner (represents the female version of Frank's "Rat Pack" years). "Classy dame" dripping with style and sophistication. The more difficult singing role of the two women. Dark, husky, smoky and wide singing range with vocal styles based on great "torch singers" like Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Judy Garland. Should dance or move extremely well. She is matched with Man #1
Woman #2 (Mezzo/2nd Soprano – 20-35) Attractive and leggy blonde or redhead with drop-dead looks and a smile that lights up the room (represents the type of woman that always attracted Frank like Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Mia Farrow, etc). Has the same smooth liquid big band singer sound of the 1940s that Man #2 should have. Mezzo with some soprano parts and a "lighter" sound to contrast with Woman #1. Strong dancer with tap skills is a plus. In original production, Man #1 and Woman #2 were both outstanding tap dancers. Woman #2 matches up with Man #2 and the two of them make a handsome couple.


All roles require excellent actors with physical agility, a flair for comedy in the "Monty Python" mode and improvisational skills. All also require British dialects. Some require additional dialects (i.e. German, Turkish, etc.) In the original production the male actor playing Freud also doubled as Queen Victoria. Although both roles will still double in our production, they could be cast with EITHER a male or female playing both roles. Especially seeking performers of all ethnicities who dance or move well (African-American, Asian, Latino, etc.) for the multiple roles played by the "stagehands". The role of Mary Marston MAY be played by one of these as well.

Dr. John Watson (Mid 30's to mid 40's) Slightly obese character actor to play the agreeable and bumbling sidekick to Sherlock Holmes. As his biographer, he "tells" and ultimately becomes the hero of our story. Requires excellent comic timing. Lead role. Could be cast with a "name".
Sherlock Holmes (Mid 30's to early 40's) World famous detective. All-knowing, urbane, arrogant, tortured and paranoid but with a romantic streak. Adept at physical comedy. Lead role.
Professor Moriarty (Late 30's – late 40's) The reptilian arch-nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. May begin the play as one of the 'stagehands" and usually plays six characters in Victoria Station. Versatile character actor with great presence. Featured role.
Sigmund Freud (40's to 50's) MAY be cast either male or female (in either case, played as a man). Zany Austrian psychiatrist with unusual methodology. Excellent Austrian/German accent. Will potentially double "in drag" as Queen Victoria. Great comic timing. Supporting role.
Mycroft Holmes (Late 30's to late 40's) Snide, slightly unkempt, and quick with an insult. He is Sherlock's older, smarter brother. Featured role.
Stagehands2 male and 2 female (20's to 30's) All types and ethnicities. They play actual stagehands, moving set pieces and props on, off and around the stage as well as various supporting characters. Must be athletic and versatile with ability to change characters instantly. They almost never leave the stage and are an integral part of the storytelling and action. MAY cast dancer/actors who can carry through to some of the musicals in our season. Those auditioning for these roles please prepare a short comic monologue that shows ability to do British and/or other dialects.
Mary Marston (Mid 20's to mid 30's) The concerned and understanding wife of Dr. John Watson. Must sing. MAY be cast from one of the female "stagehands". Cameo role.
Irene Adler (Mid 20's to mid 30's) Tough and beautiful. She is every bit as brash and arrogant as Sherlock and is the only woman to outsmart him. Featured role.


(1999 Revival Version)

Due to the "play within the play" nature of the script. Almost all actors double in the roles from Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" as noted in the individual descriptions below. ALL ensemble roles require excellent dancer/singers who act. Some ensemble roles MAY "track" differently than as listed below when all casting is completed.
Pops the Stage Doorman/Padua Priest (Baritone 45-60) Excellent character actor/singer also part of Male Quartet in "Opening Act One" and "Bianca". Featured ensemble role.
Paul (Baritone C-F# 30's to 40's) Fred Graham's Dresser, specialty dancer and lead singer in "Too Darn Hot." African-American. Featured role.
Ralph (Baritone B-F 25-35) The Stage Manager of the "play within the play". MAY double in some Quartets as a featured singer/dancer. Featured ensemble role.
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio (Lyric Baritone 25-30) A Broadway hoofer, Lois's partner and a chronic gambler/bad boy type. Strong dancer/singer required. A young Gene Kelly type. Featured role.
Dance Captain/Gregory, a servant to Petruchio (Tenor or Baritone 20's) A dancer/singer who dance captains the "play within play". MAY track into other roles (e.g. one of the "stagehands"). Ensemble role.
Fred Graham/Petruchio (Baritone Bb-F 35-45) Writer, producer, director, actor and "superman" of the theatre. Egotistical and charming Broadway leading man. A real stage star with great presence and a magnificent voice. Starring role. Could be cast with a "name".
Harry Trevor/Baptistia Minola (Any vocal type 50's to 60's) A veteran character actor. Excellent actor with good comic timing. Supporting role.
Stagehand #1, an electrician/Cab Driver/Nathaniel, a servant to Petruchio (2nd Tenor or Lyric Baritone 20's) Excellent singer/dancer. Part of male quartet in "Opening Act One", "Bianca" and "Cantiamo D'Amore". Featured ensemble.
First Man/ "Aide" to Katherine (Baritone or 2nd Tenor B- F 35-45) Gangster/Gunman. Character actor with great comic timing. A "Guys and Dolls" type who fancies himself as more educated than he actually is and as a lover of the arts. Sings duet of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and plays half the donkey in Finale Act Two. Featured role.
Second Man/ "Aide" to Katherine (Baritone B-D 35-45) Gangster/Gunman. Sidekick to First Man. Similar in description. Sings duet of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and plays the other half of the donkey in Finale Act Two.
Flynt, an aide to General Howell/Gremio, the first suitor (Tenor Bb-A 20's) A motorcycle escort to the General and also one of Bianca's suitors in "Tom, Dick or Harry". Excellent dancer/singer. Featured ensemble.
Riley, an aide to General Howell/Hortensio, the second suitor (Tenor Bb-A 20's) Another motorcycle escort to the General and another of Bianca's suitors in "Tom, Dick or Harry". Excellent dancer with strong tenor voice. Featured ensemble.
Stagehand #2, an asst. electrician/Philip, a servant to Petruchio (Tenor 20's) Excellent singer/dancer. Part of male quartet for "Opening of Act One", "Bianca" and part of vocal trio in "Too Darn Hot" as well as half the donkey in "We Open in Venice". Featured ensemble.
Stagehand #3, a carpenter/Driver for General Howell/Haberdasher (2nd Tenor or Lyric Baritone 20's) Excellent singer/dancer. Part of male quartet for "Opening of Act One" and "Bianca" and part of vocal trio in "Too Darn Hot" as well as half the donkey in "We Open in Venice". Featured ensemble.
General Harrison Howell (Baritone B-F 40-50) Career military officer , politician and Lilli's new man. A true male chauvinist of the period. A parody of real-life General MacArthur with aviator sunglasses, corn cob pipe and all. Excellent older leading man with strong baritone and good comic timing. Sings "From This Moment On" with Lilli. Featured role.
Hattie (Alto/Belt G-F 35-50) Lilli Vanessi's dresser. Excellent singer/actress with strong belt voice and comic timing. Similar in type to Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray and/or Sister Hubert in Nunsense. Sings lead vocal in "Another Op'nin', Another Show". African American. Featured role.
Lois Lane/Bianca (Alto/Belt B-F 25-30) A night club singer in her first featured role on the stage. Sexy singer/dancer who plays up to her star/director but is really in love with hoofer Bill Calhoun. Exciting belt sound and excellent dance ability for such songs as "Why Can't You Behave", "Always True to You in My Fashion" and "Tom, Dick or Harry". Second female lead.
Lilli Vanessi/Katharine Minola (Mezzo/Sop. Mix G-Bb 35-45) A Broadway leading lady and screen actress. The former wife of Fred Graham Also plays Kate, the shrew in the "play within the play". A diva. She can be shrewish on AND off stage especially where Fred's philandering is concerned. Excellent singer/actress with true star quality. Starring role. Could be cast with a "name".
Wardrobe Lady (Alto/Mezzo mix 25 +) Sings with Hattie in "Another Op'nin'" and is part of female quartet for "Bianca". Strong singer/dancer. Any ethnicity. MAY understudy Lois. Ensemble role.
Female Ensemble Dancer/Singer (Soprano 20's) Part of female quartet for "Bianca". Also as dancer/singer in "Another Op'nin'", "Too Darn Hot", "Kiss Me Kate", etc. Excellent dancer/singer. Ensemble role.
Female Ensemble Dancer/Singer (Soprano 20's) Part of female quartet for "Bianca". Also as dancer/singer in "Another Op'nin'", "Too Darn Hot", "Kiss Me Kate", etc. Excellent dancer/singer. Ensemble role.
Possible Additional Female Dancer/Singer (Alto 20's) for all ensemble numbers. MAY understudy Wardrobe Lady and/or be swing.


(RSC Version)

The stage version is almost identical to the classic 1939 film version and we will be casting accordingly including the "doubling" of most adult roles. If you know the movie, you know this show. Enough said.

Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard (Baritone 50-60) Dorothy's understanding uncle. A Kansas farmer. Also doubles as the Emerald City Guard at the gate (different than in the film) who sings part of "Merry Old Land of Oz" Excellent character actor with good comic timing. Played by Charlie Grapewin in the film version.

Zeke, the farmhand/Cowardly Lion (Baritone 30-45) Excellent young character man with great comic timing. Must move well. Played by Bert Lahr in the film version.

Hickory, the farmhand/Tin Man (2nd Tenor 25-35) Excellent young character man with great comic timing. Must move well. Played by Jack Haley in the film version.

Hunk, the farmhand/Scarecrow (2nd Tenor or Lyric Baritone 25-35) Excellent young character man with great comic timing and strong dance skills. Played by Ray Bolger in the film version.

Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz (Any vocal type 50-60) Excellent character actor with comic timing who exudes warmth and good will. Cherubic appearance. Played by Frank Morgan in the film version.

5 Male dancer/singers (Tenors and Baritones 18-25) to play the following ensemble roles (tracking TBD when casting is complete):

Three Crows, Snowmen, Osians (men of Emerald City including Polishers),

Winkies (Wicked Witch's guards/slaves), Monkeys, Jitterbugs and Ghosts.

Featured ensemble includes roles of Winkie General, Nikko, the commander of the Monkeys and Jitterbug, the lead dancer.

All must be excellent dancer/singers who are able to portray numerous character s with energy and enthusiasm.

Dorothy Gale (Alto/Belt) Seeking young adult 18-25 who can portray 15 year old. She is as farm girl who lives with her Aunt and Uncle in 1930's Kansas. Naïve and enthusiastic with a vivid imagination. Must be excellent singer/actress with great stage presence and an exciting voice who also moves well. Lead role. Played by young Judy Garland in the film version.

Aunt Em/Glinda the Good Witch of the North (Mezzo/soprano 45-60) Excellent character actress/singer with a lilting mezzo/soprano mix. Emily Gale is Dorothy's aunt and wife to Uncle Henry. Down-to-earth and good-hearted. Played by Clara Blandick in the film version. Also doubles as Glinda (different than film version) the warm and vivacious Good Witch. Played by Billie Burke in the film version.

Almira Gultch/Wicked Witch of the West (any vocal type 45-60) Excellent comic character actress with ability to "frighten" with her voice and demeanor. Gultch is a complaining old maid type full of self importance. Also doubles as the Wicked Witch, the quintessentially evil hag. Played by Margaret Hamilton in the film version.

7 Female dancer/singers (Sopranos and Altos 18-25) to play the following ensemble roles (tracking TBD when casting is complete):

Three Trees, Poppies, Osians (women of Emerald City including Beauticians and Manicurists), Jitterbugs and Ghosts. All must be excellent dancer/singers who are able to portray numerous characters with energy and enthusiasm.


All 4 performers must be triple threats. Excellent actor/singers with ability to do close harmonies and sing backup who also move very well. Although the actual age of the characters is late 40's/early 50's, ALL must still be attractive with good figures, youthful enthusiasm and physical stamina. Because the show is done "concert style" it also requires performers with their own strong personas in addition to those in the script who can connect with an audience with humor and warmth. All are "star" roles requiring great stage presence.

Jodi (Mezzo with Belt A below Middle C to E above C4 Late 40's/early 50's) Annie's slightly older sister. Originally from Paramus , NJ. In control and a bit passive aggressive. A corporate success (lawyer) with a failed marriage and grown children. Vocally gravitates to the pop world.
Annie (Alto/Belt A below Middle C to E belt above C4 Late 40's) Slightly younger sister of Jodi. Still a bit of a hippie. Also, originally from Paramus, NJ. Never married. Took care of her parents at the Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort on the Jersey Shore. Rock and Roller, who loves causes. More of a rock alto/belt sound than the others.
Karla (Mezzo Soprano to soprano with belt B below Middle C to E or G above C4 Late 40's) Jodi and Annie's "fun-loving" cousin from Philly. As a teenager, she was wild, and she still likes to "stir it up". Loves her fat and balding husband of 25 years. Vocally lives in the rock/pop world.
Barbara (Soul R & B Alto Gb below Middle C to C or F above C4 Late 40's) Their best friend from Staten Island. Says what she thinks with no apologies. Never thought she could love anything more than THE BIKINIS and R & B, until she met her husband Benny. Usually and preferably cast with African-American performer.