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Audition Announcements:

We are thrilled to announce auditions for

Thursday, Mar 2nd at 6:00 (Doors open at 5:30. You must be signed in by 6:45 to be seen)


Sunday, Mar 5th at 1:00. (Doors open at 12:30. You must be signed in by 1:45 to be seen)
(You don't need to attend both audition dates)

Callbacks will be scheduled if needed. 

Director: Michael Donovan
Music Director: Evan Cuddy

Choreographer: Tess McLaughlin
Producer: Tracy Pratt
Stage Manager: Alexandra Garbeck



May 19 - June 4, 2023
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:30 PM

Rehearsals will begin March 20th and will be Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights 6:30-9:30 with Sunday afternoons added as show is closer to opening. 

You must be available for ALL tech rehearsals and ALL performances. 

We are deeply committed to casting based solely on talent and team-focused attitudes. We strongly encourage BBIA and LGBTQ/NB actors, as well as actors of every age and body type, to please share your talents with us.

Everyone who auditions will need to do the dance audition. Please wear comfortable clothing for dancing and appropriate footwear: no sandals, crocs, etc. 

Vocal Auditions: 
If you are auditioning for Jerry, Dave, Malcolm, Horse or Vikki please prepare the vocal selection provided for that part. Anyone auditioning for all other roles, including ensemble please prepare 16 bars of a pop/rock musical theater selection. No Sondheim or the like. Please bring sheet music in appropriate key. 

There will be cold readings with sides available at theater at 5:30 on audition nights. 

Character Descriptions:

Monty Men: 
If you are auditioning for these 6 roles, or Keno, you need to be very comfortable with your body; enough to perform on stage in your underwear and eventually a g-string and eventual Full Monty moment (strategically staged and lit).You must agree to such to be considered for those roles. Trust is the key word for our production – you will be taken care of respectfully and our final moment will be powerful, yet careful. 

Jerry Lukowski - An unemployed mill worker. 35+. Range: Rock Tenor. Sings in 10 numbers. B2-Db5, strong controlled falsetto. “I’m out of work, divorced, in debt up to my balls ... And if I don’t make some money soon they won’t let me see my kid. I’m fed up, frustrated, angry and, oh yeah, scrap.” Jerry is a complex emotional character with serious heart and charisma, and genuine tenderness for his son – a regular guy. Very strong singing across genres, including a controlled and pretty falsetto, is required - 8 songs, 2 reprises, dense harmonies. Download audition song here.

Nathan Lukowski – Jerry’s young son. 12 ish. Range: age appropriate. “12 years old going on forty” but young-looking for his age. Must be at least 10 year’s old by auditions. Nathan can be stoic, sincere, and charming, but ultimately real as he deals with his parents’ custody battle. Key player who does a lot of witnessing. PARENTS: Please watch the original movie and find an opportunity to read the musical’s entire script BEFORE auditions. The movie is Rated R for language and differs from the play in significant ways. The script for the play is available from the library, book stores, or you can contact us directly for a perusal. Nathan sees and hears adult-themed content and, critically, drops the f-bomb (says “f**k” once - no exceptions).

Pam Lukowski – Jerry’s estranged wife, Teddy’s fiancée. 30-40. Range: Alto. Sings in 2 numbers. Broad mezzo with belt. G3-A5. In some ways Pam has become a realist. She earnestly wants Jerry to be an active parent for Nathan, but wrestles with strong reservations about his character and her own lingering feelings for him. “I’m not the enemy!” and she isn’t! Powerfully connected performer required.

Dave Bukatinsky - An unemployed steel worker. 30+. Range: Lyric Tenor with strong falsetto. Sings in 9 numbers. B2-Db5. “I just defrosted my refrigerator and vacuumed my living room. And how was your day?” Jerry’s best friend, he is often swept along in Jerry’s plans unwittingly. He struggles with unemployment and its effect on his marriage. “Heart” is often used to describe this show: Dave has heart in spades! A lovable, good-natured soul with body weight and self-esteem issues. Must be comfortable enough with your belly to proudly wield it in all its glory.  It is a key component of the character. Strong singer required. Download audition song here.

Georgie Bukatinsky – Dave’s wife. 30-40. Range: High alto/broad mezzo belter. Sings in 4 numbers. F3-A5. A warm, down-to-earth soul that isn’t afraid to kick up her heels. Her exuberance opens the show and sets the place and mood perfectly! Her reality comes in dealing with her hubby’s struggles and trying to hold her marriage together. Powerful songs showcase her singing.

Malcolm MacGregor – an unemployed mill worker. 25-40. Range: High Tenor, smooth falsetto. Sings in 8 numbers. C#3-E5. “I sure could use a friend ... I’m a compete loser who still lives at home with his mother.” His frank self-assess- ment neglects to mention his sweetness and sincerity. A shy gay man, he is rescued from a half-hearted suicide attempt by Jerry and Dave and becomes fast friends. Through their auditions for male strippers, he meets Ethan who buoys him through a very dark moment. Malcolm’s self-esteem soars around his new companions. Beautiful voice required.  Download audition song here.

Ethan Girard - an unemployed steel worker. 20-30. Range: High baritone/tenor. Sings in 6 numbers. F2-Bb5. “I don’t know what I want. Something. Somebody.” Ethan remains an optimist while struggling with unemployment and friendship. He energetically attempts wall-walking a la Donald O’Connor’s ‘Singing In The Rain’ acrobatics. His affection for Malcolm is openly genuine and uncomplicated. Good physical comedic role.

Noah “Horse” T. Simmons - a retired African American mill worker. 50+. Range: Baritone/Tenor. Sings in 5 num- bers. D3-Bb5. His “break-dancing days are probably over” but he sings and dances the funky show-stopping, ‘Big Black Man.’ Excellent mover with great dead-pan comedy. Download audition song here.

Harold Nichols -an unemployed mill supervisor. 35-60. Range: High baritone/tenor. Sings in 6+ numbers. F2-Bb4. “It’s sink or swim time and I’m drowning. It’s every man for himself!” Harold’s doting on his wife extends to the realm of covering up his unemployment for 6 months while keeping her be-decked in upper middle class luxury well past his means. Aloof at first, his dance skills are what finally, and arduously, brings Hot Metal alive.

Vicki Nichols – Harold’s wife. 30-55. Range: High alto/broad mezzo belter. Sings in 4 numbers. G3-A5. Charming and energetic, she loves Prada ensembles but not more than she loves her husband. Flamboyant on the surface, her love and understanding are real. Classy, but easily one of the girls. Comedic triple-threat. Download audition song here.

Jeannette Burmeister – the piano player. 50+. Range: Low alto belter. F3-Bb4. She’s seen it all and been there be- fore. You can’t shock her, but she’ll shock you as she says what’s really on her mind! Shows up with a piano to play for the guys totally out of the blue. Steals the show with her ‘Showbiz’ number.

Teddy Slaughter – Pam’s fiancé. 35-55. The opposite of Jerry – clean-cut, well-off. May double in other roles. May sing in the songs ‘Scrap’ and ‘Let It Go.’

Buddy ‘Keno’ Walsh - handsome and experienced gay male stripper. 21+ His show opening Chippendale-esque performance for the Buffalo ladies bookends the beginning of the show nicely. May double in other roles. May sing in the songs ‘Scrap’ and ‘Let It Go.’

Estelle Genovese (Jerry’s younger sexy girlfriend)

Susan Hershey, Joanie Lish, Dolores (doubles as Molly MacGregor, Malcolm’s aged ailing mother). Ages: 20-60. 

Ensemble:  Looking for ensemble of 8-10 that will double into smaller roles.

At this time Portland Players is requiring that all cast and crew members are vaccinated. Please bring proof of vaccination to the audition, or you will not be allow to audition for this production. 

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