Open Auditions for The Music Man (June 2017 performances)

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If you do not get cast in the role you are auditioning for, will you accept another speaking role? *
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Every volunteer who participates in a play in any way must become a member in good standing of Quick As A Wink Theatre Society in order to be covered by insurance. No volunteer will be allowed to participate until they are a member in good standing. In order to become a member in good standing, volunteers must pay dues, which costs $20 per person or $25 per household. This fee keeps a member in good standing and insured during the current calendar year, no matter when purchased.
Make-Up Policy *
Due to health regulations, Quick As A Wink Theatre Society cannot provide or apply make-up to actors. Sharing make-up and related supplies is strongly discouraged to avoid the spread of potentially harmful micro-organisms. Actors will be responsible for the cost of their own make-up. You can get make-up in any cosmetics department for a reasonable price. Quick As A Wink will be offering make-up packages (new, unopened makeup) for purchase at a reduced price (which will be cheaper than most retail locations). We have two packages available, and we can coordinate custom package orders. More information will be available about packages for those interested in purchasing.
Rehearsal Attendance *
Rehearsal and performance attendance is mandatory. Any actor accumulates more than three absences, or who fails to communicate absences in advance, will be asked to leave the cast.
Costume Pieces *
Some basic costumes and prop pieces (white shirts, black pants, a scarf, a dark coat, dark shoes, newspaper, tin can, etc) may be required to be provided by the cast. The items requested will most often be items the average person would have lying around the house. There is rarely any cost associated with these items for the actors involved. If an actor does not have access to these items, QAAW can often help find free options. Specific and specialty costumes will be purchased by QAAW and will become the property of QAAW.


Quick As A Wink Theatre Society is holding open auditions for their upcoming June production of The Music Man, books, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on the story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey. There are twenty-one speaking roles available, with many ensemble roles available as well. All those who audition will be eligible, at the least, to receive an ensemble role. No experience necessary.  Quick As A Wink prides itself on taking actors of all skill levels, from first timers to experienced actors, and teaching skills required to perform for a live audience.  Our mission includes the education of community members in theatre and performing arts!  

When: Auditions will be held the following times:

Wednesday, December 28, 2016, from 6 p.m. to­ 8:30 p.m.,  at King's-Edgehill School in Windsor,
Wednesday, January 4, 2017,  from 6 p.m. to ­ 8:30 p.m. at Evangeline Middle School in New Minas,
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at King's-Edgehill School in Windsor,
Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Evangeline Middle School in New Minas.

Where: King's-Edgehill School (Dec 28, Jan 14), Evangeline Middle School (Jan 4, Jan 7)

What is Expected: Please plan to attend the entire audition time on your evening of choice. The first hour of the audition will be a group gathering. The group will meet the director, music director, and vocal coach. We will sing together, and then meet briefly with the music director to determine singing ranges. There will be a brief dancing combination taught to get an idea of dancing skill. 

If you are interested in the ensemble only, you will be free to leave after the first hour. Those interested in a speaking and/or singing role will be asked to sing individually on the stage. Please prepare a portion of the following songs from the show. You will not need to learn the entire song.  You can find these songs on YouTube.

Men: Marian the Librarian, Seventy-Six Trombones, Goodnight Ladies
Women: Goodnight My Someone, Till There Was You,
Youth girls: Goodnight My Someone
Youth boys: Gary Indiana

  • Director Thea Burton. Produced by Holly Archibald per Quick As A Wink Theatre Society.
  • Rehearsals are TBD. 
  • Show dates will be June 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7 p.m. with special 2 p.m. matinees June 3, 4, 10.
  • There may be one rehearsal between the two show weekends.  
  • Full attendance during the rehearsal process and during production week is a requirement.  Attendance concerns should be brought to the attention of the director well in advance of the conflict date.
  • All participants will be given a rehearsal schedule.  Conflicts should be brought to the attention of the director immediately upon receipt of this schedule.
  • Questions can be addressed to Director, Thea Burton, at
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Roles Available:

There are twenty-one speaking roles available.  Varying ages of male and female characters. All ages of actors welcome to audition.

The suggested ages of the actors below is a guideline.  Anyone may request to audition for any role; the director will use discretion in who she sees for specific auditions.  The director may cast actors in opposite-gender roles as she sees fit.

Charlie Cowell (18-60 years)
Conductor (18+ years)
Harold Hill (The Music Man) (20-50 years)
Mayor Shinn (30-60 years)
School Board Members (4 roles - must be able to harmonize) (16+ years)
Marcellus Washburn (Hill's Sidekick) (20-50 years)
Tommy Djilas (16-24 years)
Winthrop (8-12 years)
Constable Locke (16+ years)

Marian Paroo (20-50 years)
Mrs. Paroo (30-60 years)
Amaryllis (8-12 years)
Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn (30-60 years)
Zaneeta Shinn (16-24 years)
Ladies Auxiliary (4 roles - must be able to harmonize) (16+ years)

Salesmen and Newspaper Readers on Train (16+ years)
River City Townspeople (all ages)
Youth Band (under 18)
Library/IceCream Social Dancers (14-24 years)

Volunteer Positions Available:

Costume Team - We are need of several volunteers to help sew and design costumes, as well as go shopping at second hand stores looking for specific items. 
Scenic Designer - We are in need of someone to design and to take the lead on the scenic painting team.
Scenic Painters - We are in need of several painters for set scenes
Fundraising Captain - Someone to organize and track the fundraising goals

Set Construction - We are always looking for new volunteers to help the team build the set.
Front of House - Volunteers needed to work with Jan and Yvonne, our FOH Managers.
Back Stage Crew - Move sets, organize props, manage actor entrances and exits.
So much more... - email if you can help in any way!