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MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL - Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center Non Equity Auditions

Posted: January 10, 2022
Audition Location: Midland, PA

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Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center announces Equity and Non-Equity auditions for Memphis the Musical!

Directed by: Justin Fortunato

Choreography by: James Allen Washington

The Audition:

Vocal auditions will take place on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 4:00-8:00pm at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center

  • Please follow signs to enter through the 10th Street Entrance to check in with the COVID Compliance Officer and then Stage Management.
  • Please prepare 2 contrasting 16 bar cuts of contemporary musical theatre songs.  Songs from the show are not discouraged.
  • Please bring sheet music in the correct key for the provided accompanist.Please bring a current headshot and resume.
  • All actors must attend the dance call to be considered for casting unless otherwise told by the Producer

To sign up for an audition time slot, please complete the online formhttps://forms.gle/UbW6eeL5vFTzhcsq5

You will receive a confirmation email with your exact time after completing the form.

Video submissions can be emailed to the Production Manager at maria.scheller@lppacenter.org

The Dance Call:

The Dance Call for those auditioning will take place on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 5:30-8:30pm in the Rehearsal Hall. Please follow the signs to enter through the Artist Entrance on 9th Street to check in with the COVID Compliance Officer and then Stage Management.

  • All Dancers must attend a vocal audition.

Callbacks:

Callbacks are by invitation only on Friday, February 25, 2022 and announced following auditions with sides being emailed out. Hard copies will be available the day of callbacks. 

 

Important COVID-19 Safety Information:

  • Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center has contracted a COVID-19 Compliance Officer to advise them on best practices to ensure the safety of everyone involved in this production. You will receive a letter from them outlining all Audition and Rehearsal procedures. 
  • For contract tracing purposes, we will inquire as to your vaccination status when signing up for your audition 
  • Anyone who has not received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 1, 2022 will need to remain masked at all times, including during performances. 

Synopsis:
From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.

Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves– filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and two 2015 Olivier Awards, MEMPHIS features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.

Character Breakdown: 

Huey: The frenzied, bombastic, motor-mouthed hero who talks his way into becoming a DJ at a local "white" radio station, ignores race barriers and eventually falls in love with Felicia, a talented black singer, which causes a whole new set of problems for him in segregated Memphis; vocal range: tenor with a great feel for pop/rock/R&B; styles (C3-B4.) Role is cast. Looking to fill understudy track.

Felicia: A beautiful, wide-eyed, and a fiercely gifted singer, follows her heart and falls in love with Huey, despite knowing deep down that a relationship between a white man and a black woman in prejudiced Memphis is doomed; vocal range: high R&B; belt voice (G3-A5.)

Delray: Felicia’s older brother who owns the club on Beale Street where she sings; realistic, cautious, protective, and aware of the realities of the segregation that exists in Memphis and the world beyond; vocal range: baritenor with a great pop/rock/R&B; voice (Bb2-Bb4.) Role is cast. Looking to fill understudy track.

Gladys: An excellent actor with comic skills; Huey’s stern, traditional blue-collar, southern mother who has worked her entire life to be able to support herself and her son, whom she loves, but about whom she constantly worries; vocal range: strong singer with alto-belt mix (B3-A5.) Role is cast. Looking to fill understudy track.

Gator: Works as a bartender at Delray’s, hasn’t spoken since age five, when he saw his father killed; as the story progresses, he finds his voice again, must be an excellent actor and singer and move well, comic timing a plus; vocal range: great R&B; baritenor (F#3-A4.) Role is cast. Looking to fill understudy track.

Bobby: The janitor at Mr. Simmons’s radio station, full of personality and heart, role requires an actor who must dance well, as the character has a dance break in his show-stopping number “Big Love,” comic skills a plus; vocal range: great gospel voice (G3-C5.)

Mr. Simmons: the conservative owner of the radio station where Huey gets his start; a strong, southern, commanding businessman who becomes willing to take a chance on Huey when he realizes the audience Huey reaches and the money he can command; great actor who is comfortable singing. Role is cast. Looking to fill understudy track.

Wailin’ Joe: Wailin’ Joe sings "Scratch My Itch" and is featured in both Act One and Act Two; must also dance very well; covers the principal roles of Delray and Bobby; vocal range: excellent tenor voice (Eb3-Gb5.)

Ensemble: Female and Male Beale Street Singer/Dancers, Female and Male Main Street Singer/ Dancers

Schedule:

Rehearsal

  • Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30, 2022: 4:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday, July 2, 2022: 1:00-6:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 5– Friday, July 8, 2022: 4:00-9:00pm
  • Sunday, July 10, 2022: 1:00-6:00pm
  • Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14, 2022: 4:00-9:00pm

Tech Rehearsals (Mandatory)

  • Saturday, July 16, 2022: 1:00-6:00pm (Spacing)
  • Sunday, July 17, 2022: 1:00-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 19 -Thursday, July 21, 2022: 4:00-9:00p

Performances (Mandatory)

  • Friday, July 22, 2022, 7:30pm 
  • Saturday, July 23, 2022, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, July 24, 2022, 2:00pm
  • Friday, July 29, 2022, 7:30pm 
  • Saturday, July 30, 2022, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, July 31, 2022, 2:00pm

Seeking strong singers and dancers for Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center’s production of Memphis the Musical. All genders, types, and ethnicities encouraged to audition.

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