CASTING CALL for THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE!

CASTING CALL for THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE!

The Theater League of Clifton announces auditions for their Fall Musical – “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. Seeking ‘triple threats’ and actors who sing, for all of the “Chic, Unique and quite Adorable” roles. A cast of at least 25 is being sought including ensemble roles and tap dancers.
Show dates November 3,4,5 10,11,12 2017. Audition dates: Wed. June 14, 7:00-9:30 pm. Sun. June 18, 1:00—4:00 pm. Tuesday, June 20, 7:00– 9:30pm for call backs and scheduled auditions. Auditions will all be held at ATC Studios 68 Union Ave, Clifton NJ.
The story is set in Manhattan 1922. A gutsy Millie Dillmount arrives to fulfil her modern and chic life dreams, which quickly dissolve into reality. She gets mugged, falls in love (“modern” don’t do that), lives in a seedy hotel run by an actress-turned-villain and encounters all the big city has to offer. Her adventures include meeting up with quite a wide variety of interesting people. Principal roles include:
Millie Dilmount 20-25 Spunky modern woman
Jimmy Smith 20-30 suave city slicker
Mrs. Meers 45-55 Hotel Manager
Dorothy Brown 20-25 Naïve wealthy roommate to Millie
Ching Ho 18-25 Chinese Hotel worker brother to Bun Foo
Bun Foo 20-30 Chinese Hotel worker brother to Ching Ho
Miss Flannery 35-45 Insurance Office Manager
Trevor Graydon 30-40 Insurance Executive
Muzzy Van Hussmere 35-45 Black Glamorous Night Club Performer
Secondary roles include 8-10 female roles and 8-10 male roles in the hotel, office, polices and for Muzzy’s boys. Also seeking speed tappists for the office and few older celebrity roles.
Open auditions for all roles. Please prepare a song in the style of the show. Sides will be provided at auditions. Please dress to move, choreography will be taught at auditions.
Director: Kathleen Kellaigh. Musical Director: Jalmari Vanamo. Choreographer: Judi Niebuhr. Stage Manager: Tara Freifeld. For more role information and vocal ranges
or call 973-928-7668

Thoroughly Modern Millie   

Character Details

Millie Dillmount
A spunky, modern woman trying to make it in New York City. She falls in love with Jimmy. Our story’s protagonist.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

Jimmy Smith
A suave city slicker who unexpectedly becomes the story’s hero. He falls in love with Millie.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Mrs. Meers
A former actress turned human trafficker pretending to be a kindly Chinese woman. She oversees the Hotel Priscilla where she secretly sells her tenants.
Gender: Female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Dorothy Brown
A naive, wealthy girl who has moved to New York to change her lifestyle. She becomes Millie’s roommate and confidant.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: B3

Ching Ho
A Chinese immigrant working to bring his mother to the United States. Younger brother of Bun Foo and henchman to Mrs. Meers. Sings and speaks in Chinese.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Bun Foo
A Chinese immigrant working to bring his mother to the United States. Older brother of Ching Ho and henchman to Mrs. Meers. Sings and speaks in chinese.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Miss Flannery
An uptight, stern office manager. She runs the stenographer pool at Sincere Trust Insurance Company.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Trevor Graydon
An executive at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company. He is sharp, ambitious, and secretly romantic.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Muzzy Van Hossmere
A glamorous actress and singer at a night club. She becomes Millie’s friend and mentor.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G#3
*It is the authors’ preference that, for thematic reasons, the role of Muzzy be played by an actress of color as an African-American character. Within an American context, Muzzy being African-American resonates very differently than her being Caucasian because show business was traditionally one of the only ways an African American could circumvent the worst of racism and embark on the same kind of self-reinvention that Millie is attempting — and, in 1922, there were limited avenues for that trajectory available to African-Americans.

George Gershwin
Gender: Male
Age: 35-45
Non Singing Role except as part of ensemble songs
Recognizable celebrity character of NYC at the time with minimal lines

Dorothy Parker
Gender: Female
Age: 35-45
Non Singing Role except as part of ensemble songs
Recognizable celebrity character of NYC at the time with minimal lines

Hotel Priscilla Girls
Ruth, Gloria, Rita, Alice, Cora, Lucille, Ethel Peas
Age: 20 -30
Minor Speaking Role.
Singing and Tap dancing a plus, part of ensemble as well

Male Ensemble
Gender: Male 8 -10 roles
Age: Varied
Singing and Tap Dancing a plus
Muzzy’s boys, Policeman, Dishwashers, NYC street folk

Female Ensemble
Gender: Female 2-4 roles
Age: Varied
Singing and Tap Dancing a plus
Office girls, New Modern, Pearl Lady, NYC Street Folk

Speed Tappists
Gender: Female
Age: 18 -35
Girls in Office who speed tap while sitting at desk. May also be part of the ensemble.
Can be dance role only.

 

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