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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Auditions: Violet – The Musical at The Pennington Players

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August 19 & 22, 2015

The Pennington Players are pleased to announce open auditions for a fall 2015 production of the musical Violet, by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori. The show will be performed at Kelsey Theatre, on campus at Mercer County Community College (West Windsor, NJ), November 6-8 and 13-15 (Friday and Saturday night performances at 8:00PM; Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00PM).     Information available on the Pennington Players website:  www.penningtonplayers.org

About the Audition

Preliminary auditions will be held on Wednesday evening, August 19 (7:00PM – 10:00PM) and Saturday, August 22 (11:00AM – 4:00PM); callbacks, as required, are tentatively scheduled for August 26 and/or 29. Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications (CM) building adjacent to Kelsey Theatre; for maps and directions, please visit www.kelseyatmccc.org. In order to minimize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended. To make an appointment, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4dafa72ca4ff2-violet (recommended) or call 609-737-PLAY.

Auditioners are asked to prepare one complete song from musical theatre, and to bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided. No dancing will be required at the initial audition.

All roles are open. A summary of available roles is provided below.

Violet will be produced by the Pennington Players (producer Jennifer Gregg), with direction by Frank Ferrara, musical direction by Shannon Ferrara and Michael Gilch, choreography by Nicole Farina-Machin, and stage management by Vianna Fagel. Rehearsals are expected to begin in early September, and run 3-4 times per week until the show’s opening at the beginning of November.

About the Roles

A total of 11 actors (5 female, 6 male) are sought. 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.....

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