Production Team

Director: Michael Butler
Musical Director: Ben Stefanoff
Choreographer: Rosanna Commisso

The S.S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colourful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeny, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist; her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favour of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh); and a second-rate con man named Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13”. Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life.

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton
and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN Theatrical
on behalf of Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

Performance Season – May/June 2018

May 24–25 & May 29–June 1 at 8pm
May 25 & June 1 at 2pm
The Arts Theatre, Adelaide

Production Week

Bump-in: Sunday, May 19

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be every Monday and Thursday night as well as Sundays.
MONDAY NIGHTS: 7.30–9pm at The Duke of Brunswick Hotel, 207 Gilbert St, Adelaide.
THURSDAY NIGHTS: 7.15–10.15pm at Hawthorn Church of Christ, 42 Angas Rd, Hawthorn.
SUNDAYS: Rehearsals will be conducted between 11am and 5pm. Times will vary but will be confirmed once a rehearsal schedule has been produced before rehearsals start. Sunday rehearsals will be at the Duke of Brunswick Hotel.

All cast are expected to arrive 15 minutes early.

Please note: All rehearsals are closed and observers such as partners, family, and friends are not permitted.

The first rehearsal date will most likely be Monday, January 28, 2019. A full rehearsal schedule will be available in the week leading up to the first rehearsal.

Audition Dates and Times

Venue: Hawthorn Church of Christ, 42 Angas Rd, Hawthorn.

Please make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition to warm up and to be prepared.

Please complete the Audition Application Form and bring it along with a headshot of yourself to your audition.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, December 1; Sunday, December 2; and Wednesday, December 5 with callbacks/additional auditions on Thursday, December 6.

Download the AUDITION INFORMATION PACK

Saturday, December 1

All auditionees must attend a group choreography audition (30 minutes) session plus an individual audition (10 minutes).

Group session times (click session time to book):

Sunday, December 2

All auditionees must attend a group choreography audition (30 minutes) session plus an individual audition (10 minutes).

Group session times (click session time to book):

Wednesday, December 5

All auditionees must attend a group choreography audition (30 minutes) session plus an individual audition (10 minutes). Bookings can be made via TryBooking: [].

Group session time (click session time to book):

Callbacks

If callbacks are required, they will be held on Thursday, December 6.

Audition Material

Dialogue

Please prepare the dialogue extracts that can be downloaded below.

During your audition, the director will workshop these extracts with you.

Music

Your music audition will consist of 2 parts: an individually prepared piece, as well as a set musical extract from ‘Anything Goes’.

For your individual audition, please prepare a song or extract no longer than 32 bars of your choice that showcases your vocal ability. This excerpt must not be from the show. It is recommended that your personal song choice is of a similar style to that of ‘Anything Goes’, and preferably not written by Cole Porter. You must supply your own sheet music for this piece. An accompanist will be provided on the day. Baking tracks will not be accepted. Your sheet music must be in the correct key you are singing in (be aware that sheet music is often in different keys from recordings you may listen to). Chord charts/lead sheets will not be accepted — it must be proper printed piano music.

Please prepare the music extracts that can be downloaded below.

During your audition, the musical director will workshop these extracts with you.

Choreography

During your audition, you will be taught 2 short pieces of choreography, one of which will be a tap piece. If you have tap shoes, please bring them. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can easily move in. It will not be necessary to prepare anything for the choreography, but please let us know if you have any special talents! We love to see your strengths!

Character Info

RENO SWEENEY

A sexy and charismatic nightclub singer and former evangelist. For some unknown reason, Reno has forsaken what was once her calling of evangelism and has become a very successful nightclub headliner. Reno is confident, clever, philosophical, funny, persuasive, and extremely comfortable with herself physically- and in every other way. She is practical and makes a good show of keeping it all together while romantic and tenderhearted underneath all her bravado. Reno is a consummate performer and a real showstopper. Must have comedic timing and be able to command the stage. In the beginning (and maybe forever – at least a little) she is in love with Billy.

Vocal Range: Mezzo/Solid Belt [G3–E♭5]
Stage Age: 25–40
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability.

Prepared Dialogue: 2 separate audition pieces: Reno_Billy & Reno_Evelyn.
Prepared Music: Anything Goes (bars 320–end) and Blow, Gabriel, Blow (bars 237–end). The musical director may also run auditionees through several exercises during their audition. Please note, there is a section in Blow, Gabriel, Blow where the musical director has marked free interpretation of the melody, as well as where you must return to what is written.

Download audition pack for RENO SWEENEY

BILLY J. CROCKER

Elisha Whitney’s kind but inefficient general manager who is in love with Hope. Must be charismatic and MUST have comedic timing: both verbal and physical plus considerable charm. Enough to win the heart of a steady girl engaged to a good man, and to have stolen the experienced heart and garnered the lavish attentions of Reno. Must be very confident physically, and willing to be put in silly situations. Must be able to move quickly. Idealistic.

Vocal Range: Tenor [B3–G4]
Stage Age: 18–30
Choreography Note: Strong dancer/mover

Prepared Dialogue: 2 separate audition pieces: Billy_Hope & Reno_Billy.
Prepared Music: You’re The Top (bars 50–96) & Easy To Love (whole song).

Download audition pack for BILLY J. CROCKER

HOPE HARCOURT

A wealthy and beautiful heiress. Hope is sailing to marry Lord Evelyn, who – although he is a very nice guy- is her heart’s second choice. It’s just after the crash, and her family has lost much of its fortune (while NOT losing it’s standing) — maintaining the family status quo is very important to her and critical to the ones she loves. Sweet, but with a strong sense of morals and duty. Willing to marry to satisfy mother’s wishes, instead of love. Good sense of humour, can be mischievous. Sparkling, ladylike individualism is good starting point set of adjectives for Hope.

Vocal Range: Soprano [A4–B♭5]
Stage Age: 16–25
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability

Prepared Dialogue: 2 separate audition pieces: Billy_Hope & Hope.
Prepared Music: Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye (whole piece).

Download audition pack for HOPE HARCOURT

SIR EVELYN OAKLEIGH

Hope’s aristocratic English fiancé. A steady, believable upper-crust English accent a MUST. An earnest, energetic, good-natured, gullible and charming jewel of a nerd (called so affectionately). Loves the Americans. Born knowing who he is, therefore has the gift of being clueless to anybody’s opinion of him. Must be capable of — and comfortable with — comedic acting, and be very willing to take directions and do just about anything (within reason, naturally).

Vocal Range: Tenor/Baritone [C3–G4]
Stage Age: 30–45
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability

Prepared Dialogue: 2 separate audition pieces: Evelyn & Reno_Evelyn.
Prepared Music: Gypsy In Me (start–bar 73).

Download audition pack for SIR EVELYN OAKLEIGH

MOONFACE MARTIN

Public Enemy #13, traveling (disguised as reverend); Wanted by the police. Uncomplicated and loveable gangster. Very interested in climbing up the most wanted ladder. Wily and quick-witted, yet somehow just this side of gullible, Moonface is loyal and willing to go the distance for a friend. He carries a machine gun in a violin case- ready for action- but it’s pretty obvious he’s untried in anything desperate. MAJOR comedic timing required; able to move nimbly/ quickly.

Vocal Range: Tenor [B♭3 – G♭4]
Stage Age: 30+
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability

Prepared Dialogue: 2 separate audition pieces: Moonface #1 & Moonface #2.
Prepared Music: Be Like The Blue Bird (whole song).

Download audition pack for MOONFACE MARTIN

ERMA

A traffic-stopping dame. Independent, modern, impulsive, courageous, boundless, immoderate, and driven by whatever gratifies her at the moment. She HAS to have the kind of physical presence that immediately causes every man within eyesight to zing! notice her. The actress playing this part must be extremely comfortable physically. She must be fresh and enjoyable in spite of her brazen ways, and be willing to play broad physical comedy. Lovably clueless, “joysey” accent.

Vocal Range: Mezzo (A4–C♯5)
Stage Age: 20 – 35
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability

Prepared Dialogue: 2 separate audition pieces: Erma_Angels #1 & Erma_Angels #2.
Prepared Music: Buddie, Beware (start–bar 33).

Download audition pack for ERMA

MRS EVANGELINE HARCOURT

Hope’s widowed mother who, at this point in time, is mainly concerned with social status and money (snob). Although born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and accustomed to the good life of the social elite, she has – because of the crash- learned to flow with the tide… yet has but one course in mind: She wants Hope to marry well- and by that she means rich! It’s the only way she can see that will save her home and her (and her daughter’s) place in society. Married well, but not to her one true love. Must be able to span the distance between refined lady and panic-stricken comedienne to breathless receiver of renewed hope.

Vocal Range: Can be either Soprano or Alto – no solo singing – will blend with ensemble
Stage Age: 40+
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability

Prepared Dialogue: 2 separate audition pieces: Evangeline_Elisha & Evangeline.
Prepared Music: It’s De-lovely (bars 53–80). Evangeline does not have any major solo singing; please prepare Hope’s solos in It’s De-lovely.

Download audition pack for MRS EVANGELINE HARCOURT

ELISHA J. WHITNEY

A successful Ivy league Wall Street banker/business tycoon. Extremely near-sighted and a gloriously functional drunk. Huge personality. Used to snapping his fingers and having the world stop to listen. Thinks he’s right, but also capable of listening to reason and changing his mind. Down-to-earth in some ways and outlandish in others. Very loyal to his alma mater (Yale).

Vocal Range: Baritone [C3 – D4]
Stage Age: 40+
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability

Prepared Dialogue: 2 separate audition pieces: Elisha & Evangeline_Elisha.
Prepared Music: The Crew Song (bars 59–74)

Download audition pack for ELISHA J. WHITNEY

LUKE

A presumably reformed gambler, and recent Christian convert. Traveling with Henry T. Dobson, and his cousin John.

Vocal Range: Can be either Tenor or Bass/Baritone – no solo singing – will blend with ensemble
Stage Age: 18+
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability

Prepared Dialogue: 2 separate audition pieces: Luke_John #1 & Luke_John #2.
Prepared Music: It’s De-lovely (start–bar 36). Luke does not have any major solo songs, so please prepare the Billy section of It’s De-lovely.

Download audition pack for LUKE

JOHN

Influenced by his cousin Luke, but loyal to his conversion and Dobson, John has a conscience, but an easily manipulated will; his vice had been demon rum.

Vocal Range: Can be either Tenor or Bass/Baritone – no solo singing – will blend with ensemble
Stage Age: 18+
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability

Prepared Dialogue: 2 separate audition pieces: Luke_John #1 & Luke_John #2.
Prepared Music: It’s De-lovely (start–bar 36). Luke does not have any major solo songs, so please prepare the Billy section of It’s De-lovely.

Download audition pack for JOHN

THE CAPTAIN

The man in charge of the S.S. American. Intelligent, strong, but a little too concerned with prestige. Good comedic timing.

Vocal Range: Baritone
Stage Age: 50+
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability

Prepared Dialogue: Please prepare the single Captain piece of dialogue.
Prepared Music: Public Energy Number One (start–bar 43). Please prepare both the Captain and Purser solo lines of this number.

Download audition pack for THE CAPTAIN

THE PURSER

A reliable, alert, and by-the-book, with an air of confident style. Great Comic timing and physical. In and out through the entire show, he keeps a lot of the action afloat!

Vocal Range: Tenor
Stage Age: 25+
Choreography Note: Strong dancer with tap ability

Prepared Dialogue: Please prepare the single Purser piece of dialogue.
Prepared Music: Public Energy Number One (start–bar 43). Please prepare both the Captain and Purser solo lines of this number.

Download audition pack for THE PURSER

ENSEMBLE

The remaining minor dialogue roles will be cast from the show’s ensemble; this includes the 4 Angels (Chastity, Charity, Purity and Virtue).

MALE ENSEMBLE (6 men)

Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including The Captain, the Purser, Henry T. Dobson, Fred, Sailors, Reporters, Photographers, FBI Agents and Passengers.

Vocal Range: All vocal ranges required; however, must be strong singers.
Stage Age: varies
Choreography Notes: Strong dance/movement skills with tap ability.

Prepared Dialogue: No dialogue is needed to be prepared.
Prepared Music: It’s De-lovely (start–bar 36).

Download audition piece for MALE ENSEMBLE

FEMALE ENSEMBLE (6 women)

Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the 4 Angels (Chastity, Charity, Purity, Virtue), Reporters, Photographers, FBI Agents and Passengers.

Vocal Range: All vocal ranges required; however, must be strong singers.
Stage Age: varies
Choreography Notes: Strong dance/movement skills with tap ability.

Prepared Dialogue: No dialogue is needed to be prepared.
Prepared Music: Anything Goes (bars 18–49).

Download audition piece for FEMALE ENSEMBLE

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