Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society

Registered charity 271065


Auditions

We will shortly be holding auditions for productions shown below.


The Full Monty

Directed by Sami Underwood

Venue: The Studio Theatre
Performance dates: Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd March 2019

Time to get your kit off boys!

Six unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York are miserable. They have no cash and no prospects. Meanwhile, they catch their wives and other women going crazy over male strippers. The six men then set out to make some quick cash showing off their "real man" bodies by becoming a team of male strippers. As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness and anxieties they find strength as a group and overcome their inner demons. Lots of fantastic songs and a real ‘treat’ for the finale!

Get-Togethers

Friday 19th October 7.30pm
Sunday 21st October 6pm

Auditions & Rehearsals

Auditions: Sunday 28th October at 6pm at Bentley House, Hertford.
First read throughs: Tuesday 13th November 2018, 7:30pm
Thereafter there will be music rehearsals on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout November and early December, with floor rehearsals starting in January 2019.

Characters - all singing

Jerry Lukowski An unemployed mill worker, fighting to maintain his pride and the custody of his only son. All- American jock and the definitive man's man. Spontaneous. Very prideful. Age: 30 to 40 11 musical numbers
Pam Lukowski Jerry's estranged wife and high school sweet- heart. She wants what is best for her son. Strong business woman, but also compassionate and motherly. Age: 25 to 35 2 musical numbers
Dave Bukatinsky Jerry's best friend and fellow unemployed mill worker. Very much a man's man, but more of a follower than leader. The definitive sidekick. Prideful. Self-conscious about his size. Age: 30 to 40 11 musical numbers
Georgie Bukatinsky Dave's wife. She loves her husband, and worries about him. Loud, outgoing and brash. She is the "leader" of her group of girlfriends. Age: 30 to 40 4 musical numbers
Harold Nichols An unemployed supervisor at the mill. Hot Metal's choreographer. Thinks his worth comes from providing for his wife, so he hides his unemployment from her. Age: 35 to 45 6 musical numbers
Frank Pickle The likeable but boring and pedantic secretary of the parish council. He is so boring, nobody listens to him. He declares his homosexuality in a radio broadcast that no one listens to!
Vicki Nichols Harold's wife. She enjoys the finer things in life. Loves her husband more than anything, and supports him no matter what. Age: 30 to 40 4 musical numbers
Malcolm MacGregor An unemployed mill worker. Lives at home with his mother. Depressed, suicidal, awkward, and feeble. Pigeon-chested. Finds comfort in Ethan. Age: 25 to 35 10 musical numbers
Ethan Girard An unemployed mill worker. Lonely. Has a blind determination and confidence to succeed. Finds company with Malcolm. Age: 25 to 35 6 musical numbers
Noah "horse" T. Simmons A retired mill worker. Embarrassed about being an "average sized" Black man. Despite being old and slow when walking, he still has explosive dance moves. Frequently grumpy. Age: 50 to 60 6 musical numbers
Jeanette Burmeister A piano player of indeterminate years and show -business pro. Sassy, quick-witted, and larger than life. Has slowed down in recent years. Age: 65 to 75 1 musical number
Nathan Lukowski Jerry’s young son Age 11 (will cast older who can pass as 11!) Non-singing
Teddy Slaughter Pam’s new wealthy live-in boyfriend Age 30-40 Non-singing
Buddy (Keno) Walsh A male stripper, must be a good dancer Age 25-30 Non-singing
Estelle Genovese Jerry’s occasional girlfriend. Age: 25 to 35 3 musical numbers
Susan Hershey/Joanie Lish Friends of Pam and Georgie Age: 30 to 40 2 musical numbers
Reg Willoughby An unemployed mill worker. Hands out dole checks to the other workers Age: 40 to 50 Non-singing
Gary Giordano A buffalo club owner Age 40-50
Molly MacGregor Malcolm’s sick mother Age 60 to 70 Non-singing

There are also a few small walk on and off/one line only parts.

High School Musical

Directed by Debra Constantinou-Bell

Venue: Hertford Theatre
Performance dates: Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th May 2019

It's the first day back at school after the winter break at East High. Basketball team captain Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the High School Musical. Brother and sister duo Sharpay and Ryan have starred in every school musical and will do anything to continue. However Troy and Gabriella's alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Full of catchy songs and exciting dance routines, Disney’s ‘High School Musical on Stage!’ explores issues of friendship, first love and acceptance. Suitable for all the family.

Get-Togethers

Tuesday 29th January 2019 7.30pm-9pm
Thursday 31st January 2019 7.30pm-9pm
at Bentley House, Hertford.

Auditions & Rehearsals

Auditions: Sunday 3rd February from 2pm at Bentley House, Hertford.

Production Team

Director - Debra Constantinou-Bell
Musical Director – Joanna Pierce
Choreographer – Wendy Couldridge
Stage Manager – Clive Bell
Set Design & Build – Jim Harris
Props – Clive Barton
Wardrobe – Liane Burnett
Lighting – Andy Pierce
Sound – Dan Smith
Make Up – Sally Tomlin & Jackie Noble
Call – Sue Hantke
Prompt – Julia Barton

Characters

Leads

Gabriella Montez (Female Teen) The "New Girl" to East High School, met Troy over winter break. [Alto - Lead female]
Troy Bolton
(Male Teen)
Captain of the Basketball team, met Gabriella over winter break. [Tenor – Lead male]
Sharpay Evans (Female Teen) Lead in every school musical since kindergarten. President of the drama club. And most popular student. Shows interest in Troy and hates Gabriella. Villain of the show. [Mezzo-Soprano - Lead]
Ryan Evans
(Male Teen)
Sharpay's brother. Performs with Sharpay in musicals. Vice President of the drama club. [Tenor - Lead]
Taylor McKessie (Female Teen) Head of the Brainiacs. Convinces Gabriella to try out for the Math elites. [Alto - Lead]
Chad Danforth
(Male Teen)
Basketball team member. Number 2 on the team and friend of Troy's. [Tenor - Lead]

Jocks

Coach Bolton
(Male Teen or Kid to play Adult)
Gym Teacher, Troy's father and coach of the basketball team.
[Spoken - Supporting Lead]
Zeke Baylor
(Male Teen)
Basketball team member with a passion for baking & Sharpay. Solo in "Status Quo." [Baritone - Supporting]
Jason Cross
(Male or Female Teen)
Basketball team member, eager for Troy to continue his/her passion for basketball in "Counting On You." [Supporting]
Ripper
(Male or Female Teen)
Passion for the cello and also skate boarding. Solo in "Status Quo." Skateboarding skills a plus. [Baritone or Alto - Supporting]
Mongo
(Male or Female Teen)
Braniac & skater dude. Rippers's "sidekick." Skateboarding skills a plus. [Any - Cameo]
Basketball Team
(Male/Female Teens)
The dance core of the production. Featured in "Getcha Head in the Game"
Varsity Cheerleaders
(Male/Female Teens)
Will be featured prominently in "Wildcat Cheers" throughout the show, as well as other jock & ensemble numbers.
Junior Varsity Cheerleaders (Male/Female Kids) The children's ensemble. Will be featured prominently in "Wildcat Cheers" throughout the show, as well as other ensemble numbers.

Brainiacs

Jack Scott
(Male or Female Teen or Kid)
News announcer at East High. Also known as "The Velvet Fog of East High". Provides important narration and commentary. Could possible split this role into a whole "News Team of 3" [Spoken - Supporting Lead]
Martha Cox
(Female Teen)
Brainiac, who has a passion for hip-hop. Solo in "Status Quo." [Mezzo-Soprano - Supporting]
Kratnoff
(Male or Female Teen)
Brainiac, who is very much against Martha Cox's dancing, and "knows everything about everything." He/she has lines in " Status Quo and " Counting on you " [Any - Cameo]
Ms. Tenny
(Female Teen or Kid to play Adult)
The chemistry teacher. [Spoken - Cameo]
Moderator
(Male or Female Teen or Kid to play Adult)
Moderator of the Braniacs' Tournament [Spoken - Cameo]

Thespians

Ms. Darbus
(Female Teen or Kid to play Adult)
Drama Teacher. Dislikes the Jocks and Coach Bolton. [Spoken - Supporting Lead]
Kelsi Neilsen
(Female Teen)
Pianist for the drama club. Composer of the winter musical. Piano playing skills a plus. [Alto – Supporting Lead]
James Parker
(Male Teen)
An earthworm expressionist. He has the worst sense of pitch. [Any - Cameo]
Cyndra
(Female Teen)
Overdramatic, operatic soprano. [Soprano - Cameo]
Susan
(Female Teen)
Emotional wreck with ability to riff. [Alto - Cameo]
Cathy
(Female Teen)
Ethel Merman wannabe, with no sense of tempo. [Alto - Cameo]
Alan
(Male Teen)
Well-dressed, but extremely shy. [Any - Cameo]

We are looking for Strong Actors/Singers and Dancers
Strong Comedy Roles and also smaller Cameo Actors
Important Ensemble and Cheer leaders

Queries: youngidea@hdos.org.uk