“The Drowsy Chaperone” – Main Stage Auditions

Monday March 5, 2018
Tuesday March 6, 2018



Gerry Blanchard


About this Musical

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.



June 8, 9, 10 & June 15, 16, 17, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm
Jackson College’s Potter Center
2111 Emmons Rd. Jackson, MI 49201


This production calls for…

Ages 18+, any gender. See character list below.


What actors should expect at auditions

Auditions will include the one-minute vocal audition, cold readings from the script with other actors, and learning a short choreography routine.


What actors should prepare for auditions

-Approximately one minute of music to sing. Please bring either sheet music for our accompanist or a background track (an accompanist as well as a CD player with aux cord will be provided).
-Actors should also bring their calendar of obligations for April 10 through June 18.
-Wear comfortable clothing for choreography.


Character List

  • Man In Chair: Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.
    • Male age 30 to 50
  • Mrs. Tottendale: The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.
    • Female age 50 to 60

  • Underling: Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.
    • Male age 35 to 50

  • Robert Martin: The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.
    • Male age 25 to 35

  • George: Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best-interest always at heart.
    • Male age 35 to 50

  • Feldzieg: Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by Jack Adler.
    • Male age 25 to 35

  • Kitty: Feldzieg’s dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by Sadie Adler.
    • Female age 25 to 30

  • Gangsters: Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers.
    • Male age 35 to 45
  • Aldolpho: European self-proclaimed “ladies man”; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli.
    • Male age 35 to 45

  • Janet Van De Graaf: The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg’s Follies; played by rising star Jane Roberts.
    • Female age 25 to 35

  • The Drowsy Chaperone: Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell
    • Female age 45 to 55

  • Trix: The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding.
    • Female age 30 to 40

  • Ensemble
    • Males and females ages 18+

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

Regular rehearsals will begin Monday April 10 and run Monday through Thursday with an occasional Friday. Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal, at the discretion of the director. Tech Rehearsals will be held Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3, normally from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. Rehearsals are mandatory for all actors June 2nd through June 7th.



Gerry Blanchard at studioarts@comcast.net or (517) 539-4118.

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