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2018 SUMMER SEASON AUDITONS

Summer Season Auditons

My Fair Lady, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Sunset Boulevard, and Violet

Auditions for everyone will begin at 9:00 am on SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018.   

 Auditions will be held at the Lucile Shuffler Center, 2011 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC.  For auditions, bring a prepared song and sheet music (an accompanist will be provided).  Also come prepared to dance.  Dance auditions will be at 12:00 noon and 5:00pm.

Callbacks will be March 25th.

Roles in all four shows are available for men and women in a wide range of ages, including teenagers.  We have one role for a female child:  “Young Vi” in Violet.  This is the only role for children, and we will be looking for someone ages 10-16. 

We are looking for actors, singers, and dancers of all ethnicities and backgrounds

 

MY FAIR LADY

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Music by Frederick Loewe

Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion

Directed by Shane Fernando

Rehearsals begin Monday, May 7th

Performance Dates:     Wednesday, June 6 – Sunday, June 10

                                    Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17

                                    Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24

ROLES:

ELISA DOOLITTLE:  A cockney flower girl, Eliza works outside Covent Garden. Her potential to become “a lady” becomes the object of a bet between Higgins and Pickering.  She is smart and knows what she can be, but needs help to realize her dreams. Must be able to effect vocal change from Cockney to Received Pronunciation during course of the show. She is tough as nails and cunning, but as vulnerable as fine glass, and as caustic as she is feminine. She becomes desperate to rise to the challenge to learn to speak like a lady.  She grapples mightily with the conflict between how she’s treated by Higgins and her hard-found self-respect.

HENRY HIGGINS: A British, upper class professional bachelor, Higgins is a world-famous phonetics expert and expert elocutionist.   He is impatient with high society and inconsiderate of the normal social niceties. Highly believable British Received Pronunciation.  He’s funny but he’s also arrogant, impatient, self-absorbed, misanthropic, and not at all in touch with his deep-seated emotions. He wagers a bet on Eliza to feed his ego but ends up desperately in love with her, much to his consternation and surprise.

COLONEL PICKERING: A retired British Army officer and linguist, Pickering is the author of “Spoken Sanskrit.”  Always considerate and a gentleman, he is a perfect British eccentric with a dogged earnestness. His thoughtful treatment of Eliza helps raise her self-respect.

ALFRED P. DOOLITTLE: Eliza’s father, Doolittle is an older but vigorous dustman, aka rubbish collector.  He is what the Brits would call a “bounder”, with a unique brand of humor; unembarrassed and unashamed Hedonist. Needs a believable Cockney accent.

MRS. PEARCE: Henry Higgins’ housekeeper; a remarkably patient woman.

FREDDY EYNSFORD-HILL: An upper class young man, Freddy becomes completely smitten with Eliza.

MRS. EYNSFORD-HILL: A friend of Mrs. Higgins, Mrs. Eynsford-Hill is Freddy’s mother. 

MRS. HIGGINS: Henry’s long-suffering mother.  A refined lady of the upper class, she is kind and understanding of Eliza’s plight.

HARRY: Drinking companion of Alfred Doolittle.

JAMIE: Drinking companion of Alfred Doolittle.

PROFESSOR ZOLTAN KARPATHY: A Hungarian, Karpathy is a former phonetics student of Henry Higgins who fancies himself impossible to dupe when it comes to identifying the origin of anyone’s speech patterns. He meets Eliza at the ball and thinks she is royalty.

ENSEMBLE:  Singers and dancers, out of which many smaller roles come.

 

SONGS:

ACT I

    "Overture" – The Orchestra

    "Busker Sequence" – The Orchestra

    "Why Can't the English?" – Professor Higgins

    "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" – Eliza and Male Quartet

    "With a Little Bit of Luck" – Alfred Doolittle, Harry, and Jamie

    "I'm an Ordinary Man" – Professor Higgins

    "With a Little Bit of Luck (Reprise)" – Alfred Doolittle and Ensemble

    "Just You Wait" – Eliza

    "The Servants' Chorus (Poor Professor Higgins)" – Mrs. Pearce and Servants

    "The Rain in Spain" – Professor Higgins, Eliza, and Colonel Pickering

    "I Could Have Danced All Night" – Eliza, Mrs. Pearce, and Servants

    "Ascot Gavotte" – Ensemble

    "On the Street Where You Live" – Freddy

    "Eliza's Entrance/Embassy Waltz" – The Orchestra

ACT II

    "You Did It" – Colonel Pickering, Professor Higgins, Mrs. Pearce, and Servants

    "Just You Wait (Reprise)" – Eliza

    "On the Street Where You Live (Reprise)" – Freddy

    "Show Me" – Eliza and Freddy

    "The Flower Market/Wouldn't It Be Loverly? (Reprise)" – Eliza and Male Quartet

    "Get Me to the Church on Time" – Alfred Doolittle and Ensemble

    "A Hymn to Him" – Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering

    "Without You" – Eliza and Professor Higgins

    "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" – Professor Higgins

    "I Could Have Danced All Night (Reprise) / Finale" – The Orchestra

 

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE

Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Directed and choreographed by Ron Chisholm

Rehearsals begin June 9

Performance Dates:     Wednesday, July 4 – Sunday, July 8

                                    Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15

                                    Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22

Smokey Joe’s Café requires very skilled singers who can move and is a diverse ensemble show. Vocal ability and range will be important, as well as the ability to sing in different styles. Some experience with singing harmonies and the ability to hold a harmony line against other voices are vital. All cast members will be required to do some choreography, but you do not need to be a dancer.

The show was originally played with nine actors, divided as presented below.  We will cast to fit the music and the show the best way possible and not necessarily stick to the divisions listed. 

ROLES:

FRED:  A father-like figure with a sultry voice, solid and implacable.  He is part of The Quartet, must be good with harmonies, i.e. "The Drifters", "The Coasters," etc..  He sings "You're the Boss", "Little Egypt", and “Charlie Brown”. Strong comedic timing.  Loveable.  Think Barry White and Isaac Hayes.

KEN:  A smooth crooner; part of The Quartet, must be good with harmonies, i.e. "The Drifters", "The Coasters" etc.  Sings "Spanish Harlem”, "Loving You”, "Poison Ivy”, and “Dance with Me”.  Strong dancer a plus.

ADRIAN:  The energetic leader of the group; part of The Quartet, must be good with harmonies, i.e. "The Drifters”, "The Coasters”.  He is ready to bust out in song at any moment; sings "Stand by Me", "Youngblood", "Love Potion #9”, and “There Goes My Baby”. The slow one with a big heart.

MICHAEL:  He is genuinely suave and impressive, a ladies’ man, he evokes the memory of Elvis; a true rock 'n' roll singer.  Part of The Quartet, must be good with harmonies, i.e. "The Drifters", "The Coasters" etc.  He sings "Jailhouse Rock", "Kansas City", "Ruby”. He is genuinely suave and impressive, Strong dancer a plus.

VICTOR:  The preening bad-boy of the quartet who gets most of the comedy.  Must be a good mover. Think Frankie Vallie or Earth, Wind, and Fire. Sings “Searchin”, “Treat me Nice”, and “I Who Have Nothing”.

DELEE:  Innocent, but with a wild streak; the shimmy girl; strong dance ability;   She sings "Falling", "Trouble", "I'm a Woman".

BRENDA:  Savvy, sexy, and smart with a strong dance ability, she sings "Don Juan", "Some Cats Know", "I'm a Woman".

PATTIE:  Grounded; the throaty voice of experience; more rock, i.e. Janis Joplin; sings "Pearl's a Singer", "I Keep Forgetting", "Don't". The voice of experience. Mature and grounded.

BJ:  Sexy, funny, and heartbreaking; huge gospel voice, vocal styling Big Mama Thornton or Aretha Franklin; sings "Fools Fall in Love", "Hound Dog", "Saved".  Lots of personality and a huge voice  Great comedic timing with palpable vulnerability.

SONGS:

ACT I

    "Neighborhood"

    "Young Blood"

    "Falling"

    "Ruby Baby"

    "Dance With Me

    "Neighborhood" (Reprise)

    "Keep On Rollin'"

    "Searchin'"

    "Kansas City"

    "Trouble"

    "Love Me" / "Don't"

    "Fools Fall In Love"

    "Poison Ivy"

    "Don Juan"

    "Shoppin' for Clothes"

    "I Keep Forgettin'"

    "On Broadway"

    "D.W. Washburn"

    "Saved"

ACT II

    "Baby That Is Rock & Roll"

    "Yakety Yak"

    "Charlie Brown"

    "Stay a While"

    "Pearl's a Singer"

    "Teach Me How to Shimmy"

    "You're the Boss"

    "Loving You"

    "Treat Me Nice"

    "Hound Dog"

    "Little Egypt"

    "I'm a Woman"

    "There Goes My Baby"

    "Love Potion #9"

    "Some Cats Know"

    "Jailhouse Rock"

    "Fools Fall In Love" (Reprise)

    "Spanish Harlem"

    "I (Who Have Nothing)"

    "Stand by Me"

    "Baby That Is Rock & Roll" (Reprise)

 

SUNSET BOULEVARD

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton

Based on the Billy Wilder film

Directed and Choreographed by Ray Kennedy

Rehearsals begin Saturday, July 7

Performance Dates:     Wednesday, August 1 – Sunday, August 5

                                    Friday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12

                                    Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19

ROLES:

NORMA DESMOND:  A beautiful but eccentric faded star of the silent screen era. Once the biggest name in Hollywood, she is a recluse in her decaying mansion, isolated in her dream world of the past.  She is a woman of great pride and passion with hopes of a comeback. Must be able to negotiate difficult rhythms and melodies and have huge vocal chops.

JOE GILLIS:  A handsome screenwriter whose career is in decline. His playboy looks and manners used to open every door but things have changed. He moves in with Norma Desmond all the while falling in love with young Betty Schaefer; an absolute charmer with a dark side.  Not Hollywood in manner, but very Hollywood in looks. Self-assured and manly, he should be charming, with an opportunist-like quality.

MAX VON MAYERLING:  Norma’s devoted butler, Max protects her from the outside world.  He is a dark and ominous presence in the mansion, and he was Norma’s director and first husband, and is still her biggest fan.

BETTY SCHAEFER:  Artie's fiancée, a clean-cut, bright-looking girl, in her twenties. Sweet but sophisticated in a professional manner, a go-getter who wants to sincerely work with Joe…eventually falling for him.

CECIL DEMILLE:  The iconic Hollywood film director who discovered Norma Desmond and made her a star.  Strong, imposing with a fatherly quality.

ARTIE GREEN:  Betty’s fiancé, a self-described “Jewish Casanova,” a good-hearted guy. He is Joe's friend and a generous, hardworking director's assistant. Professional but fun.

SHELDRAKE:  Boss of the studio Brash and slightly pompous.

MANFRED:  An expensive tailor to the stars.

ENSEMBLE:  There are more than 20 named characters throughout the show with solo singing parts. A chorus of all ages and types with strong vocals and movement abilities are needed. Many of these roles are strongly featured and some cast members will be required to play 3 or 4 different character roles.  All voice ranges are needed and not everyone will be required to dance.

SONGS:

ACT I

    "Overture" / "I Guess It Was 5 am" – Joe

    "Let's Have Lunch" – Joe, Actors, actress, scriptwriters, Artie, Sheldrake, Betty

    "Every Movie's A Circus" † – Betty, Joe

    "Car Chase" – orchestra

    "At the House on Sunset" – Joe

    "Surrender" – Norma

    "With One Look" – Norma

    "Salome" – Norma, Joe

    "The Greatest Star of All" – Max

    "Every Movie's a Circus (Reprise)" ∞ † – Actors, Actress, Waiters, Artie, Joe, Betty, Barman

    "Girl Meets Boy" – Joe, Betty

    "Back at the House on Sunset – Joe, Max

    "New Ways to Dream" – Norma, Joe

    "Completion of the Script" – Norma, Joe

    "The Lady's Paying" – Norma, Manfred, Joe, Ensemble

    "New Year's Eve" – Joe, Max

    "The Perfect Year" – Norma, Joe

    "This Time Next Year" – Ensemble, Artie, Betty, Joe, Cecil B. DeMile

    New Year's Eve (Back at the House on Sunset) – Joe, Norma

ACT II

    "Entr'acte" – orchestra

    "Sunset Boulevard" – Joe

    "There's Been a Call" / "Journey to Paramount" – Norma, Joe

    "As If We Never Said Goodbye" – Norma

    "Paramount Conversations" – Betty, Joe, Norma, Cecil B. DeMile, Sheldrake, Max

    "Surrender (Reprise)" – Cecil B. DeMile

    "Girl Meets Boy (Reprise)" – Joe, Betty

    "Eternal Youth Is Worth a Little Suffering" – Norma, Astrologer, Beauticians

    "Who's Betty Schaefer?" – Norma, Joe

    "Betty's Office at Paramount" – Joe, Betty

    "Too Much in Love to Care" – Betty, Joe

    "New Ways to Dream (Reprise)" – Max

    "The Phone Call" – Norma

    "The Final Scene" – Joe, Betty, Norma, Max

VIOLET

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley

Based on "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts

Directed and Choreographed by Jason Aycock

Rehearsals begin Saturday, August 4

Performance Dates:     Wednesday, August 29 – Sunday, September 2

                                    Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 

ROLES:

VIOLET KARL:  She carries a facial scar from a childhood injury; the degree of deformity is uncertain to us but it is certainly drastic to Violet.  Cynical but not yet bitter, reserved but not yet withdrawn, Violet has not given up hope.  She is stubborn and prickly, determined that she may be healed and be made beautiful.  She’s direct with people who stare at her scar (which is quite prominently located on her face, although not literally visible to the theatre audience).  Violet has a sarcasm and toughness to her.  Violet has high expectations of God when it comes to being healed.  After her father died, she tried doctors, snake handlers, and a Catholic church to be healed.  Strongly influenced by movies – idealizes the glamour actresses.  Flick is the first black person with whom she has spoken.  She’s a good poker player.

YOUNG VIOLET:  Not quite as guarded or prickly as her older self, but still tough and stubborn. She has a keen curiosity and the rough edges of being brought up solely by her father.   She is inquisitive and aggressive, and utterly unintimidated by anything or anyone.

GRADY “FLICK” FLIGGINS:  An African-American soldier who looks for the positive in life – a dreamer and a go-getter.  He doesn’t enjoy the army, but enjoys the respect it garners him.  There is something gentle and good about him, not to be interpreted or confused with weakness or lack of authority.  He is not moved much by Violet’s scar.  Flick carries a flask with him most of the time.  He was in basic training with Monty.  He is a black man traveling through the American South in the early 1960s, with all that implies about his life and experiences. Flick is stable, direct, easy going, and perceptive. He has a “seize the day “philosophy that he only sometimes puts into practice.

MONTGOMERY “MONTY” HARRILL:  From Raleigh, NC.  A white paratrooper and corporal.  Believes himself to be fearless and irresistible to most people – especially women.  He is a bit full of himself.  Although self-consumed, it is not necessarily purposefully so.  As described by Violet, he’s “a boy in the skin of a man.”  He’s rough around the edges and he’s fighting his own demons.  Monty was in basic training with Flick, and now he trains young men to jump out of airplanes.  Monty s brash, arrogant, impulsive, immature, and loud- but he is an essentially a good and decent person which makes him charming.

FATHER:  A simple, widowed man who lovingly raises his daughter, Violet, alone, doing the best he can with the little knowledge and resources he has to do so.  Stern but friendly, uneducated but smart and strongly convinced of the power of education.  He accidentally scars 13 year-old Violet’s face while he is chopping wood.  Can be stern with her.  Protects and toughens her.  Teaches her to hide from others so she won’t be tortured by them.  He took Violet to see doctors in Charlotte for her 18th birthday.  He died of a heart attack when Violet was 22 and left her a little money.  He is a plain man who achieved and lost his plain dreams, leaving him a little sad and anxious.

6 ENSEMBLE MEMBERS:  Everyone in the ensemble plays multiple roles.  All the roles they play are listed below each person.

 #1 FEMALE:

OLD LADY:  A former beauty in her heyday, now tired and frustrated with life.  She’s gossipy, pushy and nosy and her fellow passenger, Violet, is the unwilling recipient of her boldness.  Not a huge fan of boys or men.  She’s on her way to Nashville to see her son, Harvey, who works in a cellophane plant.  Although she had eight children of her own, she’s not eager to be in a house full of children.  Stevie, her youngest, died in Korea.  She believes her daughters to have been beautiful brides.

HOTEL SINGER:  Memphis.  Sings with/counterpoint to Flick.

OLD LADY 2:  Passenger, Tulsa to Fort Smith.  Sure that whomever is supposed to pick her up forgot.  (still a man hater)

 #2 FEMALE:

MUSIC HALL SINGER: Memphis.  Has an eye for Flick, but loses interest as soon as she sees him with Violet.

MABEL:  Passenger from Tulsa to Fort Smith.  Talkative.  Tired of sitting.  A bit man crazy.  Three husbands tried to teach her to drive before she figured out how to do it.  She once hit a traffic cop and subsequently married him after he got out of the hospital.  She loves gray eyes.

WOMAN WITH FAN:  Fort Smith to Tulsa. 

#3 FEMALE: 

LANDLADY:  Almeta.  African-American.  Flick’s friend.  Runs boarding house in Memphis.  Agrees to let them stay when Flick pays her $20.  Tells Flick to use the back alley exit if they leave the premises.  Has a point of view that is reminiscent of Violet’s father’s.

WOMAN KNITTING: A quiet woman.

GOSPEL SOLOIST:  LULA BUFFINGTON.  Seen in the Hope and Glory Building as a member of the volunteer choir that sings for the Preacher’s telecast.  Sings for God with passion and power. African-American.

#1 MALE: 

BUS DRIVER 1:  Johnson, aka Mr. Wallace Weatherman.  Looks forward to Sal’s Barbecue and greasy food.  Gets off at Nashville. 

PREACHER:  In Violet’s fantasy.  Talks in tongues.  TV preacher.  An impassioned, theatrical man who preaches with all the bravado he can muster. Once had a true healing touch but has lost it in his quest to become a showman. Dismissive and egotistical.

RUFUS:  In Memphis.  A mechanic.  Along with the other mechanic, accosts Flick.

RADIO SINGER:  Memphis boarding house radio singer.

BUS DRIVER 4:  Tulsa to Fort Smith.  Johnson, aka Mr. Wallace Weatherman.  Wants Dan’s Irish Stew, blackberry pie and beer when he gets to Fort Smith.

 #2 MALE:

LEROY EVANS: Has a dog named Roscoe.  Not too smart.  Won’t look Violet in the eye because of her scar.

WAITER:  In Kingsport.  Blunt about Violet’s scar.  Racist.

MECHANIC:  In Memphis.  Gets into fight with Flick.

RADIO SOLIST:  Memphis.  Part of the boarding house radio trio.

BUS DRIVER 3:  Memphis to Fort Smith.  Sings “Lonely Stranger.”

EARL: Tulsa to Fort Smith.  Flea circus owner, former midway barker.  A strange character on the Greyhound bus who sneaks smokes in the bathroom and is carrying a smelly suitcase he claims holds a flea circus.

 #3 MALE:

CREEPY GUY:  Tulsa to Fort Smith.  A “Jesus freak.”

BUS DRIVER 2:  On the Nashville to Memphis leg.

RADIO SINGER:  Memphis.  Part of the boarding house radio trio.

BILLY DEAN:  Violet’s first sexual encounter – on a $5 bet.  An Elum brother.

VIRGIL:  The preacher’s assistant.  Knows the smoke & mirrors of the Preacher’s show and must begrudgingly deal with anyone who might derail it.

SONGS:

ACT I

“Water in the Well”

“Surprised”

“On My Way”

“M & M’s”

“Luck of the Draw”

“Question ‘n Answer”

“Preacher Hymn I”

“All to Pieces”

“Preacher Hymn II”

“Let It Sing”

“Anyone Would Do”

“Who’ll Be the One (If Not Me)”

“Last Time I Came to Memphis”

“Lonely Stranger”

“Lay Down Your Head”

“Anyone Would Do (Reprise)”

“Hard to Say Goodbye”

“Promise Me Violet”

“Raise Me Up”

“Down the Mountain”

“In the Chapel”

“Raise Me Up (Reprise)”

“Look at Me”

“That’s What I Could do”

“Surprised (reprise)”

“M & M’s (reprise”

“Promise Me Violet (reprise)”

“Bring Me to the Light”

Earlier Event: March 11
Nine
Later Event: June 6
My Fair Lady