KELSEY AUDITION NOTICE: “Violet – The Musical”

The Pennington Players have announced auditions for their 2015 production of Violet – The Musical! Here is all the information you need to know:

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AUDITION DATES

  • Wednesday, August 19th from 7pm-10pm
  • Saturday, August 22nd from 11am-4pm
  • Callbacks (if needed): August 26 and/or August 29

AUDITION LOCATION

  • Mercer County Community College – West Windsor Campus

PRODUCTION COMPANY

  • The Pennington Players
  • Director: Frank Ferrara
  • Music Director: Shannon Ferrara & Mike Gilch
  • Choreographer: Nicole Farina-Machin
  • Stage Manager: Vianna Fagel
  • Producers: John M. Maurer & Diana Gilman Maurer

Rehearsals are expected to begin in early September, and run 3-4 times per week until the show’s opening.

PERFORMANCE DATES & LOCATION

  • The Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
  • November 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8pm
  • November 8 and 15 at 2pm

TO SIGN UP

  • In order to minimalize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended.
  • CLICK HERE to make an appointment, or call 609-737-PLAY.

SYNOPSIS

On a cross-country bus trip in search of a minister to heal her scarred face, Violet discovers the true meaning of beauty, courage and love.

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she’s traveling across the 1964 Deep South towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist that will make her beautiful. Though she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those that are lying deeper than her skin; and on the way she meets a young, African-American Soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical “imperfections”.

CHARACTERS

  • All roles are open.
  • Looking for 6 males and 5 females.
  • In general, adult actors (age 16+) of any age will be considered; however, younger female actors will be considered for the role of Young Vi (please see below).
  • The cast does not include a traditional ensemble; the small group of non-principal actors will play a very large number of key roles, as described in the outline below.

Violet (female, mezzo soprano with very strong high belt): The protagonist, she carries a scar from a childhood injury; the degree of her deformity is uncertain to us but it is certainly drastic to Violet.  She is 25 years old but a life of worry has left her looking older and wearier.  Cynical but not yet bitter, reserved but not yet withdrawn, Violet is an observer and a chronicler; she hasn’t yet given up the hope that she might get to participate in the world at some point… but it’s flickering.  Need an outstanding singer and actor with wide vocal range and considerable physical and vocal stamina; Violet does not leave the stage for the run time of the show.  Southern accent (North Carolina) required.

Grady “Flick” Fliggins (male, tenor): An African-American U.S. Army Sergeant in his late 20s.  He is black man traveling through the American South in the early 1960s, with all that implies about his life and experiences.  Flick is stable, direct, easy-going, and perceptive.  He has a “seize the day” philosophy that he only sometimes actually puts into practice.  Dynamic singer needed.

Monty Harrill (male, baritone): A white Army paratrooper in his early 20s, Monty is brash, arrogant, impulsive, immature, and loud – but he is an essentially good and decent person, which makes the overall package charming rather than repellent.  Need a charismatic and energetic performer with a strong high baritone sound.

Young Vi (female, belter): Violet as she was at age 13, forever frozen in time at the moment of her injury.  She is inquisitive and aggressive, and utterly unintimidated by anything or anyone.

Father (male, baritone): Violet’s father, a widower in his late 30s.  He is a plain man who achieved and then lost his plain dreams, leaving him constantly a little sad and a little anxious.  He is uneducated but not ignorant, and strongly convinced of the value of education.

The Old Lady / Hotel Singer / Others (female, mezzo soprano): As the Old Lady, a woman in her sixties, who serves as a sort of guardian angel and Greek chorus for Violet as she travels.  Sharp-witted and quintessentially Southern.  Also plays a much younger dissolute hotel singer of questionable virtue; need a very versatile performer with a wide vocal range who can hold harmony.

Mabel / Music Hall Singer / Others (female, mezzo soprano): Any age – needs a powerful voice for a lengthy Gospel solo, as well as a second jazz solo.

Preacher / Bus Driver / Radio Singer / Others (male, bass-baritone): As the Preacher, he is slick and cynical but not without true faith, a man in his late 30s or beyond.  Also plays multiple other roles.

Radio Soloist / Leroy Evans / Waiter / Earl / Others (male, tenor): As the radio soloist, a Country singer with a gentle sound; any age.  Also plays multiple other roles.

Virgil / Radio Singer / Bus Driver / Others (male, baritone): As Virgil, plays the Preacher’s neurotic and overwhelmed stage manager; in his mid-to-late 20s or early 30s.  Also plays multiple other roles.

Landlady / Gospel Soloist / Others (female, soprano): As the Landlady, an African-American woman in her 30s or 40s, jaded and sharp.  Also plays multiple other roles.

CLICK HERE to make an appointment, or call 609-737-PLAY.

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