Auditions for Hello, Dolly!

The CM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER is holding auditions for HELLO DOLLY on Monday, February 28th and Tuesday, March 1st at 7:30PM. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song from or in the style of the show. Callbacks will follow by appointment. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for dancing in case you are asked to stick around for a dance call. Rehearsals will begin immediately. Performance dates are below. Please bring possible rehearsal and/or performance conflicts to the audition.
All gender identities and expressions, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and physical and cognitive abilities are encouraged to audition. The CM Performing Arts Center is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the casting and encourages actors of diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups to audition. We are also accepting video submissions for this production. Video auditions should be sent to with a resume by Sunday, February 27 at 7:30PM. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN!

Production Team:
Director – Matthew W. Surico
Choreographer – Kevin Burns

Health & Safety Protocols:

For the safety of all performers, staff, and our CM community, all performers and staff must be either fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or present proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test or COVID-19 molecular PCR test on a weekly basis. Unvaccinated performers and staff must wear masks or approved face coverings at all rehearsals and performances. Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose of the Pfizer/BioTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine or 14 days after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.

About the Show:
This musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s hit play The Matchmaker  bursts with humor, romance, energetic dance and some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things,” are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again.

Audition Dates: Monday, February 28, and Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30PM

Performance Dates:
Saturday, May 7                8:00PM
Sunday, May 8                  2:00PM
Wednesday, May 11         2:00PM
Friday, May 13                  8:00PM
Saturday, May 14             8:00PM
Wednesday, May 18        7:30PM
Friday, May 20                 8:00PM
Saturday, May 21            8:00PM
Sunday, May 22               2:00PM

Character Descriptions:

DOLLY LEVI (Female, 40-65, Mezzo) A charming meddling matchmaker. A widow in her middle years who has decided to begin her life again. She is a strong character with commanding presence, but she must also show compassion and vulnerability. Excellent comic timing. (Vocal Range: F#3-C#5)

HORACE VANDERGELDER (Male, 45-60, Baritone) Proprietor of a Hay & Feed store and a client of Dolly Levi. A widower of some means. (Vocal Range: Bb2-E4)

CORNELIUS HACKL (Male, 25-40, Tenor) Vandergelder’s chief clerk who yearns for one exciting day in NYC. Some legit baritone singing. Good comic timing. (Vocal range: A2-G4)

BARNABY TUCKER (Male, 16-25, Baritone) An assistant to Cornelius at Vandergelder’s Hay & Feed store. Featured dance role. (Vocal Range: A2-G4)

IRENE MOLLOY (Female, 30-45, Soprano) A milliner with a Hat Shop in New York City.  Dolly has introduced her to Horace Vandegelder but she yearns for romance. (Vocal Range: G3-F5)

MINNIE FAY (Female, 16-25, Mezzo) A young girl who works in Irene’s hat shop. Featured dance role. (Vocal Range: Bb3-F5)

ERMENGARDE (Female, 16-25, Mezzo) The young niece of Horace Vandergelder. She cries often and wants her independence. Strong dance ability/featured dance role.. (Vocal Range: A3-C#5)

AMBROSE KEMPER (Male, 18-25, Tenor) An explosive young artist seeking to marry Ermengarde. Strong dance ability/featured dance role.. (Vocal Range: F#3-F#4)

ERNESTINA MONEY (Female, 30-50, chorus singing only) An eccentric woman in need of Dolly’s matchmaker services. Good comic timing.

RUDOLPH REISENWEBER (Male, 40-60, chorus singing only) The Prussian major-domo of the Harmonia Gardens

MRS. ROSE (Female, 40-60, chorus singing only) A friend of Dolly’s from years before who sells vegetables from a street cart.

JUDGE (Male, 30s-60s, chorus singing only) White whiskered night court judge. Easily moved to tears by romance.

ENSEMBLE (Male and Female, 16+) who play Townspeople of New York, Yonkers Band, Lodge Members, Feed Store Customers, Harmonia Gardens Customers and Staff, Polka Contest Contestants, 14th Street Parade Ensemble and Policemen as well as several smaller roles. We are looking for strong singers who move and strong dancers who sing.

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