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TROUBADOUR - The Alliance Theatre Non Equity Auditions

Posted: June 28, 2016
Audition Location: Atlanta, GA

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Written by Janece Shaffer

Music and Lyrics by Kristian Bush

Directed by Susan V. Booth

Audition to be held on Monday, July 11, 2016



The Alliance Theatre announces an open call audition for performers to star in the world premiere production with original music, Troubadourwritten by Atlanta’s own Janece Shaffer, original music and lyrics by Kristian Bush (Sugarland), directed by Susan V. Booth, and music direction by Brandon Bush (Sugarland, Train, Kristian Bush). The audition will be held on Monday, July 11, beginning at 9am, at the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309.



Artists are required to be proficient on guitar with strong vocals, and are required to bring their own guitar to the audition.  Troubadour begins rehearsal in mid-December and the show runs January 18—February 12, 2017. Artists are asked to audition only if available for the rehearsal and show schedule.




For a World Premier Production with Original Music by Kristian Bush


Seeking male and female performers to star in the World Premiere, TROUBADOUR, written by ATL playwright Janece Shaffer, with original music and lyrics by Kristian Bush (Sugarland), and musical direction by Brandon Bush.



INEZ – Female, 20ish singer/songwriter from smalltown Alabama.  Sweet with steel underneath if need be.  Guitar player.

JOE – 20ish son of a well-known man – has sung and played backup to his father all his life.  Handsome without effort and uncertain of his prospects.  Guitar player.

BILLY – mid 50s, iconic king of country music, can command a crowd, a room, a family.  The attention’s always been on him and you can tell.  Guitar player.

POOCH – 50ish radio personality – knows everyone and everything about country music and is a good-humored guy who can look out for himself.  Ideally also a singer and guitar player.


MUST be proficient on guitar with strong vocals




Sign up at 9:00 AM at the Alliance Theatre Lobby

 Address: Woodruff Arts Center (1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)

*To guarantee an audition slot, contact Emily Kleypas at*



One verse and the chorus of one of the songs below, or a song with a similar feel (1950s, old country). Songs do not have to be gender specific.  Please bring your own guitar.


Man of Constant Sorrow - Oh Brother Soundtrack

Hey Good Lookin’ - Hank Sr.

I’m So Lonesome I could Cry - Hank Sr.

There’s a Tear in my Beer - Hank Sr.

I Saw The Light - Hank Sr.

Lost Highway - Hank Sr.

I’ll Fly Away - Hank Sr. or Oh Brother Soundtrack

Jolene - Dolly

It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells

Orphan Girl - Emmylou Harris or Gillian Welch


Production dates are as follows:

First Rehearsal: December 19th, 2016

Opening: January 25th, 2017

Closing: February 12th, 2017

*NOTE:  This is a full-time gig with daytime rehearsals and evening & matinee performances.         PLEASE ONLY AUDITION IF AVAILABLE FOR THE SHOW. 


About Troubadour

In 1951 Nashville, Country music legend Billy Mason is on the eve of retirement. Can his soft-spoken son, Joe, step into the spotlight and carry on? When Joe joins forces with an unlikely pair—Inez, a budding singer/songwriter, and Izzy, a rodeo tailor on a mission—a revolution is born and Country music is changed forever. This feel-good romantic comedy by Atlanta’s Janece Shaffer (The Geller Girls) with original music by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush is a world-premiere production not to be missed.


Troubadour is a play with music, and runs January 25 through February 12, 2017. It is the first collaboration between Shaffer and Bush and is the first music Bush has written for the stage.  Brandon Bush, music director for the production, is Kristian’s brother, and does music direction for much of Kristian’s work, including Sugarland.



About the Alliance Theatre

The Alliance Theatre is Atlanta’s national theater, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off.  Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theater in the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theater for diverse people.  Reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually, the Alliance delivers powerful programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply.  Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance Theatre received the Regional Theatre Tony Award® in recognition of sustained excellence in programming, education and community engagement. 


Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 95 original productions including Tony Award® winners The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, Aida, by Elton John and Tim Rice, and Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo.  The Alliance has a reputation for developing important American musicals with a strong track record of Broadway, touring, and subsequent productions, including the world premieres of Sister Act: The MusicalCome Fly AwayBring It On: The Musical, Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland CountyHarmony – A New Musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, and most recently the world premiere of the new musical Tuck Everlasting.  The Alliance also creates and nurtures the careers of playwrights through the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing the world premiere for the competition winner as part of the regular season, and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, providing developmental support and production resources for three performing arts projects each year. 


Annually the Alliance Theatre Acting Program and Education Department reaches over 50,000 students through performances, acting classes, drama camps, and in-school initiatives.  The Alliance creates and produces plays for young audiences at every age level: from the Palefsky Collision Project, where high school artists create and perform new work based on a classic text, to the ground breaking Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young, creating interactive shows for infants and toddlers.  The Alliance also offers community education classes for all ages and abilities of theater interest; and adult student productions of unproduced plays in development, working with local and national playwrights. 


An active participant in Georgia classrooms, the Alliance has developed programs using theatrical techniques to aid in student learning through storytelling and problem solving.  The Alliance Arts for Learning Institute equips teachers with theatrical techniques that link directly to school curriculum, align with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, and increase student learning.  These programs include Georgia Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts, which focuses on literacy skills for children in Pre-K – 2nd Grade, and Dramaturgy K–12, in which students create research material that informs Alliance productions and prepares peer audiences.  Twice recognized by the U.S. Education Department as leaders in arts education, these programs reflect the Alliance’s commitment to city wide arts access.


The work produced by the Alliance allows locally based artists the chance to create on a nationally watched stage, building and sustaining Atlanta’s artistic community.  The vision of the Alliance Theatre is to be a beacon of leadership for the national field, while remaining deeply rooted in and reflective of our local Atlanta community. 

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