Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Medium (11 to 20 performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Ruby Lester

Daughter of DJ Chester Lester. At the beginning she is a famous Popular singer with her own TV show, then as the musical goes back in time to the late 50’s, she’s known as “Roberta”, a slightly nerdy girls wearing glasses and dreaming of Rock & Roll. But once she gets to the Rockabilly Barn she starts to transform into a current, hip, late-50’s teenager.

Gender: female
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Gary

High School dropout – Passionate, hot headed, and longing for a Rock ‘n’ Roll recording contract. Love interest of Ruby and the lead of Gary & The Twisters.

Gender: male
Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: C3
Judy Marone

Best friend of Ruby's - she loves the R&R beat and wants to invent her "own" dance step. Her biggest challenge thinking up a truly “original” dance step.

Gender: female
Age: 14 to 17
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Raymond

Judy's boyfriend and an aspiring DJ who becomes the KWK Radio Studio Flunky.

Gender: male
Age: 14 to 18
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Chester Lester

Top DJ and Radio host on KWK and Dad to Ruby.

Gender: male
Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Rick Parks

Rock & Roll talent scout and Host of new LET’S ROCK Dance TV show.

Gender: male
Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Boss (Mr./Mrs. Davis)

Owner of the Radio Station who bans Rock & Roll music

Age: 16 to 18
Josephine

Secretary/Receptionist for KWK and general busy body.

Gender: female
Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Mrs. Possibilities

A Julia Childs type of character who is teaching the Home Economics class. **May even be a guy in drag ala Mrs. Doubtfire.

Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Bopper

Cooler band member of Gary & The Twisters.

Gender: male
Age: 16 to 18
Stewie

Weaselly kid who always knows the latest “scoop,” band member of Gary & The Twisters.

Gender: male
Age: 16 to 18
Sally

High School Girl

Gender: female
Age: 16 to 18
Donna

The bad girl type, with a snarky attitude about everything.

Gender: female
Age: 16 to 18
Betty

High School girl and a Roller skating waitress at Moe’s Diner.

Gender: female
Age: 16 to 18
Joey

High School friend of Raymond.

Gender: male
Age: 16 to 18
Featured Roles

The following roles can be played by different members of the cast (Director’s prerogative):

Coasters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis, Radio Station Workers, Rubettes, Janie, Tony, Billy, Bobby, Assoc. Producer, Assoc. Assoc. Producer, Police Officer #1 & #2

Age: 19 to 30
Generic Ensemble Characters

The “Generic” Ensemble can be any other characters that might populate Webster Groves, MO. High school kids, parents, teachers, etc. The number can vary depending on how many ensemble performers are available to cast.