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South Bay Musical Theatre announces auditions for
Saturday March 17, 2018 (2-6pm)
at SBMT Rehearsal Studio 761 Mabury Rd, San Jose 95133
Sunday March 18, 2018 (7-10pm)
at Saratoga Civic Theatre 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga 95070
Callbacks held on Monday March 19 from 6-10pm &
Tuesday March 20 from 6-10pm
Callbacks held at Saratoga Civic Theatre 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga 95070
South Bay Musical Theatre strives for inclusivity in our casting process. Actors of all races, ethnicities, body types, and physical abilities are encouraged to audition. All roles open.
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All auditioners will be taught a brief dance section, asked to sing, and given a cold reading.
What to bring: Sheet music in the correct key (1-2 min in length). Headshot and resume. Jazz or character shoes are appropriate for dance. Accompanist provided; no recordings, please.
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First Rehearsal: July 16, 2018
Load-in: September 1, 2018
Opening Performance: September 22, 2018
Closing Performance & Strike: October 13, 2018
Orphaned at ten, Patrick Dennis’ life has undergone drastic change when his nanny, Agnes Gooch, brings him all the way from Des Moines to New York City to live with his only living relative, Auntie Mame. Charismatic Mame Dennis, shocked but delighted to find herself in the role of a guardian, shows Patrick the town, teaches him how to mix a martini, and showers him with love.
Principal and Featured Singing Roles:
Mame Dennis (30+): Glamorous, eccentric New York City socialite. A powerhouse triple threat. Vocal: Mezzo
Vera Charles (age 40+): Mame’s alcohol-pickled bosom buddy. Strong character role. Vocal: Alto
Agnes Gooch (20s-40s): Patrick’s dowdy, awkward nanny who transforms into a hot mama later in the show. Strong comedienne role. Vocal: Soprano
Young Patrick Dennis (age 10): Mame’s bright, curious, adorable young nephew. Vocal: Boy Soprano
Grown-up Patrick Dennis (20s): Patrick as a young man moves through college years to early married life. Tender and loving. Vocal: Baritone
Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside (40s-50s): Mame’s striking, amiable, wealthy Southern suitor. Vocal: Baritone
Ito (any age): Mame’s lovable Asian house servant. Vocal: Baritone
Sally Cato (same age as Beau): Southern belle who is not happy about Beau’s interest in Mame. Vocal: Mezzo
Uncle Jeff (any age): Southern relative of Beau. Fun character role. Vocal: Baritone
Cousin Fan (any age): Southern relative of Beau. Fun character role. Vocal: Mezzo
Other Featured Speaking Roles:
M. Lindsay Woolsey (40s-50s): Suave publisher who is Mame’s admirer and always there to help when needed.
Dwight Babcock (30s-50s): Knickerbocker Bank president who is given responsibility for overseeing Patrick’s education.
Madame Branislawski (any age): Russian salon proprietress.
Mother Burnside (60s-80s): Beau’s imposing Southern mother. Strong character role.
Junior Babcock (teens-20s): Son of Dwight Babcock and Patrick’s college roommate.
Mr. and Mrs. Upson (40s-50s): Parents of Gloria, Patrick’s fiancée. Fun character roles.
Gloria Upson (20s): Patrick’s fiancée
Pegeen Ryan (20s): Young interior designer who eventually marries Patrick.
Peter Dennis (10): Son of Patrick and Pegeen (could be played by same boy who plays Young Patrick)
Ensemble: 12- 15 men & women to play a variety of roles. Singers who dance, and dancers who sing encouraged.
Mame is a musical with book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Originally titled “My Best Girl," it is based on the 1955 novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis and a 1956 Broadway play, by Lawrence and Lee, that starred Rosalind Russell. Set in New York City and spanning the Great Depression and World War II, it focuses on eccentric bohemian Mame Dennis, whose famous motto is, “Life is a banquet, and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death!”. Her fabulous life with her wealthy friends is interrupted when Patrick, the young orphan son of her late brother, arrives to live with her. They cope with the Depression in a series of madcap adventures. In 1958, a film titled Auntie Mame, based on the play, was released by Warner Brothers, once again starring Rosalind Russell in the title role. Russell was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for her portrayal.
The musical opened on Broadway in 1966, starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur. The production became a hit and spawned a 1974 film with Lucille Ball in the title role and Arthur reprising her supporting role, as well as a London production, a Broadway revival, and a 40th Anniversary revival at the Kennedy Center in 2006 starring Christine Baranski. Featuring one of the most dynamic and lovable heroines of the Broadway stage, Mame is a wildly optimistic—and just plain wild—ode to a colorful, unconventional, well-lived life. Jerry Herman’s famous score includes the poignant pathos of “If He Walked Into My Life,” the catty duet “Bosom Buddies,” and the life-is-a-banquet vigor of “Open a New Window,” in addition to one of the most recognizable title songs of all time.
Mame’s authority over Patrick is shared with Dwight Babcock, a trustee from the Knickerbocker Bank, and the two of them clash over the best way to raise and educate young Patrick. Following the stock market crash, fearless Mame tries to keep caring for her nephew, even as she reinvents herself. Her first attempt at a job is as a performer in a show that her best friend Vera Charles is starring in. She upstages Vera, however, and gets fired. Other jobs come easy to Mame, but go just as fast. She is so broke that the servants have paid the bills for her with their “rainy day” money. Just at the right moment, the very Southern Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside walks into Mame’s life, and seems like the solution to all of her problems. The marriage proposal comes fast, but Mame must meet his Southern relatives. Her reception is not the warmest, especially from Sally Cato who has been engaged to Beau since grammar school. Sally Cato tries to make of fool of Mame through a contrived fox hunt, but the plot is foiled, and Mame wins over the family.
After several years of traveling around the world together, Beau dies from a tragic mountain accident, and Mame comes home to her old friends and is persuaded to write her memoirs. Meanwhile, Patrick has grown up and is in college and pursuing love interests of his own. He becomes engaged to Gloria Upson, and Mame is invited to the country to meet the Upson family. Things do not go well, as Mame discovers that the Upsons are bigoted and intolerant of anyone who isn’t like them. Mame plans an engagement party that successfully scares off the Upsons. At this party, Patrick falls for Pegeen Ryan, a decorator who soon becomes Patrick’s wife. The couple have a son of their own, and Patrick continues the Dennis tradition of opening new windows to the world for his family.
Director and Vocal Director: Diane Milo
Producer: Walter M. Mayes
Production Manager: Sara Dean
Musical Director: Catherine Snider
Choreographer: Kayvon Kordestani
Sound Designer: Chris Beer
Costume Designer: Sylvia Chow
Set Designer: TBD
Hair & Makeup Designer: Gwyneth Price
Lighting Designer: Michael G. Muñoz
Master Carpenter: Richard Cartwright
Stage Manager: TBD