Auditions for “Dames at Sea”
Town Hall Arts Center
Bob Wells, director
Kelly Kates, choreographer
Donna Debreceni, music director
Runs February 15 – March 17, 2019

  • There are 6 roles in this musical: 3 women, 3 men (1 man plays 2 characters)
  • All positions are paid.
  • Audition dates will be announced soon.
  • Some tap dancing is required.
  • Interested actors: Please submit headshots and resumes to: by October 10, 2018.

“Dames at Sea” is the show that brought stardom to Bernadette Peters. When talented young hopeful Ruby arrives in New York City with nothing but a pair of tap shoes in her suitcase, she is determined to break into show business. She stumbles into the cast of troubled show “Dames at Sea”, in which broke and pessimistic producer Hennesey is terrorized by Mona Kent, the aggressive, seductive leading lady. Ruby seems to be in luck, as she makes a friend in clever chorus girl Joan, and falls in love with Dick, a singing sailor with songwriting ambitions, who just happens to be from her own hometown of Centerville, USA. But things take a turn for the worse when Mona sets her sights on Dick, and Hennesey loses the theater, which is promptly bulldozed out from under the cast and crew. Can Dick and his pal Lucky save the show by producing it on their battleship? Will the reluctant Captain be persuaded by Mona Kent, who just happens to be his tropical fling from long ago? Will Ruby go out there a chorus girl, but come back a star? Dames at Sea, is a homage to the glamorous and hopeful Busby Berkeley musicals of the 1930s.

Roles /  Characters

  • Ruby, Broadway-hopeful, the Ruby Keeler type: mezzo-soprano
  • Dick, sailor-songwriter (Dick Powell type): tenor
  • Mona Kent, Tap-dancing Broadway diva: mezzo-soprano, alto
  • Hennesey, show producer / Captain, ship’s captain: baritone
  • Lucky, Sidekick dancing sailor (Donald O’Connor like): baritone
  • Joan, chorus girl with a heart of gold (ala Joan Blondell): mezzo-soprano, alto


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