ABOUT THE SHOW
In 1954 Baltimore, rebel with a cause “Cry-Baby” Walker (nicknamed for his ability to shed a single tear, driving the girls wild) is the leader of a gang of Drapes, or leather-clad delinquents. But this guitar-playing bad boy only has eyes for good girl Allison Vernon-Williams, whom he meets at the Anti-Polio Picnic and Vaccination Carnival. She is tired of both her privileged life and her squeaky-clean boyfriend, Baldwin, the king of the Squares and the leader of the doo-wop singing group The Whiffles.
However, Allison’s grandmother, the formidable society matron Mrs. Vernon-Williams, is not having it, and forbids Allison to see Cry-Baby. Baldwin isn’t so keen on this new romance, either – and neither is Lenora, a neurotic girl who desperately wants two things: to be a Drape, and to be Cry-Baby’s girlfriend.
After a suspicious case of arson puts the blame on the wrong squad, the unfairly accused teens go from the Jukebox Jamboree to the Jailyard Jubilee – definitely not the bash they wanted to crash. And when a riot breaks out between rivals at the Fourth of July celebration at Star-Spangled Funland, star-crossed lovers Cry-Baby and Allison are caught in the middle. But will a crisis of conscience from a surprising source set everything right in the end?
Based on the cult classic film, this rousing rockabilly musical from the writers of Hairspray is full of upbeat songs and high-energy dance numbers. It’s a jumping, jiving good time!
- Wade “Cry Baby” Walker: The leader of the gang known as the Drapes. A misunderstood teen with a tough exterior. Acts like a rebel, but has a hidden sensitive side. Vocal range: Baritone/tenor (B2 to Bb4).
- Allison Vernon-Williams: A pretty, fun, and intelligent girl from a wealthy background. The typical 1950s ingénue. Doesn’t know exactly where she fits in. She is a Square, but wants to be a Drape. Vocal range: Mezzo (E3 to Gb5).
- Mrs. Cordelia Vernon-Williams: Allison’s very protective grandmother. She keeps many secrets from the other characters. Excellent comedic character actress. Vocal range: Alto belt (C3 to Db5).
- Dupree W. Dupree: Wade “Cry Baby” Walker’s best friend and a drape. Full of energy and life, always positive. Nothing gets him down. A soulful singer. Vocal range: Tenor (B2 to B4).
- Baldwin Blandish: Allison’s boyfriend who is the ultimate Square. He is the enthusiastic lead singer of a group called The Whiffles. A staunch Republican, he has strong opinions on politics. Vocal range: Baritone/tenor (C3 to G4).
- Pepper Walker: Cry Baby’s tough-as-nails sister. No one messes with her. She is a Drape and pregnant for the third time. Vocal range: Mezzo belter (A3 to Eb5).
- Wanda Woodward: A Drape who just wants to be Jayne Mansfield. There are many rumors circling about her, but she is really a sincere and “pure” girl. Vocal range: Mezzo (A3 to E5).
- Mona “Hatchet-Face” Malnorowski: A Drape who many others fear. She always carries a switchblade and is not to be messed with. Vocal range: Mezzo belter (A3 to Eb5).
- Lenora Frigid: Desperately wants to be a Drape and is madly in love with Cry-Baby. She may or may not be playing with a full deck and says herself that she has a few screws loose. Vocal range: Mezzo (F#3 to Gb5).
- The Whiffles: Baldwin’s all-male doo-wop singing group and best friends. They want to have a hit on the radio with their new song, “Squeaky Clean.” Vocal range: G2 to D4.
- Ensemble: Judge Stone, Father O’Brien, The Bailiff, Skippy Wagstaff, Radio DJ, Drapes, Squares. Must be able to dance and perform high-energy numbers.
ABOUT AUDITIONS, REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES
High school and college students may audition for Cry-Baby. Students starting 9th grade in the 2017-2018 school year are eligible. Newcomers and theatre veterans alike are welcome and encouraged to audition. If you are unable to attend the scheduled auditions, please contact the Theatre to make a separate appointment. Auditions will be held at Ocala Civic Theatre. Please bring to auditions a list of potential conflicts with rehearsals. Copies of the script are available at the Theatre and may be checked out from the box office with a $10 refundable deposit. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please call (352) 236-2274 before coming to make sure a script is in stock. If you check out a script the week before auditions, you must return it by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19. Singing a song from Cry-Baby is not permitted for auditions. Students should choose audition songs from musicals with a similar style to Cry-Baby (no pop or contemporary “top 40”). Actors should sing 16 bars in the style of the “Drapes” and 16 in the style of the “Squares.” (Check out song samples on http://www.mtishows.com/cry-baby.) Legible sheet music must be provided for the accompanist. No recorded accompaniment or a cappella auditions will be allowed. Come dressed to dance, in either dance shoes or closed-toed shoes. No sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes are allowed. Rehearsals will be held at Ocala Civic Theatre, beginning with a read-through on Friday, June 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. From June 5 through July 14, rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be no rehearsal on Tuesday, July 4. On Sunday, July 16, Tech Week begins; actors will be called for rehearsal (time TBD). From Monday, July 17 through Thursday, July 20, rehearsals will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There will be seven public performances of Cry-Baby from July 21-30.