Auditions

Bugsy Malone, Jr Auditions

Ages 8-18 M & F

Audition dates July 8 & 9 doors open at 6:30 pm audition process begins promptly at 7 pm. Please arrive on time. Callbacks only July 10 doors open at 6:30 pm callbacks begin promptly at 7 pm. If you are unable to attend the scheduled audition dates please email vpproduction@cumberlandplayers.com no later than one week prior to the scheduled dates for a possible pre-audition. We will try to accommodate you but this is not a guarantee.

Audition requirements:
Prepare 16 - 32 measures from a Broadway musical to be performed for the director's casting committee. Must provide sheet music, Phone, MP3 player or cd accompaniment no vocal tracks may be on the CD or digital device accompaniment. Instrumental only. Learn a simple dance routine. Please wear comfortable clothes, sneakers, ballet or jazz shoes NO flip flops or sandals. Please bring all days, dates and times you are NOT available for rehearsals. A rehearsal schedule will not be available until after callbacks and the cast is selected.

For call backs. Be prepared to sing a selection from the Bugsy Malone, Jr score assigned by the directors. Call back music will be provided. Readings from the script. Tap shoes, dance shoes and ballet slippers for specific dance roles.

 

Production dates are September 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23. Tech week begins September 9 with a pick-up rehearsal the following week. There can be no conflicts for tech week or for any of the

performance days.

 

Cast Descriptions

 

BUGSY MALONis the hero of our story. 
This role is equal parts Jimmy Stewart, James 
Bond and Gene Kelly. Bugsy alternates as the 
narrator and the lead of the show. A young 
performer comfortable in front of an audience, 
who radiates a sense of charm and sincerity as 
well as a street-wise sensibility.

Vocal Range: baritone/tenor

 

BLOUSEY BROWN is at first the typical young, 
wide-eyed, would-be star, just off the bus

from a small town. However, we find out that 
Blousey is a force to be reckoned with and 
certainly, nobody's fool. This is a large role that 
requires good singing and acting. A young Carol Burnett 
type is recommended.

Vocal Range: mezzo soprano

 

FAT SAM is the baddest of the bad guys 
whose biggest rival is Dandy Dan. Fat Sam 
should be an adept physical comedian with

 

a commanding stage presence. Note that Fat Sam does 
not need to be fat. You can dress him in a fat 
suit or cast a really small kid with a booming 
voice for comedic effect.

Vocal Range: baritone/tenor

 

TALLULAH is the classic gangster's moll. Cast 
a young woman who is self-confident and can 
deliver the role with deadpan sincerity and droll 
appeal. Tallulah is a Mae West type with a 
talent for performing. She needs to be a strong 
singer.

Vocal Range: alto

 

DANDY DAN is the unflappably stylish, 
debonair, underworld businessman who outwits 
Fat Sam every step of the way. Your Dan

should be comfortable singing his song, "That's 
Why They Call Him Dandy."

Vocal Range: baritone  

 

FIZZY is an employee of Fat Sam's at the 
Grand Slam, whose duties mostly involve 
cleaning up the place. Fizzy has a difficult song

that requires emotional singing and a significant

range. Who can deliver Fizzy's sad-eyed hopes

and dreams as he sweeps up.

Vocal Range:  tenor

 

FAT SAM'S GANG includes ROXY ROBINSON, 
ANGELO, SNAKE EYES, RITZY, SHAKE DOWN 
LOUIS 
and Sam's right-hand man, KNUCKLES. 
You may add as many ensemble members to 
the gangs as your stage can accommodate. 
These fellows are bumbling, funny, non- 
threatening hoodlums. They should be able to 
sing with gusto (if not in tune) and be willing to 
work on the rigors of physical comedy. Many 
productions have successfully cast girls in 
these roles.

 

DANDY DAN'S GANG members are really

bad guys. Also known as THE HOODS, they sing 
a little, but they splurge a lot! Cast suave- 
looking types who can pull off slicked-back hair 
and double-breasted suits. Many productions 
have successfully cast girls in these roles. The 
Hoods include BRONX CHARLIESHOULDERS
BENNY LEE, YONKERS, LAUGHING BOY and 
DOODLEYou may add as many ensemble 
members to gangs as your stage can safely 
accommodate. Remember, girls can easily be 
dressed up as male gangsters.

LENA MARELLI is the star of the "Lena Marelli 
Show!" and she lets everyone know it. Cast

a young performer who can TAKE OVER THE 
STAGE with a strong singing voice. An affected 
character voice is practically a requirement to 
deliver this role. Lena is not very bright, but she

is very loud. Think Lina Lamont from Singinin

the Rain.

Vocal Range: soprano

The TALLULAH'S GIRLS perform at the 
speakeasy, and they include TILLIE, LORETTA, 
DOTTY 
and BANGLESThese girls should be 
very at home singing and dancing and should 
work well as ensemble singers. They are 
basically, Tallulah's gang!

FEATURED ENSEMBLEThese roles are 
featured comedic parts that do not require 
great singers:

OSCAR DE VELT is the stage equivalent of 
Cecil B. DeMille. A strong, confident actor will 
fit the bill here.

MARBINI THE MAGICIAN and the 
VENTRILOQUIST are two wonderfully funny 
smaller roles in the audition scene with Oscar 
De Velt. Both of them are convinced that they 
are world famous. Cast performers who can 
really sell these roles for all they are worth. 
The OPERA SINGER and the other bits in this 
scene are all great cameos.

The DOWN AND OUTS are representative of 
out-of-work, Depression era men and women of 
the soup kitchens, which include the COOKS 
serving in the kitchens. The Down and Outs

are ready for a cause, and helping Bugsy bring 
peace between Fat Sam and Dandy Dan is just 
what the doctor ordered. Additional ensemble 
roles in this scene include the PRIEST, 
CLIPBOARD WILLY 
and two DELIVERY GUYS
If you have a smaller cast, you can use the 
splurged from early scenes (Fat Sam's Gang!).

Other standout ensemble roles include: the 
RADIO ANNOUNCERPAPERBOY (or girl), 
RAZAMATAZ, Maître D's, ELEGANTLY 
DRESSED LADY, WAITRESS
LOUELLA,

the BUTLERthe TRUMPET PLAYER ON 
ROLLER SKATES
the Line of AUDITIONEES 
at the Bijoux, POP BECKER, the BARBER

and FLASH FRANKIEThese are all good 
comic roles for young performers. In a smaller 
ensemble you can double many of these parts. 
Additionally, students can be cast as Speakeasy staff

and customers, including a WAITERCANDY

GIRLSLENA'S BODYGUARDS, 
MALE GAMBLERS, 
additional CHORUS

GIRLSSPLURGE ATTENDANTS, SPEAKEASY 
CUSTOMERS, 
and MEMBERS OF FAT SAM 
and DANDY DAN'S GANGSWhile these are 
smaller roles, that often steal the show and 
make for an even, well-rounded evening at the 
theatre.