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63 years of excellence
 
AUDITIONS 2015 - 2016


 

THE WHO'S, TOMMY

May 5, at 7:00pm Mainstage
May 6, at 7:00pm Rehearsal Hall
Callbacks if needed May 7, 7:00pm  Mainstage

The Who’s Tommy
Book by  Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
Music and Lyrics by  Pete Townshend
Additional Music and Lyrics by  John Entwistle and Keith Moon

DIRECTOR: JODIE DIXON-MEARS
CHOREGRAPHER: ROGER DUNSON
MUSIC DIRECTOR: EVAN FERRAR

REQUIRED TO AUDITION:
Please select a song either from the show or from a musical that has a rock sound.
Please prepare the entire song. It is best to have a CD of your accompaniment or on your phone. 
You can also have sheet music and an accompainist will be provided. 

YOU MUST HAVE MUSIC, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO SING A CAPPELLA. 

You will be required to dance so please have something to change into if need be.

A deaf, dumb and blind boy's journey from pain to triumph is a sensory-defying rock and roll experience.

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit.
The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed, and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time TONY Award-winning musical was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard
Des McAnuff into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event.

After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia, and as the boy grows,
he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, and when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.


Character Breakdown


CAPTAIN WALKER
A former soldier with lingering guilt. He murders his wife's lover after coming back from a POW camp, resulting in Tommy's trauma-induced blindness, deafness, and dumbness. Father to Tommy and husband to Mrs. Walker. Male, 30-40 yrs old Range: F3 - C#5

COUSIN KEVIN
A bully with sadistic tendencies. Tortures his cousin, Tommy, when they're young and later seizes the opportunity to profit from Tommy's success. Male, 18-25 yrs old Range: Ab2 - B4


ENSEMBLE SOLDIERS; NURSES; HARLOTS; LADS AND LASSES; GUARDS; REPORTERS


GYPSY
A brazen drug dealer and prostitute. Tommy's parents bring him to the Gypsy to experiment with unusual cures. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: G3 - F5

MRS. WALKER
A weary middle-class woman. Mrs. Walker is tired and frustrated from trying to care for and cure Tommy. Tommy's mother and Captain Walker's wife. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: G3 - D6


SALLY SIMPSON
A bold, sensitive, and excitable teenybopper. Sally develops a fan crush on Tommy and rushes the stage to be close to him.
Female, 15-18 yrs old Range: F3 - D5

THE SPECIALIST
A doctor with modern ideas about how to cure Tommy. Tommy's parents hire him in their desperation to find any cure for their son.
Male, 30-45 yrs old Range: G#3 - F4

TOMMY/NARRATOR
An embittered young genius stricken deaf, dumb, and blind after a childhood trauma. Tommy discovers that he is a natural master of pinball, and later becomes a cult-like hero figure to masses enthralled by his story. Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker's son. Male, 18-25 yrs old Range: Db3 - B4
 

UNCLE ERNIE
A lecherous, drunken bachelor. Ernie molests a young Tommy and later runs a children's camp seeking to profit from Tommy's popularity. Mrs. Walker's brother and Tommy's uncle. Male, 30-45 yrs old Range: G2 - Bb

 

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