LITTLE RED AND THE HOODS
STEPHANIE DOOLEY – THe Leader of the troupe
ZELDA – The ingenue, “Little Red”
HUMPHREY – an old Shakespearean actor, Harry the wolf
MAGGIE – the leading Lady “Little Red’s Mom;” “Granny”
MRS. WEAZELBUD – Character Actress”Ma sugar Lump.” the Gang Leader
LIFE COULD BE A DREAM BY ROGER BEAN
DENNY VARNEY (Vocal Range: Tenor C3–Ab 4; Falsetto to D5) five years after high school graduation, Denny still lives with his mother, goofing off in the family basement instead of working for a living. Denny’s lack of ambition and discipline have always been his downfall, but the new WOPR Radio “Dream Of A Lifetime Talent Search” has put new wind in his sails. He uses his talents as a former Crooning Crabcake (the Glee Club at Springfield High) to first create a duo, then a trio, and finally a quartet to help find the unique doo-wop sound (and backer’s money) he needs to bring his dream to reality. Jealousy rears its head when the final member of the group unintentionally steals Denny’s spotlight. Can Denny still lead the group to a win? Will he still be able to attract the ladies in the spotlight?
EUGENE JOHNSON (Vocal Range: Tenor C3–A4; Falsetto to A5) Denny’s best friend and co-conspirator, Eugene works hard just to stay in step with Denny’s fast-moving schemes. During most days, Eugene works for his Dad down at the Springfield Sweet Shop, but at night he cuts loose with his fellow Crooning Crabcakes during singing and dancing practice in Denny’s basement. The entrance of an old grade-school crush, Lois, threatens to derail all attempts at winning the radio contest, and Eugene has to work twice as hard as the others to keep his mind in the game. Does he have a shot at winning the girl back? Can he possibly become a functioning member of the all singing, all-dancing Dream group? Stay tuned
WALLY PATTON (Vocal Range: Bass/Baritone F2–G4; Falsetto to D5) A checker at the Piggly-Wiggly, and older brother to bad-boy Billy Ray (from The Marvelous Wonderettes), Wally is the son of a preacher who truly becomes the heart and soul of the group. He’s desperate to be a part of the group, because inclusion seems better than exclusion. Still a youngster himself, often childish, he does have an uncanny knack for seeing what’s important in life when the going gets tough. But that doesn’t mean he’s not immune to a full-on crush when Eugene’s grade school sweetheart comes into the picture. Does Wally have a shot at the girl? Will the fight over Lois create a rift too wide to repair? Stay tuned…
SKIP HENDERSON (Vocal Range: Bass/Baritone Ab 2–G4; Falsetto to Eb 5) The last add-on to our singing group, Skip is the new guy from the wrong side of the tracks, and a natural singing whiz. He works for Big Stuff Auto, the new sponsor of the group, and Skip is added to Denny’s fledgling group to turn it into a proper quartet. Skip is definitely the new alpha male, and Denny feels pushed aside and ignored for the seemingly brighter talents Skip brings to the table. Skip is also conflicted about falling in love with the boss’s daughter, Lois, the girl that Eugene and Wally are already fighting over. Could he ever possibly fit into her family? Will Skip’s bad-boy attitude break up the group’s chance to win the big contest? Stay tuned…
LOIS FRANKLIN (Vocal Range: G3–F5) Daughter of “Big Eddie” Franklin, owner of Big Stuff Auto, and herself a former song leader at Springfield High, Lois arrives on the scene to help shape the boys into a real singing and dancing group. Going against her father’s advice, she decides to give his sponsorship money to the fledgling singing group, and in doing so falls head-over-heels in love with bad-boy Skip. Lois’ parents refuse to allow their daughter to date the grease monkey from their auto shop, and the fireworks that ensue threaten to destroy the whole enterprise. Will Lois get the guy? Which guy? Can she be the super-glue that holds the whole group together? Stay tuned…
Mrs. Varney -Denny’s offstage mother. Played by actress portraying Lois.
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK BY NEIL SIMON
CORIE BRATTER (20-25)- a newlywed to Paul. Fun, outgoing, outwardly sexual, silly, high energy, mood shifting with ease, anxious, optimistic, hopeless romantic about life itself.
PAUL BRATTER (mid to late 20’s) – a lawyer, newlywed to Corie. Silently intense, stern, type A, must have a tight routine to achieve success, sees the world in black in white, comfortable with lifting/physical
MRS. BANKS – (40’s – 50’s) Corie’s cautious mother who is willing to endure anything for her daughter, even a strange escapade around New York City.
VICTOR VELASCO (late 30’s – 50’s) – The Bratters’ eccentric, bohemian neighbor who lives in the attic of the brownstone, just above their apartment.
TELEPHONE MAN (any age) A good-humored man who makes observations on everyday life and relationships as he installs and fixes telephones.
DELIVERY MAN – An older man who brings wedding gifts sent to the Bratters—and is exhausted by all the flights of stairs leading up to the apartment.
SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
THE CAT IN THE HAT (Male or Female, Vocal Range F2-F4 or G3-C5, Age Range 18-45) – The narrator. Strong Character Actor and mover with excellent improv skills.
HORTON THE ELEPHANT (Vocal Range A2-F4, Age Range 25-45) – Gentle and compassionate, he is protective and loving of all creatures in the jungle.
GERTRUDE MCFUZZ (Vocal Range F3-F5, Age Range 20-35) Horton’s one feathered-tail bird neighbor, very kind and loyal.
MAYZIE LABIRD (Vocal Range G3-Eb5, Age Range 25-35) The most beautiful bird in the jungle, oblivious to her self-centered ways.
THE SOUR KANGAROO (Vocal Range F#3-F5, Age Range 25-40) The leader of the jungle. Loud, brassy and stubbornly set in her ways.
MAYOR (Tenor, Age Range 30-60) The Mayor of Whoville and JoJo’s father.
MRS. MAYOR (Mezzo, Age Range 30-50) JoJo’s Mother.
GENERAL GENGUS KHAN SCHMITZ (Baritone, Age Range 35-65) Proud leader of the military academy.
JOJO (Male with unchanged voice or female playing male, Vocal Range Ab3-C5, Age Range 8-13) The Mayor’s son, a Who that is always finding trouble. He is bright, creative and inadvertently mischievous.
THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS (Tenor/Baritone, Age Range 16-35) Pranksters that love a good time. Strong movers and part singers.
THE BIRD GIRLS (Soprano/Alto, Age Range 16-35) Self centered back up girls that follow Mayzie around. Strong movers and part singers.
YERTLE THE TURTLE (Bass/Baritone, Age Range 18-50)
THE GRINCH (Baritone, Age Range 18-55)
VLAD VLADIKOFF (Speaking, Age Range 16+)
JUNGLE CREATURES (Male and Female, Age Range 16+) Strong singers/dancers trained in ballet and jazz.
WAIT UNTIL DARK
SUSAN (late 20’s – mid 30’s) Recently blind—is doing her best to survive in a newly dark world. She’s also doing her best to keep a marriage together that may not have the strongest foundation. Endearing but never helpless—an independent spirit whose cleverness is her best weapon in a frightening situation. Need a strong theatre actress with a timeless quality interested in building a highly detailed portrayal of someone struggling with new blindness.
LT MIKE TALMAN (mid 30s to mid 40s) A war friend of Susan’s husband. The kind of man who inspires trust without trying to; dependable and decent. He finds himself helping his friend’s wife and ends up involved in something far more complex and frightening than he anticipated. Or so we think. Really a master con man, he’s the third member of Roat’s gang, bent on reclaiming a doll containing something very valuable and very dangerous. But he’s having a crisis of conscience—he likes Susan and isn’t sure he can follow through with the plan. Believable in period New York of the 1940s.
ROAT (30-40) An unknowable criminal from the underbelly of New York. He keeps everything about himself secret. Perhaps an old wound or deformity has kept him out of World War 2, but he mostly keeps that hidden from us. An exceptional actor, Roat takes on several roles throughout the story—young suffering husband dealing with a philandering wife, older father of the same cuckolded husband, and the mysterious organizer of this plan to reclaim a strange, yet priceless doll. Roat is at times charming, at other times frightening. A sadist and a control freak, he is a natural leader of lost souls. Need a chameleon-like theatre actor who is believable living in NYC of the 1940’s. Can be tall or short, of any type, but capable of dominating the stage with a cool, unforced sense of danger.
CARLINO (40s to 50s) He fills a room literally and figuratively—a large man with a large personality. Carlino is recently out of jail and the experience wasn’t great—he’s anxious to get back on his feet and Roat’s plan affords him a chance for some quick cash. He doesn’t trust his new partner but he doesn’t have a choice. Though slightly paranoid and a little brusque, he’s a survivor and good at his job, which is convincing people he’s someone else entirely—a dependable, but overworked member of the New York police force. Believable in period New York of the 1940s
SAM (30s) Susan’s husband. A war veteran who met Susan while recovering from post-traumatic stress. He’s a photographer trying to make his way in the world after the war. He’s a survivor and unwilling to entertain thoughts of self-pity, either for himself or Susan. He’s determined that they’ll make it in the world, despite both of their wounds (his on the inside, hers on the out). But this fierce focus might be pushing his wife away. Busy and on the move, he may see less of what’s happening in front of him than Susan does. Believable in period New York of the 1940s
GLORIA (12-14) Smart beyond her years and lost in that no man’s land of adolescence, somewhere between a girl and a woman. Her home life is tough—dad is long gone and mom isn’t too dependable. She is independent, prone to jealousy, and desperate to be taken seriously by the adult world. She has a crush on Sam and resents his wife Susan just for existing even as she makes a little money helping the blind wife get by. But Gloria doesn’t shy away from danger (seems to relish the adventure of it actually) and proves she cares a lot more than she lets on. Believable in period New York of the 1940s.
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
KING ARTHUR (Baritone [Low G2 — High F4], Late 30s-60s). The King of England, who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Round Table and find the Holy Grail. Great humor. Good singer.
SIR ROBIN (Tenor/Baritone [Low D3 — High G4] 30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’ though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.
SIR LANCELOT (Tenor/Baritone [Low C3 — High E4], 30s-40s) : A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
PATSY (Tenor/Baritone [Low Bb3 — High G5], 30s-40s): King Arthur’s horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays
MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2. Very good mover. Tap skills a bonus.
SIR GALAHAD (Tenor [Low Bb3 — High Bb5], 30s). A Knight of the Round Table. Begins as Dennis, a lower class “mud gatherer” who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman at odds with his sensitive son; and THE BLACK KNIGHT, who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.
SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot’s horse. No solo singing.
THE LADY OF THE LAKE (Alto with large range [Low E3 — High B6], (20s-30s):A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Especially seeking actresses of all races for this role.
HISTORIAN/NOT DEAD FRED/ PRINCE HERBERT/ MINSTREL/ FRENCH GUARD (Tenor [Low A2 – High A5], 20s-30s). A tweedy academic. Also plays NOT DEAD FRED, a sickly little fellow who — despite others’ beliefs — claims he is “not yet dead”; a FRENCH GUARD, the condemnatory sidekick to the French Taunter; a MINSTREL in Sir Robin’s band; and PRINCE HERBERT, the hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower. Tenor singing required. Very good mover.
MALE ENSEMBLE. Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the other Knights of the Round Table, Sir Not Appearing, Sir Bohrs, Bodies in “Not Yet Dead,” the Dancing Monk, the Dancing Nun, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, a French Guard, Robin’s Minstrel, and more! Strong dance skills preferred; tap skills a bonus.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE. Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the Camelot Girls, the Laker Girls, a French Guard, Knights of Ni, two of Robin’s Minstrels, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, and more! Strong dance skills preferred, tap skills a bonus.
KEN LUDWIG’S COMEDY OF TENORS
TATIANA RACON (40’s to early 50’s) ravishingly beautiful Russian soprano, former lover of Tito, Russian accent.
CARLO (mid-20’s-mid 30’s) opera singer, secret lover to Mimi, American accent
TITO Merelli (40′- 50’s) Famous Italian opera singer. Strong Italian accent. Notorious ladies man
MARIA (40’s-50’s) Tito’s long-suffering wife, with an “Italian temper”. Loves Tito, despite his philandering.
MIMI (mid-20’s to mid-30’s) Tito and Maria’s daughter, aspiring actress, American accent.
MAX (Mid 30s) Assistant to Saunders. Married to Saunders daughter and friend to Tito who has made him into an opera singer
SAUNDERS (mid to late 50’s) The Cleveland Grand Opera’s general manager. A blowhard who often loses his temper at the slightest mishap.
BRUCE (40-50) high-school English teacher, funeral home director, spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home; complex man with a hot temper as a result of years of repression; can be caring and attentive to his children but is also quick to anger; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range B to G.
ALISON (30-49) narrator; now a self-aware adult, she is able to reflect insightfully on her own life and her relationship with her father before his tragic death; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range = low E to light belt C sharp.
MEDIUM ALISON (Early to mid-20s to play 19) Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin college, discovering her sexuality. For an incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent teenager, her uncertainty about who she is makes her socially awkward at times. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song. Strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E.
SMALL ALISON (9-11 yrs old) Alison Bechdel as a child. Precocious and opinionated. On the cusp of finding herself and forming her own views on how a girl her age should behave and dress. Seeking an actress who is confident and intelligent. Must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song, natural sound, B to B.
HELEN (30-40) Alison’s mother; frustrated, exhausted by her tumultuous marriage; has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife while turning a blind eye to the irreverent activities of her husband; must be a strong singer who can move seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song; range = A flat to strong mixed E.
JOAN (20-25) student at Oberlin; exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor; unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian; must be comfortable with harmony singing, alto lines.
JOHN BECHDEL (7-9) Alison’s younger brother, around 6 years old when we meet him. Like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. Looks up to his siblings. Seeking a singer with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL (10-15) Alison’s older brother, years old when we meet him. As the oldest of the three children he strives to be the leader, but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality. Seeking a singer (pre-pubescent) with a natural sound, good sense of harmony and pitch.
ROY/PETE/MARK/BOBBY JEREMY (20’s) Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison’s imagination; singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound – to a B.
MRS. MANNERLY male or female, to play 55-70. A commanding, elegant, proper woman with an air of mystery.
JEFFREY male or female. Able to play male and female characters of various ages. narrator and himself as a ten-year-old with a very adult sensibility. Additionally plays numerous other characters, including a collection of classmates and adults, both male and female. Warm and conversational with the audience. Actor must have outstanding comic timing and ability to play a host of characters in rapid succession.