2017 Summer Series: Casting Breakdown
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE
KEN – (Baritone) the smoothie who, along with Victor, Adrian, and Fred, makes up a quartet modeled on The Drifters
ADRIAN – (Tenor)the slow one of the quartet
FREDERICK – (Bass) the implacable bass of the quartet
VICTOR – (Tenor) the preening bad-boy who gets most of the comedy
MICHAEL – (Tenor) genuinely suave and impressive, evokes the memory of Elvis
BRENDA – (Mezzo-Soprano) a combination of savvy, wit, brains and beauty
B.J. – (Alto) inspired by the titanic rhythm and blues shouter Big Mama Thornton
PATTIE – (Alto) the throaty voice of experience
DELEE – (Soprano) suggests the innocence of teenage girls, but with a wild streak
NATE (30s) – A happily married divorce attorney living on the Upper West Side of New York City.
VERA (30s) – His wife. Vera is an open hearted actress, on the cusp of motherhood.
VICKY (40s) – Their neighbor. A now urban, once Texan, chakra cleansing, mantra saying, chatty Cathy, salt of the earth kind of a gal.
JAMES (20) – A chubby, bald, undergrad with a secret.
BERTRAND (40s) – A charming, classy, suit & tie wearing French business man.
*NOTE: The voice of OFFICER DUFFY is played off stage by the actor playing JAMES.
VINCE LOMBARDI: Inspirational coach who let the Green Bay Packers to 5 NFL championships and 2 Super Bowls and became a legendary figure in football history. Difficult coach, husband and father who attended daily mass.
MARIE LOMBARDI: Strong and sometimes conflicted wife of Vince Lombardi and mother to their two children who often kept her husband grounded. The only person who could really challenge Lombardi.
MICHAEL MCCORMICK: young, enthusiastic reporter on his first major assignment for Look Magazine. Son of domineering father who was also a writer.
PAUL HORNUNG: “The Golden Boy”. Lombardi’s versatile running back who was often injured and got into off-field troubles. A vital piece of the Power Sweep and half of the “Thunder & Lighting“ pair with Jim Taylor.
DAVE ROBINSON: Packers’ powerful African American outside linebacker and team representative for the Players’ Association.
JIM TAYLOR: Packers’ soft spoken, dominant fullback with a knack for making hits and taking injuries in stride. Half of the “Thunder & Lighting” pair. Very business conscious professional athlete.
THE SECRET GARDEN
LILY – Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6) Mary’s aunt and Archibald Craven’s wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and metaphorically haunts the walls of Misselthwaite Manor.
MARY LENNOX – Female, 10 (Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5) A ten year-old girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Quite the curious explorer, and often finding herself in trouble. Stubborn and always fighting for what she believes in.
MRS. MEDLOCK – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.
DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN – Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite.
MARTHA – Female, 18-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) A faithful housemaid. Grew up near Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it. Although she is from a lower class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age.
ARCHIBALD CRAVEN – Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-A4) Mary’s uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. He has a hunch-back. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally. Mary painfully reminds him too much of his wife, Lily, who died ten years ago.
BEN WEATHERSTAFF – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible, E3-D#4) Head gardener. Secretly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on. He has worked for the family for many years. He calls himself “an old man.”
DICKON – Male, 16-25 (Range: Tenor, D3-G4) Martha’s younger brother. Looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds—including Mary. He is a young man who is between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the Garden.
COLIN CRAVEN – Male, 10 (Range: Young Voice, A3-E5) Archibald’s ten year-old son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants. He believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death.
MRS. WINTHROP – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Headmistress of a private school. Prides herself on nurturing girls with tempers. Mary seems to be more than she can handle.
The Following characters, referred to collectively as the Dreamers, are people from Mary’s life in India, who haunt her until she finds her new life in the course of the story. They are free to sing directly to us, appearing and disappearing at will.
ROSE LENNOX – Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, A3-D6) Mary’s mother. A “dreamer” from the past who doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald. Very loyal to her husband and refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that takes her life.
CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX – Male, 30-40 (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Mary’s father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.
ALICE – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Rose’s friend.
LIEUTENANT WRIGHT – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer in Mary’s father’s unit.
LIEUTENANT SHAW – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Fellow officer.
MAJOR SHELLEY – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.
MRS. SHELLEY – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Shelley’s wife.
MAJOR HOLMES – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.
CLAIRE HOLMES – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Holmes’ wife.
FAKIR – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, C3-B4) Itinerant Hindu ascetic.
AYAH – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Mary’s Indian nanny.
ROCK OF AGES
DREW – An appealing, good-guy rocker with great, easy comedic timing, a boyish charm, vulnerability and a very strong rock tenor voice. Drew works at the legendary Bourbon Room hoping and waiting for his dreams to come true. He finds an instant attraction to Sherrie, the beautiful new arrival from the Midwest, who encourages him to go after his dreams.
SHERRIE – Caucasian female, an in-shape, pretty, fresh faced, innocent Midwestern girl stepping right off the bus into a new world to pursue her dreams of stardom. Strong comedic timing, strong rock belt, good movement ability. Should be comfortable in revealing/skimpy clothing.
LONNY – The narrator of the piece, charming, mischievous, welcoming, vibrant personality, a guy who would be fun to spend one drunken night with. Strong, honest comedic timing/improv skills and strong rock vocals.
DENNIS DUPREE – Classic stoner type guy who runs the famous Bourbon Room club. Torn about whether he should sell the club to Hertz, a German businessman. Very strong comedic timing. A laid back, easy going dude real dude. Bari-tenor rock vocals.
STACEE JAXX/FATHER – A sexy rock star. Decided to leave his successful hair/metal-rock band to try it solo. Self important, confident intriguing in all the wrong ways, the ultimate bad boy; he is all about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Great strong comedic timing and strong rock tenor voice.
JUSTICE/MOTHER – African American female, strong presence, an easy sensuality about her, once a performer, she now operates a strip club where Sherrie winds up working. Takes on the maternal role for the girls that work for her. Strong, soulful vocals and belt needed.
HERTZ KLINEMANN – An attractive older German male. Uptight, cold, intimidating businessman trying to buy up the Strip to develop it. The bad guy of the piece. Strong comedic timing and baritone vocals.
FRANZ KLINEMANN – Hertz’s son, young German male. Works for his father but not by choice. Pressured and intimidated by his father. Shy, gentle with a big heart. Strong vocals and comedic timing.
REGINA – A fun, hippie type, in shape, earthy girl who fights against the attempted take over of The Strip. Strong comedic timing, belt vocals and comfortable in revealing/skimpy clothing.
MAYOR/JA’KEITH/ENSEMBLE – A strong character actor with good comedic timing to play numerous roles, strong rock tenor and strong dance/movement ability.
JOEY PRIMO/ENSEMBLE – A young male with the rocker sensibility, strong rock tenor and strong/dance/movement ability, possible US for Drew/Stacee.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE – Three of the sexiest female singer/dancers around. Sassy, in shape, beautiful. Must be comfortable in very skimpy/sexy clothing. Strong dancers proficient in jazz and modern, comedic ability and strong rock vocals. Will US principal roles.