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Auditions have begun for the 2016-2017 season.


The Will Rogers Follies—A Life in Review

Book by Peter Stone. Music Composed and Arranged by Cy Coleman. Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green.

Chess—Concert Musical

Book by Richard Nelson. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Music by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson of ABBA.

Pioneer Theatre Company will hold auditions for the Tony Award-winning musical The Will Rogers Follies, and the concert musical, Chess.

Singers, dancers and children are all encouraged to audition.

The life of the legendary cowboy, entertainer and American folk hero Will Rogers is given the razzle-dazzle treatment in The Will Rogers Follies complete with tap dancing chorus girls, rope-twirling cowboys and a Tony Award-winning score.

Before Mamma Mia! came along, the two composers of the pop group ABBA fashioned Chess, a daring new musical, set at the end of the Cold War, about an international chess match between the Russian champion and a brash American challenger.

Auditions for singers, dancers and children will be held as follows:

  • Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) members only are invited to audition on Friday, December 9, 2016 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • All others, and AEA, are invited to audition on Friday, December 9, 2016 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Children are invited to audition on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
  • Dancers are invited to audition on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Callbacks will be held Monday, December 12, 2016 by invitation only. All auditions will be held in Room 245 at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre.
  • Singers should prepare a classic musical theatre selection, or something in the style of Chess, depending on the show in which they are interested. * Children should be prepared to sing, and may be asked to stay and dance.
  • Dancers should be prepared to dance. Women should bring character shoes.

A headshot and resume are recommended.

Auditioners must come in to sign up on the callboard in Room 325 at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sign-up sheet will be posted on December 2, 2016.

Rehearsal dates for Chess are February 27 – March 9, 2017; performance dates are March 10 through March 11, 2017. PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg will direct and choreograph this production.

Rehearsal dates for The Will Rogers Follies are April 10 – May 4, 2017; performance dates are May 5 through May 20, 2017. Guest Director DJ Salisbury will direct and choreograph this production.


The Will Rogers Follies Character Breakdown

WILL ROGERS Male. 48-58; star of the Ziegfeld Follies; warm, engaging and tremendously charismatic performer; natural ease and confidence with audience; facility with rope tricks and strong acoustic guitar player. Baritone.

BETTY ROGERS Female. 35-45; warm, engaging actress with terrific vocal prowess; magnetic, powerful and loving, she is very real, but also capable of being a Ziegfeldian leading lady songstress. Mezzo w/ strong belt.

CLEM ROGERS Male. 60+; mature actor; gruff, stern, sharp and witty; Will’s father; a true Vaudevillian with touch of Walter Brennan crustiness. Must move well. Baritone.

Z’S FAVORITE Female. 20-30s; Gorgeous, leggy, yet charmingly quirky show girl with great belt voice and a real knack for comedy. Mix/belt; must tap.

WILEY POST Male. 40-55, relaxed sense of humor. Actor; no singing required.

THE NEW ZIEGFELD GIRLS 14 women; all ethnicities. 20-35; stunningly beautiful by contemporary standards, excellent dancers (tap and kick line precision work), preferably 5’7″ and over. All must sing, but 6 will be featured as Will and Betty’s Sisters and should be strong vocalists. Pointe work/aerial ability is a plus for some.

THE WILL ROGERS WRANGLERS 4 male singers and dancers (tap); all ethnicities. 20-35; excellent ears for tight harmony. The tenor must have an easy high B natural. Preferably 5’11” and taller. Handsome, clean cut cowboys.

THE WILL ROGERS CHILDREN 3 boys and 1 girl; all ethnicities. 8-11, vibrant performers. All should be between 4’5″ and 4’10”. High belt voices and must be very strong dancers.

Chess Character Breakdown

FLORENCE Strong belt voice (to E). Mid-thirties. Born in Hungary (so shouldn’t look like the “All-American Girl”); has been brought up in America since 1956. She is clever, theatrical, touching, vivacious, volatile. Frederick’s chess “second.”

FREDDIE Rock tenor (to C). Mid-thirties. An American chess champion. A cross between Bobby Fisher and John McEnroe. Arrogant and temperamental, but a genius; his chess playing revolutionary. We need to see his artistry along with his danger and his obsessiveness.

ANATOLY – Baritone (to G sharp). Early forties. A Russian chess champion. Unexpectedly charming. He doesn’t seem a romantic hero at first, but becomes one through his personality. An intelligent, feeling, passionate man.

MOLOKOV Bass (down to F sharp). Fifties. Not a fake, comic, stage Russian. Intellectually formidable. Seemingly a father figure to Florence. Anatoly’s chess “second.” An actor who sings well.

SVETLANA Strong belt voice. Late thirties. Anatoly’s wife. Domestic, wholesome, homey. A dramatic contrast to Florence – not a contemporary cosmopolitan woman.

WALTER Bass-Baritone (down to G sharp). Fifties. A marketing agent. Seemingly respectable, substantial, trustworthy. An actor who sings well.

ARBITER Rock high baritone (up to A). Thirty to early forties. International businessman. Smooth, but with a quick temper.

GREGOR Baritone – Forties, Florence’s father, also in the ensemble.

MALE & FEMALE ENSEMBLE: Must be very strong singers and actors.