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.
You may be asked to sing one of these songs below. Click on the title to download the music.
You may be asked to read one or more of these scenes below. Click below to download the scenes.
Saturday, December 2, 1 – 5pm.
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.
Performance dates for each cast will be posted soon.
If you have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible, otherwise your role will be given to someone else.
|CHARACTER||Trombone Cast||Coronet Cast|
|Harold Hill||Logan D’Arcey||Joel Singer|
|Mayor Shinn||Richard D’Arcey||Richard D’Arcey|
|Ewart Dunlop (quartet)/Salesman #3||Ken Abrams||Ken Abrams|
|Oliver Hix (quartet)/Salesman #1||Andy Leary||Andy Leary|
|Jacey Squires (quartet)/Salesman #2||TBD||TBD|
|Olin Britt (quartet)/Salesman #5||Scott Knaster||Scott Knaster|
|Marcellus Washburn||Matt Reilly||Matt Reilly|
|Tommy Djilas||Silvia Tavernise||Lucas Leary|
|Marian Paroo||Katie D’Arcey||Katharine Yates|
|Mrs. Paroo||April Durett||April Durett|
|Amaryllis||Abbey Galiotto||Sophia Fazzio|
|Winthrop Paroo||Brayden Matsumoto||Ren Pham|
|Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn||Melissa Gilbert||Melissa Gilbert|
|Zaneeta Shinn||Nicole Laspertini||Joanna Behar|
|Alma Hix||Helen Grove||Helen Grove|
|Maud Dunlop||Tonya Suker||Tonya Suker|
|Ethel Toffelmier||Marie O’Donnell||Marie O’Donnell|
|Mrs. Squires||Connie Kaminsky||Connie Kaminsky|
|Gracie Shinn||Faith Pham||Holly Thompson|
|Pick A Little Lady||Sarah Van Allen||Sarah Van Allen|
|Pick A Little Lady||Cherie Goodman||Cherie Goodman|
|Pick A Little Lady/Maud Dunlop swing||Barb Galiotto||Barb Galiotto|
|Salesman #4 (shoeshine boy)/Kids of River City/Band Member||Mark Pojda||Mark Pojda|
|Newspaper Reader #1/Kids of River City/Band Member||Zachary King||Zachary King|
|Newspaper Reader #2/Kids of River City/Band Member||William King||William King|
|Kids of River City (dancer, dress)/Band Member||Netta Choma||Kate Hanson|
|Kids of River City (dancer, dress)/Band Member||Amelia Chu||Sylvie Loh|
|Kids of River City (dancer, dress)/Band Member||Madison O’Donnel||Josie Matuk|
|Kids of River City (dancer, dress)/Band Member||Olivia Chu||Eliza Singer|
|Kids of River City (dancer, trouser)/Band Member||Daphne Reilly||Larkin Van Dyke|
|Kids of River City (dancer, trouser)/Band Member||Erika Conley||Eva Waterman|
|Kids of River City (dancer, trouser)/Band Member||Gabe Rollin||Ezra Loh|
|Kids of River City (dancer, trouser)/Band Member||Maya Loving||Benjamin Singer|
|Kids of River City (Tommy’s Gang)/Band Member||Sara Suker||Charlotte Van Allen|
|Kids of River City (Tommy’s Gang)/Band Member||Natalie Urban||Allyssa Loyer|
|Kids of River City (Tommy’s Gang)/Band Member||Syndey Fought||Ainsley Heaton|
|Kids of River City (Tommy’s Gang)/Band Member||Lili Haugard||Ava Davis|
|Kids of River City (Tommy’s Gang)/Band Member||Alyria Suarez||Molly Daley|
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.