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Auditions: Guys & Dolls

York College Theatre is excited to announce the Auditions to its 2022 musical performance of Guys & Dolls! A romantic comedy set in a mythical version of New York City and one of the most famous musicals of all time.

Guys & Dolls tells the story of a gambler, Nathan Detroit, who tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys And Dolls take us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually, everyone ends up happily right where they belong. Students may receive credit for their participation on or off stage by enrolling in TA 215 Theatre Practice.

Audition Information



94-20 Guy R Brewer blvd

Jamaica, NY 11451

Room LL01

Audition Dates

Monday, November 1, 3 pm - 5 pm (in person only)

Tuesday, November 2, 12 pm-2 pm (in person only)

Wednesday, November 3, 3 pm-5 pm (virtual and in-person)

To register for a virtual audition please email

Audition Requirements

  • Please prepare 16 bars (or one verse & chorus) of a standard musical theater song.
    • However, please don't let that scare you off.  If you can't prepare a musical theatre standard, we'll have you sing Happy Birthday!
  • Songs may be performed acapella or to an mp3 recording.
  • If you are invited to a callback, please be prepared to perform a song from this show, as well as read from the play.

Other considerations

  • Rehearsals will begin in February 2022
  • Performances are May 6-10, 2022
  • Students may receive credit by enrolling in TA215 Theatre Practice

About the roles

Sky Masterson

A charming but self-assured gambler. Sky is able to adapt to any situation but ready to reel off prepared anecdotes regarding his view of the world. Despite his failings, Sky is immensely likable and oozes style. Songs: I’ll Know, My Time of Day, I’ve Never Been, Luck be a Lady, Happy Ending.

Nathan Detroit

A feckless and humorous manipulator, Nathan is the facilitator of illegal gambling in town. He maintains a distance by acting only as a broker; seldom a gambler. A consummate businessman with divided loyalties; he pacifies his fiancé Adelaide with vague promises of a marriage ‘some time’ in the future.  Songs: The Oldest Established, Sue Me, Happy Ending.

Nicely-Nicely Johnson

An eccentric gambler and one of Nathan’s closest associates. Songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, The Oldest Established, Guy and Dolls, Sit Down, You’re Rock’ the Boat, The Happy Ending.

Benny Southwest

A gambler and one of Nathan’s primary associates (friends). Songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, The Oldest Established, Guys and Doll, The Happy Ending.

Arvide Abernathy

A member of the Save-a-Soul mission, Arvide is Sarah’s grandfather. He is a reasoned old man with a warm heart that harbors only the kindest intentions, even if he tends to be a little gullible. Songs: Follow the Fold, More I Cannot Wish You, The Happy Ending.

Rusty Charlie

A gambler and one of Nathan’s primary associates (friends).  Songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, The Happy Ending.

Big Jule

An intimidating hustler from Chicago, Big Jule is temperamental and a sore loser. Although not necessarily a large man, stage presence and acting ability are the main requirements for this role. Harry the Horse– A gambler with a complaining streak and is one of Nathan’s primary associates.

Sarah Brown

An idealistic but sheltered missionary, Sarah is kind-hearted but too categorical in her view of the world. She learns she has an adventurous side and goes through character changes over the course of the show.  Must feel comfortable with classic musical theatre singing as well as jazz. Songs: Follow the Fold, I’ll Know, If I Were a Bell, I’ve Never Been, Marry the Man Today, The Happy Ending.


A strongly comic and classic showgirl. A club singer and Nathan’s long-suffering fiancée, Adelaide is not always the brightest. Weary of the disruption Nathan’s involvement in the craps game causes to their relationship, she longs for quiet family life away from New York. Songs: Bushel and a Peck, Adelaide’s Lament, Take Back Your Mink, Adelaide’s 2nd Lament, Sue Me, Marry the Man Today, The Happy Ending.

General Matilda B. Cartwright

The regional director of the Save-a-Soul mission, Matilda is authoritative through necessity but motivated by charity. She cuts loose in the song Sit Down Your Rockin’ the Boat.


A member of the Mission Band and a friend of Sarah.  Songs: Follow the Fold, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat, The Happy Ending.


A member of the Mission Band and a friend of Sarah.  Songs: Follow the Fold, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat, The Happy Ending.

Allison, Vernon, Ferguson

Friends of Adelaide and main Hot Box dancers.  Songs: Bushel and a Peck, Take Back Your Mink, The Happy Ending.

Lt. Brannigan

A policeman engaged in what he perceives to be a battle of wits with Nathan to stop the craps game. This is primarily an acting role. Comic timing and acting ability are essential.

Angie the Ox

Gambler in Nathan’s gambling group of friends.

Joey Biltmore

Gambler and businessman.


Member of the Mission Band.