At present, we have decided to stop work on this and all WCT shows to comply with requests from health authorities like the CDC to limit our gatherings, cut unnecessary travel, and “flatten the curve” of infection. It’s heartbreaking news, but it is no doubt in everyone’s best interest to limit our exposure to illness. We will make an announcement in the coming weeks regarding the resumption of work on The Music Man. We really want this production to see the stage, so hang in there with us!
Updated Notice About Auditions:
Auditions for The Music Man are still happening, with some added safety measures. We are now conducting our auditions via video. We are continuing to monitor the situation, and will update everyone if anything changes further. Go to the Facebook audition event page for the complete post about the updated audition and rehearsal process. 💜
A Note from our Director, Marnie Abrahams:
We got trouble, right here in River City!
I am sure that, like me, you have all followed the recent escalations and closures related to the COVID-19 virus with a mix of disbelief and apprehension. As a theatre family, it is more important than ever to respect and encourage each other through this worrisome time. We want to stay safe, but in our deepest hearts, we also want to sing and create and be together! So, my friends, it’s time to get creative…
We have not taken lightly the decision of whether or not to continue with auditions amidst the warnings and worry of the last few days. Your safety is our top concern as we figure out how to forge ahead with our fabulous show! So, after much consideration, we have decided to offer everyone the option to come and audition face-to-face, or to audition remotely, via uploaded video. We will not have our initial cast meeting and read-through on Thursday, and we are also considering modifying the first week or two of rehearsals to protect you and keep you safe at home as much as possible. We will continue to monitor the situation, and we will keep you updated if we need to change course at any point.
At the moment, we still plan to be at the theatre for auditions on Sunday and Monday nights, and we would be delighted to see you there. However, if for some reason you feel like this is not the best option for you (perhaps you traveled recently for spring break or have been around someone who traveled, and need to self-quarantine; perhaps you are at risk for complications from COVID-19; or maybe you’re a college student and are not back in Waco yet) you may submit your audition on video through a link I will provide. Whichever option you choose, you are welcome to go ahead and fill out our audition form, available at this link: https://docs.google.com/…/1Fh2ttbcE8jPtklfiZKHiz8OLox…/edit… (**If you wish to audition remotely, please email me directly at the address provided on the audition form, and I will send you the information and links.)
If you choose to come join us face-to-face, please be assured that we will take the highest level of precautions in order to protect everyone while we are together, including practicing social distancing (it’s hard not to hug, but we’ll get through it) and moderate to excessive amounts of hand-washing. Please be wise about your decision to come (for Pete’s sake, if you’re sick or may have been exposed, just send me a video!) and be respectful of others, who may be anxious to be around people at the audition. I am STILL thrilled to see you all, whether in person or on film, and I’m still excited to be directing this fun show, however we manage to get there!
There could be a bumpy road ahead, but we can get through it together. After all, we’re family!
THE MUSIC MAN
MARCH 15 &16
Come and join us in River City, Iowa for The Music Man! Click the following link to sign up for a slot, and read on for more audition information...
For the audition, you should prepare 12 bars of a Broadway tune in the style of the show. Some of you will also be expected to read from a script and/or learn a brief dance combination. You should anticipate being at the theatre for about an hour. There are slightly different requirements for different age groups, and for those wishing to audition for specific lead roles. Please take note of the information below to get a better idea what your audition will look like.
Kids age 5-12:
Kids age 5-12 will audition in groups on Sunday and Monday from 6:45 to 7:25. They will learn a song and perform in groups, so there is no need to prepare a song. Boys who are called back for Winthrop will be asked to sing part of “Gary Indiana” on Tuesday at callbacks.
The primary role of teenagers in the show is as dancers and townspeople. Zaneeta and Tommy have speaking parts, and will likely serve as the lead dancers. Teens should sign up for regular audition slots and prepare a song. There may be a dance callback on Tuesday for those wishing to be dancers in the show.
Below is a character list, with age range and audition requirements:
Harold Hill—40-50; Baritone; Prepare a song, but also be ready to sing “God Bless America” in the key of G
Marian Paroo—30-40; Soprano; Sing a show tune with high notes, no more than 24 bars
Marcellus Washburn—45-65; Tenor
Mayor Shinn—Over 50; spoken role
Eulalie Shinn—Over 50; spoken role
Mrs. Paroo—Over 50; Mezzo-soprano; be ready to show me your Irish accent!
Winthrop Paroo—5-10; boy tenor
Amaryllis—7-12; Mezzo-soprano; Plays very basic piano
Tommy Djilas—teenager; spoken role; *dancer
Zaneeta Shinn—teenager; spoken role; *dancer
Barbershop Quartet—Please indicate if you have any experience with barbershop quartet! I am open to auditioning individuals or groups.
Other adult roles—We need quite a few strong adults besides those listed above, for both named characters and ensemble. We will be looking for salesmen and Pickalittle ladies!
Callbacks are scheduled for Tuesday, but if we have to open up more audition slots, they may get bumped to Wednesday. I will definitely be calling back for Harold, Marian, and Winthrop, who should expect to read and sing. I may or may not call back for other characters. There may also be a more advanced dance callback for our young dancers.
I’m so excited to see you all at auditions. Break a leg!