Audition Announcement – Meredith Willson’s The Music Man


Audition Call for Alamance Children’s Theatre Production of:

Directed by Wayne Leonard

Music Direction by Tiffany Spaulding

Choreography by Alicia Curtis

Stage Manager/Asst. Stage Manager/Tech Crew –Vacant/Interested Individuals Encouraged to Apply (See Below)


Alamance Children’s Theatre (ACT) will present Meredith Willson’s The Music Man at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington, NC.  A six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best.  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, who transforms him into a respectable citizen.  This classic story features quirky characters, rousing marches, a barbershop quartet and sentimental ballads.

Regular performance dates are March 15-17 and 22-24, 2019.  Two Daytime “School Shows” will be presented at the Paramount on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. There will be ten (10) performances in total.

Auditions are open to youth ages 8 to 18.  A prospective cast member must be a minimum of 8 years old and a maximum of 18 years old on the day that individual auditions for the production.

Auditions for Meredith Willson’s The Music Man are occurring earlier than ACT’s standard audition schedule. Factors contributing to this alternate schedule and its impacts on rehearsals are addressed below.


Auditions will be:

Monday, November 5, 2018 – 6:00 pm


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – 6:00 pm


Alamance Lutheran Church

4008 Highway 62 South

Alamance, NC


If you have conflicts with the audition dates above, please email Jennifer Newsome by Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at

Those auditioning should:

  • Print out and complete the forms provided below prior to arrival at auditions.
  • Prepare a verse and chorus of a song from memory, if possible, to be sung along with an accompaniment (“karaoke”) track that auditionees should provide.  Piano accompaniment will NOT be provided.
  • Be prepared for a cold read with other auditionees from materials provided at the auditions.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes since all auditionees will participate in movement choreography.  Shorts, jeans, flip-flop shoes and sandals are definitely discouraged.
  • Bring character shoes if you have them.

All auditionees will participate in the Choreography portion of the audition

Potential cast members need to attend only one night of auditions, unless asked to attend Callbacks.

Callbacks, which are likely, will be Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Alamance Lutheran Church.

A Character List is provided below.

In preparation for auditions, please read these materials and bring the completed forms to the audition.  You can attach your own picture to the Audition Form.  ACT will also be taking individual pictures each night.

Welcome Letter

Audition Form

Music Audition Form

Choreography Audition Form

ACT is actively seeking a Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager and Tech Crew (including a versatile Props Master to also assist with sets) for The Music Man.  ACT encourages interested individuals to complete the form below and submit it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to Jennifer Newsome at

Stage Manager, Asst Stage Manager & Tech Crew Application

The final cast and crew list will be posted on ACT’s Facebook Page (and potentially ACT’s website) by Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 12:00 Noon.  Those individuals must email Jennifer Newsome to accept or decline their roles at by 2:00PM on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

On Monday, November 12, all of the cast, crew members, parents/guardians, directors, and producers will meet at Alamance Lutheran Church at 6:00 pm.  A great deal of important information will be discussed, so it is MANDATORY that each cast member and a parent/guardian attend this meeting.  A $50 Participation Fee will be collected from each cast member ($40 for each additional sibling). This fee helps to cover some of the production’s costs.  Scholarships are available to ensure that no young person is unable to participate. Please speak to one of the producers after the parent meeting to make these arrangements.  Scholarship families will be requested to “Pay what they can” and will be asked to contribute additional volunteer hours to the production.

For November and December 2018 and January 2019, rehearsals will occur on an intermittent basis as ACT balances the rehearsal schedule for Meredith Willson’s The Music Man with the on-going rehearsal schedule for ACT II’s production of Little Women – The Broadway Musical.  Rehearsals involving blocking, choreography, and music will definitely occur during this time and involve multiple cast members.  However, efforts during this initial period will focus on music, with some emphasis on individual and smaller group numbers.  Beginning in late January, rehearsal activities will become more intense.

Rehearsals will predominantly occur at Alamance Lutheran Church and will generally occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights.  There may be a few nights that extend to 10:00 pm, some Friday night rehearsals that go later, a few limited-cast Wednesday evening rehearsals, and several Saturday morning/afternoon and Sunday afternoon/evening rehearsals.  Some rehearsals with minimal called cast members may be at locations other than Alamance Lutheran.  Not all cast members will be scheduled for each rehearsal but each cast member will be expected to attend all of the rehearsals for which he or she is scheduled.

Tech week begins on Sunday, March 10, 2019 with rehearsals each day/night at the Paramount Theater.  Tech Week rehearsals may extend to 10:30 pm at the latest.  All cast & crew MUST be present this week with no exceptions!

Regular performances will be at the Paramount at 7:00 pm on March 15, 16, 22, & 23, 2019 and 2:00 pm on March 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2019.  Two daytime “School Shows” will occur on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 and are scheduled for 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.

All cast and tech crew members must be present for all regular performances and the “School Shows.”  The Alamance-Burlington School System as well as other schools have previously recognized School Show performance days as excused absences for cast and crew members.

Auditionees should be aware that participation in other productions, other than ACT II’s production of Little Women – The Broadway Musical, that overlap and create conflicts with rehearsals for The Music Man may be considered in casting decisions.

For any additional information, please contact Jennifer Newsome at


Charlie Cowell – A traveling salesmen who is on to Harold Hill’s schemes. Tirelessly attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind Harold Hill.

Gender: male

Harold Hill – Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Mayor Shinn – A blustery politician who is all too “self-important.” Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.

Gender: male

Ewart Dunlop – A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: F3

Oliver Hixn – A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: B2

Jacey Squires – The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: C3

Olin Britt – A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: C4

Vocal range bottom: F2

Marcellus Washburn – Harold’s chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: G2

Tommy Djilas – An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.

Gender: male

Marian Paroo – The stiff town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Mrs. Paroo – Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Amaryllis  – A slightly bratty piano student of Marian Paroo.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: C4

Winthrop Paroo – Marian’s baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: C4

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn – Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: D4

Zaneeta Shinn – The Mayor’s fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.

Gender: female

Alma Hix – A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Oliver Hix.

Gender: female

Maud Dunlop – A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Ewart Dunlop.

Gender: female

Ethel Toffelmier – A comical “Pick-a-Little Lady,” and Marcellus Washburn’s girlfriend.

Gender: female

Mrs. Squires – A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Jacey Squires.

Gender: female


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