|Cast of Characters|
Harold Hill is a huge role and the essence of the musical. Cast an actor who has charisma and charm and is not afraid to take a positive risk onstage. He should be a good singer and mover and also have excellent acting chops. It is ideal if he has an excellent sense of rhythm. Your Harold should pair up well with Marian, and the two together should exude a spark of excitement.
Vocal range: G5-B3
Marian Paroo begins as an uptight librarian and transforms into a beautiful, trusting young woman. Marian should be a strong singer and actor, and also be able to move well. She must have an air of confidence that draws Harold to her. Take some time during auditions to try different pairs of Harolds and Marians together until you reach the perfect combination.
Vocal range: G3-G5
Charlie Cowell is a Traveling Salesman, and is one of the premium acting-only roles in the musical. If you decide to have the actor playing Charlie also perform in the ensemble, take note to make sure he is not playing Charlie in those scenes. Cast a strong actor with a loud voice. Charlie should have a sense of confidence and love being onstage!
Mayor Shinn should be able to perform his role as proud politician very seriously, yet have a sense of comic timing. This actor does not have to sung or dance, but is responsible for a great deal of pacing and line pick-ups in the show. Don't be afraid to cast a physically small actor in this role, provided he can authoritative - it can bring down the house!
|Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn|
This is a great role for a comic actress! If Eulalie takes herself seriously your audience will find her hysterical. She does have some singing and some moving, but creating a "larger than life" character that works with your Mayor Shinn is essential. Consider contrasting your physically small Mayor Shinn with a tall Eulalie for even more comic brilliance.
Vocal range: D4-D5
Marcellus Washburn is the classic sidekick to Harold. His big number is "Shipoopi," so he should be a good singer, a great actor and be able to dance. Cast a kid who is naturally funny and you will have a terrific Marcellus.
Vocal range: E4-D#5
Mrs. Paroo is a good mother, stands up for what she believes and gently pushes Marian to think of her future. The role requires an actress who can sing and act. However, she doesn't need to have a polished voice - the more character the better! Take into consideration your actress's ability to look maternal with Winthrop and Marian.
Vocal range: Ab3-Eb5
Winthrop is Marian's shy younger brother who hardly talks because of his pronounced lisp. This is a great role for a young performer who is a good actor. Winthrop transforms from shy to outspoken, and not only sings but dances!
Vocal range: C4-Eb5
Amaryllis is Marian's slightly bratty, young piano student who has a crush on Winthrop. This is a great place to feature a young actor who is not quite ready for a large part, or who doesn't have a strong singing voice. Cast a girl who is a good actor and similar in size to Winthrop and Gracie.
Tommy is the teen heartthrob in the show and a non-singing role. Cast a boy that can dance and create a strong character. Tommy's love interest is Zaneeta, so make sure the two characters have chemistry between them.
Zaneeta Shinn is the oldest and slightly daffy daughter of the Mayor and Eulalie. Cast a girl who is a strong dancer. Although this is a non-singing role, a well-cast Zaneeta will gain mileage out of her classic "Ye gads!" line.
Gracie is Zaneeta's little sister and the youngest daughter of the Mayor and Eulalie. The actor has few lines of dialogue, and if she is a good singer, she would be a fine choice to sing the first solo in "The Wells Fargo Wagon."
Vocal range: B3-Eb5
Ethel is Marcellus's girlfriend. She's described by Marcellus as "a nice comfortable girl and the bosses' niece." Ethel has some acting, some singing, and some dancing. Ethel is also one of the solo Pick-a-Little ladies. Make sure she and Marcellus look good together, think Ethel and Fred from I Love Lucy!
Vocal range: D4-D5
Alma Hix, Maud Dunlop and Mrs. Squires. The Pick-A-Little ladies are the gossip queens of River City. These characters need to act, sing and move well. Cast girls with strong voices and a good sense of comic timing. The supplemental Pick-A-Little ladies are ideal parts for your abundance of girls.
The conductor has the first line in the musical. This is a non-singing role and perfect for an actor that can be loud and energetic but is not quite ready for a larger part.
Constable Locke is River City's chief law enforcement officer. He is a quiet, wise man who sees through Harold, yet doesn't seem to take Harold's antics too seriously. No singing or dancing is required for this role.
The River City Townspeople are the heart and soul of the musical. The story is about a community of people so assigning your cast into family units is key. Ask each grouping to create a family history, including details of their lives. This will create an ensemble that is engaged and energized. Plan on separating your cast into three groups: adults, teens and kids. You will immediately recognize that some actors clearly "read" as adults onstage. Try to separate your groups into categories to create a realistic town.
The Traveling Salesmen are non-singing roles suited for performers that have a strong rhythmic sense. "Rock Island" is the rap of its time! If you find you need to cast girls as Traveling Salesmen, make sure they play the roles as men. These actors can double as adult members of the River City Townspeople. You will need a minimum of five salesmen in addition to Charlie.
|Wan Tan Ye Girls|
The Wa Tan Ye Girls are featured during Eulalie's "Spectacle" in scene 4 prior to "76 Trombones." Cast students who aren't afraid of acting silly.
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