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The Empress Theatre

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The Empress Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for
“Guys and Dolls”

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

Creative Team

Direction By
Michelle Groves

Auditions will be held March 10th & 12th 7PM to 9PM

Please come prepared with 16 bars of a song in the style of the show. No acapella singing will be permitted; please provide your own minus track or pianist for the audition.

Please come prepared with a list of conflicts March 14th through July 3rd. No conflicts will be allowed without prior approval from the director after March 9th.

All roles available. The Empress encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition. The Empress is committed to providing a space for community and inclusion free from discrimination.

Callback Date: March 14th, 2020 – 8:00am- Noon
First day of rehearsal: April 4th, 2020
Range of rehearsal hours: Rehearsal times are blocked in the hours of 6pm to 10pm.
Tech begins: May 30th, 2020
First preview: June 11th, 2020
Opening: June 12, 2020
Closing: July 3rd, 2020.
Days/times of planned performances: March 6th, 2020 through March 28th, 2020. Fridays, Saturdays 6:00pm Call 7:30pm Performance. Matinee call 12:30pm Call 2:00pm Performance. One Thursday and One Monday, 6:00pm Call 7:30pm Performance.

DISCLOSURES (check all that apply):
☐ There is a possibility that the production will be extended through ___________________.
☐ Costumes will be supplied by the production.
⬣ Actors will be expected to help build and strike the set.
☐ There will be understudies for this production.
☐ There will be pay for this production in the amount of ____________________________.
☐ This production contains sexual content.
☐ This production contains nudity.
☐ This production contains violence.
☐ This production contains culturally sensitive content.
☐ This production is accessible to actors who use a mobility device.
☐ This production will have a nontraditional audience seating arrangement.

Other Disclosures:
Casting Authority: The Production Team with Artistic Director Approval.
Who is in the Audition Room: Director, Music Director, Choreographer.
Who is at Callbacks: Artistic Management and The Production Team.
A full copy of the script is available if needed.
Portions of this audition may be recorded or photographed at the Director’s discretion. All recordings will only be used by the production team and will be destroyed after callbacks.

Character Breakdown: Ages listed not necessarily the age of the actor portraying the role.

Nicely-Nicely Johnson
Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan’s loyal friend and lackey.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Benny Southstreet
Nathan’s right-hand man and a gambler himself. Smart, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan’s best interest at heart.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Sarah Brown
A pretty, bright-eyed woman who serves as Sergeant of the local Mission. She fully believes in her worthy cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with Sky along the way. She is prudish and uptight, but eventually lets go.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Arvide Abernathy
The bass drum and cymbal player in the Mission band, he is Sarah’s loving grandfather. Wise and sweet, he wants nothing but the best for her.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Harry The Horse
A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan’s craps game and backs his cheating, but is also a man of his word in the gambling community.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 55
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Lt. Brannigan
A New York police officer who is on to Nathan’s illegal craps games and is dead-set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 55

Nathan Detroit
A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the bigtime. He loves Adelaide, but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Miss Adelaide
Nathan’s fiancé and a lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub. She loves Nathan more than anything in the world and desperately wants to get married. Pretty, outspoken, stubborn.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Sky Masterson
A high-stakes gambler whose luck never seems to run out, and a wild card who surprises himself when he falls in love with the unlikeliest of women. Suave, smart, handsome.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Big Jule
A big time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and his own pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. Tough looking. A bit of an oaf.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

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