Auditions for Hello, Dolly will begin at 6 p.m.Â Monday, April 6 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Performances will be June 4-July 5, 2015 on the Matuza Main Stage. The musical will be directed by Blake Osner.
The role of Dolly is pre-cast. All other roles are open to audition. There are 4 principal female roles, 4 principal male roles, plus a singing/dancing ensemble from which numerous supporting roles will be cast.
Bring headshot, resume, and be prepared to perform cold readings from the script. Actors should bring 16 bars of an upbeat Broadway song, with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No recorded tracks. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for movement.
Call the box office at 904-825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org.
Principals (4 female; 4 male)
*PRE-CAST â€” Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi â€” an indefatigable meddling matchmaker; a widow in her middle years *This role already has been cast
Mrs. Irene Molloy â€” a millionairess with a hat shop near 14th Street in New York City
Minnie Fay â€” a young girl who works in Ireneâ€™s Shop
Ernestina â€” a heavy-set girl in need of Mrs. Leviâ€™s services
Ermengarde â€” the 17-year-old niece of Horace Vandergelder
Horace Vandergelder â€” proprietor of a hay and feed store in Yonkers, NY and a client of Mrs. Leviâ€™s
Cornelius Hackl â€” Vandergelderâ€™s chief clerk, 33 years old
Barnaby Tucker â€” an assistant to Cornelius, 17 years old
Ambrose Kemper â€” a young artist seeking to marry Ermengarde
Supporting (from the ensemble)
Mrs. Rose â€” sells vegetables from a street cart, a friend of Mrs. Leviâ€™s from years before
Coachman â€” non-speaking
Horse â€” two chorus/dancers
Rudolph Reisenweber â€” the Prussian major-domo of the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant
Stanley â€” a young waiter
Fritz, Harry, Louie, Danny, Manny and Hank â€” waiters; non-speaking chorus/dancers
First Cook â€” Harmonia Gardens employee with a German accent
Second Cook â€” Harmonia Gardens employee
Judge â€” white whiskered, red nosed, New York night court
Policemen â€” several New York City officers; only one speaking
Court Clerk (Recorder) â€” male chorus member
Paperhanger â€” non-speaking
Townspeople of New York
Feed Store Customers
Harmonia Gardens Customers
Polka Contest Contestants
14th Street Parade Ensemble
ABOUT THE SHOW
HELLO, DOLLY! is the story of Mrs. Dolly Leviâ€™s efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, and send his money circulating among the people like rainwater the way her late husband, Ephraim Levi, taught her. Along the way she also succeeds in matching up the young and beautiful Widow Molloy with Vandergelderâ€™s head clerk, Cornelius Hackl; Corneliusâ€™ assistant, Barnaby Tucker, with Mrs. Molloyâ€™s assistant, Minnie Fay; and the struggling artist, Ambrose Kemper, with Mr. Vandergelderâ€™s weeping niece, Ermengarde.
Mrs. Levi tracks Vandergelder to his hay and feed store in Yonkers, then by train back to Mrs. Molloyâ€™s hat shop in New York, out into the streets of the city where they are all caught up in the great Fourteenth Street Association Parade, and finally to the most elegant and expensive restaurant in town, the Harmonia Gardens. There, Dolly is greeted by the waiters, cooks, doormen and wine stewards in one of the most famous songs in the history of American musical comedy, Hello, Dolly!
What happens in the end? Dolly gets her man, of course. Even makes him glad she caught him. Dolly leaves the stage at the end of Act II with a wink to the audience as she takes a peep into Vandergelderâ€™s bulging cash register, and promises that his fortune will soon be put to good use. She quotes her late husband as she says, â€œMoney, pardon the expression, is like manure. Itâ€™s not worth a thing unless itâ€™s spread around encouraging young things to grow.â€
Classic musical numbers include Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, It Only Takes A Moment and So Long, Dearie.