Auditions for Man of No Importance

Renton Civic Theatre
Audition Dates: 4/15/2024, 7-10 PM and 4/16/2024, 7-10 PM
Callback Date: Sunday 4/21/2024, 7-10 PM

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Stage Manager Valerie Reid

Synopsis: Alfie Byrne is a bus driver in 1964 Dublin whose heart holds secrets that he can’t share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to put on an amateur production of Wilde’s Salome in the local church hall, he confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love “that dare not speak its name.” But the redemptive power of theatre changes his life and brings his friends back to his side.  A Man of No Importance is a rare gem in the canon of musical theatre, one that combines the depth and drama of a play with the lyricism and comedy of a musical. A tender and beautifully woven tale of love, friendship and coming to terms with who we are that is sure to move and inspire your audiences.

All roles open except for Alfie Byrne.

Character breakdown:

A girl new to Alfie’s bus route who he thinks will be perfect for his play. She is a young, sweet, “small-town” girl who is wise beyond her years.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Also known as James Michael O’Shea, he is the resident stage manager at St. Imelda’s. He lost his wife early in life.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 70
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Breton Beret
Seduces Alfie in order to beat him up for being gay.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range top: C4
Vocal range bottom: A2

The local butcher who is the usual star of Alfie’s productions and boasts an ego about it. The most socially and morally conservative member of the community.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Ernie Lally
The company set designer.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Father Kenny

Lily Byrne
Alfie’s sister who cares deeply for him, but finds him odd. She is socially and morally conservative.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Miss Crowe
The company costume designer.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 60
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Mrs. Curtin
An actor in the company and the choreographer.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Mrs. Grace

Mrs. Patrick
Robbie’s married lover and the mother of three children.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Oscar Wilde


Rasher Flynn
The company technician.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Alfie’s coworker and closest friend. He is charming, honest and likeable.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Sully O’hara


Audition Requirements:

1 minute monologue of your choosing that represents the show’s genre

24 bars of a musical theatre piece matching the show’s genre (No Sondheim)

Callbacks Only: Dress comfortably, choreographer may ask to do stylized movement

First Rehearsal: Sunday April 28, 2024
Opening Night: Friday June 7, 2024
Closing Night: Saturday June 22, 2024

Monetary compensation: $125 single stipend paid on closing night of the production