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Directors: Rhonda Stenzinger

Assistant Director: Joel Knapper

Vocal Director: Bonnie Brewer

Choreographer: Danielle Cooper

Guys and Dolls is a musical comedy that tells the story of con-man Nathan Detroit’s efforts to find new life for his illegal, but notorious, crap game. When his trusty venue is found out by the police, Nathan has to find a new home for his crap game quickly - but he doesn’t have the dough to secure a new location. Enter Sky Masterson, a high-rolling gambler willing to take on any honest bet with a high enough reward attached. Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take the “doll” of Nathan’s choosing with him on a date. When Sky agrees to the bet, Nathan chooses uptight Sarah Brown, head of the Save-a-Soul Mission. Sky thinks he’s been duped, but he’s in for even more of a surprise when his efforts to woo Sarah are so successful that he falls in love with her himself! Guys and Dolls takes us from the bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana to the sewers of New York City as it demonstrates the great lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a “doll.” Guys and Dolls features some of Frank Loesser’s most memorable tunes, including the hilarious “Adelaide’s Lament,” the romantic “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” the exuberant “If I Were a Bell,” and the classic “Luck Be a Lady.”

We are excited to bring Guys and Dolls to the Kankakee Stage!  We hope that you will audition for this Classic musical. Guys and Dolls is open to auditioners ages 16 years and up, plus one short boy. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. There is a "Character” Role that can be played by a short boy or man. The first practice and meeting will be on Tues. Feb 15th at 6:15 p.m. February practices will include 3 practices per week, including weekend choreography. We will then add an extra dance day per week and eventually go to 5 practices per week in April.

GUYS & DOLLS AUDITIONS

All those cast in GUYS and DOLLS are required to become a KVTA member at some level (minimum $25) by a certain date during the rehearsal process. One parent being a member of KVTA does cover the membership requirement for all family members 17 and under. Memberships paid during the 2021-2022 season will also fulfill this requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: Following the updated Health Department recommendations, the KVTA Board of Directors has decided that effective immediately, masks should be worn by anyone entering the KVTA Studios, regardless of vaccine status. Please arrive at your audition time with a mask on. 

AUDITION AND CALLBACK DATES/LOCATION:

AUDITIONS: February 8 starting at 6 pm

CALLBACKS: February 9. Time slots will be assigned. 

KVTA Studios 1 Stuart Dr. Kankakee IL 60901

PERFORMANCE DATES/LOCATION:

May 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 2022

Lincoln Cultural Center, 240 Warren Drive, Kankakee, IL

Further questions regarding auditions, callbacks, or casting may be emailed to the Director, Rhonda Stenzinger, at: rhondazinger@gmail.comPlease include Guys and Dolls in the subject line.

AUDITION INFORMATION:

All auditioners must be 16 and older (note: we may cast a younger, short boy as a Big Jule). All auditioners must complete an audition form, a conflict calendar, sign our social media policy, and sign our sexual harassment policy.

Please sign up for an audition time here: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/fxrkd

There is a limit of 15 auditioners per 30 min timeslot. 

Audition Form can be downloaded here: MICROSOFT WORD   PDF

Conflict Calendar can be downloaded here: PDF
KVTA Policies to be signed:
PDF

All participants, on-stage or off-stage, will be required to sign KVTA's Social Media and Sexual Harassment Policies. An Emergency Card and Waiver of Liability must also be completed and signed in order to participate. These forms will be distributed when you first volunteer with KVTA. If you have any questions, please email: kvta@kvta.org

Please have your forms filled out when you arrive at your audition time.

NOTE: If you are not available to audition in person, you may send an audition video to rhondazinger@gmail.com before Feb 8.

Character Descriptions

Sky Masterson – A charming and self-assured gambler. Despite failings, Sky is immensely likable and oozes style. Sky’s character goes through a considerable transformation during the show. A strong baritone singer.
 

Adelaide – A strong comic and classic show girl. A club singer and Nathan’s long-suffering fiancé, Adelaide is not always the brightest. She longs for a quiet family life away from New York. Comic timing is a must, dancing ability is a plus.
 

Nathan Detroit – A feckless and humorous manipulator, Nathan is the facilitator of illegal gambling in town. He pacifies his fiancé Adelaide with vague promises of a marriage ‘some time’ in the future. He is always waiting for his big break which never seems to come. Comic timing is a must. Baritone.
 

Nicely-Nicely Johnson – An eccentric gambler and one of Nathan’s closest associates who helps him set up the crap games. Comic timing is a must. Strong tenor singer.
 

Benny Southstreet – A gambler and one of Nathan’s primary associates. Strong Baritone singer.
 

Arvide Abernathy – The older, wiser leader of the Salvation Army in Times Square. He harbors only the kindest intentions, even if Arvide tends to be a little gullible. Family to Sarah Brown.
 

General Cartwright –The regional director of the Save-a-Soul mission, she is authoritative through necessity but motivated by charity. She cuts loose in the song “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”
 

Lt. Brannigan – A tough, by-the-book police officer engaged in a perceived battle of wits with Nathan to stop the craps game. Comic timing and acting ability are essential.
 

Gamblers – A variety of characters…Gamblers will have Choreography. Please audition if you are NOT a Dancer and audition if you’re a Dancer and Not a Singer.

                                                                   

Big Jule – Prefer a short person (but possibly a short boy). He is an intimidating hustler from Chicago, temperamental and a sore loser.  

 

Rusty Charlie, Harry the Horse, Angie the Ox, and others – Big Character personalities Ensemble singing. The ability to dance/move is a plus.

Mission Band/Runyonland Characters – Choral singing, character acting and light dancing

 

Hot Box Girls – Fun female Characters with dancing

 

Havana Dancers, Sewer Dancers (double cast) – Skilled dancers needed – jazz, contemporary, and Latin styles a plus.

Initial Audition Readings Scripts

*There may also be additional readings from the script, not listed.

  • Sarah – Page: 6 

  • Sky – Page: 21 

  • Nathan – Page: 11 

  • Adelaide – Page: 43 

  • Nicely, Benny, Harry – Pages: 7, 8

  • Big Jule – Page: 121

  • Brannigan – Page: 9 

  • General – Page: 120  

  • Arvide – Page: 27 

 

Initial Vocal Audition OptionsMusic

Women’s choices

  • A Bushel and a Peck  Pages 167-168 m. 63-82

  • I’ve never Been in Love Before  Pages 195-196 m. 33-64

  • Follow the Fold  Pages: 148-149 m. 17-47 Agatha’s Part

Men’s choices

  • Guys & Dolls  Pages: 178-180 m. 27-58

  • More I Cannot Wish You  Pages: 206-207 m. 9-40

  • Luck Be a Lady  Pages: 214-215 m. 61-100

Callback Readings Scripts

  • Sarah – Pages: 31-32, 58-59, 75-76, 91

  • Sky – Pages: 31-32, 59, 75-76

  • Nathan – Pages: 16-17, 43-44

  • Adelaide – Pages: 16-17, 43-44

  • Nicely, Benny – Pages: 52-53

  • Big Jule, Nathan, Harry – Pages: 63, 97-98

  • Brannigan – Pages: 63-64

  • General – Pages: 58-59

  • Arvide – Pages: 58-59, 91

Callback Vocals Music

  • Adelaide – Pages: 174-175 Adelaide's Lament m. 33-50

  • Adelaide/Nathan – Pages: 223-225 Sue Me m. 1-48 verse 2

  • Sarah – Pages: 189-190 If I Were a Bell m. 32-64

  • Sarah/Sky – Pages: 194-196 I’ve Never Been m. 24-64

  • Nicely/Benny/Rusty – Pages: 145-146 Fugue for Tinhorns m. 35-56

  • Ensemble – Pages: 247-248 The Happy Ending

Dance Video Links 

You may choose either dance for auditions, however, Hotbox Girls will need to dance, “A Bushel and a Peck” for Callbacks.

*Everyone should attempt the choreography. The choreography will not be taught at auditions, BUT there will be an audition dance workshop February 5, at Dance in the Light Studios (431 W. Broadway, Bradley, IL) at 1:00pm for Gambler Dance and 2:00pm for Hotbox Girls Dance ("A Bushel and a Peck"). Please prepare with the dance link and/or come to the workshop.

Questions? Send an email to: rhondazinger@gmail.com. Please put Guys and Dolls in the subject line. 

Thank you,

Guys and Dolls 2022 Staff

SHOWTIMES

Saturday, May 7 ~ 7:00 PM

Sunday, May 8 ~ 2:00 PM

Saturday, May 14 ~ 7:00 PM

Sunday, May 15 ~ 2:00 PM

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