FCT, Director Diana Cepeda, and Musical Director Bob Bell announce the upcoming auditions for “Gypsy,” a musical by Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, and Jule Styne. “Gypsy” is based loosely on the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. THE STORY: Mama Rose and her two daughters are working the dying vaudeville circuit in the 1930s. Rose’s obsession with making her daughter June a star leaves her eldest daughter, Louise, feeling overlooked and forgotten. When June leaves the act to pursue a career outside of vaudeville, and away from her mother’s domineering nature, Rose pins her hopes for fame on Louise. In a last ditch effort to make it big, and earn her mother’s love, Louise begins a career in burlesque. She finds success, and Rose’s dreams have finally come true…but at what cost? The following roles are available. Please note, ages provided are for general reference only.
ROSE: (Female, 30-40) She is the ultimate stage mother. She is driven, overbearing, ruthless, and willing to do whatever it takes to make it in show business. Rose truly loves her daughters, but her ambition is stifling, and their resentment of her increases daily.
JUNE: (Female) begins the show (7-10) ages to (15-17) Rose’s youngest daughter is the star of the act. She is a talented singer and dancer, and she knows it. Rose favors her to Louise’s detriment.
LOUISE: (Female) begins the show (9-11) ages to (17-19) Rose’s eldest daughter dreams of being as loved and admired as June is. She yearns for her mother’s attention, but her hard work and devotion aren’t often recognized, especially by her mother.
HERBIE: (Male, 35-45) Rose’s love interest, and the manager of the act. He has a heart of gold. He sees how Rose’s ruthless behavior, and showbiz in general, are affecting her children, and he wants them off of the stage and into a normal life.
TULSA: (Male, 20-23) Tulsa is a member of the 3rd reincarnation of the vaudeville act. He is a talented singer and dancer who wants control over his career. Louise has feelings for him, but they aren’t reciprocated.
ADDITIONAL CHARACTERS: (Some of these parts may be doubled up)
The Newsboys (ages 8-12)
The Hollywood Blondes (teenagers): Agnes, Marjorie May, Dolores, Thelma, Edna, Gail
The Farmboys (teenagers)
The Burlesque Dancers: (aged 20-25): Electra, Tessie Tura, Mazeppa
Pop (age 50-60)
Auditions will be held on March 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Fremont Community Theatre, located on Vanguard Place off of Dickinson Street in Fremont, Ohio. PLEASE BRING SHEET MUSIC WITH YOU AND BE PREPARED TO SING 16 BARS OF YOUR SONG WITH PIANO. Cold readings from the script will also be done.
PLEASE NOTE: Children auditioning for “Gypsy” will be seen first at 7:00 p.m. on both March 1 and 2. We will send them home prior to the adult auditions. The time for adult auditions will depend solely on how many children attend the auditions, but we are hoping no later than 7:45. You may choose whether you wish to come earlier to get settled or come a little closer to the time that you will actually be auditioning. Or feel free to also stop in to check things out and then come back. Thank you in advance for your patience!
“Gypsy” will be presented on May 1-3 and 8-10 with special permission from Tams-Witmark. For more information, please contact the director or leave a message at 419-332-0775.