Characters in Anything Goes
All adult members (including paid-up new members) are entitled to audition for all the
and assistance will be given in pre-audition rehearsals commencing on Friday 20th January.
There are no children's parts in the show.
||A charismatic nightclub
singer turned Evangelist, in love with Billy. Mezzo
||Inefficient assistant to
Wall Street Banker Elisha, love-struck would-be suitor to Hope. Tenor
||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.
||A loveable, goofy
second-rate gangster, "Public Enemy Number 13." Wily and quick-witted, loyal; a strong comedy character. Tenor
||Moonface’s attractive but
not so bright girlfriend. Dancer, mezzo.
|Elisha J Whitney
||Near-sighted Wall Street
banker, Billy's boss. Baritone.
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
|Purser of SS American
||Nervous lackey to the
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
The Friday Pre-Audition Rehearsal is designed to
give you the opportunity to:
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
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.