Auditions
Auditions

White Christmas

White Christmas
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film
Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including "Blue Skies," "I Love a Piano," "How Deep is the Ocean" and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas."

Director and Choreographer: Jessica O'Brien
Musical Director: Robert Sammond
Stage Manager: Gina Lupi
Producer: Algonquin Arts Theatre

AUDITION DATES
Monday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

CALLBACKS
Wednesday, October 5 from 7pm to 10pm

LOCATION OF AUDITIONS
All auditions will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
1. Recent headshot and resume stapled together in all four corners.
2. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring jazz and tap shoes for dance call.
3. Prepare 32 bars of a standard Broadway musical selection (bring sheet music in correct key-accompanist provided).

AUDITION MATERIALS

Music

Sides

REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will begin on or around October 10, 2016. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends.

TECH WEEK
Technical Rehearsals will begin on November 19.

PERFORMANCES
Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 27 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. (MANDATORY BRUSH UP REHEARSAL)
Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Bob Wallace - (late 20s to early 40s, Baritone) A superb singer with a crooning style who moves well. A major singing star, Bob is the guiding force behind Wallace and Davis. He wears his fame easily and is a born leader but has some social and romantic awkwardness that makes him endearing to the audience. He is a deeply kind and principled man who is searching for his true love.

Phil Davis - (late 20s to late 30s, Bari-Tenor) Strong jazz and tap-dancing needed - a song-and-dance comic performer. The fun-loving partner in Wallace and Davis, Phil is a lady's man and a clown. He is a wonderful friend and will partake in any scheme he can cook up in order to make sure his best friend is happy (especially when Phil has something to gain). Phil has a boyish charm and is also quite dashing.

Betty Haynes - (mid 20s to mid 30s, Mezzo-Soprano) A female singer of quiet beauty and charm who must move well. Betty is the older and more sensible of the Haynes sisters. Betty has always taken care of Judy and is hesitant to leave her little sister alone, even though her chances for love and a career are on the line. Betty is yearning for love under a protective shell.

Judy Haynes - (early 20s to early 30s, Mezzo) Strong jazz and tap-dancing needed - a major song-and- dance performer. The younger Haynes sister who is beautiful and ambitious, Judy knows how to use all of her feminine appeal to her advantage be it spunk, charm, sex appeal, or outright flirting. But her scheming is always good-hearted and this powerhouse performer's greatest role is that of a devoted sister.

General Henry Waverly - (late 50s to mid 70s, with the exception of one line, a non-singing role). A retired Army general who has taken up the "simpler life" of a Vermont Innkeeper. Although he has the gruff exterior of a man who was career military, the General is dignified, and the ultimate heart of the show. Beneath his curmudgeonly military exterior lies a warm, compassionate man in need of family and love.

Martha Watson - (late 40s to mid 60s, Mezzo) A winning, appealing character-comedienne. A retired Broadway star, Martha's engagements have faded, but her star power hasn't. The ultimate busybody and meddler, Martha now runs the General's life (despite his objections) and is the housekeeper at the Inn. Must have wonderful comic timing and a larger than life on-stage persona.

Susan Waverly - (9-11 years old, Belt) Must have an excellent belt voice and be able to move well - tap dance preferred. The General's granddaughter who is utterly committed to him and entirely loveable. Susan is a smart and talented young lady who is wise beyond her years.

Ralph Sheldrake - (mid to late 30s, Baritone). Army buddy of Bob and Phil's, Ralph now works on the Ed Sullivan Show. Fast talking, New York professional.

Ensemble and Other Roles - (late teens and older). The ensemble is made up of a variety of singers, dancers, and actors. The following roles will be cast from the ensemble:

  • Rita and Rhoda - (mid 20s to early 30s). Sassy showgirls who works with Wallace and Davis. They are a lot of fun, although perhaps not the smartest.
  • Ezekiel Foster - (mid 40s to late 50s). A helping hand at the Inn, Ezekiel is a good old-fashioned New Englander, who enjoys a slower pace in everything he does.
  • Mike - (mid 20s to mid 40s). A comic foil with a clipboard, Mike is the Stage Manager for Wallace & Davis. Mike has a flair for the dramatic that usually results in a laugh.
  • Tessie - Bob and Phil's extremely competent assistant.
  • Jimmy - The proprietor of "Jimmy's Back Room," a none-too-classy nightclub.
  • Snoring Man, Mrs. Snoring Man, Cigarette Girl, Seamstress, Assistant Seamstress, Train Conductor, Dance Captain, Ed Sullivan Announcer, Regency Room Announcer
  • Chorus "Kids" - featured dancer ensemble; tap is a must. These performers are the troupe that travel in the Wallace & Davis show and are featured in "Happy Holiday/Let Yourself Go," "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "White Christmas/I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," and more...