Directed by Jane Falion with Music Direction by John Dale Smith
Auditions: August 20-21,
Tue./Wed., 7 pm
Shows: December 4-8, 11-15, 2013
(Note Wednesday shows)
A successful song-and-dance team falls for a sister act. They team up to save the failing Vermont Inn owned by their former commanding general in this musical based on the 1954 Paramount film.
BOB WALLACE – (Late 20’s to mid 30’s) A major singing star, he wears fame easily and is a born leader, but has some trouble with social and romantic interactions, a deeply kind and principled man searching for his true love. A good crooning singer; moves well. Baritone.
PHIL DAVIS – (Late 20’s to mid 30’s) The fun loving, go getting song-and-dance partner of the team of Wallace and Davis. An irrepressible clown, operator and incorrigible ladies’ man with boyish charm and sex appeal. Strong jazz and tap dancing needed; Baritenor.
BETTY HAYNES – (mid to late 20’s) The sensible, responsible half of The Haynes Sisters, hesitant to take the spotlight for herself, a decent upstanding woman, devoted to her younger sister. She hides her yearning for true love under a protective shell. A singer with a rich chest mix sound and soprano extension. Must move well.
JUDY HAYNES – (20’s) The younger, more ambitious, slightly scheming Haynes sister. While wholesome and adorable, she is sexy and flirty – a winning charmer whom no man can resist. Strong jazz and tap dancing needed – a major song-and-dance performer. Chest mix.
GENERAL HENRY WAVERLY – (late 50’s-mid 60’s) A retired U.S. Army General, adjusting to civilian life post WWI, he now struggles to run an Inn in Vermont. A man of great principle and dignity. Beneath his curmudgeonly military exterior lies a compassionate man in need of family and love. Non-singing role with the exception of one line.
MARTHA WATSON – (late 40’s to mid 60’s) Once a Broadway star, now housekeeper at the Inn, wry, wisecracking sense of humor. Big hearted but unsentimental, she runs the General’s life despite his protestations, a meddler for what she believes to be the other’s best interests. An appealing character comedienne with a clarion belt voice.
SUSAN WAVERLY – (9-12 years old to play a 9 year old) The General’s granddaughter, lovable and outgoing, wise beyond her years who cares deeply about her grandfather. The ultimate child performer. She must have an excellent belt voice and be able to move well.
RALPH SHELDRAKE – (mid to late 30’s) fast-talking Army buddy now a TV executive with the Ed Sullivan show. Baritone.
RITA AND RHODA – (mid 20’s to early 30’s) star chorus girls, they are brash, sexy and fun, although perhaps not the smartest.
EZEKIEL FOSTER – (mid 40’s to late 50’s) The ultimate taciturn New Englander, who helps out at the inn and takes life at a very slow pace.
MIKE – (mid 20’s to 40’s) Bob and Phil’s stage manager, over dramatic and completely hysterical but gets things done. Never without his whistle and clipboard
ENSEMBLE – Dancers/singers. Early 20’s to mid 30’s strong in ballroom, jazz and tap. Must sing well. Will play assorted small roles.
More complete character descriptions at www.riverwalktheatre.com