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Enter the Guardsman

Full-length
Book Musical
2F, 5M
All Audiences

Overview

Only six months into the marriage of two world-renowned actors, alas, the bloom is off the rose, and what was thrilling has already become routine. But invention is the actor’s stock-in-trade, so cue the anonymous roses, the amorous letters and…enter the Guardsman!

Casting & Production

Casting

THE ACTOR (low A to F-sharp above middle C): leading man. Neurotic, flamboyant, mercurial…effeminate? Should be a real Broadway baritone, not a tenor with low notes as his “Guardsman” impersonation lies lower and darker musically.

THE GUARDSMAN: leading Man. Romantic. Adventurous. Passionate—but manly.

THE ACTRESS (low B below middle C to high A-flat an octave and a 6th above middle C): leading lady. Romantic, neurotic, flamboyant, adventurous, mercurial, passionate; she wants it all. She should be primarily legit with a nice mix or chest in the lower voice.

THE PLAYWRIGHT (low A to D-sharp above middle C): older than the Actor. Former leading man. Ironic, sardonic, a trouble maker. N.B. This is more of a speak/singing role, but singing is crucial nonetheless. It does not have to be as legit as the leading lady and man; more Rex Harrison.

THE DRESSER (a real mezzo, legit; low A below middle C to D-flat): older than the Actress. Former leading lady. Straight talker. No nonsense. Lives vicariously through the actress.

WIGS (low B to high A; a tenor with low note. Like Wardrobe, he is rangy, but tends to lie high in the ensemble numbers. Much of his high work can be done in a supported falsetto.): character actor. Worldly. The only romantically satisfied character in the play.

WARDROBE (middle C to high B-flat; she is a soprano and is responsible for the high notes in the ensemble numbers-she is the most rangy of the roles): naive, innocent. In love with the theatre.

ASM (low B to high E; a baritone comfortable with a reasonably high tessitura): Slightly anal. Slightly finicky. Slight.

Orchestral Information

6 Musicians

Piano/Conductor (Piano)

Reed (Flute, Piccolo)

Trumpet

Cello

Bass (Upright)

Percussion: (Bells, Suspended Cymbal, xylophone, snare, bass drum, Toms, mark tree, castanets, wood block, military snare)

Credits

ENTER THE GUARDSMAN

A Musical Fantasy

Music by CRAIG BOHMLER Lyrics by MARION ADLER Book by SCOTT WENTWORTH

Based on “The Guardsman” by Ferenc Molnar Enter the Guarsdman was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 1995

Upcoming Productions

Jul 0515, 2024
Valhalla Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, CA

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Resources

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