Comedia Musica to hold auditions

Comedia Musica Players will conduct auditions for its fall production of the musical “9 to 5 — The Musical” in August. Auditions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. The adult roles are open to all persons entering ninth grade as of fall 2022 or older. Both sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. at Phillips Auditorium, 1015 Fifth Ave. N.

Audition packets will be available by visiting Comedia’s website at www.comediamusica.com/auditioninfo by requesting a packet via email at info@comediamusica.com. Auditions will consist of singing, reading lines and choreography. To learn more about the show, visit www.mtishows.com.

Performance dates will be Nov. 10-12, with regular rehearsals beginning the last week of August. Typical rehearsal schedules could include Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings.

The auditions are for the following roles:

Violet Newstead — a smart, efficient, widowed mother of a teenage son who is constantly being passed up for promotion in the boys’-club world of climbing the corporate ladder. Witty, attractive, strong, ambitious. (Alto)

Judy Bernly — a meek housewife with her first foray into the working world when her husband runs off with his secretary. A bit insecure, determined, and hopefully — becomes a force to be reckoned with. (Mezzo-soprano)

Doralee Rhodes — sexy, country gal (think Dolly!) who is the secretary for the boss, Franklin Hart. Misunderstood at the beginning but becomes a strong cog in the machine that takes down Hart. (Soprano with high belt)

Franklin Hart — pompous jerk of a boss. Smarmy, sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot. (Baritone)

Roz Keith — office busy-body who is secretly in love with Mr. Hart and does everything she can to undermine the rest of the office to earn his affection. Over the top comedic role. (Alto)

Joe — charming, attractive account who is interested in Violet. Doubles in the men’s ensemble. (Baritone/Tenor)

Kathy — office gossip. Doubles in the women’s ensemble. (Soprano)

Dwayne Rhodes — Doralee’s supportive husband. Country. Doubles in the men’s ensemble. (Tenor)

Margaret — office drunk. Doubles in the women’s ensemble

Dick Bernly — Judy’s soon to be ex-husband. An average guy, he is sporting less hair and more paunch than he did 10 years ago. May double in men’s ensemble.

Maria — young and vibrant secretary. Doubles in the women’s ensemble.

Josh Newstead — Violet’s awkward teenage son. Must look young enough to pass as a teenager, but old enough to double in men’s ensemble.

Missy Hart — Hart’s wife. Fluttery and ditzy. Doubles in women’s ensemble.

Russell Tinsworthy — Chairman of the board of Consolidated. He has the bearing of an army general. Doubles in the men’s ensemble.

This show has several fun musical numbers and opportunities for chorus members. Due to limitations in the performance space, all performers wishing to participate in the production MUST participate in auditions to be cast or chorus. This is contrary to previous years.

Esther Laupp, president of Comedia Musica Players, said the show is “an exciting and upbeat ‘good vs. evil’ story, and will be the first full length musical at the historic Philips Auditorium. The show is being produced by the creative team of Alyssa Sparks (show director), Dan Cassady (music director and conductor) and Emily Eastwood (choreographer).

“9 to 5 — The Musical” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Comedia Musica Players, a local musical theater troupe, was founded in 1968 by Larry Mitchell. The troupe’s most recent productions include “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “Elf — The Musical.”


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