TOP HAT – CASTING BREAKDOWN
Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Based on RKO’s Motion Picture
Book by Matthew White & Howard Jacques
The story takes place in 1935
JERRY TRAVERS… American Broadway Star……..Already Cast
DALE TREMONT… American Society Beauty…….Already Cast
HORACE HARDWICK… British Theatre Producer, playing age 35 – 45
BATES…Horace’s Personal Valet (English), playing age 30 – 70
ALBERTO BEDDINI… Italian Fashion Designer, playing age 30 – 40
MADGE HARDWICK…Horace’s Wealthy American Wife, playing age 35 – 45
THREE FEMALE ENSEMBLE…………&…………….THREE MALE ENSEMBLE
Other characters (of which there are many) are played by the male and female ensemble (playing age range of ensemble….22 – 30)
Based on the 1935 Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers film, this is a classic Irving Berlin song and dance show. Everyone must have excellent singing and dancing skills The ensemble must be especially skilled in tap.
Auditions will be held at The Gatehouse (N6 4BD) W/C 23rd October. Re-calls will be on Friday 27th October. Rehearsals start 17th November (daytime until 8th December followed by a sitz probe on Sunday 10th December, then tech & dress day/evening rehearsals 11th /12th /13th December).
The show runs 13th December to 28th January with daytime matinees over the Christmas holiday period and matinees on Sundays throughout the run.
This is a genuine profit-share show – Ovation operates an open-book accounting system. Travel expenses will be paid during rehearsal at £10 per day and all cast members will be paid £20 per show during the run.
Director: John Plews
Choreographer: Chris Whittaker
Musical Supervisor: Dan Glover
Designer: Emily Bestow
Lighting: Sam Waddington
Casting: Harry Blumenau and Debbie O’Brien
Producer: Katie Plews
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