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The God Game

Steel Magnolias
by Robert Harling

Directed by Lee Hamby

Performance dates:
April 21 - May 7, 2017

Audition Date:
Monday, March 6, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Auditions will be cold readings from the script.

Synopsis:
The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Meet outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy; her eager new assistant, Annelle; the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; the local social leader, M'Lynn; and her daughter, Shelby, who’s about to marry a "good ole boy." Robert Harling’s first play which met with immediate critical and popular acceptance in its premier production by New York's WPA Theatre, it is alternately hilarious and touching - and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

Available Roles:
6 Women

Truvy Jones – 40’s; owner of the beauty salon where the action of the play takes place; married with two college-age kids; friend and neighbor to her clientele.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto – 19; Truvy’s new assistant, new in town; married but separated from her outlaw husband; she’s naive, serious, full of apprehensions, but she truly loves and cares for the people in her life.

Clairee Belcher – 60’s; widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin, Louisiana; she is a true grande dame; very comfortable in her own skin; very wealthy; socially prominent but unpretentious; elegant, sophisticated.

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie – 25; a lovely, independent, passionate, adventurous young woman; knows what she wants in life and won’t let anything stop her, not even her well-meaning mother.

M’Lynn Eatenton – mid 50’s; Shelby’s mother; married 30 years with three children, two boys and Shelby; very protective of Shelby; always knows what’s best, strong, stubborn.

Ouiser Boudreaux – 60s; a true character; a very wealthy woman who doesn’t look or play the part; she’s an eccentric and a curmudgeon; speaks her mind at all costs; she possesses a wicked tongue but a heart of gold.

People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville.
It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.

 

The God Game

Thoroughly Modern Millie
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
New Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book by Richard Henry Morris and Dick Scanlan
Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film

Directed and choreographed by Curtis Williams
Musical Director: Curtis Powell

Performance dates:
June 9 - 25, 2017

Audition Date:
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Auditions will be cold readings from the script, as well as vocal and movement auditions.

Please prepare 16-24 bars of an up-tempo, musical theatre style song for auditions. An accompanist with be provided, so please have sheet music in the appropriate key ready and marked for the proper cut. NO ACAPELLA, RECORDED ACCOMPANIMENT, OR MUSIC TRACK AUDITIONS WILL BE ALLOWED.

Please wear or bring comfortable clothing and shoes for the dance portion of the audition, consisting of a short combination from the show.

Anyone with tap experience is encouraged to bring their tap shoes and prepare a 16-count combination that showcases technical level and sound clarity. A musical track/cut from the show is available by emailing the director at: curtisjwilliams82@gmail.com

Synopsis:
Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East, her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage and the man she falls in love with doesn't have a dime to his name... or so he tells her.

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was the 2002 season's most awarded new show on Broadway! Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when "moderns," were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there.

Available Roles:
9 roles available (5 women, 4 men)
12 Ensemble (6 women, 6 men)

Millie Dillmount
A spunky, modern woman trying to make it in New York City. She falls in love with Jimmy. Our story's protagonist. *Tap dancing required.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

Jimmy Smith
A suave city slicker who unexpectedly becomes the story's hero. He falls in love with Millie.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Mrs. Meers
A former actress turned human trafficker pretending to be a kindly Chinese woman. She oversees the Hotel Priscilla where she secretly sells her tenants.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Miss Dorothy Brown
A naive, wealthy girl who has moved to New York to change her lifestyle. She becomes Millie's roommate and confidant. *Tap dancing required.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: B3

Ching Ho
A Chinese immigrant working to bring his mother to the United States. Younger brother of Bun Foo and henchman to Mrs. Meers. Sings and speaks in Chinese. *Asian actor preferred.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Bun Foo
A Chinese immigrant working to bring his mother to the United States. Older brother of Ching Ho and henchman to Mrs. Meers. Sings and speaks in Chinese. *Asian actor preferred.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Miss Flannery
An uptight, stern office manager. She runs the stenographer pool at Sincere Trust Insurance Company. *Tap dancing required.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Trevor Graydon
An executive at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company. He is sharp, ambitious, and secretly romantic.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Muzzy Van Hossmere
A glamorous actress and singer at a night club. She becomes Millie's friend and mentor.
*It is the authors' preference that, for thematic reasons, the role of Muzzy be played by an African-American actress. This, however, is not a requirement.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

Ensemble
The ensemble fills many singing, dancing, speaking, and featured roles throughout the show:
New Yorkers, Muzzy’s Guests, Dorothy Parker, Gershwin Brothers, Speakeasy Man, Speakeasy Patrons, Stenographers, Hotel Priscilla Girls, Muzzy’s Boys, Kitchen Staff, Anniversary Couple

*Tap dancing experience a plus, but not required for entire Ensemble.
It should be noted that for this production, the director has downsized the ensemble from 20 actors to 12 actors to fully utilize the ensemble as much as possible.

Casting of these roles will be done during the first two weeks of rehearsals.

People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville.
It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.

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Theatre Jacksonville programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council,
the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Jacksonville, and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.