​​​​Auditions

Saturday, August 24 at 6:00 PM 

Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 PM

Callbacks (if needed) will be Tuesday, August 27th at 6:00 PM

 J. Frank Hillyard Middle School Auditorium
226 Hawks Hill Drive, Broadway, Virginia 22815 


LEADER OF THE PACK: THE ELLIE GREENWICH MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by Ellie Greenwich and friends 
Liner notes by Anne Beatts 
Additional material by Jack Heifner 
Based on an original concept by Melanie Mintz  
Produced through special arrangements with Samuel French Inc.
Full Length Musical Comedy 
Alissa Romano - Show Director
Ron Smith - Producing Director 



Musical Description: 
This hit Broadway musical celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the 60s charts. The story of Ellie’s rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual hit parade of her music: “Chapel of Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” “Hanky Panky,” Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” and, of course, the title song, “Leader of the Pack.”


Audition Requirements:
We excited about this show, which will have a live rock band to accompany the singers, and we look forward to collaborating with all who come to audition.  We are looking for actors, dancers, and strong singers who are comfortable with harmonies.  Performers will be required to dance while singing; a basic capability to execute jazz steps (with instructions given) is a must.

Actors should prepare one song of 32-40 bars from the show or from the time period; those interested in principal roles should prepare two songs, if possible.   An accompanist will be provided or there will be a cd there to sing with; no a cappella auditions, please.  Be prepared to dance (Dress comfortably; jazz shoes or sneakers suggested)  Cold readings will take place - No monologues will be seen at this audition.


Casting:
DARLENE LOVE - Narrator & Girl Group Singer; Age 20-40
ANNIE GOLDEN - Famed backup singer and vocalist; Age 20-30
YOUNG ELLIE GREENWICH - 1960s, famed doo wop singer and songwriter; Age 14-19 
ROSIE - Ellie's mother; Age 40+
SHELLEY - Girl group singer; Age 14-19; 20-30
MICKEY - Girl group singer; Age 14-19; 20-30
MIDDLE AGED ELLIE GREENWICH -1960s, famed doo wop singer and songwriter; Age 20-30
JEFF BARRY - Ellie's Writing Partner & Husband; Age 20-30
OLDER JEFF BARRY- Ellie's Writing Partner & Husband; Age 40+
GUS SHARKEY - Music Publisher/Boy group singer; Age 20 – 40
OLDER GUS SHARKEY - Music Publisher/Boy group singer; Age 40+
D.J. VOICE - Boy Group Singer; Age has no specifications
WAITRESS - A waitress; Age has no specifications
LOUNGE SINGER - Night Club and girl group singer; Age has no specifications
DANCE COUPLE; Age 20-30
ELLIE GREENWICH - Ellie grown up; 40+
ENSEMBLE - All Ages.  Strong harmony singers and dancers. There are many smaller roles that get featured throughout the show and these will be given out after auditions, during rehearsals.


Rehearsals:

Rehearsals will be held at J. Frank Hillyard and will vary according to who is needed for that specific rehearsal. Most rehearsals will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 6:00-8:30 pm. There will also be some weekend rehearsals that will be decided together, with whoever is needed.  

Tech. Week & Dress Rehearsals: One week before the show opens, rehearsals will be every day, and will last longer.  We will run through the show with our band, costumes, sets, lighting, etc.

Performance Dates:
Friday, Nov.  1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3:00 PM