AUDITION INFORMATION

If you are auditioning for a Desert Stages show and have any questions, please contact us at auditions@desertstages.org. Our staff is always happy to help.

General Audition Requirements
Unless otherwise noted in the following show-specific information, all auditions require a:

  • Completed Audition Form
  • Headshot – can be a body-length picture as long as the face is clearly visible
  • Resume

The Show: MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

***Initial auditions will be by video. Callbacks will be in person with a valid COVID TEST.***
You must also have a mask at callbacks.

Initial Audition
Due 1/15 by 6pm.

Please submit your audition form HERE.

Please prepare a short section of a song (45-60 seconds) in the style of the show.  Please show range and acting choices. Resume and headshot/picture must also be attached as well as the audition form. Also list ALL conflicts during rehearsal and show period. Conflicts will not be granted after casting.

Rehearsals are scheduled Monday-Thursday 7-10 and Saturday and Sunday 12-5. This is tentative and we will create a full schedule once the show is cast. Some rehearsals will be via zoom and some in person. You will be required to have weekly COVID TESTS during rehearsals and performance weeks. 

Callback Audition
Callbacks will be 1/19, 6-10pm with a possible second callback date on 1/20.

You will need to have a COVID TEST with a negative result 3 days prior to audition and do your best to quarantine once you have the test. There are locations with free testing with quick results. Please contact auditions@desertstages.org with questions.

Callbacks will consist of cold readings as well as solo and group harmony singing and a dance call. The songs, sides and dance combination will be posted on the 16th. Please be prepared for everything but we may make cuts throughout the night. 

Please contact auditions@desertstages.org with any questions or concerns.

I look forward to seeing your audition. Remember to have fun!

Molly Lajoie
Director/Choreographer of Marvelous Wonderettes

 

Synopsis

This smash Off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.”  In Act II, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

 

Character Breakdown

Cindy Lou (18, 28) knows she is the prettiest girl at Springfield High. She knows she will be named Prom Queen and acts out against her best friend Betty Jean when things don’t go her way. She makes the biggest change between Acts I & II, having learned the lessons of true love and loss. Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt: E3–F5. Sings melody line on most songs, so the other girls hang their vocals on this voice. Among the songs she sings lead are: “Allegheny Moon,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Maybe.”

Missy (18, 28) is the over-achiever of the group. Very controlled, very concerned that everything at the prom turns out wonderful and perfect. Head of the Prom Decorations Committee, and absolutely smitten with her music teacher. Her best friend is Suzy. Vocal Range: Soprano: G3–A5. Wide range, floating high vocals and belting throughout the show. Among the songs she sings lead are: “Secret Love,” “You Don’t Own Me,” and “Wedding Bell Blues.”

Betty Jean (18, 28) is the class clown and tomboy, always vying for attention with Cindy Lou, her best friend. It’s also highly probable that Betty Jean wants to be with Cindy Lou herself, but just doesn’t even know what those feelings really are. Cindy Lou steals Betty Jean’s boyfriend away, which causes a lot of the friction at the prom. She holds this grudge against Cindy Lou until they make up at the ten-year reunion. Vocal Range: Alto with strong low range: D3–E5. Among the songs she sings lead are: “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “I Only Want To Be With You,” and “That’s When The Tears Start.”

Suzy (18, 28) is the gum-chewing, happy-go-lucky, go-along girl. Super-best friends with Missy, Suzy is always a little giddy and a little silly, and finds great pleasure in everything she does. In love with the lighting operator, completely surprised when named Prom Queen. Frustrated, sad, hormonal, and pregnant in Act II. This role requires an excellent part singer and expert comedienne. Vocal Range: Mezzo-Alto with both sweet and soulful voice: G3–E5. Among the songs she sings lead are: “Stupid Cupid,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me,” and “Rescue Me.” 

Setting: Springfield High School gymnasium, 1958 and 1968.