Singin’ in the Rain
A Musical by: Betty Comden & Adolph Green Directed & Choreographed by: Jon-Michael Perry Musical Director: Jane Best
Location: The Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen Street, Charleston SC, Date: Sunday, January 21 & Monday, January 22, 2018
Please prepare 16 bars each from two contrasting musical pieces. Accompanist provided.
Readings from the script, learn/sing sections of musical numbers and learn a short, simple dance routine. Dress comfortably and wear appropriate footwear (bring options).
*All ethnicities considered for every roll*
RUNS: April 27-May 13
Rehearsals begin on Sunday, February 11
Don Lockwood is a silent film star with humble roots as a musician, dancer and stunt man. Don barely tolerates his vapid leading lady, Lina Lamont, who is convinced that their screen romance is real. After the
first talking picture, The Jazz Singer, proves to be a smash hit, the head of the studio, R. F. Simpson, decides he has no choice but to convert the new Lockwood and Lamont film, The Dueling Cavalier, into a talkie. The production is beset with difficulties, by far the worst being Lina’s comically grating voice.
After a disastrous test screening, Don’s best friend, Cosmo Brown, comes up with the idea to overdub Lina’s voice and they convince Simpson to turn The Dueling Cavalier into The Dancing Cavalier, a musical comedy film. Meanwhile, Don falls in love with an aspiring actress, Kathy Selden, who is providing the voice for Lina. When Lina finds out, she is furious and does everything possible to sabotage the romance. She maliciously demands that Kathy continue to provide her voice in all future films, but remain un-credited. An irate, but desperate Simpson is forced to agree. Kathy has no choice because she is under contract.
The premiere is a tremendous success. When the audience clamors for Lina to sing live, Don and Cosmo improvise and get Lina to lip-synch while Kathy sings into a second microphone while hidden behind the curtain. Unbeknownst to Lina, as she starts “singing”, Don, Cosmo and Simpson gleefully raise the curtain behind her, revealing the deception. Kathy becomes a star, and Lina is finished.
Don Lockwood: Male, 20-30’s (vocal range: G2-Ab4) :: handsome song & dance leading man; must sing & dance (especially tap).
Cosmo Brown: Male, 20-39 (vocal range: C3-Ab4.) :: Don’s wacky best friend and film studio’s head musician. High energy, very athletic comedian; must sing & dance (especially tap); tumbling & acrobatic ability a plus; Pianist a plus but not required.
Young Don & Young Cosmo: Males & Females, 10-13 :: two young boys who tap extremely well.
Kathy Selden: Female, 20-29 (vocal range: G3-F5) :: Beautiful ingenue; Young, upcoming actress. Strong willed, smart. Don Lockwood’s love interest. (Singer – Mezzo with mixed belt to C and legit to E, Dancer – strong tap.
Lina Lamont: Female, 20-30’s :: Silent film diva with a big personality and a grating nasal voice; non-singing & non-dancing role but strong comedic skills a must.
Miss Dinsmore: Female, 45-55 :: Pretentious vocal coach.
Rosco Dexter: Male, 30-50 :: High strung, frustrated film director with theatrical mannerisms & tendencies. Comedic timing.
R.F. Simpson: Male, 50-65 :: Head of “Monumental Pictures.”
Dora Bailey: Male or Female, 18+ :: gushing Hollywood gossip columnist; Over-exaggerated, bubbly columnist and radio personality. Ability to dance & sing a plus.
Diction Coach: Male, 18+ :: overzealous & eccentric; ability to sing a plus.
Production Tenor: Male, 18+ :: handsome young man with beautiful tenor voice; must have ability to tap.
Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): Males & Females, 18+ :: Singing & Dancing