2020-2021 Season Auditions
A Musical Comedy
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Directed by Robert Shirley
Production Dates: November 12, 2021 – December 12, 2021
Audition Dates: August 16 & 17, 7:00 p.m. at Zeiders American Dream Theatre in Town Center
Callbacks: August 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Little Theatre of Virginia Beach is pleased to announce auditions for the musical comedy, HELLO, DOLLY!
HELLO, DOLLY! is the musical version of THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder. The setting is the turn of the 20th Century in New York City and Yonkers, New York. Jerry Herman’s memorable score brings favorites like “Hello,Dolly!,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Motherhood March,” “It Takes a Woman,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Elegance,” and “Put on Your Sunday Clothes.”
The plot centers around Dolly Levi Gallagher, a widowed matchmaker of a certain age who “meddles” to arrange marriages and anything else that helps her earn an honest living. At the opening, Dolly is arranging a marriage for the well-known half-millionaire, Horace Vandergelder of Yonkers. She has set up a meeting between Horace and Mrs. Irene Malloy who is herself a widow. Trouble ensues when Dolly decides to take Horace for herself while tying up all the loose ends between the other characters. All ends up well, and the people are happy.
DOLLY GALLAGHER LEVI—Woman of a certain age who has an effervescent quality, can move/dance gracefully, and carry a Broadway alto range
MRS. IRENE MALLOY—a millineress with a hat shop near 14th Street in New York City. A warm, vibrant woman with a legitimate mezzo voice.
MINNIE FAY—a young girl who works in Mrs. Malloy’s hat shop. Bubbly, flirty, girl with good comic timing and a strong mezzo voice.
ERNESTINA—a single woman in need of Mrs. Levi’s services. Bold, comedic actress with a great sense of humor, loud voice, and uninhibited dancing ability.
ERMENDARDE—the 17-year-old niece of Horace Vandergelder. A strong dancer and comedian who can carry a tune.
HORACE VANDERGELDER—proprietor of a hay and feed store in Yonkers, NY and a client of Mrs. Levi’s. A gentleman of a certain age with a grumpy, bossy disposition and a passable Broadway voice.
CORNELIUS HACKL—Vandegelder’s chief clerk, 33 years old. A winsome young man with a legitimate baritenor voice who can dance/move well.
BARNABY TUCKER—an assistant to Cornelius, 17 years old. An exuberant young man with a sense of wonder, a strong voice, and dance ability.
AMBROSE KEMPER—a young artist seeking to marry Ermengarde. A good dancer.
SUPPORTING FROM THE CHORUS
MRS. ROSE—a street seller and friend of Dolly Levi.
RUDOLPH REISENWEBER—the Prussian major-domo of the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant
STANLEY—a young waiter
FRITZ, HARRY, LOUIE, DANNY, MANNY, AND HANK—Harmonia Gardens waiters; non-speaking chorus/dancers
FIRST COOK—Harmonia Gardens employee with a German accent
SECOND COOK—Harmonia Gardens employee
JUDGE—white-whiskered, red-nosed, New York night court
POLICEMEN—several New York City officers, only one speaking
COURT CLERK (Recorder)—male chorus member
Townspeople of New York
Feed Store Customers
Harmonia Gardens Customers
Polka Contest Contestants
14th Street Parade Ensemble
Prepare a vocal selection (app. 1 minute / 32 bars) in your range that demonstrates your best vocal performance. Be aware that you may be stopped before you finish a complete song. If you want to ensure that you get to the best part, cut your music accordingly. An accompanist will be provided, OR you may bring your own accompaniment. A CD player (be sure your CD is playable on other machines) and an iPod/phone dock will be provided. Your vocal range may be checked as well.
Since all characters do not need to dance, dance ability will be assessed at callbacks.
Cold readings of the script will be requested as needed.
(Note: Casting decisions will be announced by Friday, August 20 by email, text, or telephone.)
Cast members will have measurements, fittings, and publicity photos shortly after casting.
Company rehearsals will begin September 6 following the opening of BASKERVILLE.
Please direct audition questions to firstname.lastname@example.org