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Characters in Anything Goes

All adult members (including paid-up new members) are entitled to audition for all the adult roles, and assistance will be given in pre-audition rehearsals commencing on Friday 20th January.

There are no children's parts in the show.

Reno Sweeney A charismatic nightclub singer turned Evangelist, in love with Billy. Mezzo
Billy Crocker Inefficient assistant to Wall Street Banker Elisha, love-struck would-be suitor to Hope. Tenor
Hope Harcourt Wealthy and beautiful American debutante and the object of Billy's affection. Soprano
Mrs Evangeline Harcourt Hope's overbearing snobbish mother. No solo singing.
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh Hope's nerdy, aristocratic wealthy English fiancé. Comedy role. Baritone.
Moonface Martin A loveable, goofy second-rate gangster, "Public Enemy Number 13." Wily and quick-witted, loyal; a strong comedy character. Tenor
Erma Moonface’s attractive but not so bright girlfriend. Dancer, mezzo.
Elisha J Whitney Near-sighted Wall Street banker, Billy's boss. Baritone.
Reno’s Angels:
Purity, Charity, Chastity & Virtue
Reno’s sexy singing and dancing backing group.
Rev Henry T Dobson Mature, no solo singing.
Luke and John Two mischievous Chinese “Converts” who accompany Rev. Dobson.
Captain of SS American Mature, authoritarian. Baritone
Purser of SS American Nervous lackey to the Captain. Tenor.

PREPARING FOR AUDITIONS

If you take on a principal role you are committing to do a lot of homework
throughout the 3 month rehearsal period and this begins before the audition. To
demonstrate your commitment to the audition panel you should prepare by
reading the entire script several times to understand exactly what the part
involves and how the character fits in to the story. Do your own research into the
background of the character and learn the audition dialogue and music. Directors
will usually give some general pointers as to how they see the character but most
are open-minded and want to see your interpretation.
The Friday Pre-Audition Rehearsal is designed to give you the opportunity to:
  • go through the audition music with the pianist who will be playing at the
    audition; this may be the MD or a rehearsal pianist, however, you should
    already have practised at home.
  • go through the dialogue with the people that will be reading-in at the
    auditions. You should have already thought carefully about the scene and how
    you would expect it to be staged, having regard to references in the script
    describing the scenery and furniture and any stage directions such as where
    the character enters from etc.
  • explain to the readers where you would like them to stand, move around and
    react to your moves.
Bearing in mind that there are many other candidates waiting for their turn,
your session with the readers should take no more than about 10 minutes. This is
not an opportunity for you to ask how you should play the part or deliver a line. lf
you need that sort of help or advice. you should arrange it privately with a
suitable person (not the Director) at another time.