Auditions for Gypsy – Adults & Children

Please direct all questions to casting@virginiarep.org

GYPSY
DIRECTION BY CHASE KNIFFEN
CHOREOGRAPHY BY LESLIE OWENSHARRINGTON
MUSIC DIRECTION BY JOSE SIMBULAN

Auditions will be held on Monday, August 31

5:00 – 6:30 PM (Kids)
6:30 – 10:30 PM (Adults)

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220.

Callbacks will be held Tuesday, September 1 from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.

 

***Please email casting@virginiarep.org for an audition appointment.***

 

All performers will be paid. Union and Nonunion.

 

What to prepare

Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Also be prepared to dance. Please direct questions to casting@virginiarep.org

 

Roles

*The role of ROSE is CAST
*The roles of ELECTRA, TESSIE TURA, and MAZEPPA are CAST

 

Adult Roles

Louise (Female, 20-30)
awkward as a child and always observant, hides her femininity under the guise of a tomboy. When she finally shines, her unabashedly extrovert self takes over. Mezzo soprano/belt.

Herbie (Male, 45-60)
an agent for Rose’s children and a possible husband number 4, has a heart of
gold but also has the power to defend the people he loves with strength; baritone, strong actor.

Dainty June (Female, 20-30)
Baby June as a young teenager, the older she gets, the less she enjoys being treated like a child, must dance very well, tap, and be a strong performer with a strong belt, mezzo; ability to do the splits and twirl a baton a big plus

Tulsa (Male, 20-30)
Boynextdoor type, charming, handsome and endearing, strives to break and be a star, strong vocals and dance, must tap; tenor.

Adult Male Ensemble (Male 30-60)
Various character roles with minimal singing requirements; strong actors sought

Teen Newsboys (Male, 20-30)
Male dancing ensemble; must sing and dance extremely well; Broadway chorus type

 

Child Roles

Baby June (Female, 8-12)
Rose’s daughter who is constantly being groomed to be the next
Broadway star, cute, blonde, high energy performer with a fantastic belt, who dances well, has gymnastic skills; baton twirling a plus.

Baby Louise (Female, 9-13)
an awkward, observant young girl, always playing second fiddle to her sister June; genuine, earnest, and charming

Kid Newsboys (Male, 9-13)
Kid dancing ensemble; must sing and dance extremely well; gymnastics a plus

Get to Know the Cast of Goodnight Moon: Brent Gallahan

Brent plays the Cat and the Fiddle, Dancing Bear, and Larry the Tooth Fairy in Goodnight Moon, on stage through August 2 at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.

Brent Gallahan as the Cat and the Fiddle
Brent Gallahan as the Cat and the Fiddle

1) Earliest memory:
My dad actually read it to me when I was four or five. He was the librarian for the children’s section at our church. While the worship service was going on he would be downstairs with the kids, and he would read to them. One day it was just him and me, and he said “Let’s read this book together.”

2) Favorite character:
In the book, I like the bears with chairs. Then in the show, definitely Larry the Tooth Fairy!

3) One item to say goodnight to:
Goodnight Mush!

4) Childhood bedtime rituals:
When I would go to sleep when I was little, I would always say my prayers at my bedside, get into bed, and my mom and dad would read a bedtime story, and my dad or my mom, mainly my dad, would sing a lullaby of some kind, and I would go to sleep.

5) Favorite thing about the play that isn’t in the book:

Probably the music. I think it’s really well done. It just kinda fits, and it’s really fun and silly, but the kids really really get into it.

Get to Know the Cast of Goodnight Moon: Jessi Johnson

Jessi plays Old Lady Whispering Hush and Clarabell the Cow in Goodnight Moon, on stage through August 2 at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.

Jessie Johnson as Clarabell the Cow
Jessi Johnson as Clarabell the Cow

1) Earliest memory:
Getting tucked in and my parents would read it to my sister and me right before bedtime.

2) Favorite character:

It might sound biased, but it’s definitely the old lady whispering hush. Because amidst all the craziness that’s happening, she’s there to narrate and move the action along.

3) One item to say goodnight to:
I would love to say goodnight to my nephew David. He is six months old and he’s very precious. His parents, my sister and my brother-in-law, bought him this book and they read it to him every night, so I’d like to say “Goodnight David!” He’s my favorite.

4) Childhood bedtime rituals:
Dad would read us a story. Sometimes it was Goodnight Moon. Sometimes it was the Little Golden Books like Mickey and the Beanstalk.

5) Favorite thing about the play that isn’t in the book:

Definitely that the bears with chairs come to life and they have that interaction with the little bunny. I think that it is so great.

Get to Know the Cast of Goodnight Moon: Breezy Potter

Breezy plays the Dish with the spoon and Kitten in Goodnight Moon, on stage through August 2 at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.

Breezy Potter as the Dish with the Spoon
Breezy Potter as the Dish with the Spoon

1) Earliest memory:
I don’t really remember it, but my mom told me that she used to read the book to us all the time. She would make us point out all of the animals on the different page.

2) Favorite character:
The bunny of course!

3) One item to say goodnight to:
My bed. Goodnight bed!

4) Childhood bedtime rituals:

My mom would always sing lullabies when I was really little, and I couldn’t go to sleep without them.

5) Favorite thing about the play that isn’t in the book:
The bears with chairs song. I love it! It’s so good.