Artful Living Celebrates 11 Years of Community Theater

Artful Living is proud to announce auditions for our 2017 Summer Musical, THE MUSIC MAN!.

This classic American musical takes us on a toe-tapping adventure with fast-talking salesman Professor Harold Hill, who convinces the townspeople of River City, Iowa that they need a band, instruments and uniforms. His plans to skip town with their money comes to a crashing halt when he falls in love and has to face the music.

With unforgettable songs such as "Till There Was You," and "Seventy-six Trombones," this Tony Award®-winning sensation is a treat for the entire family.

Great Roles for BOTH adults and children! Show dates are July 28-30 with performances held at HK Middle School. We rehearse approximately three times a week with little commitment needed from children until the school year ends in June. No fees! We do, however ask you to be involved with the bits and pieces for your costume and to sell a few ads for our program. Make memories and friendships of a lifetime!

Auditions are as follows:

Tuesday May 16 Children (ages 8 - 13) 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Adult Roles (ages 14 and up) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday May 17 Children (ages 8 - 13) 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Adult Roles (ages 14 and up) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday May 24 Full Cast Who's Who/Music 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Some special notes about auditions:

  • There is no need to schedule an appointment. The process should move quickly.
  • If multiple members of the same family who are different ages would like to audition, you may certainly come together. There is no need to come multiple times based on ages. Just let us know when you sign in.
  • Adults:  Please prepare 16 measures, ballad or up-tempo from a Broadway musical. Please bring marked sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Children: Be prepared to sing in small groups. There is no need to bring prepared songs. Children will be taught a section from “Seventy-six Trombones” at the audition. If interested in auditioning for Winthrop or Amaryllis, a song should be prepared. Winthrop’s role is written for an unchanged voice.
  • If you would like to be involved in any aspect of production preparation and feel you have a desire to volunteer some time to help with costumes, audition week or any other aspects of the production, please Producer/Director, Chris Solimene at chris@ArtfulLivingCT.com

Character Breakdown:

Harold Hill
Our story's unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Marian Paroo
The stuff town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Shinn
A blustery politician who is all too "self-important." Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 60

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
Mayor Shinn's peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Mrs. Paroo
Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.
Gender: Female
Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Marcellus Washburn
Harold's chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Amaryllis
A slightly bratty piano student of Marion Paroo.
Gender: Female
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Winthrop Paroo
Marian's baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.
Gender: Male
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Zaneeta Shinn
The Mayor's fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.
Gender: Female
Age: 14 to 18

Tommy Djilas
An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20

Jacey Squires
The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C3

Ewart Dunlop
A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Oliver Hix
A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Olin Britt
A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: C4
Vocal range bottom: F2

Alma Hix
A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Oliver Hix.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 45

Maud Dunlop
A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Ewart Dunlop.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 45

Ethel Toffelmier
A comical "Pick-a-Little Lady," and Marcellus Washburn's girlfriend.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 40

Mrs. Squires
A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Jacey Squires.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 45

Charlie Cowell
A traveling salesmen who is on to Harold Hill's schemes. Tirelessy attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind Harold Hill.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 45

Ensemble
Children to form the marching band, Constable Locke, Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople, Traveling Salesmen

Show dates are
July 28-30 2017

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