Auditions

Auditions for Little Mary Sunshinewebsite posters LMS

Directed by Teri Ang
Musical Direction by Michael Farley
Choreography by Jennie Gray Connard
Produced by Nettie Allen

Little Mary Sunshine is one of the most successful stage shows ever produced. This musical played to packed houses in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village for years and won every award for its score and enchanting performances. Billed as “a new musical about old operetta” – Little Mary Sunshine gently spoofs such old-time favorites like Rose Marie and Naughty Marietta-but has a personality all its own. The plot is a little bit of everything: Colorado Rangers led by stalwart Captain Jim; the lovely Mary Sunshine, her ‘naughty’ maid Nancy; a chorus of giggling schoolgirls and the ominous but benevolent Indian chief. Hearts are won and lost and won again, in this delightful, laugh-filled and charming show.

SEEKING PERFORMERS AGES 10-70

Auditions will be held June 12th and 13th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Call backs are by invitation only and will take place at 6:30 on June 14th
Both will be held at:
Carlton Oaks School
9353 Wethersfield Road
Santee, CA 92071

Auditions are by appointment only. Please email jennieconnard@gmail.com to reserve your time
IMPORTANT: PLEASE PUT “LITTLE MARY AUDITION” IN THE SUBJECT
Participation in our productions is always free! When e-mailing, give the following:
-Name
-Age
-Preferred audition time
-Phone number
-E-Mail address
-Roles interested in

Please prepare a 1-2 minute song which showcases your vocal ability. Upbeat, musical comedy selections are preferred (an accompanist will be provided, no A Capella auditions, please).
If you are asked to come to callbacks, please be prepared to sing, read and move/dance. IMPORTANT – please bring your calendar/schedules so that you may list any conflicts you may have for the rehearsal period. Performance conflcits can not be accommodated.

Production dates are September 2-11 at
Off Broadway Live
9490 Cuyamaca Street
Santee, CA 92071

Rehearsals will begin on July 5th and will generally run Mondays through Thursdays 6:00-9:00 p.m. and occasional Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Carlton Oaks School.

Cast of Characters:
• “Little Mary Sunshine” (Mary Potts), proprietress of the Colorado Inn: soprano (called “Little Merry Sunshine” by the Lakota) – Mary is primarily a caricature of Rose-Marie’s Rose-Marie La Flamme, but also generically represents operetta heroines, the sweethearts of the leaders of men.
• Captain “Big Jim” Warington, handsome Captain of the Forest Rangers: baritone – Primarily, Jim represents Rose-Marie’s Jim Kenyon, although he gets his Ranger (Mountie) uniform from Sergeant Malone
• Madame Ernestine von Liebedich, an elderly opera singer: contralto – Ernestine resembles Sarah Millick, heroine of Coward’s Bitter Sweet.
• Corporal “Billy” Jester, a Forest Ranger: tenor or high baritone – Billy and his girlfriend Nancy, the show’s comedic bickering lovers, closely resemble Ado Annie and Will Parker from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.
• Nancy Twinkle, the show’s soubrette – Like Ado Annie, Nancy loves her man, yet is perhaps even fonder of men in general.
• Chief Brown Bear, chief of the Lakota Indians – Brown Bear is based on Chief Sitting Bull, from Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. Both characters are admirable – wise, restrained, and generous – and both are father figures to their respective heroines.
• Yellow Feather, Brown Bear’s rogue son – The show’s villain lampoons Rose-Marie ‘s villainous Black Eagle.
• Fleet Foot, an Indian guide – Fleet Foot is elderly and no longer able to live up to his name.
• General Oscar Fairfax, Ret., an elderly Washington diplomat who likes to flirt with younger ladies – although of course the aging rogue is also a stock character in operetta and old-fashioned musical comedy.
• Young Ladies from the Eastchester Finishing School: Cora, Henrietta, Gwendolyn, Blanche, Maud, and Mabel
• Forest Rangers: Pete, Slim, Tex, Buster, Hank, and Tom