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8/29/2014 1:41:53 PM
THEATRE AUDITION - HEADSHOT SELECTS
Musical: CHOKING OUT THE KUDZU N.Y. City Director/Playwright: Billie Colombaro The Metro Nashville Parks D.C. Songwriter/Playwright: Betty Ladas Theatre Department’s New Play Auditions: cast from headshots/audio clip Reading Series Performance: October 20th Nashville, TN Pay Rate: SEE ROLES SUBMIT HEADSHOT & ONLINE VOCAL DEMO/WEBSITE LINK WITH VOCALS, ELECTRONICALLY BY SEPTEMBER 20TH TO: email@example.com Elderly woman is unwillingly dumped by her son in a nursing home. Stella volunteers there & tries to cheer her up but encounters a cantankerous, despondent Bessie. But when Bessie discovers Stella's secret desire to be a singer/songwriter, their friendship builds bonds & breaks down walls. Think Thelma & Louise 50’s & 80’s. STELLA PIERCE (LEAD) 50's. A “super mom.” Loves her family, is a good mother of 2 teenagers, helps her husband run their business from home. Does it all for others, never considering her own wants & needs (until she meets Bessie), and thinks what she does isn’t worth much. Has always assessed her worth by the success of her family & their limited acknowledgment of her. 13 songs. $100. BESSIE RYAN (LEAD) 70’s-80’s. Spry, dynamic, with a mischievous & independent attitude. Is cosmopolitan, a world traveler, loves Mozart, sweet sherry, walks along the bay, and her garden. Becomes a surrogate mother to Stella, her inspiration, and a catalyst for change. Has one child, Martin, an anesthesiologist. He is her one heartbreak/regret. They have been estranged for many years. He has her committed to a nursing home, not to be inconvenienced. Never visits her. She feels abandoned & betrayed but longs to hold him. She is angry & despondent when Stella meets her. 4 songs. $100. GARDENIA AMOS 40’s-60’s. (CAST) African American nursing home assistant where Bessie now lives. From Creole country. Has worked hard all her life, taking care of her 5 siblings after her mother died when she was 12. Never knew her father. Has a free & easy attitude about life & problems we create for ourselves. Loves life, finds humor in average situations. Takes good care of & loves Bessie. Sings Gospel in church choir. 2 songs. $50. FRANK PIERCE 50's. Stella’s husband. A miser. Work & money are his life & worth. Values people for their political importance or wealth. Is always right, arrogant, & callous. Never listens. Relationship with his children is uneasy & shallow. Sees his role as a disciplinarian. Never compliments Stella. Instead, constantly criticizes her. Never vulnerable with her; yet, inside, he is a lonely man. 2 songs. $50 ROBIN PIERCE 18. (CAST) Daughter of Stella & Frank. A senior in high school, she is job hunting and believes she will be an asset to the business community. She thinks she is just as good as any man and wants to succeed in the corporate world, but her life experience with her Dad & Mom say that her future role should be one of subservience and serving. 3 songs. $30. ADAM PIERCE 16. Son of Stella & Frank - likes being the pain in his sister’s side. Struggles with his parents’ attempts to control him & his need to be independent. Wants to grow into a man but is confused & frustrated, given his role model who dominates & demeans him. Keeps his anger, resentment, & hurt inside. 1 song. $25. MARTIN RYAN 50’s. Bessie’s only child. Well dressed, arrogant, & egotistical. Married with two children. Formal, professional, & emotionally unattached, especially, with Bessie. Resents her. No songs. $25.
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