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SPOTLIGHT THEATRE
AUDITIONS
Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway Hit Musical

Follies

Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. The story concerns a 1971 reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre, scheduled for demolition, of the past performers of the “Weismann’s Follies,” a musical revue (based on the Ziegfeld Follies), that played in that theatre between the World Wars. It focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone, who are attending the reunion. Sally and Phyllis were showgirls in the Follies. Both couples are deeply unhappy with their marriages. Buddy, a traveling salesman, is having an affair with a girl on the road; Sally is still as much in love with Ben as she was years ago; and Ben is so self-absorbed that Phyllis feels emotionally abandoned. Several of the former showgirls perform their old numbers, sometimes accompanied by the ghosts of their former selves.

It sets the stage for a parade of brilliant pastiche numbers, including “Losing My Mind,” “I’m Still Here,” and “Broadway Baby.”

Surreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart-wrenching and epic in scope, FOLLIES uses the musical theatre as a metaphor for the collapse of American innocence and naïveté in the post-Kennedy years. It is a showcase for powerful dramatic actors, featuring a large cast rich in character, which provides opportunities for seasoned older performers.

Spectacular and grand, FOLLIES. You’ll love being part of this show.

     
Auditions will be held at the Peekskill Senior Center located below the Peekskill Field Library at
4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill, NY 10566      
 

OPEN AUDITIONS

 

Auditions and Callbacks:

Wednesday April 8 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Thursday April 9 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Saturday April 11 from 9:00am to 10:00am

CALLBACKS SATURDAY APRIL 11 from 10:15am to 12:30pm

      

Everyone is Welcome to Audition.

Please be sure to bring sheet music to sing at least 16 bars of music of Follies. Also wear comfortable clothing and shoes to do some dance moves.

The actual performance will take place at the end of June.

Call 845-526-3461 for further information.

      

Character Breakdown:

BENJAMIN STONE Tall. Trim. Distinguished. Successful. Authoritative. A man bent on success from a young age who has achieved it and now realizes the toll it had on personal relationships. Male, 50-60 yrs old. Range: A3 - F5

BUDDY PLUMMER A handsome, charismatic man with a sad face wrinkled from years of too much smiling. Male, 50-60 yrs old . Range: C4 - F5

CARLOTTA CAMPION The one-time movie star, who is in terrific shape for her age. The kind of woman who has seen everything and is proud to be standing where she is. Female, 45-55 yrs old. Range: E3 - B4

DIMITRI WEISSMAN An acerbic, vital, energetic man who looks fifteen years younger than he really is. Staged the Follies every year between the great wars, and made stars of any girl he wanted from the legions who threw themselves at him. Male, 70-80 yrs old. Speaking Role

HATTIE WALKER An appealingly tough, no-nonsense lady. A former knockout Follies girl from the earlier years of the shows. She has married several times and always to the same type: the bad boy. Female, 65-75 yrs old. Range: G3 - B4

HEIDI SCHILLER Tall and queenly. Viennese. Incredibly rich and well known in elite social circles, she is constantly reminiscing. Female, 65-75 yrs old. Range D4-G5

PHYLLIS ROGERS STONE Stylish and intelligent. Her face is more beautiful now than it was thirty years ago. A woman who made her husband her life, the journey has hardened her and replaced the traces of life with cold sophistication and poise. Female, 45-55 yrs old. Range: F3 - E5

ROSCOE An elderly showman with a majestic tenor voice who introduces the Follies girls as if no time has passed and they are still the beautiful young girls of years ago. Male, 55-65 yrs old. Range: D4 - A5

SALLY DURANT PLUMMER Petite. Sweet-faced. Bubbly. Still remarkably like the girl she was thirty years ago. A former Follies girl. Needy and delusional at times. Female, 45-55 yrs old. Range: F3 - G5

SOLANGE LA FITTE A French fashionista. Very much still alive and enjoying it, she is a perfume creator and seller. Has travelled the world but loves Paris more than any other place. Female, 65-75 yrs old. Range: A3 - G5

STELLA DEEMS A portly woman who surprisingly moves with a special lightness; half of a former performing duo with her husband, but they gave it up to open a general store in Miami. Loves life and has led a good one. Female, 55-65 yrs old. Range: E3 - F5

YOUNG BEN A not yet fully realized version of the man we see before us today, he is driven and intelligent but not quite so distinguished, and not yet frightened by his success. Male, 20-30 yrs old. Range: C4 - F5

YOUNG BUDDY A younger version of the Buddy we see today. Charismatic and lively, a man who knows how to have fun. Loves Sally blindly and wants to give her the world. Male, 20-30 yrs old. Range: C4 - G5

YOUNG HEIDI SCHILLER A younger version of the Heidi we see today. Already tall and queenly, but perhaps not yet rich and so well connected. Female, 18-25 yrs old. Range: E4 - A5

YOUNG PHYLLIS A younger version of Phyllis, when she was an energetic and naïve Follies girl. Slightly sad and homesick. With all the drive and none of the sophistication of the adult Phyllis. Female, 20-25 yrs old. Range: B3 - E5

YOUNG SALLY A younger version of the adult Sally. She is perhaps the most similar to her adult counterpart of any of the foursome. Petite. Sweet-faced. Bubbly. Adventurous. Wants it all, but may not have the patience or drive to wait for it. Female, 18-25 yrs old. Range: C4 - G5

ENSEMBLE - OLD SHOWGIRLS; SHOWGIRL GHOSTS; PARTY MUSICIANS; PARTY STAFF.


Spotlight Theatre Productions 2015
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