ABOUT THE SHOW: The story of a Southern family in crisis, especially the husband Brick and wife Maggie, and their interaction with Brick’s family at a gathering on the family estate to celebrate the birthday of patriarch Big Daddy and his clean bill of health. All except Big Daddy and Big Mama are aware of Big Daddy’s true fatal diagnosis. Throughout the course of the play, it becomes clear that the family has long constructed a web of mendacity.
Margaret (Maggie) – must play mid 20s – 30s – married up, sexy and tense as a cat
Brick – male – must play mid 20s – 30s – former athlete golden boy filling the hole in his soul with alcohol
Big Daddy – must play late 60s – 70s – bombastic Southern plantation owner and patriarch of the family
Big Mama – must play 60s-70s – typical southern mama
Gooper, sometimes called Brother Man – must play 30s-40s – typical “other” son
Mae, sometimes called Sister Woman – must play 30s-40s – manipulative wife and daughter-in-law
No neck monsters – children of Gooper and Mae
Doctor Baugh (pronounced “Baw”) – 50s-60s – southern small town doctor
Reverend Tooker – 40s-60s – typical southern preacher
Trixie – any age – house servant
Sonny – any age – house servant
Lacey – any age – house servant
All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are especially welcomed.
Francis Wilson will be holding Auditions for the Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents classic musical GYPSY on Sun Dec 4th & Mon Dec 5th at 7pm. All roles are available.
This show tells the story of Gypsy Rose Lee, June Havoc and their Mother Rose. Show dates are February 16th to March 5th, 2023.
Rose – 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. Her voice is the ultimate powerful Broadway belt. Minimal dance but must move well. Strong Mezzo/Alto with good low notes and belt.
Herbie – 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. Baritone
Louise Baby – Louise years later (plays ages 19-27), pushed aside by Rose in favor of June, until June leaves the act, and tries to make Louise a star. She becomes the famous Stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Strong singer, must move well. Mezzo-Soprano
Dainty June – Baby June years later (plays ages 16-25), pretty, talented and is frustrated with Rose’s domination. Must be a good dancer, baton twirling and splits a must. Mezzo-Soprano
Baby Louise – 8-12 years old-Always played second fiddle to June, shy, awkward.
Baby June – 7-11 years old-Sugary sweet, cute, precious, twirl baton and do splits. Must sing and dance very well.
Newsboys – 10 to 13 years old. singers/dancers. Also in Uncle Jocko Talent Show scene.
Tessie Tura – A stripper, just past her prime, big Broadway voice, strong movement. A Burlesque dancer that shares her dressing room wih Louise, she was once a ballerina and still has some of the moves. Sings, “Ya Gotta Have a Gimmick” Mezzo-Soprano
Electra – A stripper, just past her prime, big Broadway voice, strong movement, ditzy and sweet. Sings, “Ya Gotta Have a Gimmick” Mezzo-Soprano
Mazeppa – A stripper, just past her prime, big Broadway voice, strong movement, plays trumpet badly. Sings, “Ya Gotta Have a Gimmick” Alto
Tulsa – Extremely strong dancer, singer. Sings “All I Need Is The Girl”. Also part of the Broadway/Farm Boys. Dreams of having his own act. Tenor
Broadway/Farm Boys – Must sing and dance. Teenage/20s Various voice parts.. singers/dancers/comedy lines.
Mr. Goldstone – Representative of the Orpheum Circuit (Books the Act)
Kringelein – Hotel manager in Akron, has seen all of the tricks show-biz people play.
Uncle Jocko – Vaudeville master of ceremonies as a weely kiddie talent show. Hates Stage Mothers.
Pop – Rose’s father, does not believe that she or the girls, will amount to anything.
Cigar – Burlesque manager in Wichita
Pastey – Burlesque Stage Manager in Wichita, has seen it all.
Weber – Theater Manager in Los Angeles, does not want to hire the act.
Hollywood Blondes/Toreadorables/Garden of Eden Girls Teenage/20s girls
Agnes – Strong comedian, sings and dances.
Marjorie May – Sings and dances.
Dolores – Sings and dances.
Thelma – Sings and dances.
Miss Cratchitt – The Production Assistant for the Grantzinger Theater in NYC-Comedic role.
Children’s Ensemble – Back-up to Baby June and the auditioners on the Uncle Jocko Show. Bright personalities. Must Sing and Dance.
Adult Ensemble – All remaining roles..parents, boarding house tenants, waitress, more. Stage Mothers, Stage hands, Renee (Louise’s Maid), Hotel Guests, Apartment tenants, etc.