Falsettos

by William Finn and James Lapine
Directed by Hal Houston

Script Review: November 10, 2019

Audition: November 17, 2019

Performance Dates

Feb. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22, 2020 at 8:00PM
Feb. 16 & 23, 2020 at 2:00PM

A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the February 16 matinee.


While most of the characters are Jewish, non-traditional casting, without regard to race or ethnicity, will be utilized.

  • Marvin – (30 - 39) Jewish; a devoted husband and father; smart, funny, and charming; struggles to reconcile his desire for a happy traditional family with his love for Whizzer; high baritone.
  • Whizzer – (20 - 39) extremely handsome, athletic, and confident; has a tempestuous relationship with Marvin; character can be any ethnicity; tenor.
  • Trina – (30 - 39) Jewish; wife to Marvin, Mother to Jason; charmingly neurotic in her effort to understand the conflicting feelings she has in the aftermath of her divorce; consults Mendel, her husband's psychiatrist, and eventually marries him; soprano/belt.
  • Mendel – (30 - 49) Jewish; Marvin's psychiatrist who marries Trina and enters into the tumultuous world of her life with her son, her ex, and her ex's lover while struggling with his own feelings; high baritone.
  • Jason – (10 - 13, to play 13) Jewish; Marvin's and Trina's son; bookish and awkward; his impending Bar Mitzvah, his parents' divorce, and the entrance of Whizzer into his life leave him confused, angry, and trying to sort it all out; tenor.
  • Charlotte – (30 - 39) one of the lesbians from next door; a dedicated doctor alarmed by the mysterious illness that is killing her gay male patients; tough, but extremely nurturing and very much in love with her partner, Cordelia; alto/mezzo.
  • Cordelia – (25 - 49) the other lesbian from next door; Dr. Charlotte's partner; runs her own kosher catering business; very keen on making a nice home but also wants to be useful and valued for her contribution to the world; high belt voice.

Falsettos is the story of Marvin, his ex-wife Trina, his boyfriend Whizzer, his psychiatrist Mendel, his son Jason and a pair of lesbians next door as everyone must put aside their differences to prepare for Jason's Bar Mitzvah. It is a funny and heartbreaking musical tale of the families we are given and the families we make. As the song says, "Love can tell a million stories."

Hal Houston is happy to return to Curtain Players after directing Lettice & Lovage during the 2017/18 season. He holds a BA in Theatre Directing from California State University, Long Beach, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. He has over 30 years experience in acting and directing, with his favorite productions so far being The Sound of Music and Sweeney Todd.

When

Where

Script review, auditions, and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

Curtain Players offers a script review session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance, and, unless specified otherwise in the role's description, are open to all without regard to race or ethnicity. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

Curtain Players has donated two copies of the script to Westerville Public Library for general circulation.

Auditions will consist of prepared solos 16-32 bars long as well as possible singing from the score. When choosing a song, please choose a piece you are comfortable singing that shows your range and appropriateness for the role you desire. You may prepare a song from the show, but that is not required. Please bring your own sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Be prepared for a possible movement audition.

Requests for an early audition for Falsettos must be made no later than November 03, 2019.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org.

We will rehearse 4-5 nights a week for about 3 hours, and the schedule will be set based on cast and staff conflicts and availability. Other than tech there will be no Saturday or Sunday rehearsals (this could change depending on conflicts, but the preference is that it doesn't). Please come to auditions with a list of ALL scheduling conflicts from the day after auditions until closing.

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