Show Boat Character Breakdown


Show Boat Character Breakdown

Please note: All characters age over a 40-year period. The ages listed for characters are playable ages, not actual ages. All roles are open.

Queenie (Supporting): Female, 30-40

Big powerful mezzo voice, warm with great humanity.

Ethnicity: African Descent, African American

Joe (Supporting): Male, 30-40

Husband to Queenie, sings “Old Man River,” he is earthy with a quiet strength, strong Bass Baritone singing voice.

Ethnicity: African Descent, African American

Parthy (Supporting): Female, 40-50

Matriarch of the “Cotton Blossom,” a working class woman, New Englander and classy, she is a force to be reckoned with, non-singing role.

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Magnolia (Lead): Female, 25-30

her character ages from 18 to 48 within the show, strikingly beautiful, falls for Ravenal, glorious lyric soprano singing voice.

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Julie Lavern (Supporting): Female, 25-35

Exotic ethnic look, mixed race passing as white, worldly and glamorous, the leading lady of the “Cotton Blossom,” legit Mezzo Soprano voice.

Ethnicity: Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race

Ellie May Chipley (Supporting): Female, 25-35

Soubrette, wants to be serious actress, strong dancer, part of the vaudeville team, Mezzo voice range.

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Gaylord Ravenal (Lead): Male, 25-35

Dashing gambler, and more. Tenor voice

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Frank Schultz (Supporting): Male, 25-35

Strong dancer, plays villain on the show boat, but “meek as a lamb,” he is part of the vaudeville team, Baritone.

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Captain Andy (Supporting): Male, 50-64

He is captain of the “Cotton Blossom,” true old time showman, warm, fatherly character, character Baritone, but not a legit singing voice needed.

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): Males & Females, 18-60

Many roles are doubled.

Ethnicity: African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race, African American, Caucasian


All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Age ranges are approximate to characters but may not reflect actual age of the actor.