The Little Theatre of Manchester is holding auditions for a multi-ethnic cast for a November production of Cole Porter’s classic, “KISS ME, KATE.” Auditions will be held on Monday, June 4th at 6:30 pm, and Tuesday, June 5th at 7:30 pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, in Manchester.
Show dates are November 2nd – 18th at Cheney Hall.
Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of an upbeat song and a ballad in the style of Cole Porter; both songs may not be requested. Songs from “KISS ME, KATE” are acceptable, but not required. Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. No self-accompanying or acapella. Dress comfortably in order to dance. Scene selections will be provided.
“KISS ME, KATE” is a play within a play featuring a group of actors at a theatre in Baltimore on opening night of “The Shrew,” a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Taming of the Shrew. The basic story is boy has girl, loses girl, so he tries again and gets her back – a happy ending with lots of comedy in between. It pays homage to Shakespeare, operetta and vaudeville, featuring comic players in the form of 1940’s gangsters. It is a musical comedy with tap, jazz and soft-shoe dance opportunities. The cast is as follows:
Fred Graham – 30 to 40’s+, strong baritone, commanding presence. He is actor, director and producer of the play within the play, “The Shrew” and plays Petruchio. He has the most Shakespearean dialogue and is Lilli V’s ex-husband.
Lilli Vanessi – 30 to 40’s+, strong mezzo soprano. She is an actress of stage and screen, proud, haughty, much like her character Katherine in “The Shrew,” but also vulnerable. Ex-wife of Fred and engaged to Harrison Howell.
Lois Lane – 20 to 30’s, strong mezzo belter. She is an actress, the quintessential ingénue with lots of charisma and charm. She also plays Bianca in “The Shrew.”
Bill Calhoun – 20 to 30’s, strong tenor/bari-tenor. He is a ne’er-do-well actor who has a bit of a gambling problem. Is a Broadway hoofer, so he should dance well. He also plays Lucentio in “The Shrew.”
General Harrison Howell – 50+. Dignified General, very political. He is stuffy, bit of a chauvinist, likely Southern. He is engaged to Lilli V.
First Man (Gangster) – 30-50+ comic baritone or tenor. He is the archetypical gangster complete with accent. Does some soft shoe in “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” appears unexpectedly in “The Shrew.”
Second Man (Gangster) – similar to the First Man, but a bit more reserved and has dryer wit.
Harry Trevor – 50+, sings in the ensemble. He is an actor who appears mostly in “The Shrew” as Katherine and Bianca’s father, Baptista, he mainly has Shakespearean dialogue.
Hattie – Any age, strong voice. She is Lilli’s dresser and sings in “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” & “Too Darn Hot.” Opens the show, so should have a good voice and charisma.
Ralph – Any age, sings in “Too Darn Hot” and “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” may be featured as soloist. Is the Stage Manager of “The Shrew” (This can be played by a woman).
Paul – Any age, tenor or bari-tenor. He is Fred’s dresser and is the featured singer/dancer in “Too Darn Hot.”
Gremio and Hortensio – Any age, tenor or bari-tenor. Actors who appear in “The Shrew.” Both are featured in several numbers and should sing and dance well.
Nathaniel, Gregory, and Phillip – Any age. Actors who sing/dance in the ensemble throughout and play Petruchio’s man servants in “The Shrew.
Company ensemble – Actors, Dancers, Stagehands, ‘Paduans’ etc. who sing and dance throughout. Opportunities for solos; roles such as ‘Pops’ Stage Doorman, the Haberdasher, Padua Priest, Singing Girls, Wardrobe lady, Musicians, Waitress, Messenger, Driver & Aides (Flynt & Riley) to the General.
Any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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