AUDITIONS FOR ANYTHING GOES
AUDITIONS A RED, HOT & COLE
Director: Clay Donaldson
Music Director: Jamie Leonard-Brubaker
Choreographer: Natalie Baily Smith
Stage Manager: Megan Voiselle Collins
*If you are not available during auditions, please contact the box office and we will try to make accommodations.*
Actors must prepare 16-32 bars in the style of the show.
MUST provide sheet music for accompanist. *No A Cappella auditions!* Please have music bound in a book, binder, or folder.
NOTE: All performers in the show will tap in some capacity. Actors will be required to purchase their own tap shoes for the production per the costumer’s specifications. The dance call will be a tap combination with a possible jazz combination – please wear shoes and clothing you can move in – bring tap shoes if you have them.
Anything Goes is set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.
RENO SWEENEY - A charismatic nightclub singer and former evangelist, she is clever, funny, persuasive and extremely confident. Strong singing and dancing required. Reno is a consummate performer and a real showstopper. Must have comedic timing and be able to command the stage. (G3-Eb5)
RENO’S ANGELS (PURITY, CHASTITY, CHARITY, VIRTUE) – Four (4) backup singers/dancers in Reno’s act, they are showgirls with pizzazz and personality. All roles require strong singing and dancing skills.
HOPE HARCOURT - A beautiful heiress with a strong sense of duty, she is willing to sacrifice love and marry to satisfy her mother’s wishes. Strong singing and dancing required. (A3-Eb5)
BILLY CROCKER – A young businessman who is in love with Hope, he charismatic and charming. Strong singing required and should be able to dance or move well. (B2-G4)
LORD EVELYN OAKLEIGH - Hope’s energetic, quirky, and good-natured aristocratic fiancé. English accent, strong singing and the ability to move well also required. (C3-G4)
EVANGELINE HARCOURT - Hope’s overbearing mother who is mainly concerned with money and social status. Sings with ensemble only.
MOONFACE MARTIN - A loveable gangster who is also loyal and willing to go the distance for a friend. Requires strong comic timing. (Bb2-Gb4)
LUKE and JOHN – male-identifying Chinese converts (*Please make note that the production staff will only be considering Asian-American actors for the roles of Luke and John.)
ERMA - A playful, independent, impulsive, and loveably clueless “dame” – must be extremely comfortable physically. Strong singing and dancing. (A3-C#5)
ELISHA WHITNEY - A successful Wall Street banker who is nearsighted and thinks he is always right. (C3-D4)
REGINALD STRONG – Captain of the S. S. American.
PURSER – Purser of the S. S. American. Ability to move well/tap is a plus.
MALE / FEMALE ENSEMBLE – Passengers, stowaways, and members of the crew of the S.S. American. All must sing and move well. Various roles will be cast from the ensemble.
Auditions are by appointment only. Please call 225-924-6496 to schedule your time!
Scripts are available for rent from the box office. There is a $20, cash, refundable for all scripts.
TBR’s YAP will be doing a one-night benefit staged reading of RED HOT & COLE in our Studio on April 18th at 7:30pm, to celebrate the life and Music of Cole Porter, alongside our Capital Series production of ANYTHING GOES.
Red Hot & Cole celebrates the life of one of the great songwriting masters of this century. This two-act revue traces Cole’s career from Indiana to the world stages of New York, London, Paris and Venice, through his marriage, his friendships with the greats of his age and the tragic riding accident that crippled him in mid-career, physically, but not artistically. The show features over 25 Cole Porter standards, including “Night And Day”, “I Love Paris”, “Anything Goes”, “Let’s Do It”, “Miss Otis Regrets”, “Just One Of Those Things”, “In The Still Of The Night” and “My Heart Belongs To Daddy”
Actor 1: Cole Porter: Yearns for career success, weary of growing old. The life of the party. Elfin, rich, and eternally youthful. A lush who loves and revels in fame and fortune. Vocal Range Top: A5; Vocal range bottom: F
Actor 2: Paul: Cole’s caretaker and nurse after he is crippled. Obedient and polite. Young and attractive. Vocal range top: G5; Vocal range bottom: B
Actor 3: Clifton: A humorously cynical friend of Cole’s and an actor in Cole’s first Broadway show. George Kaufman: The famous playwright. Grumpy and anxious. Sam Katz: A crass Hollywood movie producer at MGM. Noel Coward: Famous playwright of the time and as much of a lush as Cole. He is good friends with Cole. Sophisticated and classy. Vocal Range Top; Vocal range bottom: B3
Actor 4: A photographer, theatergoer, and party guest. Vocal Range Top: D5; Vocal range bottom: B3
Actor 5: Moss Hart: A young composer who becomes a lifelong friend of Cole Porter. Not shy, but certainly more reserved than the others. Vocal Range Top: F5; Vocal range bottom: B3
Actor 6: Monty: Cole’s old friend from college. Loves to be the star of the party. Goetz: A theatre producer from New York who enlists Cole to write music for a new show. Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: B3
Waiter: A young and attractive waiter, he appears throughout the entirety of the revue serving the many party guests.
Actress 1: Elsa: A brassy, staunch force to be reckoned with. She is quick-witted. Huge supporter of Cole and his career. Ethel Merman: The infamous Broadway belter with a big personality and an even bigger voice. Feisty, sharp, and firm. Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: A3
Actress 2: Irene Castle, a party guest, and a theatergoer. Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: B3
Actress 3: Sara: A cynical friend of Cole’s in the early days in Paris. She dislikes Linda. Hedda Hopper: The nosey, blabber-mouthed Hollywood gossip columnist. Friendly and insincere. Bella: A charming, but tough as nails, producer who insists that Cole write the music to her new Broadway play. Vocal Range Top: B5: Vocal range bottom: B3
Actress 4: Linda: A rich Southern belle and socialite who falls in love and marries Cole. She is strong and can hold her own. Naturally beautiful and sophisticated. Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: F3
Actress 5: Bricktop: A delightful, young black actress and singer who Cole befriends. She is very talented and passionate about life. Vocal Range Top: G6; Vocal range bottom: G3
Actress 6: A Hollywood starlet, ballet dancer, and partygoer. Vocal Range Top: F5; Vocal range bottom: B3