Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Finian Mclonergan
An Irishman hoping to make his dreams come true in America. He has a big personality and a plan for everything, including getting his daughter married. Finian only has a few small singing solos, so cast one of your strongest and most engaging actors in their major role, rather than your best singer.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Sharon Mclonergan
Finian's daughter. A strong woman who is generous of heart. While she is homesick for her beautiful Ireland, she believes that she will build a happy life in America. Sharon stands up for her beliefs and is willing to fight for what is right. Cast your very best singer and actress in this multidimensional role.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Woody Mahoney
The charming leading man of the story. Woody is a landowner in Rainbow Valley who does everything he can to take care of his friends and neighbors. Cast your strongest singer and actor for this role
Gender: male
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Susan Mahoney
Woody's mute sister. She is well liked by everyone and communicates through "foot-talk" instead of typical American sign language. She dances throughout the show, so you will want to cast your best and most expressive dancer as Susan.
Gender: female
Og
A leprechaun who's desperate to retrieve his stolen gold because without the gold, he will turn into a human. Og's emotions and thoughts are always transparent, and he can be overly dramatic. It's important that the student playing Og has a sense of play in his acting and good physical control of his body. He doesn't need to be a dancer just a good mover. In addition, Og should have a solid voice
Gender: both
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Senator Rawkins
A self-righteous politician who openly dislikes anyone different than himself. He pretends to be kind and gracious to get what he wants, but quickly drops that pretense once he achieves his goal. During the show, the Senator magically changes into a different man (on the outside), and by the end of the show, even though his appearance changes back to his original form, the Senator learns to be a kind and caring person. You can cast one person or two different people in this role. If you cast two, one actor will play the Senator before the change, called "Senator" in the script, and one for after the transformation, called "Rawkins" in the script. The actor who plays the Senator will return to the role for the end of the show when his appearance is changed back. Also, if you have two actors playing this role, the actor playing Rawkins should be a good singer and dancer. The Sentator needs to be an excellent actor.
Gender: both
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Eb4
Sheriff
The Senator's right hand man and as closed minded as his boss. Look for a boy or girl who is a powerful speaker and someone who isn't afraid to act tough.
Gender: both
Narrator
A Sharecropper who keeps the audience up-to-speed on what is happening. Cast an engaging performer with a clear speaking voice.
Gender: both
Harriet
A formidable, opinionated woman. She's a Sharecropper and Henrietta's mother. Cast a girl with a strong voice and powerful acting skills.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: C4
Lucy
A dreamer looking forward to the day when the Sharecroppers' lives will be better. Find a good singer and actor who radiates a hopeful energy to bring this character to life.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Rosa
Lucy and Harriet's friend, so cast a performer who works well with these actresses.
Gender: female
Henrietta
A happy child who has befriended everyone in Rainbow Valley. Henrietta sings a few solo lines, so look for an actress with a good voice and youthful energy.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Eb4
Howard
A Sharecropper biding his time until he can go away to college. He has a quiet strength. Cast a strong actor and singer in this excellent featured role.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Gospeleers

Three spokespeople for a group of traveling singers. They are larger than life as they spread joy throughout Rainbow Valley with their songs.

Workers

Two small roles with a few lines. These roles are perfect for your students who are new to performing. Workers 1 and 2 have solos in "Necessity."

Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Geologist

A small role with a few lines. Perfect for students who are new to performing. 

Gender: both
Sharecroppers

Small Roles with a few lines. These roles are perfect for your students who are new to performing.

Soloists

There is a great opportunity to highlight three soloists in "When the Idle Rich Become the Idle Poor." Feature actresses that might not be ready for a lead role.

Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Ensemble
Workers 1 and 2, Geologist, Gospeleers and Rainbow Valley Sharecroppers.
Gender: both