Good Company Players produces the regular theatre seasons at both Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater and 2nd Space Theatre. Scripts for the mainstage shows will be available at Good Company Players’ Business Office at 1105 N. Wishon about 6 weeks prior to auditions. We offer 3-day script checkouts until the week of the audition. After that, scripts may be read in the business office. Additional audition information can be found below or by calling Good Company Players’ Business Office at 559-266-0211.
Upcoming Auditions for GCP Shows at Roger Rocka’s:
Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM in Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon, Fresno, CA 93728
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
A review featuring the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Rehearsals Begin Sept. 29, 2014 Performs Nov. 13, 2014 – Jan. 10, 2015
Director: Denise Graziani
This review is a vocalist’s dream — and heaven for the dancers among you! The 39 Leiber & Stoller tunes run the gamut from rhythm and blues to novelty with romantic ballads, doo-wop and rock-and-roll liberally sprinkled throughout. The score includes songs like “Stand By Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Kansas City,” “Trouble,” Jailhouse Rock,” “On Broadway,” “Fools Fall In Love,” and a myriad of other hits! RATED G
** Please note: Since Smokey Joe’s is all music, there is no script to check out. We recommend you research the music and styles on YouTube and iTunes to thoroughly familiarize yourself before auditions. The Rodgers & Hammerstein website has samples of all the songs. **
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
The cast will probably be made up of 8-12 ensemble performers, male and female. Good pop vocal skills are a must and dancers are also needed, either in addition to the vocalists, or in combination. In the script, the characters are identified by the names of the actors who created the roles but in each production, they should be identified by the names of the actors playing the roles.
KEN (Male) The smoothie who, along with Victor, Adrian and Fred, makes up a quartet modeled on the Drifters.
ADRIAN (Male) The slow one of the quartet.
FREDERICK (Male) The implacable bass of the quartet.
VICTOR (Male) The preening bad-boy who gets most of the comedy.
MICHAEL (Male) Genuinely suave and impressive, evoking the memory of Elvis.
BRENDA (Female) A combination of savvy, wit, brains and beauty.
B.J. (Female) Inspired by the titanic rhythm and blues shouter, Big Mama Thornton.
PATTIE (Female) The throaty voice of experience.
DeeLee (Female) Suggests the innocence of teenage girls, but with a wild streak.
Crazy For You
Book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by George Gershwin
Rehearsals Begin Dec. 1, 2014 Performs Jan. 15 – March 15, 2015
Set in the 1930’s, this musical extravaganza is overflowing with great songs, fabulous dance numbers and an abundance of laughter. Bobby Child, wealthy son of a banking family, has one dream – to be in show business. He maneuvers his way backstage to audition for the producer of the Zangler Follies but lands with a flourish on Mr. Zangler’s foot, and is sent away in disgrace. Outside, Bobby is met by his mother who demands he go to Deadrock, Nevada and foreclose on a rundown theatre owned by Everett Baker. Hounded relentlessly by his mother and his socialite fiancée, Bobby decides that Deadrock at least offers a temporary escape from both women. Upon arrival in the nearly deserted town, Bobby immediately falls in love with Polly Baker, Everett’s daughter. Polly has vowed vengeance on the low down scum foreclosing on the theatre and she wants nothing to do with Bobby. Bobby decides to save the theatre by putting on a show and disguises himself as Mr. Zangler to gain Polly’s trust. To his dismay, Polly is quite taken with this alter ego, who stands to gain a lot more than her trust! When Bobby’s chorine friends from the Follies arrive in town on vacation, things really start hopping, and when the real Mr. Zangler shows up looking his chorus girls, no one can be sure who’s crazy for whom! RATED PG
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
POLLY BAKER (Female, 18-40) Spunky, loveable daughter of the Gaiety Theater’s owner. Polly is warmhearted, passionately loyal and the postmistress of Deadrock. Must tap and sing well and have strong comic ability. Alto.
BOBBY CHILD (Male, 18-40) Good-natured, charming, unaffected, and straight forward (normally) New York playboy. Must tap and sing well. Baritone.
BELA ZANGLER (Male, 30-60) The New York producer of Zangler Follies. Impatient, important and crazy for his dance captain, Tess. Sings and dances. Baritone.
IRENE ROTH (Female, 18-40) Bobby’s upper-crust fiancée. Comic ability a must. Mezzo.
LANK HAWKINS (Male, 18-40) Owner of Deadrock’s saloon. In love with Polly. Pursued by Irene. Not too bright.
EVERETT BAKER (45+) Owner of the Gaiety Theater in Deadrock. Polly’s father. Baritone.
MOTHER (LOTTIE CHILD) (45+) Bobby’s mother. Wealthy, snobbish and domineering New York socialite.
EUGENE FODOR (25+) An Englishman, writing a guidebook to the American West. Must sing and tap. Comic skills a plus. Baritone.
PATRICIA FODOR (25+) Eugene’s sister. Must sing and tap. Soprano.
TESS (SHOW GIRL) Dance captain for the Follies Girls. Zangler’s favorite.
PERKINS (20+) Mother’s business assistant.
ENSEMBLE Made up of the SHOWGIRLS and COWBOYS (who double as stagehands and lackeys at Zangler’s Theater and Board of Directors of Mother’s bank, etc).
** Although some roles are designated as speaking roles, we ask that all auditionees for musical productions participate in all portions of the audition.
Upcoming Auditions for Good Company Players’ Junior Company:
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 9 AM in Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon Ave., Fresno, CA
This company performs before each performance of Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Crazy For You. Rehearsals begin October 4th, 2015 and the commitment lasts through March 15, 2015. The Junior Company is Good Company Players’ respected troupe of young performers, aged 8-16, who present a 15-minute ‘Pre-Show’ before most main-stage performances at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. The Junior Company usually rehearses on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and performs Thursdays through Sundays. There are some variations in rehearsal times — on opening week, for example, the Junior Company rehearses Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Upcoming Auditions for Shows at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre:
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10 AM in 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive, Fresno, CA
Always A Bridesmaid
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten
Rehearsals Begin Jan. 19, 2015 Performs Feb. 26 – April 19, 2015
The Cripple of Inishmaan
by Martin McDonagh
Rehearsals Begin March 16, 2015 Performs April 23 – June 14, 2015
Director: Denise Graziani