Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Director and Choreographer: Gary De Mattei
Musical Director: Caryn Hartglass
Location – Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
Playful People Productions is proud to announce that we will be producing the full-length version of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. We are casting The Music Man age-appropriately. There are excellent parts for playful people from ages 12 to adult including a large ensemble.
New York-based theatre artists Gary De Mattei (Director/Choreographer) and Caryn Hartglass (Musical Director) are returning to lead us in presenting this musical theatre classic. As with all of our shows here at Playful People Productions, our production of The Music Man is a workshop production. This means no experience is necessary, just a desire to play and learn the art of musical theatre story telling. However, if you already have experience doing theatre, and would like to take your skills to the next level, don’t miss this great opportunity to play with Playful People Productions.
As with last year’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, Playful People Productions will be incorporating a small ensemble of musicians to play live onstage during each performance. NO TRACK! So, if you play a musical instrument and want to work with this exciting new production of a musical theatre classic, dust off your instrument and start practicing. Or if you are already a musician who loves to play, we want you to play with us!
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.
Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday October 18, 4-9pm.
Prepare 16 bars of a Broadway Show Tune. Bring your sheet music. A pianist will be provided. (Please, no pop songs.) If you are having trouble figuring out what to sing, please sing either of these selections: (click on the song title to download the music)
“Seventy Six Trombones” from The Music Man
“Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music
Also, come prepared to learn a movement combination.
At registration you will sign up for an audition time. At the auditions we will start by seeing you one at a time. If you are not present when your name is called, you will need to sign up again.
You will sing your 16 bars when you are called. When we have heard 12 people we will bring your group of 12 back in and do the movement combination. When we finish with the first group of 12 we will repeat this process until everyone has been seen.
If you are under the age of 12 do not register for the auditions. Please see the next section for more information.
If you are under the age of 12 please DO NOT register to audition for The Music Man at the general audition.
Please submit a video (iPhone/Android mobile phone videos are fine) of you singing sixteen bars of your favorite Broadway show tune. We would prefer that you sing with either piano accompaniment or karaoke track. However, if that is an imposition, we will accept you singing a cappella.
If you are having trouble figuring out what to sing, please sing either of these selections: (click on the song title to download the music)
“Seventy Six Trombones” from The Music Man
“Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music
In your email to us also include your full name, age, and phone number so we can contact you. If your video is too large to send, email us and we will send you a link where you can upload it. Also please take a look at your schedule and our rehearsal schedule (downloadable here) and compare them for any conflicts. Please note your conflicts in your email. Conflicts will be heavily considered in our casting choices. Email your video, conflicts and personal info (name, age, telephone number) by October 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After reviewing your information and your video, if we’d like to see you in person we will invite you to one of the two callback dates, October 19 or 20, at 4:00PM located at Hoover Middle School, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126.
The Music Man is for ages 12 to Adult. Most of you under the age of 12 will not be cast in this full-length, three-hour musical, which will make many demands on your weekly schedule. However, we are doing another Winter production around this same time called The Marshmallow Incident specifically geared for your age group. If you’re interested in The Marshmallow Incident, registration will open November 12 at 8pm.
Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 4-9pm.
Some of you may be invited to come to a callback where you will be asked to sing and read additional material from the show. We will be sensitive to your age since it is a school night. Adults will be scheduled later than young adults and teens. Your callback will not last the entire four hours.
Sunday, October 22, 4 – 7pm.
This orientation is mandatory. We will read through the script, and talk about costumes and the set design. You will receive your script and score and be measured for costumes.
All rehearsals are mandatory. Please submit your conflicts when you register. If you have a scheduling conflict, your absence must be approved by the director. Otherwise you may not be able to participate in the actual performances. A detailed schedule will be posted. You may not be called to every rehearsal.
Children/Teens – Monday through Thursday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Adults – Monday through Thursday, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Everyone – Saturdays, 1PM to 5:00 PM
First Day of Rehearsal: Saturday, December 2
Winter Break: Friday December 22 to Monday January 1
Rehearsals resume: Tuesday, January 2
Final Rehearsal Week before Load-In: Monday, January 29 through Friday, February 2, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Saturday, February 3, 1pm to 5pm
Load-In: Monday, February 5
Tech & First Dress: Tuesday, February 6 (Only one cast, to-be-determined)
Second & Final Dress: Wednesday, February 7 (Only one cast, to-be-determined)
Thursday, February 8, Evening Performance, 7pm, 5:30pm Call
Friday, February 9, Evening Performance, 7pm, 5:30pm Call
Saturday, February 10, Matinee Performance 1pm, 11:30am Call; Evening Performance 7pm, 5:30pm Call
Sunday, February 11, Matinee Performance 1pm, 11:30am Call; Evening Performance 7pm, 5:30pm Call
Wednesday, February 14, Evening Performance, 7pm, 5:30pm Call
Thursday, February 15, Evening Performance, 7pm, 5:30pm Call
Friday, February 16, Evening Performance, 7pm, 5:30pm Call
Saturday, February 17, Matinee Performance 1pm, 11:30am Call; Evening Performance 7pm, 5:30pm Call
Sunday, February 18, Matinee Performance 1pm, 11:30am Call
Strike: Sunday, February 18, 4pm
Constable Locke, Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople, Traveling Salesmen
A traveling salesmen who is on to Harold Hill’s schemes. Tirelessly attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind 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.
A blustery politician who is all too “self-important.” Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.
A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.
The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.
A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.
Harold’s chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.
The stuffy town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious.
Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.
A slightly bratty piano student of Marion Paroo.
Marian’s baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.
The Mayor’s fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Oliver Hix.
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Ewart Dunlop.
A comical “Pick-a-Little Lady,” and Marcellus Washburn’s girlfriend.
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Jacey Squires.
If you are a musician and are interested in auditioning for The Music Man please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment. No other registration is necessary. You will be asked to prepare a piece of music no longer than 2 minutes that shows off your skills. You will also be asked to sight read a brief selection from The Music Man. There is no fee required for musician auditions. Musicians will rehearse in December and January. The schedule and location are to be determined.
We will have a piano or keyboard and a trap set (drums) at the audition. All other instruments must be provided by the auditionee.
Gary De Mattei is an actor, director, producer, filmmaker, writer and teacher living in New York City. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the nonprofit theatre company, The Artist’s Theatre Repertory Ensemble (TheATRE). Before moving to New York in 2008 Gary worked extensively in Bay Area theatre as an actor, director, writer, producer, teacher, and arts administrator. He was the co-founder and producing artistic director of Theatre On San Pedro Square (TOSPS) in San Jose from January of 2000 to April of 2008. During that time Gary produced plays and musicals that showcased local, national and international theatre artists. Gary was the Theatre Department Chair at Presentation High School in San Jose. During his tenure at Presentation Gary directed plays and musicals and taught acting. His theatre department was awarded the prestigious Best High School Musical Award from the American Musical Theatre. Gary is a Bay Area Theatre Critics Award nominee for his portrayal of Fiorello H. LaGuardia in Foothill Music Theatre’s production of Fiorello. A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Gary trains at HB Studio in New York under the guidance of his acting teacher Austin Pendleton. For more about Gary go to his website, GaryDeMattei.com.
A classically trained singer, Caryn Hartglass has performed in opera and musicals in the United States and abroad. Some of her favorite roles include Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), Blonde (The Abduction From The Seraglio), Rosina (Barber of Seville) Aldonza, (Man of La Mancha); Dot (Sunday in the Park with George); Johanna (Sweeney Todd); Eva Peron (Evita) and Cunegonde (Candide) for which she was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Award. She won two international operatic vocal competitions: the Eisteddfod Classical Voice Competition in South Africa and the Concours International D’Oratorio et de Lied in France and recorded a collection of French, German and American art songs on the French label, Ligia Digital. Caryn studied voice with the legendary coloratura Mady Mesplé in Paris. Audio and video clips of her musical performances can be accessed at CarynHartglass.com.