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Auditions: The Who's Tommy

Director/Choreographer: Tristan DiVincenzo
Music Director: Malcolm Granger

Audition dates:

Monday 12/9 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Art Studio at Cotuit Center for the Arts
Tuesday 12/10 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Art Studio at Cotuit Center for the Arts

Projected show dates:
March 19-April 5

*Please prepare 32 bars of a song from or in the style of the show. Please bring music, an accompanist will be provided. Be prepared to dance.

Audition Form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbC_l9AJJXPOAOKdhV5KNmG0QB-quKKoklCR0ASie13QeaZw/viewform?usp=sf_link

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 50 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard, Des McAnuff, and is a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event.

Reference materials:
THIS IS NOT THE MOVIE! The infamous 1970’s film was a product of its time; a campy, flashy period piece with a director famous for his horror-comedy genre. The Broadway stage production is much truer to the original concept album and ballet version, alternating pathos, spirituality, excitement, and life-affirming healing and hope.

A search for “Tommy Original Broadway Cast” will pull up a YouTube or other sites’ archive of the original Broadway album -
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nXMaFbVCG_0FUrusoEmS76OVQfOd3Lp5E

Finally, if you are unfamiliar with the original concept album of The Who’s Tommy, have a listen to the original record which is widely available on the internet.

Character Descriptions

*The role of Mrs. Nora Walker has been cast. All other roles are open.

Principals

Tommy (Narrator) (LEAD) Male, 18-30 - An embittered young genius stricken deaf, dumb and blind after a childhood trauma. He is Captain and Mrs. Walker’s son. Seeking a strong actor with High Tenor range.

Mrs. Nora Walker (LEAD) Female, 25-40, - A weary middle-class woman. Tommy’s mother and Captain Walker’s wife. Pop-Mezzo-Soprano

Captain Walker (LEAD) Male, 35-50, - A former soldier with lingering guilt. Father to Tommy and husband to Mrs. Walker. Tenor

Cousin Kevin (LEAD) Male, 18-35, - A bully with sadistic tendencies. Tortures his cousin, Tommy, when they’re young. Tenor

Uncle Ernie (LEAD) Male, 35-55, - A lecherous, drunken bachelor. Tommy’s perverted uncle. Tenor

The Hawker (FEATURED/ENSEMBLE) adult any age, dancer, soloist, vocal range baritone. He is a pimp who sings a blues song to lure Captain Walker into arranging a “date” for teenage Tommy. He believes his woman’s magical sensual powers will cure Tommy of his catatonia. Good singer of blues/rock genre.

Gypsy The Acid Queen (FEATURED/ENSEMBLE) Female, 25-40, - A brazen drug dealer and prostitute. Tommy’s parents bring him to the Gypsy to experiment with unusual cures. Strong actress with Mix/belt.

The Specialist (FEATURED/ENSEMBLE) Male, 30-55, - A very modern doctor who has new theories on how to cure Tommy. Baritone

Sally Simpson (FEATURED/ ENSEMBLE), Female, 16-25, a bold, sensitive and excitable teenybopper. Soprano

Tommy (4-year-old), may be played by a child of any gender. This actor must have excellent self-control and awareness of his/her body and facial expressions. He has only one spoken line, but has emotional singing lines and plays a critical, recurring character throughout the play.

Tommy (10-year-old), playing 10 years old, but actor can be older. Solos, duets, and trios. The actor must have excellent control over body and facial expression and be able to experience a lot of noise, singing, activity and physical contact without flinching or breaking from the catatonic character. Parents are cautioned as to the adult nature of the situations faced by this character and played out by the actors in some scenes. Soprano

Supporting characters drawn from the Ensemble

The Lover (ENSEMBLE), Male, 25-40, - Mrs. Walker’s lover killed by Captain Walker. Tenor

Pinball Champs (2) Male/Female, playing teens-20’s, dancer and strong solo vocalists. Sings a solo in Pinball Wizard, which evolves from solo to trio, then ensemble.

Nurse(s), Female, any age, Mezzo-Soprano. There are two scenes where a nurse has an important solo and duet, and an additional scene with extensive pantomime and movement. Good solo singer and mover. May double as “It’s a Boy” nurse and Specialist’s assistant.

2nd Hawker and Harmonica Soloist, Male/Female, any age, Bari-tenor. Pimp who sings a duet with the Hawker and plays blues harmonica.

Ensemble

All types (playing late teen – young adult) with strong voices and ensemble dance abilities. Will portray various characters as we move through time and location with some solos, duets, and a few spoken lines. These include: Minister, Second Officer, Nurses, Soldiers, Judge, First Barrister, Second Barrister, Relatives, Minister’s Wife, Local Lads/Security Guards, Local Lasses, The Specialist’s Assistant, News Vendor, Mrs. Simpson, & Reverend Simpson.