HOUSTON – Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is holding auditions for its upcoming production of GUYS & DOLLS, directed by Nick DeGruccio, who previously directed Theatre Under The Stars’ acclaimed production of IN THE HEIGHTS in 2016.
“I am so looking forward to working with the people of TUTS and experiencing the wonderful city of Houston again. While I consider Guys and Dolls to be a “perfect musical”, I am excited and challenged by this “new twist” on the show,” said DeGruccio.
Auditions in Los Angeles and New York will take places on February 26th – 28th and March 21st – 23rd respectively. These will be overseen by Stewart/Whitley, and anyone interested in auditioning in New York or Los Angeles should submit a headshot and resume to email@example.com.
Houston auditions will take place on March 1st and 2nd, and will take place at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in the Administration Building located at 800 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002.
The schedule for the Houston auditions is as follows:
March 1, 2018 – Open Call – 10 am to 4 pm
March 2, 2018 – Chorus – Singers – 10 am – 1 pm
Dancers – Female – 1 pm and Male – 2 pm
For more information about the auditions, visit TUTS.com/auditions.
Casting a Latino-inspired production of Guys and Dolls. Historically, there was a significant migration of Latin people coming to New York during the 1940’s and 1950’s. This immigration resulted in a proliferation of Latin night clubs and the very popular expansion of Latin entertainment into American society. A cast who is either fluent and/or well-versed in Spanish is appreciated.
Sky Masterson: Male. Latino. Baritone B to Eb. 30’s – 40’s.
Charismatic, cool and charming. Sky is a suave, intelligent, handsome and confident gambler who naturally commands others’ respect and attention, women love him and men want to be him.
Sarah Brown: Female. Caucasian. Soprano to High Ab. mid – late 20’s.
Passionate, self-assured, principled, Sarah is initially a little too buttoned-up for her own good, beautiful, naïve about some things …underneath the Salvation Army uniform is a woman to be reckoned with
Nathan Detroit: Male. Latino. Baritone to High F. 35 – 50.
Strong comic actor. A funny, lovable rogue who is always slick-talking and struggling to stay one step ahead of the game beset upon on all sides-most importantly by his fiancée of 14 years, runs the local crap game.
Miss Adelaide: Female. Latina. Mezzo to A3-E5. 30s to 40s.
Strong comic actress. The cold-stricken star of the Hot Box Review where she dances in very little and sings like a trumpet – with a heart as big as all of Nueva York, put-upon, not bright, classic show girl that’s long-suffering but always hopeful
Nicely Nicely Johnson: Male. Latino. Tenor to high B flat. Late 20’s – 40’s.
Pal to Nathan Detroit, an irrepressible personality with a voracious appetite and boundless enthusiasm, comic, cheerful and likable. Brings the house down with “Rocking the Boat”
Benny Southstreet: Male. Latino. Baritone. D4-G5. Late 20’s – 50’s.
Upbeat, nervy, Nathan’s right hand man, loyal to a fault, a bulldog on guard…distinctively comic gambler with his heart on his sleeve
Harry the Horse: Male. Latino. 30’s – 50’s.
Side kick and mouthpiece to Big Jule, distinctive in character
Possibly very small in stature…
Big Jule: Male. Latino. Late 30’s +
Chicago gangster of such imposing size that his mere physical presence strikes fear into everyone. Powerful, intimidating, straight- talking bluntness.
Arvide Abernathy: Male. Caucasian. Baritone. D4-F5. 60’s-early 70’s.
Sarah’s grandfather Wise, warm and caring, harbours only the kindest intentions, nobody’s fool… wise to the ways of the world and the streets of New York…can have a brogue
Lt. Brannigan: Male. Caucasian. 30’s-50’s.
Hard-nosed, NYC detective, obsessive, the constant thorn in Nathan’s side, wise to the gangsters’ exploits, commands respect
General Matilda B. Cartwright: Female. Latina. Soprano to High C. 40 – 65.
Powerful, matronly, no-nonsense and with a formidable presence
Hot Box Girls Female. Latinas. mid 20’s – 40’s.
Seeking vibrant and funny women, excellent dancer/singers with distinct character and strong Latin dance/partnering experience.
Male Ensemble: Latino. 20 – 50.
Singers/dancers of all shapes, ages, and sizes with classical musical theatre vocals and infectious, distinct personalities to portray gamblers and various city dwellers. Latin dance experience a plus.
Female Ensemble: Latina. 20 – 50.
singers/dancers of all shapes, ages, and sizes with classical musical theatre vocals and infectious, distinct personalities to portray Mission Band and various city dwellers
Male & female dancers:
Featured male and female Latino dancers will be required for the Havana Sequence and male dancers for the Crapshooters Dance. Strong Latin dance/partnering experience necessary.
GUYS & DOLLS is scheduled to begin rehearsals on May 22nd, and will run June 12-24th with preview performances on June 12th and 13th, and Opening Night on June 14th.
Travel back to a time when gangsters and gamblers ruled the underworld of New York City. GUYS & DOLLS is the classic musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, based on some of the short stories by Damon Runyon premiered on Broadway in 1950, and the following year won five Tony® Awards in every category in which it was nominated, including Best Musical.
This production of GUYS & DOLLS is made possible thanks to the generous support of production sponsors, Locke Lord, Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites, and The Humphreys Foundation.
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is the official healthcare partner of Theatre Under The Stars. United Airlines is the official airline partner of Theatre Under The Stars. KTRK ABC-13 is the official media partner of Theatre Under The Stars. Phoenicia Specialty Foods is the official catering partner of Theatre Under the Stars. TUTS is supported in part by the City of Houston through the Theater District and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS (“TUTS”) – (Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director; Hillary J Hart, Executive Director) – was founded by Frank M. Young in 1968 and is Houston’s leading musical theatre company for performance, arts education and professional theatrical training; ranging from the classics to new work development. As a 501c3 performing arts organization, TUTS is dedicated to breaking down barriers to access by focusing on inclusivity, education, and community engagement through a commitment to artistic excellence, programs in the community, technique-based curriculum at the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, and explorative, creative life-skills at The River Performing and Visual Arts Center. For more information, visit www.tuts.com.