Audition Information

WHITE CHRISTMAS

by Irving Berlin, Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank,

David Ives, and Paul Blake

 

MSP's policy regarding Covid-19 will be followed for auditions, rehearsals, and performances.  For more information on the MSP Covid-19 Policy, please see the bottom of this page.  This policy is subject to change as state and local guidelines change.  

Masks will be required for everyone during rehearsals.  Masks will not be worn for performances.

A Note From the Director:

This show is a HUGE commitment. If cast, please make this a priority in your schedule as a show of respect to your fellow actors and team members. Also note: there cannot be any rehearsal conflicts after November 15th.

Audition Dates:  

Sunday, October 10 & Monday, October 11 at 7:00 pm for vocal and choreography.  Call backs will be Tuesday, October 12 at 7:00 and will be reading and singing from the script.  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.    

If you have any questions or would like the audition sides, please contact the director, Andrea Odle, at aodle73@yahoo.com or 317-341-4307.

Audition Process:

Upon arrival, you will sign in, turn in your forms (including all calendar conflicts), and receive an audition number. If you are under the age of 18, please bring a parent with you. For both audition nights, come prepared to sing a one-minute vocal audition piece of your choosing (if you are auditioning for a singing role). There will be an accompanist provided, or you may bring your own track. Finally, come prepared to learn and demonstrate a small, choreographed routine.

 

If called back, please come prepared to read and sing from the show. If you are NOT called back, this does NOT mean you are not cast, it just means we got everything we needed from you Monday and Tuesday.

 

The cast will be announced by Thursday, October 14. You will receive an email or phone call regardless of casting.

Performance Dates: 

December 9 - 19, 2021

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 7:30. Sunday shows begin at 2:30.

Synopsis: 

Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly, the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties: his quaint country inn is failing. So, what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!

Roles to be cast:

Bob Wallace - Male- Baritone- Late 20’s, early 30’s, the leading force behind Wallace and Davis. A superb singer who moves very well. A little socially and romantically awkward.

 

Phil Davis - Male- Lead- Bari-Tenor- Late 20’s, early 30’s. Strong dancer, ladies’ man, and comic relief of the show!

 

Betty Haynes - Female- Lead- Mezzo-Soprano- Late 20’s, early 30’s. The sensible and responsible sister. Heart is very guarded and devoted to her little sister. Rich chest mixed with a belt. Must move well.

Judy Haynes- Female- Lead- Alto- 20’s. The younger, ambitious, scheming sister. Wholesome and adorable, but sexy and flirty. Strong dancer.

 

General Waverly - Male- Supporting- Spoken- Late 50’s to mid-60’s. Retired General trying to adjust to civilian life and save his struggling Inn. Compassionate family man.

 

Martha Watson - Female- Supporting- Alto- late 40’s to mid-60’s. Former Broadway star, current housekeeper of the Inn. Dry sense of humor. Meddler. Runs the General’s life. Strong comedienne with a beautiful belting voice.

 

Susan Waverly - Female- Supporting- Under 16 (stage age). Excellent belting voice and moves well.

 

Ralph Sheldrake - Male- Supporting- Baritone- mid to late 30’s. Old army buddy of Bob and Phil’s. Fast talking NY movie personality.

 

Rita and Rhonda - Female- Supporting- Mezzo-Soprano. Mid 20’s to early 30’s. Bob and Phil’s star chorus girls. Brash, sexy, fun, and not exactly the smartest of the bunch.

 

Ezekiel, Mike, Tessie, Jimmy, Cigarette Girl, Snoring Man, Mrs. Snoring Man, Train Conductor, Dance Captain, Seamstress, Asst. Seamstress, Ed Sullivan Announcer, Regency Room Announcer (offstage voice), Sheldrake’s Secretary (offstage voice)

 

Ensemble – A great mix of dancers and vocalists consisting of Clubgoers, Train Passengers, Inn Guests, Chorus Kids, Patrons of the Regency Room. A lot of stage time!

 

Possible Doubled Roles:

  • Mike & Mr. Snoring Man

  • Tessie & Mrs. Snoring Man & Seamstress

  • Rita & Sheldrake's Secretary & Dance Captain

  • Rhonda & Regency Room Announcer

  • Cigarette Girl & Asst Seamstress

  • Jimmy & Conductor

  • Ezekiel & Ed Sullivan Announcer

IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR ACTORS, TECHNICIANS, VOLUNTEERS AND PATRONS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE

DURING THE WIND DOWN PHASE OF THE COVID PANDEMIC, WESTFIELD PLAYHOUSE/MAIN STREET PRODUCTIONS, INC.

HAS INSTITUTED THE FOLLOWING REVISED COVID RULES - EFFECTIVE JUNE 07, 2021

 

        1.  WPH will maintain signage at every public entrance (anyone entering the theatre to the lobby) that will display the following messaging:                 “If you are not fully vaccinated or do not have the antibodies, Please wear a mask.”  We would expect patrons who are not vaccinated or                 do not have reason to believe they have the antibodies to wear a mask at all times when in the building. UPDATE 9/5/21:  ALL PATRONS                ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK WHILE IN THE BUILDING.

 

        2.  We will have hand sanitizer in the dressing rooms, outside the actor bathrooms and back stage for actor/technician/volunteer use and in

             the lobby and lobby bathrooms for patron use.

 

        3.  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, including make-up and hair styling equipment.

 

        4.  There will be no reception lines or gathering of actors or company members in the lobby following the performance.  We would ask that

             patrons do not congregate in the lobby prior to or after the shows.  Any greeting or picture taking with friends or family should occur                     outside the theatre, at a safe social distance.  This will occur on the front porch, off to the side as to not block the exit doors.  Each show’s

             director has the option to choose whether their cast will do this or not.  Each actor in the cast will also have the option to participate or                   not, depending on their own personal comfort level.

 

        5.  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.

 

       6.  If the producer and director agree that they do not want to wear face coverings (shields,  masks) for rehearsals and performances the

            following rules will apply:

                  - If you have not auditioned your cast, the decision MUST be disclosed at audition time that the company will not be using face                                  coverings.

                  - If you have already cast your show, this agreement has to 100% unanimous by the entire cast and crew.  If one actor feels unsafe, it is

                    your responsibility as a director to make them feel safe.  If that means wearing face coverings, you must make that the rule.  The one

                   exception is:

                              -- If one actor wishes to mask up and personally doesn’t care if the rest of the cast does not, then they are allowed to without

                              penalty.

                                            - Block as much social distancing into the show as is possible.

                                            - Watch your social media posts!  It is your responsibility to protect MSP/WPH image. 

                                            - If the board learns that any actor or technician feels uncomfortable and the director is not accommodating, the board

                                              will step in to rectify the situation.

 

This document will continue until such time that the CDC offers new guidelines which inform The Westfield Board to revoke or revise it.  As the Covid situation is ever changing, the Covid Committee can offer amendments to this document at any time which must then be passed by the entire board by majority vote.