Guys and Dolls Auditions

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Guys and Dolls

Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Based on “The Idyll of Sarah Brown” and characters by Damon Runyon

Director: Greg Doss

Assistant Director: Bentleigh Nesbit

Choreographer: Brittany Jenkins

Music Director: Jeremy Bowen

Stage Manager: Brittany Brown

Guys and Dolls Auditions:

Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13 from 6-9pm at the Granbury Opera House (133 E. Pearl Street, Granbury, Texas 76048 – please enter through the artists entrance at the back of the building)

Callbacks (if needed – by invitation): Wednesday, February 14 from 6pm-9pm at the Granbury Opera House

Audition Requirements:

  • Please come prepared with a headshot and resume.
  • You must note ALL conflicts for rehearsals and performances on the evening of your auditions.
  • Auditions will include a monologue reading from the Damon Runyon short story (see below – memorization not required but a plus) and a cold reading from the script. 1940’s New York accent is a must.
  • Prepare a clearly marked 16 to 32 bar cut from a song in the style of the show. Accompaniment will be provided so please provide the sheet music.

YouTube video to assist with the development of New York accent:

Production Description

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

Schedule Your Audition

  • Typically, rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday from 7-10pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm.
  • Tech Week rehearsals on March 26-30 will be Monday-Thursday from 6-10pm.
  • There may be a Que to Que rehearsal on Sunday, March 25.
  • The production runs from March 30 through April 29 with shows on Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
  • Actor stipends are available for some roles.
  • Housing is available upon request.

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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. Vocal Range D4-B5

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. Vocal Range D4-G5

Sarah Brown – A pretty, 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. Vocal Range B3-G5

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. Vocal Range D4-F5

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. Vocal Range F3-G5

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.

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. Vocal Range D4-F5

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. Vocal Range A3-E5

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. Vocal Range B3-E5

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. Vocal Range F3-G5

Ensemble – Sightseers, Mission Band (Agatha, Calvin, Martha), Crap Shooters (Liver Lips Louie, Angie The Ox, Rusty Charlie), Hot Box Girls, Waiters, Cuban Dancers

Monologue Reading

Memorization not required but a plus.

YouTube video to assist with development of New York accent:

The Sky states another most unusual proposition to a group of citizens sitting in Mindy’s restaurant when he offers to bet a C note that he can go down into Mindy’s cellar and catch a live rat with his bare hands, and everybody is greatly astonished when Mindy himself steps up and takes the bet, for ordinarily Mindy will not bet you a nickel he is alive. But it seems that Mindy knows that The Sky plants a tame rat in the cellar, and this rat knows The Sky and loves him dearly, and will let him catch it any time he wishes, and it also seems that Mindy knows that one of his dish washers happens upon this rat, and not knowing it is tame, knocks it flatter than a pancake. So when The Sky goes down into the cellar and starts trying to catch a rat with his bare hands, he is greatly surprised how inhospitable the rat turns out to be, because it is one of Mindy’s personal rats, and Mindy is around afterwards saying he will lay plenty of 7 to 5 against even Strangler Lewis being able to catch one of his rats with his bare hands, or with boxing gloves on. I am only telling you all this to show you what a smart guy The Sky is, and I am only sorry I do not have time to tell you about many other very remarkable propositions that he thinks up outside of his regular business.