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Ages 16-25- chorus line

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AUDITIONS:  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 6:30-9
CALL BACKS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 6:30-9


Prepare 16-32 measures of a song in the style of CHORUS LINE. Sheet music required.
Cold readings from the script. Dance combination will be taught, wear appropriate shoes
and clothing.

DIRECTOR: Linda Schoonmaker
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Peg DiGrazia
CHOREOGRAPHER: Will Fafard Jr


IF CAST THERE WILL BE A PARTICIPATION FEE OF $150

REHEARSALS: Thursday 6:30-9:30
SUNDAYS 6-9 (starting late October/Early November)


SHOW DATES: February 7-11 (total 6 shows -Wednesday thru Sunday)


MANDATORY TECH DAYS: JAN 31-FEB 6
Ages 16-25 (age exceptions at directors discretions)

A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, A
CHORUS LINE was instantly recognized as a classic. is a celebration of those unsung
heroes of the American Musical Theatre: the chorus dancers– those valiant, over-dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the star or stars and
often make them look even more talented than they are. It is also a celebration of the
American Musical itself.

A CHORUS LINE is also about competition, and competition might easily be the
common denominator that grabs the audience and holds it by the collective
heartstring until the final, ultimate choices are made. For everyone, at one time or
another, puts his/her life on the line. We all compete, no matter what business we’re
in, for promotion, for attention, for approval and for love.

​NOTE:
*Larry and Mike may be played by females (Lori &  Mikki).
The role of Connie Wong can be played by an alternate Connie Mackenzie
* The original Broadway production had a cast of 26 performers. The show has no
dedicated chorus.


Cut Dancers
The following characters in A Chorus Line are auditioners eliminated during the initial cut. They may
be used in large ensemble numbers, as offstage singers, and/or as understudies.
 

 
Lois Dilettente is a ballerina who is able to get through the ballet combination but not the jazz
combo. Ballerina; non-speaking


Tricia - believed to be from Ohio. She has been with a touring company but not in a Broadway show before. She dances the ballet combination too big and even crosses in front of Sheila at one point. Tricia is traditionally the only cut dancer with a vocal solo in "I Hope I Get It.” 


Vicki Vickers - A pretty California-blonde type. She has not had any ballet training nor done any Broadway shows. She is only able to get through the jazz combination.


Butch Barton - Believed to be from Oklahoma, and has a bit of an attitude. He is unable to correct
his mistake in the first boys's combination. Non-speaking. 


Frank continually looks at his feet while dancing, based on Serrecchia having polio as child. He  wears a headband - is referred to as headband boy; non-speaking


Tom Tucker - believed to be from Memphis. He does not speak but is seen mouthing the counts during both combinations. Counts with his mouth; non-speaking


Roy - has only had one year of ballet training and continually brings his arms on the wrong downbeat. “Wrong-arm boy”

LEAD FEMALE ROLES


Cassie Ferguson (Female - Mezzo belt)
Returning to the chorus after years of being a featured performer. She is having to humble herself to audition for the chorus again with younger and less experienced dancers. Previously had a relationship with Zach and it did not end well.
Seeking a true triple threat performer, as she sings the iconic “The Music and the Mirror.”

Diana Morales (Female - Mezzo belt)
Streetwise a little bit tough, and eternal optimist. A determined and athletic dancer from the Bronx.
Sings “Nothing,” in which she reveals herself to be funny, charming, and vulnerable. 

Judy Turner (Female - Mezzo)
Funny, gawky, nervous. Warm and hopeful. Very awkward except when dancing.
Ideally seeking a taller dancer.

Val Clark (Female - Mezzo belt)

Sassy, funny. A foul-mouthed but excellent dancer who couldn’t get performing jobs because of her looks until she had plastic surgery. A brazen, direct, attention-seeker from Vermont.
Sings the infamous “Dance 10, Looks 3"

Bebe Benzenheimer (Female - Mezzo) 
Very insecure about her looks and tries to be funny to cover her insecurities. Feels a little excluded but just wants to be liked. She is quiet, vulnerable and kind. 
Sings the middle harmony in “At the Ballet.” 

Connie Wong/Connie Mackenzie (Female - Alto)
Experienced dancer. Married. Petite. A bit of a mother hen with a great sense of humor. Born in Chinatown, New York.
Should believably play 4’10’’.

Kristine Urich ( Female)
Al’s scatter-brained wife who can’t sing. She is awkward, anxious and hilarious.
She “speaks” the song “Sing,” but does sing in the ensemble numbers of the show. 

Maggie Winslow (Female - Mezzo)
A sweetheart, little sister type. Dreamer. Fairly experienced dancer from California.
Seeking an incredibly warm singer with a mix belt up to E natural for the soaring climax of “At the Ballet.”

Sheila Bryant ( Female -Alto )
Oldest dancer on the line. Confident, brassy, sassy, bratty and sophisticated. One of the more
popular dancers; humorous.
Sings the low harmony in “At the Ballet.” 

LEAD MALE ROLES

 

Zach  ( Male, Baritone)
The director and choreographer of the show for which the dancers are auditioning. He is a stage veteran and thus can be curt and harsh, but he is revealed to be a caring and empathetic man who truly grows to care about these dancers.
Non-singing, but should have movement ability, as he demonstrates a few dance moves. 

Larry (Male - Tenor) - or Lori if played by a female
Zach’s assistant who teaches and demonstrates the audition dances.
Needs to be a great dancer, as he/she is the standard to which all of the auditioning dancers are held. Does not need a strong singing ability. 

Bobby Mills (Male - Baritone)
Flamboyant, funny and witty. Very sharp tongued. Covers everything over with a joke; had a very hard childhood. From upstate New York.

Mark Anthony ( Male - Tenor)
Optimistic; first-timer; naïve but charming. Great dancer and All-American kid. 

Mike Costa ( Male - Tenor) or Mikki if played by a female
Quite aggressive, determined, cocky, sure of himself,/herself but likeable. Tap dancer who worked with Zach before. Experienced; flirtatious. From New Jersey.

Must be able to tap. 

Richie Walters (Male - Tenor)
From Missouri. Enthusiastic, cool and very funny. Likeable and laid back.
African-American; strong dancer.
 
Al Deluca ( Male - Baritone)
From the Bronx. Street tough, macho, and newly married to Kristine; very protective.
Seeking a strong singer, as he is the contrast to the non-singing Kristine in “Sing.” 
 
Paul San Marco (Male - Baritone)
Introverted and slightly insecure but loves performing; only now starting to feel comfortable about being gay and accepted by his parents. From Spanish Harlem, New York. Friends with Diana.
Great actor. Delivers a beautiful, raw and vulnerable monologue about coming out to his parents.

Don Kerr (Male - Baritone)
Ladies’ man, married, and into cars, money, and women. Very sure of himself. All American guy.
Cocky because he has worked with Zach before. From Kansas City.

Gregory Gardener  ( Male - Baritone)
Quite a smart-alec and has worked with Zach before. Very East Side New York.
Sassy, Jewish, gay man.

Characters

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