June 3, 2012

Auditions Happy Days - A New Musical

River City Community Players announces auditions for HAPPY DAYS, a new musical
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams, Book by Garry Marshall

Directed by Nino Casisi
Music Directed by Deana Wagoner

Goodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable "king of cool" Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures television series, Happy Days, A New Musical reintroduces one of America's best loved families, the Cunninghams -- yes, Howard, Marion and Joanie are here too -- to a whole new generation of kids and parents. The famed drive-in malt shop and number one hangout, Arnold's, is in danger of demolition. So the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match. Even Pinky Tuscadero, Fonzie's childhood sweetheart, returns to help and -- lo and behold! -- they rekindle their old flame. Happy Days, A New Musical, with amazing music from Oscar-winner Paul Williams and a book by the TV series original creator Garry Marshall, brings back the good ol' days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin' fun. This perfectly family f!
riendly musical will have you rockin' and rollin' all week long!

AUDITION DATES: Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5, 2012 from 6:30-10 p.m., (both days).

Open auditions will consist of individual auditions of prepared music (see What To Prepare)

Choreography being taught and "performed" for choreographer.

CALLBACKS: Wednesday, June 6 – 6:30-10 p.m., (By Director Invitation Only)

Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script and songs by character from the libretto.

Dress accordingly for a dance audition (regardless if the character you are auditioning for dances or not)

LOCATION: River City Community Players, 5th & Delaware Streets, Leavenworth, KS 66048

PRODUCTION DATES: July 27, 28, August 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2012 at 8 p.m., & August 5, 2012 at 2 p.m.

WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare 32 bars of a Broadway style selection in your vocal range (not one from HAPPY DAYS, A NEW MUSICAL). Please make sure it is completely memorized and you have a copy for the accompanist with your vocal part highlighted. NO ACCAPELLA singing. Also, no music from a device (i.e. CD, I-POD, MP3, etc.) Also, try to be familiar with the concept of the TV show, the characters and music from the musical (if possible). The more you are prepared, the better chances you have to get a role. Dress accordingly for a short dance audition, including proper footwear (jazz shoes or dance shoes if going for a dancer), whether the character you are auditioning for dances or not.

SPECIAL SKILLS: If you have special skills (riding a motorcycle, roller-skating, wrestling, riding a skateboard or bicycle, working a yo-yo, cheerleading, doing the splits, baton twirling), please list them on your audition form. These will be utilized in this production of Happy Days – a New Musical.

BRING: Current Resume and a complete list of conflicts from June 11 – August 11. If you have conflicts from July 16 – August 11, you may not be cast in HAPPY DAYS, A NEW MUSICAL. Dedication and commitment to River City Community Players, the director and fellow actors is of utmost importance. Headshots are welcome, but not required. Rehearsals will start on Monday, June 11 and run Monday-Friday with weekend set construction days.

Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli – the King of Cool. Sexy, funny and loaded with charisma. Older than the other kids.
Rides a motorcycle in the show.
Richie Cunningham – High School student, Fonzie's best friend, All-American, honest and reliable.
Howard Cunningham – Richie's dad, the quintessential Midwestern head of household. A man in his 40's who is also in the local order of Leopards.
Charles "Chachi" Arcola – Fonzie's cousin who tries to be just like him. Probably 15-16 and he likes Joanie. Plays with a yo-yo.
Ralph Malph – High school buddy of Richie's. He is the class clown.
Warren "Potsie" Webber – Richie's high school buddy, not very cool but tries hard to be. He is a little bit of a nerd.
Bully/Ensemble - big tough guy
Leopard Manny Moon/Ensemble - Howard's Leopard Lodge brother and principal of the high school
Myron "Count" Malachi/Ensemble - one-half of The Malachi Brothers, Fonzie's nemesis, greaser type, overly dramatic, in his 20's. As Count, he does show fancy wrestling moves.
Elvis/Ensemble – Elvis Presley circa late 50's.
Leopard Mac Gates/Ensemble - Howard's Leopard Lodge brother
Jumpy Malachi/Ensemble - other one-half of The Malachi Brothers, filled with nervous energy, greaser type, in his 20's. As Jumpy, he does show fancy wrestling moves.
James Dean/Ensemble - the 1950's movie icon
Arnold Delvecchio/Ensemble – A man in his 50's, owner of Arnold's Malt Shop, member of the Leopard Lodge.
Ensemble Boys – dancers/singers to play teenagers, rebels, etc.
Ensemble Men – Dancers/signers to play adult men and parents
Pinky Tuscadero – Fonzie's love interest, sexy, confident, tough and a body to die for. Motorcycle daredevil. (no motorcycle riding in the show, though)
Marion Cunningham – Richie's mom, warm, naïve and wise. She is in her 40's.
Joanie Cunningham – Richie's younger sister, 15-16 years old, lovable, precocious and has a big crush on Chachi. Twirls a baton.
Lori Beth Allen - Sweet, lovely, "girl next door" type. Richie's girlfriend, high school student.
Pinkette Lola – backup singer/dancer for Pinky Tuscadero.
Pinkette Tina - backup singer/dancer for Pinky Tuscadero.
Nerd Girl – nerd daughter of Principal Moon.
Ensemble girls/ladies – dancers/singers to play teenagers as well as Car Hop & Calendar Girls
Car Hop Girls – young ladies who can dance on roller skates. Proficiency on roller skates a must.
Calendar Girls – Teenage girls to adolescent ladies who can act sexy. May do the splits.
Ensemble Women – Dancers/singers to play adult women and parents

HAPPY DAYS, A NEW MUSICAL is presented through special arrangements with Samuel French Theatre, Inc.

Leavenworth Performing Arts Center, 500 Delaware St, (913) 682-7557, www.rccplv.com

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