Tom Foolery

The words and music of Tom Lehrer
Adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray
Musical Arrangements by Chris Walker and Robert Fisher

Directed by Ben Tyler
Musically Directed By Jay Melberg
Choreographed By Noël Irick


Tom Foolery auditions at Fountain Hills Theater, Arizona

Saturday, June 17 at 12pm and Sunday, June 18 at 6pm
Callbacks (if required) Monday, June 19 at 7pm
Rehearsals Begin July 8 at 10am

August 18 – September 3, 2023
Performances Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm
(Possible extension through September 10)

A Musical in the Mainstage Too! Theater

In concerts, TV appearances and classic recordings, the Harvard-educated math professor Tom Lehrer delighted millions of fans with his dry, cynical, but good-humored, attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the Boy Scouts and, of course, mathematics. Nothing is sacred in this hysterical revue that features such Lehrer favorites as “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,” “When You Are Old and Grey,” “The Masochism Tango,” “The Old Dope Peddler” and “The Vatican Rag”.

To audition:
Auditioners are asked to sing 16- 32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice and range. An accompanist is provided. No recorded accompaniment, please. Please dress for dance audition following. Auditioners should be prepared with a short monologue if requested.

Auditioners should:
– Complete digital audition form (at this link, or through above button)
– Bring headshot, and resume if available and if not already submitted via link above

Video Auditions:
Must be submitted prior to June 17, and may substitute for appearing at the Saturday and Sunday auditions. Auditioners must be available to attend in-person callbacks June 20 if required. Video should include a short monologue, 16- 32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice and range, 1 minute dance routine demonstrating dance training, and be uploaded with a headshot, and a resume (if available) when filling out the digital audition form linked above.

FHT seeks to include persons of every race, color, culture, age, gender, creed, physical disability, and sexual orientation. Character ages are not set in stone and all roles are open to all ethnicities unless otherwise stated. Actors should consider roles if they feel they can represent the characters and age range listed.


Featured musical numbers include: “The Elements,” “I Got it From Agnes,” “Tomfoolery,” and “I Hold Your Hand in Mine.”
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: F2

Older Man
The story’s narrator and a wise-cracking guide throughout the show. Featured musical numbers include: “I Wanna Go Back to Dixie,” “Wernher Von Braun,” “George Murphy,” and “The Masochism Tango.”
Age: 50 to 70
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: F2

Younger Man
Featured musical numbers include: “My Home Town,” “She’s My Girl,” “So Long, Mom,” and “New Math.”
Age: 18 to 30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: F2

Featured musical numbers include: “In Old Mexico,” “The Irish Ballad,” and “Oedipus Rex.”
Age: 20 to 50
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Fountain Hills Theater is a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax-deductible. The Theater is 100% funded by ticket sales and donations. Ticket sales alone do not cover operating expenses. For more information about donating or volunteering, please call 480.837.9661 x3 or read here.

Tomfoolery is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.