Audition Announcement: Guys & Dolls 



Book By: Abe Burrows & Jo Swerling

Music & Lyrics By: Frank Loesser

Based on: The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon

Director: Aaron Nichols & Robert Tombari

Music Director: Roy Bronkeman

Choreographer: Nikki Pittman


Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers. Frequently revived, the show has been done with numerous all-star casts, including productions/concerts featuring Ewan McGregor, Jane Krakowski, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jessica Biel.

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.





Monday, April 10 @ 6-9 pm
Tuesday, April 11 @ 6-9 pm

South Bend Civic Theater
403 N. Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601


Rehearsals begin, Sunday, April 16, 2023

Depending on cast availability and conflicts (we are willing to work with conflicts) rehearsals will take place:

SUNDAY-THURSDAY 6:00pm-9:00pm

Tech Dates are JUNE 11-15, 2023

Call Backs

Wenesday April 12, 2023 6:00-9:00pm


    • Thursday June 15 at 7:30pm – Pay what you can dress rehearsal

    • Friday June 16 at 7:30pm

    • Saturday June 17 at 7:30pm

    • Sunday June 18 at 2:00pm

    • Wednesday June 21 at 7:30pm

    • Thursday June 22 at 7:30pm

    • Friday June 23 at 7:30pm

    • Saturday June 24 at 7:30pm

    • Sunday June 25 at 2:00pm

    • Friday June 30 at 7:30pm – Performance at Howard Park

    • Saturday July 1 at 7:30pm

    • Sunday July 2 at 2:00pm

    What To Prepare

    If I Were a Bell: pp. 188-189Actors will be asked to read through a side (scene or portion of script) from the character list below. Feel free to pick the character you are most interested in reading for and you will be paired together with another actor at the audition.


    • The Happy Ending: pp. 247-248

    • Nicely: “Poor Miss Sarah” to Benny: “A Pleasure”
    • Sit Down: pp. 228-229
    • Take Back Your Mink: pp. 201-202
    • Sue Me: pp. 224-225
      Benny / Nicely – Pg 7-8
      • Nicely: “Poor Miss Sarah” to Benny: “A Pleasure”
      Nathan / Adelaide – PG 16-17, 43-45
      • 16-17 | Adelaide: “Hello, Nathan dear.” to Nathan: “What an absurd thought.”
      • 43-45 | Adelaide: “Hello, Nathan.” to Adelaide: “You’re welcome.”
      Sarah / Sky – PG 30-32
      • Sarah: “Tell me, Mr. Masterson…” to Sarah “Don’t worry, I’ll know…”
      Nathan / Big Jule – PG 97-99
      • Nathan: “You see, Big Jule…” to Nathan “I see no reason.”
      Sarah / Adelaide PG 129 – 131
      • Sarah: “Good evening.” to Sarah: “I am.”

      Additional Information

      Audition/Callback location: South Bend Civic- 403 N. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana — Enter through main doors off Main Street


      *When considering roles you’d like to audition for, be aware that many roles are flexible in terms of gender, age, and ethnicity. 

      The part of Sky Masterson will be played by Alastair Willis. All other roles will be cast from the CIVIC’s open auditions on April 10-12.

      Nicely-Nicely Johnson

      Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan’s loyal friend and lackey.

      Gender: Male
      Age: 30 to 50
      Vocal range top: B5
      Vocal range bottom: D4
      Benny Southstreet
      Nathan’s right-hand man and a gambler himself. Smart, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan’s best interest at heart.
      Gender: Male
      Age: 30 to 45
      Vocal range top: G5
      Vocal range bottom: D4
      Sarah Brown
      A pretty, bright-eyed woman who serves as Sergeant of the local Mission. She fully believes in her worthy cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with Sky along the way. She is prudish and uptight, but eventually lets go.
      Gender: Female
      Age: 20 to 40
      Vocal range top: G5
      Vocal range bottom: B3
      Arvide Abernathy
      The bass drum and cymbal player in the Mission band, he is Sarah’s loving grandfather. Wise and sweet, he wants nothing but the best for her.
      Gender: Male
      Age: 50 to 70
      Vocal range top: F5
      Vocal range bottom: D4
      Harry The Horse
      A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan’s craps game and backs his cheating, but is also a man of his word in the gambling community.
      Gender: Male
      Age: 35 to 55
      Vocal range top: G5
      Vocal range bottom: F3
      Lt. Brannigan
      A New York police officer who is on to Nathan’s illegal craps games and is dead-set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character.
      Gender: Male
      Age: 40 to 55
      Nathan Detroit
      A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the bigtime. He loves Adelaide, but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways.
      Gender: Male
      Age: 35 to 50
      Vocal range top: F5
      Vocal range bottom: D4
      Miss Adelaide
      Nathan’s fiancé and a lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub. She loves Nathan more than anything in the world and desperately wants to get married. Pretty, outspoken, stubborn.
      Gender: Female
      Age: 25 to 45
      Vocal range top: E5
      Vocal range bottom: A3
      Big Jule
      A big time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and his own pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. Tough looking. A bit of an oaf.
      Gender: Male
      Age: 35 to 55
      Vocal range top: G5
      Vocal range bottom: F3
      Sightseers, Mission Band (Agatha, Calvin, Martha), Crap Shooters (Liver Lips Louie, Angie The Ox, Rusty Charlie), Hot Box Girls, Waiters, Cuban Dancers


      Questions? Reach out to the director!