Guys and dolls auditions
GUYS AND DOLLS PERFORMANCE DATES: July 26 – 29, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Auditions are open to all students ages 14 – 18
(Entering freshman year of high school through recent graduates)

GUYS AND DOLLS Information

Auditions will be carried out in conjunction with REVUE! auditions. Please choose to attend one of the following:

Saturday, April 21 @ 4:00PM
All those auditioning must be present at the start of auditions.

  • 3:30 PM: Registration Table Opens
  • 4:00 PM: Dance audition (all dance first!)
  • After the dance call: Vocal Auditions; please prepare 16 bars to sing
  • You may be asked to read from the script

Sunday, April 22 @ 6:00 PM
All those auditioning must be present at the start of auditions.

  • 5:30 PM: Registration Table Opens
  • 6:00 PM: Dance audition (all dance first!)
  • After the dance call: Vocal Auditions; please prepare 16 bars to sing
  • You may be asked to read from the script

Auditions are held at Civic Theatre in the Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts, 3 Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032. Please arrive at the Civic Theatre Education Suite by 4:00 PM on Saturday and by 6:00 PM on Sunday. We will be doing the mandatory movement/dance part of the audition first each day. Registration will close once the dance audition begins. After the dance auditions, students will sing individually in the order that they sign in.

Please read the following details about audition day:

Audition will be DANCE FIRST (girls in character shoes IF you have them and boys in jazz shoe. IF you do not own dance shoes wear sneakers or socks or comfortable athletic type shoe)

All should prepare 16 bars ONLY of a song in a similar style to the music of  GUYS AND DOLLS. Please DO NOT sing from the musical you are auditioning for. Bring SHEET music in the correct key, clearly marked with a starting and stopping point. Either have your music attached in a 3 ring binder, attached to a folder or in laminated sheet covers in a binder. Loosely positioned sheet music can fall mid song and interrupt your audition.

Do not prepare a monologue.

You may be asked to read a scene from the musical.

Be prepared: know what you are auditioning for, what are famous songs, who are the characters, watch the film, research productions on you tube. There are tons of resources these days to be most prepared for an excellent audition.

Relax and have fun!!!

A current photo of yourself that can be attached to your audition form

The following forms (these forms will also be available at the registration table on the day of auditions):

There will be a $120 supply and program fee if cast in GUYS AND DOLLS. Scholarships are available. More information will be available at the audition registration table about what this fee covers.

If you have any questions, please email Anne Beck, Coordinator of the Young Artists Program at

Sunday, June 10 @ 2:00PM
One parent must attend with cast member

Sunday, June 10 @ 2:00PM – 6:00PM
Immediately following the Company meeting

Guys and dolls character breakdown

Nathan Detroit (Bari/Tenor)
Nathan Detroit is a good singer, but should be a very good actor with excellent comic timing and able to handle a sizable role. His presence must draw the focus in any scene. Nathan’s big secret is that he wants to marry Adelaide; he just can’t bring himself to admit it.
Vocal range: D4 to F5

Miss Adelaide (Mezzo/Belter)
Miss Adelaide is the classic “intellectually-challenged floozy.” She must have a good sense of pitch. Adelaide needs to be funny and able to do a convincingly thick New York City dialect. This is a character full of personality.
Vocal range: A3 to E5

Sky Masterson (Bari/Tenor)
Sky Masterson is the quintessential, “smooth-as-velvet” Broadway gambler; he’s slick and charming. Sky should have a strong voice capable of owning the stage when delivering “Luck Be a Lady.” He has a soft spot for Sarah Brown.
Vocal range: B3 to E5

Sarah Brown (Soprano) 
Sarah Brown is the “girl next door” with an adventurous side that’s waiting to escape. She is gently authoritative, the mirror opposite of Sky. Sky is her weakness. Sarah is about substance as much as Sky is about style. She should be an excellent actress as well as singer, and must be able to show two distinct sides of herself.
Vocal range: B3 to G5

Arvide Abernathy (Baritone) 
Arvide Abernathy is Sarah Brown’s grandfather and the bass drum player in the Mission Band. This part can easily be cast as a girl, changing the character to Sarah’s grandmother.
Vocal range: D4 to F5

Nicely – Nicely Johnson (Tenor)
Nicely – Nicely Johnson is walking, talking, Broadway comedy. He has comic timing and is naturally funny. He should have the chops to deliver the showstopper, “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”
Vocal range: Bb3 to F5

Benny Southstreet and Rusty Charlie (Tenor)
Small-time gambler sidekicks of Nicely- Nicely Johnson. These are perfect roles for good actors who are naturally funny. They should be confident singers (they open the show with “The Fugue for Tin Horns”) and have a handle on comic timing.
Vocal range: Bb3 to E5

Harry the Horse

Big Jule

Lt. Brannigan
Police officer that always plays the patsy and is outwitted by the Gamblers. This is a non-singing role

General Cartwright
The formidable leader of the Save-a-Soul Mission organization.

The Gamblers/Guys are the well-dressed “comic glue” of the show. They are the rest of your male ensemble (except for the Mission Band). Gamblers also include Liver Lips Louie, Society Max

Hot Box Girls
The Hot Box Girls work in the club and are in the act “A Bushel and a Peck” where Miss Adelaide is the headliner. Strong singer dancers and maybe TAPPERS.

Is a Hot Box Girl with lines

Master Of Ceremonies
The Master of Ceremonies is the host at the Hot Box Club.

The Dolls are other ensemble females that are not Hot Box girls or Mission Band members. Like the Guys, they can represent a variety of colorful NYC characters.

Mission Band
The Mission Band includes Agatha, Calvin, Martha, and Bertha.