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The Audition

by Les Emmans


     
Now playing : 'Don't Let The Magic Go Away'

"We had great fun with this production ...
... it was very well received ..."

"... it gave lots of people a chance to have a small part - something many have never done before - and I greatly enjoyed playing Marilyn."

Walkerville Musical Society

Short Musical : The Audition

     

'The Audition' is a short, simple musical to perform
either as a festival or fund-raiser piece,

or as a 'try-out' for new Directors or performers.

Synopsis

At the start of a new production the company sing, that 'It's Great To Be Back In The Same Old Team' as the Audition Committee finalises the casting of 'Madcap Madge' - a fondly remembered, but hardly earth-shattering musical revival. With a couple of characters already cast, the members have arrived either to audition, or to be a bit nosey and see who get the other available parts.

Short Musical : The AuditionAmDram groups (allegedly!) have a reputation for allowing intriigues and romances to develop, and this group is no different. The producer fancies Pru, but as the 'leading lady' who usually gets the best parts, she has no need of his advances. Marilyn, on the other hand, tries to use her 'feminine charms' on Norman (the Chairman) to try and get the part of Madge. The ladies of the chorus are used to her 'prima donna' ways, and after a bit of a gossip ...

"She says she's thirty-two and a bit,
But if I remember right.
When I was a girl of seven or eight,
She played the lead in 'Kiss Me Kate'.

... they form a united front by singing 'All Girls Together'.

During the audition, the panel hear the singing and acting of Pru, Suki and Gilly (as do we). The producer pushes hard to get Pru the part, but with tempers fraying slightlly, the MD and the Treasurer jointly agree that Gilly is the better candidate. After some discussion the Chairman announces to the members that Gilly has indeed been successful, to (almost) universal approval.

It has elements of G&S as well as music redolent of a 1950's 'end-of-the pier' show. Great fun to perform and great fun for an audience to watch. G&S societies might consider this as a novel alternative to 'Trial By Jury'.


Duration

  45 minutes approx

Characters

Principals (4m, 7f, 1m/f)
Richard King - the producer, has designs on Prudence Pringle (Baritone)
Prudence Pringle - the Society's leading lady (Soprano)
Chairman (Norman) - nervous, hesitant, easily embarrassed (Comic Baritone)
MD - a typical AmDram 'stands no-nonsense' musical director (Medium Voice, male or female)
John - plays 'Danny' in their musical production (Light Tenor)
Sally - plays 'Amy' (Mezzo)
Philip - plays 'Matt' (Baritone, popular style)
Marge - (Comic Mezzo)
Marilyn - desperately wants the leading role, will do anything to get it (Mezzo or Light Contralto)
Jane - the Treasurer (Contralto)
Suki - a young woman (Mezzo)
Gilly- another young woman, successful candidate, plays 'Madge' (Mezzo, popular style)
 
Support (1m  plus chorus)
Harry - a chorus member with one spoken line
A suitable number of male and female members of the chorus

Songs

  1) What A Pretty Thing Richard
  2) Pru's Waltz Prudence
  3) Hello Again Chairman & Chorus
  4) It's Great To Be Back Richard & Chorus
  5) 'Rain Falls' Sally, Phillip & Chorus
  6) 'The Holiday Song'! MD, Marge & Chorus
  7) Danny's Song John
  8) Marilyn's Song Marilyn
  9) Seduction Song Marilyn & Chairman
10) Girls Gossip Song Gilly, Jane, Marge, Sally & Suki
11) All Girls Together Gilly, Jane, Marge, Sally & Suki
12) 'Don't Let The Magic Go Away' x 3 Prudence, Suki & Gilly
13) The Committee Quartet MD, Jane, Chairman & Richard?
14) 'Act Two. Finale' John, Gilly, Phillip, Sally & Chorus
15) Final Chorus Company

Information for Production Administrators

Here's a list of all the supporting material available and some other information you might need. Pricing for the production materials is supplied automatically with a Perusal Set. Royalty pricing can only be provided as a formal quotation.

Available now (see below) ...
 
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Perusal Set
These are available for customers in European Union countries only to borrow free of charge (but you have to pay the postage to return the set to us). The set contains ...
 
  • Combined Libretto and Piano Vocal Score
  • Cast Recording CD Sampler
Available after Perusal ...
 
Libretti/Vocal Scores

Available to purchase in this form ...

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  • Record one or more live performances and mix down to a single video
  • Give or sell copies to your cast and crew
  • Sell copies to your audiences (take advance bookings on the night)

     

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