WAKEFIELD — The Contemporary Theater Company will be holding auditions for "Gypsy," with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents on Monday, Jan. 7 and Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Actors should prepare a one to two minute monologue and approximately 16 bars or one minute of music from the classic era of Broadway that shows "range," said Contemporary General Manager Maggie Cady, which means "vocal, theatrical, or both."
Often called the perfect musical, "Gypsy," has an unforgettable score and a story for the ages, said Cady. As vaudeville is dying, Mama Rose's ambition pushes her and her daughters June and Louise on the road to make it big. Soon their relationships and lives start to unravel, revealing their true desires.
Previews for "Gypsy" are scheduled for April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. with performances scheduled for April 19-20, 25-27, May 2-4, 9-11 at 7 p.m., April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m.
Auditions for all roles are open, said Cady, except for Mama Rose. Callbacks will be held Monday Jan. 14, from 8 pm - 10 pm.
Anyone interested in signing up should contact Cady at email@example.com for an audition slot. Each slot is 15 minutes long. There are no parts available at this time for children under 16 years old, Cady said.
Cady also announced the upcoming season at the Main Street Theatre. The season will kick off with Wakefield Idol which runs from Jan. 10 through March 28. A karaoke-style singing competition, Idol follows 64 local singers who compete for a $1,500 cash prize! In the final rounds as the competition heats up, the audience votes to see who continues.
"Whodunit? An Improvised Murder Mystery," opens on Jan. 26 and runs through March 23; followed by "Gypsy," then "The Book Club Play" in June; "Wonder of the World," in August; "Shakespeare on the Saugatucket;" "To Be Continued … An Improvised Soap Opera" and "The Skriker" in September. On Jan. 12, the 14th annual 24-hour play festival will take place. Contemporary's signature event, the entire show is written, rehearsed, and performed in a single day and a full-length play is created with the work and creativity of more than 50 artists in one day.
For details on the performances, visit contemporarytheatercompany.com.