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CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

* Actors auditioning for Lola or an Angel should ideally audition in heels (if available). All ethnicities are highly encouraged to audition. Please note that the entire cast should be comfortable with a pop/rock style of singing and British accent.

CHARLIE PRICE (Male) Late 20’s – early 30’s. Sings C3–B4. A leading man, just out of university. He is privileged, but likeable — his father owns the shoe factory. He is handsome and loveable but there is a temper right under the skin. Must have a great rock voice, ability to move and be a strong actor.

 *LOLA (Male) 30’s–40’s. Sings C3–B4 (with one top C). 5’8” and above is preferable. An emotionally and physically challenging role that requires the body of a boxer with the soul of a Diva, a la Whitney Houston. Must have star presence and feel comfortable wearing everything from full glamour as a scene-stealing drag performer to nothing but boxing trunks. Must have a killer voice with power blues and gospel chops. Strong comedic actor. This is the Tony Award®-winning role originated by Billy Porter on Broadway, written for a non-Caucasian (generally African heritage) male.

 LAUREN (Female) 20’s. Sings B♭3–F♯5. Beautiful, but quirky (not glamorous like Nicola) working class girl who works in the shoe factory. Funny and smart but has had bad luck with men. Terrific comedic actress.

 NICOLA (Female) 20’s. Sings B♭3–F♯5. Charlie’s girlfriend since school. Sophisticated looks. She is a social climber, driven and uncompromising. She knows what she wants and goes for it. Must have a great pop voice.

 DON (Male) 30’s–40’s. Sings C3–F4 (must have a strong falsetto to D5 for the Finale). Lola’s nemesis. Burly hyper-masculine bear of a factory worker. Has a menacing physicality. Least likely to be seen on a runway in kinky boots. Strong actor required.

 GEORGE (Male) 40’s–50’s. Sings C3–F4. Factory Manager, keeping up traditions. Reserved and tightly wound.

 *THE ANGELS (Male)  20’s–30’s. These are the six drag performers from The Blue Angel Nightclub who perform with Lola. Actors with star quality and personality. Must be versatile and terrific singers (with a contemporary pop/rock/R & B belt) and dancers (required to dance in heels). Physical fitness is crucial. Tumbling and acro skills a plus.  Three Angels sing to C♯5 and three sing to A4.

TRISH (Female) 40’s–50’s. Sings B♭3–D5 and must have strong rock/pop belt. Factory worker who has been there longer than any of the other women. A lot of life experience and a lot of responsibility–this shows in her face. Comedy chops.

PAT (Female) 30’s. Sings B♭3–F♯5 and must be strong pop/rock soprano. Officious office manager who will let loose her wild side when allowed.

MR. PRICE / ENSEMBLE (Male) 40’s–50’s. Sings B♭2–G4 and must have a good voice. Charlie’s father and owner of the shoe factory. Appears in the opening and closing sequence as well as playing a pub patron, factory worker etc for the rest of the show.

HARRY / ENSEMBLE (Male) 20’s–30’s. Sings E3–C4. A contemporary of Charlie’s, but his opposite. Harry is successful, self-aware, confident and carefree. Must have a great rock voice. Also plays a Factory Worker etc.

YOUNG LOLA (Male) should look 8-10 years old, black/African-American. IDEALLY UNDER 4 feet 5 inches. This is Lola as a ten year old boy, whose father wants him to be a boxer, but he already knows he’s destined to wear high heels. Must have a great voice and be comfortable WEARING HIGH HEELS during the show.

 

YOUNG CHARLIE (Male) should look 8-10 years old, Caucasian. Ideally under 4 feet 5 inches. This is our lead as a ten year old boy. Lost, quiet, reflective. He appears in the opening and closing sequences. Must have a great, strong voice.

 

ENSEMBLE  20’s–50’s. The men and women of the ensemble must be excellent pop/rock singers. They will play factory workers, pub patrons etc. Factory workers should look like real, everyday people and be able to move well.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

 

All ethnicities are highly encouraged to audition.  Many of the Ensemble have significant speaking roles and many double, as well. Looking for excellent singers who move very well, especially character types of all ages.

 

MALE PRINCIPLE CHARACTERS

Dr. VOLTAIRE / PANGLOSS / GOVERNOR / SAGE Voltaire is the story's wise and all-knowing narrator. Dr. Pangloss is Cunegonde and Candide's teacher. He loves Paquette. Very large and demanding character part that covers four diverse roles with different ages and accents.  Requires an actor with presence, intelligence, humor, energy and wild creativity.

Age: 40 to 50

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: G2

 

CANDIDE A naïve and trusting youth, who blindly follows the teachings of his teacher. Cunegonde's lover and illegitimate nephew to the Baron and Baroness.

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

MAXIMILLIAN Cunegonde's brother. A young, handsome aristocrat whose looks are only matched by his vanity. Versatile and comedic.

Age: 20 to 25

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: G2

 

 

BARON Cunegonde and Maximillian's father. A stuffy nobleman and indiscreet womanizer. Strong comedic character actor-singer that doubles in other parts.

Age: 45 to 65

 

FEMALE PRINCIPLE CHARACTERS

 

CUNEGONDE A blonde beauty and Candide's love interest. Faithful, strong, and attractive. Demanding vocally.

Age: 18 to 26

Vocal range top: E6

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

OLD LADY

Though she was once beautiful, she is now old and ugly with one buttock. Acts as a guide and teacher to Candide and Cunegonde. Character actor of great wit and wisdom who moves well.

Age: 50 to 75

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

PAQUETT A overtly sexy but good-hearted maid who does her best to help reunite Candide with Cunegonde. Perhaps a bit dim.

Age: 18 to 25

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

BARONESS Cunegonde and Maximillian's mother and the Baron's wife. Strong comedic character actor-singer who doubles in other parts, as well.

Age: 40 to 60

 

ENSEMBLE

Large group of singers (good movers) who play: Soldiers, Citizens, Prostitutes, Sailors, Pirates, Banquet Guests, Houri, Animals, etc.