Local Auditions are February 18!
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 12:00 – 4:00pm
Where: 1101 Jefferson Street, Suite 100, Lynchburg VA
- In order to audition, you must reserve a time slot. (Scheduling website will open in new tab.) We cannot accommodate auditions without a reservation.
- If you are not available for the audition date, you may submit a video audition. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Auditioning for musical roles: Actors must prepare 16 bars of a song with the appropriate accompanying instrument as listed in the casting breakdown.
- Auditioning for non-musical roles: Actors must prepare a side for the auditions. Link to appropriate side is listed below character name.
We are casting for roles in the following shows. Please see character descriptions for specific audition requirements:
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET – (MDQ)
Directed by Matt Silva
Rehearsal Dates: June 4-June 28
Performance Dates: June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
ELVIS PRESLEY: (20s) male; actor/singer/guitar player to portray Elvis in his 20s at the beginning of his career. Must be familiar with his music and able to play guitar. Actors must prepare 16 bars of either “Hound Dog” or “That’s Alright”.
JERRY LEE LEWIS: (20s) male; actor/singer/pianist; he was rock & roll’s legendary piano prodigy and celebrated “Last Man Standing.” Must be a superb piano player, able to play like Jerry Lee Lewis; fun, energetic; comic skills a plus. Keyboard will be provided at auditions. Actors will be asked to prepare 16 bars of “Great Balls of Fire” or “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On”.
CARL PERKINS: (mid 20s) male; actor/singer/guitar player (lead guitar); he was the American pioneer of rockabilly music and best known for his song “Blue Suede Shoes”; Must be an excellent lead guitarist. Actors will be asked to prepare 16 bars of either “Matchbox” or “Who Do You Love?”
JOHNNY CASH: (mid 20s) male; actor/singer/guitar player to portray Johnny cash at the dawn of his epic career. Must be familiar with his music and able to play guitar; tall. Actors will be asked to prepare 16 bars of either “Folsom Prison Blues” or “I Walk the Line”.
SAM PHILLIPS: (Side) (25-40) “Father of Rock’n’Roll” and founder of Sun Records who discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and many others including Roy Orbison and B.B. King; a towering and charismatic figure in American music.
DYANNE: 18-30) Aspiring singer and Elvis’s girlfriend. Wide vocal range; sings solos and back-up throughout the show; sings “Fever” in her alto range and covers the high soprano part of “Riders In The Sky” (Johnny Cash song); in the production, Dyanne sings “Fever” and “I Hear You Knockin’.” Actors will be asked to prepare 16 bars of a song from the era.
DRUMMER: Male (20-40) Should have swing/jazz chops and be familiar with country music too. If auditioning for drummer, please submit a video reel of your drum playing in addition to a headshot and resume.
ROCKABILLY SLAP BASS PLAYER: Male (20-50) Same as drummer.
THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED) – (HOA)
Directed by Walter Kmiec
Rehearsal Dates: Sun, July 2nd – Wed, July 12th
Performance Dates: July 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22
Actors are asked to prepare both sides ( Side #1. Side #2.) and a piece of original comic material. It can be a simple as your favorite joke, favorite ridiculous song, or your best celebrity impression (or all three together: most excellent!).
Auditioning for the following roles:
ACTOR 1: All ages, genders
ACTOR 2: All ages, genders
ACTOR 3: All ages, genders
THE WHIPPING MAN – (WM)
Directed by Mace Archer
Rehearsal Dates: July 9 – July 25
Performance Dates: July 26, 27, 28, 29
Synopsis: Playwright Matthew Lopez’s first work, “The Whipping Man,” has been sweeping regional and professional theaters since its debut. The play examines a vital, but not often spoken of period in American history, the post-Civil War South, as former slaves and slave masters struggled to acclimate to the new emancipated social order. The play is set in Richmond, Virginia in April of 1865. The Confederacy has just surrendered and, throughout the South, slaves are being freed and soldiers are returning home. Caleb DeLeon, grievously wounded and starving, returns to his family home in Richmond to discover an empty house. Only Simon, the old family slave, remains. That same day, John, another former slave of the DeLeons’, also returns. The three must navigate their new relationships while settling with demons from the past
Casting for the following roles:
CALEB: (Side) 18-25 slave owner’s son, returning from battle on the losing side; life-threateningly injured, unable to understand the new world order as he confronts his own mortality; lean and wired, war and injury has put an edge and desperation to his southern gentility. Ethnicity: Caucasian
SIMON: (Side) 30-60 older slave, caretaker, sense of spiritual wisdom about him. Product of Jewish religious environment provided by his masters. Ethnicity: African American
JOHN: (Side) 18-25 young former slave, hot-headed and brash; the character least interested in amending the past; fiery, worrying, and intense. Ethnicity: African American