Character Descriptions

Gypsy!

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 7:30pm
or
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:30pm

Callbacks: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 8:00pm

Directed by Jan Isaacson
Choreographed by Jan Isaacson

Opens Friday, November 1, 2019


All Roles Open

Role Description
Rose

The ultimate stage mother. Lives her life vicariously through her two daughters, whom she's put into show business. She is loud, brash, pushy and single-minded, but at times can be doting and charming. Her voice is the ultimate powerful Broadway belt. Minimal dance but must move well. Strong Mezzo/Alto with good low notes and belt.

Herbie

Agent for Rose's children and Rose's boyfriend and a possible husband number 4. He has a heart of gold but also has the power to defend the people he loves with strength. Minimum dance. A Baritone, sings in one group number, two duets and trio with Rose and Louise. Strong acting role.

Louise

Baby Louise years later (plays ages 19-27), pushed aside by Rose in favor of June, until June leaves the act, and tries to make Louise a star. She becomes the famous Stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Strong singer, must move well.

Dainty June

Baby June years later (plays ages 16-25), pretty, talented and is frustrated with Rose's donination. Must be a good dancer, baton twirling and splits a must.

Baby Louise

8-12 years old-Always played second fiddle to June, shy, awkward.

Baby June

7-11 years old-Sugary sweet, cute, precious, twirl baton and do splits. Must sing and dance very well.

Tessie Tura

A stripper, just past her prime, big Broadway voice, strong movement. A Burlesque dancer that shares her dressing room wih Louise, she was once a ballerina and still has some of the moves. Sings, "Ya Gotta Have a Gimmick"

Electra

A stripper, just past her prime, big Broadway voice, strong movement, ditzy and sweet. Sings, "Ya Gotta Have a Gimmick"

Mazeppa

A stripper, just past her prime, big Broadway voice, strong movement, plays trumpet badly. Sings, "Ya Gotta Have a Gimmick"

Tulsa

Extremely strong dancer, singer. Sings "All I Need Is The Girl". Also part of the Broadway/Farm Boys. Dreams of having his own act.

The Following Roles, will be portrayed by 2 character men

Mr. Goldstone: Representative of the Orpheum Circuit (Books the Act),
Kringelein: Hotel manager in Akron, has seen all of the tricks show-biz people play.
Uncle Jocko: Vaudeville master of ceremonies as a weely kiddie talent show. Hates Stage Mothers.
Pop: Rose's father, does not believe that she or the girls, will amount to anything.
Cigar: Burlesque manager in Wichita
Pastey: Burlesque Stage Manager in Wichita, has seen it all.
Weber: Theater Manager in Los Angeles, does not want to hire the act.
 

Broadway/Farm Boys

Must sing and dance.

Hollywood Blondes/Toreadorables/Garden of Eden Girls

Agnes: Strong comedian, sings and dances.
Marjorie May: Sings and dances.
Dolores: Sings and dances.
Thelma: Sings and dances.

Miss Cratchitt

The Production Assistant for the Grantzinger Theater in NYC-Comedic role.

Children's Ensemble

Back-up to Baby June and the auditioners on the Uncle Jocko Show. Bright personalities. Must Sing and Dance.

Ensemble

Will play: Stage Mothers, Stage hands, Renee (Louise's Maid), Hotel Guests, Apartment tenants, etc.


Plot Synopsis

Speculated by many to be the greatest of all American musicals, Gypsy tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry, powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, entitled Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper. The memoir and the musical focus on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose, and earned Rose a place in the theatrical and literary canon as the quintessential, archetypal “Stage Mother.” The musical features songs that have become standards of the musical theatre canon, including “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”. Gypsy is famous for helping launch lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s career, and features a book by Arthur Laurents that is widely considered to be one of the classic examples of a traditional “book musical.”