Auditions for Guys & Dolls


Guys & Dolls

By Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Directed by Resident Director Matt McNabb

Music Direction by Natalie McComas
Choreography by Resident Choreographer Lauri Kraft

Show Information

Runs Friday, July 13 - Sunday, August 5 (15 performances). 
Full initial performance schedule and show description found here
First read-through scheduled for Tuesday, May 22.

Open Call Auditions

Monday, February 19
6:00 to 10:00 pm
Tuesday, February 20
6:00 to 10:00 pm

Doors open for registration to begin at 5:30; final registration taken at 9:00


Wednesday, February 28

From the Director

Resident Director Matt McNabb says "Guys & Dolls is a vibrant and lively classic American musical comedy. We are looking for a diverse group of strong actor singer dancers with sharp comedic timing and bright personalities."

Audition Preparation

Please prepare 32-64 bars (less than one minute) of a vocal number in the style of a classic musical (Golden Age Standard). Please provide sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided.

Character Descriptions


Sky Masterson
(baritone): Handsome, charming, self-assured gambler; able to adapt to any situation, but ready to reel off pre-prepared anecdotes regarding his view of the world. Despite his failings, Sky is immensely likeable and oozes style.

Nathan Detroit (baritone): Feckless, adorable gambler. A facilitator of illegal gambling, Nathan maintains a distance by acting only as a broker, seldom a gambler. A consummate businessman with divided loyalties; he pacifies his fiancée Adelaide with vague promises of a marriage ‘some time’ in the future.

Nicely Nicely Johnson (tenor): An eccentric gambler and one of Nathan’s closest associates. He sings one of the most well known numbers of the show, "Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat."

Arvide Abernathy (baritone): Sarah's grandfather, a member of the Save-a-Soul mission. A reasoned old man with a warm heart that harbors only the kindest intentions, even if he tends to be a little gullible.

Benny Southstreet (baritone): Gambler

Rusty Charlie (baritone): Gambler

Big Julie (spoken):  Gambler. An intimidating hustler from Chicago. Temperamental. A sore loser. Although not necessarily a large man, stage presence and acting ability are the main requirements for this role.

Harry the Horse (spoken): Gambler

Lt. Brannigan (spoken): A policeman engaged in what he perceives to be a battle of wits with Nathan to stop the craps game. Again a primarily acting role. Comic timing and acting ability are essential.

Angie the Ox (spoken)

Joey Biltmore (spoken)

Calvin: Member of the Mission Band

Crapshooters (male, chorus): Excellent singers and dancers


Sarah Brown (soprano): Prim Salvation Army officer; an idealistic but sheltered missionary. Kind-hearted but like Sky, too categorical in her view of the world. Charisma, a natural beauty and a silky jazz voice are important attributes for this character.

Adelaide (mezzo): Comic, classic showgirl and Gambler's moll. A club singer and Nathan’s long-suffering fiancée. Not the brightest of people. Weary of the disruption Nathan’s involvement in the craps game causes to their relationship, she longs for quiet family life away from New York.

General Matilda B. Cartwright (mezzo): Salvation Army Matron; regional director of the Save-a-Soul mission. Authoritative through necessity but motivated by charity.

Agatha (mezzo): Member of the Mission Band

Martha: Member of the Mission Band

Hot Box Girls (female, chorus): Excellent singers and dancers

General Information

Actors of all races and ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Lyric Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the casting of its productions and, therefore, encourages actors of diverse backgrounds and from underrepresented groups to audition.

  • Auditions are held at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.
  • This is an open call audition. Appointments are not being scheduled.
  • Please arrive with a calendar outlining all possible conflict dates between the first read-through and the final performance.
  • Please come prepared with a headshot (or any non-returnable current picture) and resume, if available. Each auditioner will be asked to complete an audition form, a copy of which can be found here.
  • Stipend paid