Playhouse to hold auditions for roles in musical ‘Gypsy’

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By Jenny Hartley

If you’d like to sing and dance in the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County’s next production, you can audition Tuesday.

The playhouse held auditions last week for “Gypsy,” but more actors are needed. Another audition will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Stevens Auditorium, in Hubbard Hall.

The show originally starred Ethel Merman in the lead role as Mama Rose. It is based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist.

The play takes place during the 1920s, when Vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born.

“Gypsy” is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Mama Rose lives to see her daughter, June, succeed on Broadway by way of Vaudeville. When June marries and leaves, Rose turns her hope and attention to her elder, less obviously talented, daughter Louise, who later becomes Gypsy Rose Lee.

Eric Grace, director of “Gypsy” for the Community Playhouse, said he needs four men in their late teens to 20s who can dance and sing to play the roles of newsboys in the production.

Showgirls and “Hollywood Blondes” in their 20s and 30s are also needed. The roles require some singing and dancing.

Those auditioning may bring their own musical selection to perform.

Grace said he hopes more will audition for the show, since he has already cast some of it, and work has already been done on costumes and set designs, and he doesn’t want to have start over on a new show.

Anyone with questions about the audition may call Grace at (803) 431-3069, or go to www.lancasterplayhouse.com for details.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151