The Characters of Anything Goes

Savoyards Anything Goes 2012There are some fabulous characters in the 1987 version of Anything Goes.  I mean, how much fun would it be to play an evangelist turned nightclub singer?  Or a back up singer called Charity, Purity or Virtue?  And my personal favourite, a gangster by the name of Moonface Martin.  Come on … how much fun does this sound?!

Anything Goes is a fantastic opportunity for trained dancers (especially working with the wonderful Sue Harvey) and we always need a strong chorus.  But if you’re heart’s set on playing a part to make mum proud, check out the great list available in Savoyards’ production (1987 revival version) of Anything Goes.

RENO SWEENEY – Reno is a sexy and charismatic nightclub singer, formerly an evangelist.  She is confident, clever, philosophical, funny, persuasive and extremely comfortable with herself.  She is the consummate performer and a show stopper with a great belting voice.  The actor must have great comedic timing and be able to command the stage.  The playing age range (this is the age she appears to be on stage) can be 30-55 years old.  Auditionees for this role must have a high level of tap dancing skill.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED:  Alto (G3 – Eb5).

HOPE HARCOURT – Hope is a wealthy and beautiful heiress.  Maintaining the family status quo is very important to her and critical to the ones she loves.  She has a sweet personality with a strong sense of morals and duty.  She is willing to sacrifice love and marry to satisfy her mother’s wishes.  Hope has a sense of humour and can be mischievous.  The ultimate leading lady, this character is sparkling and ladylike.  The playing age range (this is the age she appears to be on stage) can be 20-35 years old.  Auditionees for this role will be required to dance.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED:  Soprano (A4 – Eb5).

ERMA LATOUR – Best description? – A traffic stopping dame.  Erma is independent, modern, impulsive, courageous, immoderate and driven by whatever gratifies her at the moment.  She must be fresh and enjoyable in spite of her brazen ways.  Loveably clueless with a ‘joysey’ accent.   The playing age range (this is the age she appears to be on stage) can be 21-35 years old.  Auditionees for this role will be required to tap dance.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED:  Mezzo (A4 – C#5).

EVANGELINE HARCOURT – Hope’s widowed, overbearing mother who is mainly concerned with money and social status.  She married well but not to her one true love.  Evangeline was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and accustomed to the good life.  This actor must be able to span the distance between refined lady and panic stricken comedienne to breathless receiver of renewed hope.   The playing age range (this is the age she appears to be on stage) can be 40-65 years old.  Auditionees for this role will NOT be required to dance.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED:  Doesn’t sing solo.

RENO’S ANGELS – These three girls are Reno’s backup singers and dancers for her nightclub act.  The collective feel of the Angels is that they charge the atmosphere. The playing age range (this is the age they appear to be on stage) can be 18-40 years old.  Auditionees for these roles will be required to have a high level of tap and jazz.  VOCAL RANGES REQUIRED: Mixed.  Charity Taylor – This girl is looking for a millionaire.  Her college degree didn’t pay as much as her legs do.  Purity Evans – Purity is a showgirl with a heart of gold.  She secretly wants to marry her childhood sweetheart.  Virtue Williams – An excellent showgirl but charmingly and completely clueless in all other arenas.

BILLY CROCKER – Billy is Elisha Whitney’s kind but inefficient General Manager, who is in love with Hope.  He boards the ship without a ticket and adopts a number of disguises to avoid being caught.  This actor must be charismatic, have good comedic timing and considerable charm.   The playing age range (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 25-35 years old.  Auditionees for this role will be required to dance.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Tenor (B3 – G4).

LORD EVELYN OAKLEIGH – Hope’s aristocratic English fiancé.  He is earnest, energetic, good natured, gullible and absolutely fascinated by American slang.  This actor must be a strong comedic actor with a believable upper crust English accent.   The playing age range (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 30-45 years old.  Auditionees for this role will be required to dance.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Baritone (C3 – G4).

MOONFACE MARTIN – This guy is a loveable, goofy gangster who is ‘public enemy No 13’, and travelling disguised as a priest.  He desperately yearns to be public enemy No 1.  Wily and quick-witted, yet somehow just this side of gullible, he is loyal and willing to go the distance for a friend.  This actor must be able to develop a strong comedic character and be able to sell a song.   The playing age range (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 30-60 years old.  Auditionees for this role will be required to do a little dancing.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Baritone (Bb3 – Gb4).

ELISHA WHITNEY – A successful Ivy league Wall Street banker.  He is extremely near sighted and a gloriously functional drunk.  He thinks he is always right, but is also capable of listening to reason and changing his mind.  This character has a huge personality.   The playing age range (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 45-60 years old.  Auditionees for this role will NOT be required to dance.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Baritone (C4 – D4).

CAPTAIN REGINALD STRONG – This man is in charge of the ship, the SS American.  He is intelligent, strong but a little too concerned with prestige.  This actor should have good comedic timing.   The playing age (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 40-50 years old.  Auditionees for this role will NOT be required to dance.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Baritone.

LANCE WHITE – Purser for the SS American.  He is reliable, alert and by the book with an air of confident style.   The playing age (this is the age he appears to be on stage) can be 20-30 years old.  Auditionees for this role will be required to dance.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Any (no solo).

LUKE AND JOHN – Mischievous Chinese, reformed gamblers and recent Christian converts, travelling with Henry T. Dobson.   The playing age (this is the age they appear to be on stage) can be 20-50 years old.  Auditionees for these roles will NOT be required to dance.  VOCAL RANGE REQUIRED: Any (no solo).

CHANTEY QUARTET – This is a strong quartet of sailers.  All actors must be strong singers.   The playing age (this is the age they appear to be on stage) can be 20-45 years old.  Auditionees for this role will be required to dance.  VOCAL RANGES REQUIRED: 2 Tenors and 2 Basses.  Donald Parker – Wants to see the world before he settles down.  Harold Wilkins – Left home to help his family recover financially.  Stanley Jones – Wants to be a professional boxer, but he/she is a third generation sailor.  Charlie Smith – Became a sailor to forget about a lost love.

Let’s finish this post with the list of songs in this 1987 revival version of Anything Goes.

ACT 1:  I Get a Kick Out of You; There’s No Cure Like Travel; Bon Voyage; You’re the Top; Easy to Love; The Crew Song; There’ll Always be a Lady Fair; Friendship; It’s De-Lovely; Anything Goes.

ACT 2:  Public Enemy Number One; Blow, Gabriel, Blow; Goodbye Little Dream Goodbye; Be Like a Bluebird; All Through the Night; The Gypsy in Me; Buddie Beware; Finale.

If you have any questions about these audition requirements contact the Executive Producer, Jo Toia at auditions@savoyards.com.au

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