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ManeStage Theatre Company

  • ManeStage Theatre Company
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Puyallup, WA
  • Project Begins: Aug 27, 2018
  • Project Ends: Oct 28, 2018
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  • Contact Person: Evan Hildebrand
  • Primary Phone: 253-447-7645
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  • Mailing Address:

    116 W. Main

    Puyuallup, WA 98371


    Prefered method of submission: Email

    Audition Location:
    Audition will be held at the Sumner Performing Arts Center: 1707 Main Street
    Sumner, WA 98390

    Submission instructions:
    Email: to schedule an audition appointment

Celebrate the debut of our 12th season with one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time! Set in 1912, the lovable, fast-talking con man "Professor" Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa promising the townsfolk that he can teach the town's children how to play in a magnificent marching band if they buy uniforms and instruments from him. It's all part of a big swindle, but falling in love with the town librarian wasn't part of the deal. With classic tunes that include Goodnight My Someone, The Wells Fargo Wagon, Till There Was You and 76 Trombones, THE MUSIC MAN is an irresistible, all-American musical for the entire family!


Other details:
Performances are Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm and Sundays at 2pm October 12-28, 2018.

Performances will be held at The Liberty Theatre in Downtown Puyallup, the new home of ManeStage Theatre Company.

Men and Women over the age of 25 are especially encouraged to audition.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
HAROLD HILL - A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman. Charismatic and charming. (Baritone Ab2 - F4 , Age Range 25-45)
MARIAN PAROO - The stuffy town librarian and music teacher. Attractive and curious. (Soprano G3 - A5, Age Range 25-35)
WINTHROP PAROO - Marian's baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. (Alto C4 - Eb5, Age Range 10-13)
MRS. PAROO - Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop. (Mezzo Ab3 - Eb5 , Age Range 50-60)
MARCELLUS WASHBURN - Harold's chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down. (Tenor G2 - A4, Age Range 20-45)
MAYOR SHINN - A blustery politician who is all too "self-important." Married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill. (Speaking Role with Ensemble Singing, Age Range 40-60)
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN - Mayor Shinn's peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself. (Speaking Role with Ensemble Singing, Range D4 - D5 , Age Range 35-50)
THE BARBERSHOP QUARTET - OLIN BRITT (Bass), OLIVER HIX (Baritone), EWART DUNLOP (Second Tenor), JACEY SQUIRES (High Tenor) Four bickering business men united in song by Harold. Strong part singers. Age Range 20-45)
TOMMY DJILAS - An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta. (Speaking/Dancing Role, Age Range 16-20)
ZANEETA SHINN - The Mayor's fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. (Speaking/Dancing Role, Age Range 16-20)
AMARYLLIS - Marian's young piano student, has a crush on Winthrop. (Alto C4-E5, Age Range 8-12)
GRACIE SHIN - Youngest daughter of Mayor and Eulalie. (Ensemble Singing, Age Range 8-11)
ALMA HIX , MRS. SQUIRES, MAUD DUNLOP, ETHEL TOFFELMIER- Pickalittle ladies (Strong Singers and Movers, Age Range 18-45)
CHARLIE COWELL - A traveling anvil salesman who tries to expose Harold Hill as a con man. (Speaking Role that doubles as River City Ensemble, Age Range 20-40)
CONDUCTOR – (Speaking Role Doubles as River City Ensemble, Age Range 18-60)
CONSTABLE LOCKE - River City's chief law enforcement officer. (Age Range 25-60)
DANCING ENSEMBLE -Strong Dancers that sing with experience in ballet, jazz and partnering to play River City Teens and Townspeople. (Age Range 8+)
ENSEMBLE – Strong Singers that Move to play Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople, Traveling Salesmen, Additional Pickalittle Ladies, etc. (Age Range 8+)

Audition/Interview Dates:
August 16 from 6-9pm

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
Invitational Callbacks August 21

Audition Requirements:
Bring a current headshot and resume to leave with the panel. Prepare one song selection, no longer than one verse and one chorus (approximately 16-32 bars/one minute or less) of sheet music from the musical theatre canon. Accompanist will be provided. Accompanist will not transpose music. No taped accompaniment or singing acapella permitted.

Some of those that audition will be selected to return to the callback. The callback will consist of a dance audition, and some individuals will be asked to cold-read sides and sing selections from the production.

Monetary compensation:
All cast and crew are volunteers.

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