Come out and audition for 2nd Star's upcoming production of GYPSY!

Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America as vaudeville is dying and burlesque is being born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication. The celebrated score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim boasts one glorious hit after another, including: “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” “If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” “Small World,” and “Together Wherever We Go.”

Direction by Ron Giddings

Music Direction by Trevor Greenfield
Choreography by Jamie Erin Miller

Auditions are Monday, January 28th and 
Tuesday, January 29th at 7 PM at the 
Bowie Playhouse in Bowie, MD 
(16500 Whitemarsh Park Dr, Bowie, MD).

Callbacks will be Thursday, January 31st
 at 7 PM (by invitation only).

Those who wish to audition may attend 
EITHER the Monday or Tuesday dates. 
Please keep Thursday night clear, in case 
you are called back. If you are needed for 
callbacks, you will be notified by phone 
and/or email and provided with the necessary materials.

Regular rehearsals will be held on Tuesday nights (7-10 PM), Thursday nights (7-10 PM), and Saturdays (11 AM - 3 PM). Not all actors will be required for all regular rehearsals. Technical rehearsals run each weeknight and each weekend day from May 20th through May 30th. 

Performances are May 31st through June 29th, Fridays through Sundays. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 PM, and Sundays are at 3 PM. Our closing performance on Saturday, June 29th is a 3 PM matinee.

-If you have one, please bring a theatrical resume and a headshot (professional quality not necessary) or a clear recent face picture for the casting team.
-Please bring a written list of any and all possible conflicts that you have or may have between March 23rd and June 29th.
-Prepare a vocal piece, one minute in length, that shows your vocal range and provide sheet music in the correct key. Please do not use selections from this show. No audition tapes or CDs will be allowed. An accompanist will be provided.
-Please come prepared to learn a short dance combination with clothes and shoes you can comfortably and safely move in. If you are auditioning for a tapping role, please bring your tap shoes.

For additional questions concerning auditions, feel free to e-mail us at

We welcome non-traditional casting - all roles are open to all races and ethnic diversities. No roles have been pre-cast. PLEASE NOTE: This is a show about strippers, though no actual nudity occurs. The majority of the young men and women’s ensembles will appear in these numbers, so being comfortable in burlesque-style costumes are a requirement.


Rose (ages from 40-55) The ultimate stage mother. Lives her life vicariously through her two daughters, whom she's forced into show business. She is loud, brash, pushy, and single-minded, but at times can be doting and charming. She is holding down demons of her own that she is afraid to face. Her voice is the ultimate powerful Broadway belt. Minimal dance but must move well. Strong comedic and dramatic acting a must. She must be a force of nature on stage whose talent explodes beyond the footlights. (Vocal range: F3-C5) 

Baby June (about 10) A Shirley Temple-like up-and-coming vaudeville star, and Rose's youngest daughter. Her onstage demeanor is sugary-sweet, cute, precocious, and adorable to the “nth” degree. An adorable character - Mama's shining star. Strong singer and dancer, taps. (Vocal range: Eb4-Eb5)

Young Louise (about 12) She should look a couple years older than Baby June. She is Rose's brow-beaten oldest daughter and has always played second fiddle to her baby sister. She is shy, awkward, a little sad and subdued; she doesn't have the confidence of her sister. Strong acting skills needed. The character always dances slightly out of step, but the actress playing this part must be able to dance. (Vocal range: Eb4-Eb5)

Herbie (ages from 45-60) Agent for Rose's children and Rose's boyfriend (possible husband number 4). He has a heart of gold but also has the power to defend the people he loves with strength. Minimum dance. Baritone.

Dainty June (16-24) Baby June as a teenager. The older she gets, the less she enjoys being her mother's trained monkey. Strong Mezzo with high belt and strong dance skills, taps. The ability to do the splits and twirl a baton a big plus, but not a requirement. (Vocal range: Ab3-D5)

Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee (ages from 18-25) Young Louise as a teenager, who grows up to be Gypsy Rose Lee. Pushed aside by Rose in favor of June, until she herself becomes her mother's new pet project. Should be able to move gracefully. Minimum actual dance but must have very strong movement skills. Must be able to portray both the awkward teen and a sophisticated woman we know now as Gypsy Rose Lee. Must dance inside a cow costume; must be comfortable with the character's profession - stripping. The character is very scantily-clad but never actually appears in the nude. Mezzo (needs innocent, light sound for "Little Lamb" and strong belt for "Let Me Entertain You”). (Vocal range: C#4-Eb5)

Tessie Tura (30+) A stripper just past her prime. Mezzo belt. Strong movement. A burlesque dancer that shares her dressing room with Louise. She was once a ballerina and still has some of the moves. A course broad who's been around the block. Texas accent. (Vocal range: C#4-C#5)

Mazeppa (30+) A stripper just past her prime. Alto belt. Strong movement. A burlesque dancer who's aggressive and abrasive. Trumpet playing skills would be outstanding but not required. (Vocal range: G3-Bb4)

Electra (30+) A stripper just past her prime. Mezzo belt. Strong movement. Quieter than her counterparts, but her costume is wired with lights, allowing her to "shine" without working up a sweat. Ditzy and sweet. (Vocal range: Bb3-D5)

Cratchitt – Production assistant for the Grantzinger theater. Non-singing role.

Boys’ Ensemble (10-12) Four young boys. Baby June's back up dancers and singers. Children who also play instruments a plus. Must sing and dance well. (Vocal range: E4-E5)

Balloon Girl (5+) Cute and precocious young star who is overshadowed by Baby June and Louise during her audition. No speaking necessary.

Young Women's Ensemble (20-30) – Six singer/dancers who act as stage mothers in the opening scene and as both the back-up dancers for Louise (toreadorables) and Gypsy Rose Lee, performing in the large burlesque number in the second act. Comedic skills very helpful. Minimal singing. A few have minor expanded roles.

Agnes (20-30) one of the young women’s ensemble, strong comic skills required.

Young Men's Ensemble (18-25) Three young men who sing and dance backup for teenage June, plus join in the number "Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone." Must be strong singers, actors, and dancers. Tap is a must. Will double as small parts in Act I and Act II, plus some backup dancing in Gypsy's strip routine. All are high baritones.

Tulsa (18-25) Boy-next-door type. Strives to break out of the troupe with an act of his own. Sings and dances "All I Need Is the Girl." Extremely strong dancer in all styles of show dance, including tap. Good singer, charming, very athletic with star power. (Vocal range: F3-G4)

Men’s Ensemble (18+) Two men of varying ages who play the following roles: Jocko, Chauffeur, Mr. Goldstone, Pastey, Boucheron-Couchon, Pop, Kringelein, Cigar, and Phil. Non-singing.
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