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HAWKS MAINSTAGE & HOWARD DREW 2017–2018 AUDITION INFORMATION
Performs in the Howard Drew Theatre
Directed by Jeff Horger
Rehearsals dates: Rehearsals will begin in December and continue January 2nd - February 7th
Performance Dates: February 8th - March 4th
Synopsis: This musical dramatizes the 1913 trial of Leo
Frank, a Northern Jew who was accused and convicted of raping and murdering
thirteen year-old Mary Phagan. It deals with the sadly relevant themes of
racial and religious prejudice, southern society, and the shortcomings of the
American justice system. At the same time, it also tells a tragic love story
that reveals both the beauty and the fragility of the human condition, even
under the most trying of circumstances. Contains
adult language, including racial epithets, disturbing imagery, and scenes of
NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR: This is not a simple show. This is
not an easy show. There is complicated music, intricate harmonies, and
irregular rhythms throughout the score from start to finish. The ensemble is
heavily involved in every element of this production, and will play a big role
in creating the world of the show. The show will be a challenge not only in
that it requires an investment of time and effort, but also that it deals with
challenging subject matter.
The role of Mary Phagan has not yet been cast, and may be played by either a young actor or an adult. Any youth actors interested in auditioning for the role should email a video link of them singing a 16 bar cut of a song with musical accompaniment, as well as a headshot and resume to the
Artistic Administrative Assistant
by October 31st.
LEO FRANK (late 20s - early 30s) A white Jew from New York,
living in Georgia. Scrawny, bug-eyed, neurotic, and pessimistic about many
things. Critical of Southern society. Loves his wife Lucille, but is to
physically and emotionally distant to express it. Maintains his dignity even
when in fear for his life. Speaks with a Yiddish/New York hybrid dialect.
LUCILLE FRANK (early - mid 20s) A white Jew from Georgia.
Despite her husband’s distaste for the culture, she is a true Southerner
through and through but can see through the deception. Seemingly gentle and
mousy, but resourceful and resilient when it matters. She loves her husband Leo.
MARY PHAGAN (early – mid teens) A young white southern girl.
Innocent and naïve, but full of life and playfulness. She is the victim of a
ghastly and unspeakable crime.
FRANKIE EPPS (16 – 25) A young white southern boy. Simple
and charming, he does not understand the complexities of the society in which
he lives. Dangerously uneducated and uninformed.
JIM CONLEY ( mid 20s – mid 30s) A black Georgian scoundrel
who understands better than most how southern society works. He is secretly an
escaped convict, with possibly even darker secrets. He is pompous and proud,
even when his back is against the wall. Self-preservation is his number one
concern, which often manifests itself in the form of over the top showmanship.
NEWT LEE (early 40s – early 60s) A simple black Georgian who
desires a simple and uncomplicated life. He is physically intimidating, but
underneath is a gentle giant.
BRITT CRAIG (late 20s – late 30s) A white Georgian drunk.
The most functional of alcoholics, he would be considered a washed up reporter
if the bar weren’t set so low. Desperate for a big scoop and a big break, he
seeks out the truth with more concern for selling papers than promoting
informed behavior in the community.
JOHN SLATON (mid 30s – early 50s) A white southerner with a
rising political career. The Governor of Georgia, highly concerned with public
perception and popularity polls. Purposefully social, fun at a party, and
perhaps a bit of a flirt. Recognizes that maintaining his personal values
conflicts with his political role.
HUGH DORSEY (early 30s – late 40s) Middle aged white
Georgian. District Attorney for the city of Atlanta, and the prosecuting
attorney in the Leo Frank case. A devout Christian concerned about upward
mobility in society. His hunger for political success and recognition can make
him ruthless, brutish, and manipulative at times.
MRS. PHAGAN (early 30s – early 40s) A white southern woman
from the lower class. She has suffered many hardships in her life, and often
turns to religion to find an answer to her troubles.
IOLA, ESSIE, and MONTEEN (early teens – 25) – 3 local girls
who are friends with Mary. When tragedy strikes, they let their grief cloud
TOM WATSON (late 30s – early 60s) A white Georgian zealot.
His religious and racial prejudices undermine the integrity of the
Jeffersonian, the newspaper for which he is the editor. A fear-monger who
spreads his gospel through hate. A high-ranking member of Georgian society.
JUDGE ROAN (early 50s - early 80s) An old white Georgian.
The judge in the murder trial of Leo Frank. Frail and sick. A product of his
circumstances, he is committed to both the ideals of Georgia and the
LUTHER ROSSER (mid 30s – early 50s) A white southern “Good
Old Boy”. He is the defense attorney in the Leo Frank trial. Although his
demeanor could make him easy to dismiss, he is well versed in the rules of
southern society and knows his place within it. Energetic, buffoonish, and
occasionally quite crude.
LAW ENFORCEMENT (early 20s – early 50s) There are several
police officers, detectives, and prison guards involved in the proceedings of
the Leo Frank trial.
SERVANTS (early 20s – early 50s) There are several black
Georgians who serve as chauffeurs, nurses, and other occupations, serving the
higher members of society. Although not slaves, these individuals are well
aware of the inequalities inherent to the system and while they are willing to
smile in public, they are not afraid to speak their minds in private.
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Performs in the Hawks Mainstage Theatree
Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman
Youth Auditions Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 am
Rehearsals begin: January 14, 2018
Performance Dates: March 2-25, 2018
Synopsis: James and the Giant Peach is a brand-new musical guaranteed to mesmerize theatregoers of all ages. A compelling story by beloved author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda) and music composed by the award-winning team of Pasek & Paul (La La Land, A Christmas Story, television’s Smash), a young orphan named James accidentally drops magic crystals by an old peach tree. Strange things start to happen and James soon discovers a world of magic and adventure full of friendly insects and learns that love and family can be found in unexpected places.
Director Note: While the characters descriptions refer to specific genders, the director is open to casting actors of ANY gender, ANY ethnicity and ANY age for ANY role. Anyone can play any of these parts!
LADAHLORD - A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.
JAMES - A lonely young boy who lacks confidence. Having lost both his parents in a freak accident, he feels he belongs nowhere in the world. However, when given the right encouragement he becomes resourceful and innovative. A good friend.
SPIKER - James' mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic. Very tall and thin.
SPONGE - James' other mean aunt. Also a thief and a scoundrel, but not nearly as bright as her sister. Very corpulent, she often has her mind on food.
SPIDER - A normal spider who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. She is warm and friendly to James. This actor also plays Woman with Purse and Reporter 1
GREEN GRASSHOPPER - A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug. This actor also plays Man with Wallet and Garden Guild
CENTIPEDE - An ornery centipede who becomes human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest. This actor also plays Buzz, the Hollywood agent.
LADYBUG - A motherly ladybug who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart. Has her eye on Grasshopper. This actor also plays Matron Nurse and Reporter.
EARTHWORM - An earthworm who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. A bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything, but is very friendly and brave when called upon. This actor also plays Bobby Cop and Bitzi Botana.
ENSEMBLE - Crowd, Karl Kreatour, Reporters, Vagrants, Garden Guild, Bobby-Cops, Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas, Hollywood Agents, Seagulls, New Yorkers.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Performs in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Directed by Jeff Horger
Auditions: Monday, February 12 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm
Rehearsals begin: February 26, 2018
Performance Dates: April 12-May 13, 2018
NOTES ABOUT AUDITIONING
WHAT TO PREPARE: All actors will be asked to perform a Shakespearean
monologue or sonnet of their choosing. The piece should be no more than 1
minute in length and can be comedic, dramatic, or romantic. Actors are
encouraged to prepare the piece beforehand, but memorization is not a
requirement. There will be a small selection of Shakespearean monologues
available at auditions for those who are not able to prepare their own
MUSIC: Auditions will contain a short dance routine and a song will be
taught to the group. Actors do not need to prepare any music beforehand
and although dressing for movement is advised, dance attire is not
DIALECTS: The characters in this play range from upper class nobles to
lower class scoundrels, and from accomplished stage actors to back alley
gangsters. All of them, however, have some sort of British dialect.
Actors will be asked to demonstrate a British dialect at auditions.
Perfection is not expected and casting is not dependent on the
successful execution of said dialect, but we need to know what we’re
dealing with from the start.
WILL SHAKESPEARE (late 20s – mid 30s, any race) A poet trying to leave
his artistic mark on the world. He is cunning, intelligent, sexual, and
anything but confident.
VIOLA DE LESSUPS (mid 20s – mid 30s, any race) A young romantic isolated
by her own nobility from the art she so desperately craves. She adores
poetry and is in love with the idea of love. Passionate, confident, and
full of life.
NURSE (late 30s – mid 50s, any race) Viola’s caretaker. Frustrated by
Viola’s tendency to buck societal trends, but devoutly loyal to her
QUEEN ELIZABETH I (early 40s – early 60s, any race) The head of state
and the face of an entire nation. She enjoys the theatre, especially
when there’s a dog involved. She is wise and calculated, not necessarily
cold, but well aware of the societal structure that she not only
adheres to but represents.
KIT MARLOWE (late 20s – early 40s, any race) A well respected
playwright, although he needs to keep working to pay the bills. A little
older, a little wiser, and a lot more confident than Will, he is both
his mentor and his closest friend.
NED ALLEYN (late 20s – mid 30s, any race) One of the most popular actors
of the day. A leading man who has drank his own Kool-Aid 100%. Although
seemingly egotistical, selfish, and opinionated at a glance, he takes
his craft very seriously and has the deepest respect for committed
RICHARD BURBAGE (early 30s – late 40s, any race) An accomplished stage
actor who relishes his fame above all else. He is melodramatic,
completely over the top, but undeniably talented. Pompous but likeable.
He has earned enough success as a performer that he owns and operates
his own theater.
LORD WESSEX (mid 30s – mid 40s, any race) A man with a title but no
money, a fact that fills him with frustration and insecurity. He has
been trained in the noble arts of etiquette and swordplay, but is bad
with words and worse with people. An unlikeable prig.
HENSLOWE (late 30s – late 50s, any race) Owner of The Rose Theater. He
is a business man at heart, more concerned with turning a profit than
creating fine art. He doesn’t understand the intricacies of theatrical
structure, but he knows what he likes: broad comedy. Calling him an
idiot is an overstatement, but not a huge one.
FENNYMAN (mid 30s – late 50s, any race) A ruthless loan shark who
finances theatre plays in return for a piece of the profit. He enjoys
the theatre but knows very little about it. He is a bit of a gangster,
unafraid to get his hands dirty when his clients are unable to repay
JOHN WEBSTER (late teens – early 20s, any race) A young man drawn to the
theatre because of its potential for horrific gory scenes and bloody
battles. A trouble maker by nature and a pain in the neck in rehearsals.
A bit of a harmless psychopath.
TILNEY (early 30s – mid 50s, any race) The Master of Revels for the
English crown. Although his chief responsibility is to oversee royal
festivities, he is concerned with stage censorship, which makes him both
respected and feared by professional theatre artists, especially those
seeking to create new works.
ENSEMBLE – There are 5 female tracks and 7 male tracks, all of whom will
play multiple roles in the ensemble. Artistic and functional in their
responsibilities, these are the individuals that make this show work.
Performs in the Howard Drew Theatre
Directed by Denise Chapman
Auditions: Monday, February 26 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Rehearsals begin: March 25, 2018
Performance Dates: May 4-27, 2018
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Auditioning for a Musical
Those auditioning for a musical are asked to come with a prepared song (16-32 bars) and take part in a dance audition. An accompanist is provided.
Auditioning for a Play
Those auditioning for a play will be asked to read from the script provided at auditions.
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The Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre performances are Wednesday through Sunday. The Howard Drew Theatre performs Thursday through Sunday. Productions run from four to six weeks. Each actor in a production receives four complimentary tickets for the first weekend of the show. OCP offers two auditions dates for every production. You only need to attend ONE of the audition dates to be considered for the production.
For additional information on auditions please call 402-553-4890, ext. 110.
*Audition dates are subject to change