The Music Man

Audition Call

Auditions for Music Man will be held:
  • Sunday September 9th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday September 11th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Location: Citizens Forum, Victoria Hall, Cobourg
  • Callbacks: Sunday September 16th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Actors 8 years and up needed!

Audition Information

You may sing something of your choosing that shows your vocal range or something from The Music Man for your audition (it is likely that you will only be asked to sing part of the vocal selection). You may also be asked to read.

Please see the Character Description and fill out an Audition Information Sheet and bring it with you.

These are individual auditions and we ask that you email to book a time.


There will be one read through in October and possibly two vocal rehearsals between Dec. 3 and 14. Regular rehearsals will begin in January 2019 and will take place Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening and one week night. You will not be called for all rehearsals until mid- March 2019.

Characters Descriptions

Character Descriptions

Character Breakdown (ages are guidelines as to the ages the Director would like actors to read/appear onstage)

Harold Hill 

  • The story's unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.
  • Age: 30 to 45
  • Vocal range top: F4
  • Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Mayor Shinn

  • A blustery politician who is all too "self-important." Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
  • Age: 40 to 60

Marcellus Washburn

  • Harold's chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
  • Age: 25 to 45
  • Vocal range top: A4
  • Vocal range bottom: G2

Ewart Dunlop

  • A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 35 to 55
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: F3

Oliver Hix

  • A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix. 
  • Age: 35 to 55
  • Vocal range top: F4
  • Vocal range bottom: B2

Jacey Squires

  • The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.
  • Age: 35 to 55
  • Vocal range top: C5
  • Vocal range bottom: C3

Olin Britt

  • A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.
  • Age: 35 to 55
  • Vocal range top: C4
  • Vocal range bottom: F2

Charlie Cowell

  • A traveling salesman who is onto Harold Hill's schemes. Tirelessy attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind Harold Hill.
  • Age: 30 to 60

Tommy Djilas

  • An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.
  • Age: 15 to 20

Constable Locke

  • Age: 40 to 60 

Winthrop Paroo

  • Marian's baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.
  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Vocal range top: Eb5
  • Vocal range bottom: C4

River City Boys – 8 to 12 years

River City Young Men: 14 to 22 

Marian Paroo

  • The town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill.
  • Age: 20 to 35
  • Vocal range top: A5
  • Vocal range bottom: G3

Mrs. Paroo

  • Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.
  • Age: 40 to 55
  • Vocal range top: Eb5
  • Vocal range bottom: Ab3


  • A piano student of Marion Paroo. Should read the same age as Winthrup .
  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Vocal range top: E5
  • Vocal range bottom: C4

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn

  • Mayor Shinn's peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself. Mother of Zaneeta and Gracie.
  • Gender: female
  • Age: 35 to 50
  • Vocal range top: D5
  • Vocal range bottom: D 

Zaneeta Shinn

  • The Mayor's fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.
  • Age: 14 to 18

Gracie Shinn

  • Zaneeta’s sister.
  • Age: 10 to 14

River City Girls: 8 to 13

River City Young Ladies – 14 to 18

Alma Hix

  • A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Oliver Hix.
  • Age: 35 to 50

Maude Dunlop

  • A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Ewart Dunlop.
  • Age: 35 to 50

Ethel Toffelmier

  • A comical "Pick-a-Little Lady," and Marcellus Washburn's girlfriend.
  • Age: 25 to 35

Mrs. Squires

  • A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Jacey Squires.
  • Age: 35 to 50

Performance Information

Performance Dates
April-May 2019

April 25,26,26, May 2,3,4 at 8:00pm
April 27,28, May 4 at 2:00pm

All performances at Victoria Hall, Cobourg.


- $27.00
- $24.50 for groups of 10 or more
- Plus ticket service fee.


Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man”
Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Wilson
Story by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey

There’s trouble in River City when a fast talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian. By turns wicked, funny, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. The Music Man follows fast-talking travelling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band that he vows to organize – this despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marion, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. One of musical theatre’s treasures with rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards.

The Music Man is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
This is a non-equity production.

Production Team

Producer Liz Clark
Artistic Director Marlena Sculthorpe
Vocal Director Angela Main
Orchestra Director Jill Baker
Barbershop Vocal Director Hugh Stewart
Rehearsal Pianist Sonya Guingona
Stage Manager Kelsey Desbarbieux
Set Design Marlena Sculthorpe & Joel Varty
Light & Sound Design Bob Clark
Set Construction Chief Alan Fletcher
Sponsorship Florence Fletcher