Center Players

Center Players is a community theater program of the Center for the Arts in Homer, New York. Center Players produces quality, live theater productions at affordable prices, by and for the greater community and provides a venue and an experience for community artists to practice and display their craft.

COMING SOON! Daddy Long Legs – The Musical
November 14, 15, 16, 23, 24
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UPCOMING AUDITIONS!

Gypsy is directed by Dylinn Andrew. Music directed by Dan Williams. Choreographed by Stephfond Brunson. Stage Managed by Louise Felker. 

ABOUT THE SHOW

Gypsy 

Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents

Set during the vaudeville era, Gypsy is about a relentless stage mother, Rose, who travels the country with her two daughters, June and Louise, and their manager, Herbie. While June and Louise wish their mother would settle down and marry Herbie, Rose continues to pursue dreams of stardom for her girls. When June deserts the act, Rose turns her attention to the shy Louise, whom she hopes to fashion into a star. When the act is booked into a burlesque house by mistake, Louise is forced into the spotlight and Gypsy Rose Lee is born. Suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, this legendary musical features “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” “If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick” and “Together Wherever We Go”. Considered by many to be the best book and score of any American musical. 

If called back, please prepare the following song(s) for the character(s) you are called back for. Call back songs DO NOT need to be memorized. You will NOT be required to sing the entire song, I am looking for style and range. 

Baby June- “Baby June and Her Newsboys”

Dainty June- “Broadway”

Mama Rose- “Some People”

Gypsy Rose- “Let Me Entertain you”

Herbie- “You’ll Never Get Away From Me”

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS 

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN

Momma Rose (ages from 35 – 50) The ultimate stage mother. Lives her life vicariously through her two daughters, whom she’s put into show business. She is loud, brash, pushy and single-minded, but at times can be doting and charming. She is holding down demons of her own that she is afraid to face. Her voice is the ultimate powerful Broadway belt. Minimal dance but must move well. Comic timing a must. Strong Mezzo/Alto with good low notes and belt. 

Baby June (about 10) is a Shirley Temple-like up-and-coming vaudeville star, and Madam Rose’s youngest daughter. Her onstage demeanor is sugary-sweet, cute, precocious and adorable to the nth degree. Must be no taller than 3′, 5″. An adorable character – Mama Rose’s shining star. Strong child singer, strong dancer. The ability to do the splits, kart wheels, high kicks, twirl a baton and pointe/tap are a plus , but not required.  Mezzo.

Young Louise (about 12) She should look a couple years older than Baby June. She is Madam Rose’s brow-beaten oldest daughter, and has always played second fiddle to her baby sister. She is shy, awkward, a little sad and subdued; she doesn’t have the confidence of her sister.  Strong acting skills needed. The character always dances slightly out of step but the actress playing this part must be able to dance. Mezzo singer. 

Herbie (about 45) agent for Rose’s children and Rose’s boyfriend and a possible husband number 4. He has a heart of gold but also has the power to defend the people he loves with strength. Minimum dance. A Baritone, sings in one group number, two duets and trio with Rose and Louise. Strong acting role.

Dainty June (16-24) Baby June as a young teenager. The older she gets, the less she enjoys being her mother’s trained monkey. Strong Alto, must be able to belt a song and have decent dancing skills. The ability to do the splits, kart wheels, high kicks, pointe/tap and twirl a baton a big plus, but not a requirement. Must dance very well, strong Broadway teen singer, close harmony skills preferred.

Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee (18 – 25) Baby Louise as a teenager, who grows up to be Gypsy Rose Lee. Still pushed aside by Madam Rose in favor of June, until she herself becomes her mother’s new pet project. Should be able to move well. Actress must be 18 or over to play this role. Minimum actual dance but must have very strong movement skills, strong acting skills needed. Must be able to portray both the awkward teen and a sophisticated woman we know now as Gypsy Rose Lee. Must dance inside a dancing cow costume, must be comfortable with the character’s profession – stripping. The character is very scantily clad but never actual appears in the nude. Mezzo (needs light sound for “little Lamb” and belt for “Let Me Entertain You.”

Dressy Tessie Tura (20s-40s) a stripper just past her prime. Big Broadway voice (Mezzo Belt), strong movement/dance, ballet training helpful. A burlesque dancer that shares her dressing room with Louise. She was once a ballerina and still has some of the moves. A course broad who’s been around the block. Very funny.

Mazeppa (20s-40s) a stripper just past her prime. Big Broadway voice (Alto Belt), strong movement/dance, powerful character. A burlesque dancer who’s tough and physically intimidating. Trumpet playing skills would be outstanding but not required.

Electra (20s-40s) a stripper just past her prime. Big Broadway voice (Mezzo Belt), strong movement/dance. Quieter than her counterparts but her costume is wired with lights, allowing her to “shine” without working up a sweat. Ditzy and sweet.

Cratchitt (any age over 20) the production assistant for the Grantzinger theater, N.Y.C. The comedic role.

Children’s Ensemble (ages 10 -12) Two or three young boys and one young girl. Baby June’s back up dancers and singers. Ability of one child to play accordion or clarinet a plus. Must sing and dance.

Young Women’s Ensemble (ages 20 – 30) singer/dancers who act as both the back up dancers for Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee and perform in the large burlesque numbers in the second act. Strong dancers. Some comic skills very helpful. Very minimal singing. A few have minor expanded roles.

Agnes (20-30) one of the women’s dancing chorus, strong comic skills required.

Young Men’s Ensemble (ages 16 -20) Six young men sing and dance backup for teenage June, plus join in the number “Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone.” Should be strong singers and dancers. Will double as small parts in Act I and Act II, plus some backup dancing in Gypsy’s strip routine. Must be able to move well and strong singers. Comic time preferred.

Tulsa (age 17 – 21) Boy-next-door type. Strives to break out of the troupe with an act of his own. Sings and dances “All I Need Is the Girl.” Extremely strong dancer in all styles of show dance. Good singer, charming, very athletic and handsome young man. High Baritone.

Kringelin (adult male character over 35) the put upon manager of a hotel.

Mr. Goldstone (any age over 30) Booking agent for the Orpheum Theater Circuit. Chaplin-like skills a must never speaks.

Cigar (adult male, age 30-50) rather aggressive owner of a burlesque theatre, Classic character part.

Pastey (any age) Cigar’s stage manager.

Other Ensemble Roles (may be doubled).

Chowsie A small dog (with a good temperament).

Formerly known as “C4Act,” Center Players is committed to building community by creating opportunities for learning through acting, directing, writing and technical aspects of live theater. An annual season featuring a diverse offering of community theater productions will involve participants, and welcomes new “players” of all skill levels.

The term “community theatre” was coined by Louise Burleigh in 1917. The movement has been called “art theatre,” “little theatre,” “amateur theatre,” even “tributary theatre,” and it engages people in theatrical activity, albeit part-time, than all the rest of the American theatre put together.

For more information email: info@center4art.org or call (607) 749-4900.