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HERITAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
AUDITIONS 2019

Auditions for the summer season at the Heritage Theatre Festival will take place in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, February 23, 2019 between 10am-5pm and Sunday, February 24, between 1pm-5pm in the UVA Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road. Those unable to attend these on-site auditions may submit a headshot and resume by March 1 to: heritage@virginia.edu

The 2019 season includes:

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
By Kate Hamill adapted from the novel by Jane Austen

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
By Robert Harling

THE NICETIES
By Eleanor Burgess

 

AUDITION INFORMATION:

Saturday, February 23: 10am-5pm -General Auditions for ALL HTF 2019 Shows

Sunday, February 24:  1pm-5pm – General Auditions for ALL HTF 2019 Shows

Please prepare a one minute monologue and if you are auditioning for the roles of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, or Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet, please prepare a 32 bar cut of a song of your choosing in the style of the show. Please note that these roles in Million Dollar Quartet play their own instruments, please bring your own instrument to accompany yourself.  A piano will be provided but an accompanist will not.  If auditioning for Dyanne, in Million Dollar Quartet, please prepare 32 bars of the song “Fever” to be sung acapella. Auditions will be 10 minute appointments. To sign up, please click on the link below to sign up for an audition time. Please print and fill out the audition form. Please bring the completed audition form and a headshot/resume with you to the auditions.

Link to audition form

Link to audition sign-up

PLEASE NOTE: Callbacks for all shows will occur at a later date/time TBD.

HTF Artistic Director, Jenny Wales will conduct the general auditions.

AUDITION INFORMATION:

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

 

The date was December 4, 1956. The place was Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee.  Relive the night that an impromptu jam session brought legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together for the first and only time. This sensational musical features a hit parade of tunes including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, Great Balls of Fire, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog, and more. It’ll take a ticket to get a seat…and a whole lotta willpower to stay in it!

 

First Rehearsal: June 4, 2019
Preview: June 27, 2019
Opening: June 28, 2019
Closing: July 7, 2019

Please see breakdown for available roles:

Roles available for actors 18 years of age and older.

Jerry Lee Lewis, 20--Rock ‘n’ Roll’s legendary piano prodigy and celebrated Last Man Standing

Sam Phillips, 33--the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll and founder of Sun Records; discovered Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and many others, including Roy Orbison and B.B. King; a towering and charismatic figure in American music

Carl Perkins, 24--lead guitar player, the first poet of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Johnny Cash, 24--guitar player, a giant of American music at the dawn of his epic career

Dyanne, mid-twenties--an aspiring singer, Elvis’s girlfriend

Elvis Presley, 21--guitar, the first and still undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

 

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Kate Hamill’s wildly inventive adaptation of this beloved classic delivers Jane Austen as you have never seen her before. An ensemble of eight actors pack this timeless tale with madcap hijinks and a farcical flair infused with energy, laughs, whimsy, and of course, romance. It’s a treat for every generation.

First Rehearsal: June 18, 2019
Preview: July 11, 2019
Opening: July 12, 2019
Closing: July 21, 2019

Please see breakdown for available roles:

Roles available for actors 18 years of age and older.

Female

ACTOR 1

JANE:  Late  20s - early 30s. The eldest and most beautiful Bennet  daughter. Kind, idealistic, diffident. Always tries to do the right thing.

MISS DE BOURGH: Lady Catherine's daughter; a gremlin. Probably allergic to sun. Underneath all her veils, she may be covered in scales.

ACTOR 2

LIZZY: A year or two younger than Jane. Clever, spirited; can be sharp tongued. Gets flustered, which makes her klutzy. Prides herself on good judgement. Not especially beautiful. Very very scared of marriage, after absorbing the lessons of her parents' marriage (The actor playing Lizzy will not double.)

ACTOR 3

LYDIA: 14. The youngest Bennet. Lively prone to imitating others' behavior and eavesdropping.

LADY CATHERINE: Patrician Caesar meets drill-sergeant.

Male

ACTOR 4

MR DARCY: Late 30s.-40s. One of the richest men in England. Too proper for his own good; awkward in most social contexts. Prides himself on self-control and good judgment. (The actor playing Darcy will not double.)

ACTOR 5

MR. COLLINS: A pedantic, obtuse man. The original mansplainer. Rector to Lady Catherine.

WICKHAM: An unfairly handsome and charming gentleman. Probably a sociopath. Raised with Darcy.

MISS BINGLEY: A very rich, very beautiful young woman. Fancies herself witty. (May be played by male or female actor, depending on doubling.)

Male or Female

ACTOR 6

MR. BINGLEY: Late 30s-40s. Loves the world and the world loves him. Mr. Darcy’s particular friend. Almost literally a dog.

MARY: The third Bennet girl.  Violent and dark undertones; prone to pedanticism and sulking. A dark goth Bronte character trapped in an Austen world.  Coughs to get attention, or to make a point; may fancy that she is dying.

ACTOR 7

CHARLOTTE LUCAS: Same age as Lizzy. A practical girl with a good sense of  humor. May be doubled with Mr. Bennet.

MR.BENNET: The patriarch of the Bennet family. Finds amusement in absurdity; often looks for respectable escape from the chaos of his family life.  Can be somewhat apathetic; probably a bit depressed, under everything.  Enjoys antagonizing. Disappointed in marriage.

ACTOR 8

MRS. BENNET: The matriarch of the Bennet family. Mostly a silly woman, of mean understanding and variable temper.  Hypochondriac; when she’s upset, she fancies that she’s dying. The business of her life is to get her daughters married. She traumatizes her family with some regularity.

 

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Hairspray, humor, and heartache. Meet the sharp, strong, witty, and big-hearted cast of characters inside Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Truvy dispenses shampoos, scathing wisecracks, and free advice, all delivered in equal measure and with her signature flair, to a group of dynamic, hilarious, and resilient women. When tragedy enters the picture, the women offer powerful and universal lessons in sacrifice, love, and the importance of building friendships and memories that can sustain us forever.

First Rehearsal: July 2, 2019
Preview: July 25, 2019
Opening: July 26, 2019
Closing: August 4, 2019

Please see breakdown for available roles:

Roles available for actors 18 years of age and older.

Truvy Jones – 40ish. Owner of beauty shop.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto – 19. Beauty shop assistant.

Clairee Belcher – 66ish. Widow of former mayor. Grande dame.

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie – 25. Prettiest girl in town.

M’Lynn Eatenton – 50ish. Shelby’s mother. Socially prominent career women.

Ouiser (pronounced “Weezer”) Boudreaux – 66ish. Wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic but loveable.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The women in this play are witty, intelligent, and above all, real characters.  They in no way, shape, or form are meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures.

 

THE NICETIES

When ambitious young African-American student Zoe sits down with her esteemed white professor to discuss a paper she is writing about the American Revolution, discussions of grammar and Google quickly give way to explosive exchanges about race, history, and power. As the passion rises, so do the stakes, as both women become entrenched in their positions, and allow us to see the dangers of the way we talk to each other today, the way we listen, and what happens when we don’t.

First Rehearsal: July 9, 2019
Preview: August 1, 2019
Opening: August 2, 2019
Closing: August 11, 2019

Please see breakdown for available roles:

Roles available for actors 18 years of age and older.

Janine Bosko - Female, white, early 60s. A college professor.

Zoe Reed - Female, black, 20. A college student.

NOTES:

Both of these women can be noble. Both of them can be charming. Both of them can be petulant, snotty, arrogant, overwhelmed and immature. Let them both be people. And resist the temptation to think of only one of them as a mouthpiece for the truth. When it comes to the facts of history, almost everything that both of the women in this play say is right. The events and discussions in this play are deeply felt and emotionally difficult for both characters - but there is no crying in this play.

Heritage Theatre Festival is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our work, including the casting of our plays. We seek to hire actors who reflect our world to tell the stories we put onstage, and therefore strongly encourage people of underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds to audition.

We intend to have casting decisions announced by April 1, 2019.

Thank you to our 2019 Sustaining and Season Sponsors