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AUDITIONS – The Music Man

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

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Director Clare Cooke and the Palace artistic team, are thrilled to announce auditions for the Palace Theatre’s 2019 Summer Musical, THE MUSIC MAN.

Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa. Wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best.

Cooke is looking for young performers ages 6 and up, and adults to fill various ensemble and featured roles in the production. Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All participants may audition either day and should enter through the front theatre doors.

Each auditioner is asked to come prepared to sing a one-minute Broadway-style audition tune. A pianist will be provided. No CDs please. Those interested in a principle role should also be prepared to read from the script. All auditioners should come dressed in casual clothing and shoes appropriate for performing choreography.

PCAA Members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets (regular price & Patron tickets) beginning May 6. The general public may purchase Patron tickets on May 20; or regular price tickets on June 3. Show dates July 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21, 2019.


 Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.
Female. Range: D4 – D5

Harold Hill: Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.
Male. Range: Ab2 – F4

Marcellus Washburn: Harold’s chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
Male. Range: G2 – A4

Marian Paroo: The stiff town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious.
Female. Range: G3 – A5

Mayor Shinn: A blustery politician who is all too “self-important.” Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
Male. Speaking Role

Mrs. Paroo: Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.
Female. Range: Ab3 – Eb5

Tommy Djilas: An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.
Male. Speaking/Dancing Role

Zaneeta Shinn:  Love interest to Tommy.
Female. Speaking/Dancing Role

Winthrop Paroo: Marian’s baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.
Male. Range: C4 – Eb5


Members of the School Board
All ages; four opinionated guys who happen to make a great Barbershop Quartet.
Pick-a-Little Ladies (Mrs. Squires, Maud, Alma and Ethel): All ages; Town gossips.
Charlie Cowell: Anvil salesman with a chip on his shoulder.
Constable Locke: The town sheriff.
Amaryllis: 8 – 10; Winthrop’s playmate; dreamy-eyed and bright.
Gracie Shinn: 8 – 11; The Shinn’s youngest daughter.
Townspersons of all types and characters


Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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