Guys and Dolls Characterisations and Audition Pieces

A message from Chris Cuming, director for Guys and Dolls.

 
Hello all,
Another timeless  musical that tells the story of two couples and their journeys alongside a gambling game and the Salvation Army.

This is a big dance musical with all those  classic numbers  like ‘Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat’, ‘Luck Be A Lady’,’A Bushel And A Peck’ and ‘Take Back Your Mink’.

As always I’m looking for a team. I want people who will come and work with us for the year and who want to not just do Guys and Dolls but to look into the characters see what we will create. We have an exciting design concept for the production which wouldn’t have been seen ever before so it’s going to be a bespoke production.

In auditions I’m not interesting in seeing or hearing the tracks of film. I want to see you in the room doing your interpretation of the role!!  As you’ll see from the audition pieces below, there are no dialogue auditions. The reason I’ve made this decision is that I believe strongly in Acting Through Song and if you’re able to deliver a song that’s acted then you can do a scene. Also I will be able to see how versatile you are whilst performing your song.

Song is text, just musically underscored. I want to see how you deliver the song, the acting choices you make and how you tell me a story. You need to understand the song and it’s meaning and purpose in the show.
You may be asked to speak your song as if it was a piece of text, which you would need to do in accent as you would also do when singing.
Thanks
Best wishes and good luck
Chris Cuming

Sky Masterson

A high-stakes gambler whose luck never seems to run out, and a wild card who surprises himself when he falls in love with the unlikeliest of women. Suave and smart.

Audition Piece – “Luck Be a Lady” bars 1 to 101.

Sky Masterson – Luck be a Lady page 1 

Sky Masterson – Luck be a Lady page 2 

Sky Masterson – Luck be a Lady page 3

 

Nathan Detroit

A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the bigtime. He loves Adelaide, but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways.

Audition Piece – “Sue Me” – bars 18 to 48

Nathan Detroit – Sue Me page 1   

Nathan Detroit – Sue Me page 2

 

Miss Adelaide

Nathan’s fiancé and a lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub. She loves Nathan more than anything in the world and desperately wants to get married. Outspoken and stubborn.

Audition Piece – “Adelaide’s Lament” – bars 1 to 33

 Adelaide – Adelaide’s Lament page 1

Adelaide – Adelaide’s Lament page 2

 

Sarah Brown

A bright-eyed woman who serves as Sergeant of the local Mission. She fully believes in her worthy cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with Sky along the way. She is prudish and uptight, but eventually lets go.

Audition Piece – “If I Were a Bell” – ALL

Sarah – If I were a bell page 1

Sarah – If I were a bell page 2 

 

Nicely-Nicely Johnson

Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan’s loyal friend and lackey.

Audition Piece – “Sit Down you’re Rocking the Boat” – bars 1 to 55

Nicely Nicely Johnson – Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat page 1

Nicely Nicely Johnson – Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat page 2

Nicely Nicely Johnson – Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat page 3

Nicely Nicely Johnson – Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat page 4

Nicely Nicely Johnson – Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat page 5    

 

Benny Southstreet,  Rusty Charlie and Harry the Horse

Nathan’s right-hand men and gamblers. Smart, slick, always moving and shaking,

Audition Piece – “Fugue for Tinhorns” – bars 1 to 18. (Sing Nicely’s lines)

Benny and Rusty – Fugue for Tinhorns

Rusty Charlie

A gambler

Audition Piece – “Fugue for Tinhorns” – bars 1 to 18. (Sing Nicely’s lines)

Benny and Rusty – Fugue for Tinhorns

Lt. Brannigan

A New York police officer who is on to Nathan’s illegal craps games and is dead-set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character.

Audition Piece – a monologue will be sent out on application.

Arvide Abernathy

The bass drum and cymbal player in the Mission band, he is Sarah’s loving grandfather. Wise and sweet, he wants nothing but the best for her.

Audition Piece – “More I Cannot Wish You” – bars 1 to 24

Arvide Abernathy – More I Cannot Wish you

 

Ensemble FROM WHICH ALL OTHER PARTS WILL BE CAST

Sightseers, General Cartwright,  Mission Band (Agatha, Calvin, Martha), Crap Shooters (Liver Lips Louie, Angie The Ox, Harry the Horse, Big Jule etc.), Hot Box Girls, Waiters, Cuban Dancers

Audition Piece – “The Happy Ending”  – The whole song

Ensemble – The Happy Ending