Local and area singers, dancers and actors are encouraged to audition later this month for the Sherman Community Players’ spring production of Chicago.

Local and area singers, dancers and actors are encouraged to audition later this month for the Sherman Community Players’ spring production of Chicago.


The open auditions will take place Feb. 22 and 23 in the Sherman Youth Center, 313 Washington. Audition times on Feb. 22 are: singing auditions - 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m; dancing auditions - 2:40 p.m. until 4 p.m; and non-singing/dancing auditions 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. No appointments are needed, but auditioners for singing and/or dancing must be at the center by 1 p.m., properly attired and warmed up. Times for Feb. 23 are: singing auditions - 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m; dncing auditions - 5:40 p.m .until 7 p.m; and non-singing/dancing auditions - 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. No appointment is needed, but singing and/or dancing auditioners must be on site by 4 p.m., properly attired and warmed up. Call-backs will be Feb. 24 and 25.


The singing auditions will entail performing 32 bars from Chicago or a song with the same style. For dancing auditions, the choreographer will teach a combination that the auditioner must learn. Individuals doing acting auditions will read sides from the script.


Directing the production will be Anthony Nelson, SCP artistic director. Music director will be Dan Domminick, vocal coach director will be Aaron Adair and the production will be choreographed by Anthony D. Willis II.


The cast break-down includes the following: Roxie Hart, age 20 to 40, must be a strong actress, singer (mezzo) and dancer - innocent, desperate, sexy, selfish, not very bright, determined to get into vaudeville; Velma Kelly, age 20 to 40, must be strong actress, singer (alto) and dancer - sarcastic, sexy, touch, funny, a former vaudeville headliner who killed her husband and sister after finding them together; Billy Flynn, age 30 to 60, must be a strong character actor who can sing (tenor) and dance well - sexy, persuasive, manipulative, masculine, a squave, educated lawyer; Amos Hart, age 25 to 50, a baritone - charming, funny, vulnerable, timid and naive; Matron "Mama" Morton, age 26 to 65, strong character actor who can sing (alto) well - charming, funny, powerful and tough, the matron of Cook County Jail; and Mary Sunshine, any age, male or female - have image of good natured talk show host, but actually a high-powered gossip columnist.


Making up the ensemble of strong male and female dancers - some featured acting roles included - are: Hunyak (actor must be able to speak Hungarian and have a strong background in ballet), Liz, Annie, June, Mona and Go To Hell Kitty - all who have either killed or been accused of killing their husbands or boyfriends; the master of ceremonies - must have strong speaking voice, lots of energy and presence, may double as a male/female dancer or could be a cameo role; Fred Casley, age 25 to 50 - must play contrasting emotions, "regular" guy in first scene then overly dramatic in courtroom scene, will double as a male dancer; Sergeant Fogarty, age 25 to 60 - has typical "Chicago" cop attitude, may double as a male dancer; Aaron, age 20 to 50, court-appointed lawyer, may double as a male dancer; Harrison, age 20 to 50, district attory, may double as a male dancer; judge, age 20 to 60, may double as a male dancer; foreman, age 20 to 60, jusy forman, may be cast to play all jurors; and jurors, tailor, bailiff, court clerk, doctor, reporters and other smaller roles.


Perusal scripts are available in the box office of the Honey McGee Playhouse, 313 West Mulberry Street in Sherman. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and a $5 deposit is required for scripts.


Regular rehearsals begin April 13, but rehearsals will be staggered so that not everyone will be called. Preliminary dance workshops may take place on weekends until the start of regular rehearsals begin.


Performances will be June 6 through 29.


For information, send an email to artisticdirector@scptheater.org or call Anthony Nelson at 903-893-8525.