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Ballyhoo Theatre presents: Curtains
Book and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes, Music and Lyrics by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Original Book and Concept by Peter Stone.
It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan! A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered 8 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Curtains is rated PG.
Ages 13-20 (younger/older with permission.) Program is inclusive and we will accept students until the camp is full.
Tuition based educational theatre.
Character Breakdown / Project Needs
LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFI: Local Boston detective who is also a musical theatre aficionado. Aside from being exceptionally good at his job, he has also aspired to be a musical theatre performer his entire life. He falls in love with Niki. The actor playing this role MUST be willing to work hard on a Boston accent and must be dedicated to memorizing over 250 lines in addition to the songs and dances.
NIKI HARRIS: Pretty, naive ingénue. Niki is a chorus girl/understudy in the chorus of the show-within-the-show during its Boston tryout. She aspires to make it as a performer on Broadway. She meets and falls in love with Dt. Frank Cioffi who is investigating a murder at the theatre. Actress must have legit voice and good comic timing.
CHRISTOPHER BELLING: English director. Very camp. Very funny. Requires a good comic actor. The actor playing this role MUST be willing to work hard on a British accent. Although Belling has a lot of lines, he sings only a few solo lines.
CARMEN BERNSTEIN: Brassy Broadway producer. I need a terrific comedic actress who is comfortable with a lot of singing, and is also comfortable with the slightly “naughty” humor she spouts. This is a great character role.
AARON FOX: The composer of the show-within-the-show. His songwriting partner, Georgia, is also his wife from whom he's separated. He's a charming ladies man. Legit voice.
GEORGIA HENDRICKS: Half of our songwriting team. Ends up taking on the leading lady role. Must be comfortable singing and dancing.
BAMBI BERNÉT: Performer in the chorus and daughter of Carmen, the lead producer. Hungry to work her way up to leading performer, although many think she was only hired because of her mother. Bambi is must be a strong dancer/comedienne who sings as well, and doesn't mind playing the “bombshell” type of role.
JOHNNY (or JOHNNIE) HARMON: The Stage Manager of the show-within-the-show. Keeps the company in line and on their toes throughout the rehearsal process. Fairly large role with a little solo singing.
BOBBY PEPPER: The choreographer and lead dancer. Needs to move well, be comfortable dancing, and has some solo singing.
OSCAR SHAPIRO : The general manager. An agreeable if slightly gruff man. He is always looking for any angle to find money. A strong character actor with some solo singing.
DARYL GRADY: A theatre critic for the local Boston newspaper, he enjoys using the power he has to make or break shows during their out of town tryouts.
SIDNEY BERNSTEIN: The producer of an out of town flop. Sidney is tough and self-serving. A character actor with good comic timing. Sydney dies before the end of the first act, so with some facial hair removed, etc. this actor will reappear in the ensemble in the second act.
JESSICA CRANSHAW: Fading Hollywood star. A diva, who has no right to be one, she is a terrible singer and actress who stars in the “show within a show” and gets murdered on its opening night. Just a few lines and a couple of solo lines. May double in the ensemble.
RANDY DEXTER: An actor in the “show within a show”, has several trios and several lines.
HARV FREMONT: An actor in the “show within a show”, has several trios and a few lines.
DETECTIVE O'FARRELL: Just a couple of lines, will double with another part.
ROBERTA WOOSTER: Actress in the “show within a show.” Just a couple of lines.
ENSEMBLE: Lots and lots of singing and dancing!
Callbacks or second audition/interview?
June 15 if needed
Prepare a verse/chorus (no longer than 2 minutes) of a musical theatre song and a one minute monologue. Please email for an audition appointment. For those away at college, a video submission is acceptable.
None. Tuition based educational theatre.
Curtains added May 17, 2019, 12:37 pm
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