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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Auditions: ‘Sweet Charity’ at Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn

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Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theater company, will hold auditions for Sweet Charity on Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 6:30-9:00pm at the Fair Lawn Community Center. The production will be directed and choreographed by Michael Kidney and produced by Craig Tiede and Angela Dallesandro.
Inspired by Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria, Sweet Charity explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, groovy, mid-1960s score, SWEET CHARITY captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist.
ALL ROLES OPEN:
Charity Hope Valentine (30s-40s): Lead. The girl who just wants to be loved. Down-on-her-luck, but ever the optimist, dance-hall hostess who dreams of finding true love. Must be a strong dancer. Alto D3 – C#5/Db5
Oscar Lindquist (30s-40s): Supporting. A nervous, highly organized and claustrophobic accountant who is sweet natured with a gentle touch. Strong mover. Baritone C3 – F4
Nickie (30s-40s): Supporting. Brassy New Yorker, dancer at the Fandango Ballroom, and one of Charity’s best friends. Must be a strong dancer. Alto F3 – C5
Helene (20s-40s): Supporting. Sultry and sassy dancer at the Fandango Ballroom and one of Charity’s best friends. Must be a strong dancer. Alto F3 – C5
Vittorio Vidal (30s-40s): Supporting. Italian movie star and drop dead gorgeous. Has a way with the ladies and his hot-headed lover, Ursula. Baritone B2 – F4
Herman (30s-70s): Supporting. Grizzled and sleezy owner of the Fandango Ballroom. Has a heart of gold. Tenor E3 – B4
Daddy Brubeck (20s-40s): Featured. A groovy and hip cat who starts the Rhythm of Life revival church. Should have soul when singing with the ability to scat and riff. Should be a strong dancer. Doubled in the Ensemble. Baritone C3 – E4
Ursula March (20s-30s): Featured. Hot headed and jealous lover of Vittorio. Has quite a flair for the dramatic. Would be doubled in the ensemble in Act 2. Must be a strong dancer and singer.
Fandango Ballroom Dancers: Rosie, Carmen, Suzanne, Frenchy, Alice, Betsy, Elaine. Featured. All must be strong dancers and singers.
Ensemble (20s-40s): Good comedic character actors who can play multiple featured roles. Must also be excellent singers and dancers. Will play multiple featured characters as well as dance in “Big Spender”, “Rich Man’s Frug”, “Rhythm of Life”, and “I’m a Brass Band”.
OPEN CALL Auditions will take place on Monday, January, 28th and Tuesday, January, 29th at the George Frey Center for the Performing Arts located in the Fair Lawn Recreation Center, starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. Everyone auditioning is asked to bring a headshot and resume stapled together. Those auditioning for all roles except, Vittorio, Oscar and Herman, must be prepared to dance in the style of musical theatre jazz. Ladies should wear character shoes and men should wear jazz shoes; dress comfortably. We also ask that you prepare a 16 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. Callbacks will be on Wednesday January, 30th by invitation only.
Rehearsals will take place in and around the Fair Lawn area, in the evenings and weekends, February through March. Six performances are scheduled for March 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th, and 31st, 2019.
Please direct all questions to sweetcharity@michaelkidney.com

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