The Drowsy Chaperone
Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar
Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
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November 16 & 17, 2020 at 7:30pm
Auditions will be held inside the beautiful Westfield Playhouse located at 220 N Union St., Westfield, IN 46074. Please enter through the front lobby doors.
•Performers must be 16 years of age or older at the time of auditions.
•Please prepare a short monologue (just enough to show your personality) and 16 bars of a Broadway-style song. Accompanist provided. The director would love to see you take a risk! Monologues or songs from the show ARE permitted.
•Feel free to wear whatever is comfortable! A mask or shield must be worn at all times during auditions.
•You'll be auditioning in groups of four and each group will be asked to perform a light movement audition. We may ask you to read from the script.
•Please list any and all conflicts on your audition form! No performance date conflicts permitted. Many of our early rehearsals will be conducted in smaller groups and the production team will consider reasonable accommodations.
•This show will be performed with actors NOT in masks or shields during performances. All actors, crew members, and staff will be required to sign a hold harmless agreement upon accepting a role in this production. Actors are required to wear masks during all auditions, rehearsals, and any time not on stage. For more information see our Covid policy at the bottom of this page.
If you have any questions on auditions, please contact Director, Evan Elliott at 317-903-8036 or
January 21 - 31. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 7:30. Sunday shows begin at 2:30.
Rehearsals will take place on Monday through Thursday evenings, with some Saturdays as needed. Cast members will not be called for every rehearsal.
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.
Roles to be cast:
Man in Chair: The present-day narrator. A deeply introspective agoraphobe with an encyclopedic knowledge of stage musicals, Man In Chair offers factoids and opinions on both his own life and the musical we're watching. He is defined by his own contradictions, ranging from soft-spoken to passionate and from turmoil to detachment. Seeking strong character actor capable of carrying a show; minimal singing. (Director seeking age 40+)
Janet van de Graaf: The vivacious Broadway ingénue and starlet about to be married. Despite her affection for Robert, her innocent prank on her fiancé turns into the ultimate Janet van de gaffe (ha) and gives her much hesitation about the commitment she's about to make. Seeking a triple threat leading lady with superb dance skills. (Age 16+)
Robert Martin: The man about to marry Janet. Robert, who is fictitiously portrayed by a cheesy actor only capable of Generic Male Lead, can never quite smooth things over with his bride-to-be. He always exhibits the courage of a lion and the emotional subtlety of a sledgehammer. Seeking an actor with a strong voice, plus tap dance skills (or desire to learn/improve); must be comfortable on roller skates. (Age 16+)
The Drowsy Chaperone: Janet's maid of honor. The Chaperone is a raging alcoholic who can barely string together coherent advice for the bride but manages to seduce Adolpho and win the heart of the Man in Chair with her unhelpful but rousing anthems. Eternally melodramatic, she commands the stage whether or not the scene was originally about her. Seeking an "experienced" diva with a strong belt. (Director seeking age 40+)
Adolpho: A self-professed latin lothario who appears to have wandered into the wedding accidentally. He agrees to seduce Janet at Feldzieg's request, but is distracted by the Drowsy Chaperone's wiles. Adolpho is the sort of person to invent his own theme song. Seeking a strong comic actor with some improvisation skills.
George: Robert's best man. The frenetic and anxious George is charge of organizing wedding logistics, and like all great organizers, has saved it all to the last minute. Seeking a strong tenor with tap dance skills (or a strong desire to learn/improve). (Age 16+)
Mrs. Tottendale: The busybody hostess of the wedding. Mrs. Tottendale is a well-meaning and eternally cordial friend but oblivious to the point of senility. She is seldom seen without her Underling. Character voice a plus. (Age 35+)
Underling (Butler): Mrs. Tottendale's dry-humored butler. Underling is a bitter soul thoroughly unimpressed by everything. He begrudgingly caters to the whims of the dumbest wedding party he's ever attended. He probably thinks you're overrated. Seeking an actor to receive physical onstage abuse, including a spit-take scene; British accent a plus. (Age 21+)
Kitty: The ditzy chorus girl who thinks she can replace Janet in Feldzieg's production, Kitty's ambition and aggression have nothing on her shrillness. Seeking an actor with character voice and some dance skills. (Age 16+)
Mr. Feldzieg: Janet's stage producer. Feldzieg, always gruff, sarcastic, and insensitive, schemes to stop the wedding so his star won't leave the stage, even dealing with the Gangsters and Adolpho. (Age 21+)
Gangster 1 & Gangster 2: Two mafiosos who agree to help Feldzieg stop the wedding and disguise themselves as pastry chefs. They are not nearly as intimidating as they think they are. With great gangsters come great puns. Seeking comic actors with some improvisation and movement skills. (Age 16+)
Trix: A pilot who saves the day! Trix performs the wedding ceremony and is a bold, sassy figure. She closes the show.
Seeking a strong belter. (Age 16+)
Ensemble: (age 16+) Seeking ensemble members who can sing and move to portray wedding guests, reporters, and monkeys..
IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR ACTORS, TECHNICIANS, AND VOLUNTEERS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE DURING THIS PANDEMIC,
MSP HAS INSTITUTED THE FOLLOWING RULES:
1. There will be a check in point where actors/technicians/volunteers will have their temperature taken which must be below 99.9 and they will be asked a short list of health question. These will include:
- Are you currently experiencing any of the following symptoms related to Covid-19
that are NOT PREEXISTING CONDITIONS
* Fever or chills
* Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
* Muscle or body aches
* New loss of taste or smell
* Sore throat
* Congestion or runny nose
* Nausea or vomiting
- In the past 14 days, have you experienced any of the above symptoms related to
- In the past 14 days, have you been exposed to anyone who has had the above
2. We will have hand sanitizer in the dressing rooms, outside the actor bathrooms and back stage for actor/technician/volunteer use.
3. Actors/technicians/volunteers are required to wear a face mask to all auditions, rehearsals, and activities in the theatre. Everyone is expected to provide their own mask. Should they arrive to the theatre without a mask, the director will require that one be purchased for one dollar from MSP.
4. Actors/technicians/volunteers will need to carry in their own reusable water bottles. MSP will provide no food or beverage.
5. Actors/technicians/volunteers should show up to all rehearsals prepared with all of their own materials, including, but not limited to, scripts, pencils, masks, water bottles. NO company members should share writing utensils or other items unless it is a prop in the show. All actors, technicians, and volunteers should wash/sanitizer their hands before and after rehearsal.
6. Dressing rooms will be sectioned off to allow for social distancing between actors.
7. Actors/technicians/volunteers are encouraged to wear a facial shield covering during performances. If your cast will be wearing face shields, this covering will be provided by the theatre as part of the overall costume.**
8. Props and touch surfaces will be sanitized before each rehearsal and performance for the stage, backstage, dressing rooms, and the booth.
9. Actors will bring and use only their own make-up and hair styling equipment. There should be no sharing of these personal items. All of these items will be taken home after each night’s performance.
10. There will be no reception lines or gathering of actors or company members in the lobby following the performance. Any greeting or picture taking with friends or family should occur outside the theatre, at a safe social distance.
11. Prior to being cast, all actors will be asked to sign a form agreeing to “quarantine” themselves during the rehearsal and performance period. The actor should avoid what the CDC has identified as risky behaviors during a pandemic. This includes, but not limited to, large gatherings, parties, bars/indoor restaurants, and travel. This also includes agreeing to wear a mask when in public places.
12. If an actor, technician, or volunteer tests positive for Covid during the early portion of rehearsal, s/he will be removed from the production and the role will be reassigned. Re-casting will also occur if this situation happens close to opening, and the role is small. If a positive test occurs too close to opening night, the show may need to be delayed until any danger of Covid is obviously eradicated. Any member of the company who believes they have been exposed to Covid should IMMEDIATELY contact their director who should IMMEDIATLEY contact the producer. The producer is responsible for notifying the Executive Committee.
** It is the policy of the theatre to allow the producer and director to agree on the wearing of face coverings (shields, masks) for PERFORMANCES ONLY. If the director and producer feel facial coverings will negatively impact what they are trying to present they can make the decision for the cast WHEN ON STAGE to not wear masks during PERFORMANCES ONLY. When this occurs, it must be disclosed prior to auditions. In the event the show has already been cast, the cast and crew of the show must be in 100% unanimous agreement of the removal of masks. If one actor feels unsafe, then it is the responsibility of the director to make them feel safe which may mean a rule that masks must be worn by all. Under no circumstances is a member of the cast or crew to be removed from a show due to their refusal to not wear a mask. If one member of the show would like to wear a mask and is comfortable with others not wearing masks, this would be allowed. When masks are not worn during PERFORMANCES ONLY, social distancing on stage should be strengthened. Should the Board of Directors become aware of any situation where a member of the show is uncomfortable and the director is not accommodating, this rule is rescinded for said production and all members of the cast will be required to wear masks during all performances. For the safety of our patrons, when a director and producer decide to perform without masks, the first row of seats will be located on the first riser leaving the floor in front of the stage empty.