CPCC Theatre Auditions

 The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote

Auditions August 10 or 11 at 7:00pm in Pease Auditorium on the CPCC Central Campus

The Trip to Bountiful is the poignant story of Mrs. Watts, an aging widow living with her son and daughter-in-law in a three-room flat in Houston, Texas in 1953. Fearing that her presence may be an imposition on others, and chafing under the watchful eye of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Watts imagines that if she can get away and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind. First presented on television and then produced on Broadway, this award winning play is “…the rarest of theater experiences, an evening which will prove an indelible memory… “—NY World-Telegram

The role of Carrie Watts has been cast. All other roles are open. Age ranges are character not actor specific. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of conflicts for the August 17th through October 1st time period.  Rehearsals begin August 17th. Rehearsals run Monday – Thursday evenings 7:00p to 9:30ish. Performances September 25, 26, October 2, 3 8pm, September 27 & October 4 2:30p, October 1 7:30pm.

We are also looking for people interested in working backstage, set crew, props, etc.

 

Character Breakdown

Mrs. Carrie Watts—an aging woman who now lives in a cramped apartment with her adult son and his wife.  African-American—60.  Role has been cast.

Ludie Watts—the son who has recently returned to work after a lengthy illness.  He is devoted to his mother, but is growing weary of acting as referee in the conflict between his mother and his wife.  African-American—30-50 years.

Jessie Mae Watts—the daughter-in-law, who would rather go to the corner drugstore to drink Cokes and spend her days at the beauty parlor with her friends than serve as monitor of her aging mother-in-law.  African-American—30-40 years.

 

All other roles are non-race-specific.  The play is essentially about family, not race.

 

Thelma—a young woman who befriends Mrs. Watts at a bus station and on a bus trip.  She is a newlywed facing the prospect of being separated from her husband for an extended period of time.  A fragile, intelligent, and caring woman in her 20’s.

Houston Ticket Man #1—a somewhat impatient station employee with a long line of customers, who tries to remain civil to Mrs. Watts.  Indeterminate age.

Harrison Ticket Man—another station agent at a small-town bus station who goes out of his way to help Mrs. Watts.  Indeterminate age.

Sheriff—competent and rather business-like small-town sheriff who treats Mrs. Watts with the respect that her age commands.  He is anything but the clichéd Southern sheriff.  Indeterminate age.

 

There are also several non-speaking characters who appear in the Houston bus station.  These include a second ticket man, janitor, people waiting for their buses, and others purchasing tickets.  The people come and go and interact to give realistic atmosphere to the busy bus station.  These do require acting ability and development of characters and their backstories.  A good role for someone looking to get into acting or back into it after many years away.

If you have any questions contact Tom Hollis at 704-330-6534 or by email at tom.hollis@cpcc.edu

 

The Phantom of the Opera

Auditions August 10 or 11 at 7:00pm in Halton Theater on CPCC Central campus

For almost 30 years Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has captivated audiences with his retelling of  the story of the masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. Exercising a reign of terror, over all who inhabit it, the Phantom falls madly in love with an innocent soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents. From the roof of the Paris Opera House to the flooded catacombs below, The Phantom of the Opera thrills through one of the most sensational scores ever written for the stage. Truly the “Angel of Music” takes one through the haunting “Music of the Night”, as the “Masquerade” unfolds around us.

 

Performances are November 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8pm, November 15 & 22 at 2:30pm, November 18, 19 at 7:30pm

Age ranges are for characters not necessarily the ages of the actors. All ethnicities are urged to audition.  You do not have to be a current CPCC student to audition. Auditions are open to all.

Cast Breakdown

CHRISTING DAAE:
20s: beautiful young singer. Soprano voice that combines elements of classical and pop singing. Sings G below middle C to high E. Should be able to dance pointe or fake it well.

THE PHANTOM:
30s – 40s: high baritone or tenor (with a strong low range) with a contemporary sound. Able to sustain high G# with ease in full voice and high C# in falsetto. Looking for a truly dynamic actor with excellent acting and singing ability.

RAOUL, VICOMTE de CHAGNY:
20s – 30s: dashing, handsome young aristocratic man who falls in love with Christine. Contemporary high baritone/tenor (2 octave range from A flat to A flat).

MONSIEURS FIRMIN and ANDRE
FIRMAN is the hard money man – Baritone with high E/F. ANDRE is charming with artistic temperament – Baritone: high G with ease. 30s – 50ish; the managers of the Paris Opera House. Trying to be elegant, they are slightly befuddled and bumbling. Need good instincts for stylish comedy.

CARLOTTA GIUDICELLI:
30s – 50s; the prima donna of The Paris Opera. A diva in every sense of the word. Coloratura soprano, to high E. Requires opera training. This role has been cast.

MADAME GIRY:
Late 30s – early 50s; the Opera’s ballet mistress. An ominous, stern, forbidding figure. Mezzo soprano to high B flat with no discernible break between head and chest

MEG GIRY:
Should convincingly play late teens to early 20s; A young, petite ballet dancer with a strong mezzo soprano to G. Needs strong classical dance technique and excellent pointe work

UBALDO PIANGI:
30s – 50s; the opera’s leading tenor, Italian operatic tenor, companion to Carlotta. Sings to high C. Requires opera training.

BUQUET:
Middle aged to elderly “character man”. The head flyman of the Opera Populaire. Bass baritone but required to sing to E.

REYER: stage director. Non-singing Middle aged.

There is a chorus of 10 males and 13 females.Six of the females play the ballet chorus and must sing and be able to dance pointe. 1 male ballet dancer must be able to sing as well. Chorus roles cover a variety of age and vocal ranges. Members of the chorus will double into various roles in the three operas within the show.

Each auditionee should have a prepared song from The Phantom of the Opera of at least 16 bars and have sheet music in appropriate key. Be dressed to move. A short dance audition will be held following the singing to assess ballet skills for ballet chorus and general movement/dance skills for the rest of the cast and chorus. Bring toe shoes to be considered for ballet chorus, Christine and Meg. An accompanist will be provided.

Rehearsal will begin on Thursday August 20th. Music rehearsals will meet on Tuesday & Thursdays at 7:00pm though the end of September. Blocking rehearsals will commence September 27th Sunday – Thursday until performances begin. There will be a brief meeting on August 18th at 7:00pm to get the cast organized and workout schedule conflicts.

Callbacks if necessary will be held on Wednesday August 12th at 7:00pm.

If you have any questions contact Tom Hollis at 704-330-6534 or by email at tom.hollis@cpcc.edu

 

I Love a Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin

Auditions December 7 or 8 at 7pm in Halton Theater

I Love a Piano is the celebration of the music and lyrics of one of America’s most prolific songwriters Irving Berlin. Containing over sixty of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, the show includes such classics as “Blue Skies”, “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, “White Christmas”, “God Bless American” and of course “I Love a Piano”. Alternating heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, I Love a Piano is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern said had “no place in American music- he is American music”.

There are roles for 3 men and 3 women. 

Each auditionee should have a prepared song of at least 16 bars and sheet music in appropriate key. Be dressed to move. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsal will begin on January 4th. There will be a brief meeting on Thursday December 10th at 7:00pm to get the cast organized and workout schedule conflicts. Performances are February 12,13,19,20 at 8pm,February 14 & 21 at 2:30pm and February 18 at 7:30pm.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Auditions February 15 or 16 at 7:00pm in Pease Auditorium

Join CPCC Theatre in commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing with our production of the acclaimed modern comedic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Tom Stoppard’s play is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. – The New York Times called it – “Very funny, very brilliant, very chilling; it has the dust of thought about it and the particles glitter excitingly in the theatrical air.” The winner of both the Tony Award and NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Rosencrantz is as the The New York Daily News wrote “A stimulating, funny, imaginative comedy.”

Performances are April 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8pm, April 10 & 17 at 2:30pm and April 14 at 7:30pm

Cast Breakdown

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN – a pair of schoolmates and childhood friends of Hamlet

THE PLAYER – a traveling actor

HAMLET – the Prince of Denmark

ALFRED- one of the Players

TRAGEDIANS – 4 males traveling with the Player

KING CLAUDIUS – the King of Denmark, Hamlet’s uncle and stepfather

GERTRUDE – the Queen of Denmark, and Hamlet’s mother

POLONIUS – Claudius’s chief adviser

OPHELIA – Polonius’s daughter

HORATIO – a friend and schoolmate of Hamlet

FORTINBRAS – the nephew of the King of Norway

SOLDIERS, COURTIERS, AMBASSADORS ATTENDANTS AND MUSICIANS

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of conflicts for the February 22nd through April17th time period.  Rehearsals begin February 22nd. Rehearsals run Monday – Thursday evenings 7:00p to 9:30ish.

 

If you have any questions contact Tom Hollis at 704-330-6534 or by email at tom.hollis@cpcc.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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