The Grand Opera House will present The Pajama Game, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, Book by George Abbot and Richard Bissell, based on the novel “7 ½ Cents” by Richard Bissell.  Performances are on July 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2018 at 7:30PM and July 22 and 29, 2018 at 2:00PM. Based on the novel “7 ½ Cents” by Dubuque’s own Richard Bissel, the story of The Pajama Game traces its origin back to the old H. B. Glover Factory in Dubuque. The Pajama Game is brimming with songs and dances that have become musical theatre standards, including “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway.” Be a part of a piece of local history as it unfolds on stage at the Grand Opera House in this award winning Broadway Musical.

Director: Joe Klinebriel – Music Director: Kristen Eby

Choreographer: Megan MacLeod

6:30-9:30pm Friday, April 27, 2018
3:00-6:00pm Saturday, April 28, 2018

Callbacks (if needed) 3:00-6:00pm Sunday, April 29, 2018


Alternate arrangements will be made for individuals who are unable to attend auditions. Please arrange an alternative audition date with the director or submit an audition video to the director’s email:

Actors wishing to audition but are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition time should call the Grand Opera House business office at 563-588-4356 to give an approximate arrival time.

Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter though the alley entrance located between Locust and Main.  When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor.  The rooms are right at the top of the stairs.

Actors should prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre selection in the style of the show that best shows their vocal range.  Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.  Actors will be asked to read non character specific scenes from the script.  All auditioning should be prepared to participate in a dance/movement audition.

Seeking Actors, Singers and Dancers to Play: 

Hines – (male) Time study man at Sleep Tite. He is the jealous type, but has a kind heart and a   talent in knife-throwing. Surprisingly soft around the edges.
Prez – (male) President of the union at Sleep Tite. He is not the brightest person. A notorious flirt and womanizer who constantly regrets his marriage.
Hasler – (male) The president at Sleep Tite. Fiscally conservative, he is demanding, stubborn, and uptight.
Gladys – (female) Mr. Hasler’s secretary. Her penchant for nights out on the town, along with her sexy demeanor, often lands her in hot water with men.
Sid Sorokin – (male) New superintendent at Sleep Tite. He is a charming, productive worker. Adamant about retaining his job and improving his job performance.
Mabel – (female) Sid’s secretary. Her earnestness can occasionally melt into crassness, but she is always very aware of the happenings at Sleep Tite.
Babe Williams – (female) The leader of the UNion Grievance Committee, who against her own will at first, falls in love with Sid.  Strong, feisty, a little stubborn, and full of pride for the union but also charming and sensitive. The unspoken leader of the workers and women who work at the factory.
Ensemble – Female Factory Workers (Brenda, Mary, Mera, Poopsie, Rita), Male Factory Workers (Charley, Joe), Other Employees Of Sleep Tite

Rehearsals will begin in early June.  Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between June 1 and July 29.  Availability for evening dress/technical rehearsals July 16-19 and all performances is mandatory.  Rehearsals will typically run from 6:30-9:30.