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Hello, Dolly! Auditions

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Hello, Dolly! Auditions

July 7 @ 6:00 pm

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July 7 & 8 (7:00-10:00 p.m.)

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You must be 16 years of age or older to audition for this show. Volunteer actors of any gender, race, ethnicity, language, disability/ability, sexual orientation and gender-identification are encouraged to audition. Should you need accommodations for your audition, such as an interpreter or wheelchair assistance, please email For all other questions related to the audition, contact



Please arrive to the TCR lobby up to 30 minutes before your audition time to check in and to fill out an audition form. Be prepared to state all potential rehearsal conflicts. You need only attend one night of auditions, then callbacks if requested. Auditions won’t necessarily go until 10:00 p.m. if things move quickly.

  • Sunday, July 7th
    • 6:00 p.m. – all actors auditioning for Dolly Gallagher Levi and Horace Vandergelder. (You may leave at 7:00, or stay if you wish to be considered for additional roles. Dolly/Horace candidates do not need to dance at the open call unless they wish to be considered for other roles.)
    • 7:00-10:00 p.m. All other roles, supporting, singer/dancer and ensemble.
  • Monday, July 8th
    • 6:00 p.m. – all actors auditioning for Dolly Gallagher Levi and Horace Vandergelder. (You may leave at 7:00, or stay if you wish to be considered for additional roles. Dolly/Horace candidates do not need to dance at the open call unless they wish to be considered for other roles.)
    • 7:00-10:00 p.m. All other roles, supporting, singer/dancers and ensemble.
  • Tuesday, June 9th Callbacks
    • Please be available from 6:30-10:00 p.m. on July 9. If you’re called back, you must be present at the callback. Callbacks for specific roles will be announced Tuesday, July 9th on the TCR website and Facebook page.


    • At the general audition there will only be a singing and dancing call. No readings.
    • Dolly Levi and Horace Vandergelder candidates will sing and read only. More will be asked of these characters at the callback.
    • In general, Hello Dolly has a wide range of ages. All will be required to have dance ability, especially in “Call on Dolly,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” and the “Finale.” Those who are part of the principle dancers will participate in heavy choreographed dances. The whole show will include dance from beginning to end by the entire company.
    • Seeking actors who will bring their own interpretation to the roles.
  • DANCE: Come dressed to move and bring dance shoes, if you have them. You will learn a dance combination at the audition and then do a dance audition in small groups.
  • SINGING: Bring a musical theatre song of (16-32 bars) of music, in the style of quintessential Broadway or Hello Dolly (uptempo or ballad) that shows range and personality. Please avoid songs from the actual show. Have sheet music for the accompanist or a CD, or have the music on your phone, ready to play. Will not accept acapella. Need help finding tracks or sheet music? See tips below.
  • READING/SIDES: Your singing and dancing audition is absolutely part of your acting audition. There will be no acting sides read at general auditions. If you’d like to familiarize with the script, Hello Dolly scripts will be available through the TCR Box Office beginning 6/14. Sides will be provided for callbacks.
  • VIDEO AUDITIONS: Though your chances are always better if you can attend in person, if you cannot attend Sunday or Monday, please feel free to submit a video audition by Friday, July 5th at 5:00 p.m. The video should show the song you choose. With your video, please send your rehearsal conflicts as well as dance experience or (even better) a dance sample on the video. Send all to


  • Dolly Gallagher Levi: Matchmaker, widow, meddler, opportunist, life-loving, commanding. Seeking a strong stage presence, comedian actress who can be vulnerable. Age: 45-65. Vocal range: alto-soprano. Dance ability: some. Principle role.
  • Horace Vandergelder: Well-known half-a-millionaire, widower, owns the Feed Store, gruff, set in his ways, authoritative, but always likable. Seeking a strong actor and comedian. Age: 45-65. Vocal range: baritone. Dance ability: some. Principle role.
  • Cornelius Hackl: Head clerk at the Feed Store, energetic, enthusiastic, and adventurous. Holds a strong stage presence. He has a sweet innocence about him. He seeks the company of Irene. Age: 25-40. Vocal range: baritone. Dance ability: strong. Supporting role.
  • Barnaby Tucker: Assistant to Cornelius at the Feed Store, naive, energized, follower. A playful, child-like personality. Age: 18-20’s. Vocal range: baritone. Dance ability: strong. Supporting role.
  • Irene Molloy: Owns the Hat Shop, widow, beautiful, smart, fun-loving, kind soul and glowing. Dolly has introduced her to Vandergelder, but she yearns for romance. Age: 30-35. Vocal range: soprano. Dance ability: strong. Supporting role.
  • Minnie Fay: Irene’s assistant, naive, straight-laced, fresh, follower, child-like innocence. Age: 17-20. Vocal range: mezzo-soprano. Dance ability: strong. Supporting role.
  • Ambrose Kemper: Struggling artist, good-natured, accommodating, wants to marry Ermengarde, smart and confident. Age: 19-30. Vocal range: tenor. Dance ability: strong. Supporting role.
  • Ermengarde: Horace’s niece, whining, high-strung, wants to marry Ambrose. Age: 18-20’s. Vocal range: any. Dance ability: strong.
  • Ernestina: Accommodating, good-time girl. Age: 30-45. Vocal range: any. Dance ability: some.
  • Rudy: Maitre’d of the Harmonia Gardens, proper, commanding. Age: 40-60. Vocal range: bass. Dance ability: some.
  • Female and Male chorus & Waiters: Age: 18-60. Vocal range: four part of tenors, basses, sopranos and altos. Dance ability: strong. The older waiters will do less of the heavy dancing in the show, but we are seeking dance ability in general from all age groups.

Cast size: 25-30 members


  • First Read/Orientation: Monday, July 29th at 6:30
  • Rehearsals: Tend to be weeknights 6:30-10:00 with sessions scheduled on weekends or days, depending on actors schedules.
  • 9/14 – Tech Rehearsal 10:00 A.M.- 10:00 P.M.
  • 9/16 – 9/18 Dress Rehearsals – 6:00-6:30 Call
  • 9/19 – Preview
  • Performances:
    • 9/20 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 9/21 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 9/22 – 1:30 Call/2:30 Show
    • 9/26 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show potential added date
    • 9/27 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 9/28 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 9/29 – 1:30 Call/2:30 Show
    • 10/3 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show potential added date
    • 10/4 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 10/5 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 10/6 – 1:30 Call/2:30 Show
    • 10/10 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show potential added date
    • 10/11 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 10/12 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show
    • 10/13 – 1:30 Call/2:30 Show
    • 10/18 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show potential added date
    • 10/19 – 6:30 Call/7:30 Show potential added date
    • 10/20 – 1:30 Call/2:30 Show potential added date


Need Help Finding Music?

  • Accompaniment Tracks Tips
    • Bring your track on a CD or on your phone. Make sure you know what time in the music you want to start singing, so you can start your track just before you want to sing in the music. If you cannot use your phone, we might be able to pull it up for you on our devices but no guarantees. We will have a working CD player.
    • Places to find tracks:
      • Youtube – You may find free tracks on YouTube for many songs. Since we will have the ability to play from your phone, you can play a YouTube karaoke video to sing with for your audition. On Youtube there are often great tracks for free that you can use.
      • Spotify – You can search for and play karaoke tracks from your phone.
      • Itunes – Itunes has lots of karaoke tracks. Search for your song title and the work “karaoke” and if they have a track it will come up. You will have to purchase the track, but typically they are only about $1-$2.
      • Amazon Music – Amazon digital music sells lots of karaoke tracks too. Just search for your song and the word “karaoke” on Amazon and if they have a track it will come up. Amazon may also bring up an entire karaoke album, but you should be able to just buy one track. Amazon tracks are also usually $1-$2.
  • Sheet MusicTips
    • Make sure that you bring in sheet music that is in the same key that you’ve been practicing in.
    • Please make sure that all the music is visible. The accompanist needs the bottom of the music as well as the top (where the melody line is). Also, please make sure that the copy you bring is clear and not blurry.
    • A photocopy or printed sheets are preferable to a bound book, as it can be hard for the accompanist to keep the book open. It is also preferable to put your sheets into a binder, so the accompanist can easily turn the pages.
    • Places to purchase sheet music:
      • – though there are lots of places to buy sheet music online, music notes tends to have the best selection and features. When you purchase sheet music from musicnotes, you can choose what key you want the music in, so you can print it at the place you like to sing it, and each purchase includes access to the digital version of the music you bought that will play on the musicnotes player, that allows you to practice with the music you are bringing into the audition!
      • If you can’t find what you are looking for at musicnotes, here are a few others to try: Sheet Music Plus, Sheet Music Direct, Sheet Music Now.