Guys & Dolls Casting Call

Oct 12 2017 | By More

EMT to stage Guys and Dolls, May 2018

Amateur musicals company Edinburgh Music Theatre has put out an open call for its May 2018 production of Guys and Dolls at the King’s Theatre.

An initial welcome night will take place this Thursday, 12 October, at the Edinburgh Tabernacle, including early auditions for the chorus. Further audition sessions will take place on Wednesdays 25 October and 1 November.

Direction for the show will be by Ian Hammond Brown, who directed the company’s production of Fiddler on The Roof in April. Bekki Wallace is returning to choreograph the company, after her previous stint with them on The Producers in 2016.

Musical direction will be by Matthew Brown and Simon Lowe, who both have considerable professional musical theatre experience.

Taking its cue from the risqué yarns of Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls is set in the seedy nether world of 1940s New York, where compulsive gambler Nathan Detroit is desperate to find money to pay for his floating Craps game.

Premiering on Broadway in 1950 and London’s West End three years later, the stage musical has been something of a watertight hit ever since.

recognisable hits

With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls is packed with recognisable hits. The show-stopping Sit Down – You’re Rockin’ the Boat led by underworld character Nicely-Nicely Johnson is just the start of a song list that includes A Bushell and A Peck, Luck Be A Lady and Sue Me.

The EMT welcome night will be a chance to chat to existing EMTers, meet the creative team and hear about their vision for the show. There will be work-shopping sessions and the opportunity learn an audition song before small-group auditions for entry into the chorus.

The audition sessions on Wednesdays 25 October and 1 November will be 7-10pm at EMT’s usual home, Barclay Church, 1 Wright’s Houses next to Bruntsfield Links. This will start with small group auditions for any chorus-only applicants that couldn’t make the welcome night.

It will then move on to individual slots for anyone who wishes to audition for principal/supporting roles with more solo slots on 1 November, if necessary, and principal call-backs.

There is a minimum entry age of 16. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 7pm – 10pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm at Barclay Church, Bruntsfield.

Listings & Links

EMT Welcome Night
Tabernacle Church, 41-42 Inverleith Row, Ferry Road, EH3 5PR.
Thursday 12 October: 7:30pm – 10:30pm.
Anyone planning to audition, or interested in joining backstage should complete the short audition form/expression of interest:

Guys and Dolls Audition Nights
Barclay Church, 1 Wright’s Houses, EH10 4HN
Wednesday 25 October & Wednesday 1 November
Both nights: 7-10pm.

Guys and Dolls
King’s Theatre 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Wed 2 – Sat 5 May 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm, matinee: Sat 2.30pm.

EMT Website:
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Twitter: @EdMusicTheatre


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