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The Who's Tommy

Peter Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph is electrifying. Post WWII England, Tommy becomes catatonic after he witnesses the murder of his mother's lover by his father. When his pinball playing ability is discovered, he is able to break from his catatonia and becomes an international superstar. This powerful tale of a deaf, mute and blind pin-ball player who becomes an international messiah bursts on the stage in this multi-award winning adaptation of the original chart-topping rock album. Hit songs include "Pinball Wizard", "See Me, Feel Me,Touch Me" ‘Sensation” and more.

**This production will require a high level of energy and maturity from all cast members.

Audition Dates:

Monday:  June 20; 7:00pm ~ 9:00pm, doors open: 6:30pm
Tuesday, June 21; 7:00 ~ 9:00pm
Call backs: June 25; 11:00 ~ 1:00pm

where:

NCT, City and Lancaster Avenues [in the Overbrook Presbyterian Church]

Vocal: Prepare 16 ~ 32 bars of a song from the show (see preferred songs below).  Tommy is a rock opera therefore a traditional musical theatre selection is not appropriate.  If you are not familiar with the score, choose an audition song from one of the following rock operas:  Hair, Spring Awakening, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent.
**The cast includes several  featured  roles many of which are featured solos.  All cast member must sing.

Dance: Although some roles do not require dance skills, all auditioners should come prepared to dance.  

 

Show dates:

November  4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 8:00pm. 
November 6 & 13 at 3:00pm.

REHEARSALS:

The rehearsal schedule will include Sunday afternoons, Monday and Tuesday evenings.  Tech week begins on Sunday, October 30 [all day] and includes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings of that week [10/31, 11/1, 11/2] Please come to auditions prepared to indicate any conflicts you may have during the rehearsal process. 
Set strike is November 20 and is required for all cast members.

Auditions for the roles of ‘Tommy ‘age 4’ and ‘age 10’ will be scheduled at a later date.  Both boys and girls are eligible to auditions, but the role is written as and will be portrayed as that of a young boy.  Children who can play ‘age 4’ and play ‘age 10’ may audition.  No children under age 7 will be considered.  Parents must be present for auditions and agree to attend rehearsals when their child is called.
N.B. This show contains adult language and situations - parents should be aware of this before bringing their child to audition.

PREFERRED AUDITION SONG CHOICES:

Amazing Journey
Christmas Choir
Pinball Wizard
Sensation
Twenty one
*or any song listed below for call backs

If call backs are necessary in casting any of the roles listed below, the accompanying song will be required: 

Tommy: Sensation and/or I’m Free
Mrs. Walker:  I believe My Own Eyes and/or Smash the Mirror
Mr. Walker: I believe My Own Eyes
Uncle Ernie: Fiddle About
Cousin Kevin: Cousin Kevin -or- Pinball Wizard
Gypsy: Acid Queen

Questions contact Director Linda Galati Hunt: lgh851sings@gmail.com

Role

Description

Tommy/narrator (Tenor)

An embittered young genius stricken deaf, dumb, and blind after a childhood trauma. Tommy discovers that he is a natural master of pinball, and later becomes a cult-like hero figure to masses enthralled by his story. Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker's son.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: Db3

Tommy Age 4 & 10


Mrs. Walker (Mezzo-Soprano)

A weary middle-class woman. Mrs. Walker is tired and frustrated from trying to care for and cure Tommy. Tommy's mother and Captain Walker's wife.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: D6
Vocal range bottom: G3


Captain Walker (Tenor)

A former soldier with lingering guilt. He murders his wife's lover after coming back from a POW camp, resulting in Tommy's trauma-induced blindness, deafness, and dumbness. Father to Tommy and husband to Mrs. Walker.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: F3


Uncle Ernie (Tenor)

A lecherous, drunken bachelor. Ernie molests a young Tommy and later runs a children's camp seeking to profit from Tommy's popularity. Mrs. Walker's brother and Tommy's uncle.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: G2


Cousin Kevin (Baritone)

A bully with sadistic tendencies. Tortures his cousin, Tommy, when they're young and later seizes the opportunity to profit from Tommy's success.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2


Gypsy (Alto)

A brazen drug dealer and prostitute. Tommy's parents bring him to the Gypsy to experiment with unusual cures.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3


The Specialist (Baritone)

A doctor with modern ideas about how to cure Tommy. Tommy's parents hire him in their desperation to find any cure for their son.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: G#3


Sally Simpson (Soprano)

A bold, sensitive, and excitable teenybopper. Sally develops a fan crush on Tommy and rushes the stage to be close to him.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3


Ensemble:

Soldiers; Nurses; Harlots; Lads And Lasses; Guards; Reporters