Open Auditions for Violet
Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley | Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Julie Ewing | Music Direction by Kevin Bogan
Open call: Sat, Sept 23, 10am-6pm *Sign up is required*
Callbacks: Sun, Sept 24, 6:30-10pm
*Sign up for your audition spot here!
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition time.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring your Violet Audition/Conflict sheet completely filled out with your information and any conflicts. You will notice that we are doing a Weekend Sing Slam in October and have a paired down rehearsal schedule. We are looking for actors who are willing to work hard and who have little to no rehearsal conflicts. That being said, we’d rather you be honest and not just say you have no conflicts.
We are looking forward to your audition!!
WHAT TO PREPARE
Come prepared to sing a cut from the show itself (sides described and link provided below**) or bring a 32 bar cut with piano accompaniment (pianist will be provided) of your favorite musical. No singing acapella or with track/cd please. There will NOT be a Dance Call at auditions so dress as you see fit.
There will be a Weekend Sing Slam October 20, 21, and 22 and then rehearsals begin January 14, typically running Sun-Thurs, 6:30-10:30 pm until tech week. See audition form for specifics.
Olathe Civic Theatre Association
500 E Loula | Olathe, KS
February 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 – 2018
Fri/Sat at 8 pm | Sun at 2 pm
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ABOUT THE SHOW
In 1964, a scarred young woman embarks on a bus journey from her farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina to Tulsa, Oklahoma in hopes of being healed by a TV evangelist, but discovers the true meaning of beauty along the way. “…an enduringly rewarding musical.” – The New York Times
VIOLET – Female age, 20-35: The title character, a young North Carolina woman whose face was scarred in a childhood accident. She is stubborn and prickly, but filled with equal parts hope and obsession that she may heal and be made beautiful. Vocal range top: F5 – Vocal range bottom: G3
FLICK – Male, age 20-30: An African-American soldier; a dreamer and go-getter. He doesn’t enjoy the army, but enjoys the respect it garners him. There is something gentle, good about him, not to be interpreted or confused with weakness or lack of authority. Vocal range top: E6 – Vocal range bottom: C4
MONTY – Male, age 20-30: A paratrooper and Flick’s friend from basic training. Rough around the edges. Self-consumed. Vocal range top: G5 – Vocal range bottom: A3
YOUNG VIOLET – Female, age 10-13: Not quite as guarded or prickly as her older self, but still tough and stubborn. She has a keen curiosity and the rough edges of being brought up solely by her father. Vocal range top: E5 – Vocal range bottom: A3
FATHER – Male, age 35-45: A simple, widowed man who lovingly raises his daughter alone doing the best he can with the little knowledge and resources he has to do so. Stern but friendly, smart but uneducated. Accidentally scars Violet’s face while he is chopping wood. Vocal range top: F5 – Vocal range bottom: A3.
OLD LADY – Female, age 55-65: A former beauty in her heyday. Staunch, tired and frustrated with life. Actor doubles as Hotel Hooker. Vocal range top: E5 – Vocal range bottom: F3
PREACHER – Male, age 30-40: An impassioned, theatrical man who preaches with all the bravado he can muster. Once had a true healing touch but has lost it in his quest to become a showman. Dismissive and egotistical. Actor doublings include: Radio Singer, Bus Driver 1, Bus Driver 4. Vocal range top: G5 – Vocal range bottom: B3
VIRGIL – Male, age 20-25: The Preacher’s assistant. Knows the smoke & mirrors of the Preacher’s show and must begrudgingly deal with anyone who might derail it. Actor doubles as Billy Dean, Bus Driver 2, Radio Singer and Bus Passenger. Vocal range top: B5 – Vocal range bottom: B3
MUSIC HALL SINGER – Female, age 35-45: The singer at the dance hall in Memphis. The actor doubles as a Bus Passenger. Vocal range top: G5 – Vocal range bottom: A3
LULU BUFFINGTON – Female, adult: A member of the volunteer choir that sings for the Preacher’s telecast. Sings for God with passion and power. African-American. Actor doubles as Almeta (Landlady) and Bus Passenger. Vocal range top: G5 – Vocal range bottom: F3
LEROY EVANS – Male, adult: A citizen of Spruce Pine with a dog named Roscoe. Not very bright. Actor doubles as a Radio Soloist, Bus Driver 3, and Bus Passenger. Vocal range top: F5 – Vocal range bottom: B3
ENSEMBLE – 2 to 4 Male and Female Adults
**AUDITION SIDES LISTING AND LINK:
The sides provided contain the complete song with suggested measures are listed below. You may choose to use them or pick your own 32 measures.
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“All to Pieces” – m. 32-81
“Lay Down Your Head” – m. 46-81
“On My Way” – m. 23-57
“Luck of the Draw” – m. 15-52
“That’s What I Could Do” – m. 27-end
“Let it Sing” – m. 26 – end
“Last Time I Came to Memphis” – m. 64-end
“Water in the Well” – m. 15 – end (sing Young Violet parts only)
“Luck of the Draw” – m. 103-155 (sing Young Violet parts only)
“Anyone Would Do” – m. 5-8, 25-28
“Raise Me Up” – m. 249-285
“Raise Me Up” – m. 154-169
“Who’ll Be the One” – m. 21-32 and m. 72-98
If you have questions, please If you have questions please email the director, Julie Ewing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OCTA celebrates our cultural and intellectual richness and is committed to promoting diversity in all aspects of our organization. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.
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