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Auditions for “Cheaper by the Dozen” – Prescott Valley Performing Arts

Thursday, June 20 @ 5:30 pm

Prescott Valley Performing Arts will hold auditions on June 20 and June 22 for its upcoming production of “Cheaper by the Dozen.”

Audition info from PV Performing Arts:

Auditions will be held on June 20th at 5:30pm and June 22nd 10:00am at Prescott Valley Performing Arts (Main Street Theatre, 3235 N Main St, Prescott Valley)! Come on down either day and grace our stage with your best!

This is a family performance open to ages 6 and up. There are several roles for older adults. So, parents, join your children on stage!

Please prepare a 3-minute monologue for your audition. Children under 14 may prepare a 1-minute monologue for their audition.


Rehearsals: Begin July 9th 5:30 – 7:30
Performances: August 23rd – 25th and August 30th – September 1st
Performance times: Fridays at 7:00, Saturdays 2:30 & 7:00 Sundays at 2:30

NOTE: There will not be a 2:30 performance on Saturday August 31st

There is a $30 participation fee for this production. A $5 discount for multiple family members will be applied. If needed, assistance is available through our Angel Fund, please speak to the director.

Suppose you’re an attractive high-school girl and you’re not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective! To Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school—especially to the boys! Dad pushes ahead with better organization for his large and delightful family. He puts up a chart for the young people to initial after completing each household task, uses a rung as an imaginary bathtub to demonstrate how to take a really efficient bath and appoints a utilities officer to levy fines on wasters of electricity. While the situations are often uproarious, there’s a serious reason. Dad has a heart condition that he’s keeping secret. The children don’t understand them. Anne, the oldest, rebels. Both Dad and she are miserable at the lack of understanding between them. Then in a deft and moving scene, Dad becomes aware of how much Anne has grown up.

About the Roles
With few exceptions, most of the roles can be played as either male or female and will be cast accordingly. Role ages shown are “preferred ages” but are fairly open. There are many other Ensemble roles not listed below, available for a multitude of ages.

The following descriptions are for the main speaking roles:

MR. GILBRETH (DAD) The patriarch of the family. A successful man who is proud of his wife and family as well as his business accomplishments, and who runs his family like a business. Playable age: Mid 30’s to mid-50’s.

MRS. GILBRETH (MOTHER) The matriarch of the family. She is a loving, tender mother who is involved in the affairs of each of her children. Additionally, she supports her husband’s efficiency work and is quite the expert herself. Her family is her life. She is also a psychologist. Playable age: Mid 30’s to mid-50’s.

ANNE The oldest Gilbreth child. Like most girls her age, she is rebellious and headstrong, eager to test the boundaries. Playable age: 15-18

FRANK A Gilbreth child. The Co-Narrator. Named for his father, Frank Jr. feels the full weight of his name. He tries his best to live up to his dad’s expectations. When all is said and done, he is a supportive, smart brother to his siblings and a sincere, trustworthy son. Playable age: 13-18

ERNESTINE A Gilbreth child. Also, the Co-Narrator. Ernestine is the second oldest. She and Anne are very close because they both share the bond of being in high school and dealing with social contempt because of their large, unconventional family. Playable age: 13-18

MARTHA A Gilbreth child. Martha spends much of her time with her brothers. She’s a sweet, vibrant child who loves to have fun. She plays musical instruments and gets into mischief with the boys. Playable age: 13-18

MARY ELIZABETH, BILL, LILLIAN, FRED, DAN, JACKIE, ROBERTA, JANE The younger Gilbreth children. Plenty of stage time, but more limited speaking parts. Each of them holds a special role within the family. Playable ages variable from age 6-14.

MRS. FITZGERALD The housekeeper. A kind woman that is devoted to the family. 25+

DR. BURTON The family doctor. 25+

JOE SCALES A cheerleader. Very cocky and interested in dating Anne. Playable age: 13-18

MISS BRILL A teacher who has no love for the children. Playable age 20+

LARRY A nice-looking, clean-cut boy interested in Anne. Playable age: 13-18

We are actively seeking crew members for this production.
Parents or siblings we can always use your help in many areas. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Director during one of the Audition days.

Even if you are not interested in being onstage but still want to help, please reach out to randysmith.pvpa@gmail.com

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Thursday, June 20
5:30 pm
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3225 N. Main Street
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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