Roles for the 2017 Summer Season
Each production this summer will feature guest artists in leading roles who are members of Actors’ Equity Association, and most of whom are veterans of Broadway shows.
Each production will also feature professional performers who are part of our resident non-union company, and these actors will be utilized in supporting, featured, and leading roles. Young artists with Midwestern connections are particularly favored in hiring for the resident company, in accordance with MTWichita’s original mission statement.
For the 2017 season, because of the high level of dance skills required in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Newsies, our resident company needs to primarily include dancers who sing and act, and will offer very few opportunities for “singer-movers.”
In the list below, all major characters are listed, including those played by members of the ensemble. Any underlined character name indicates a role that will probably be played by a Guest Artist. An asterisk by a character's name * indicates the role has already been offered to a performer, although it is very common that artists' availabilities may change before summer arrives.
Brief dialogue sides and/or music for certain characters are listed below, and will be indicated with [S]. Please click for link to material. Only select auditioning artists will be asked to read sides at the audition, but scenes and songs are provided here to help artists get to know the characters and to prepare for their auditions. If you have challenges viewing sides on your iPhone, try opening them in iBooks.
Thomas W. Douglas is once again the musical director/conductor for all five shows.
We actively seek ethnic diversity in casting the entire season.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Rehearsals start June 5, plays June 14-18. Mark Madama, director; Mara Newberry Greer, choreographer.
Thomas W. Douglas is once again the musical director/conductor for all five shows. All sides.
MILLIE DILLMOUNT - (Early to mid 20’s) Millie has guts, pluck, charisma, moxie: a girl with big dreams from a little town. Very appealing and honest, undeterred by her Midwestern upbringing and naiveté, she arrives in NY determined to acquire big city sophistication and a rich husband. Must be an excellent singer (soprano and belt), a good dancer (including tap), and superb comedienne. Must also be adept with physical comedy. (Low G# to E) [S1] [S2] [S3]
JIMMY SMITH - (20’s to early 30’s) Quintessential young leading man with an irrepressible buoyant personality. Must also possess charm and strong comedic ability. He’s the guy who can get any girl he wants with a wink and smile. Tenor-baritone, and a good dancer. (D to A) [S]
MRS. MEERS*- (40+) Comedienne. The villainess you love to hate. A washed up actress turned criminal, she pretends to be Chinese. A strong actress and singer – skill with dialects a plus. (Low E to C)
MUZZY VAN HOSSMERE* - (40’s to early 50’s) She is feisty, attractive, sassy, youthful, elegant, and stylish. A blues singer, she has lived the life, and is here to share all its trials and gems. African-American women are encouraged to audition. No dance necessary. (G below middle C to D)
TREVOR GRAYDON - (mid to late 30’s) The “arrow collar” type of executive, strong-jawed, handsome, pompous and full of himself. He is uptight and to the point, but charming and lovable. Takes everything far too seriously, and yet, no one seems to take him seriously. Big baritone, and a good mover (little dance). (A – A falsetto, full voice: G) [S]
MISS DOROTHY BROWN - (mid 20’s) The ingénue – charming, old-fashioned beauty, clueless to the ways of the real world. On the outside, a struggling actress from California, but on the inside, an Upper East Side Socialite. She is refined, coy, and humble, but gorgeous and sharp, with a voice that packs a punch. Good mover. Legit soprano and belt. (B below middle C to high C) [S]
CHING HO - Young Asian, who falls in love with Miss Dorothy. Very endearing, yet conniving and willing to sacrifice anything for Mom (back home) and Miss Dorothy. Good comedic timing and singing. Speaks in Cantonese and sings in Mandarin (pronunciations provided). Full Baritone (Bb to D) [S]
BUN FOO - Ching Ho’s bossy older brother, primary henchman to Mrs. Meers; also good comedic timing and singing, and as equally lovable as his brother. Speaks in Cantonese and sings in Mandarin (pronunciations provided). High Baritone (D to E) [S]
MISS FLANNERY - (late 30’s to early 40’s) Trevor’s secretary, and very protective of his (and her) work. She is the stereotypical “secretary” - uptight on the surface, but a heart of gold lurking just beneath. Strong tapper, strong belt, strong everything! A fun role.
THE GIRLS: GLORIA, ALICE, RITA, RUTH, CORA, LUCILLE, ETHYL - Millie’s friends at the hotel Pricilla, who help her all throughout the play. A wide range and variety of characters, but all clearly neurotic actresses just trying to make a living (must be able to tap and sing). Open to fun personalities willing to take chances and be “musical theatre” BIG.
Ensemble Male & Female Dancers “Moderns” (between 10 & 20 total)
+ Other miscellaneous characters…(George and Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Parker, Rodney, Mathilde, Kenneth, Policeman, etc.)
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
Rehearsals start June 19, plays June 28-July 2. Larry Raben, director; Peggy Hickey, choreographer. All sides.
**Other than Adam and the older character actors, all roles require strong dancing abilities, with gymnastic skills especially helpful.
MILLY* – A feisty, beautiful, frontier woman with a vibrant sense of humor. Strong-willed, smart, and unafraid to say how she feels. She falls in love with Adam. (Vocal range low G up to E) [S]
ADAM* – The eldest of seven brothers. A tall and attractive hunk. Farmer and hunter. Vigorous, confident, charming. He falls in love with Milly. (B to A) [S]
BENJAMIN – The second eldest and second in command. A driven leader who is as quick to being hot tempered as he is to action. Falls in love with Dorcas. (C to F)
CALEB – A brother. Solid and smart, he a hunter who is unaccustomed to women. The most levelheaded of the brothers. Falls in love with Ruth. (C to F)
DANIEL – A brother. He is rough-and-tumble, unkempt, and talkative. Falls in love with Liza. (C to F)
EPHRAIM – A brother. Rough-and-tumble and unkempt. He is like a twin with Daniel, but less talkative. Falls in love with Martha. (C to F)
FRANK – A brother. He is a hot head who is always ready to erupt. Reluctant to do anything that might be classified as sissy. The most rugged and "uncivilized" of all the brothers. Falls in love with Sarah. (C to F)
GIDEON – The youngest brother. Shy, sensitive, and deeply honest to a fault. Still rough around the edges like his brothers. Eventually falls in love with Alice. (C to G)
ALICE – Sweet but very naïve and not too bright. Ultra clean. Very excitable and a hopeless romantic. Falls in love with Gideon. (A to C)
DORCAS – She is feisty sexpot. Works in her parents' store and rebels against their overbearing nature. Pushes the dress code and acts as if she is not the virgin that she is. Falls in love with Benjamin. (A to C)
RUTH – A buttoned-down teacher. Very practical with a sensuality underneath. A problem solver. The mother of the group of girls. Falls in love with Caleb. (A to C)
LIZA – A homebody attached at the hip to Martha. She is very superstitious. Eventually falls in love with Daniel. (A to C)
MARTHA – A bit of a goody two-shoes who does everything with Liza. She eventually falls in love with Ephraim. (A to C)
SARAH – A gardener and "tomboy" raised in a family of boys. She has a fiery sense of exuberance to match her red hair. Falls in love with Frank. (A to C)
MR. HOALLUM – Character man. Owner of the general store. He is also the town mayor and Dorcas' dad. Plays guitar and banjo, and is very protective of his daughter and girls in town. (C to G)
MRS. HOALLUM – Character woman. Mr. Hoallum's wife and Dorcas' mother. She is an accordionist. Snobby and uptight. Like her husband, she does not like Adam and his brothers. (A to D)
MR. SANDER – Character Man. Owner of the local restaurant and Ruth's father. Gruff and grumpy. He is conservative and very protective of his daughter. (A to E)
MRS. SANDER – Character Woman. Mr. Sander's wife and Ruth's mother. Plays jug, washboard bass, and the autoharp. Snobby and conservative. (A to D)
PREACHER – Character Man. Alice's father. A peaceful and deeply religious man who loves his daughter. Dislikes confrontation. He is a violinist. (C to E)
ENSEMBLE – Suitors (All strong, youthful, athletic dancers: Jeb, Joel, Nathan, Luke, Matt, Zeke); Lumbermen; Townsboys; Townsgirls
Rehearsals start July 3, plays July 12-16. Mark Madama, director; Al Blackstone, choreographer. All sides.
TRACY TURNBLAD - Our story's unsuspecting protagonist, she is large and in charge. Confident, talented, and incredibly determined. A romantic with a good heart and desire to cut up the dance floor. Always on top of the latest trends. (G to G) [S]
EDNA TURNBLAD - Tracy's big and blonde mother. She is a working housewife who has lost her confidence and dream to be a plus-size clothing designer. Boisterous and commanding. Played by a male in drag. (Age 30-50; Voice low F up to G) [S]
WILBUR TURNBLAD* - Tracy's simpleminded and kind father. He owns a joke shop and supports his daughter in spite of everything else. He also loves his wife, Edna, very much. (Age 50-65, vocals from A to A)
LINK LARKIN - The star heartthrob on Corny Collins' show. He is extremely attractive and talented. Hoping to get his big break with a recording contract, he unexpectedly falls for Tracy. A believable teenager, with voice from low G up to A. [S]
CORNY COLLINS - The charismatic host of the Corny Collins' Show. Good looking and smooth talking, he is a genuinely nice guy both on and off camera. (D to A)
PENNY PINGLETON - Tracy's best friend and dorky sidekick. Not the brightest girl, but she has good intentions. Bursting to get free of her mother's dominating control, she falls for Seaweed with childlike curiosity. (A to G) [S]
VELMA VON TUSSLE - Amber's mother and the director of Corny Collins’ show. She is a devious taskmaster and snobby racist. The former Miss Baltimore Crabs will go to any length to ensure her daughter is the next big thing. (G to E) [S]
AMBER VON TUSSLE - Link's girlfriend and Tracy's nemesis. She is pretty, thin, shallow, snobby, and racist. Can't dance but is expected to win Miss Baltimore Hairspray. Always feels the need to be the center of attention. (A to F) [S]
SEAWEED J. STUBBS - Tracy's classmate and friend, who is discriminated against due to his skin color. He is cocky but surprisingly lovable. Talented in song and dance. He falls for Penny. (F to D) [S]
LITTLE INEZ - Petite and youthful African-American, a good dancer and spectacular singer. She is Seaweed’s younger sister, and becomes Tracy’s good friend.
MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE - Seaweed and Little Inez's mother, she also appears as the Guest DJ on the Corny Collins’ Negro Day show. Big, blonde, beautiful and proud of it. She is sassy and confident. (F to E) [S]
PRUDY PINGLETON* - Penny's strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded. Also plays Prison Warden and Gym Teacher. (D to B)
Ensemble - Corny Collins' Kids (Tammy, Brad, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, etc.); Students; Hookers; Protestors
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Rehearsals start July 17, plays July 26-30. Wayne Bryan, director. All sides.
QUASIMODO - The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge. Lonely and staunchly obedient to Frollo, he possesses a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells and gargoyles of the cathedral. Despite his shyness and uncertainty, he quickly befriends Esmeralda. Big-hearted, and brave when need be (Bb to Bb) [S]
CLAUDE FROLLO - Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral and the most powerful cleric in Paris, he is the reluctant caretaker of Quasimodo. He will do whatever it takes to rid the city of the gypsy “vermin,” even as he lusts after Esmeralda. Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive. Powerful singer with wide range (low E up to B). [S]
ESMERALDA - A beautiful and free-spirited gypsy who possesses the strong sense of justice and morality that Frollo lacks. Compassionate, she frees Quasimodo from the frenzied mob at the Feast of Fools and, against her better judgment, falls for the cocky Phoebus. Must dance well, with powerful, wide-ranging voice (E to D) [S]
CAPTAIN PHOEBUS DE MARTIN - Returning to Paris after serving in the war, Phoebus takes up his new position as Captain of the Cathedral Guard. Overconfident yet charming, this handsome, strong soldier makes the ladies swoon, yet his moral compass is also strong, and he openly defies the corrupted Frollo. (A to Ab) [S]
CLOPIN TROUILLEFOU - The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies. An air of mystery surrounds Clopin, who often leaves the scene in a puff of smoke. As the master of ceremonies for the Feast of Fools, he is witty and playful, but he boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd. (D to F#)
JEHAN FROLLO - Claude’s reckless younger brother. With the gypsy Florika, he fathers Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother’s care. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed. Also ensemble. (F to Eb)
FLORIKA - A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother. Also in ensemble. (E to F#)
FATHER DUPIN - A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian. Also ensemble. (C to A)
SAINT APHRODISIUS - A stained-glass image that comes to life. Also ensemble. (B to E)
LIEUTENANT FREDERIC CHARLUS - Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus. Also ensemble.
KING LOUIS XI - King of France, nicknamed the Prudent. Also ensemble.
TRIBUNAL - A judicial officer. Also ensemble. (G to E)
MADAM - Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies. Also ensemble.
CONGREGATION - Gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris.
CHOIR - Additional voices; may add community singers to augment the Company.
Rehearsals start July 31, plays July 11-20 (two-week run). Wayne Bryan, director; Brian J. Marcum, choreographer. All sides.
Other than Jack, Davey, and Crutchie, who must be excellent movers, all the newsies must be superb dancers, with gymnastic skills especially sought. Youthful appearance is also very helpful.
JACK KELLY - Leader of the newsies, a charismatic and youthful leading man, dynamic actor, strong singer, good mover. [S]
KATHERINE PLUMBER - A feisty young reporter. She becomes the love interest for Jack, and is the daughter of Joseph Pulitzer. Strong singer and very fine mover/dancer. [S]
JOSEPH PULITZER* - Publisher of The World, a no-nonsense businessman. Age 35-55.
MEDDA LARKIN - A vaudeville star, owns her own theater. [S]
CRUTCHIE - A newsie with a bum leg. [S]
DAVEY - A new newsie, more bookish than Jack. [S]
LES - Davey's fearless younger brother (age 10-15). [S]
RACE - A newsie with a penchant for betting.
ALBERT - A newsie.
SPECS - A newsie.
HENRY - A newsie.
FINCH - A newsie.
ELMER - A newsie.
ROMEO - A newsie.
MUSH - A newsie.
DARCY - Upper-class son of a publisher. Also ensemble.
MORRIS DELANCEY - Scrappy and abusive tough guy, in charge of keeping peace at The World's distribution window. Also ensemble.
OSCAR DELANCEY - Morris's equally tough brother. Also ensemble.
WIESEL - Runs the distribution window of The World. (Also plays Mr. Jacobi, Mayor, Stage Manager; ensemble.)
MR. JACOBI - Owner of the deli.
MAYOR - The Mayor of New York City.
STAGE MAANGER - A stage manager at Medda Larkin's theater.
NUNZIO - A barber. Also plays Roosevelt; ensemble.
GOVERNOR TEDDY ROOSEVELT - Age 50-65.
SEITZ - Pulitzer's editor. Also ensemble.
BUNSEN - Pulitzer's bookkeeper. Also ensemble.
HANNAH - Pulitzer's secretary. Also ensemble.
SNYDER - Warden of The Refuge; frightening, spidery, sinister man. Also ensemble.
SPOT CONLON - Leader of the Brooklyn Newsies. Also ensemble.
BILL - The son of William Randolph Hearst (age 17-25). Also ensemble.
THE BOWERY BEAUTIES - Showgirls at Medda's theater. Also ensemble.
Ensemble - Citizens of New York.
2017 Season Artistic Staff
Wayne Bryan, Producing Artistic Director
Nancy Reeves, Producing Associate/Company Manager
Thomas W. Douglas, Musical Director/Conductor
Mitch Southerland, Production Manager
Mary Sue Dymak, Rentals & Inventory Director
Deborah Roberts, Costume Shop Manager
Joshua Larson, Teen Choir Staging Director
Linda Starkey, Teen Choir Musical Director
David Neville, Lighting Designer
David Muehl, Sound Designer