The Music Man

The Music Man    – Casting Synopsis

Cast Size: Flexible

Cast: Age appropriate  (Adults, Teens and Children)

Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Harold Hill

Harold Hill is a great role for a middle age person to play. Harold is a person with charisma and charm, who is comfortable on stage. He should be a great actor, an average singer, and an average mover.  Professor Hill should be someone who memorizes lines easily and has a good sense of musical rhythm. Harold should look good with Marian and the two together should exude a spark of excitement.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: B3

Marian Paroo

The role of Marian is a different twist on the traditional leading lady. The character progresses greatly during the show, starting as an uptight librarian and transforming into a beautiful and trusting young woman. Marian must have an amazing voice, be an excellent actor, and be able to move well. She must also have an air of confidence that draws Harold and your audience to her. She will also need to be comfortable kissing two men-Harold and Charlie Cowell, which requires a certain amount of emotional maturity. Finally, We will take some time during auditions to try different pairs of Harolds and Marians until the perfect match is reached.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Charlie Cowell

Charlie Cowell is one of the premium acting-only roles. Charlie should be a strong actor with a good loud voice who is a bit of a ham and likes being on the stage. He has to be comfortable kissing Marian, and should have a good sense of comic timing.

Gender: male

Mayor Shinn

The actor playing Mayor Shinn certainly needs a good sense of comic timing, but should be able to perform the role very seriously. Mayor Shinn does not have to sing or dance, but he is responsible for a great deal of the pacing and line pick up in the show. Make sure your actor can memorize long monologues.

Gender: male

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn

Everybody wants to play Eulalie. It’s a great role for a great comic actress. If Eulalie takes herself seriously your audience will find her hysterical. Eulalie does have some singing and some dancing, or at least posing. Eulalie should work well with Mayor Shinn.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: D4

Marcellus Washburn

This classic sidekick to Harold has been immortalized  by comedic greats like Buddy Hacket. Marcellus’ big number is “Shipoopi” so the character has to act well, sing reasonably well (although a character voice is best) and be able to dance. We will be looking to cast the guy who is just naturally funny all the time.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: D#5

Vocal range bottom: E4

Ethel Toffelmier

Ethel is Marcellus’s girlfriend. She’s described by Marcellus as “a nice comfortable girl and the bosses’ niece.” Ethel has some acting, some singing, and some dancing. Ethel is also one of the solo Pick-a-Little ladies. We will want to be sure she and Marcellus look good together, think Ethel and Fred from I Love Lucy!

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: D4

Mrs. Paroo

Mrs. Paroo is the conscience of River City. She is a great mother, stands up for what she believes in, and gently pushes Marian to think of her future. The role requires an actress who can do a good Irish Brogue, and who can sing and act. She should also look right with Marian and Winthrop

.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: -1

Winthrop Paroo

Winthrop should appear to be young, his voice must be unchanged and he should be a good actor. Winthrop also needs to be able to affect a believable lisp. Winthrop has to transform from a shy child to an outspoken child who not only sings but dances!

Gender: male

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: C4

Amaryllis

Amaryllis is the slightly bratty girl who studies piano with Marian. Amaryllis should be a good actor, and roughly the same size as Winthrop and Gracie..

Gender: female

Ewart Dunlop

Ewart is one of the four quartet members with the second highest voice or tenor. He is married to Maud Dunlop. Cast singers who can hold their own vocal parts strongly and worry about the acting later.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: E4

Oliver Hix

Oliver is one of the four quartet members with the second lowest voice or baritone. He is married to Alma Hix. Cast singers who can hold their own vocal parts strongly and worry about the acting later.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: E4

Jacey Squires

Jacey is one of the four quartet members with the highest voice or tenor. He is married to Mrs. Squires. Cast singers who can hold their own vocal parts strongly and worry about the acting later.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: B3

Olin Britt

Olin is one of the four quartet members with the lowest voice or bass. Cast singers who can hold their own vocal parts strongly and worry about the acting later.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Tommy Djilas

Tommy is the teen heartthrob in the show. Cast the best looking kid you have; with any luck he’ll also be able to act and dance. Tommy’s love interest is Zaneeta so we need to make sure the two characters have chemistry between them.

Gender: male

Zaneeta Shinn

Zaneeta should be your best female dancer. The role is often given dance features in both “76 trombones” and “Shipoopi”. Zaneeta also should look like she belongs in the Shinn Family, although this is not necessary. Zaneeta gets to deliver the classic “Ye gads” line!

Gender: female

Gracie Shinn

Gracie is Zaneeta’s little sister. This role has one or two lines of dialogue and traditionally is the first soloist in “Wells Fargo Wagon.”

Gender: female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: B3

Alma Hix

One of the core members of the Pick-a-little ladies, requiring girls with strong voices and a good sense of comedy. Alma is married to Oliver.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: D4

Maud Dunlop

One of the core members of the Pick-a-little ladies, requiring girls with strong voices and a good sense of comedy. Maud is married to Ewart.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: D4

Mrs. Squires

One of the core members of the Pick-a-little ladies, requiring girls with strong voices and a good sense of comedy. Mrs. Squires is married to Jacey.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: D4

Conductor

The conductor has the first line in the show, so cast an actor that is loud and energetic!

Gender: male

Constable Locke

The Constable is a quietly wise man who sees through Harold, but doesn’t seem to mind. It’s a nice feature for any young character actor.

Gender: male

Ensemble

The Ensemble is comprised of Adult-types, teens and kids to play townspeople, traveling salesmen, teen dancers, Wa Tan Ye girls and the boys’ band. Can accommodate additional Pick-a-little ladies

Gender: any

Since THE MUSIC MAN  is about a town, we will want to assign the cast into family units. We will try to create a realistic town with married folks, single folks, etc. If we have an abundance of girls, We will cast a few as widows. The adults have a few lines (which will be distributed while blocking the scenes.) They also have some solo vocal lines. We will want to select the Farmer and His Wife from this group.

Gender: any

Traveling Salesmen

We will cast several good actors to play traveling salesmen, especially salesmen number five, number three, and number one.

Gender: any

Teen Dancers

We will create a group of teen dancers by selecting the best dancers. The Teen Dancers will be responsible for “Shipoopi,” and have features in “76 Trombones.” Each Teen Dancer will be assigned to a family to help create the illusion of a real town.

Gender: any

Wa Tan Ye Girls

All of the little girls can play Wa Tan Ye Girls. They are featured during Eulalie’s “Spectacle” just prior to “76 Trombones.” They will also be assigned into families.

Gender: female

Boys’ Band

All of the little boys can be in the Boys’ Band provided you have enough uniforms. The Boys’ Band has two main features: “76 Trombones” and the finale of the show. They too will be part of a family.

Gender: any

2020 Show Dates

June 25th, 26th and 27th

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