Our season schedule contains the audition and performance dates for our six mainstage shows. We will post more details at least two weeks in advance of each audition.
Unless otherwise specified on the audition page, auditions are as follows:
- Auditions are on a Sunday and Monday at 7:00pm. The doors will open at 6:30.
- Auditioners only need to attend one day but may attend both. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. No prior experience or resume is required.
- When you arrive, please fill out an audition form including contact information, prior experience (if any), expected rehearsal conflicts, and desired roles.
- A prepared piece is not required.
- After the two nights of auditions, callbacks will usually not be necessary.
- Every auditioner will be notified by phone of their result, before the full cast list is announced publicly.
- Surfside does not precast roles....ever.
Auditions will consist of:
Musicals & Non-Musicals
Cold readings from the script
Each auditioneer will be taught a 30 second selection of music from the show.
Each auditioneer will be taught a15 second dance / staged movement routine.
Curtains (Musical Comedy)
Audition Dates: September 22 & 23 (7pm)
Show Dates: November 8 - 24
The cast members of Robbin’ Hood take their bows on opening night at the Colonial Theatre in Boston in 1959. Just as the curtain falls, so does Jessica Cranshaw, the profoundly untalented leading lady of the production. Enter Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, a fast-talking cop with a love for musical theatre. He quarantines the cast and crew inside the theatre while he searches for clues. But Cioffi doesn’t just investigate the murder - he also offers advice and insight into improving Robbin’ Hood. The musical will open again in 24 hours with a new leading lady, so the clock is ticking to find the killer and put on a killer show.
LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFI (Playing 30’s - 40’s): Sweetly endearing local Boston detective who
idolizes the world of musical theatre and has reveled in the thrill of performing in community
theatre. Called upon to solve the murder of the star of “Robbin’ Hood” (a musical intended for
Broadway that is currently out of town in Boston), Cioffi is very good at his job and, lamentably,
married to his work. He is instantly smitten with ingénue Niki Harris. The undisputed central
character of the musical. Requires deft and charming comedy, good singing, solid dancing in
one extended “Fred and Ginger” number.
NIKI HARRIS (Playing 20's - early 30's): Pretty, almost too innocent ingénue, a local performer in a small
role hoping “Robbin’ Hood” will be the Boston production that at last takes her to Broadway.
Love interest for Lieutenant Cioffi, apparently reciprocated. Requires a legit soprano and strong
dancing in an extended “Fred and Ginger” number.
GEORGIA HENDRICKS (Playing 30’s – mid-40’s, similar age to AARON): Female half of our showwithin-a-show’s songwriting team on the lyric-writing side. Ends up taking on the leading lady
role. Must sing and dance extremely well.
CARMEN BERNSTEIN (Playing 45 - 65): Brash and brassy Broadway producer. Terrific comedic actress
with a belt.
AARON FOX (Playing 30’s - 40's, similar age to GEORGIA): The composer of the show-within-the-show.
His songwriting partner, Georgia, is also his wife, from whom he's separated but for whom he
still pines. He's a handsome, intense, somewhat tortured artist-type. Requires a strong vocalist
SIDNEY BERNSTEIN (Playing late 50’s - mid 60’s): The always-angry, sleazy, philandering producer of
the out-of-town flop. Sidney is rough around the edges and completely self-serving. Requires a
cartoon-like character actor who is funny on arrival. No singing required.
CHRISTOPHER BELLING (Playing 40 - 60): English director. Very camp. Very droll. Noel Coward meets
Addison DeWitt meets Clifton Webb. Requires a superb comic actor.
BAMBI “BERNÉT” (Playing early 20's - early 30's): Performer in the chorus, daughter of Carmen, stepdaughter of Sidney. Genuinely brassy and artificially blonde. Hungry to work her way out of the chorus; many think she was only hired because of her mother. She surprises everyone, however, when she shows genuine dancing and singing talent when at last called upon.
Requires great dancing, strong “street-smart dumb blonde” comedy, and singing.
OSCAR SHAPIRO (Playing 45 - 65): from the garment district and sole investor in “Robbin’ Hood.” A
likeably gruff man who knows nothing about theatre and frets over every dime of his that’s
spent. Requires good “rough around the edges” comedy and singing.
BOBBY PEPPER (Playing 30’s to early 40’s, similar age as Georgia and Aaron): The Gene Kelly of
“Robbin’ Hood,” its choreographer and male star, and a handsome rival to Aaron for Georgia’s
affection. Requires strong dancing, singing, comedy.
DARYL GRADY (Playing 30’s - 40’s): Caustic and smug theatre critic for the local Boston newspaper.
Patronizingly pompous, enjoys using his power to make or break shows during their Boston
tryouts. Does not require strong singing or dancing.
JOHNNY HARMON (Playing 30's - 60's): (the role can be played by a woman) Stage Manager of the
show-within-the-show, and both drill sergeant and mother hen to the cast. Barks orders but has
a pleasant side as well, he keeps the company in line and on their toes throughout the rehearsal
process. Comic actor who can sing.
JESSICA CRANSHAW (Playing 40’s - 60’s): Faded Hollywood star, a grand diva with no right to be one,
and a plague to the show-with-the-show and to her cast. An absolutely dreadful singer and inept
actress who stars in the show-within-a-show and gets murdered on its opening night in Boston.
Must be skillful enough to sing hilariously out-of-tune and ineptly, and adroit enough to dance
perfectly out of step with the rest of the cast. Appears only in the first minutes of the musical; on
Broadway, this performer then adopted a different look and became part of the ensemble.
RANDY DEXTER (Playing 20’s – 30’s): a member of the singing & dancing ensemble featured in
“Kansasland,” pleasant but with a sensitive side.
HARV FREMONT (Playing 20’s – 30’s): a member of the singing & dancing ensemble who bears a
ROBERTA WOOSTER (Playing 20’s – 30’s): a member of the singing & dancing ensemble who speaks from
ENSEMBLE 6 male and 6 females. Singing a must.
Audition Dates: November 10 & 11 (7 pm)
Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene, but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan, returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé, all while trying to keep his own sanity.
Abby Brewster (Playing 50’s): A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Martha Brewster (Playing 50’s): Also a darling elderly lady who poisons elderly men. Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Mortimer Brewster (Playing 25 – 30): Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic. A good-hearted cynic, he is engaged to Elaine. Mortimer cares for his aunts, but his world is turned upside-down as he tries to untangle their crazy, homicidal dilemma.
Elaine Harper (Playing 20’s): An attractive girl in her twenties, and Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper, who lives next-door to Abby and Martha. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter.
Teddy Brewster (Playing 40’s): Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster. Teddy is a delightfully certifiable man who is under the happy delusion that he is Theodore Roosevelt.
Jonathan Brewster (Playing 40’s): Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff.
Dr. Einstein (Playing 40’s): A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times.
Officer O'Hara (Playing 20’s): A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.
Rev. Dr. Harper (Playing 50’s): Minister and father of Elaine.
Officer Brophy (Playing 18 – 35): A pleasant neighborhood police officer.
Officer Klein (Playing 18 – 35): Also a pleasant neighborhood police officer, partner to Brophy.
Lieutenant Rooney (Playing 30’s): A tough and dominating police officer, the commanding officer of the precinct.
Mr. Witherspoon (Playing 40’s): The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium.
Mr. Gibbs (Playing 50’s): An elderly man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters, narrowly escaping poison.
Mistakenly apprenticed to a pirate (instead of a pilot) by his nursemaid at the age of eight, the handsome Frederic is now twenty-one and, though quite fond of the group of joyous and fun-loving pirates, chooses to abandon his profession and “lead a blameless life henceforth,” dedicating himself instead to their eradication. Shortly after leaving them, he encounters a gaggle of beautiful maidens and their father, the eccentric Major-General. The whole group has a run-in with the pirates themselves before escaping on the false premise that the Major-General is an orphan - a fact these tenderhearted pirates simply cannot help but take into account, given the fact that the majority of them are orphans themselves and “know what it’s like.” Just as Frederic is ready to lead a band of lily-livered policemen to take out the Pirate King and his men, a secret is uncovered that will change his fate forever.
Major-General Stanley (Playing 50’s): A one star-general in the British Army, Major-General Stanley is the protector of many young women, his wards.
The Pirate King (Playing 30’s – 40’s): A largely unsuccessful commander, the pirate king, although a flamboyant braggart, is too tender-hearted to do what pirates are supposed to do.
Samuel (Playing 50’s): The pirate king's lieutenant
Frederic (Playing 21): A pirate trainee, Frederic was apprenticed to the pirates by mistake. He is a noble young man who falls in love with Mabel but puts his sense of duty above everything else, including love.
Sergeant of Police (Playing 30’s – 40’s): The leader of a bumbling squad of policemen, the good-natured sergeant of police is committed to stopping the pirates.
Mabel (Playing 18): Major-General Stanley's youngest daughter; quickly falls in love with Frederic.
Edith (Playing 18 – 25): Another of Major-General Stanley’s daughters
Kate (Playing 18 – 25): Another of Major-General Stanley's daughters
Isabel (Playing 18 – 25): Another of Major-General Stanley's daughters
Ruth (Playing 47): A pirate maid-of-all-work and Frederic’s nursery maid, Ruth mistakenly apprenticed Frederic to a pirate instead of a pilot. She is in love with Frederic and feels betrayed when he falls in love with Mabel.
A Chorus of Pirates, Police, and General Stanley’s Daughters
Sex Please, We're 60 (Comedy)
Audition Dates: March 15 & 16 (7 PM)
Show Dates: May 1 - 10
The comedy is set at Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast, which has been successful for many years, with her mostly female guests returning year after year. Her next-door neighbor, the elderly, silver-tongued, Bud “Bud the Stud” Davis, believes they come to spend time with him in romantic liaisons, which the prim and proper Mrs. Stancliff steadfastly denies. The proprietor’s other neighbor and would-be suitor, Henry Mitchell, is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called “Venusia” to increase the libido of menopausal women. When the untested pill gets mixed up with Bud’s Viagra, strange things happen.
Bud Davis (Playing 70+): the next-door neighbor to Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast; weak, frail looking (the frailer the better), however, over the years, he has become renowned among the female guests as "Bud the Stud;" very elderly, somewhat infirm, chauvinistic, brazen, but likeable.
Mrs. Stancliffe (Playing 60+): the owner of Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast; a severe woman both in dress and manner; pursued by her next door neighbor, Henry; sensible, practical, punctual, business like, menopausal, but finally radiant and sensuous.
Henry Mitchell (Playing 60+): a retired chemist and Mrs. Stancliffe's "Gentleman Caller;" a mild mannered man who has proposed to Mrs. Stancliffe every afternoon for twenty years; has developed Venusia; eventually comes out of his shell.
Victoria Ambrose (Playing 50+): a renowned author who writes steamy romantic novels; pines for romance in her personal life, but finds none; readily joins the plot to turn "Bud the Stud" into "Bud the Dud”, pretty, serious, intelligent, menopausal.
Hillary Hudson (Playing 50+): beautiful, well educated, articulate, and sophisticated in both manner and dress; old friend and co-worker of Henry's, who agrees to test the Venusia pills; elegant, charming, and menopausal.
Charmaine Beauregard (Playing 50+): the quintessential southern belle; definitely here at Rose Cottage for Bud and becomes the leading light in the plot to tame him; voluptuous, out-going, gushing, demonstrative, menopausal.
(Comedy with Music)
Audition Dates: May 3 & 4 (7 PM)
Show Dates: June 3 - 28
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