The Drowsy Chaperone

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar

Director: Eddy Herring
Assistant Director: Robyn Mead
Producer: Joe Barr
Music Director: Jared Duncan

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Audition Start:
Jul. 24, 2022 at 2:00pm
Audition End:
Jul. 24, 2022 at 7:00pm
Audition Details:
Audition Location:

Allen Contemporary Theatre
1210 E. Main St. #300
Allen, TX 75002

Callback Dates:

July 25, 2022, from 7-9 pm

Rehearsal Dates:

Aug. 23 – Oct. 5, 2022
Monday through Thursday evenings
Sunday afternoons

Performance Dates:

Oct. 7-23, 2022
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

To Signup:
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time. We will follow the audition schedule strictly.
  • Sign up for an audition slot on our Signup Genius link
  • Bring a current headshot, resume, and a list of conflicts from Aug. 23 to Oct 23, 2022.
  • NOTE: Conflicts during tech week and performances will not be accepted.
  • There will be no double casting/understudies.
  • Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Please provide a track of the music you will be singing.
  • If you are auditioning for “Man in Chair”, please prepare a 1-minute monologue. A song is not required unless you are auditioning for another role.
  • July 24-25 auditions will be singing and cold reads from the script.
  • July 26 callbacks will include movement/choreography.
  • We are looking for strong vocals, great character actors, and experienced dancers who can tap.
  • We will not be accepting video auditions.
Roles Available:

Roles are open to actors 18 years of age and older. Allen Contemporary Theatre seeks diverse performers, including but not limited to ethnicity, race, color, country of origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, body size, marital status, adults of all ages, religion, beliefs, political affiliations, socioeconomic status, experiences, and any form of disability.

  • Man in Chair – 30-50s, Vocal range: Bass/Baritone (G2-C4) Musical theatre aficionado and recluse who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the entire show peppering it with his own commentary as he listens to the Broadway recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone” on vinyl to cure his blue mood. The role includes very minimal singing but must have incredible comic timing, strong acting skills, and an excellent ability to interact with the audience. His mannerisms and tics should be amusing and charming while grounded in reality.
  • Janet Van de Graaff – 20s-30s, Vocal range: Alto/Mezzo with both a big belt and a strong head voice (G3-A5) Feldzieg’s Follies Star and bride-to-be who is conflicted about giving up her life on the stage to marry Robert Martin. Vivacious and loves being the center of attention. Must be a true triple threat performer. Requires strong movement; special skills (acrobatics, juggling, playing an instrument, etc.) a plus.
  • Robert Martin – 20s-40s, Vocal range: Tenor (C3-Ab4) Dashing groom-to-be, head over heels in love with Janet. He is the matinee idol of the time – debonair, dashing, charming, and ever-cheerful. He is cheesy and optimistic. Must be able to tap dance and roller skate.
  • The Drowsy Chaperone – 30s-50s, Vocal range: Alto with strong belt (F3-D5) Janet’s care-free, alcoholic confidante and friend. An indulgent, melodramatic diva to be reckoned with, she couldn’t care less what the world thinks; she gleefully chews the scenery and steals just about every scene she is in. Great comedic role.
  • Aldolpho – 20s-40s, Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor with strong falsetto (A#2-G4) European self-proclaimed “ladies man” – a womanizing cad who is very impressed with himself. He is confident and vigorous, but somewhat of a buffoon. Requires vaudeville-style acting, great comic timing, and some flexibility for stage movement and physical comedy.
  • Mrs. Tottendale – 30s-60s, Vocal range: Alto character voice (G3-Db5) A wealthy widow and host of the wedding. Charming, bubbly, flighty, eccentric, often times forgetful, and funny. Delightfully oblivious to the confusion her behavior generates in other people.
  • Underling – 20s-60s, Vocal range: Baritone character voice (Ab2-G4) Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant. He is stoic, dry, and sarcastic.
  • Mr. Feldzieg – 30s-50s, Vocal range: Baritone (Db3-Db4) Harried producer and man on a mission, he will do anything to stop the wedding in order to keep Janet in Feldzieg’s Follies. He is blustering, nervous, sarcastic, impatient, and overbearing.
  • Kitty – 20s-30s, Vocal range: Soprano/Mezzo with comedic belt (Bb3-F5) Mr. Feldzieg’s dim-witted brassy companion, a chorus girl with bold aspirations to be a leading lady. Must have impeccable comedic timing.
  • George – 20s-40s, Vocal range: Tenor (F3-Bb4) Robert’s incredibly anxious best man. He is loyal, sincere, and very VERY nervous. He makes looking out for Robert’s interests his top priority so that the wedding will come off without a hitch. Must be able to tap dance.
  • Gangsters – 20s-40s, Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor (Db3-Gb4) Two jovial gangsters are posing as pastry chefs. Must work together as a single comedic unit adept at wordplay and puns in the spirit of Abbott and Costello; requires stylized physical comedy schtick and dancing skills.
  • Trix – 20s-50s – Vocal range: Alto with strong belt (Ab3-Eb5) The brave and brash female aviator. She presides over the wedding. She is sassy, sleek, and a take-charge kind of gal.
  • Ensemble – Seeking 4-6 dancers/singers to play maids and butlers, reporters, and more! Tap is a plus.
  • Comp tickets and/or other perks
Originally Posted:
2022-06-10 02:47
Todd Barrow Music