Virginia Stage Company seeks actors for CROWNS, a gospel musical. 


Sunday,  January 28, 2018 - 5:30 - 9pm
The Wells Theatre, 108 East Tazewell, Norfolk, VA 23510

Email headshot and resume to audition@vastage.org to schedule an appointment.

Be prepared to sing a gospel song of your choice. It should be 32 bars or less than 2 minutes.

Accompanist will be provided. Sheet music preferred. No monologue required until callbacks. First audition singing only.

Callbacks: TBD - Possibly 1/30 or 1/31. Monologue will be provided if you are called back.

by Regina Taylor, adapted from the book by
Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry

One of the most popular productions in Virginia Stage’s history returns! In this gospel musical 17-year-old Yolanda travels south, in a coming-of-age story that is a testament to love, sisterhood, and family, where she learns that a hat can be more than a fashion statement. Multi-generations of women tell stories of life’s most memorable moments with their hats serving as allegories about the wonders of life – all with a flair of “hattitude.”

First Rehearsal - April 17, 2018
First Performance - May 9, 2018
Closing Performance - May 27, 2018


YOLANDA - African-American Female. City girl who loses her brother by gunshot; reluctantly visits her grandmother for solace;  late 'teens', early 20s. Experience in spoken word, and hip hop lyricism a must. 2nd soprano-alto singing voice.  Dance background essential.

WANDA - African-American Female. Serious school teacher;  all body types; Early 30s; Self realized with great sense of humor; Comfortable in her body; A school teacher who is 'happily' married. Not gregarious, but confident in 'her story'.

MOTHER SHAW - African-American Female. Yolanda's grandmother;  the archetype of the 'black mother'; 50s to 70s years in age; the elder of elders; Large vocal range with a vocal influence in gospel music. Comfortable in their physical body for dance movement.

VELMA - African-American  Female. A mortician; small framed; darker skin than other characters; shy when she is not speaking, but larger than life when she sings; Has lived with the death of several friends at a very young age of 28.

JEANETTE - African-American Female. Mixed heritage; 'too flirtatious'; perceived as inappropriately sexual with men; younger than she looks; loves attention from men.

MABEL - African-American Female. Preacher's wife; 40s; Very pious; But surprisingly forthright on her opinions.

MAN - African-American Male. Old enough to be a father and son to any of these women; A spirit; Large vocal range.

Email headshot and resume to audition@vastage.org to schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I audition for a Virginia Stage Company production?
Virginia Stage Company employs both Equity (LOA referencing LORT) and Non Equity Performers.  All positions are paid. Non Equity pay ranges depending on the role.

Q. How often are auditions held?
Auditions are held throughout our season, typically beginning in August. The best way to know when auditions happen is to sign up for email notifications, see above. (You will only receive emails about upcoming auditions.) 

Q: What do I prepare for the audition?
For individual show auditions, please prepare the side that is appropriate for your character. We will provide a reader to interact with you when presenting your audition. While you are not required to have the lines memorized, we recommend that you at least be highly familiar with them. Make sure to check individual audition listings for recommended sides and show-specific requirements.    

Q: What if I can’t make it to the audition?
If you absolutely cannot make it to the audition, video submissions will be accepted. E-Mail audition@vastage.org for more information.

Q: Can I send you my headshot/resume?
Yes please! E-mail it to audition@vastage.org with the title of the show you are interested in as the subject line – or mail it to the theatre: Virginia Stage Company, PO Box 3770, Norfolk, VA 23514.

Q: What if I do not have a headshot/resume?
We will be taking a photo of you with your audition number at the auditions, but we’d always appreciate a good quality & recent shot of you in lieu of a professional headshot. If you do not have a resume, there will be a space on our audition form for you to fill out any theatre experience you may have.

For specific inquiries, please contact audition@vastage.org.


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