Tap your toes and sing along in this splashy adaptation of the world’s most celebrated movie musical.
The ‘Greatest Movie Musical of All Time’ is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. a guaranteed good time for performers and audience members alike.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline — the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.
Three extraordinary roles for young dancers and a tour-de-force comedic turn make SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. a perfect choice for any group with an abundance of talent ready to shine.
Available roles include:
Dora Bailey — Always first on the scene for any major film opening, and she has the Hollywood scoop.
Don Lockwood — Hollywood’s leading man in silent film. Charming and charismatic, Don has no shortage of female admirers. Don is smart and levelheaded; he likes being a famous Hollywood actor, but he doesn’t let the celebrity hype go to his head. (Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: Bb2)
Lina Lamont — A glamorous star of Hollywood’s silent films. She believes everything amazing she reads about herself in the gossip magazines, including that she and Don Lockwood are madly in love. (Vocal range top: Db5; Vocal range bottom: Bb3)
Cosmo Brown — Often serves as the comic relief in the show. Quick-witted and sure-footed, Cosmo is fast with a one-liner to lighten the mood. Cosmo is Don’s right-hand man. (Vocal range top: Db5; Vocal range bottom: Bb2)
Roz — Always by Lina’s side, or trailing after her. As Lina’s manager, Roz works hard to make sure nothing upsets her.
R.F. Simpson — The studio producer in charge of Lockwood-Lamont films. R.F.’s first and foremost goal is to make money, and if that means doing a talkie film, that’s fine with him.
Dexter — The studio’s director for Lamont and Lockwood films. He’s loud and blustery, and he’s easily frustrated with his assistants and Lina.
Dexter’s Assistants — Dexter’s First, Second and Third Assistants.
Kathy Selden — Wants to become an actress. She takes her career as an artist seriously and is embarrassed that she has to take jobs like singing and popping out of a cake just to get by. (Vocal range top: Eb5; Vocal range bottom: G3)
Miss Dinsmore and the Teacher — The vocal coaches hired to turn Lina’s voice into cultured perfection and to work with all of the other actors in the show. Tough, proper and slightly overworked.
Zelda — Lina’s right-hand gal, who informs her that Kathy’s voice is being dubbed over hers. Zelda can be dramatic and over-the-top like Lina, but at her core, she cares about her friend.
Sam — A sound engineer, should be all business.
Broadway Melody Host — A natural leader. Commands the stage with an air of confidence. (Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: Bb2)
Broadway Dancers — Broadway Dancers #1 and #2 are featured in “Broadway Melody.” (Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: C3)
Chorus Girls — The Chorus Girls #1, #2, #3 and #4 are great featured singing roles in “Make ’Em Laugh.” (Vocal range top: D5′ Vocal range bottom: C4)
Stagehands — Stagehands #1, #2 and #3 are great featured singing roles in “Make ’Em Laugh.” (Vocal range top: C5; Vocal range bottom: F4)
Ensemble — The ensemble roles in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. are comprised of the Crowd, Pedestrians, including Pedestrian #1 and Pedestrian #2, Stars, Fans, including Fan #1 and Fan #2, Policeman, Party Guests, including Young Lady, Kathy’s Girls, Chorus Girls, Broadway Chorus, Guests, a Sound Engineer, Stagehands, Students, Sound Crew, Screening Guests, a Passerby, the Butler, Orchestra Leader and Audience Members. They really make the 1920s Golden Age of Hollywood come alive and are essential to this romantic light-hearted comedy. These ensemble groups are filled with named characters who have lines, so many of the ensemble students will have featured moments. Depending on the cast size, these ensemble groups can all be double- or triple-cast. Even if there are actors playing three or four different ensemble roles, we emphasize the importance of character, and make sure our young performers make consistent character choices when they step onstage.
Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 13 and 14 at 6 p.m. in The Hirt Theater at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.
Please prepare a one-minute monologue and 16–32 bars of a song from a musical. You may bring the audio file with NO background vocals on your phone or tablet. An auxiliary speaker will be provided.
Bring all rehearsal/performance conflicts with you to be turned in when you audition.
You only need to attend one of the two evenings.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. is being presented March 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., and March 22 at 2 p.m.
Directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter of Bellevue, BSA’s Tween Theatre is open to all children, ages 10–15, in any school system. Must be 10 years-of-age by Jan. 13, 2020, and no older than 15 years-of-age by March 28, 2020.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR. is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
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