2018 HELLO, DOLLY! Audition Info and Signups

CAST: Our cast size is planned for approximately 35-40. ALL roles are open to rising 9th-12th graders, college students, and young adults in their 20s and 30s.

Plus we allowing women and men in their 40s and 50s to audition for Dolly & Vandergelder.  These two roles will be cast among all auditioners in their late 20s to 50s.

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ROLES BREAKDOWN:

CHARACTERGenderAge of the Character
(not necessarily the performer)
Need
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher LeviFlate 30s to 50sDynamic actress who can play strong drama and superb comic timing; soloist
Horace VandergelderMlate 40s to 50sStrong baritone actor who can play both comic & dramatic
Cornelius HacklM33Tenor with great energy and strong dance ability
Irene MalloyF30sSoprano with comic and dramatic ability and strong dance
Barnaby TuckerM17Comic actor with youthful eagerness; strong dancer
Minnie FayF15-19Comic actress with strong dance ability
Ambrose KemperM20sRomantic actor with dance ability
ErmengardeFlate teens - early 20sComic actress with a shrill whine; dance
Rudolph ReisenweberM30sHead waiter and major-domo of the Harmonia Gardens
ErnestinaF20s-40sComic actress
Waiters at Harmonia Gardensapprox. 6F and 6Mteens, 20s, 30sDancers and special skills with great energy!
Dancers: Polka, Parade, etcapprox. 4F and 4Mteens, 20s, 30sstrong dance and choral singing ability
Ensemble Roles include: Mrs. Rose, Coachman, Judge, Policemen, Court Recorder, Paper Hanger, Horse, Cooks, Customers, Band, Townspeopleapprox. 4F and 4Mteens, 20s, 30smany roles for strong singers & actors with mild dance needs

REHEARSALS: Those cast will only be called to rehearsals when needed, sometimes for parts of rehearsals as well (you will not be called to every single rehearsal until we are close to opening the show). The bulk of rehearsals will happen on Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm, Sundays from 5:30-9:30pm and two additional floating weekday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. Those preparing to audition should do everything possible to keep those dates and times available.

PERFORMANCES: The production will run July 17-22, with required strike (take down of all set/lighting/clean-up) on July 23.

AUDITIONS:

Choose one of our audition blocks on either Monday, May 14 or Tuesday, May 15.

Plan a one minute audition to show off your VOICE (most roles require singing in this show) or DANCE (tons of dance needs in Dolly) or BOTH.  It’s up to you.  Also, be advised that we expect your vocal and/or dance performance also demonstrates your ACTING ability (every role requires strong acting)!  If you are not a singer, you have the option to prepare a 45 second – 1 minute monologue.

SINGING:  Prepare a roughly 45-60 second song (32 bars). Do not choose a piece from Hello, Dolly!  Arrive 10 minutes early, bring your sheet music (or iPod/smartphone out of its case), and bring your completed Audition Information Form. We are providing a fantastic pianist for your accompaniment (but speakers will be available too).  NOTE: If you choose to perform a song, we much prefer you to bring sheet music for our audition accompanist (a cappella singing is not desired).

DANCING:  If you decide to use your time for dance, please provide music via an iPod or smartphone (not in a case).  We will provide speakers.

We ask you avoid a burned CD if possible as they often cause problems playing.

An Audition Information Form plus more details and tips will be emailed to you once you reserve your appointment below. Don’t be nervous, we are all very friendly! 🙂

(NOTE: If you can’t make our in-person initial auditions and want to send in a video, please email auditions@allsaintsyouthministry.org for special arrangements.)

CALLBACKS: Callbacks will occur Saturday, May 19 from 9:00am-1:30pm and are reserved for those who are called back to a second audition — KEEP THIS TIME OPEN! Our callback list will be announced here on our website no earlier than 10am and no later than 5pm, Wednesday, May 16. The final cast list will be posted on our website Saturday, May 19 sometime between 7:00-11:00pm. Check www.UpperRoomTheatreMinistry.org for updates!

Though Callbacks are extremely important to the casting process, it is possible to be cast without being available.  Be sure to notify the Stage Manager upon arrival at Auditions that you would not be available for Callbacks and be prepared to stay a little longer that evening.

FIRST REHEARSALS: Our important full company first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30pm.  Then we will begin more music rehearsals on May 24, 26, and 27 (subject to change depending on conflicts). But as mentioned above, not everyone will be called for all the future rehearsals, depending on what numbers they are in and what conflicts exist.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Upper Room Theatre Ministry is sponsored by All Saints Catholic Church.  Casting will result in a mixture of members from All Saints in addition to those outside the church membership.  We certainly welcome anyone within the required age ranges to audition.  Be aware that because we are a ministry, we incorporate prayer into our rehearsal process by beginning and ending our rehearsals with prayer and dedicating our efforts to God. You don’t have to be Catholic, just open to allowing faith into the theatrical process.

Everyone is a volunteer. Any money that is made as a fruit of the production is directly contributed to helping pay for theatrical renovations and youth ministry spiritual opportunities and missions.

Anyone involved with our production over 18 must be Virtus-approved (this is our child protection program, since we will have people involved with the production under 18). It’s EASY to be approved as long as you fill out paperwork (we provide it at auditions), permit a background check, and attend a 3-hour training on a Saturday morning. You can learn more at www.virtus.org (our diocese is Arlington).

QUESTIONS? Feel free to call the director, Rob Tessier, at 703-393-2141 or email auditions@allsaintsyouthministry.org.

How to Reserve Your Audition Time

Step 1) Select an available day & time slot.

Step 2) Fill out all of the required information and click “CONTINUE”. Then confirm your information on the second page.

Step 3) Read ALL of the very important audition details, tips and expectations in the email we send you. We will be emailing you a special document that you need to review and fill out.

Step 4) Show up to perform for us and have fun! 🙂