Schenectady Light Opera Company

Announces Auditions for CURTAINS!


Book By Rupert Holmes
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Director – Adam M. Coons
Producers – Mary Darcy and Joanne Peal
Musical Director – James Alexander
Choreographer – Laura Marra

SLOC Musical Theater is proud to announce auditions for Curtains - The Musical Comedy Whodunit!  This musical was the final collaboration between John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, who are famous for such hits as the Tony Winning classics Cabaret and ChicagoCurtains was nominated for many Tony and Drama Desk Awards and brought the first Tony to Saratoga native David Hyde Pierce. 

Audition Dates and Times:
Monday, December 11 and Wednesday December 13, 2017 at 7pm
begins at 6:30

Schenectady Light Opera Company, 427 Franklin Street, Schenectady (Education Building)

Performance Dates and Times:
March 9-11 and 15-18, 2018
Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm

Rehearsals will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday Evenings and Sunday Afternoons
Rehearsals will begin January 3, 2018

Those auditioning should prepare 16 to 32 bars of music from a Broadway show, in a style similar to the show or from the show. Please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. There will be a dance audition and everyone should be prepared to dance, so please dress accordingly. There will also be readings from the script. 

***If you are auditioning for the role of Aaron Fox, please indicate if you can play the piano.  You may be asked to accompany yourself on “I Miss the Music.” Playing the piano is not a requirement for the role.  

The year is 1959 and Boston’s Colonial Theatre is hosting the opening night performance of “Robbin’ Hood! – a new musical of the Old West.”  The cast is doing their best, but the show’s star, Jessica Cranshaw, can’t act, sing or dance.  After the bows, Jessica Cranshaw falls to the ground and is rushed to Boston Hospital.    We find out from Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, a local detective, that Jessica was murdered.  The cast and crew are locked down in the theatre – trying to solve the murder and prepare for a re-opening.  Cioffi questions the producers, the cast, the crew, the writers, the director and everyone involved in the production and offers tips along the way to improve the failing show.

Listed below are the main characters: 

LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFI (30-40s): Local Boston detective who is also a musical theatre aficionado. Aside from being exceptionally good at his job, he has also aspired to be a musical theatre performer his entire life. He falls in love with Niki.

NIKI HARRIS (20s-early 30s) Pretty, naive ingenue. Niki is a chorus girl/understudy in the chorus of the show-within-the-show during its Boston tryout. She aspires to make it as a performer on Broadway. She meets and falls in love with Dt. Frank Cioffi who is investigating a murder at the theatre. Actress must have legit Soprano and good comic timing.

GEORGIA HENDRICKS (30-40s) Female half of our songwriting team. Ends up taking on the leading lady role. Must sing and dance well.

CARMEN BERNSTEIN (45-65) Brassy Broadway producer. Terrific comedic actress who sings well.

AARON FOX (30-40s) The composer of the show-within-the-show. His songwriting partner, Georgia, is also his wife from whom he's separated. He's a sexy, charming ladies man.

SIDNEY BERNSTEIN (Late 50s-70s): The producer of an out of town flop. Sidney is tough and self-serving. Seeking a character actor with good comic timing.

CHRISTOPHER BELLING (30-60) English director. Very camp. Very funny. Requires a good comic lead actor.

BAMBI BERNSTEIN (Early 20s-early 30s) Performer in the chorus and daughter of Carmen, the lead producer. Hungry to work her way up to leading performer many think she was only hired because of her mother. Bambi is a good dancer/comedienne who sings well.

DARYL GRADY (30-40s): A Theatre critic for the local Boston newspaper, he enjoys using the power he has to make or break shows during their out of town tryouts.
JOHNNY HARMON (30s-50s) The Stage Manager of the show-within-the-show. Johnny is a character man who is gruff but lovable. He keeps the company in line and on their toes throughout the rehearsal process.

OSCAR SHAPIRO (30-65): The general manager. An agreeable if slightly gruff man. He is always looking for any angle to find money. Seeking a good comic actor who sings.

BOBBY PEPPER (20s to early 30s) The choreographer and lead dancer. Seeking a strong singer who dances well.

JESSICA CRANSHAW (30s-50s) Fading Hollywood star. A diva, who has no right to be one, she is a terrible singer and actress who stars in the show within a show and gets murdered on its opening night.


If you have any questions, please contact the Director, Adam Coons (word_ness21@yahoo.com)