Virginia Stage Company strives for an inclusive creative work environment and actively embraces a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences. We highly encourage people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups to audition.
Local Auditions for Guys & Dolls
Saturday, June 1
11AM - 7PM
(ALL auditioning MUST be available for Dance Call 11AM - 12:30PM Same Day)
at The Governor’s School for the Arts
The Virginia Stage Company is seeking actors for all roles in Frank Loesser’s award-winning musical Guys & Dolls.
Guys & Dolls
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser and Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Directed by Nick Minás
Please be prepared to 1) read for the side of your desired role (accessible by clicking the name of your desired role below) 2) perform song of your desired role (provided below), if no song is provided then please prepare a 32-bar musical theatre piece of your own selection (bring printed copy of sheet music for piano). Accompanist will be provided.
Callbacks will be held on Sunday, June 2, between 11AM - 6PM. If you are not available for this date, please let us know in advance of your audition.
To request an appointment, please email email@example.com; title your email “Guys & Dolls Appointment Request - ‘Desired Role’ ’’. Please submit headshot and resume with your email to secure your appointment.
Guys & Dolls - Important Dates
1st Day Rehearsal Tuesday – August 27, 2019
Designer Run Tuesday - September 10, 2019
Tech Begins Friday – September 13, 2019
Previews Begin Wednesday – September 18, 2019
Opening Saturday – September 21, 2019
Closing Sunday – October 6, 2019
Guys & Dolls Roles - Sides and Music
All ethnicities. Age range mid 20’s to late 30’s. Female A bright-eyed, idealistic, sincere young woman who serves as the Sergeant of the local Mission. She believes in her cause and is often frustrated in her work to convert the gambling sinners of New York City into saints. She falls in love with gambler, Sky Masterson, and experiences a transformation as she unleashes her adventurous spirit.
Must be able to sing legit/musical theater (“I’ll Know”) as well as jazz/belt (“If I Were a Bell”)
HIGH NOTE: G5
LOW NOTE: B3
Sky Masterson, Lead
Side - Song #1 - Song #2
All ethnicities. Age range mid 20’s to late 30’s. Male A self-assured, high stakes gambler who oozes style and sex appeal. He is used to getting by on his luck, looks, and charm but is thrown off course when he falls in love with Sarah Brown.
HIGH NOTE: E4
LOW NOTE: B2
Miss Adelaide, Lead
Side - Song All ethnicities. Age range late 20’s to mid 40’s. Female A strongly comic, classic showgirl who is the headliner at the Hot Box Nightclub. She is Nathan Detroit’s long-suffering fiancee and longs for a quiet family life away from New York City. She is pretty, outspoken, and charming.
Strong comedic and dance skills a must.
HIGH NOTE: E5
LOW NOTE: A3
Nathan Detroit, Lead
Side #1 - Side #2 - Song
All ethnicities. Age range late 20’s to mid 40’s. Male A good-hearted yet comically irresponsible manipulator. Nathan is a broke schemer and is the facilitator of illegal craps games. He is a broker, seldom a gambler. A consummate businessman with divided loyalties; he pacifies his fiancé Adelaide with vague promises of a marriage ‘some time’ in the future.
HIGH NOTE: F4
LOW NOTE: D3
Nicely Nicely Johnson, Supporting
Side - Song
All ethnicities. Age range 30’s to late 40’s. Male The nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and eccentric but sincere and genuine. Nathan's loyal friend and lackey.
HIGH NOTE: B4
LOW NOTE: D3
Big Jule, Supporting
All ethnicities. Age range 30’s to 50’s. Male A big-time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and a pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. A man of few words but much clout. There is comedy in his straight-talking bluntness. Big Jule is intimidating, temperamental, and a sore loser. Tough looking. Speaking Role.
Benny Southstreet, Supporting
All Ethnicities. Age range 20’s to 50. Male Nathan's right-hand man and a gambler himself. Upbeat, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan's best interest at heart.
HIGH NOTE: G5
LOW NOTE: D4
Harry the Horse, Supporting
All ethnicities. Age range 30 to 55. Male A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan's craps game and backs his cheating, but is also a man of his word in the gambling community.
HIGH NOTE: G4
LOW NOTE: F2
Rusty Charlie, Supporting
All ethnicities. Age range 20’s - 40’s. Male He is a gambler and one of Nathan’s primary associates (friends). Will double in male chorus.
Arvide Abernathy, Supporting
Side - Song
All ethnicities. Age range 50 to 70. Male The bass drum and cymbal player in the Save-A-Soul Mission band, he is Sarah's loving grandfather. He is reasoned, wise, and sweet and wants nothing but the best for her.
HIGH NOTE: F4
LOW NOTE: D3
Lt. Brannigan, Supporting
All ethnicities. Age range 40 to 55. Male A New York police officer engaged in what he perceives to be a battle of wits with Nathan to stop the illegal craps game. A tough, no-nonsense character. This is primarily an acting role. Comic timing and versatility are essential.
General Matilda B. Cartwright, Featured
All ethnicities. Age range 40’s to 70’s. Male The regional director of the Save-a-Soul mission. Powerful and matronly, Matilda is authoritative through necessity but motivated by charity. She cuts loose in the song “Sit Down Your Rockin’ the Boat.”
Agatha and Martha, Supporting
All ethnicities. Age range 20’s - 50’s. Female Members of the Mission Band and friends of Sarah. Ability to play a musical instrument a plus.
Allison, Vernon, Ferguson, Supporting
All ethnicities, Gender Non-Specific. Ages 20’s - 30’s Friends of Adelaide and main Hot Box dancers. Strong dance, singing, and character performance required.
Hot Box Dancers
All ethnicities, Gender Non-Specific. Ages 20’s - 30’s Strong dance, singing, and character performance required. They will double into other aspects of the female ensemble.
All ethnicities, Gender Non-Specific. Featured dancers will be required for the Havana Sequence and male identifying dancers for the Crapshooters Dance. Female or non-male identifying dancers may double as Hot Box Dancers. All will double into the ensemble.
All ethnicities, Gender Non-Specific. All ages, all types The ensemble make up the characters of Times Square, gangsters, and their molls, Save-A-Soul mission personnel and other cameos. We are looking for strong performers who can create individual, well-drawn characters. Strong acting, singing, movement skills and/or dance skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I audition for a Virginia Stage Company production?
Virginia Stage Company employs both Equity (LOA referencing LORT) and Non Equity Performers. All positions are paid. Non Equity pay ranges depending on the role.
Q. How often are auditions held?
Auditions are held throughout our season, typically beginning in August. The best way to know when auditions happen is to sign up for email notifications, see below. (You will only receive emails about upcoming auditions.)
Q: What do I prepare for the audition?
For individual show auditions, please prepare the side that is appropriate for your character. We will provide a reader to interact with you when presenting your audition. While you are not required to have the lines memorized, we recommend that you at least be highly familiar with them. Make sure to check individual audition listings for recommended sides and show-specific requirements.
Q: What if I can’t make it to the audition?
If you absolutely cannot make it to the audition, video submissions will be accepted. E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: Can I send you my headshot/resume?
Yes please! E-mail it to email@example.com with the title of the show you are interested in as the subject line – or mail it to the theatre: Virginia Stage Company, PO Box 3770, Norfolk, VA 23514.
Q: What if I do not have a headshot/resume?
We will be taking a photo of you with your audition number at the auditions, but we’d always appreciate a good quality & recent shot of you in lieu of a professional headshot. If you do not have a resume, there will be a space on our audition form for you to fill out any theatre experience you may have.
For specific inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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