May 19, 1 pm
The award-winning Company Theatre announces open call auditions for the original musical Paragon Park on Sunday, May 19, 1 pm, at The Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. Callbacks will be held on Monday, May 20. Paragon Park’s music and lyrics by Adam Brooks with Book by Zoe Bradford and Michael Hammond. The show is directed by Zoe Bradford and Jordie Saucerman, with music direction by Steve Bass and choreography by Sally Forrest. All roles are open for casting. Equity guest artist contracts considered. Further information and a rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions.
The acclaimed musical Paragon Park returns to the Company stage, featuring an original script and score, and a cast of fascinating characters, some based on actual figures from Hull’s rich and sordid history! The story begins with the 1985 auction of the Paragon Carousel and travels back to 1905, when whaling mogul, George A. Dodge realizes his dream of constructing a fantastical playland on the shore. George leads the way for a new day of leisure, entertainment, and excitement at Nantasket Beach, as the forbidden love of a Boston Brahmin girl and an Italian immigrant gondolier unfolds under his reign. Relive the memories during its heyday of the 1920s and 1960s, and take “One Last Ride” with Paragon Park.
George A. Dodge:
Dynamic whaling mogul, Imagineer of the Park, adventurer, leader, crafty, showman, with the obsession of Captain Ahab, the showmanship of P.T. Barnum, and the youth appeal of Willy Wonka. Tenor / Baritenor (Bb2 – G4) Age range: 45-60
Daughter from a proper Bostonian Family –free spirit, driven personality, gutsy and adventurous, yet wanting to please her rigid elders. Mezzo (C4 – Eb5) (needs a G5) Age range: 16-30
Romantic Italian immigrant with pride in being a gondolier, a loyalty to his family and his country, and a willingness to live in a new land. Tenor (C3 – G4) Age range: 17-30, knowledge of Italian very helpful.
The self-proclaimed mayor of Hull and moral watchdog, a high society matron who is editor of the local paper, she is against the park from its beginning but has a change of heart in Act II. TILLY is her ward for the summers. Alto (A3 – C#5) Age range: 45-60
A young Ethiopian girl who immigrates to the park as a featured traditional dancer from Africa, and later becomes the Park’s fortune teller. Age range 17-30
Handsome, successful young Boston financier from a wealthy family. In love with TILLY for her looks and social standing. He appears very above board but is actually secretive and underhanded in his business dealings. Tenor (C3 – G4) Age range: 25-35
The crooning mayor of Boston, 1905. Tenor / Baritenor (C3 – C#4) Age range: 48-60
A precocious grandson of the Boston MAYOR summering in Hull. He and his 2 friends win over Dodge. He has a schoolboy crush on TILLY. (Bb3-Eb4) Age range: 11-13
Jackie’s best friend from Hull, she is not of his social means. (Bb3-D4) Age range: 10-12
Fiesty local boy who hangs around with JACKIE and CORA (Bb3-Eb4)
Age range : 8-11
Of the Stone Family who owned the Park in the 1960s Gregarious outgoing, funny and generous. Tenor / Baritenor (D3 – F4) Age range 38+
Phyliss, David, and Cheryl
Larry’s wife and kids, who helped run the park.
Age ranges 35+, 11-14, 9-13
Arch Bishop of Boston Tenor / Baritenor (D3 – F4)
The grand matriarch of the Park. Alto (C3 – D4) Age Range: 50+
Young Rose Stone:
(Rose of the 1920’s) A progressive liberated young woman who works with George and eventually takes over the park. Alto (A3 – C#4)
Sweet- natured illegitimate son of TILLY and RINALDO
Age range: 8-11
Children: 4-6 children between the ages of 7-13
Teens: for various supporting roles and chorus ages: 14-19
Adults: All ages for choral work, many interesting supporting roles including high society members of 1905 and roaring 1920s patrons, stunts, including flying, dancing showgirls, workers, nuns, park goers, and unique and interesting performers.
Audition candidates should be strong singers, arrive prepared to sing a song from the show in the show key (Sheet Music and Recordings below), or a song in a similar musical theater style. Candidates are encouraged to dress appropriately for movement. Actors are advised to bring a headshot or snapshot, a resume is helpful, but not required. Actors of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition. An audition accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals will begin following casting, held on Monday and Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons.
Performances of Paragon Park are held from July 26, through August 18, from Thursday through Sunday, evening and matinee performances are available. Tickets are $47. For a complete performance schedule or to order tickets, please visit www.companytheatre.com.
For more information about auditions, please call the box office at 781-871-2787 or email Sally at Sally@companytheatre.com. For more information about The Company Theatre, please visit www.companytheatre.com, or follow The Company Theatre Center for the Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.