2018 NDA FALL MUSICAL, HELLO DOLLY!
MUSICAL AUDITIONS and INFORMATION
Rehearsal Starts in early August (just let us know if there is a family vacation conflict—we can usually work around it) There will be vocal and dance and acting practice Monday through Thursday. After school practices usually begin at 4:30 (some small group and solo vocal practices are earlier), so students can meet with teachers or in clubs or do student council. This also allows the boys to arrive safely. We do not rehearse on Saturdays and rarely on Fridays. Our choreography practices are on Sunday afternoons.
Invitational Dress: October 18th, Shows: October 19th and 20th and October 26th, 27th and 28h. Everyone in the show must be able to perform at all shows!!
About the show:
We are excited to bring HELLO DOLLY back to the stage at NDA.
A Musical Comedy in Two Acts, 15 Scenes; book by Michael Stewart; music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman: based on a play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder; Directed and choreographed by Gower Champion.
produced for the Broadway stage by David Merrick and Champion-Five, Inc
St. James Theatre, New York: Opened 16th January, 1964; closed 27th December, 1970 (2844 perfs).
Hello, Dolly! had an unusually lengthy history. Its first version in 1835, was a London play A Day Well Spent by John Oxenford. Seven years later Einen Jux will er sich machen (He Intends To Have a Fling), a Viennese variation by Johann Nestroy, was produced. In 1938 Thornton Wilder turned the Nestroy play into The Merchant of Yonkers and 17 years after that he rewrote it as The Matchmaker. Both Wilder plays had Broadway runs. Another forerunner of Hello, Dolly! was the 1891 musical, A Trip to Chinatown.
” and what do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?” asks Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of that most delightful of musical comedies, Hello, Dolly! “Some people paint, some sew… I meddle,” replies Dolly and we are on a whirlwind race round New York and Yonkers at the turn of the century as we follow the adventures of that most mischievous matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi.
Hello, Dolly! is the story of Mrs. Levi’s efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-millionaire, so that she can send his money circulating like rainwater, t not her late husband Ephraim Levi taught her. Along the way she also succeeds in that matching the young and beautiful Widow Molloy with Vandergelder’s head clerk, Cornelius Hackl; Cornelius’s assistant Barnaby Tucker with Mrs. Molloy’s loop assistant, Minnie Fay; and the struggling artist Ambrose Kemper with Mr. Vandergelder’s weeping niece, Ermengarde. Mrs. Levi tracks Vandergelder to his hay and feed store in Yonkers, then by train back to Mrs. Molloy’s hat shop in New York, out into the streets of the city where they are all caught up in the great 14th Street Association Parade, and then to the most evident and expensive restaurant in town, the Harmonia Gardens, where Dolly is greeted by the waiters, cooks, doormen and wine stewards in one of the most famous songs in the history of American musical comedy, “Hello, Dolly!”
What happens in the end? Dolly gets her man, of course. And he is delighted she caught him. Dolly leaves the stage at the end of Act II with a wink to the audience as she takes a meat peep into Vandergelder’s bulging cash register and promises that his fortune will soon be put to good use. She quotes her late husband Ephraim, ” Money, pardon the expression, is like manure, it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.”
Citizens of Yonkers, Waitstaff at Harmonia gardens, Customers at Harmonia Gardens, citizens of NYC
- Dolly, A “woman who arranges things!” The matchmaker who decides to make a match for herself and turns everything upside down!
- Irene Molloy, very young widow who runs a hat shop–wants a new life
- Minnie Fay, her timid assistant
Ermengarde- the niece of Horace Vanderkellen wants to marry Ambrose against her uncle’s wishes
Ernestina Simple–potential “bride” for Horace
Mrs Rose and friends –old friends of Dolly’s –vegetable seller
- Horace, strong-willed character man,runs a store
- Ambrose,the artist who wants to marry Horace’s niece
- Cornelius Horace’s head clerk –wants an adventure
- Barnaby: Assistant clerk–not so sure about the adventure
- Minor but fun roles of people Dolly meets along the way–from her old neighbor to Harmonia staff
Large dancing chorus. Also large singing chorus of males and females who also do minor dance steps in company numbers. Total cast, 34-50.
Opening Act 1: Yonkers Townspeople
I Put My Hand In – Dolly Levi, Company
It Takes a Woman – Horace Vandergelder, Instant Glee Club
World, Take Me Back – Dolly Levi
Put on Your Sunday Clothes – Cornelius, Barnaby, Dolly Levi, Ambrose, Ermengarde
Put on Your Sunday Clothes (reprise) – The People of Yonkers
Ribbons Down My Back – Irene Molloy
Love, Look in My Window – Dolly Levi
Motherhood March – Dolly Levi, Horace Vandergelder, Irene Molloy, Minnie Fay, Cornelius, Barnaby
Dancing – Dolly Levi, Cornelius, Barnaby, Minnie Fay, Irene Molloy, Dancers
Before the Parade Passes By – Dolly Levi, Horace Vandergelder, Company
Elegance – Irene Molloy, Cornelius, Minnie Fay, Barnaby
Harmonia Gardens March–Ernestina and ORchestra
The Waiter’s Gallop – Rudolph, Waiters
Hello, Dolly! – Dolly Levi, Rudolph, Waiters, Cooks
It Only Takes a Moment – Cornelius, Irene Molloy, Prisoners, Policemen
So Long Dearie – Dolly Levi, Horace Vandergelder
Hello, Dolly! (reprise) – Dolly Levi, Horace Vandergelder, company