Auditions for Drowsy Chaperone

Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Drowsy Chaperone“, written by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (Music and Lyrics) Bob Martin and Don McKellar (Book) and directed by Alan Demovsky. “Drowsy Chaperone” was the first “great” Broadway musical of the 21st Century!

AUDITIONS: Friday, 2/21 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, 2/22 at 5:00pm
CALLBACKS: Sunday, 2/23 at 4:00pm (by invitation only)
PERFORMANCES: Friday, May 8th thru Saturday, June 6th (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)


The Drowsy Chaperone is glorious entertainment proving that musicals are much, much more than a name. In the 1920’s, a pampered Broadway starlet, Janet Van De Graff wants to give up a show biz career to get married to pretty boy, Robert Martin. She is accompanied by the chaperone, a drunken Ethel Merman type who performs an hysterical trade mark anthem. In the meantime, the producer, Feldzieg plots to sabotage the wedding plans together with a wacky Latin lover, who performs a love tango. In addition, we have a dizzy chorine, a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs, an Aviatrix, and a ditsy society Dame and her fastidious butler, all doing their best vaudevillian routines. It is a treasure of high comedy and stylish song and dance. You’ll love it!

CAST BREAKDOWN: (6 Males, 5 Females, 4 Male or Female, Multiple Ensemble roles)

Man In Chair
Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl. (Leading pivotal role with much monologuing) Agoraphobic? Possibly. He is every child who listened to Broadway Cast recordings!

Mrs. Tottendale
The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding. Needs great comic timing
(Alto role) Vocal Range top: Db5
Vocal Range bottom: G3

Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor. A Franklin Pangborn type (Look it up!).
(Tenor/Baritone)Vocal Range top: G4
Vocal Range bottom: Ab2

Robert Martin
The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol at the time, Percy Hyman. Actor playing Robert must feel comfortable tap dancing (but we will teach you to tap) and have some facility on roller skates.
(Tenor or Baritone). Vocal Range top: Ab4
Vocal Range bottom: C3

Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best-interest always at heart. Actor playing George must feel somewhat comfortable with tap dancing (but we will teach you to tap)
(Tenor) Vocal Range top: Bb4
Vocal Range bottom: F3

Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by famous comic actor of the time, Jack Adler.
(Baritone) Vocal Range top: Db4
Vocal Range bottom: Db3

Feldzieg’s dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by famous comic actress at the time. Strong voice and must move very well.
(Soprano or Alto) Vocal Range top: F5
Vocal Range bottom: Bb3

Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers. Actors playing these roles should be comfortable with broad humor and comic timing. Must also move well.
Gender: Neutral (male or female)
(Alto or Baritone) Vocal Range top: Gb4
Vocal Range bottom: Db3

European self-proclaimed “ladies man”; played by former silent movie star of the time, Roman Bartelli.
(Baritone or Tenor)Vocal Range top: G4
Vocal Range bottom: A#2

Janet Van De Graaf
The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg’s Follies; played by rising star of the time, Jane Roberts. Strong singer, dancer and comic actress.
(Alto or Soprano)

The Drowsy Chaperone
Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress of the time, Beatrice Stockwell. A comedienne.
(Alto or Soprano) Vocal Range top: D5
Vocal Range bottom: F3

The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to preside over the wedding. Male (in drag) or female!
(Alto or Soprano). Vocal Range top: Eb5
Vocal Range bottom: Ab3

Superintendent of Building
An actor or actress of any age. (non singing)

Ensemble Roles
Cast members playing Ensemble roles appear and perform in many of the numbers of the show. Because this musical is a partial “throwback” to the old time Broadway musicals, there are many opportunities for over the top singing and dance numbers.

Most of the major songs in the show have dance and singing sequences for the ensemble. Members of the ensemble will most likely also have multiple costume changes.


Please prepare 16 bars of a song in your range



Sides from the script will be made available at the audition. All roles available. Casting is open to all. Ethnicities, races, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313 or visit http://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/auditions

You may also wish to read our Twelve Commandants of Auditioning post.

Elmwood Casting Policy

Elmwood Community Playhouse is a Non-Equity theater and cannot cast members of Actors Equity. Casting of actors in roles is done on the basis of acting skill and ability demonstrated during the audition process, as well as on the actor’s appropriateness and suitability (physical, vocal, mental, emotional) for available roles. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of our organization. Except in plays where race, gender, or age is an issue, casting is decided on the basis of ability. Any member of the community or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or special need is invited to participate. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged. If, in the opinion of the director, a suitable cast cannot be selected from those who have auditioned, auditions may be extended beyond the original schedule, or else specific individuals may be invited to fill the need(s). Elmwood has an open door casting policy, meaning you do not need previous experience with us to be cast. We often cast performers the first time they audition for us. Elmwood maintains a “no pre-casting” policy, meaning all roles are available during the time a show is auditioning. If you have a part that you are interested in, make note of it on your audition form or speak to the director. Anyone cast in a show must become a member of the Elmwood Playhouse. Elmwood Playhouse maintains an “open auditions” policy. All are welcome to “try out” for a show or a particular part in a show. Dates for upcoming auditions are listed on the web site, and announced in the members’ newsletter. Some casting processes may involve two dates for primary auditions, and one date for callbacks. You will be asked to fill out an audition form, and if you have a head shot &/or resume, definitely bring it along, but it is not necessary for our audition process. Come prepared to list all your schedule conflicts from the day of auditions through the closing performance of the show.

Acting Opportunities

Elmwood Playhouse produces: Six “main stage” shows a year. Involvement in these generally requires an average of 2-3 nights a week rehearsal for approx 8 weeks, and 12 to 20 performances over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Actual schedules will vary by show. A variety of “one performance” workshops for the monthly membership meetings, generally the first Monday of the month and open to the public. Special event performances throughout the year. This gives a broad range of opportunities for actors of varied skills and backgrounds to get on stage, whether you’re looking for a leading role or a small part to “get your feet wet”. Our shows run four to five weekends, occasionally with benefit performances during the week.

If you are cast…

All cast and crew personnel are required to become members of Elmwood Community Playhouse and are required to attend strike, which is held the Sunday after the final performance. By taking part in a production, you also allow that images of yourself captured by Elmwood Community Playhouse during their activities (including but not limited to rehearsals, productions and special events) through video, photo and/or digital camera, to be used solely for the purposes of Elmwood Community Playhouse promotional materials/publications and web site, and waive any right of compensation or ownership thereto. As is true in the professional world of theatre and dance, if the director or choreographer believes that a cast member’s participation in a production is unsatisfactory, it is his/her right to replace the person. A professional attitude and commitment to productions are expected at all times.