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, beginning at 6 pm
Monday, July 15, beginning at 8:15 pm
- Callbacks Thursday, July 18
- 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.
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.
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.
Ensemble: Will portray Showgirl Ghosts who will sing and dance in “Loveland” and “Buddy’s Blues.” Party Staff (Waiters, Singers, Dancers.)