Audition Notice: Music Man Jr.

Produced by Special Arrangement with: Music Theatre International

Author(s):
BOOK by Meredith Willson
MUSIC by Meredith Willson

Director: Elena Mills
Producer: Darrin Ingram
Choreographer: Susan Ingram
Music Director: Noreen Smith

Audition Dates & Times: 

5:30pm Monday 2/3, Tuesday 2/4 and Wednesday 2/5; callbacks (TBD)

Please come at least 15 minutes early to fill out the audition form and have your photo taken.

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Performance Dates: 

Friday, May 1st, 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 2nd, 1:00 pm
Saturday, May 2nd, 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 3rd, 1:00 pm
Sunday, May 3rd, 4:00 pm
Friday, May 8th, 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 9th, 1:00 pm
Saturday, May 9th, 4:00 pm

Audition Requirements: 

Audition Requirements:
No one over the age of 18 on May 1, 2020 will be cast.

VOCAL: Prepare at least 16 bars of a standard musical theatre song that demonstrates your vocal range and ability. Bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Alternatively, you may use a recorded accompaniment (with no vocals). Please do not sing a selection from this show.
DANCE: Please bring/wear appropriate clothing and footwear for choreography.

READINGS: Sides will be provided.
Open call audition; no appointment necessary. No roles have been precast. Non-Equity, no pay.

Plot Summary: 

There’s trouble in River City! When smooth-talking, con man Harold Hill arrives in tight knit, small town Iowa, he expects to swindle its residents with his elaborate moneymaking scheme. Despite his complete lack of musical literacy, he convinces everyone that he is a brilliant bandleader and recruits all the boys in town to form a band, pocketing the cash for instruments and uniforms. The problem? Some of the town members, especially the stern librarian, Marian Paroo, don’t quite buy Harold’s story. As Harold struggles to keep his scheme afloat, he finds himself developing an attachment to the townspeople, who have all experienced a positive change since Harold came to town. Complicating matters, Harold is conflicted about fleeing town when confronted with a new-found love for Marian. The Music Man, Jr. is an All-American, crowd-pleasing, charming musical with iconic musical numbers and offers a wide range of roles for kids age 6 - 18.

For More Information: 

Darrin Ingram: (805) 338-8015, Darrin.ingram@gmail.com

Character Breakdown: 

HAROLD HILL (Teen Male, G5-B3) - A smooth talking con man with enormous charisma and plenty of charm. Has to be very convincing to sell his con, like selling ice to Eskimos. Highly intelligent, calculating, and methodical (though not a villain). He has a good heart and his feelings to Marian and River City townspeople change him for the better. (A commanding speaking and singing voice with crystal clear diction required.)


MARIAN PAROO (Teen Female, G5-G3) – River City’s librarian and the only music teacher in town. She is a confident, smart, witty, intelligent and independent young lady. Dearly loves her mother and young brother. Dreams of her true love, the man who can understand and respect her.


MRS. PAROO (Female, Eb5-1) – The sweet and cheerful mother of Marian and Winthrop. She is the heart and soul of River City. Mrs. Paroo stands up for what she believes in and gently pushes Marian to think of her future. (The ability to speak in an Irish Brogue is a plus, but not required.)


WINTHROP PAROO (young Male, Eb5-C4) - Marian’s little brother and cute as a button. Doesn’t talk much because of a lisp and misses his father. Overcomes his insecurities and develops self-esteem and self-confidence by the end of the show.


MAYOR SHINN (Male) - The Mayor of River City. A self-important, pompous, and not terribly intelligent blusterer who often gets things wrong. Has 2 daughters. Overprotective of his eldest daughter, Zaneeta, whom he thinks is dating the wrong boy in town. Takes himself seriously, but comes across as funny. 


EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN (Female, D5-D4) - Mayor Shinn’s wife. She considers herself a high society lady who knows everyone and everything in town. She enjoys being the center of attention and presents as somewhat snooty. Eulalie is an eccentric person and doesn’t think she looks as ridiculous as she really is.

ZANEETA SHINN (Female) - Mayor’s & Eulalie’s daughter with teenager’s attitude. Has a crush on the “bad” boy in town, Tommy. Not rebellious but learning to stand up for herself. Very cute and bubbly.  (Dancing Experience Required)

GRACIE SHINN (young Female, Eb5-B3) – Zaneeta’s little sister. Somewhat of a tomboy and a bit devilish.

MARCELLUS WASHBURN (Male, D5-E4) - Former con man and friend to Harold Hill who now lives in River City. Dating Ethel Toffelmier, his boss’ niece, Marcellus is happy with his life now. He helps Harold learn about the town, tries to help him get out of town after the con. He is witty and funny. (This role requires dancing and singing experience).

ETHEL TOFFELMIER (Female, D5-D4) – Marcellus’s girlfriend. She is jolly and friendly. She does gossip, however, with the other ladies in town.

CHARLIE COWELL (Male) - A rival traveling anvil salesman. Thinks highly of himself and is very jealous of Harold’s success. First seen on the train at the start of the show then later returns to River City to warn the townspeople about Harold.  Eager to tar and feather "The Music Man" making himself a hero in the eyes of the town earning their trust and future business for himself.

AMARYLLIS (Young Female) - A precocious young girl who studies piano with Marian. Likes Winthrop, but doesn’t understand him.

CONSTABLE LOCKE (Male) - The town policeman. Always ready to do what is instructed. He is a wise man who sees through Harold, but doesn't seem to mind. 

EWART DUNLOP (Male, F5-E4) - A member of the School Board who does not get along with the other members. However, once Harold gets him to sing with the others, they are inseparable and not only learn to sing in harmony but live in harmony. Married to Maud Dunlop.

MAUD DUNLOP (Female, D5-D4) - Wife to Ewart. Gossipy friend of Eulalie and other “talk-a-little” ladies.

OLIVER HIX (Male, F5-E4) - A member of the School Board who does not get along with the other members. However, once Harold gets him to sing with the others, they are inseparable and not only learn to sing in harmony but live in harmony. Married to Alma Hix.

ALMA HIX (Female, D5-D4) - Wife to Oliver. Gossipy friend of Eulalie and other “talk-a-little” ladies.

JACEY SQUIERS (Male, A5-B3) - A member of the School Board who does not get along with the other members. However, once Harold gets him to sing with the others, they are inseparable and not only learn to sing in harmony but live in harmony. Married to Mrs. Squires.

Mrs. SQUIERS (Female, D5-D4) - wife to Jacey. Gossipy friend of Eulalie and other “talk-a-little” ladies.

OLIN BRITT (Male, D5-A3) - A member of the School Board who does not get along with the other members. However, once Harold gets him to sing with the others, they are inseparable and not only learn to sing in harmony but live in harmony.

TOMMY DJILAS (TEEN Male) - A teenager who has a crush on Zaneeta. The “bad” boy in town. Harold befriends him, makes him useful, and gives him purpose.

CONDUCTOR (Male) – A very busy man. He is intent on collecting tickets and doing the job. Loud and energetic!

ENSEMBLE (Males and Females) - To play townspeople who are very proud of River City, traveling salesmen, teen dancers, Wa Tan Ye girls, and the boys' band. Everyone will be featured as dancers and singers.