By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian. Can she transform him into a respectable citizen by the end of the show?
The show will be directed by Sam Weisberg, with musical direction by Chris Larson and choreography by Barb Brauch.
WHO CAN AUDITION?
Auditions are open to actors who are currently in middle school and high school (grades 6-12) during the current 2020-2021 school year.
WHEN ARE AUDITIONS?
Auditions will take place in person, by appointment, from 7:00-9:30pm on Tuesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 20, and from 6:00-8:30pm on Thursday, May 27.
To sign up for an audition time, please click HERE.
The auditions will be held at our theatre in Wayzata at 605 Rice Street East. Please use the driveway on the north side of the building (off of Walker Avenue) to access the main entrance, which is off of the deck in the back of the building.
If you are unable to audition any of the scheduled audition times, it may be possible to submit a video audition. Please contact Sam Weisberg (email@example.com) for further information. All video auditions must be completed, submitted, and received by the directing team by 7:00pm on Thursday, May 27 in order to be considered.
Callback auditions (for select actors) will take place on Saturday, June 5 from 10:00am-12:30pm. A list of the actors needed at callbacks will be posted on the BWTC website by noon on Sunday, May 30. If you know that your schedule will not allow you to attend the callback auditions, please make sure the directing team is aware of that at your initial audition so that we can make alternative plans should we need to see you again.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?
We will be asking you to present two short musical selections and one short monologue, which you should prepare ahead of time.
The monologue selections can be downloaded by clicking HERE. You will find four short monologue options in the downloaded document. You should pick ONE and prepare that for your audition.
The musical selections are listed below. Click the title of each to download the sheet music excerpt, and click the audio tab to hear the accompaniment track. You should pick TWO of the four musical selections, and prepare those for your audition.
***Prior to your audition, each actor should fill out the online “Actor Information & Conflict Sheet,” which you can find by clicking HERE. Please have your personal calendars handy when you fill this out, including all important end-of-the-school year dates that we will need to know about.***
The cast list will be posted by 12:00pm on Monday, June 7.
We are planning to cast around 35 actors in this production.
Rehearsals will begin on Monday, June 14. They will take place from 9:00-4:00 daily (Monday through Friday) through Friday, July 9, for a total of 20 rehearsals.
Performances of The Music Man will take place on the following schedule:
Friday, July 9 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, July 10 @ 1:00pm AND 7:00pm
Sunday, July 11 @ 2:00pm
Friday, July 16 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, July 17 @ 1:00pm AND 7:00pm
Sunday, July 18 @ 2:00pm
Obviously, actors are required to attend all performances.
Actors who are cast in The Music Man will pay a $375 production fee, which will be due by the end of the first week of rehearsal.
Scholarships are available to those who are in need. Please contact Alison Haseman at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you qualify for a scholarship.
For up-to-date info on how BWTC is handing COVID-19 precautious, please click HERE.
Obviously, involvement in any activity — especially an indoor activity — carries with it some level of risk due to the current environment, and we do not recommend participation at this time if you are uncomfortable with that.
Our goal is to follow the guidelines from authorities with regards to what we can and cannot do, while also looking to the experiences of local high school theatre programs and other youth activities (like sports).
If you have any questions about our production of The Music Man, please contact Sam Weisberg (the director) at email@example.com.
If you have questions about Blue Water Theatre Company in general, please contact Charlie Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org.