MTC's "Smile" the Musical Auditions
This touching and satiric musical by the creators of Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line and They're Playing Our Song, follows the intrigue and exploits on stage and behind-the-scenes as Santa Rosa, California plays host to the Young American Miss Pageant.
"A swift paced and thoroughly professional entertainment." - Time
"Wonderful Marvin Hamlisch melodies, Smart, clever move the story lyrics from Howard Ashman... This is the best Broadway score in years... Smile? I did. You will." - ABC
"This good looking show has a lot to like... Sit back and enjoy the pageant.: - Women's Wear Daily
"Impressively crafted lyrics." - The New York Times
April 5th,2013 @ 7pm & 8pm
April 6th,2013 @ 11am & 12pm
April 12th,2013 @ 7pm & 8pm
April 13th, 2013 @ 2pm & 4pm (Callbacks)
Show Dates:To be chosen from June 20 - June 30.
Please arrive 30 Minutes before your audition time to fill out paperwork. May be completed in advance.
Closed toe shoes are required. If inappropriate shoes are worn, you will not be allowed to participate.
NO FLIP FLOPS or BARE FEET!
Hair should be out of eyes and pulled back off face.
Clothing should allow actors and actresses to move freely.
Please prepare and bring 1 min. from a Broadway show ( not from the show you are auditioning for). Children under age 10 can sing a simple song of their choice.
CD or sheet music required.
Headshots and resumes are recommended but not required.
No prepared monologue needed
Please bring a list of dates that conflict with rehearsals.
All rehearsal and show times subject to change.
Final schedule will be announced at start of rehearsals.
Smile Character Descriptions:
Big Bob Freelander~Age 16-Adult. Brenda's husband and head judge of the pageant.The town's favorite son, he owns a local R.V. dealership, and his every free moment in devoted to some form of community service. Brave, clean, reverent, and means it. Major Solos.
Brenda DiCarlo Freelander~Age 16-Adult. A third runner-up in the nationals 18 years ago, now she runs her local pageant. On the surface perfection, below it neurotic.Brenda is an ex prom queen who lost once and will never loose again. Never a hair out of place, never a public loss of poise. She aspires to be "Perfect" and will get it right even if it kills her. Under all that smiling fluff Brenda is made of steel. Major Solos.
Ted Farley~Age 16-Adult. The Pageant emcee. A professional, very silly, hair too dark for his age, cheeks too rosy. Looks like he ought to do game show hosting. Major Solos. An Emcee
Dale/Darlene Wilson-Shears~Age 16-Adult. An impressive, self satisfied corporate leader with the suspicious charm of a television evangelist. He/She maybe in the charity business but is in business make no mistake. M/F
Chairman of the Young American Miss Foundation
Tommy/Tammy French~Age 16-Adult. The choreographer, flown in to stage the pageant. A professional, cynical, tough minded and practical. Comically out of place in
the "apple pie" atmosphere. M/F The pageant choreographer
Carol~Age 16-Adult. Brenda's assistant, and doubles as a PARENT in prologue. Brenda's assistant
Robin's mom~Age 16-Adult. Also doubles as Louise a volunteer, and a Judge.
Tony/Tina~Age 16-Adult Doubles as a PARENT in Prologue and a JUDGE. M/F A volunteer
Little Bob/Betty Freelander~Age 6-11. Son/Daughter of Big Bob. He/She has tons of charm but no loyalty. Very two faced and quite bratty.
Freddy/Fran~Age 6-11. Little Bob's/Betty's nerdy sidekick. Will double as Brother/Sister
in prologue. M/F
Robin Gibson~ Age 12-16. Sensitive and smart. Robin is attractive without trying to behonest,down-to-earth, and questioning by nature. She feels as though she doesn't
belong, and over the course realizes why. She makes some tough choices about the woman she wants to be. Major Solos.Contestant/Antelope Valley
Doria Hudson~ Age 12-16. Blonde, southern and obsessed. She needs to badly win something....anything. Things missing in her life: friends, self respect,family.Major
Solos Contestant/Yuba City
Sandra-Kay Macaffee~Age 12-16. A Redhead. Pretty but not too pretty. Smart but nottoo smart. Talented but not too talented. In short, the type that usually wins. An all
around american girl.Contestant/Bakersfield
Maria Gonzales~Age 12-16. Mexican American. She tries harder than anyone and uses her ethnicity to her advantage. Major Solos.Contestant/Salinas
Shawn Christianson~Age 12-16. Very "California" Spoiled, gorgeous, competitive, and prejudiced.Contestant/La Jolla
Valerie Sherman~Age 12-16 Shawns best Friend. Kind of a follower.Contestant/Sacramento
Lynn Bird~Age 12-16. Hates the fact that she lives right on the border of Mexico yet Maria gets all the Mexican American credit. Contestant/El Centro
Gina Minelli~Age 12-16. Surfer girl very laid back and drama free.Contestant/San Luis Obispo
Linda Lee~Age 12-16. Hippie chick. Grew up in the Height area. Free spirit.Contestant/San Francisco
Debralee Davis~Age 12-16. Refuses to be called Deb or Debra. Her name is Debralee Contestant/Eureka
Kate Gardner~Age 12-16. Just wants to be everyone's friend.Contestant/Fresno
Joanne Marshall~Age 12-16. Very pretty a little older than the other girls and well put together.Last year's winner
Connie-Sue Whipple~Age 12-16. Loves everyone and thinks everything is so funny. Contestant/Visalia
Kimberly Lyons~Age 12-16. Computer savvy and always on her i-pad/i-phone.Contestant/Palo Alto
Dana Simpson~Age 12-16. Extremely smart but not a lot of common sense. Contestant/Sausalito
Heidi Anderson~Age 12-16. Obsessed with Disneyland, and brags about all the movie stars she lives near. Contestant/Anaheim
Trudi Dawson~Age 12-16. The only girl in her local pageant. She doesn't want to be here and hates every minute of it. Contestant/Modesto
*All age roles are at Directors discretion, and maybe modified based on Audition.
Smile takes place over the course of a week during the summer of 1985. We open to find Robin Gibon. who have just won her local Young Miss Pageant from Antelope Valley. She is packing her things to travel to Santa Rosa to compete in the state finals and then, hopefully, to travel to the national competition as California's Young American Miss. She is joined by other girls from across the state of California. The girls arrive in Santa Rosa to be greeted by the pageant coordinator, a previous winner of that very pageant and third-runner-up at nationals, Brenda and her husband Big Bob. The girls meet their roommates and are sent off to their rooms. Robin meets her roommate, Doria Hudson, a girl originally from Texas and every bit the wannabe. The two become fast friends. Not everyone, however, is happy with their roommate assignments.Shawn, a truly California valley girl, is less than thrilled to be rooming with Maria, a Mexican-American. The next morning the girls meet their choreographer, Tommy French, who puts them thru a grueling dance routine. The girls also begin the tour of their local sponsors. Robin, in particular, is finding all of this to be a bit too much. Brenda received word that the national chairmen is searching for a national spokeswoman, and he's considering her. Seeing this as her chance to make up for losing all those years ago, she goes into overdrive. Big Bob, on the other hand, is determined to keep to his beliefs of "going for gold and forming the future." The next morning the girls are woken up bright and early to begin their judges interviews. Before long the girls are ready for their Preliminary Competitions where the girls receives awards for talent, etc. Maria is among the recipients and Shawn is not pleased. She sets out to make sure Maria doesn't win the pageant. Doria is devastated at not having won an award and Robin comforts her. At the same time, Dale Wilson-Shears, national chairman, arrives and kicks Brenda's nerves up a notch.
It is the big night, pageant night. It has all come down to this. Doria, sure she won't win, has taken Robin under her wing. The pageant begins, hosted by Ted Farley. Shawn's devious plot against Maria is revealed, throwing the pageant into turmoil. Brenda is determined to keep the pageant going, though Big Bob thinks they ought to cancel and investigate. The finalists are announced, Doria and Robin among them. Finally Ted announces the winner of the pageant and suddenly it is all over. The girls must pack their things and return home without a crown while Big Bob and Brenda must come to terms with everything that has gone on.
McLaughlin Studios (View)
3470 Swetzer Road
Loomis, CA 95650
|Minimum Age: 6|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|