Directed by                          Charlotte                        Balensiefen

    Performances 
        November 5th, 6th,
              11th, 12th, & 13th.

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 River Valley Players is excited to announce open auditions for Holiday Inn, the Irving Berlin Musical!   

Auditions will be held on June 19th and 20th, at 6:00 pm. at St. John’s Community Center, 1301 Second Street, Henry, Illinois. Callbacks TBA. 

River Valley Players will be hosting a preliminary dance workshop on June 11th,  6 pm,  at the same location, to learn choreography for the audition. 

NOTE: We will video the dance combinations from the workshop for those unable to attend. 

This Irving Berlin Musical is based on the 1942 award-winning movie, Holiday Inn, first produced as a musical in 2014. A romantic comedy, sure to captivate and warm the hearts of those you are entertaining. Come and audition to be part of this wonderful cast. The seven character roles are listed below. This classic musical, full of Broadway Style song and dance, features an ensemble as spectacular as the leading roles of the show.  The ensemble carries the dynamics of the show by dazzling our audience with various dance styles and tap numbers to eleven classical hits of Irving Berlin’s songs including Blue Skies, Easter Parade, Stepping Out with My Baby, Heat Wave, White Christmas, Cheek to Cheek, Shaking the Blues Away, and more.  In addition, each ensemble member will have an identifiable role as a character in the show. 

Audition requirements include the preparation of 32 bars of a song from the musical theatre canon that compliments your range and personality,  preferably something similar to Irving Berlin’s style.  Please bring your sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. We will not allow any a cappella auditions. If you do not have a prepared song, you will be asked to sing "White Christmas". We also ask that you dress for dance movement and wear appropriate footwear. Bring tap shoes if you have them available. If you are seeking a principal role, you will be reading from the script in addition to the vocal and dance portion of the audition. Please check your calendars, as we will ask you to fill out a conflict sheet and especially check the show dates of  November 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, & 13th. If you enjoy theatre but not the spotlight, contact us on Facebook at River Valley Players or through this website, we are always happy to have new volunteers. We are looking forward to seeing many beautiful smiles and talented individuals.   

 

 

Characters

 

Jim Hardy, Male 30 to ’50s, A performer/singer/ songwriter with a magnetic stage presence (in the style of Bing Crosby). The character is an honest, good-natured but ready to leave showbiz behind for a simpler life on a farm in Connecticut. Must be an excellent comedic actor with a great voice.  lyric baritone Bb2-A4 

Ted Hanover, Male, 30 to ’40s A handsome, charming ladies’ man, A bit slick and always looking for his big break.  Jim’s best friend and performing partner (along with Lila).  Must be a strong dancer in the style of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. An excellent comedic actor/dancer/singer must tap well, lyric baritone Bb2-F4 

Lila Dixon, Female, 30s, A sexy showgirl type, and Jim Hardy’s mismatched fiancé. She isn’t the smartest girl in town, but what she lacks in

intelligence she makes up with sheer determination and a love for the spotlight.  Looking for an excellent comedic actress must be an extremely strong dancer/singer; must tap,  high belt B3-E5 

Linda Mason, Female 30 to ’40s, A schoolteacher with hidden talents.  At first, she is tough and distant, unwilling to fall for Jim’s charms, but she is ultimately won over by his kindness, humor, and the mutual love of music. A lovely, charming, and funny girl must sing and dance extremely well, the ability to belt mix G3-F5 

 

Louise, Female 40 to ’60s, The local handywoman, tough, no-nonsense, and extremely perceptive. Seeking a strong comedic actress with a great voice and the ability to belt.  

Charlie Winslow, Male 9 to 12, precocious, straightforward, and practical but oddly charming, not one to mince words.  One of Linda’s students works part-time as a messenger for a bank.  Seeking a strong actor/singer, with an unchanged voice. 

Danny, Male, 30 to ’60s.  Agent to Jim, Ted, & Lila.  Character role. Funny, comedic timing. 

  Note ages are flexible, depending on how you appear on stage.

Looking forward to seeing you!