Theater: Musicals

Production: New York Musical Theatre Festival 2013 (See all 5 roles)

'Castle Walk'

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Casting "Castle Walk" (Milton Granger, book, music & lyrics; Rrichard Stafford, dir.-choreo.; Justin Huebener, gen. manager), "Crossing Swords" (Forte Musical Theatre Guild, prod.;...more

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Seeking

Males & Females, ages 20-60, All Ethnicities

Role Description

'Castle Walk': Synopsis: "In 1938 RKO Studios filmed 'The Story of ernon and Irene Castle,' starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Irene Castle herself was hired as technical advisor on the film, and according to reports, was not entirely happy with the project. Castle walk imagines a conference between her and the film’s director, H.C. Potter, during which she strives to set the record straight, while reliving her professional and personal life with Vernon (who was killed in WWI)."

Roles

Irene Castle - 45, "of a certain age,"but still vital and glamorous, strong, romantic, determined, nostalgic. Should give the impression that she was once a major dancer. Vocally a warm mix, fairly low register.

H.C. Potter - 35 , but could be older. Hearty, no-nonsense, a professional studio man, wants to do his job well with a minimum of hassle. Major speaking role, with one song – really a musical scene, vocally demanding, high baritone with comic finesse.

Vernon Castle - 20’s. Very slender, good ballroom dancer, pronounced English accent, strong tenor voice, charming, diffident, easy-going.

Walter Ash - 30’s-50’s, African-American, strong but not necessarily legit baritone voice. Avuncular, smart, warm.

Young Irene
20’s. Beautiful, ambitious, practical, lacking confidence but clear-eyed about life’s challenges. More soprano quality than present-day irene, but basically also a warm mix.

Diane - H.C.’s secretary, African-American, efficient but aware of undercurrents and nuances in everyone’s conversation. Sympathetic to Irene, loyal to H.C., struggling to deal with contradictions. No singing.

Ensemble - Three women and three men, all good singers and dancers, who are featured throughout in musical sequences, and also play smaller roles, in particular:

Ginger Rogers - Actually Irene’s mental image of Ginger, which is colored by Irene’s own suspicions and prejudices. She has one solo song which needs expert comic timing.

Fred Astaire - Appears briefly, again as a figment of Irene’s imagination. Should have a pleasant light tenor, just like the real Astaire.