Coronado Playhouse Announces Auditions for its Production of:


Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music & Lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar

Directed by Marc Caro-Willcox
Music Direction by Nina Gilbert

Show synopsis:

This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious musical about following your dreams took audiences and critics by surprise when it transformed a cult classic movie, starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, into the hottest comedy on Broadway. Xanadu follows the journey of a mythological muse, Kira, who descends from Mt. Olympus on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – a roller disco! When Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. With its score of pop gems and a script that celebrates musical theatre satire, Xanadu is a sparkling adventure that will roll into your heart.

Rehearsals will begin on Sept 11th 2023. The rehearsal schedule will be provided in advance of the first rehearsal based on performer availability.

The production runs October 20th – November 19th, with performances Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. No conflicts with performance dates will be permitted.

All performers are guaranteed a $100 honorarium to cover the costs of transportation for rehearsals plus a $15 honorarium per performance. Note that this is strictly a non-union production.

Auditions will be held on 8/28 & 8/29 6-10pm. Please prepare a one-minute cut of a song that shows of your range in the style of Xanadu. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in your key.

To be considered, please submit this form: The audition form collects your personal information — including any known conflicts with the rehearsal dates. Only the director and members of the creative team will have access to your submission materials.

Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, 8/30 from 6-10pm. Auditions and callbacks will be held at Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way in Coronado.

If you have any questions not answered in this announcement, you may email

Character breakdown:

Coronado Playhouse is committed to inclusivity, and encourages ALL members of our community to submit, particularly members of communities who have historically been excluded or underrepresented — including but not limited to artists of color, Native American and Indigenous artists, women, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists, LGBTQ+ artists, and artists with disabilities.

CASTING NOTES: Only adults over the age of 18 will be considered. Looking for comedic actors with strong dance and vocal skill

KIRA – Range: A5-G3; The youngest of Zeus’s daughters and the muses. Falls in love with Sonny. Pretty. Adventurous. Honest and determined. Muse of history and the leader of the muses. Age 20s-30s. MUST ROLLER SKATE WITH PROFICIENCY.

SONNY MALONE – Range: C6-B3; A self-critical and depressed, mortal, chalk artist who falls in love with Kira. Handsome, but not particularly smart. He embodies 1980s pop culture and is very much a California dreamer. Age 20s-30s. MUST ROLLER SKATE WITH PROFICIENCY. 

DANNY MAGUIRE – Range: C6-A3; The hard-nosed “all work and no play” businessman who owns the theater he once built for his love, Kira. Used to be a budding artist like Sonny but has since let money and greed consume him. Age 40s-60s. 

CALLIOPE – Range: A5-G3; Kira’s older sister and fellow muse. She is jealous of Kira and as Melpomene’s sidekick, plots with her for Kira’s downfall. The Muse of epics. Age 20s-50s.

MELPOMENE – Range: A5-G3; Kira’s oldest sister. Mother of the Sirens. She is jealous that Kira is the leader of the muses rather than herself, and therefore creates the plot for her downfall. Muse of tragedy. Age 20s-50s.

THALIA – Range: C6-C4; One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse. Muse of comedy. Actor doublings include Siren, Young Danny, Tubes Singer, and Cyclops. Age 20s-50s.

EUTERPE – Range: A5-G3; One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse. Muse of music. Actor doublings include Siren, Andrews Sister, and Thetis. Age 20s-50s. 

ERATO – Range: C6-G3; One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse. Muse of lyrics and erotica. As Eros, she is responsible for shooting Kira with the arrow of love brought on by Melpomene and Calliope’s spell. Actor doublings include Siren, Andrews Sister, Eros, and Hera. Age 20s-50s.

TERPSICORE – Range: C6-C4; One of Kira’s older sisters and fellow muse. Muse of dance. As Hermes, the messenger of the gods, he is deeply masculine in voice but sassy and flippant in attitude. Actor doublings include Siren, Tubes Singer, Hermes, and Centaur. Age 20s-50s.

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