Musical 2022 – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

This year’s musical will be Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Book by Jeffrey Lane

Music and lyrics by David Yazbek

By kind permission of Music Theatre International

Two con men, a beautiful woman and the elite of the French Riviera collide in this sexy and irreverent farce.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the popular 1988 MGM film, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and was nominated for a staggering 11 Tony Awards.

Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After their initial meeting, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

So, if you fancy joining AODS for a show with multiple roles and accents please come along and join in the fun. Auditions for this production are being held on Monday 17th and Monday 25th January at the Salvation Army Hall, Amery Street, GU34 1HN. Doors open at 7.30 for a warm up sing and auditions start shortly after 8pm.

If you wish to audition for this production, please download and complete the audition form and bring it with you to the audition.

Characters

LAWRENCE JAMESON: – Male, 40 – 60, Tenor.  An experienced British con artist who is sophisticated, suave and elegant.  Dialects: British (received pronunciation), German. G2 – Bb4.

FREDDY BENSON: – Male, 20 – 30, Tenor.  A young, clever, aspiring American con artist.  He is a sloppy yet an attractive womanizer. Has a romance with Christine.  Dialects, Various American, Dimwit? A2 – B4.

CHRISTINE COLGATE: – Female, 20 – 40, Mezzo-Soprano.  A seemingly good-natured American heiress, vacationing on the French Riviera, with a huge secret.  Naive and clueless at first.  She becomes cunning and mischievous.  Has a romance with Freddy.  Dialects, General American.  A3 – F#5.

ANDRE THIBAULT: – Male, 30 – 50, Baritenor.  Lawrence’s French assistant.  Official and mostly serious, he has a light-hearted nature and a quirky sense of humour.  Has a romance with Muriel.  Dialect, French.  F2 – F4.

MURIEL EUBANKS: – Female, 30 – 50, Alto.  A wealthy and attractive American socialite from Nebraska, she is one of Lawrence’s victims and Andre’s subsequent love interest.  Dialect, general American. E3 – C5.

JOLENE OAKES: – Female, 20 – 30, Mezzo-Alto.  An American heiress from Oklahoma and the “Princess of Petroleum”, she is very eager, optimistic and energetic.  Blend of southern firecracker and a southern belle style.  Dialect, Southern? (Subject to discussion).  A3 – D5

ENSEMBLE: – Men and women, various ages, vocal ranges and dialects.  Will be playing multiple roles, such as tourists/citizens, maids/butlers, waiters.  Business roles con artist victims and atmospheric individuals.  Multiple opportunities for featured / solo singing dance and dialogue moments.