The 2019 Musical is The Music Man

Performances in February 2019 at Gratz College 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA

Audition Information

Announcing Auditions for Beth Sholom and Adath Jeshurun Players’ 2019 Show The Music Man!

Performance Dates - February 7th (7:30PM), 9th (8PM), 10th (3PM), 2019.

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 Jew- ish community. In the spirit of community theater, often close to 100 actors, musicians, costumers, set builders, light and sound designers and managers, stage crew, and more work together to create community as we create our show. Come join us!

Audition dates - YOU MUST SIGN UP for an audition appointment at in one hour blocks on Wednesday, October 10th (7-10PM at Beth Sholom) and Sunday, October 14th (1-3PM at Adath Jeshurun). Two 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. When your sign-up is received you will be emailed audition materials. Callbacks (by invitation) will take place Monday, October 15th, 7-10PM.

NOTE: ALL potential members of the barbershop quartet will be called back on October 15 to sing together. Participation in this call-back is mandatory and not subject to exception. You must still attend one of the other audition dates. If that is impossible, you may attend the call-back for the quartet. Just attending the call-back may affect your being cast in any other featured part.

Our read-through will take place Monday, October 22nd at 7PM.

Roles - ages are as they appear on stage, not necessarily your age. Vocal ranges are determined by the songs each character sings. You can determine your vocal range here:

  • Ensemble - all ages and all vocal ranges welcome! Ensemble members are small town folks who are proud of their town. Various featured roles. Teen dancers, marching band. This show features many children!
  • Youth Roles
    • Winthrop Paroo - appears 6 to 11 years old, range: Treble: C to E flat: Marian’s shy, younger brother, speaks with a lisp, begins shy and blossoms
    • Tommy Djilas - appears 15 to early 20s years old, range: Sings with ensemble: “Bad boy” teenager who has a crush on Zaneeta. Moves well
    • Zaneeta Shinn - appears 14 to early 20s years old, range: Sings with ensemble: Mayor’s and Eulalie’s ditzy teenage daughter who has a crush on Tommy Djilas
    • Amaryllis - appears 8 to early teens years old, range: Alto: Middle C to E: Slightly bratty young piano student of Marian’s who likes Winthrop
    • Gracie Shinn - appears 6 to 11 years old, range: Alto: MIddle B - E flat: Mayor’s and Eulalie’s younger daughter; boyish and a bit devilish
    • Marian Paroo - appears 20s to 40 years old, range: Soprano: Low G to High A: Stuffy and conceited town librarian and part-time piano teacher who falls in love with Harold Hill.
    • Mrs. Paroo - appears 45 to 60 years old, range: Alto/Mezzo/Belt: Low A flat to E flat: Mother to Marian and Winthrop, capable of Irish brogue
    • Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn - appears 35 to 65 years old, range: Alto: Middle D to D: Society lady, leader of ladies auxiliary, knows everyone in town, struts like a peacock, snooty, good comic timing
    • Ethel Toffelmier - appears 25 to 50 years old, range: Alto: Middle D to D: Jolly and friendly, dating Mercellus
    • Pick-A-Little Ladies - appears 25+ years old, range: Alto: Middle D to D: Members of the ladies auxil- iary, married to 3 of the Barbershop Quartet men.
    • Harold Hill - appears 30 to 50 years old, range: Baritone: Low A flat to High F: Charismatic con man and traveling salesman; falls in love with Marian
    • Marcellus Washburn - appears 25 to 55 years old, range: Tenor: Middle G to High A: Comical friend of Harold Hill and former con man; has settled down as a resident of River City
    • Mayor Shinn - appears 40 to 65 years old, range: Sings with ensemble: Pompous local politician, good comic timing
    • *Barbershop Quartet - appears 25+ years old, range: Bass, baritone, second tenor, high tenor: Four quarreling Members of the School Board, important singing roles, capable of holding harmonies, some acting. As stated above, ALL potential barbershop quartet members must be available for callbacks, Monday, October 15th.
    • Charlie Cowell - appears 25+ years old, range: Any range: An anvil salesman who tries to expose Hill as a con man
    • Constable Locke - appears 25+ years old, range: Any range: The town sheriff
Rehearsals will generally take place Sundays (2-5PM), Mondays (7-10PM), and Thursdays (7-10PM) starting Monday, October 22nd, excluding Thanksgiving and winter break. Not everyone will be called for all rehearsals until we begin running full sections of the show, likely after the beginning of the year.


As a valued and valuable member of our team, you are responsible for preparing your role as well as support- ing our show’s success, including:

Rehearsal attendance - with your audition sign-up you will submit a list of rehearsal conflicts. Once re- hearsals begin you are expected at all rehearsals for which you are called, ready to begin 5 minutes before call time. Two further absences may be grounds for dismissal.

Final rehearsals & performances - “Hell week” begins the Sunday before our first performance. Call time on that Sunday is at noon (NO EXCEPTIONS). You will be expected at the theater all of that Sunday after- noon at least until 6PM (extended Dress Rehearsal), 5:30-10PM Monday (Dress Rehearsal), 5:30-10PM Tues- day (Dress Rehearsal), 5:30 to 10PM Wednesday and 2 hours prior to each performance. There will be an additional rehearsal for a sitz probe, on a Sunday evening to be announced (This is in addition to the regular rehearsal that day)

Set construction/move-in/strike - All performers are required to participate in at least 2 construction ses- sions (Sunday mornings TBA), moving the set from Beth Sholom to our theater at Gratz College (date TBA), 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.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.

Updated 9/8/2018