AUDITION: Winter Wonderettes at Lyric Arts

Winter Wonderettes

Written and Created by Roger Bean
Directed by Matt McNabb
Music Direction by Bradley Beahen
Choreography by Rebecca Joy-Raboy

Performance & Rehearsal Information

November 29th, 2018-December 23rd, 2018 (16 performances)

First read-through tentatively scheduled for scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd.

Full performance schedule and show description can be found here.

Potential rehearsal schedule can be downloaded here.

Note on Diversity and Inclusive Casting

Actors of all races and ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Lyric Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the casting of its productions and, therefore, urges actors of diverse backgrounds and those from underrepresented groups to audition.

Open Call Auditions

Tuesday, July 24th
6:30 to 9:30 pm

Wednesday, July 25th
6:30 to 9:30 pm

Doors open for registration 15 minutes prior to audition start time.
Final registration accepted 30 minutes before the end of auditions.

TRAFFIC ALERT: For those who travel on Highway 169 to get to the theater, the road is under construction from the Mississippi River in Champlin to Highway 610 in Brooklyn Park. Traffic will be shifted into a single lane in each direction through the fall of 2018. Please plan accordingly.

Callback Auditions

Wednesday, August 1st

Audition Preparation

Winter Wonderettes is a hilarious and heartwarming holiday musical comedy about four friends who have reunited their high school signing group to provide the entertainment for a local hardware store’s employee Christmas party.

We are looking for four strong singer/comedians with bright, charming personalities in order to create an evening full of holiday joy, laughter, and love. Strong presence, sharp wit, and improvisation skills are a plus.

Please prepare an upbeat song that best shows off you voice and personality. A 1950s or early 1960s pop song is preferred but not required. You must provide sheet music in the appropriate key.

You can download or fill out our standard audition form here.

Character Descriptions

MISSY – Late 20s. Always the over-achiever of the group, Missy has now blossomed into a full-fledged adult over-achiever. She is an elementary school teacher with cat-eye glasses. She has recently returned from her honeymoon with her new husband Bill. Missy is the one to cover for mistakes, and is always ready to jump in and save the day. She has an inner-sexiness (even slightly kinky) that comes out every once-in-a-while, much to her surprise and embarrassment. She has been best friends with Suzy since elementary school. (Soprano with belt. Range: F#3–A5)

CINDY LOU – Late 20s. Cindy Lou is the 'bad girl' of the group, now reformed (to a point). She is sexy with a dry and sassy wit, and has a miles-high jet-black beehive, a cross between the Ronettes and early Priscilla Presley. She has a tattoo on her left upper arm that reads "Billy Ray," her boyfriend who passed away a few years back. Until that time it seemed that things always went her way, making Betty Jean crazy. She has an incredible and unexpected soft side and inner depth. (Mezzo Soprano with belt. Sings lead vocal line on most group songs. Range: A3–E5)

SUZY – Late 20s. Suzy is happy-go-lucky, a little giddy, a little silly, and a little pregnant. She's always willing to go along with anyone and anything, and she seems to giggle at just about anything. She finds great pleasure in everything she does; the sillier it is, the more fun she finds it. Her pregnancy has brought out her attention-deficit disorder, and she reverts to her childhood on the drop of a dime. She is married to Ritchie, her high-school sweetheart, who is running the lights for the performance. Her honey-blond hair is reminiscent of early Marlo Thomas/"That Girl." Her best friend is Missy. (Mezzo/Alto with big belt. Range: C#3–E5)

BETTY JEAN – Late 20s. Betty Jean is the self-anointed clown of the group, always vying for attention from her best friend Cindy Lou. She has worked at Harper's Hardware since High School and is proud to have made it into Corporate Sales. After a few tumultuous years, she married her high-school boyfriend Johnny. She has a strength that belies her goofiness. Her strength gives her empathy; she has no 'poor me' in her attitude. (Strong Alto with big belt. Range: D3–Eb5)

Additional Information

  • Stipend paid.
  • All auditions are held at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E Main St, Anoka 55303.
  • Auditioners will be seen in the order they arrive. No appointments are necessary.
  • Please come prepared with headshot (or other non-returnable current photo) and résumé, if available.
  • Please arrive with a calendar outlining all possible conflict dates between the first read-through and the final performance. (No conflicts for tech week or performance dates will be accepted.)
  • Age ranges listed in character descriptions signify the age of the character to be played.
  • All other questions about auditions—including those regarding audition conflicts—should be sent to our auditions e-mail.

Contact information

Lyric Arts Company of Anoka
Laura Tahja Johnson
Web site

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