CIVIC THEATRE ANNOUCES AUDITIONS FOR “CARRIE: THE MUSICAL”
Civic Theatre of Allentown will hold auditions for its October 2016 production of “Carrie: The Musical” at 7 pm on Wednesday August 17th. Auditions will be in the rehearsal hall above Civic Theatre at 527 N 19th Street in Allentown. If necessary, callbacks will be held on Thursday August 18th.
All roles in the production are open.
18-36 bars of a song from a Broadway show in the Rock/Pop or Contemporary style demonstrating your vocal and dramatic range. Please bring sheet music properly marked with cuts and in the correct key.
No a cappella singing accepted. Songs from the show are allowed.
Bring a headshot or picture in which your face is clearly visible.
Bring a list of your conflicts from audition date 8/17 until the show’s close on 10/23.
If you are unable to attend auditions you may email a video of your audition to email@example.com. The deadline for video submission is Friday August 5th. Please state your name and the role you interested in playing before you sing on the video. If we need to see more we will contact you and arrange an in person audition or an audition via FaceTime or Skype.
Rehearsals to start following auditions.
Schedules will be made around actor availability to the best of our ability.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it…
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn’t been seen since its notorious 1988 Broadway production. Now, the show’s original authors have created a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale. “Carrie” features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).
CARRIE WHITE (Female, to play 17) – A painfully shy outsider with a strong desire to belong. Victim of frequent pranks and bullying at school as well as abuse under her mother’s strict religious control at home. She transforms from ugly duckling into graceful – and then vengeful – swan. Vocally, she must be capable of lyrical sweetness as well as fierce power.
MARGARET WHITE (Female, to play mid 30’s to mid 40’s) – A commanding, intense woman of visceral extremes, possessing zealous religious convictions, and almost abusive maternal love for her daughter. Like Carrie, with whom she shares several duets, her voice must range from expressive and melodic to ferocious and frightening.
SUE SNELL (Female, to play 17-18) – A popular over achieving student. Her unthinking participation in a cruel act of bullying causes a crisis of conscience that leads her on a complicated emotional and psychological journey to make amends. Smart with just a touch of shrewd edge. The play is told through her memory. Vocally, she has a pop ballad voice that delivers sincerity and strength.
TOMMY ROSS (Male, to play 17-18) – Popular star athlete, valedictorian, and all around standout, he’s the boy that all the girls want to be with, and all the boys want to be. Yet he also has unexpected, quirky sensitivity and is just starting to mine his personal life and feelings – a budding poet. His voice should have an effortless pop quality.
CHRIS HARGENSEN (Female, to play 17-18) – Rich, spoiled, and dangerous. Chris is a popular beauty whose arrogant self-assurance makes her believe that the rules don’t apply to her. Loaded with sexual dynamite, she has serious daddy and anger management issues. Her voice is pop/rock percussive: rangy and powerful. Must be an equally strong dancer.
BILLY NOLAN (Male,to play early 20s) -Now in his sixth year of high school, Billy’s a sexy, trashy, stupid-like-a-fox bad boy whose wise mouth troublemaking has led him to spend more time in detention than in class. All these qualities make it easy for Chris to manipulate him to do her bidding. His voice is that of a wailing rocker.
MISS GARDNER (Female, mid-30’s) This girls’ P.E. teacher can be a strict disciplinarian when necessary, but when Carrie arouses her maternal instinct, she surprises herself by also revealing a protective “Fairy Godmother” side. Her voice is warm and strong, just like the woman with a powerful pop belt.
MR. STEPHENS / REV. BLISS (Male, adult 30’s-50’s) -This well-intentioned English teacher and guidance counselor struggles to help his students realize their potential. A dedicated educator, he’s stretched thin in his duties, woefully underpaid, and a bit overwhelmed as to how to handle the Billy Nolans of the classroom combat zone. Possibly doubles as Reverend Bliss, a holy-rolling radio evangelist. His voice should be a clear rock tenor/baritone strong and clear and capable of converting the faithless.
NORMA (Female, to play 17-18) – Bitchy, gossipy and a shameless suck-up to authority, Norma is second-in-command to Chris’ queen bee. A strong singer/dancer.
FRIEDA (Female, to play 17-18) – Sue’s sometime friend. She’s an easygoing, get-along follower and a tireless extracurricular committee volunteer. A strong singer/dancer.
HELEN (Female, to play 17-18) – Giggly and easily shocked, her immaturity and need to belong make her the perfect example of the herd mentality. A strong singer/dancer.
GEORGE (Male, to play 17-18) – A jock. Preppy. Somewhat unsure. Tommy’s wingman since childhood, George idolizes him a little too much. Perhaps more than Tommy realizes…
STOKES (Male, to play 17-18) – A bit of a nerd, he’s happy to be sometimes included as one of Tommy’s posse.
FREDDY (Male, to play 17-18) – The wise-cracking class clown and official yearbook photographer, he can’t believe any girl would ever give him the time of day.
MALE/FEMALE ENSEMBLE (Male, to play 17-18) – 2-4 additional students who flesh out the various cliques at Chamberlain High School. They are cheerleaders, jocks, drama dorks, brains, and rebels. Most of all they are real people. A mix of strong singers, actors and dancers.
Directed by Civic’s Artistic Director, William Sanders with musical direction by Steve Reisteter, “Carrie: The Musical” will play Civic’s Nineteenth Street Theatre from Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 23rd. Please visit www.CivicTheatre.com for more information.