Auditions for Guys and Dolls are August 21 & 22 from 7-10 pm at the ARTS Cultural Enrichment Center, 2956 School Street, Simi Valley CA 93065. Auditions are by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All roles are open to all ethnicities.
Male. Baritone B to Eb. Playing age 26 - 38. Lead role. Charismatic, cool and charming. Sky is a suave, intelligent and confident gangster who naturally commands others' respect and attention. Handsome, with buckets of stage presence and sex appeal, he is familiar with attracting the attention of the ladies but finds himself falling in love with the one woman who brushes off his advances. He surprises himself by discarding his spontaneous, free-wheeling lifestyle for a conventional romance. Some dance/movement ability would be useful (though not essential) for the crap shooting sequence.
Female. Soprano to High A. Playing age 25 - 35. Lead role. Conventional, respectable and principled, Sarah is initially a little too buttoned-up for her own good. She has genuine passion for her calling and compassion for her ‘fold' but gives Sky an initial frosty response. The actress playing this role has to play convincingly drunk, when under the influence of alcohol she allows her straight-laced persona to slip and falls exuberantly and madly in love. She goes on a journey of reconciling her feelings with her beliefs, and changing some of her prejudices so that her head can follow her heart.
Male. Baritone to High F. Playing age 35 - 50. Lead role. Organizer of the floating crap game. With a tendency towards the neurotic. Nathan is a lovable rogue who is always struggling to stay one step ahead of the pack and looking for the big break he never seems to get. Funny, frustrated but romantic his heart is torn between the camaraderie of his gambling circle and the woman he loves.
Female. Mezzo to A. Playing age 30s to 40s. Lead role. Lead performer at the ‘Hot Box' a somewhat tacky and dodgy cabaret joint. Strong comic actress required with dancing ability and ability to carry off a basque and stockings. She spends the whole show with the symptoms of a cold, acting through sneezes and congestion. She adores Nathan but is driven crazy by his antics with the gambling ring and having been engaged to him for 15 years.
NICELY NICELY JOHNSON:
Male. Tenor to high B flat. Playing age 30 to 50. Supporting role Best pal to Nathan Detroit. With a voracious appetite and boundless enthusiasm, Nicely is ‘nice' by nature and name. Comic, cheerful and likeable he delivers hilarious one-liners and a big, Broadway showstopper (‘Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat') with equal aplomb.
Male. Baritone. 25 - 55 supporting role.
Nicely's pal with whom he sings the duet ‘Guys & Dolls' and trio ‘Fugue for Tinhorns'. Upbeat, sometimes nervy, he is more of a novice in the gangster business and further down the pecking order.
HARRY THE HORSE:
Male. Supporting role.
Another gangster. Has come into money by collecting the reward on his father (!). Side kick and mouthpiece to Big Jule, so, though a pleasant rogue, is more on the ball and can be a cool customer who is able to stand his ground when necessary. Sings with ensemble but not alone.
Male. Speaking role. Playing age 35+. Supporting role. Powerful, intimidating, high status gangster from out of town, whose reputation precedes him. A man of few words but much clout. There is comedy in his straight- talking bluntness. Usually played by an actor of large height and stature to match his name.
Male. Baritone 60 - 90 supporting role.
Sarah's grandfather and significant member of the Salvation Army mission. Wise, warm and caring.
Male. Baritone 20s and above. Cameo. Sings the trio ‘Fugue for Tinhorns' with Nicely & Benny.
Male. Non-singing role. Playing age 35+. Minor Role. Member of the local police force, wise to the gangsters' exploits and trying to keep them in order. Commands respect from Nathan and the guys.
GENERAL MATILDA B. CARTWRIGHT:
Female mezzo 45 - 70 cameo. Regional representative of the Salvation Army. Powerful, matronly, no-nonsense with a formidable presence and, it transpires, a sense of humor.
HOT BOX DANCERS (8):
Female 16 - 35. We are looking for 8 females to make up this chorus of performers who back-up Adelaide in her night club act. Strong dancing, singing and character performance required. They perform 2 numbers with Adelaide - one of which involves stripping down to a corset, dance panties and stockings. They will double other female ensemble.
MALE AND FEMALE DANCERS:
Featured male and female (Hot Box Chorus girls) dancers will be featured in the Havana Sequence and male dancers for the Crapshooters Dance. They will all double into the ensemble.
Other very minor roles (including Joey Biltmore, Agatha, Angie the Ox, Liver Lips Louie, Waiter etc.) will be allocated at the discretion of the auditioning panel or at a later date by the director and drawn from the male and female ensemble.
Please bring head shot, resume and 16-32 bars of sheet music from a Broadway show tune of a similar genre or by the same composers (Frank Loesser). Callbacks are scheduled for Saturday, August 25 from 10am - 2pm at which time we will see people dance and set up cold readings.
To set up an appointment:
Please email the producer at: email@example.com. In your email please specify which day you are available to come and audition. If for any reason you are unable to keep your appointment, please email us with a notice to cancel.