Auditions for Summer Youth Production: “Disaster!”



Auditions for Spotlights’ Summer Youth Musical: “Disaster!”
The 2017 Broadview Heights Spotlights’ Summer Youth Production of Disaster! is the Ohio Premiere of the 2016 Broadway musical spoof of the disaster films of the 1970s, featuring well-known pop songs from that era.


Sunday, April 9  at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Invited callbacks will be held, if necessary, on the evening of Wednesday, April 12 or by special arrangement.

Rehearsals will begin the week of April 23.

The show runs June 22 – July 2, 2017.

The show will be directed by Tim Anderson and music directed by Ryan Bergeron.

Performers, ages 10 to 20, are invited to audition for principle roles and the highly-featured ensemble. The show contains some sexual innuendo and limited profanity.

Those who are auditioning should:

  • Plan to attend only one night of auditions.

  • Be somewhat familiar with the show, its themes, and music.

  • Prepare two 1-minute selections of contrasting songs (1 ballad, 1 up tempo), at least one of which should be a pop song from the 1970’s. Songs featured in the show (see below) are acceptable.

  • Bring sheet music in the correct keys, hole-punched in a three-ring binder.  (Singers will not be permitted to sing a cappella.)

  • Bring a list of conflicts between April 23 and July 2 (including school concerts, lessons, practices, family conflicts, and athletic games).


Disaster! is a new musical straight from Broadway, featuring some of the most unforgettable songs of the ’70s. “Knock on Wood,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff” are just a few of the scintillating hits in this hilarious musical comedy with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and SiriusXM Broadway host, Seth Rudetsky, and Jack Plotnick.

It’s 1979, and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost… or at least escape the killer rats.

The full synopsis (Warning: Spoilers!!) can be found at

Character Breakdown

Character Description Vocal Requirements Broadway/
Off-Broadway Performers
Chad A handsome and winning man. Pretends to be a player, but is really still heartbroken over the loss of his first love. Rock/Pop Tenor Adam Pascal
Scott Goofy guy. A nerd who wants to be cool. Sweet Tenor Max Crumm
Professor Ted Scheider A disaster expert. Non-emotional. Dry. A serious, professorial type. High Baritone Seth Rudetsky
Tony A very unscrupulous but attractive and (sometimes) charming middle-aged man.  A schemer.  Baritone Roger Bart
Marianne An attractive and focused journalist. Insecure underneath it all. Pop belt Kerry Butler
Sister Mary Downy Awkward, judgmental nun with a gambling addiction. Pop belt Jennifer Simard
Shirley Lovable and jolly Jewish woman.  Maury’s wife. Dancing a plus. Great comedic actress.   Faith Prince,

Mary Testa,
Judy Gold,
Annie Golden

Maury Lovable and jolly. Shirley’s dedicated husband.   Kevin Chamberlin
Levora A flamboyant and glamorous faded disco diva. Pushy and sassy but in love with her sweet dog. Pop belt Lacretta Nicole
Jackie An aging but still sexy showgirl and now lounge singer. Dumb but honest. Goldie Hawn-esque.   Rachel York
Ben/Lisa Smart boy and girl twins played by the same actor. Honest and direct. Jackie’s son and daughter. Amazing pop voice.! A young Michael Jackson/Andrea McArdle. High Belt with vibrato Baylee Littrell
Ensemble (Many with featured solos) Able to play various glamorous party guests/character roles. Great comedic chops, good dance ability and strong voices needed.
Workmen, Casino Guests, Victims, Staff, Taxi Driver, Cotton Candy Vendor, Chef, Traci, Wealthy Husband, Wealthy Wife, Blinded Woman, etc.

1970s Disaster Movie References
(Linked to IMBD, the Internet Movie Database)

1970’s Songs featured in Disaster!
(Linked to Wikipedia)

Additional questions may be directed to