Auditions Announced for MAMMA MIA! at Dayton Playhouse

Music and Lyrics by: Björn Ulvaeus Benny Andersson
Book by Catherine Johnson
May 3 through 19, 2019

Auditions: March 11 & 12, 2019 @ 7pm both nights.
Possible Callbacks March 13, 2019 @ 7pm

Director: Richard Lee Waldeck
Assistant Director: Dawn Roth Smith
Producer: Tim Rezash
Music Director: Andrew Hackworth
Choreographer: Kara Castle

Dance Requirements: Heavy

Please prepare 16-32 bars of music in the style of Pop, Europop,Disco, or Pop Rock from 1972-1982 with cuts clearly marked. We also ask that you do not sing any material from the show itself. Cuts may be made after your vocal audition. An accompanist will be provided. ALL vocalists must sing with piano accompaniment. No acapella,or use of digital tracks or electronic media will be permitted. ALL conflicts must be provided at auditions. Headshots are not required but are helpful. Please come dressed to impress, you will be given time to change into your dance attire before the dance portion of your audition.

***There may or may not be a call back. If so, not all of you may be called back so please do not feel as though you will not be cast. Until you receive a call or an email from us, you are not yet out of the running for a role in this production.

Synopsis and Character Descriptions:

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.

DONNA (late 30s-early 40s – the mother of a 20 year old girl) Attractive and free-spirited. A former lead singer in a group called “Donna and the Dynamos” who now owns and runs a hotel/casino on a Greek island. A strong feminist who also has a zany and vulnerable side. Principal role.

SOPHIE (18-25) A very special young woman who is determined to find the romance and happiness she feels eluded her mother. Has a wild, zany spirit even though she pursues a conventional marriage. Pop soprano. Principal role.

TANYA (late 30s-early 40s) A former singer in the “Dynamos”. Rich, sophisticated, acerbic, funny, and witty. Supporting Principal role.

ROSIE (late 30s-early 40s) Also a former singer in the “Dynamos” who now writes for and runs a feminist press. She’s confident, strong, and funny on the outside but shy underneath. Kooky and fun, good comic actress, bit of a clown. Actress who sings. Supporting Principal role.

LISA (18-25) Sophie’s friend who arrives to be a bridesmaid. Very energetic and kooky. Should be African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native American or any non Caucasian young woman. Should sing and dance well. Featured Ensemble role.

ALI (18-25) Sophie’s friend. Impulsive and fun. Should contrast to Lisa and Sophie. Featured Ensemble role.

SAM (35-45) May be Sophie’s father. Left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman. Charming, successful architect. Actor who sings. Baritone. Supporting Principal role.

HARRY (35-45) May be Sophie’s father. British financier, weathy, buttoned-up, and conservative but trying to reconnect with his freer, youthful self. Must do a very convincing English accent. Also an actor who sings. High baritone, tenor. Supporting Principal role. Preferably able to play guitar.

BILL (35-45) May be Sophie’s father. A travel writer with no possessions or strings. Good-natured, always ready for adventure. Funny, preferably a big or imposing man. Supporting Principal role.

SKY (late 20s) Sophie’s fiance. Athletic, attractive – has given up his life as a successful young businessman in order to make over Donna’s taverna and marry Sophie. Featured Ensemble role.

PEPPER (20s) Sky’s friend. Helps run the hotel. Charming, loves women, always flirting. Must be a good mover/dancer. Acrobatic skills a plus. Baritone/tenor. Featured Ensemble role.

EDDIE (20s) Another friend of Sky and hotel worker. Laid-back, easygoing. Also a mover/dancer role. Baritone/tenor. Featured Ensemble role.

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