Thank you for your interest in auditioning for a GREAT show!
If you’ve auditioned for us before, welcome back! If this is your first time auditioning at GREAT, we’re thrilled to have you! We are in our 26th season and are excited to add new people, new talent, and new voices to our company as well as welcome returning volunteers to our stages! Whether you’re a seasoned performer or you’ve never been on stage before, we encourage you to audition!
The initial audition will consist of singing, dancing, and reading for all auditionees. Vocal selections, monologues, and a choreo combination will be posted online, along with more information about how to prepare so you can be your most confident!
- Audition Sign Up: SIGN UP HERE
- Auditions: Saturday, June 24 (10am – 3pm) & Sunday, June 25 (12pm -5pm)
1Better Studios in downtown St. Cloud on the third floor of 919 West St. Germain Street
- Call-backs: June 28 (6-9pm)
- Rehearsals: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9pm and a few Saturday rehearsals starting July 24. Not everyone is called for every rehearsal.
- Tech/Dress rehearsals: Sept 11, 12, 13, 14 from 5-10pm
- Performances: Friday, Sept 15th at 7:30pm, Saturday, Sept 16th at 7:30pm, Sunday, Sept 17th at 2pm, Friday, Sept 22nd at 7:30pm (ASL), Saturday, Sept 23 at 2pm and 7:30pm, Sunday, Sept 22nd at 2pm
BE PART OF THE STORY
From the bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana to the sewers of New York City, Guys and Dolls features a variety of iconic ensemble and principal roles. The brassy score features some of Frank Loesser’s most memorable tunes with opportunities for high-energy song and dance, flashy characterization, and both comedy and romance. Considered by many as the perfect musical, it’s both a crowd-pleaser and a blast to perform in!
Roles for ages 16+. Character breakdown, what to prepare for auditions, and the link to sign up will be posted two weeks before auditions.
Director: Rick Cicharz
Music Director: Hillary Vermillion
Choreographer: Desireé Clark
Scenic Designer: Mark Hennigs
Costume Designer: Dana Svensson
Lighting Designer: Karin Olson
Sound Designer: Steve Sanders
Prop Designer: Bonnie Bologna
Stage Manager: Nick Loweree
WHAT TO PREPARE FOR AUDITIONS
1) Please prepare a MONOLOGUE from the provided options.
Please choose a monologue from our provided list that reflects the role(s) for which you wish to be considered. Please click the link below for the monologues and tips!
2) ALL: Please learn the CHOREOGRAPHY from the provided video.
We are providing a choreography video for you to learn the piece in advance. All performers will review and then perform the short routine at the audition. Please dress for movement.
3) ALL: Please prepare a MUSIC SELECTION from the provided options.
Please prepare a song from our provided list that best showcases your voice and demonstrates a connection to the character. Remember to sing the story – you’re acting while singing. Please click on the links below for song options.
A Note on Staged Intimacy
Theatrical intimacy is any action on stage where the given circumstances of the scene or the overall production calls for touch, both physical and imaginative, or moments between actors of simulated sexuality or sexual violence.
GREAT has been learning from Intimacy Directors & Coordinators (IDC) to improve processes and incorporate safer practices for theatrical intimacy in our rehearsals.
All scenes with intimacy follow a specific set of staging and rehearsal protocols rooted in consent and safety for the actors.
Guys and Dolls is a high energy show with lots of physical movement and some partner dance. As such, some level of physical intimacy/touch is a part of many roles. Characters who engage in specific moments of physical intimacy and kissing are noted in character descriptions. Additionally, Miss Adelaide and the Hot Box Girls may wear revealing clothing with arms and legs exposed (such as short skirts/shorts or strapless tops) as well as perform in a comedic striptease removing gloves, scarves, and overskirt.
Character List & Descriptions:
Characteristics (gender, age range, type) are how the character presents within the story. Actors do not have to specifically identify within those categories; consider what you can play onstage.
Nicely-Nicely Johnson – Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan’s loyal friend and lackey. Singer, Dancer, Good Comic timing. Male-presenting; Age range: 20s to 40s; Vocal range top: B5; Vocal range bottom: D4
Benny Southstreet – Nathan’s right-hand man and a gambler himself. Smart, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan’s best interest at heart. Singer, Dancer, Good Comic timing. Male-presenting; Age range: 20s to 40s; Vocal range top: G5; Vocal range bottom: D4.
Sarah Brown – A bright-eyed woman who serves as Sergeant of the local Mission. She fully believes in her worthy cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with Sky along the way. She is prudish and uptight, but eventually lets go. Female-presenting; Age range: 20s to 40s; Vocal range top: G5; Vocal range bottom: B3. This role requires onstage physical intimacy/kiss.
Arvide Abernathy – The bass drum and cymbal player in the Mission band, he is Sarah’s loving grandfather. Wise and sweet, he wants nothing but the best for her. Male-presenting; Age range: 50s+; Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: D4
Harry The Horse – A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan’s craps game and backs his cheating, but is also a man of his word in the gambling community. Male-presenting; Age range: 30s to 60s; Vocal range top: G5; Vocal range bottom: F3
Lt. Brannigan – A New York police officer who is on to Nathan’s illegal craps games and is dead-set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character. Male-presenting; Age range: 40s to 50s
Nathan Detroit – A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the bigtime. He loves Adelaide, but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways. Good comic timing; Male-presenting; Age range: 30s to 40s; Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: D4. This role requires onstage physical intimacy/kiss.
Miss Adelaide – Nathan’s fiancé and a lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub. She loves Nathan more than anything in the world and desperately wants to get married. Pretty, outspoken, stubborn, excellent comic timing. Female-presenting; Age range: 30s to 40s; Vocal range top: E5; Vocal range bottom: A3. This role requires onstage physical intimacy/kiss.
Sky Masterson – A high-stakes gambler whose luck never seems to run out, and a wild card who surprises himself when he falls in love with the unlikeliest of women. Suave, smart, handsome. Male-presenting; Age range: 20s to 40s; Vocal range top: E5; Vocal range bottom: B3. This role requires onstage physical intimacy/kiss.
Big Jule – A big time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and his own pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. Tough looking. A bit of an oaf. Male-presenting; Age range: 30s to 50s; Vocal range top: G5; Vocal range bottom: F3
General Cartwright – General Cartwright is the formidable leader of the Save-a-Soul Mission organization. She is strong and independent. Female-presenting; Age range: 40+
Ensemble – Sightseers, Mission Band (Agatha, Calvin, Martha), Crap Shooters (Liver Lips Louie, Angie The Ox, Rusty Charlie), Hot Box Girls, Waiters, Cuban Dancers. Many colorful moments with great bit parts. Age range: 16+. Dancers, singers, actors.