NEYT SENIOR SUMMER MUSICAL 2018
Directed by Rebecca Waxman
AUDITIONS: Sunday, March 4th 11am - 2pm
CALLBACKS: Wednesday, March 7th 4-6:30pm
Ages 13-19 Tuition $550
REHEARSALS June 18 through July 6, 9am to 4pm
PERFORMANCES July 6, 7, 8, 10,11, 12, 13, 14 (Ten performances)
SWEET CHARITY explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. Inspired by Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria, this show boasts a groovy mid-60s score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and a hilarious book by Neil Simon.
Conceived, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, CHARITY premiered on Broadway in 1966, garnering 9 Tony Award nominations. Three years later it was adapted for the screen in Fosse's first directorial project.
WHAT TO PREPARE:
1. Prepare 16 - 32 bars of a song of your own choosing. Please bring sheet music.
2. Pick up a packet of audition scenes* in the NEYT office or online. Everyone should prepare a monologue from the given pieces - and anyone auditioning for a female role should also read the girls' scene. You may choose any monologue you wish no matter the inferred gender of the character name.
Some students will be asked to return with additional material. The callback gives the director a chance to focus on specific vocal and acting needs.
Just because someone is not called back does NOT mean they will not be cast. We also will not call back for all roles.
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At the dancehall…
Charity Hope Valentine: Down-on-her-luck, but always hopeful, dance-hall hostess who dreams of finding true love.
Helene: Sassy dancer at the Fandango Ballroom and one of Charity's best friends. Mezzo with a ballsy sound and a good dancer. Straight talking, practical, streetwise.
Nickie: Brassy, sweet & tough New Yorker, dancer at the Fandango Ballroom, and Charity's best friend. Mezzo with a strong belt and a good dancer.
Herman: Owner of Fandango Ballroom. A tough task master with a heart of gold. Works his girls hard but secretly cares for them. Tenor.
Carmen: Brassy dancer at the Fandango Ballroom. Very sarcastic. Good comedic actress. Must be a good dancer.
Rosie: The new girl at the Fandango Ballroom. Fresh off the bus, but whip smart and easily corrupted.
Suzanne, Frenchy, Betsy, Elaine: The featured dance hall hostesses at the Fandango Ballroom. A grizzled and tired bunch, working at a dead end job in Times Square. These girls have attitude.
Out in the world…
Vittorio Vidal: The very handsome, international film star. Knows his place in the world & has a way with the ladies. Charismatic & madly in love with Ursula. For this role, actors should prepare a smooth, Italian dialect.
Oscar Lindquist: A respectable square and claustrophobic accountant with a sweet nature and a gentle touch. Baritone.
Daddy Brubeck: Groovy hippie who starts the Rhythm of Life revival church. Has the charisma to attract hundreds of followers.
Ursula March: Wildly jealous girlfriend of Italian movie star, Vittorio Vidal, with a flair for the dramatic.
TONS of dancers and city characters…. Including Manfred, Officer Monte, the Fandango Regulars, Daddy’s Assistants, Hostesses, Secretary at the 92nd St Y
Sweet Charity is a brilliant ensemble show full of world building. We visit places all over 1960s New York (Central Park, a nightclub, the Fandango, the YMCA, the Rhythm Of Life Church, etc.), lots of opportunity to create different characters. One minute a New Yorker out in Central Park, the next a dancer in high society, the next a hippie groupie of a cult Church leader, the show is fast moving with challenging ensemble work. There are many small, featured speaking roles in the show, as well as featured dancer roles.