Flat Rock Playhouse Announces Auditions for the 2016 Season!
Local auditions for the Flat Rock Playhouse 2016 Season will be held on February 22nd from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a break from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown (125 S. Main Street, Hendersonville). These auditions are for local Equity performers; non Equity will be seen if time permits. Sign up begins at 9:30 AM.
Please see casting breakdown and audition preparation below.
NYC auditions will be held in March. Please continue to check the Flat Rock Playhouse website, Facebook and/or Backstage Magazine for more information.
Please, no calls to the Box Office at this time. Any questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE
EQUITY PRINCIPAL AUDITION BREAKDOWN
If auditioning for Elvis, Carl Perkins or Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet, bring your guitar and be prepared to accompany yourself on a song from the show. If auditioning for Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, please be prepared to accompany yourself on piano (provided) with a song from the show. If auditioning for a musical, be prepared to sing a brief musical theatre song either from the show or similar in style. Accompanist provided. If auditioning for The Importance of Being Earnest, The Affections of May, Vintage Hitchcock or The Diary of Anne Frank, or a non-singing role in a musical, prepare a brief monologue appropriate for the show that you are auditioning for.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Rehearsal and performances from April 12 – May 22, 2016
Director James Moye
5 M, 1 W
Based on a real-life jam session of rock’n’roll gods Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, Million Dollar Quartet reveals what happened at that historic meeting on December 4, 1956. With the holidays just around the corner, chart-topper Presley, a then unknown Lewis, rising star Cash and stalled up-and-comer Perkins find themselves assembled at Sun Records in Memphis Tennessee, where their producer and manager Sam Phillips has business on his mind. In the rocking hour that follows, Phillips’ roster of extraordinary musical talent shows why and how they became four of the biggest names in music history.
ELVIS – 20’s male, Caucasian. 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; should sound and look somewhat like Elvis without being an “impersonator.”
JERRY LEE LEWIS – 20s male, Caucasian. 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.
CARL PERKINS – mid/late 20s male, Caucasian. 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.
JOHNNY CASH – mid 20s male, Caucasian. 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; should sound and look somewhat like Johnny without being an “impersonator.” (Offer out.)
DYANNE – 20’s female, Caucasian. Excellent actor and singer; she was an aspiring singer and Elvis’s girlfriend; attractive; great singer with a wide 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.”
SAM PHILLIPS – 30’s/40’s male, Caucasian. Excellent actor; “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.
THE AFFECTIONS OF MAY
Written by Norm Foster
Rehearsal and performances from May 10 – June 4
Director: Paige Posey
3 M, 1 W
Norm Foster’s most widely produced romantic comedy, The Affections of May is a heartwarming play centering around May Henning, the owner of a bed and breakfast in a small resort town. When her husband leaves her, she amusingly and adorably finds herself quite the center of attention.
MAY HENNING – 30’s/40’s female. Any ethnicity. Title character. Owns a bed and breakfast in a small resort town. Charming, personable, warm. (This role is cast.)
QUINN – 30’s/40’s male. Any ethnicity. A man who does the odd jobs around town. Slightly rough around the edges.
HANK BEAVIS – 30’s/40’s male. Any ethnicity. A manager of the local bank. A little tightly wound. (This role is cast.)
BRIAN HENNING – 30’s/40’s male. Any ethnicity. May’s boorish husband who leaves her at the top of the play.
THE MUSIC MAN
Rehearsal and performances from May 23 – July 9.
Director and Choreographer: Chase Brock
***Minorities strongly encouraged to audition.
13 Roles with ensemble.
When Harold Hill, a traveling con man, arrives in River City, he convinces the locals to start a band by purchasing the uniforms and instruments from him. His intention is to flee as soon as he receives the money. Librarian Marian Paroo suspects Harold is a fraud, but holds her tongue since her moody brother, Winthrop, is excited about the band. As Harold begins to develop feelings for Marian, he faces a difficult decision about skipping town.
HAROLD HILL – 40’s, male, Caucasian. Baritone. A smooth talking con man and traveling salesman with plenty of charm, who tries Iowa after saturating Illinois; convinces townspeople they need a boys’ band to keep them out of trouble. (This role is cast.)
MARCELLUS WASHBURN – 30’s male, any ethnicity. Tenor. Former con man and friend to Harold Hill who now lives in River City; becomes fast friends with Harold again and helps him learn about the town, tries to help Harold get out of town after the con; his is a comic role. (This role is cast.)
MARIAN PAROO – Late 20’s/Early 30’s. Specifically seeking Latina actress for this role. Soprano. Strong actress. Marian is the stuffy, misjudged librarian and piano teacher in town. At first, after meeting Harold Hill, she dislikes him but then gets to know him better, and we see a transformation in her while she falls in love. Does need some dance movement ability.
MAYOR GEORGE SHINN – 40’s male. Actively seeking ethnically diverse performer for this role. Strong, comedic actor. The Mayor of River City, self-important, blustery, pompous, not terribly intelligent.
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN– 40’s female. Actively seeking ethnically diverse performer for this role. Comedic actress with solid singing chops. Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in Music Man is Mayor Shinn’s wife, she is definitely a society lady, knows everyone in town, struts about like a peacock and develops quite a high-minded opinion of her talents once Harold Hill reveals them. Sings: “Pickalittle” and all Chorus Numbers.
9 TO 5
Rehearsals and performances July 4 – August 20
Director/Choreographer: Amy Jones
8 roles plus ensemble
Based on the hit 1978 movie of the same name, 9 to 5 is a musical comedy about three female secretaries who decide to get revenge on their tyrannical, sexist boss by abducting him and running the business themselves.
VIOLET NEWSTEAD – 30’s female. Caucasian. Mezzo/Belt. The company’s Head Secretary; she is smart and efficient, a single, working mom. She stands up for what she believes in. (This role is cast.)
DORALEE RHODES – Late 20’s/Early 30’s female. Caucasian. High Soprano/Belt. Spirited country gal, warm and personable. Don’t underestimate her Barbie doll appearance. (Dolly Parton-type)
JUDY BERNLY – Late 20’s/Early 30’s female. Caucasian. High Soprano/Belt. Meek & quite proper, she’s the new girl, a little insecure but determined and hopeful. She has been burned by her ex-husbands affairs.
FRANKLIN HART, JR – 30’s/early 40’s male. Caucasian. Baritone. The notorious boss, smarmy, pompous, his own biggest fan. He can fool you with his temporary charm but soon shows his arrogant, self-absorbed attitude.
ROZ KEITH – 30’s/Early 40’s female. Actively seeking ethnic diverse performers for this role. Mezzo/Belt. Hart’s Administrative Assistant. Company snitch who will do anything to win Mr. Hart’s approval.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Rehearsal and performances from June 20 – July 24
Director: Lisa K. Bryant
5 M, 4 W
Two young gents have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn. His friend Algernon decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing’s young and beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and their deceptions are discovered.
John “Jack” Worthing – Early 30’s male. Caucasian. A wealthy young gentleman who takes life seriously. He’s a friend of Algernon whose behavior he sometimes deplores. John is Cecily’s guardian and is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax.
Algernon Moncrieff – Early 30’s male. Caucasian. The brilliantly witty and blithely selfish nephew of Lady Bracknell and cousin to Gwendolen Fairfax. He’s Jack’s best friend and in love with Cecily Cardew. (This role is cast.)
Gwendolen Fairfax – Mid 20’s female. Caucasian. Algernon’s young, aristocratic and charmingly superficial cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. She’s in love with Jack.
Cecily Cardew – Early 20’s female. Caucasian. A young woman given to romantic fantasies and intrigued by the wickedness of Jack’s brother. She is the simpler, more innocent country girl to Gwendolyn’s sophisticated city girl.
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
Rehearsal and performances from August 23 – September 25
Director: Lisa K. Bryant
5 M, 5 W
The Diary of Anne Frank is the dramatization of the diary kept by a young Jewish girl for the two years she and her family and neighbors was forced to remain in hiding by the Nazi persecution of the Jews of Europe.
OTTO FRANK: 40’s male. Anne’s polite and practical father, Mr. Frank is the head of the “attic family.” His calmness and patience are an asset in the cramped attic and a comfort to Anne, who is very close to him.
EDITH FRANK: 40’s female. Anne’s reserved and nervous mother, Mrs. Frank loves Anne, but she wishes she were more proper and polite, like her sister Margot. Because of her reserved nature, Mrs. Frank and Anne are not close.
MARGOT FRANK: 20’s female. Anne’s older sister, Margot is much more like her mother than Anne. She is quiet, modest, and reserved: the complete opposite of Anne.
ANNE FRANK: To play early teen female. The youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank, Anne is a lively, curious girl of thirteen at the beginning of the play. She remains optimistic throughout the months they are in hiding and always makes the best of the situation she is in. As her diary reveals, she is very introspective and creative and has a vivid imagination.
PETER VAN DAAN: To play mid-teen male. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan, Peter is a shy, quiet teenaged boy. He soon becomes a friend and confidant for Anne, and they share first kiss together.
BEEHIVE: THE 60’s MUSICAL
Rehearsal and performances September 27 through October 30, 2016 with an option to extend a week.
Director: Lisa K. Bryant
Choreographer: Amy Jones
Beehive: The 60’S Musical matches big voices with big hairdos. From Aretha Franklin to Janis Joplin, Beehive is a wailing musical tribute to the ladies who unmistakably left their mark on 60’s music. Rock out with “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “One Fine Day,” “Downtown” and more.
WANDA – 20+ female. Seeking ethnic actresses only for this role. A strong actress as well as singer. She carries the bulk of the dialogue and narration throughout the revue. She is a leader – strong, powerful and engaging. She must have the ability to interact comfortably with the audience.
JASMINE – 20+ female. African American. She portrays Diana Ross of the Supremes as well as a the lead singer of the Chiffons, Judy Craig. Sings songs “One Fine Day,” “Where Did Our Love Go?” “Come See About Me,” and others.
LAURA – 20+ female. Caucasian. Portrays Janis Joplin; Lulu and others. Sings songs “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “To Sir With Love,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Try,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and others.
ALLISON – 20+ female. Caucasian. Of the six actresses, Alison has the most lyrical warm voice. She sings songs “Downtown,” “Where the Boys Are,” “Society’s Child,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” and others.
PATTIE – 20+ female. Caucasian. Sings the songs “It’s My Party,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” “A Natural Woman,” and others.
GINA – 20+ female. African American. Portrays Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and the lead singer of the Starlets. Sings songs “I Sold My Heart to a Junkman,” “A Fool in Love,” “Proud Mary,” “Respect” and others.
VINTAGE HITCHCOCK: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
By Joe Landry
Rehearsal and performances October 4 – November 6
3M, 2 W
Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films. With The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials, that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.
ACTOR ONE – 30’s – 40’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Strong character actor. British dialect required. (This role is cast.)
ACTOR TWO – 30’s to 40’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Strong character actor. Must be able to play a variety of roles. British dialect required.
ACTOR THREE – 30’s to 40’s. Male. Any ethnicity. Strong character actor. Must be able to play a variety of roles. British dialect required.
ACTOR FOUR – 30’s to 40’s. Female. Any ethnicity. Strong character actress. Must be able to play a variety of roles. British dialect required.
ACTOR FIVE – 30’s to 40’s. Female. Any ethnicity. Strong character actress. Must be able to play a variety of roles. British dialect required.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Adapted for the stage by Richard Hellesen
Original music, with lyrics written or adapted from traditional sources by David De Berry
Rehearsal and performances November 1 – December 17.
Director/Choreographer: Amy Jones
6 M, 6 W
Charles Dickens classic tale brought to life in this original adaptation exclusive to Flat Rock Playhouse.
EBENEZER SCROOGE – 50, male. Any ethnicity. A wealthy but miserly businessman who has no sympathy for the poor nor any Christmas cheer. He is transformed when visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. Bass/Baritone. Must sing.
BOB CRATCHIT – 30, male. Any ethnicity. Scrooge’s overworked and underpaid clerk who is struggling to support his wife and six children but remains loyal to his cruel boss. Baritone. Must sing.
THE GHOST OF JACOB MARLEY – 50, male. Any ethnicity. Marley is Scrooge’s business partner who died seven years ago. His ghostwalks the earth in chains as a punishment
for the cruel and greedy way he lived. Doubles as Fezziwig. Bass/Baritone. Must sing well.
THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT – 50, male. Any ethnicity. Larger than life personality. This spirit shows Scrooge what he has ignored or cut himself off from in the present. Baritone. Must sing well.
FRED – Late 20’s, male. Any ethnicity. Scrooge’s nephew and only living relative. Like his mother, Fan, he is a cheerful person, and wants to spend Christmas with his uncle. Doubles as Young Ebenezer. Baritone. Must sing well.
MRS. CRATCHIT – 30’s, female. Any ethnicity. Cheerful wife of Mr. Fezziwig the banker. Happy to reach out and help her fellow man. Later becomes poor and cannot understand why Scrooge won’t help her husband who did so much for him. Doubles as Mrs. Fezziwig. Mezzo Soprano. Must sing well.
BELLE – 20’s, female. Any ethnicity. Young, lovely, goodhearted. Truly in love with young Ebenezer. Happy with the simple things in life – friends, family, and the joy that comes from loving someone and being loved in return. Doubles as Martha Cratchit. Soprano. Must sing well.