Audition Notice: Thoroughly Modern Millie

New Music by Jeanine Tesori
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film
Directed and Choreographed by Miriam Durrie-Kirsch 
Produced by James Laguna and Christy Miller
Music Direction by John Gaston
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International
 
Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday; January 12th through January 14th, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Audition Location: 
Conejo Players Theatre
351 South Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008
 
Performance Dates: 
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
March 14th through April 13th, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM
No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening
 
Audition Requirements: 

All those auditioning are encouraged to provide a headshot and a résumé of their onstage experience when registering for auditions. Please bring a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. Come prepared to sing your best 16 bars, no longer than 1 minute, of musical theater music. Bring sheet music in the proper key or a CD with an accompaniment track, no vocals. No a cappella auditions. No songs from the score, please! Be prepared to dance with the appropriate attire and shoes; bring tap shoes if you have them. Following the singing and dance call, we will read selected sides. ALL ROLES OPEN. No appointment necessary. There is NO PAY.
 

Plot Summary: 
Set in the early 1920s -- during the days of flappers, speak-easy joints, and Prohibition -- Thoroughly Modern Millie is the comedic tale of a young woman who moves from a small country town to New York City. Believing herself to be "thoroughly modern," she decides that instead of marrying for love she’s going to marry for money. Her plan starts off well enough; she is hired by an attractive albeit egotistical employer named Trevor Graydon … her first marriage prospect! However, surprise romance and thrills come into her life when she meets a devil-may-care playboy named Jimmy. 
But wait -- there’s more! Millie and her new-found friend Miss Dorothy are staying at a cheap hotel run by a woman named Mrs. Meers. On the surface, she appears to be a kindly (yet strange) hotel manager from China. But underneath her Asian costume lurks a jilted New York actress who has turned to a life of crime. She and her henchmen have been kidnapping young women who arrive at the hotel and are "all alone in this world." What happens to ‘em? They are shipped to Hong Kong and sold into White Slavery! In keeping with the light hearted spirit of this show, the sub-plot gives us a touch of black comedy and is meant to be almost melodramatic -- as our heroine Millie, and her cohorts, come to the rescue of all these young girls -- even Miss Dorothy! Thoroughly Modern Millie is a fun-filled musical with lots of twists, turns, songs and dances that reflect the period of the Roaring ‘20s.
 
For More Information: 

Producer Christy Miller at christy@socialknit.com.
 

Character Breakdown: 
Millie Dillmount: (Female 22-35) A sweet, charismatic woman with a great sense of humor, sharp comedic timing, and a zest for life.  Needs a strong voice with lots of stamina. Mezzo/belt low Ab3 to E5, optional F5. Tap dancing a must.
 
Jimmy Smith: (Male mid 20s-40s) Self-assured, quick-witted, and charming with a good sense of comedic timing. Tenor with solid high A. Good mover; dancer a plus.
 
Dorothy Brown: (Female 20s-30s) She’ll only be referred to as Miss Dorothy, befitting her wealthy status; a refined and sophisticated yet naïve, lady. Soprano to A5, optional C6. Tap and ballet or ballroom skills.
 
Trevor Graydon: (Male 30s -40s) Handsome and debonair, Trevor is an executive at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company; a strong leading man. Comedic in his “straight man” role. Baritone A2 to G4. Good mover.
 
Mrs. Meers: (Female 40s+) Deceptive and conniving, she’s a former actress from Brooklyn who fakes a Chinese accent and motherly instincts to lure unsuspecting tenants into her trap. Alto/belt with a low E.    
 
Ching Ho & Bun Foo: (Adult males, age open) Brothers; immigrants from China. Will be speaking in Cantonese and singing in Mandarin. Must sing and be good movers.  
 
Miss Flannery: (Female age 30+)  A stern, no-nonsense kind of gal. The Sincere Trust Insurance Company’s Office Manager, she runs a tight ship. Strong singer. Tap dance a plus.
 
Gloria, Alice, Rita, Ruth, and Ethel: (Females 20s-30s) Energetic, fun-loving young ladies, all looking for their big break in NYC. All must sing. Looking for different ranges. All must have at least 3 years training in tap and ballet.
 
Muzzy Van Hossmere: Female (40+; [ALTO RANGE. Low: G sharp below middle C. High: D an octave above middle C]). Glamorous, big-hearted, fun loving, and wise with lots of soul. A diva who knows how to have a good time while never losing sight of what really matters in life & love. Must be a good mover.
 
Male Tappers:  (20s-30s) Looking for 2 to 4 tap dancers with strong voices
 
Male and Female Ensemble to play multiple roles: All must sing and be excellent movers, tap dance a plus. 4 Males and 4 Females to play multiple roles (Adults but age open), All will sing, moving is optional.