Emmett HOOK Center announces an audition call for
The Music Man
May 15, 16, 17, 18, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Emmett Hook Center; 550 Common Street; Shreveport, LA 71101

The show is scheduled to run weekends, July 14-23, 2023

The auditions will be slightly different for this production, as follows:

May 15

  • General Registration, Music Auditions, and Acting Auditions. All actors interested in being a part of the production or anyone interested in working on the technical crew should plan to attend from 6pm – 8pm. You will fill out audition forms and indicate ALL possible conflict dates between June 1 and July 23. Extended absences or too many individual absences will make it impossible for you to learn the show well enough to participate.
  • You should prepare 16 bars of a musical piece that demonstrates your ability. You should bring your music with you. Pianist provided.

May 16

  • Dance Auditions. All actors interested in being part of the production should attend from 6pm until 8pm. Please dress appropriately for dancing. You must wear shoes.
  • We will also do music and acting auditions. See instruction above.

May 17

  • Acting Auditions, Music, and Dance Callbacks. All actors interested in being in theproduction should plan to attend from 6pm to 8pm. You will read from the script. Parts will be assigned. Please note, you may be asked to read a part for which you have not indicated an interest in playing.

May 18

  • General Callbacks if needed.

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.

Roles to be filled:

Charlie Cowell
A traveling salesman who is on to Harold Hill’s schemes. Tirelessly attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind Harold Hill.
Male, Age 25 to 45

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.
Male, Age 25 to 35

A blustery politician who is all too “self-important.” Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
Male, Age 50 to 60

Ewart Dunlop
A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude
Male, Age 25 to 45

Oliver Hix
A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.
Male, Age 25 to 45

Jacey Squires
The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.
Male, Age 25 to 45

Olin Britt
A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.
Male, Age 25 to 45

Marcellus Washburn
Harold’s chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
Male, Age 30 to 40

Tommy Djilas
An attractive young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.
Male, Age 15 to 20

Marian Paroo
The stiff town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill.
Stuck Up. Curious
Female, Age 20 to 30

Mrs. Paroo
Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and Mother to Marian and Winthrop.
Female, Age 45 to 60

A slightly bratty piano student of Marian Paroo.
Female, Age 8 to 12

Winthrop Paroo
Marian’s baby brother. He is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.
Male, Age 8 to 12

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.
Female, Age 40 to 50

Zaneeta Shinn
The mayor’s fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.
Female, Age 14 to 18

Alma Hix
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Oliver Hix.
Female, Age 25 to 45

Maud Dunlop
A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Ewart Dunlop.
Female, Age 25 to 45

Ethel Toffelmier
A comical “Pick-a-Little Lady,” and Marcellus Washburn’s girlfriend.
Female, Age 25 to 40

Mrs. Squire’s
A “Pick-a-Little Lady,” married to Jacey Squires.
Female, Age 25 to 45

Constable Locke, Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople, Traveling Salesmen

The Emmett Hook Center is a new, state-of-the-art theatre on the corner of Common at Milam Street in downtown Shreveport at First United Methodist Church. For further information, phone 318-429-6887.


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