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Upcoming Audition

The Drowsy Chaperone

Plainfield Christian Church
800 Dan Jones Road, Plainfield

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

May 15th and 16th


The middle-aged, eccentric and melancholy narrator, Man In Chair, is feeling rather blue, and decides to play for the audience a record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 show The Drowsy Chaperone. As the record plays, the show – a parody of 1920s American musical comedy – comes to life onstage and he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. The musical within the show is lavish with vaudeville gags, Charlsetons galore and rich, comedic characters. The Drowsy Chaperone is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them.

Character Descriptions

Man in Chair
The present-day narrator.  A deeply introspective agoraphobe with an encyclopedic knowledge of stage musicals, MIC offers factoids and opinions on both his own life and the musical we’re watching.  He is defined by his own contradictions, ranging from soft-spoken to passionate and from turmoil to detachment.  Seeking strong character actor capable of understatement; minimal singing.

Janet van de Graaf
The vivacious Broadway ingénue and starlet about to be married.  Despite her affection for Robert, her innocent prank on her fiancé turns into the ultimate Janet van de gaffe (ha) and gives her much hesitation about the commitment she’s about to make.  Seeking a triple threat with acrobatic skills.

Robert Martin
The man about to marry Janet.  Robert, who is fictitiously portrayed by a cheesy actor only capable of Generic Male Lead, can never quite smooth things over with his bride-to-be.  He always exhibits the courage of a lion and the emotional subtlety of a sledgehammer.  Seeking an actor with a strong voice, plus tap dance skills; roller skating experience a plus.

The Drowsy Chaperone
Janet’s maid of honor.  The Chaperone is a raging alcoholic who can barely string together coherent advice for the bride, but manages to seduce Adolpho and win the heart of the Man in Chair with her unhelpful but rousing anthems.  Eternally melodramatic, she commands the stage whether or not the scene was originally about her.  Seeking a diva with a strong belt.

A self-professed lothario who appears to have wandered into the wedding accidentally.  He agrees to seduce Janet at Feldzieg’s request, but is distracted by the Drowsy Chaperone’s wiles.  Adolpho is the sort of person to invent his own theme song.  Seeking a strong comic actor with some improvisation skills; inconsistent accent of nebulous nationality a plus.

Robert’s best man.  The frenetic and anxious George is charge of organizing wedding logistics, and like all great organizers, has saved it all to the last minute.  Seeking a high tenor with tap dance skills.

Mrs. Tottendale
The elderly hostess of the wedding.  Mrs. Tottendale is a well-meaning and eternally cordial friend but oblivious to the point of senility.  She is seldom seen without her Underling.  Character voice a plus.

Underling (Butler)
Mrs. Tottendale’s dry-humored butler.  Underling is a bitter soul thoroughly unimpressed by everything but begrudgingly caters to the whims of the dumbest wedding party he’s ever attended.  He probably thinks you’re overrated. Seeking an actor to receive physical onstage abuse, including expectoration; British accent a plus.

The ditzy chorus girl who thinks she can replace Janet in Feldzieg’s production, Kitty’s ambition and aggression have nothing on her shrillness.  Seeking an actor with character voice and dance skills.

Mr. Feldzieg
Janet’s stage producer.  Feldzieg, always gruff, sarcastic, and insensitive, schemes to stop the wedding so his star won’t leave the stage, even dealing with the Gangsters and Adolpho.  Minimal singing.

Gangster 1 & Gangster 2
Two mafiosos who agree to help Feldzieg stop the wedding and disguise themselves as pastry chefs.  They are not nearly as intimidating as they think they are.  With great gangsters come great puns.  Seeking comic actors with some improvisation and dance skills. Open to men or women for these roles.

A pilot who is little more than a deus ex machina.  Trix performs the wedding ceremony and is a bold, sassy figure.  Seeking a strong belter, preferably a woman of color.

(Preferred age 16+) 2-4 ensemble members who can sing and move to portray wedding guests, reporters, and monkeys.

Audition Preparation


If interested in Aldolpho, sing :01-1:30 of the following: []

If interested in The Gangsters or Ensemble (male or female -sing in octave most comfortable for you), sing :01-:42 of the following: []

If interested in Underling (British accent) or Male Ensemble, sing :15-:46 of the following: []

If interested in Robert, Felzig, George or Male Ensemble, sing :01-1:03 of the following: []

If interested in Janet, Kitty or Female Ensemble, sing 3:01-end (including the encore) of the following: []

If interested in the Chaperone or Female Ensemble, sing 1:45-end of the following: []

If interested in Trix or Female Ensemble, sing :01-1:18 of the following: []

If interested in Mrs. Tottendale or Female Ensemble, sing :01-1:05 of the following: []


If auditioning for Robert or George, be prepared to perform the tap sequences found at this link:


You will find cuttings to read for each character at the following link. If auditioning for Trix or Ensemble you can read the cutting of your choice. Everyone auditioning should be prepared to read any cutting, as you may be asked to read for any role during your audition.

Please Note

HCT continues to be mindful of the safety of our performers and audience. Should guidelines or recommendations for safe social gatherings change, we will make adjustments as needed, including the possibility of cancellation or postponement. We thank you for your understanding.


Hendricks Civic Theatre is proud to present auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone (musical)

WHO: All roles are open for audition

WHEN: Auditions will be held from 5:00PM – 9:00PM on May 15th and 16th @ Plainfield Christian Church
Enter Door 11 (under the canopy on the West side of the building)

OTHER INFORMATION: Accompanist will be provided for both initial auditions and call backs.
Call backs will take place on Saturday, May 20th 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Ages 16+
Evening rehearsals (6ish – 9ish) at Longstreet Playhouse in Danville, beginning the week of 5/29
No rehearsal Memorial Day or July4th
Long Saturday tech rehearsal on Saturday, 7/22

SHOW DATES: July 27-30 and August 3-6 at Longstreet Playouse

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please email the DIRECTOR, Todd Dillon,

Please complete the Online Audition Form and select a Signup Slot before your audition and the information will be given to the director.


4498 North County Road
100 East Danville, IN 46122