Directed & choreographed by Tom Coppola
Music Direction by Greg Chrzczon
Audition dates: March 30 & 31
Young performers: Noon to 3pm, Sunday, March 30
Adults: 5pm to 9pm, Sunday, March 30
Adults: 7pm to 10pm, Monday, March 31
Show runs June 6 thru 28
Rehearsals begin with a read-thru April 7.
Rose – Vocal Range: Low F to C#; Age Range: Must read 40-50. The ultimate "stage mother". Aggressive, domineering, persuasive. Vicariously lives out her show business dreams through her daughters June and Louise by pushing her children to perform. Remains determined to succeed no matter the cost of those close to her. Requires a strong actor/singer with a commanding stage presence.
NOTE: If auditioning for Rose, please come prepared with the final verse of "Some People" ("Goodbye to blueberry pie"...to end) in the key of F Major). No "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and no "Roses Turn".
Louise – Vocal Range: C sharp to E flat; Age Range: Must play 18 to 28 y.o. A tomboy, shy and loyal, often neglected daughter of Madame Rose. Doesn't share the desire for fame of her mother and sister June, but eventually transforms into the star of burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee. Strong acting required, must move well and be comfortable in appearing in very little clothing.
Herbie – Vocal Range: Baritone; Age Range: Must read 40-55 y.o. Candy salesman turned Rose's manager and love interest. Sometimes reluctant, but supportive. Loves Rose and the girls, but his patience has limits. Requires a strong actor with singing ability able to portray the complex relationship he has with Rose. Must move very well.
Tessie Tura – Vocal Range: C# to D; Age Range: 35+ An experienced and wisened Burlesque performer whose specialty is ballet. A tough cookie, but has a heart. Must move well. Ballet skills optional.
Mazeppa – Vocal Range: G below middle C to D; Age Range: 35+ Burlesque performer whose specialty is playing the trumpet. Strong presence with an attitude to match. Must move well. Trumpet skills optional but willing to learn.
Electra – Vocal Range: B Flat to D; Age Range: 35+ Burlesque performer who doesn't have much talent, but has an electrified costume that highlights her "assets". Not as jaded as Mazeppa or Tessie. A little dim from being shocked by electricity once too often. Must move well.
Dainty June – Vocal Range: A flat to D; Age Range: Must play 14-16 y.o. Youngest daughter of Rose and star of the family's act. Pretty, talented, frustrated with Rose's domination. Despite her love of performing she grows tired of the vaudeville circuit and yearns for a new life away from her mother. Requires a triple threat performer. Ability to do acrobatics or other choreo tricks (splits, cartwheels, dancing en pointe, etc.) a plus.
Tulsa – Vocal Range: F to G; Age Range: Must play 17-19 y.o. One of the singing and dancing members of the "Farm Boys" in Rose's act. He dreams of his own act with a special girl, and ultimately leaves Rose and elopes with June. Must be a strong singer and dancer with some proficiency in tap.
Baby June – Vocal Range: Eb – Eb; Age Range: 8-10 y.o. Rose's baby daughter. An extroverted, talented perpetual child star who exudes over confidence and is Rose's favorite. Must be strong singer/dancer. Ability to do acrobatics or other choreo tricks (splits, cartwheels, dancing en pointe, etc.) a plus.
Baby Louise – Vocal Range: Eb – Eb; Age Range: 10-12 y.o. Rose's first daughter and June's sister. Introverted, shy, quiet, lacks the ambition and talent of her sister June. She just wants to settle in one place with her family. Must sing and move very well.
Agnes – Vocal Range: G to G; Age Range: Must play 15-19 y.o Singing and dancing member of Rose's act, "Rose Louise and her Hollywood Blondes". Sensitive, wants to be taken as a serious actress. Must sing and move well. Does not need to be blonde.
Farm Boys– Vocal Range: G to G; Age Range: Must play 15-19 y.o. Singing and dancing members of Rose's act, "Dainty June and her Farm Boys". All must be strong singers and dancers.
Hollywood Blondes – Vocal Range: G to G; Age Range: Must play 14-18 y.o. Singing and dancing members of Rose's act, "Rose Louise and her Hollywood Blondes". Must sing and move well. Does not need to be blonde.
Newsboys– Vocal Range: E to E; Age Range: 10-12 y.o. Singing and dancing members of Rose's act, "Dainty June and her Newsboys." Must sing and move very well. Will double in other non-speaking roles in opening scene.
Miss Cratchitt - Age Range: 40+ - Secretary at Grantziger's Palace. A stickler, matter-of-fact, diligent and protective of Mr. Grantzinger's time. May double as one of the three strippers.
Uncle Jocko - Age Range: 40+ - Vaudeville master of ceremonies at a weekly kiddie talent show. Shady, inappropriate, and is no longer enjoys his job. Can double with other roles.
Cigar - Age Range: 40+ - Burlesque theatre manager in Wichita. Brusk, sloppy and sweaty.
Can double with other roles.
Pastey - Age Range: Any - Burlesque Stage manager in Wichita. Doesn't think twice about what he says and keeps the Burlesque show moving along. Can double with other roles.
Mr. Weber - Age Range: 40+ - Theatre manager in Los Angeles. Does not want to hire the act, but eventually gives in. Can double with other roles.
Mr. Kringelein - Age Range: 40+ - Hotel manager in Akron. Wise to all of the tricks show-biz people play. Can double with other roles.
Pop - Age Range: 60+ - Rose's father. He does not believe that Rose or the girls will ever amount to anything, but he is compassionate towards his granddaughters. Can double with other roles.
Mr. Goldstone - Age Range: 40 + - Non-speaking role. Slight and wiry. Representative who books the act into the Orpheum Circuit. Will double with other roles.
There are many small character roles to be filled—maids, waitresses, agents, mothers, stage hands, photographer, etc.
ALL ROLES ARE OPEN - non-union actors only.