For the Musical
“The Drowsy Chaperone”
2006 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical
Performance Dates are Feb. 3-11, 2012
What: Lead Male Role (Be sure to have the required monologue.)
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 3-5 p.m.; Sat. Oct. 29, Noon – 1 p.m.
What: Pre-Audition “Learn the Music” Sessions
Everyone is welcome! Hear the music, have fun, and find your
voice! Also find out more about the musical, rehearsals, etc.
When: Mon. Oct. 24 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Cafeteria
Tues. Oct. 25 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
What: Tap Class for actors interested in “Robert” and “George”
When: Thursday, Oct. 27, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What: Dance Auditions (All students auditioning must attend one session.)
When: Tuesday, Nov. 1
Boys: 3:00-3:45 & 7:00–7:45 p.m.
Girls: 4:00-4:45 & 6:00-6:45 p.m.
What: Vocal Auditions Sign up for Times on Drama Board
Pick up vocal selection packets if you want to be prepared with this music.
Prepare 16 bars each of 2 contrasting songs, or 32 bars of one song.
When: Mon. Nov. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. & Tues. Nov. 8, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
How: Sign up for an audition time on the Drama Board outside of Rm. 508.
Evening times are available to accommodate those involved in Fall
Performances are Feb. 3-5 and 10-11, 2012
WHY ARE AUDITIONS NOW???
The lead role requires a longer rehearsal time, and starting early gives everyone a chance
to learn the music before dance rehearsals begin.
IF I’M DOING FALL SPORTS, CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE
Yes!!! Rehearsals before December can be worked into your schedule.
HOW DO I PREPARE?
• Look at the Drama Board information.
• Check out the websites listed on Edline which describe the characters
and the plot. Check it out on YouTube.com
• Buy the CD and sing along.
• Sing! Sing in the shower, car, bus, wherever you can.
• Come to a special “learn-the-music session” offered by Mrs. Watson, our
Musical Director; a special evening session on
Monday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 7:30 pm. and Tues., Oct. 25, 3–5:00 pm
• Ask Guidance – they’ll tell you it looks great on college applications!
For those who may not have auditioned before:
HOW DO I AUDITION?
• An audition is an invitation to perform. You are invited to sing and
act for people who really want to help you do your best. The Director
and Musical Director have a difficult task, and you could be just the
one to help them! Remembering this can help you stay relaxed and
confident. Be polite and positive. Have Fun!
• Prepare something to sing from the show or another song you know
well that shows off your voice.
• Prepare (memorize) one of the short monologues posted so that you
can show your acting skills.
AND THEN WHAT?
If more than one person is right for a role, or if one person is right for
several roles, then there is something called a Callback. This is
another opportunity for the performers to sing and act for the Director
and Musical Director.
More Questions? Mrs. Wilson will be available during break and after school and
always by email! firstname.lastname@example.org
Musical Theatre International News and information for schools, community and professional theaters
Show Off with THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
by KatH on January 15, 2010 www.mtishows.com
MTI is delighted to invite you to “stumble along” and “show off” with THE
DROWSY CHAPERONE – now available for general licensing! Apply now for performances to take
place no earlier than April 1, 2010.
A Tony winner for Bob Martin and Don McKellar’s book and Lisa Lambert and Greg
Morrison’s score, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a madcap romp that features an
energetic 1920s pastiche score and a book filled with hilarious one-liners and classic
musical comedy gags. It centers on “Man In Chair” who invites us to hear his beloved
Original Cast Recording of that hit musical from the 1920 ′s entitled “The Drowsy
Chaperone.” As the record “plays”, the show springs to life and we find ourselves in the
cock-eyed world of shipboard romance and intrigue as played by the debonair actors and
fabulously glamorous actresses from the Original Cast. . . complete with ongoing
commentary from our devoted “Man In Chair.”
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE offers a sentimental, sweet, hilarious and sometimes
surprising look at the impact that musical theatre can have on a person – and the pure,
unbridled joy it can bring.
While a purely ensemble show, there are plenty of opportunities for cast members to have
their time in the spotlight. Every principle character – and there are many – gets at least
one featured number, while Man In Chair, who never leaves the stage, is a non-singing
role. There are only two real dance numbers; one’s a tap number for two people, and the
other involves the whole cast, but is very vaudevillian in nature. Man In Chair doesn’t need
to be a dancer in any way; in fact, it might be better if he’s not.
Consequently, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a good show for a high school with a
comedic actor who otherwise wouldn’t be fully comfortable in a musical, as well as a
community theatre with strong musical comedy actors at its disposal.
The entire show takes place in Man In Chair’s apartment, so that set can remain onstage.
The actors portraying the show-within-a-show will need props, but feel free to let audiences
use their imaginations.
Ron Gibbs, Managing Director of Stages St. Louis, calls THE DROWSY CHAPERONE “the
sleeper of sleepers for us. Because it was an unknown title in the Midwest we expected modest
business in a bad economy, but because it is truly ‘the musical for people who love musicals’,
word of mouth created business like we have never seen – starting after the opening weekend!
It broke all box office records!”
Character Descriptions – next page
The Drowsy Chaperone Character Breakdown
Casting notes: 8 Men, 5 Women, Ensemble. Other than the Man in Chair, all characters
are played by fictional “actors” playing those roles.
MAN IN CHAIR Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. His
recording of "The Drowsy Chaperone" brings the show to life as he
narrates the action and comments on society as well as on the actors
themselves. Character actor must handle long monologues.
JANET VAN de GRAAF The famous bride, played by rising star Jane Roberts. G3 - Eb Alto
Must dance and show off talents and “tricks”
Because Janet does the song “Show Off” she must have a variety of physical talents and tricks:
Tricks include but are not limited to:
Cartwheel Walk-overs Split Heel stretch (straight up) Leaps
Hula hoop Pirouette High Kicks Rope tricks Magic tricks
Tap Baton twirling Jump rope Juggling (scarves or balls)
THE DROWSY Janet's alcoholic confidante, played by well-established stage actress
Beatrice Stockwell F3 - D5 Powerful Alto with strong stage presence.
ROBERT MARTIN The dashing, ever-cheerful groom, played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.
C3 - Ab4 Tenor Must be able to learn to Tap and roller skate
GEORGE Robert's anxious best man. F3 - Bb4 Tenor - Must be able to learn to Tap
MRS. TOTTENDALE The air-headed host of the wedding. Must be lovable, sincere, and
forgetful. Must know how to do a “spit-take” G3 - Db5 Alto
UNDERLING Mrs. Tottendale's savvy butler; clearly smarter than his boss but is a long-
suffering loyal employee. Ab2 - G4 Tenor
ALDOLPHO European self-proclaimed "ladies man", played by former silent movie star
Roman Bartelli. A#2 - G4 Bass/Baritone + great falsetto
In "Adolpho", the high notes can be sung calla foce (falsetto). The lower
notes are more of a character voice.
FELDZIEG Brash Broadway producer, played by Jack Adler. Db3 - Db4 Bari tenor
GANGSTERS Posing as pastry chefs, intending to collect from Feldzieg, played by the
vaudeville duo the Tall Brothers. Db3 - Gb4 Tenors
KITTY Feldzieg's dim-witted companion, played by Sadie Adler.
Bb3 - F5 Soprano
TRIX The brave and brash female aviator.
Ab3 - Eb5 Powerful Alto Appears in opening and closing numbers, but
requires a strong actress and singer
ENSEMBLE Reporters, Maids, Servants, Party guests, Motif chorus