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Lucky Stiff Auditions

The BlackBox Foundation, in partnership with Central Arizona College, announces its auditions for the musical “Lucky Stiff”, a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Steve Flaherty, and directed by Stacey Seaman and Ken Ferguson.

Monday, August 21 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Central Arizona College, Signal Peak Campus,
Pence Center
8470 N Overfield Rd
Coolidge, Arizona 85128

The musical is about Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming English shoe salesman, that lives an uneventful life in East Grinstead, England. His life takes a dramatic turn when he learns that his uncle Anthony, a casino manager from Atlantic City, has been killed by his blind lover. Harry learns that he stands to inherit $6,000,000 from his uncle – but only if he agrees to take his Uncle’s corpse on a trip to Monte Carlo. Otherwise, the money will all go to his uncle’s favorite charity, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. In a quest to gain his uncle’s inheritance, Harry sets out to fulfill Anthony’s dying wish. However, in Monte Carlo, he meets a host of quirky characters who are also in hot pursuit of his uncle’s money.

The auditions are on Monday, August 21st at 6pm, with callbacks the next evening. Auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script (provided), singing a few bars of music from the show, and a short dance/movement combination. All music and dance will be taught at the audition. Applicants do not need to prepare anything in advance. Additionally, no head shots or resumes are required.

The shows will be on October 27, 28 at 7pm and October 29th at 2pm. Rehearsals will be Mon-Thurs nights from 6-9pm. (Not all cast members will need to attend all rehearsals.) The first rehearsal will be Monday, August 28th at 6pm.

If needed, please e-mail Stacey or Ken at with any further questions.

Character descriptions:

Harry Witherspoon: Male, tenor, lead (British accent)
Annabel Glick: Female, alto, lead
Rita La Porta: Female, supporting (New Jersey accent)
Dr. Vincent (Vinnie) DeRuzio: Male, baritone, supporting (Jersey/Italian accent)
Luigi Gaudi: Male, tenor, supporting (possible Italian accent)
Dominique Di Monaco: Female, alto, supporting (possible French accent)
Body of Anthony Hendon: Male, mute, supporting
Ensemble: playing various roles, chorus

HARRY WITHERSPOON A shy sweet-natured and insecure young Englishman, working as an underpaid shoe salesman in a dreary London suburb. Lonely, and beset by dogs and prying neighbors in his boardinghouse, Harry knows that life is passing him by, but feels incapable of making any changes or taking chances.

ANNABEL GLICK A representative of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Annabel is a young woman with a natural bent for causes. She takes life very seriously, and denies herself any small pleasures, for fear that if she waits for happiness to knock, it won’t. Instead, she dedicates herself to good works. Annabel is the type who wears protests buttons and carries a bag full of useful things like tire gauges and granola bars.

LUIGI GAUDI A boisterous and gregarious Italian. Luigi is a pivotal character, although his part is relatively small. He wears a beard, and perhaps an eye patch. As Tony Hendon, all disguises come off to reveal he is Rita’s love interest.

RITA LA PORTA A woman with an extremely volatile nature and a severe case of nearsightedness. Rita is passionate, impulsive, jealous, manipulative and very insecure about her looks, which is why she rarely wears her glasses. She is also putty in the hands of the man she adores. Things often get out of control when Rita is present. She is a chain smoker.


VINCENT (VINNIE) DI RUZZIO Rita La Porta’s brother. An optometrist. A nervous and conservative man, a pillar of the community and a person who would never do anything out of the ordinary, risky or controversial. Vinnie is allergic to smoke.

ENSEMBLE PLAYERS (Various men & women) These performers double a variety of parts, including an English landlady; boarders; an English solicitor; travelers on a train; a French waiter; a bellhop; tourists; gamblers; an emcee; a French nightclub entertainer–(Dominique DiMonaco) ; a nun, a Texan, etc