CPCC Theatre Auditions

 

Auditions for Pride & Prejudice  September 12 & 13 at 7:00pm in Pease Auditorium

All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation by Jon Jory. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense — but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

Cast of Characters:

Elizabeth Bennet: Lizzie, as she is sometimes called, is the protagonist of the play and second eldest daughter. She has a passionate, if sometimes jumbled,relationship with Mr. Darcy.

Mr. Darcy: The rich friend of Mr. Bingley, he quarrels and eventually falls inlove with Elizabeth.

Mr. Bennet: Patriarch of the Longbourn estate, Mr. Bennet is a placid husband to

Mrs. Bennet and protective father to five girls.

Mrs. Bennet: The Bennet girls’ mother, who is set on their making auspicious

marriage arrangements.

Jane Bennet: The eldest of the sisters,she marries Mr. Bingley.

Mr. Bingley: The gentleman who rentsNetherfield Park and falls in love with

Jane.

Miss Bingley: Mr. Bingley’s snobby sister.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Mr. Darcy’s aunt who is sure no one is good

enough for their family. She is also the patroness of Mr. Collins, meaning she

pays for his parsonage of their church.

Mr. Collins: A distant cousin of the Bennets; a foolish parson who proposes

to Elizabeth. He eventually marries Charlotte Lucas.

Mary Bennet: The middle Bennet sister, not as flighty as Kitty & Lydia, but not as

refined as Jane & Elizabeth.

Lydia Bennet: A flirt who elopes with Mr. Wickham – a very scandalous action!

Mr. Wickham: The soldier who romances Elizabeth and then Lydia. He

also had a romantic relationship with Georgiana, Darcy’s younger sister, and

knew Darcy when they were younger.

Kitty Bennet: Lydia’s companion, who also enjoys ribbons and flirting.

Charlotte Lucas: Lizzie’s good friend and confidante, who marries for security,

not love.

Mr. Lucas: Charlotte Lucas’ father.

Mr. & Mrs. Gardiner: Elizabeth’s aunt and uncle who bring Jane to London and

accompany Lizzie to Pemberley.

Georgiana: Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, once wooed by Wickham.

Performances are October 28 – November 6. Rehearsal will begin on Thursday September 15th. Our normal rehearsal process is Sunday afternoons 2pm to 5pm and Monday through Thursday evenings 7pm to 10pm. You do not have to be a current CPCC Student to audition.

For questions or information contact Tom Hollis by email tom.hollis@cpcc.edu or call 704-330-6835.

Auditions for Ragtime December 5 or 6 7:00pm in the Overcash Rehearsal Hall Rm 300

RAGTIME is an epic musical that paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Three distinct stories intertwine to poignantly illustrate history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate. With a score that is as diverse as the melting pot of America, RAGTIME – • draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music of the European immigrants, • borrows from Vaudevillian styles to capture the spectacle of Anglo-American upper-middle-class society, and • utilizes Joplin and Jazz to invoke the enlivened spirit and rhythms of African-American, working class Harlem.

Cast breakdown: a Multi-Ethnic/Multi-Racial cast of about 60+ adults/older teens, and 3 children, including all ages, genders, and races. The entire ensemble sings. (Non-singing actors may be considered for non-singing featured roles). African-American Ensemble members must dance.

LEAD AND FEATURED ROLES (ages listed are based on history and/or author recommendations, and should not be taken literally)

Coalhouse Walker, Jr: African-American male. 25-35 (baritone with strong top range; range: Ab to G, with a sustained high F#). Intense dance; pianist; proud, confident, and stubborn.

Sarah: African-American female. Late teens-early 20’s (lyric soprano; range: low G# to high F# on staff)

Mother: Anglo-American female. 30+ (lyric soprano; range: low G to high Eb on staff) gentle, compassionate, optimistic

Father: Anglo-American male. 40+ (baritone; range: B to E on staff) cautious; resistant to change

Mother’s Younger Brother: Anglo-American male. 20-25+ (tenor/baritone with strong top range: B to high F#) passionate anarchist; intense and high-strung

Young Boy: Anglo-American male. 8-12 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on staff) precocious and curious

Tateh: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant male. 30+, slight accent (tenor; range: Db to high F#) intelligent, passionate, creative

Emma Goldman (historical): Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female/Anarchist. 40+, slight accent. (alto, range: low G# to Db on staff)

Harry Houdini (historical): Hungarian Immigrant male/Magician/body-builder. 30+ (tenor; range: mid. C to high G)

Evelyn Nesbit (historical): Anglo-American female. Vaudevillian “girl on the swing”. 18-25 (belter/soprano, range: middle C to Db on staff) intense dance.

Young Girl (Tateh’s daughter): Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female. 6-10 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on the staff) quiet and shy.

Sarah’s Friend: African-American female. Late teens – 30. (Gospel lyric-soprano or alto range: low G to stratosphere scat top note)

Grandfather (Mother’s father): Anglo-American male. 55+ (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone) gruff & outspoken.

Booker T. Washington (Historical): African-American male, distinguished. 45+ (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone)

Henry Ford (Historical): Anglo-American male. 30-45 (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone)

JP Morgan (Historical): Anglo-American male; banking mogul. 45+ (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone)

Little Coalhouse: Walk-on at end of show. African-American male. Age 3-4 (no spoken lines or singing)

SUPPORTING/ENSEMBLE ROLES:

RAGTIME offers members of the three ensembles multiple opportunities to play a number of smaller parts with lines. Supporting roles to be cast during rehearsals include: Admiral Peary, Willie Conklin, Judge, train conductor, people of New Rochelle/Harlem/Union Square, Jewish immigrants, factory workers, demonstrators, newsboys, reporters, bureaucrats, Coalhouse’s Men, and numerous other ensemble roles.

Age ranges are performance ages not necessarily the age of the performer. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Bring 16 bars of music to perform. An accompanist will be provided. Be dressed to move.

Performances are February 10th to the 19th. Rehearsal will begin on Monday January 2nd. Our normal rehearsal process is Sunday afternoons 2pm to 5pm and Monday through Thursday evenings 7pm to 10pm. You do not have to be a current CPCC Student to audition.

For questions or information contact Tom Hollis by email tom.hollis@cpcc.edu or call 704-330-6835.

Auditions for August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom February 13 & 14 & 7:00pm in Pease Auditorium

It’s 1927 in a rundown studio in Chicago Ma Rainey, The Mother of the Blues, is recording new sides of old favorites. During a tense recording session in Chicago’s South Side, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom exposes the exploitation of African American musicians in the white-dominated commercial music industry. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom depicts the psychological consequences of African American musicians’ struggles for economic an artistic self-determination in the face of racism and a shifting marketplace. August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom won the 1985 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play, the 1985 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play and 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.

Cast of Characters

Ma Rainey (black woman 40-50s)

 Based on Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, an influential Blues singer from the1920s. She is portrayed as an outspoken if not difficult artist who has no illusions that her white associates are only interested in her for the money. She is fiercely protectiveof her artistic integrity and personal interests.

Mel Sturdyvant (white man 50-60s)

Owner of the Chicago South Side recording studio where the play is set. Mel is frustrated by Ma’s behavior and is very vocal about it throughout the play. However, he knows that Ma’s music is quite popular. Despite his complaints, he puts up with her tomake money.

Irvin (white man 40-50’s)

Ma Rainey’s manager. Irvin acts as liaison between Mel and Ma Rainey. He tries to smooth over any problems that arise throughout the play to ensure that the record gets made.

Policeman (white man late 30’s -40’s)

Policeman, who is no nonsense , a bit aggressive, and easily to take a bride, brings Ma Rainey into the studio. He plans to charge her with assault.

Culter ( black man mid- 50-60’s)

Trombone and guitar player in Ma’s band. A career musician, Cutleris the leader of the instrumentalists. He understands that Ma Rainey has the final word and is interested in maintaining the peace in order to get the job done.

Slow Drag (black man mid-50-60’s)

 Bass player in Ma’s band. He got his name by slow dancing for hours to win a contest. A professional musician. He has worked with Cutler for more than 20 years.

Toledo (black man 40’s)

 Piano player in Ma’s band. A self-educated and literate member of the band, Toledo speaks eloquently about the black man’s experience at the time and tries to educate the other members of the band.

Levee (black man 30’s)

Young and arrogant, Levee is a talented trumpet player who considers himself an artist. His ambition to write his nown music and make it big with his own band causes tension with the rest of the band.

Sylvester Brown (black man late teens or 20s)

 Ma Rainey’s country nephew. Ma wants him to do the introduction on the “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” record, but his stutter causes conflict with the rest of the band.

Dussie Mae (black woman 20’s)

 Ma Rainey’s young lesbian lover. Dussie Mae’s own ambition is evident in her willingness to entertain Levee’s advances in the few moments when she is able to call attention to herself.

Performances are March 31 – April 9.  Our normal rehearsal process is  Monday through Thursday evenings 7pm to 10pm. You do not have to be a current CPCC Student to audition.

For questions or information contact Tom Hollis by email tom.hollis@cpcc.edu or call 704-330-6835.

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