Auditions for ‘Drowsey Chaperone’ in Woodstock Dec. 15-16

Staff Report

WOODSTOCK, Illinois — Open auditions have been scheduled for TownSquare Players’ March 2015 production of The Drowsy Chaperone, the hilarious musical that was nominated in 2006 for 13 Tony Awards and won four Tonys, including Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.

Auditions will be in the Green Room of the Woodstock Opera House, 121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock, Illinois, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Producer Margaret Miller, Director Roger Zawacki, Music Director Rosemarie Aiello and Choreographer Catherine Yore are seeking 19 actors who can sing, move and act for the production, which will be performed March 6-22, 2015, at the Woodstock Opera House. No appointment is needed; no roles have been precast.

Those trying out should prepare an up-tempo song of about 2 minutes and bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Those trying out will also be asked to read from the script and learn a short dance taught by the choreographer. Because of the dance portion of the audition, those trying out are asked to wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes for dancing. Callbacks, if necessary, will be at a Woodstock storage and rehearsal building at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18.

Rehearsals will be in Woodstock beginning the week of Jan. 5 through the month of February for four evenings a week until Tech Week (the week of March 1). Those trying out are asked to bring their list of conflicts to auditions.

Desired stage ages for the characters range from 20-60, as follow:

• Man in Chair (male, narrator, stage age 40-55, must have excellent comic timing);

• Aldolpho (male, stage age 35-50, European accent needed);

• Feldzieg (male, stage age 30-50, Broadway producer);

• Robert (male, stage age 25-35, dashing groom);

• Underling (male, stage age 40-55, Mrs. Tottendale’s butler);

• Gangsters (two males, stage age 28-45, posing as pastry chefs);

• Photographers (male, stage age 25-40, sing/dance in the ensemble);

• Janet (female, stage age 25-35, actress leaving the stage to get married);

• Drowsy Chaperone (female, stage age 35-50, Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend);

• Mrs. Tottendale (female, stage age 50-60, airheaded hostess of the wedding);

• Kitty (female, stage age 20-30, dim-witted chorus girl);

• Trix (female, stage age 25-40, brash female aviatrix); and

• Maids (four females, stage age 20-35, sing/dance in the ensemble).

Contact Roger Zawacki at for more details.

TownSquare Players, Inc. (TSP), is the oldest active community theater group in McHenry County. It was established in 1968 and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 1973. The purpose of TSP is to promote, sponsor, support, produce, instruct, and engage in all the performing arts and other related activities.

Posted Dec. 10, 2014

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