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IPAL Auditions



      Auditions for Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man will be held at the Essanee Theatre on Saturday, December 7th from noon until 3 pm, and on Monday, December 9th from 6 to 8 pm. Auditioners will be asked to enter the building by the side entrance and fill out an audition form. There will be a vocal audition held in the front lobby and dance auditions held on the stage. This play does have non-singing and non-dancing parts, but some basic dancing will be required for big ensemble numbers that usually involve most of the cast. People do not need to come to both audition dates, though they are certainly welcome. If you have any questions or cannot make those audition dates, please contact director Vincent P. Barras at, or text him at 337-519-0865. All parts for the play are open, and people of all ages are welcome. People auditioning for specific parts should prepare to sing some portion of any of the show's songs to perform a cold reading in the front lobby.

      The characters include the following: Harold Hill, the protagonist and con man, traveling as a salesman, charismatic and charming. Male, 25+ Range F4 toAb2; Marian Paroo, the stuffy town librarian & music teacher, attractive lady who falls for Harold Hill. Female, 20+ Range A5 to G3; Marcellus Washburn, Harold's chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down. Male, 30+. Range, A4 to G2; Mrs. Paroo. Cheerful, Irish widow & mother to Marian and Winthrop. Female, 40+. Range Eb5 to Ab3; Winthrop Paroo. Marian's shy baby brother with a noticeable lisp. Male 8-13-ish. Range Eb5 to C4; Mayor Shinn. Blustery politician. Male, 50+; Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, the mayor’s peacock, gossipy wife. Female, 40+ Range D5 to D4; Zaneeta Shinn, the Mayor's daughter in love with Tommy, sweet and outgoing. Female, 14-18-ish; Tommy Djilas, attractive, young man, secretly courting Zaneeta, the Mayor’s daughter. Male, Teenager (or thereabouts); Male Quartet: Ewart Dunlop. (tenor) Oliver Hix. (baritone) Jacey Squires. (highest tenor) Olin Britt. (bass); Charlie Cowell, a traveling salesmen who is on to Harold Hill's schemes. Male, 20+; Amaryllis, a slightly bratty piano student of Marion Paroo. Female: 8+ Range E5 to C4; Alma Hix, Maud Dunlop, Ethel Toffelmeir, Mrs. Squires, "Pick-a-Little Ladies.” Female: Age 25+; and the Ensemble of multiple parts, all genders and ages welcome.

      The play will perform March 12 to March 29, 2020 for a total of 12 performances, Thursdays through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Rehearsals will begin in January and will typically run three or four nights a week, with some weekend rehearsals possible. Not all people will be needed at all rehearsals. Please come prepared with any conflicts that you may have concerning vacations or dates you might be missing from rehearsals, knowing that this may affect your being cast.