star fullback at Tait College, a small northeastern campus. Tom is a
handsome, intelligent young man, whose expertise on the football field
and whose personal charisma have made him the most popular man on
campus. Voice range is high baritone, and he should also be a fine,
athletic mover. His songs include “The Best Things In Life Are Free” and
“Lucky In Love” (both duets with Connie), the “Good News!” number, and
the athletically-choreographed football drill.
intensely studious young woman with no interest in football. Connie is a
lovely coed who has energy and humor, but who is intent on her studies
and not at all interested in campus frivolity and fads. Her singing
voice is a strong alto-soprano mix, and she should move well. Her songs
include “The Best Things In Life Are Free,” “Lucky In Love” (both duets
with Tom) and “My Lucky Star.”
Coach Bill Johnson:
good-humored, likable football coach, who was a football star at Tait
College a few years ago before returning to coach the team. Not quite as
trim as he was earlier, he is nevertheless an attractive, approachable
guy, determined to finally see a Tait team beat their traditional rival,
Colton. His songs include “Together” and “You’re The Cream In My
Coffee” (both duets with Kenyon).
Professor Charlotte Kenyon:
attractive professional woman, who has returned to her alma mater as
the new professor of astronomy. Her looks haven’t changed at all since
her student days at Tait. She has a forthright, charming personality,
but she is not easily swayed from the strong opinions she holds. Her
singing voice is rich alto, and she should be a good mover. Her songs
include “Together” and “You’re The Cream In My Coffee” (both duets with
Johnson) and “Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherries” (a trio with Connie and
A vivacious flapper,
easily in control of any situation she encounters. She should be an
adept comedienne, with lots of personality in her voice and body
movements. She leads “The Varsity Drag” and has two duets with Bobby,
“Button Up Your Overcoat” and “Never Swat A Fly,” as well as the trio
“Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries” with Connie and Kenyon.
likable wimp, the perennial third-string substitute on the football
team, desperate to be a “big man on campus.” A fresh-faced comic
song-and-dance man, he pairs up with Babe for “The Varsity Drag,”
“Button Up Your Overcoat” and “Never Swat A Fly.”
trainer for the Tait football team. He is a comic character man,
hysterically superstitious, with a jolly demeanor and a strong high
baritone/tenor voice to lead “Keep Your Sunny Side Up” as a locker room
A hulking brute
on the football team, with an I.Q. that is significantly lower than his
body temperature. The actor playing this role should be both menacing
and funny, with passable movement skills. He need not be a singer.
Patricia (“Pat”) Bingham:
beautiful, wealthy coed who has always had everything she has ever
wanted, including campus hero Tom Marlowe. Hilariously self-centered,
she should be charming enough to justify Tom’s initial attraction to
her, but sufficiently snobbish so that Tom eventually sees through her.
This comic actress leads “The Girl of the Pi Beta Phi,” so some singing
skills are needed.
Millie and Flo:
comic coeds, likable sidekicks to Pat. They are featured vocalists in
“He’s a Ladies’ Man.” They can be cast as physical or vocal contrasts
(e.g., short and tall, or slim and rounded, or high squeaky voice and
low alto voice), or they could be cast as twins.
ultimate freshman, eager to be a part of any important event on campus.
He can be eccentric looking and should convey the demeanor of someone
who’s been raised in wealth, but is now going to try to experience life
among “regular” young people. Singing and dancing skills are helpful
along with the required sense of underdog comedy.
Comic character man. No singing or dancing skills required.
Two Policeman: No singing or dancing required. Can double as students.
should be large enough to populate a complete football team, of
believable athletic collegiates. All will need to move well, but some
strong singing voices will also be needed. If some are excellent
dancers, those skills can enhance the “Football Drill” and “The Varsity
This should be a vivacious
assortment of 1920s collegiate flappers, all good singers and dancers.
There are specific characterizations for several of the girls, and there
is much opportunity for individuals to have special moments.
desired, there are several opportunities to use adults as additional
professors and parents visiting the campus. If, on the other hand, the
production is mounted primarily around young people, only four roles
(Coach Johnson, Professor Kenyon, Pooch and Ticket Taker) require a
sense of maturity.
there is a terrific opportunity to showcase local football players or to
feature local cheerleading squads. The football players could be used
as “ringers” who don’t really do the big choreographed numbers, but who
show up for the locker room; or depict the rival team, used in
cross-over scenes or used in the final moments of the game on the field.
The cheerleading squads would be an impressive addition to the scenes
in the play depicting pre-game activities.
publicity for the show can be gained by the inclusion of a local
television sportscaster or weather personality as the Stadium announcer
(either seen onstage in follow spot, or simply heard on taped
announcements, which requires less time commitment from the celebrity).
If the production desires to cast “stars” in any of the roles, there is
the opportunity to cast a former sports luminary as the Coach, a former
film star as the Professor, young soap opera actors as Tom and Connie or
well-known comics as Pooch, Babe or Bobby.