In May, student auditions are held for the musical in the upcoming fall. All NDA students and boys from local high schools are invited to try out. Students who wish to be involved as stage crew, makeup artists, costume designers, orchestra musicians, and ushers can sign up in the fall.
A spring play is presented each May. All NDA students and boys from local high schools are welcome to try out. Other students are welcome to sign up as stage crew, makeup artists, costume designers, and ushers. Contact Mrs. Trish Sanders for more information:

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Audition Form


Who can audition:

Girls registered for and attending NDA for the fall (including current 8th graders) –classes of 2019-2022

Boys from all area high schools (and home schooled)—(including current 8th graders) classes of 2019-2022

Important Dates: Remember–if you cannot make it to any of the dates below: email with questions–we may be able to help set up another time.

Info meetings for those who wish to know more before auditioning:

Wednesday, May 2nd on stage at lunch

Tuesday, May 8th 4:00–5:00 p.m.

All are welcome—NOT MANDATORY!!

We do not take attendance and it is fine

to audition if you are unable to make the info meeting!

Audition packets available at the meetings


Wed May 9th: Dance, Acting, and Singing Auditions 3:15-5:00 or Thurs May 10th:  Dance, Acting, and Singing Auditions 3:15-5:00 or

Tues May 15th:  Dance, Acting, and Singing Auditions 3:15-5:00

Wed, May 16th–Call back list posted on line at theatre.

Thurs, May  17th–Call backs–after school until? People are released at different times throughout the evening.  Continue reading for more info. Most people who make the musical do not get a callback.

You only do one audition for acting, one for singing and one for dance–this can be accomplished in one day–then you do not have to come the other days!

It is possible to divide up your audition activities–dance on one day, singing one day, and acting on another, but you must do all three!!

If you are coming from another school, no worries. Your goal is to arrive within that time period, as we see everyone individually or in small groups.   Concerns or questions? EMAIL Mrs Sanders

If you know you cannot arrive until near the end of a session—send me an email so we will wait for you if necessary.

Audition Materials:

On all audition days(including callbacks), wear clothing and shoes that allow you to dance and move. Ideally bring three copies of the audition form (available on our website) with a small picture of yourself–if you are new to NDA or to the audition process–a current picture really helps!  Please do not bring in a full page picture–that only slows the process.  Remember–some parts sing more, some parts dance more–all have to be expressive–you must do all three parts of the audition, but most people have one area they are stronger or weaker in–just do your best!  We are all rooting for you!


There will be some tapping in the show–but no tap shoes are required for auditions. You will dance in small groups for Karen –she will show you a short routine and go over it with you.  You will dance it together in the small group.


We will be using two songs for the audition– “Motherhood March” for all females and “It Only Takes a Moment” for all males.  Copies of the particular music from these songs available at NDA in front of the main office. Remember, Mrs Johns has chosen these songs because they show a wide range–do not panic if you cannot hit a certain note–there is some flexibility in arrangement when we get to the actual show.  You will sing alone with Mrs. Johns and accompanist or just Mrs. Johns.


When you arrive at the audition, you will receive a page with a few lines from a variety of parts.  Please take some time to talk to walls(practice reading it out loud). There will be a description of what we are looking for with each part that you read.  You may read all the parts on your page or some of them! You will do this just in front of Mrs. Sanders

Everyone who makes call-backs is in the show.  Most people who make the show are not at callbacks!  You will act and sing in front of the callback group!

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.

Show dates:

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.

Hello, Dolly!

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.

Musical Numbers

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

Act II

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

Polka –Company

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

Musical history

2017-2018 Bring It On!
2016-2017 Cinderella!
2015-2016 Mary Poppins
2014-2015  Oliver!
2013-2014  Shrek the Musical
2012-2013 Seussical
2011-12 Drowsy Chaperone
2010-11 Hairspray
2009-10 Annie!
2008-09 The Wizard of Oz
2007-08 Annie Get Your Gun, The Revival
2006-07 Thoroughly Modern Millie
2005-06 42nd Street
2004-05 Seussical the Musical
2003-04 Fiddler on the Roof
2002-03 Into the Woods
2001-02 Guys and Dolls
2000-01 Carousel
1999-00 Oliver
1998-99 Bye Bye Birdie
1997-98 Once Upon A Mattress
1996-97 Funny girl
1995-96 Hello Dolly
1994-95 Oklahoma
1993-94 Flower Drum Song
1992-93 Meet Me in St. Louis
1991-92 The Boyfriend
1990-91 Guys and Dolls
1989-90 Music Man
1988-89 Annie Get Your Gun
1987-88 Fiddler on the Roof
1986-87 Annie
1985-86 Pirates of Penzance
*1981-82 Little Mary Sunshine

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