The Who’s Tommy Auditions Set for November 9 and 10

The Who’s Tommy
Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend
Book by Des McAnuff, Pete Townshend
Additional Music and Lyrics by John Entwistle, Keith Moon

PERFORMANCE DATES
The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
February 15 and 16 at 7:30 PM
February 17 at 2:00 PM

AUDITIONS
The Community of Christ Church
2121 S Ridge Dr, Coralville 52241

November 9, Friday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
November 10, Saturday, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

CALLBACKS
November 11, Sunday, 2:00 PM (if needed)

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
Rehearsals will begin Monday December 10.  We will rehearse December 10,11,12,17, 18, 19,20.  Then no rehearsals until January 3.  We rehearse in the evenings from 7pm to 10pm.  We may have choreography rehearsals on Saturdays and Sundays.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Please prepare 16 – 32 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice and fits the rock style of this musical.  Bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.

We are open to casting actors regardless of gender, race, age or where appropriate to the text, disability.

SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION TIME SLOT
Fill out an Audition Form (http://citycircle.org/auditions/audition-form/) to secure an audition appointment.

Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority.  Once you fill out an Audition Form our producer, Liz Tracey, will contact you with your appointment time.  If you submit a form and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Ensemble
This is a very ensemble heavy show where many cast members play multiple roles.  Dance background is a plus but not necessary.  Soldiers; Nurses; Harlots; Lads and Lasses; Guards; Reporters

Mrs. Walker
A weary middle-class woman. Mrs. Walker is tired and frustrated from trying to care for and cure Tommy. Tommy’s mother and Captain Walker’s wife.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35

Captain Walker
A former soldier with lingering guilt. He murders his wife’s lover after coming back from a POW camp, resulting in Tommy’s trauma-induced blindness, deafness, and dumbness. Father to Tommy and husband to Mrs. Walker.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40

Uncle Ernie
A lecherous, drunken bachelor. Ernie molests a young Tommy and later runs a children’s camp seeking to profit from Tommy’s popularity. Mrs. Walker’s brother and Tommy’s uncle.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45

Tommy/narrator
An embittered young genius stricken deaf, dumb, and blind after a childhood trauma. Tommy discovers that he is a natural master of pinball, and later becomes a cult-like hero figure to masses enthralled by his story. Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker’s son.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25

Four-year-old Tommy and Ten-year-old Tommy
Looking for boys that can play mute and must be able to stand still and be non-reactive. Looking for Tommy at two different ages and each of the actors have to be believable as the character as he ages.

Cousin Kevin
A bully with sadistic tendencies. Tortures his cousin, Tommy, when they’re young and later seizes the opportunity to profit from Tommy’s success.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25

Gypsy
A brazen drug dealer and prostitute. Tommy’s parents bring him to the Gypsy to experiment with unusual cures.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35

The Specialist
A doctor with modern ideas about how to cure Tommy. Tommy’s parents hire him in their desperation to find any cure for their son.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45

Sally Simpson
A bold, sensitive, and excitable teenybopper. Sally develops a fan crush on Tommy and rushes the stage to be close to him.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 18

ABOUT THE SHOW
Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard, Des McAnuff, into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event.

MEET THE DIRECTORS
Janelle Lauer (Music Director) has been a staple in the music scene in Iowa for over two decades, after studying Vocal Performance at the University of Iowa, and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.  She has been the Music Director of over 30 shows up and down the corridor!  A private voice coach by day, Janelle Lauer also is a founding member of SPT Theatre Company, performing regularly and serving as a producer for their well-followed “Tales From the Writer’s Room” series.  She performs nationally with the touring show “Divapalooza: Rippin’ the roof Off!” and has 3 studio albums available on iTunes and cdbaby.com.

Elizabeth Tracey (Director) has a BA in Theatre from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers.  She is currently the Artistic Director for City Circle and Young Footliters Theatre Companies at The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, producing twelve shows annually. Liz’s most recent directing credits include The Elephant Man, August: Osage County, 1776, Oliver, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Jesus Christ Superstar.