2014-04-25 / Community

RTC Opens Auditions For “Gypsy”

“Gypsy” is coming to the Rockaway Theatre Company and RTC is looking for talented performers to bring it to life.

The RTC will be holding auditions for the musical summer production, loosely based on the story of burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee, on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and Monday, May 12, from 7-10 p.m.

Callbacks will be on Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m.

Auditions and callbacks will both be held at the Post Theatre, Building T4, at Fort Tilden.

More information and travel directions can be found at www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org.

“Gypsy” boasts music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents. The show debuted on Broadway in 1959 and became a successful film in 1962.

The RTC production will feature direction by Susan Warren Corning, musical direction by Richard Louis- Pierre and choreography by Catherine Leib.

Performance dates will be July 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and August 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and July 20, 27 and August 3, at 3 p.m.

Rehearsals will begin May 27. Since these are the only audition dates for this production. There will be no individual appointments or alternate dates.

Character roles actors will be auditioning for and material/skills they should prepare are:

Rose – Lead (F), 35-45, vocal range Low F to C. Rose is the ultimate “stage mother,” aggressive and domineering. Prepare “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”

Baby June – Featured (F), 7-11, vocal range (belt) E flat to E flat. A Shirley Temple type child star. Splits, high kicks, tap/jazz dance, baton twirling required. Prepare “Let Me Entertain You.”

Baby Louise – Featured (F), 9-12, vocal range E flat to E flat. She is Rose’s shy older daughter. Basic dance required. Prepare “Let Me Entertain You.”

Herbie – Lead (M), 35+, baritone. Herbie is a candy salesman and Rose’s manager. Character requires a solid actor, must move well. Prepare “Together, Wherever We Go.”

June – Support (F), 16-25, vocal range (belt) A flat to D. She is the older version of Baby June, frustrated with her mother’s domination. Requirements are the same as Baby June. Prepare “Broadway.”

Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee – Support (F), 18-27, vocal range C sharp to E flat. The older version of Baby Louise. Character must be able to transform from the mousey and shy Louise, into seductive burlesque stripper. Basic dance skills required. Prepare “Let Me Entertain You.”

Tulsa – Featured (M), 18-25, tenor. Singing and dancing member of the “Farm Boys.” Dance skills required. Prepare “All I Need Now Is The Girl.”

Tessie Tura – Featured (F), 30+. Vocal range C sharp to D flat. Experienced and wise burlesque performer. Specialty ballet stripper. Basic dance skills required. Prepare “You Gotta Get A Gimmick.”

Mazeppa – Featured (F), 30+, vocal range G (below middle C) to B flat. Bold and brassy bugle playing burlesque stripper. Basic dance skills required. Prepare “You Gotta Get A Gimmick.”

Electra – Featured (F), 30+, vocal range B flat to D. Ditsy burlesque stripper. Basic dance skills required. Prepare “You Gotta Get A Gimmick.”

Older Chorus Boys – (M), 17-25, vocal range G to G. Singing and dancing members of the “Farm Boys.” Basic dance required. Prepare “Broadway.”

Older Chorus Girls – (F), 17-25, vocal range G to A flat. Will play various female parts. Basic dance required. Prepare “Toreadorables.”

Newsboys – (M) 7-11. Basic vocal and dance abilities required. Prepare “Baby June and Her Newsboys.”

RTC notes that many non-singing roles are also available including the parts of Uncle Jacko, Mr. Goldstein and Mr. Kringelein. RTC will be auditioning children, stagehands, strippers, and showgirls.

RTC’s producer’s note that, “the age range is a general guide to the approximate age of each character. Some characters can be played older or younger depending on the director’s vision. Your actual age is less important than your ability to portray a character of the required age.”

They also note that singers are expected to prepare the song(s) listed under character descriptions. Dancers should come dressed to dance. Sides will be provided for all roles.

They also ask anyone auditioning to please bring headshots and resumes if available. No material should be emailed in advance. Also prospective actors should not attempt to contact the director or any member of the production staff regarding the audition process.

Performers must be available for all performance dates, as there are no ‘double casted’ roles.

The Rockaway Theatre Company has a long history of developing new talent and bringing even novice performers to the stage. So although this is an ‘unpaid gig,’ so there is no monetary compensation or stipend available, this will be a thrilling theater experience for anyone who has always wanted to say “Let Me Entertain You!”

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