Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Music by Frank Loesser
Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling

AUDITIONS: September 17 and 18, 2018
PRODUCTION DATES: November 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, and 30-Dcember 1-2, 2018

Produced in Cooperation with Music Theatre International

The Show

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers.

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

The Crew

Co-Producers: Frann Stempek and Alexis Bartrum
Director: Kim Donovan
Music Director: Paul Abbott
Choreographer: Xavier Bush

Audition Notes

Auditions will be held at the Guild with the registration table opening at 6:30 p.m. Auditions will begin promptly at 7:00PM each night (Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18). The registration table will close at 7:30PM. You must be registered to audition. It is highly recommended to complete the Audition Form and Conflict Calendar before arriving.

Please list all actual and all possible conflicts. Emergencies are one thing, “surprises” are quite another.

Click on the buttons below to download the forms.

Audition Form Conflict Calendar

Be prepared to sing and dance!
For the singing portion of your singing audition you will perform a song from Guys and Dolls. Please be familiar with the score. We will have the sheet music.
Please be prepared to learn some choreography, wearing comfortable attire. Ladies auditioning for Adelaide or a Hot Box dancer, please bring character shoes for the choreography portion of the audition.

Age ranges: The playing ages are a rough guide. When casting roles the casting committee need to consider the relative ages of performers cast in those roles that require the audience to believe in particular relationships e.g. romantic partnerships, couples, family relationships and work roles. Therefore, your suitability for casting might depend on the ‘playing age’ of the person you are being cast opposite.

The Cast

Sky Masterson: 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.

Sarah Brown: Female. Soprano to High A. Playing age 26 – 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.

Nathan Detroit: Male. Baritone to High F. Playing age 30 – 40. Lead role.
Organiser of the floating crap game. With a tendency towards neuroticism 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.

Adelaide: Female. Mezzo to A. Playing age 30 – 40. Lead role
Lead performer at the ‘Hot Box’ a somewhat tacky and dodgy cabaret joint. Strong comic actress required with dancing ability and will be required to wear a close-fitting bodice type costume. 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.

Nicely Nicely Johnson: Male. Tenor to high B flat. Playing age 30 to 50. Supporting role.
Best friend to Nathan Detroit. With a voracious appetite and boundless enthusiasm, Nicely is ‘nice’ by nature and name. Comic, cheerful and likeable.

Benny Southstreet: Male. Baritone. 25 – 55 supporting role.
Nicley’s pal with whom he sings the duet ‘Guys & Dolls’ and trio ‘Fugue for Tinhorms’. Upbeat, sometimes nervy, he is more of a novice in the gangster business and further down the pecking order.

Harry the Horse: Male. 25 – 55 Supporting role.
Another gangster. 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.

Big Jule: Male. Speaking role. Playing age 35 – 55. Supporting role.
Powerful, intimidating, high status gangster from out of town, whose reputation precedes him. A man of few words but much clout.

Arvide Abernathy: Male. Baritone 55 – 80. Supporting role.
Sarah’s grandfather and significant member of the Salvation Army mission. Wise, warm and caring.

Rusty Charlie: Male. Baritone. Playing age 20 and above.
Sings the trio ‘Fugue for Tinhorns’ with Nicely & Benny.

Lt. Brannigan: Male. Non-singing role. Playing age 35 and above.
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. Playing age 40 – 65.
Regional representative of the Salavation Army. Powerful, matronly, no-nonsense with a formidable presence and, it transpires, a sense of humour.

Hot Box Girls: female 16 – 35 chorus
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 close-fitting bodice type costume. They will also double as other characters of the female ensemble.

Male & female dancers: Featured male and female dancers will be required for the Havana Sequence and male dancers for the Crapshooters Dance. They will all double into the ensemble.

The ensemble make up the characters of Times Square, gangsters and their molls, Salvation Army personnel and other cameos. We are looking for strong performers who can create individual, well-drawn characters.

Other minor roles include Joey Biltmore, Agatha, Angie the Ox, Liver Lips Louie, Waiter etc. These roles may be assigned at a later date by the director.

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