Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Looking for the right vehicle for your acting chops—one where you can even strip? The Cranford Dramatic Club is seeking actor/singer/dancers for their upcoming production of that classic of musical theater, Gypsy:

Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Music, Lyrics & Book by Arthur Laurents
Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello
Musical Director Ken Magos
Choreographer Megan Ferentinos

  • Children (under 17): 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 9 & Monday, January 10.
  • Adults (17+): 8:00 PM on Sunday, January 9 & Monday, January 10
  • Callbacks will be on Sunday, January 16 starting at 2:00 PM.
WHERE: The Cranford Dramatic Club, 78 Winans Ave., Cranford NJ
PERFORMANCE DATES: Fridays and Saturdays, May 6–21 with one Sunday Matinee on May 15.

Gypsy is based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee. In mid-1920’s to mid-1930’s America, the story focuses on Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” Rose concentrates on her talented younger daughter June, leaving older, less talented Louise in her sister’s shadow. When June tires of being controlled by her mother and runs away, Rose turns her attention to Louise. In the midst of the Great Depression when vaudeville shows are dying, Rose pushes Louise to become a stripper where she finds her talent and becomes Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist.

  • Rose: (40–55) Strong acting skills and movement required. Should be a strong mezzo.
  • Louise: (20–30) Needs versatility to portray awkward teen and the sophisticated woman she becomes as Gypsy Rose Lee. Dance required. Vocal versatility required.
  • Dainty June: (18–28) Strong actor with a quick sardonic whit. Strong dancing skills required. Strong vocals with a high belt.
  • Herbie: (40–55) Mild-mannered actor. Dance not essential. Baritone.
  • Tulsa: (18–28) “boy-next-door type.” Charming. Dance skills essential. Bari-tenor.
  • Baby June: (10-13) must look young. Pretty/cute and fake. Child belt. Strong acting and dancing required.
  • Baby Louise: (10–13) must look young but older than June. (June’s less talented but older sister. Strong actress with ability to sing and dance.
  • Tessie Tura: (35+) Burlesque dancer that shares her dressing room with Louise. Mezzo Belt (movement required)
  • Mazeppa: (35+) Burlesque dancer. Alto Belt (movement required)
  • Electra: (40+) Burlesque dancer. Mezzo Belt (minimal movement required)
SUPPORTING ROLES: (there may be some doubling)
  • Pop: (55+) Rose’s father
  • Kringeline: (45+)  male – Pompous hotel manager
  • Weber: (40+)  male – Theater manager
  • Goldstone: (40+) male – mild man, Booking agent
  • Uncle Jocko: (40+) male – Sarcastic master of ceremonies
  • Patsey: (20+) male – Stage manager at burlesque show
  • Cigar: (40+) male – Burlesque Manager
  • Phil: (28+) male – Press agent
  • Bougern-Cochon: (20+) male – French Photographer for Vogue
  • Miss Crachitt: (35+) female – Smartly groomed secretary
  • Renee: (20+) female – French-speaking maid
  • Farm Boys: (17–28) Tenor/high baritone, strong movement/dancing skills: L.A (featured),Yonkers (featured),Kansas (featured), Little Rock, East St. Louis
  • Hollywood Blondes/Show Girls: (17–28) Mezzo singers. Strong movement: Agnes (featured), Betsy Ann, Edna Mae, Geraldine, Carol Ann, Marjorie May
  • Newsboys: (8–13) Young looking, dancing and singing required: Charlie (tap dancer), Boy scout, Rich boy, Hopalong
  • 2 Young girls: (7–12) kids in Uncle Jackos show
Please prepare a song in the style of the show and character (if applicable) you’re auditioning for. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key.

For further information please e-mail or after 12/30 please contact Rosemary Schultz at .