Beth Sholom and Adath Jeshurun Players Present
Beth Sholom and Adath Jeshurun Players The Drowsy Chaperone

The 2023 Musical is The Drowsy Chaperone



AUDITIONS!

Join our team and help make something fun and wonderful!

Performance Dates - Feb 16th (7:30PM), 18th (8PM), 19th (3PM), 2023

Please be sure to read this entire announcement for important details throughout.

Founded originally by Beth Sholom Congregation and then joined by Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Beth Sholom and Adath Jeshurun Players is a community theater group open to all members of the greater Jewish community. Our focus is on joy, teamwork, and community. Our goal is to tell a compelling story, not to achieve some sort of unattainable perfection. Come join us!

Regular rehearsals will take place Sunday afternoons and Monday and Wednesday evenings. See locations below.

COVID-19 - To reduce infection and ensure our show’s performances and success, all cast and crew must be fully vaccinated (i.e. up to date with the latest vaccines available to them) to participate in our show, including attending auditions, and will be expected to stay up to date. Be prepared to submit a picture of your vaccination card when you complete the audition form. Masking at rehearsals will depend on Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Community Level: Low & Medium (green & yellow) - masks optional, High (red) - masks required. Our policy is subject to change and is likely to be cautious.

Audition form - YOU MUST SIGN UP at https://tinyurl.com/BSAJDCForm to provide your information.

Audition dates -note new audition date- YOU MUST ALSO SIGN UP at https://tinyurl.com/BSAJPDCsched for an audition appointment in one hour blocks on Sunday, October 16th (11AM - 3PM at Beth Sholom) (this is the only audition date). Three people may each select a ten-minute slot for individual singing and reading auditions. After several individual auditions, there will be dance audition that everyone must participate in, subject to physical limitations. Your full audition may take up to an hour. If you are unable to join us on that day, please contact Max Minkoff.

Orchestra - for a variety of reasons, including COVID-19 considerations, we have chosen to use pre-recorded tracks again this year. We miss our musicians and hope to be able to work with you again soon!

SYNOPSIS Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

ROLES

Vocal ranges are determined by the songs each character sings. You can determine your vocal range here: https://youtu.be/9IejHKpfHso. Some general guidance: as they are in a show from the 1920s, all characters except for Man in Chair are encouraged to be played with a vaudevillian, stagey flair.

Ensemble - all ages, all ranges welcome! The ensemble will be maids and butlers, reporters, nightmare monkeys and more! Featured ensemble members will take part in many scenes of the show, while others who can make less of a time commitment may be a part of fewer numbers.

Man in Chair - Vocal range: Bass/Baritone (G2-C4). Quirky musical theatre aficionado and recluse who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the entire show peppering it with his own commentary as he listens to the Broadway recording of his favorite musical, 1928’s "The Drowsy Chaperone.” Role includes very minimal solo singing, but has great comedic opportunity. He speaks to the audience, not the other characters. His mannerisms should be amusing and charming while grounded in reality.

Janet Van de Graaff - Vocal range: Alto/Mezzo with both a big belt and a strong head voice (G3-A5). Feldzieg’s Follies star and bride-to-be who is conflicted about giving up her life on the stage to marry Robert Martin. Attractive, vivacious, loves being the center of attention. Special skills (acrobatics, juggling, playing an instrument etc.) a plus.

Robert Martin - Vocal range: Tenor (G2-A4). Dashing groom-to-be, head over heels in love with Janet. He is the matinee idol of the time – debonair, dashing, charming, and ever-cheerful. He is cheesy and optimistic. Some tap dancing and roller skating (or some facsimile) required.

The Drowsy Chaperone - Vocal range: Alto with strong belt (F3-E5). Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend. Care-free, often because she is intoxicated. An indulgent, melodramatic diva to be reckoned with, she couldn’t care less what the world thinks; huge comedic opportunity.

Aldolpho - Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor with strong falsetto (A#2-A4). Latin Lothario - believes himself to be quite the ladies man, he is confident, and vigorous, but somewhat of a buffoon. Requires larger-than-life acting and fake Spanish/Italian accent, great comic timing, and some flexibility for stage movement and physical comedy.

Mrs. Tottendale - Vocal range: Alto character voice (F3-Db5). A wealthy widow and host of the wedding. Charming, bubbly, flighty, eccentric, often times forgetful, and funny. Delightfully oblivious to the confusion her behavior generates in other people. Must be willing to “give” a spit take.

Underling - Vocal range: Baritone character voice (G2-G4). Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant. He is stoic, dry and sarcastic. “Receiver” of multiple spit takes.

Mr. Feldzieg - Vocal range: Baritone (Db3-F4). Harried Broadway producer and man on a mission, he will do anything to stop the wedding in order to keep Janet in Feldzieg’s Follies. He is blustering, nervous, sarcastic, impatient, and overbearing.

Kitty - Vocal range: Soprano/Mezzo with comedic belt (Bb3-Eb5). Mr. Feldzieg’s dim-witted brassy companion, a chorus girl with bold aspirations to be a leading lady.

George - Vocal range: Tenor (C3-Bb4). Robert’s incredibly anxious best man. He is loyal, sincere, and very VERY nervous. He makes looking out for Robert’s interests his top priority so that the wedding will come off without a hitch. Some tap dancing required.

Gangsters / Pastry Chefs - Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor (Db3-G4) or Alto/Mezzo (C4-Eb5). Two jovial gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. Must work together as a single comedic unit adept at wordplay and puns.

Trix the Aviatrix - Vocal range: Alto with strong belt (Ab3-Eb5). The brave and brash female aviator. She is sassy, sleek and a take-charge kind of gal. Small role with a big presence. Can double as ensemble.

DANCE There is one big production number where most folks will be required to do some dancing, while most of the other numbers requiring choreography entail more movement than dance. Exceptions are"Cold Feets," wherein Robert and George tap and "Accident Waiting to Happen," wherein Robert will be on roller skates.

REHEARSALS Our first rehearsal will take place at Beth Sholom on Sunday, October 23rd (2-5PM). Regular rehearsals will generally take place Sundays (2-5PM at Beth Sholom), Mondays (7-10PM at AJ), and Wednesdays (7-10PM at Beth Sholom) starting Monday, October 24th, excluding Thanksgiving and winter break as needed. Not everyone will be called for all rehearsals until we begin running full sections of the show after the beginning of the year. Efforts will be made to have multiple groups rehearsing at the same time to maximize the value of our time together.

REQUIREMENTS

As a valued and valuable member of our team, you are responsible for preparing your role as well as supporting our show’s success, including: Rehearsal attendance - with your audition sign-up you will submit a list of rehearsal conflicts. Once rehearsals begin you are expected at all rehearsals for which you are called, ready to begin 5 minutes before call time. Two further absences may require reducing your role in the show.

Final rehearsals & performances - “Hell week” begins the Sunday before our first performance. Call on that Sunday is at 10:30AM (NO EXCEPTIONS). You will be expected at the theater all of Sunday afternoon at least until 6PM (extended Dress Rehearsal), 6:00-10:30PM Monday - Wednesday (Dress Rehearsal), and 1.5 hours prior to each performance.

Set construction/move-in/strike - All performers are required to participate in at least 2 construction sessions (Sunday mornings TBA), moving the set from Beth Sholom to our theater at Gratz College (Sunday February 5th), and strike (dismantling and returning pieces to Beth Sholom) immediately after our final performance. Strike shouldn’t take much more than 1 hour with everyone’s participation.

Sales - our show simply cannot happen without financing from ad and ticket sales. Everyone on our team is expected both to promote ticket sales, especially to family and friends, and to sell ads in our show program.

AUDITION MATERIALS

Sheet music and script “sides” are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BSAJDCSides

Music that you can use to learn the songs are linked below:

All auditioners - I Do, I Do in the Sky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvlROtx6LSc

Main in Chair, Robert Martin, George, Feldzieg, Gangsters - Accident Waiting to Happen: https:// youtu.be/RHOZGeA5N6U?t=29

Janet, The Drowsy Chaperone, Trix, Kitty - Show Off: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=7Axh5juJg0k&t=180s

Aldolpho - I Am Aldolpho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mHyP8WwfzU

Mrs. Tottendale, Underling - Love Is Always Lovely: https://youtu.be/6PySl25YchA


Updated 10/2/2022