Audition dates for 2016/2017 Season Productions

Detailed information will be available online
30 days prior to the auditions.

The Grand Opera House seeks a diverse company of actors and is committed to equal opportunity and a flexible, non-traditional casting policy.

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Gypsy Auditions!

The Grand Opera House will present Gypsy, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee. Performances are on July 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30PM and July 23 and 30 at 2:00PM.

Loosely based on the memoirs of the queen of burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Popular Songs include Let Me Entertain You, If Momma was Married, All I Need Is the Girl, Everything’s Coming up Roses, You Gotta Have a Gimmick and Together Wherever We Go.

Director: Joe Klinebriel – Music Director: Kristen Eby
Choreographer: Megan MacLeod

1:00 PM Saturday, April 22, 2017
1:00 PM Sunday, April 23, 2017


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.

Seeking Actors, Singers and Dancers to Play:

Rose — the Mother
June — Rose’s daughter
Louise — Rose’s other daughter, later Gypsy, the stripper
Tessie Tura — ballet stripper
Mazeppa — trumpet stripper
Electra — lightbulb stripper
Herbie — candy salesman and Rose’s manager
Tulsa — farm boy, etc. (with others)
Uncle Jocko — vaudeville master of ceremonies
Georgie — Jocko’s assistant
Balloon Girl — auditioning child; non-speaking (age range 7-12)
Clarinet Boy (Clarence) — auditioning child (age range 7-12)
Baby June — Rose’s baby daughter (age range 7-12)
Baby Louise — Rose’s other baby daughter (age range 7-12)
Pop — Rose’s father
Rich Man — driver of a touring car; non-speaking
Rich Man’s Son — driver’s son; non-speaking
Tap Dancing Urchin — roadside kid; non-speaking (age range 7-12)
Little Boy Scout — another roadside kid; non-speaking (age range 7-12)
Weber — theatre manager in Los Angeles
L.A. — farm boy, etc. (with others)
Yonkers — farm boy, etc. (with others)
Angie — farm boy, etc. (with others)
Kringelein — hotel manager in Akron
Mr. Goldstone — representative of the Orpheum Circuit
Miss Cratchitt — secretary at Grantziger’s Palace
Agnes — Hollywood Blonde
Marjorie May — Hollywood Blonde
Dolores — Hollywood Blonde
Thelma — Hollywood Blonde; non-speaking
Gail — Hollywood Blonde; non-speaking
Cigar — theatre manager in Wichita
Pastey — stage manager in Wichita
Offstage Announcer — introducing Gypsy across the country
Renée — Louise’s maid
Phil — Louise’s press agent
Bourgeron-Cochon — photographer
Auditioning Kids (age range 7-12) & their Mothers
Boy Scouts (age range 7-12)
Hotel Guests
Restaurant Wait Staff
Front & Rear Cow
Stagehands at Grantziger’s and in Wichita
Other Strippers
Backstage Figures & Showgirls

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. Rehearsals will begin approximately June 1st.  Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between June 1 and July 30.  Availability for evening dress rehearsals July 17-20 and all performances is mandatory.  Rehearsals will typically run from 6:30-9:30.

Adult actors should prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre selection in the style of the show that best shows their vocal range.  Young actors (ages 7-12) should be prepared to sing any song of their choice.  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.

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The Grand Opera House will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr., music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.   This musical adaptation follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars.  Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka Factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.

Auditions are open by appointment to children currently in 2nd-8th grades. 

Director: Melissa Goranson – Music Director: Brain Eiffes
Choreographer: Cindy Caraway

Beginning at 10:00 AM Saturday, May 6th
Beginning at 1:00 PM Sunday, May 7th

Call backs:
 6:30 PM Monday, May 8th

For audition appointments please email or call 563-588-4356 Mon-Fri between 9:00 AM-4:00PM. If emailing for an appointment for yourself or your child please specify the date on which you would prefer to audition.  Include the full name of the student and current grade level.

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 Locust St. entrance located between 8th and 9th Streets.  There are two rooms, a registration room and the audition room.  Parents/Guardians may accompany children to the audition registration room but will not be allowed in the audition room.

Those auditioning will be asked to sing 1 verse of the song of their choice.  An accompanist will be provided, please bring sheet music in the appropriate key or songs can be sung A Capella.  Auditionees may be asked to read form the script or participate in a brief acting exercise.

Rehearsals Schedule (subject to change):
Exact rehearsal schedule will vary for individuals dependent on roles.
6:30PM-8:30PM           Monday-Thursday, July 17th-20th & 24th– 27th
6:30PM-8:30PM           Monday-Friday, July 31st– August 11th
2:00PM-5:00PM           Sunday, August 6th and 13th
6:00PM-9:30PM                Monday-Thursday, August 14th-17th

Performances (Call times TBD):
7:30PM Friday, August 18th
2:00PM Saturday, August 19th
7:30PM Saturday, August 19th
2:00PM Sunday, August 21st

Those auditioning should prepare a list of conflicts for the above dates.  Attendance August 13th-17th and for all performances is mandatory.

The Grand Opera House seeks a diverse company of actors and is committed to equal opportunity and a flexible, non-traditional casting policy.

Roles:  Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, Mrs. Bucket, Mr. Bucket, Grandma Josephina, Grandma Georgina, Grandpa George, Grandpa Joe, James, Matilda, Phineous Trout, Augustus Gloop, Mrs. Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mr. Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mrs. Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, Ms. Teavee, Oompa-Loompas, Candy Man Kids, Cooks and Squirrels.


There are no fees or tuition to take part in the production and participation will be limited to 50 students.  For questions or additional information please contact Frank McClain, Executive and Artistic Director at

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