The show was written to be performed with five actors, with all playing more than one role.
Any of the roles cited below can be assigned additional actors, except for ED, who must also play DEGAS. The actress playing MARIE can only play that role and the role of the DAUGHTER in the opening scene.
The show can easily accommodate a chorus of any size. It can also be done successfully with as little as 5 actors, breakdowns below.
The show can also accommodate a corp of trained ballet dancers. However, it is not vital for the success of the show.
MARIE VAN GOETHEM
Dancing is her life! She’s a dreamer, yet knows what she wants and how to get it while being very likable. Nobody pushes her around, especially Degas, and she is very protective of her mother. No Accent. Alto with a high range (A3 – E5)
Versatile character actor who will play ED, the art museum security card who leads us through the story (breaks 4th wall often). He is jovial and loves his job. He adores the sculpture of Marie. Local, working man’s accent. Also plays DEGAS, a great artist who is losing his sight. DEGAS is an artist who’s running out of time and thus his frustration can seem gruff, but underneath it all, he’s just a lost soul. Upper class accent. ED AND DEGAS’ vocal quality should be very different. Baritone (Eb3 – Eb/F4)
MAMA is a hard working laundress, struggling to make ends meet, and they never do. She is devoted to Marie and her family. French, working class accent. BALLET MISTRESS is a seasoned teacher at the Paris Opera. She’s all business but very supportive of Marie’s talent. Russian accent. MAMA/BALLET MISTRESS’ vocal quality should be very different. Soprano (D4 – A5)
Age: 18-24 A young, energetic dancer who often says the “wrong thing.” She is Marie’s friend. Also plays a BOY, a HORSE and a MUSEUM WORKER. Mezzo (C4 – G#5)
Age: 18-24 Another young dancer friend of Marie’s who usually always says the “right thing.” Also plays a GIRL/BOY, a HORSE, and a MUSEUM WORKER. Mezzo (A3 – E4)