The Tennessee Valley Art Association CenterStage
October 5th - 8th, 2017 at The Ritz Theatre
When: Saturday, August 12th: The Ritz Theatre (Encore Room) beginning at 9:00 a.m.
How: Auditions will be by appointment beginning at 9:00 a.m. A group of five will be seen every twenty minutes. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to your audition time.
What to bring: You will need one minute of a song. Pick a song that suits your range and shows off your voice and your acting skill while you sing (character, emotion, etc.) Please bring accompaniment music on a device or CD. You may also bring sheet music. We will do a cold read from the show. Scripts will be available prior to coming into your audition to give you ample time to become familiar with the scene.
Call: Please call 256-383-0533 to sign up for an audition time.
OPAL (FRANÇOISE). An eight-year-old aristocratic girl; enchanting but with spunk. Speaks in a cultured manner, perhaps with a slight British accent. Should be cast as young and small as possible. A girl who is actually eight-years-old is ideal. Legitimate head voice, not a belt voice. Low soprano. (Bb to E)
THE MAMMA (MRS. POTTER). A rugged, work-worn woman, with humor and warmth buried inside. 20s to 30s. Mixed voice with some chest tones. Mezzo-soprano. (G to C and octave above middle C)
THE MAN THAT WEARS GRAY NECKTIES (ANDREW GIVENS). A shy lumberjack. Very likable. 30s. Legitimate voice. Baritone/tenor. (Bb to E)
SADIE McKIBBEN. A scrub woman; an earth mother. A sage. Speaks with a Scottish brogue. 50s to 70s. Legit mezzo-soprano with some mixed tones. (G to Eb with an optional high G)
THE GIRL THAT HAS NO SEEING (SELENA). A young woman who is blind. Waifish. Early 20s. Mixed voice. Mezzo-soprano. (G to C and octave above middle C)
THE THOUGHT-GIRL WITH THE FAR-A WAY LOOK IN HER EYES. The daughter of the lumber mill owner. Lovely, modest. 20s to 30s. Legitimate head voice. Soprano. (B to G)
THE ENSEMBLE. Not your average theatrical narrators. This group of teens and adults play multiple roles throughout the show. (Mid/Late teens to adults) Six to eight strong actors are needed. Mixed voices of bass, baritone, alto, and soprano voices are needed.
I’ve had the privilege of directing Opal just after it left Off-Broadway, and I became great friends with the writer, Robert Nassif Lindsey. Over the years, I’ve done this show a few times, and I keep coming back to it. Truly, it is one of the greatest pieces of theatre I’ve ever had the blessing to be part of.
For this production, Rob is coming to the show to see two performances. This is an amazing opportunity for everyone involved.
If you love musical theatre, I do hope you will audition for the show. As you can see, this is a small ensemble cast. Keep in mind that auditions are not a popularity contest or talent contest - auditions are an opportunity for me to see who might fit the roles in this show so that together we may create an outstanding theatrical experience.
I hope to see you August 12th. Feel free to reach out to me with questions.