Director and Producer Selected for Mid-Summer Show: Hershey Playhouse Slates Auditions for HELLO DOLLY!

Well-known children’s director Cory Wilkerson has been tapped to direct the Hershey Playhouse summer production, “Hello Dolly” and has tapped TD Ford to produce. Both have slated two days, Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, for auditions to be held at the Hershey Playhouse, Wilkerson noted that Hello Dolly! includes roles for children, teens and mature adult actors with featured roles in the adult and teen age groups as well as featured roles for dancers.
“We welcome actors of all ages for our chorus of townspeople who will bring to life several song and dance numbers,” said Wilkerson.

Persons wishing to audition for Hello Dolly! should allow at least 2 hours to get through the audition process. During the audition process you will be asked to perform a cold reading from the script with a randomly assigned scene partner for our director and casting committee.

In addition, actors should be prepared to perform at least 32 bars of a song of your choosing that will show off your vocal range for our music directors. Finally come dressed in appropriate shoes and clothing so that you can learn a simple dance combination and perform it for our choreographer in randomly chosen group.

The Audition dates and schedule is:
Friday May 7, 2010 from 6:00 pm ’til 9:00 pm (adults)
Saturday May 8, 2010 from 1:00 pm ’til 4:00 pm (children under twelve)
Saturday May 8, 2010 from 6:00 pm ’til 8:00 pm (adults)
Additional auditions Saturday morning may be arranged if you cannot make these times. Please call the director Cory Wilkerson at 717-269-9026 for an appointment.
The Hershey Playhouse is located at 430 Cherry Drive in Hershey.

Hello, Dolly! Characters

Gender Vocal Part Age Range Role Type
Dolly Levi female alto 40-60 lead
Horace Vandergelder male baritone 40–60 lead
Cornelius Hackl male baritone 20 – 28 lead
Barnaby Tucker male baritone 16 – 18 supporting
Ambrose male tenor 18 – 30 supporting
Mrs. Irene Molloy female mezzo 22 – 30 supporting
Minnie female mezzo 16 – 22 supporting
Ermengarde female spoken 16 – 22 supporting
Ernestina female spoken 30 – 60 cameo
Rudolph male bass 35 – 65 cameo
Mrs. Rose female alto 30 – 45 cameo
The Judge male bass 50 – 75 cameo
Townspeople, Children & Waiters 6- 75 + chorus

Hello Dolly! Synopsis

It is the turn of the century in New York City and the widow Dolly Levi is busy matchmaking and making mischief. As the story opens Dolly takes a trip to rural Yonkers to finalize a match between a prominent, wealthy bachelor named HoraceVandergelder and the widowed hat shop owner Irene Malloy from New York City. Somehow before the day is done Horace, Dolly, Horace’s niece Ermengarde and Horace Vandergelder’s two naïve clerks end up romping through New York City in a web of complicated romantic entanglements that will tickle your funny bone and make your head spin. Not to worry however, by the end of the story, each character ends up with their ideal partner- but not without a great deal of misadventures set in motion by Dolly Levi herself.

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