Red Hot and Cole Auditions

directed by Mary Cutler

Musical director: Christopher Stordalen; Choreographer Brianna Belland

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AUDITION INFORMATION

DATES AND TIMES
Auditions on Monday, January 28 & Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the theatre. Doors open at 6:00 pm and auditions begin at 6:30, and continue until everyone is seen. No appointments; people are seen in the order they arrive. Callbacks are scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to begin the second week of March.

The show performs April 26 through May 19, 2019 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:00 pm; and one Thursday at 7:30 pm).

 

AUDITIONS
Please come prepared to sing 30 bars — your choice of jazz, from the American songbook, or a musical-theatre number from shows prior to 1960. Audition will include determining your sight-reading abilities and voice parts. Auditioning for specific parts by cold readings of scenes will take place at callbacks only.

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
Actor 1 Cole Porter: Age: 30 to 40. Range: A5 – F3
Yearns for career success and is weary of growing old. Life of the party. Elfin, rich, and eternally youthful. A drinker who loves and revels in fame and fortune.

Actor 2 Paul: Age: 20 to 30 Range: G5 – B3
Cole’s caretaker and nurse after he is crippled. Obedient and polite. Youthful.

Actor 3 Age: 40 to 55. Range: F5 – B3
Clifton: A humorously cynical friend of Cole’s and an actor in Cole’s first Broadway show.
George Kaufman: The famous playwright. Grumpy and anxious.
Sam Katz: A crass Hollywood movie producer at MGM.
Noel Coward: Famous playwright of the time and as much of a lush as Cole. He is good friends with Cole. Sophisticated and classy

Actor 4 Age: 25 to 45. Range: D5 – B3
A photographer, theatergoer, and party guest.

Actor 5 Moss Hart: Age: 25 to 35. Range: F5 – B3
A young composer who becomes a lifelong friend of Cole Porter. Not shy, but certainly more reserved than the others.

Actor 6 Age: 35 to 50. Range: F5 – B3
Monty: Cole’s old friend from college. Loves to be the star of the party.
Goetz: A theatre producer from New York who enlists Cole to write music for a new show.

 Waiter Age: 20 to 30. Possibly choral
A young and attractive waiter, he appears throughout the entirety of the revue serving the many party guests

Actress 1 Age: 30 to 40. Range F5- A3
Elsa: A plump, brassy, staunch force to be reckoned with. She is quick-witted. Huge supporter of Cole and his career.
Ethel Merman: The infamous Broadway belter with a big personality and an even bigger voice. Feisty, sharp, and firm.

Actress 2 Irene Castle. Age: 30 to 40. Range: F5 – B3
A party guest, and a theatergoer

Actress 3 Age: 30 to 40. Range: B5 – B3
Sara: A cynical friend of Cole’s in the early days in Paris. She dislikes Linda.
Hedda Hopper: The nosey, blabber-mouthed Hollywood gossip columnist. Friendly and insincere.
Bella: A charming, but tough as nails, producer who insists that Cole write the music to her new Broadway play.

Actress 4 Linda: Age: 35 to 45. Range: F5 – F3
A rich Southern belle and socialite who falls in love and marries Cole. She is strong and can hold her own. Sophisticated.

Actress 5 Bricktop: Age: 25 to 35 Range: G6 – G3
A delightful, young African-American actress and singer whom Cole befriends. She is very talented and passionate about life.

Actress 6 Age: 20 to 30. Range: F5 – B3
A Hollywood starlet, ballet dancer, and partygoer.

 

SHOW DESCRIPTION
A scintillating mixture of biography and song celebrates the great American songwriter Cole Porter, whose devilishly clever rhymes, fresh and unexpected melodies, and sassy sensibility is a tribute to a glittering age gone by. This revue traces his career from Indiana to the world stages of New York, London, and Paris, featuring “Night And Day,” “Anything Goes,” “Let’s Do It,” “Just One of Those Things,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” and many more of his songs that have become international standards.