Drowsy Chaperone

Drowsy Chaperone



Monday, August 27 at 3 p.m. in FAB 122 on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

Each applicant is expected to sing TWO contrasting 16-bar cuts of a musical theatre
selection that showcases their range and versatility.

Accompanist provided, or you may provide your own.
Auditionees may not sing a'capella or use backing tracks.

At 7 p.m., ALL are required to be at dance call on the MPAC stage.
Appropriate dance clothing and shoes are required - character and/or jazz shoes.
Gentlemen who tap are encouraged to bring tap shoes.


Please be certain you were aware of a few things before you audition:

1. If you are a Southern Miss student, you must register for MUS 490 as an undergraduate or 590 as a graduate student. Please carefully note the class meeting times. If you are in Spirit of Southern or Belletones, the musical is likely not possible for you as the classes meet at the same time. Plan now.

2. At the audition, you will receive a complete rehearsal schedule and be asked to identify any conflicts - bring your calendar if necessary. You are expected to be at every class meeting which is MWF 4:45 - 6:15 p.m.; TTh 3 - 4:30 and 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays as called. There are a few instances outside of those times, very few. Remember, conflicts may limit your participation in the production.

3. At the audition you will be measured for costumes in the event you are cast in the show.

4. Because the show goes up in 8 weeks, rehearsals, including choreography, will start on the first day of class, Wednesday, August 4:45 - 6:15pm, at the regular class time, and 7 - 9 p.m. for choreography. We will also meet the Saturday of Labor Day weekend (but you will be off Sunday and Monday), and the Sunday following Fall Break; 

More info as it becomes available.

 Character Breakdown

Man In Chair
Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era.
He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50

Mrs. Tottendale
The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.
Gender: Female
Age: 50 to 60
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Mrs. Tottendale's savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Robert Martin
The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Robert's anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert's best-interest always at heart.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: F3

Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show;
played by Jack Adler.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Db4
Vocal range bottom: Db3

Feldzieg's dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star;
played by Sadie Adler.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg;
played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: Db3

European self-proclaimed "ladies man";
played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A#2

Janet Van De Graaf
The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg's Follies;
played by rising star Jane Roberts.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: -1
Vocal range bottom: G3

The Drowsy Chaperone
Janet's alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell
Gender: Female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3

The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance,
is recruited to perform the wedding.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Staff; Reporters

N  E  W  S

Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company Announces 2018-19 Season

The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company (SOMTC) at The University of Southern Mississippi is happy to announce two main-stage productions for the 2018-19 school year. Winner of five Tony Awards, the Broadway hit musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone will take to the boards on October 25 – 27, 2018 for three performances in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium. In the spring, the comical Too Many Sopranos will have audiences cheering and laughing April 4 also in the MPAC.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, musical theatre fan as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. With a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, the SOMTC production will be directed by the team that brought local audiences The Phantom of the Opera, including Mike Lopinto, director, Michael Miles, music director, Ryan Anthony, choreographer and Tammy Mansfield, costumes.

“It is one of my favorite shows; absolutely one of the funniest I’ve ever seen!” said Mike Lopinto, the show’s director. “It is truly the best show you’ve likely never heard of – but you will never forget it once you’ve experienced it.”

Too Many Sopranos tells the tale of a group of sopranos trying to get into heaven, but there is no more room in the heavenly choir. So, something has to be done, and it looks like some will be sent to Hell! An opera in two acts in English by Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty member Edwin Penhorwood, it features a myriad of songs from opera's various periods.

Auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone will be on Monday, August 27 starting at 4 p.m. in Fine Arts Building, Room 122 and continuing with dance call on the MPAC stage that evening at 7 p.m. The auditions are open to School of Music students, the university community, and the Hattiesburg-area community, though all must register online for a spot. To sign up and for more information, please visit usm.edu/music and click on The Drowsy Chaperone logo.