Artistic Director/Director: Mark Clements
Book/Lyrics: Marsha Norman
Composer: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray
Musical Director: Dan Kazemi
Choreographer: Amy Hall-Garner
Casting: Stephanie Klapper Casting
B; $812/week min
Equity Actors who sing (m/f). See Breakdown for details.
Seeking submissions from AEA members ONLY for these auditions.
Auditions: June 9-10. 2014
1st Rehearsal: August 26, 2014
1st Preview: September 23, 2014
Opening: September 26, 2014
Closing: November 2, 2014
This glorious musical saga based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, spanning four decades, tells the unforgettable story of a woman who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her own unique voice in the world. With a joyous Grammy-nominated score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, The Color Purple reminds us that “it only takes a grain of love to make a mighty tree.
CELIE (Female, African-American, 20s-early 30s) Very strong singer. Drives the story. Vulnerable, spirited, introverted, mischievous, seemingly passive but really not, has a deep, hard soul, believes that she is ugly, has a sense of humor which is sometimes wicked. She is an observer. Needs a great belt singing voice with lots of soul.
SHUG (Female, African-American, 30s-40s) A popular singer, we meet her at death's door. Attractive, confident, dynamic, powerful, irresistible, but has a frailty, like a wounded animal. Her vulnerability is shocking later on. She is loved by both Celie and Mister. Needs a knockout, Bessie Smith-style, bluesy singing voice.
MISTER (Male, African-American, 30s-40s) Like Celie, a deep well. Handsome, big, masculine, strong presence, dominating, capable of brutal behavior but also a victim in his own way. Gets his power for free. Married to Celie, he abuses her. He is in love with Shug. He transforms to a kind man by the end of the story. Needs a great singing voice.
HARPO (Male, African-American, 20s) Mister's vulnerable, confused, good-hearted son. Represents the new generation. He marries the independent Sofia. He spends much time trying to get Sofia to obey him the way Celie obeys his father, but he is unsuccessful, as Sofia is considerably stronger than he is. Harpo eventually establishes a jukejoint in his first house and becomes Squeak's lover. Later, he and Sofia reconcile. Through his love of Sofia, he learns how to love a woman. Needs a great tenor singing voice.
NETTIE (Female, African-American, 20s) Celie's younger sister. Attractive, adventuresome, feisty spirit, maternal, more educated and knowledgeable than Celie. She has a powerful bond with Celie. Forced by Mister to leave Celie, she starts a new life in Africa. Needs a great belt singing voice with African influence.
SQUEAK (Female, African-American, 20s) Harpo's lover after Sofia leaves him. Although she is mistreated, she eventually undergoes a transformation, demanding to be called by her actual name, Mary Agnes, and starting a new life. She is of mixed ancestry. Attractive, sassy, fiery, strong-willed, unafraid to take anybody on, has a caring heart. Needs comic chops. Needs a great singing voice with belt and soprano capability.
ENSEMBLE (Males and females, 20s - 50s, African-American) All types and singing ranges. Need fantastic singing voices and dynamic personalities. To play various roles in the ensemble. The ensemble includes a trio known as Church Ladies, busybody types who are featured throughout the show. Movement and dance experience helpful. Proficiency in harmonica, guitar, bass, horns a plus, but not requisite.