Auditions: The Who's Tommy

Audition Dates: Sunday, 10/20, 6 pm, Monday, 10/21, 7 pm, Wednesday, 10/23, Call-backs, 7 pm.

Auditions are by appointment only. Send your headshot, resume and preferred audition date (we will do our best to accommodate you) to: casting@haddonfieldplayers.com

Performance Dates: January 30, 31, February 1,2,5,7,8 (2 perf), 9, 13, 14, 15.

Rehearsals: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday evenings beginning Sunday, November 3rd pending casting outcome. In the event of inclement weather and a rehearsal has to be canceled, it will be rescheduled if need be. Tech week rehearsals begin on Sunday, January 26th through the final dress on January 29th.

All roles are open to audition. We are seeking an ensemble of adult performers (ages 18 and up) to play multiple roles. We are also seeking two children (ages 4-14) to portray Tommy (age 4) and Tommy (age 10). Tommy (age 4) can be played by either a boy or a girl. There are no other roles for children available.

Auditioners must bring sheet music or recorded accompaniment with them and be prepared to sing 32 bars, but no more than one minute , of a fully memorized rock style song (please, not from the show, that will come at call-backs) that showcases their vocal range and in a style that is consistent with the character you are auditioning for. This should be something that you are very comfortable with, not something you just learned the day before. It is IMPORTANT that you perform your song, not just stand and deliver. An accompanist will be provided.

There is a lot of dance/movement in TOMMY and everyone will be required to do a movement audition and be shown a short routine. This will be done in groups. You will be selected to participate if warranted. Please wear something appropriate. If cast, featured dancers will be required for several numbers. These will come out of the ensemble.

Plot Summary

A deaf, dumb and blind boy's journey from pain to triumph is a sensory-defying rock and roll experience.

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard, Des McAnuff, into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event.

After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and, as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he's discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and, when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

The Who's Tommy features an exhilarating score that is timeless in its youthful appeal, giving the show a cross-generational appeal that has made it a smash-hit in colleges and community theater. 

IMPORTANT: This is not the movie script, so please do not base your audition on characters from the film. This is a rock opera—almost entirely a singing show. All ensemble members should be a strong, passionate singers and able to move.

Character Breakdown:

Principals

  • Tommy (Narrator) (LEAD) Male, 18-30An embittered young genius stricken deaf, dumb and blind after a childhood trauma. He is Captain and Mrs. Walker’s son. Seeking a strong actor with High Tenor range.

  • Mrs. Nora Walker (LEAD) Female, 25-40, - A weary middle-class woman. Tommy’s mother and Captain Walker’s wife. Pop-Mezzo-Soprano

  • Captain Walker (LEAD) Male, 35-50, - A former soldier with lingering guilt. Father to Tommy and husband to Mrs. Walker. Tenor

  • Cousin Kevin (LEAD) Male, 18-35, - A bully with sadistic tendencies. Tortures his cousin, Tommy, when they’re young. Tenor

  • Uncle Ernie (LEAD) Male, 35-55, - A lecherous, drunken bachelor. Tommy’s perverted uncle. Tenor

  • The Hawker (FEATURED/ENSEMBLE) adult any age, dancer, soloist, vocal range baritone. He is a pimp who sings a blues song to lure Captain Walker into arranging a “date” for teenage Tommy. He believes his woman’s magical sensual powers will cure Tommy of his catatonia. Good singer of blues/rock genre.

  • Gypsy The Acid Queen (FEATURED/ENSEMBLE) Female, 25-40, - A brazen drug dealer and prostitute. Tommy’s parents bring him to the Gypsy to experiment with unusual cures. Strong actress with Mix/belt.

  • The Specialist (FEATURED/ENSEMBLE) Male, 30-55, - A very modern doctor who has new theories on how to cure Tommy. Baritone

  • Sally Simpson (FEATURED/ ENSEMBLE), Female, 16-25, a bold, sensitive and excitable teenybopper. Soprano

  • Tommy (4-year-old), may be played by a child of any gender. This actor must have excellent self-control and awareness of his/her body and facial expressions. He has only one spoken line, but has emotional singing lines and plays a critical, recurring character throughout the play.

  • Tommy (10-year-old), playing 10 years old, but actor can be older. Solos, duets, and trios. The actor must have excellent control over body and facial expression and be able to experience a lot of noise, singing, activity and physical contact without flinching or breaking from the catatonic character. Parents are cautioned as to the adult nature of the situations faced by this character and played out by the actors in some scenes. Soprano

Supporting characters drawn from the Ensemble

  • The Lover (ENSEMBLE), Male, 25-40, - Mrs. Walker’s lover killed by Captain Walker. Needs to be physically fit, appears shirtless. Tenor

  • Pinball Champs (2) Male/Female, playing teens-20’s, dancer and strong solo vocalists. Sings a solo in Pinball Wizard, which evolves from solo to trio, then ensemble.

  • Nurse(s), Female, any age, Mezzo-Soprano. There are two scenes where a nurse has an important solo and duet, and an additional scene with extensive pantomime and movement. Good solo singer and mover. May double as “It’s a Boy” nurse and Specialist’s assistant.

  • 2nd Hawker and Harmonica Soloist, Male/Female, any age, Bari-tenor. Pimp who sings a duet with the Hawker and plays blues harmonica.

Ensemble

All types (playing late teen – young adult) with strong voices and ensemble dance abilities. Will portray various characters as we move through time and location with some solos, duets, and a few spoken lines. These include: Minister, Second Officer, Nurses, Soldiers, Judge, First Barrister, Second Barrister, Relatives, Minister’s Wife, Local Lads/Security Guards, Local Lasses, The Specialist’s Assistant, News Vendor, Mrs. Simpson, & Reverend Simpson.