Auditions

AUDITIONS FOR THE PARCHMAN HOUR: Songs and Stories of the ‘61 Freedom Riders

AUDITION DATE : JUNE 3, 9:30AM-1PM on the Wells Theatre Stage. By Appointment Only. Email your headshot and resume to audition@vastage.org along with your requested audition time.

To save time, you may fill out this audition form in advance and bring it with you.

ABOUT THE SHOW

In the spring and summer of 1961, a group of mostly young people — black and white — came together from across the United States — leaving families, college campuses, and jobs — to board buses headed for the Deep South. In May, the original 13 riders boarded a bus in Washington, D.C., bound for New Orleans via Mississippi and Alabama. They barely made it out of Alabama alive. Over the course of the next three months, approximately 300 other riders took up the mantle and followed the path of those first brave few. Their action was intended to call attention to the 1955 ruling of the Interstate Commerce Commission that segregation in interstate travel vehicles and facilities was illegal. That ruling had never been honored in the Southern states. The riders' plan was straightforward: integrated teams would embark on interstate trips and simply ignore the signs designed to segregate them by race. These acts of nonviolent direct action landed many of the riders in jail. Some were beaten and hospitalized. Some were sent to the infamous Parchman Farm Prison in Mississippi.

Based on interviews, newspaper accounts, documentary imagery and other primary sources and presented in the style of the variety shows of the 1950s and '60s, The Parchman Hour explores three of the tensest months of 1961.

Directed by playwright Mike Wiley.

For more information on the play, check out: http://www.guthrietheater.org/plays_events/plays/_parchman_hour

For more information on the playwright, check out: http://mikewileyproductions.com/about-us/

More about the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrPddqZTnJ0
Behind the scenes:  https://vimeo.com/61651154  |  https://vimeo.com/61035931

SONGS FROM THE SHOW:

Eyes on the Prize  |  Woke Up This Morning  |  Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around  |  Death Came Knockin' | O Freedom | On My Way | Buses Are A-Comin' | Lord Remind Me | Which Side Are You On | Hard Work | Old Alabama | Walk Right In | I Been in the Storm | If I Had a Hammer | Superstitious

AUDITION DETAILS

JUNE 3, 9:30AM-1PM on the Wells Theatre Stage. By Appointment Only. Email your headshot and resume to audition@vastage.org along with your requested audition time.

VIRGINIA STAGE COMPANY is seeking a dynamic, nimble, game group of actors comfortable shifting in and out of multiple characters and playing styles. Songs include freedom songs from the period and gospel. Strong singers are needed, but, with the exception of Pearl, exactly who is a strong singer is flexible.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

By Appointment Only. Email your headshot and resume to audition@vastage.org along with your requested audition time.

Prepare 16-32 bars of your favorite R&B or gospel song, and at least one of the sides linked below.

AVAILABLE ROLES:  (C: Caucasian, AA: African American)

Actor 1 - Forsyth / Stephen Green / G. Patterson / Policeman – 20s, C Male
Actor 2 - Mimi Real / R. Kennedy – 20s, AA Female
Actor 3 - Mama Forsyth / J.T. Mulholland / Bill Svanoe / Bull Connor – 20s, C Female
Actor 4 - Elwood / H. Thomas / J. Zwerge / Simeon Booker – 20s, C Male
Actor 5 - Pearl / L. Collins / Jimmy McDonald / Jessie Harris – 30s, AA Female - strong gospel singer
Actor 6 -  John Lewis – 20s, AA Male
Actor 7 - James Farmer – 40s, AA Male
Actor 8 - Stokely Charmichael – 20s, AA Male
Actor 9 - Carol Silver / Pauline Knight / James Farmer's Mother – 20s, C Female
Actor 10 - Deputy Tyson – 50s, C Male
Actor 11 - Pee Wee / MLK Jr. – 30s, AA Male
Actor 12 - Freddie Leonard / James Farmer Sr. – 20s, AA Male
Actor 13 - 12 year old girl – Teens, C Female
Actors 14-16 - Prison guards / mob members – 20s-50s, C Male
         

AUDITION DOWNLOADS:

Complete Audition Packet
(includes all above information, plus all the sides)

Audition Side 1

Audition Side 2

Audition Side 3

Audition Side 4

Audition Side 5

 

JUNE 3, 9:30AM-1PM on the Wells Theatre Stage. By Appointment Only. Email your headshot and resume to audition@vastage.org along with your requested audition time.


Actor's Equity Association VA epa auditions

Thursday, June 01, 2017

10AM - 6PM

(lunch 1PM to 2PM)

Details here.

Friday, June 02, 2017

10AM - 6PM

(lunch 1:PM to 2PM)

Details here.

For appointments please contact auditions@vastage.org


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