Possum Point Players’ HOW TO SUCCEED... Musical Comedy Auditions – January 6 and 7, 2019; 7 PM
Possum Point Players announce auditions for Frank Loesser and Abe Burrow’s musical comedy, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, co-directed by Lorraine Steinhoff and John H. Hulse, on Sunday, January 6 and Monday, January 7, 2019, at 7 PM at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Rd; Georgetown, Delaware.
The cast requires fourteen men and twelve women. Auditions are open to all actors and actresses, no prior experience required.
Auditions consist of performing one musical piece of no more than 16 bars, a short choreography session, and readings from the script. Singing without accompaniment or along with a taped performer is discouraged. There will be a piano accompanist and those auditioning are encouraged to bring CDs.
The cast must be available for all show dates, which are April 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14, 2019.
Those needing more information, or unable to attend the audition, but interested in auditioning or being part of the production crew, should contact John H. Hulse at 302-245-4147 or Lorraine Steinhoff at 302-745-0235.
HOW TO SUCCEED... follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a handbook as his guide to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. This is the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning, irreverent and tuneful satire of big business in 1961, jam-packed with sly, swift, and sharp humor!
The roles include:
J. PIERREPONT FINCH - (m, tenor, acting range 20 – 30) Our story's protagonist. An irrepressible, clear-eyed, almost puckish hero, he is a window washer who applies for a job at the World Wide Wicket Company and attempts to climb the ladder of success. The role requires an actor with natural charisma and charm to keep the audience on his side. G4 - C3
ROSEMARY PILKINGTON - (f, mezzo or alto, acting range 20 - 30) A beautiful, loyal and long-suffering secretary who instantly falls in love with Finch. For the character of Rosemary to really work, she needs to be played more playful than serious. B4 - A3
J.B. BIGGLEY - (m, baritone, acting range 45 – 70) Self-important, philandering, blowhard President (“The Boss”) of the World Wide Wicket Company. Underneath his ruthless exterior he is a college lad at heart with a secret passion for knitting. A4 - C3
BUD FRUMP – (m, tenor-baritone, acting range 20 – 40). The boss's (Biggley’s) nephew
and Finch’s nemesis. An arrogant, obnoxious, lazy young man who makes numerous attempts to advance his career through devious schemes and by using his family connections. A very funny part, the role requires an actor who’s not afraid to exploit his inner dork. F4 - C3
HEDY LA RUE – (f, soprano or mezzo, acting range 21 – 35) Sexy, bombshell, “other woman” who gets a job at the company because she is Biggley’s mistress. She may appear to be dim-witted, but she knows how to manipulate men to get what she wants. Eb5 - C4
MISS SMITH (SMITTY) – (f, mezzo or alto, acting range 20 – 45) A cynical, single working-woman with a painfully dry sense of humor. She’s a best friend and confidant of Rosemary and a good secretary who is on the lookout for a man.
MISS JONES - (f, high belt soprano, acting range 40 – 65) J.B. Biggley's extremely gruff, unmovable executive secretary who enjoys the respect her position and years of experience command. She can be abrupt and tough, but is kind-hearted and good to those who are good to her. Gb5 - Bb3
MR BERT BRATT - (m, baritone, acting range 20 – 60) The Personnel Manager, adept in the main skill required for holding his job - agreeing with the boss.
MR TWIMBLE – (m, baritone, acting range 50 – 75) A fussy, likable, old-fashioned, loyal company man who has climbed from mail-room worker to head of the mail-room. Believes his 25-year longevity with the company is due to his lack of ambition and his knack at staying unnoticed. E4 - C#3 (Can be played by the same actor who portrays MR WALLY WOMPER)
MR MILTON GATCH – (m, tenor, baritone, or bass, acting range 30 -60) A sleazy, confident, handsome head of the Plans and Systems department with a penchant for the ladies.
MISS KRUMHOLTZ - (f, soprano, mezzo, or alto, acting range 25 – 65) A secretary of Mr. Gatch, then J. Pierrepont Finch. Miss Krumholtz is the professional secretary that is completely loyal to the executive she is assigned to that day.
MR BENJAMIN BURTON DANIEL OVINGTON - (m, tenor, baritone, or bass, acting range 25 – 50) Tall, handsome, athletic, smart, prospective head of the advertising department.
MR. WALLY WOMPER - (m, baritone, acting range 50 – 70) Gruff but charming Company Chairman and former window washer who is proud of his blue-collar background. E4 - D3 (Can be played by the same actor who portrays MR TWIMBLE)
EXECUTIVES - (m, various vocal ranges, acting ranges 20 - 35) Chorus. Multiple speaking parts. Must sing and dance well.
SECRETARIES - (f, various vocal ranges, acting ranges 20 - 35) Chorus. Multiple speaking parts. Must sing and dance well.
BOOK VOICE - the "voice" of the book How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, which narrates the musical
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
Possum Point Players is supported, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
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