Drowsy Chaperone Auditions


Wednesday, March 16, 6-9pm
Thursday, March 17, 6-9pm
Friday, March 18, 6-9pm
Saturday, March 19, 9 am-12 pm (NOTE: the Director of The Drowsy Chaperone will not be present at Saturday’s auditions)

all auditions will be at SCCT Backstage

Callbacks on Sunday, March 20, if needed

Open Call  – No Appointment Necessary.
Those auditioning must arrive and register within the hours indicated.
Please note that the actual auditions may continue beyond the check-in times if turnout is heavy, but everyone that is checked in within the times above will be seen.

Auditions will be held at:

SCCT Backstage
171 Technology Drive
Suite 800
Boalsburg, PA

Seth Sponhouse, Director

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for The Drowsy Chaperone!  I’m very excited to be on the team that gets to bring this musical to life!

I’m approaching this show as a love-letter to the 1920’s. We are going to celebrating the fashion, the music, the comedy and the everything that made the 20’s ROAR! Please prepare a song that you can put the most emotion into, preferrably something set in the musical theatre genre but not mandatory! The music of the 20’s was expressive and classic, make your audition song your own!

Further below, you will find the character descriptions, show synopsis, and more. Come to auditions relaxed and ready to show us your best – we want you all to succeed. Our total cast size will be 16 people, and we are looking for people from age 16 and up, and are able to cast people of any race in any part. If this is your first audition, don’t sweat it! Just come to have fun!

If you aren’t able to prepare a song, feel free to just prepare “Happy Birthday,” as it shows off your range! You will be given some cold readings and sides at the audition. If you have any questions, please email me at sesponho@gmail.com

I hope to see you all on March 16-18 at SCCT Backstage! Auditions will also be on March 19th, however I will not be able to personally be there but part of the production team will be so no worries if that is the only day you can make!

Thank you all!



Please come prepared to have fun at auditions. We want this to be an enjoyable experience you! If you are able, please download and fill out the audition form before arriving at auditions.

Auditions will consist of three parts:

1. Singing – Prepare a song of your choice, set in the style of the show (only 16 to 32 bars is necessary). This is preferred. Bring sheet music as an accompanist will be provided. Musical tracks are also welcomed via CD or MP3 (a player will be provided). A Capella is acceptable.
Note: People may be asked to do some vocalizing in order to determine range.

2. Reading – You will be asked to read an actual part from the show (called a Side). These will be provided at the audition and you will have time to look over them before you audition.

3. Dancing – Everyone will be asked to learn a dance routine. Wear something that you can move in. This includes proper foot attire.


Callbacks – Some people may be asked to come back on Sunday to do some additional dancing, singing, and script reading. People being called back will be notified via phone call and/or email.

Casting – The entire cast list will be posted on the SCCT website and Facebook page. All cast members will be individually notified by phone and/or email by a member of the production team.

Please note also that current membership is required in order to perform in the show. If you are cast, you will be required to become a member prior to the start of rehearsals. More information on membership is available here.


Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to begin on May 9 and will follow SCCT’s normal rehearsal schedule – Monday through Thursday from 7:00pm to 10:30pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. There are no rehearsals on Fridays. Note that participation at rehearsals will be scheduled as required during the rehearsal process – not all roles may be required to be at all rehearsals.

The venue for rehearsals will be:
SCCT Backstage
171 Technology Drive
Suite 800
Boalsburg, PA

Rehearsals will move to The State Theatre the Sunday before Performances.


Performance Schedule

Thursday, June 16, 2016 – 8:00pm
Friday, June 17, 2016 – 8:00pm
Saturday, June 18, 2016 – 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, June 19, 2016 – 3:00pm

Performance Venue:

The State Theatre
130 West College Avenue
State College, PA  16801

Character Breakdown

Man In Chair
Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50
Mrs. Tottendale
The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.
Gender: Female
Age: 50 to 60
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Robert Martin
The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: C3
Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best-interest always at heart.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: F3
Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by Jack Adler.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Db4
Vocal range bottom: Db3
Feldzieg’s dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by Sadie Adler.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: Db3
European self-proclaimed “ladies man”; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A#2
Janet Van De Graaf
The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg’s Follies; played by rising star Jane Roberts.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: -1
Vocal range bottom: G3
The Drowsy Chaperone
Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell
Gender: Female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3
The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

There will be a small ensemble of reporters, maids, monkeys, etc.


With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.


For more information, contact the SCCT Office at (814) 234-7228, or by email at office@scctonline.org.