“Anything Goes” – Characters

As you prepare to audition for “Anything Goes” in February, here is a list of characters and their descriptions.

ELISHA J. WHITNEY is a rich businessman with expensive taste. He is demanding, straightforward, and knows what he wants. Cast a strong young character actor who can convey status.

CASEY is the owner of the bar in Manhattan who attends to Whitney while he waits for Billy. This is a fun cameo role for a young performer.

BILLY CROCKER is the show’s leading young man with stars in his eyes and a sweet, earnest disposition. He is Whitney’s assistant and gets in a ton of trouble in pursuit of love. Cast a fantastic singer and actor who can win the hearts of audiences with just one smile.

RENO SWEENEY is the show’s leading lady. She is foremost an entertainer and can command attention just by walking through the door. Reno enjoys the spotlight and easily makes friends with everyone she meets. Cast a performer who is a great singer, actor, and dancer and has a ton of charisma.

BETTY and ESTELLE are young women saying goodbye to their sailors heading off to sea. Cast two young ladies with strong voices who can express their disgust without coming off as mean.

The SAILORS (including SAILOR 1 and SAILOR 2) are possibly the most recognizable characters from the entire show. They provide support and life for the world of the show. Cast a group of exuberant young performers who can sing and dance well.

The CAPTAIN is a man of authority, but he is a bit more concerned with making sure the ship has a celebrity aboard than the voyage itself. A young actor with a commanding presence will do the trick for this non-singing role.

The PURSER and the DECK STEWARDESS are essentially the Captain’s right and left hands. Cast a pair of young performers who can convey a sense of urgency and authority as they deal with each new situation onboard. These are great non-singing roles for students who can comfortably sustain characters for the length of the show.

The MINISTER, or Henry T. Dobson, is a pious, religious man traveling with his most recent converts. This performer should display a sense of calm and authority without effort.

SPIT and DIPPY are two rascally New York City street toughs with a talent for gambling and picking pockets. Cast a pair of strong comic actors with good chemistry.

Reno’s four ANGELS are a pack of ladies with the vocal and dance stylings to back up Reno. Entertainers by profession, the Angels are filled to the brim with talent, sass, and charisma. Cast your strongest singers and dancers in these great featured roles.

MRS. EVANGELINE HARCOURT is Hope’s overbearing mother who truly wants the best for her daughter and herself, and she will go to whatever lengths necessary to make sure she doesn’t end up poor. This comedic, non-singing role is perfect for a performer with the ability to develop a broad character both in voice and physicality.

HOPE HARCOURT is the perfect mixture of poise and properness befitting her upper class status. While she does care about her place in society, love is what motivates her in the long run. Your performer should be a great singer and actor as well as the perfect companion to Billy.

LORD EVELYN OAKLEIGH is a British gentleman betrothed to Hope Harcourt. He is personable and enjoys meeting other people and learning about their lives. He may come off a bit stiff, but underneath this proper exterior is a generous man looking for excitement. This non-singing role is best suited for a great comedic actor.

MOONFACE MARTIN is a gangster who is on the run (as usual). Moonface may not be the smartest person in the world, but when he commits to an idea, he sticks to it. Cast one of your strongest actors who’s able to portray a fun-loving sense of trickery, is a solid singer, and who isn’t afraid to make big – and sometimes silly – choices.

ERMA is Moonface Martin’s partner in crime. Erma is certainly not intimidated by Moonface’s gangster reputation. This non-singing role is perfect for a young actress with a big personality who can hold her own opposite Moonface.

The ENSEMBLE is stocked full of vivid characters, including featured PASSENGERS, REPORTERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, FBI AGENT 1 and FBI AGENT 2, an ANNOUNCER, an OLD LADY, and a COOK that help create the greater world of the ship and the play.

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