So – who’s ready for another musical?
I am delighted to have been asked to direct the Pirton Players’ autumn production ‘Sweet Charity’, and already the work begins. We have an MD, John Edwards, and a Producer, Janet Tackley, and we are starting to assemble our production team.
Charity is undoubtedly the star of the show, but it’s a great company show, with colourful characters, and lots of opportunities for the chorus to take on cameo roles. There is plenty for everybody to do. It’s a wonderful score, including well-known numbers such as ‘Hey! Big Spender!’, ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm Of Life’.
Dates for your diary:
Auditions – 12 + 16 August
Music rehearsals – 19, 23, 26, 30 August
Production rehearsals commence 2 September
Show week – 18-21 November
I am aware there will be quite a few of you who are unfamiliar with the show. For this reason, and to enable everyone to have plenty of time to have a think about what characters you would like to audition for, we are having an early talk through at the Village Hall on Wednesday 6 May. I will be outlining the characters, and we will read through the script and listen to the score. I have a copy of the script, so if you would like a copy to read in advance please let me know.
Please see below a list of characters in the show.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the read through and the auditions!
SWEET CHARITY – CHARACTERS
The girl who wanted to be loved. Good-natured, and rather too trusting – particularly when it comes to men! Star of the show and rarely off stage. Five solo numbers, plus duets and company numbers. Acting age: 20 – 35.
HELENE and NICKIE
Charity’s closest friends who are hostesses at the Fandango Ballroom. They lead the ‘Big Spender’ number, have a big number with Charity ‘There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This’ and a duet ‘Baby Dream Your Dream’. Also involved in company number ‘I Love To Cry At Weddings’. Six scenes of dialogue. Acting age: 30 – 45.
A man whom Charity befriends and eventually falls in love with. A quirky, rather neurotic character – a tax accountant by profession. One solo and one duet with Charity. Six scenes of dialogue. Acting age: 30 – 45.
The authoritarian owner of the Fandango Ballroom. Leads the company number ‘I Love To Cry At Weddings’. Three scenes of dialogue. Mature, acting age: 40 – 60.
A famous Italian movie star. Three scenes of dialogue and one solo ‘Too Many Tomorrows’. Acting age: 30 – 50.
Vittorio’s glamorous girlfriend. Two scenes of dialogue. Acting age: 20 – 35.
The enigmatic leader of the Rhythm Of Life Church. Leads the ‘Rhythm Of Life’ company number.
Dancers at the Fandango Ballroom. ‘Big Spender’ number, and five scenes of dialogue. Acting age: 20 – 40.
The new dancer at the Fandango Ballroom. Acting age: 20 – 25.
Plus about 20 cameo roles (which may be doubled up)