TITLE: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
AUTHOR: Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Book by Harvey Fierstein, Based on the Play by Jean Poiret
DIRECTOR: Sean F. Gray
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Stephen Olear
CHOREOGRAPHER: Phie Mura
RUN: June 29 – Aug. 3 with a possible extension to Aug. 10, 2019
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.
This is a community theater production. Non-Equity. There is no pay.
Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30 & May 1, 2019
Times: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Date and Time: Thursday, May 2nd, 7pm – 11pm, by invitation only.
First Read-Through: May 4, 2019, Noon – 3:30
Regular Rehearsal: Starting May 6, 2019, Mondays – Thursdays, 7pm – 10:30pm. Saturdays 11am – 3:30pm, and some Sunday Evenings 6pm – 9:30pm. Final schedule determined by casting.
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Bring headshot and resume. Please be familiar with the show.
At the Open Call – Please prepare 16 bars of a classical musical theater song in the style of the show but not from the show (Jerry Herman songs a plus) – please no Jason Robert Brown or Sondheim songs. Be prepared to present a character and to act with your song. Also be prepared to dance.
At the Callbacks – Scene sides will be read, songs from the show will be learned and sung, and a dance callback will be seen.
In this much loved musical that inspired The Birdcage, we peer into the living quarters of a famed drag nightclub, La Cage Aux Folles. Two men partnered in love as well as show-biz, Georges and Albin have their self-worth challenged after twenty years of un-wedded bliss when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a conservative, right-wing politician. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” to meet the family of the bride-to-be, but Albin has other plans, which escalate with hilarious results! In this charming and incredibly funny musical, we learn that families come in all forms, and that it is all right to be as you are!
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
All Ethnicities are encouraged to audition for any role.
THE CAGELLES (M & F, 20-40) Various vocal ranges – The drag performers at La Cage, they are fabulous, flamboyant, and fierce both onstage and off. They will perform in full drag, from high heels to higher wigs. Will also double as the townspeople of St. Tropez. Looking to cast about 4 men and 3 women. (Must be able to dance well, be willing to perform in drag, and to engage in same sex intimacy. Any tap dancing experience a plus.)
–CHANTAL (M or F, 20-40) Vocal Range: Soprano or a great falsetto necessary – An elegant drag performer who fancies themself an opera diva. (Needs to be able to sing operatically, in a coloratura style.)
–HANNA (M or F, 20-40) Vocal Range: Open – A feisty drag dominatrix who rules with a strong attitude and a whip. (Skills with a bullwhip a plus.)
–PHAEDRA (M or F, 20-40) Vocal Range: Open – An exotic and mysterious performer. (Any special dance tricks or acrobatics a plus.)
–ANGELIQUE (M or F, 20-40) Vocal Range: Open – A Beautiful dancer at La Cage. (Tap dancing skills a plus.)
–MONIQUE (M or F, 20-40) Vocal Range: Open – A Beautiful dancer at La Cage. (Tap dancing skills a plus.)
-BITELLE (F, 20-40) Vocal Range: Open – A favorite at La Cage. Playful both offstage and on. Will also double the role of COLETTE.
-MERCEDES (M, 20-40) Vocal Range: Open – The longest standing member of La Cage. A seasoned performer. Will also double the role of ETIENNE.
ALBIN (M, 40 – 60), Vocal Range: High Baritone, A#2-G4 – A loving, maternal, and proudly effeminate gay man who is the headliner at La Cage under the drag name Zaza, a fabulous diva who demands attention with every move she makes. Role requires a performer that can sing well, is energetic, and is a great comic actor. (Must be able to move well, be willing to perform in drag, and to engage in same sex intimacy.)
GEORGES (M, 40-60), Vocal Range: Baritone, G2-F4 – The charismatic owner of La Cage, where he is also the main emcee with a celebrated flair. Is lovingly devoted to his long-term partner Albin, and a doting father to his son Jean-Michel. Role requires a performer that can sing well, is energetic, and is a great comic actor. (Must be able to move well and to engage in same sex intimacy.)
JEAN-MICHEL (M, 20 – 25), Vocal Range: High Baritone, A#2-G4 – Georges’ charming son who has been spoiled by his loving parents. Somewhat of a playboy who has recently finished sowing his oats and fallen desperately in love with his fiancee Anne. (Must be able to move well.)
JACOB (M, 18-35) Vocal Range: Baritone, Bb2-Ab4 – The flamboyant butler to Georges and Albin with dreams of being a huge drag star. He balances all the tasks of managing the hectic household and making Albin happy, even though he may not have all the qualities of a good butler. Role requires a performer that is energetic and is a great comic actor. (Must be able to move well, be willing to perform in drag, and to engage in same sex intimacy.)
ANNE (F, 20 – 25), Vocal Range: Alto to Soprano – A sheltered girl who has just recently discovered her own sense of personal freedom. Is Dindon’s daughter, and fiancee to Jean-Michel. May also double as one of the Cagelles during Act One. (Must be a good dancer and be willing to perform in drag.)
DINDON (M, 45-60) Vocal Range: Baritone, Bb2-Eb4 – A right-wing politician who is the Deputy General of the Tradition, Family, and Morality Party. Anne’s father, he is staunchly conservative, pompous, and bigoted. Role requires a performer that is a great comic actor. Will also double in the role of RENAUD. (Must be able to move well and be willing to perform in drag.)
MARIE DINDON (F, 40-60), Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano, F4-A5 – Anne’s Mother, and the trophy wife of Dindon who stands by her politician husband. She is shy, retiring, and sexually repressed but sex-starved. She has moments of genuine caring that shine through, but are they are often silenced by her husband. Will also double in the role of MME. RENAUD. (Must be able to move well and be willing to perform in drag.)
JACQUELINE (F, 30-60), Vocal Range: Mezzo, B3-F5 – A friend to Georges and Albin and the glamorous owner and operator of the Riviera’s most exclusive restaurant, Chez Jacqueline. She has a larger-than-life personality and imagines herself to be a much bigger celebrity than she actually is. Role requires a performer that can sing well, is energetic, and is a great comic actor. Will also double in the role of BABETTE. (Must be able to move well.)
FRANCIS (M, 20-40) Vocal Range is open – The hard working stage manager at La Cage who is very used to the chaotic herding of drag queens. Ends up having a liaison with Hanna. Will also double in other roles such a Reporter and a Waiter. (Must be able to move well and be willing to engage in same sex intimacy.)