Auditions for FOLLIES

Audition Dates: Sunday, July 14 and Monday, July 15

FOLLIES by James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Robert Chapel
Musical Direction by Greg Harris
Choreography by Perry Medlin

  • Performance Dates: Thursday, October 3 – Preview night
  • October 4 – October 27, Gibson Theater performances
  • October 5 – please note that this performance is the “Follies Affair”
  • Possible extension – October 30 – November 2
  • Audition Dates: Sunday, July 14 and Monday, July 15
    • Sunday, July 14 6- 10 pm: Singing/Acting auditions. (Sign up for a reserved slot.)
    • Monday, July 15 6:30-8 pm: Group Dance Auditions for all auditionees.**
      8:15-10 pm: Singing/Acting auditions. (Sign up for a reserved slot.)
    • Callbacks, Thurs. July 18 7-10 pm: (After auditions, those who are called back will be notified by the director.)
    • Audition Details Below
  • Rehearsals Begin: Sunday, August 4, with rehearsals Sundays through Thursdays

Description: It is 1971, and the iconic Weismann Theater, now a crumbling shell of its former glory, is about to be demolished. As a farewell tribute to the doomed building, Broadway impresario Dimitri Weismann arranges a reunion of the actors, singers, dancers, and personalities that made up his famous Follies during the years between the World Wars. In an atmosphere of bittersweet nostalgia, a wide variety of faded glamour girls — the famous Follies beauties of years gone by — laugh, reminisce, brag, boast, express regret, and perform the musical numbers which made them famous, trailed by the ghostly memories of their younger selves. With the endless variety of Stephen Sondheim’s score, a loving and brilliant pastiche of show music from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, and the time-travel trickery of James Goldman’s book, FOLLIES is a glamorous and fascinating peek into a bygone era, and a clear-eyed look at the transformation of relationships over time. This show features the wistful torch song “Losing My Mind,” the wry showstopper “I’m Still Here,” and, of course, “Broadway Baby,” that determined ode to making it in show business.

Cast Breakdown:

Carlotta Campion: The one-time movie star, who is in terrific shape for her age. The kind of woman who has seen everything and is proud to be standing where she is.
(Female, 45-55, Vocal range top B4, bottom E3)

Stella Deems: An older woman who surprisingly moves with a special lightness; half of a former performing duo with her husband, but they gave it up to open a general store in Miami. Loves life and has led a good one.
(Female, 55-65, Vocal range top F5, bottom E3)

Emily Whitman: A bright and papery woman. Married to Theodore, with whom she teaches dance. (Female, 65-80, Vocal range top D5, bottom B3)

Theodore Whitman: A bright and papery man. Married to Emily with whom he teaches dance. (Male, 65-80, Vocal range top D4, bottom B2)

Hattie Walker: An appealingly tough, no-nonsense lady. She has married several times and always to the same type: the bad boy.
(Female, 65-75, Vocal range top B4, bottom G3)

Solange La Fitte: A French fashionista. Very much still alive and enjoying it, she is a perfume creator and seller. Has traveled the world but loves Paris more than any other place.
(Female, 60-70, Vocal range top G5, bottom A3)

Dimitri Weissman: An acerbic, vital, energetic man who looks fifteen years younger than he really is. Staged the Follies every year between the great wars, and made stars of any girl he wanted from the legions who threw themselves at him.
(Male, 70-80)

Roscoe: An elderly showman with a majestic tenor voice who introduces the Follies girls as if no time has passed and they are still the beautiful young girls of years ago.
(Male, 55-65, Vocal range top A5, bottom D4)

Heidi Schiller: Queenly, Viennese woman. Incredibly rich and well known in elite social circles, she is constantly reminiscing.
(Female, 65-75, Vocal range top G5, bottom D4)

Sally Durant Plummer: Petite. Sweet-faced. Bubbly. Still remarkably like the girl she was twenty-five years ago. A former Follies girl, she married a man she didn’t love. Needy and delusional at times.
(Female, 40-45, Vocal range top G5, bottom F3)

Phyllis Rogers Stone: Stylish and intelligent. Her face is more beautiful now than it was twenty-five years ago. A woman who made her husband her life, the journey has hardened her and replaced the traces of life with cold sophistication and poise.
(Female, 40-45, Vocal range top E5, bottom F3)

Buddy Plummer: A handsome, charismatic man with a sad face wrinkled from years of too much smiling. Stuck in a broken marriage and has multiple affairs.
(Male, 50-60, Vocal range top F5, bottom C4)

Benjamin Stone: Tall, trim, distinguished, successful, authoritative. A man bent on success from a young age who has achieved it and now realizes the toll it had on personal relationships.
(Male, 50-60, Vocal range top F5, bottom A3)

Young Heidi: A younger version of the Heidi we see today. Already queenly, but perhaps not yet rich and so well connected.
(Female, 18-25, Vocal range top A5, bottom E4)

Young Sally: A younger version of the adult Sally. She is perhaps the most similar to her adult counterpart of any of the foursome. Sweet-faced. Bubbly. Adventurous. Wants it all, but may not have the patience or drive to wait for it.
(Female, 18-25, Vocal range top G5, bottom C4)

Young Phyllis: A younger version of Phyllis, when she was an energetic and naive Follies girl. Slightly sad and homesick. With all the drive and none of the sophistication of the adult Phyllis.
(Female, 20-25, Vocal range top E5, bottom B3)

Young Buddy: A younger version of the Buddy we see today. Charismatic and lively, a man who knows how to have fun. Loves Sally blindly and wants to give her the world.
(Male, 25-30, Vocal range top G5, bottom C4)

Young Ben: A not yet fully realized version of the man we see before us today, he is driven and intelligent but not quite so distinguished, and not yet frightened by his success.
(Male, 25-30, Vocal range top F5, bottom C4)

Dee Dee West, Meredith Lane, Christine Donovan: Three more former Follies girls.
(Female, 55-75)

Ensemble: Will portray Showgirl Ghosts who will sing and dance in “Loveland” and “Buddy’s Blues.” Party Staff (Waiters, Singers, Dancers.)

VITAL INFORMATION

  • PERFORMANCES: October 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
  • Matinees: Sundays, October 13, 27
  • Thursday, October 3 – Preview night
  • October 4 – October 27, Gibson Theater performances
  • October 5 – please note that this performance is the “Follies Affair”
  • Possible extension – October 30 and 31 and November 1 and 2

LOCATION Auditions will be held at Live Arts. Check in on 3rd Floor Lobby, please.
Performances take place in the Gibson Theater of Live Arts, 123 East Water St.

REHEARSALS FOLLIES will rehearse five days a week, Sundays through Thursdays, most often in
the evenings (7-10pm) from Sunday, August 4 until Opening Night. You will not
always be called, but when you are, we expect you to show up ready to
perform. We do our best to schedule around your availability after you’ve given us
your conflicts. You will receive a conflict calendar the week before auditions to
complete and bring in with you.

AUDITION DETAILS

TO RESERVE YOUR AUDITION TIME: To schedule a five-minute slot, please email marian@livearts.org.  She will help you choose the best time for you and reserve you a spot. She will also send you a script and audition information sheet.

If you cannot attend auditions but wish you could, please let Marina know, as we may be able to schedule a different audition time. Before auditions, she will send you a conflict calendar and audition form to print and fill out ahead of time. This will make your audition much more relaxed, fun and focused.

** Dance Auditions: There is only one dance audition on Monday night. If you are auditioning Sunday evening, we ask that you return Monday, July 15, 6:30-8 pm for the dance audition. Then, you’re free to go. If you are auditioning Monday, July 15, you’ll have a break between dance and singing/acting auditions which will give you time for cool-down prepping. Please just wear comfortable clothing. Perry Medlin just wants you to be comfortable in your shoes. You don’t need tap shoes, just hard-soled, closed-toed.shoes. If you have character shoes, that’s great. If you absolutely cannot come to the Monday Dance Audition, please let Perry know during your Sunday night audition.

Singing/Acting Auditions: You may choose to sing first or act first, whatever order makes you more comfortable. The goal is an informal, relaxed experience!

For your song: Please just pick 32-40 bars of something you love, even from Follies. Bring your piano sheet music (in the same key). If you can, please put your music in a 3-ring binder, with your entrances and endings clearly marked. If you do not, we will hole-punch it and put it in a binder for you before you go in, no worries. Please be advised that music can be found at musicnotes.com or sheetmusicplus.com. If you don’t have music, come in and sing a capella.

For your acting: Please choose your favorite one to two-minute contemporary monologue, preferably memorized. If you don’t have one memorized, then please prepare a one to two-minute reading from a script you like.

Relax, have fun, we’re rooting for YOU! Sing “Happy Birthday” if it’s your very first audition – no worries! The idea is to have fun and sing your heart out! Please just show up, and TAKE THE LEAP! But IF you have a song, please use the guidelines. Thanks!

Please Be Early – there will be a tiny bit of paperwork, and we may even get ahead of time.

Callbacks will be scheduled by invitation from the directors. You will be notified, and you will receive more information after your audition.

QUESTIONS? You may also call the Live Arts Office at 434-977-4177 ext. 107 and talk with Marian.