'The Color Purple' (Broadway) - ECC / Singers

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The Color Purple (Broadway) - ECC / Singers

Call Type:
Equity Chorus

Contract:
Production (League)
$1861/week

Personnel:
Director: John Doyle
Book: Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray
Music Supervisor: Catherine Jayes
Casting: Telsey + Company / Justin Huff

• Chorus rules are in effect.
• A monitor will be provided.

Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.

Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.

Other Dates:
1st Rehearsal: October 5th, 2015
1st Preview: November 9th, 2015
Opening: December 10th, 2015.

Other:
General Manager: Bespoke Theatricals / Amy Jacobs

Seeking:
Equity singers for the ensemble, swings and featured ensemble parts.

Breakdown:

SEEKING:

• SQUEAK, u/s NETTIE
Female, African-American, 20s - 30s. To appear in the onstage ensemble with a specialty as SQUEAK (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 chutzpah and a caring heart), and understudy the principal role of NETTIE (Attractive, adventuresome, feisty, educated. She has a powerful bond with her older sister, Celie. Forced by Mister to leave Celie, she starts a new life in Africa). Needs a commanding actress who also has comic chops and a good singing voice with belt and soprano capability. FEATURED ENSEMBLE

• PA, u/s OLD MISTER
Male, African-American, 30s - 40s. To appear in the onstage ensemble with a specialty as PA (Also known as Alphonso. Celie and Nettie’s stepfather who rapes and abuses Celie and gives away her two children), and understudy the principal role of OLD MISTER (Mister’s father. He owns the farmland on which Mister works and lives with Celie and his children. Old Mister is a mean-spirited, selfish man who disapproves of his son). Needs a commanding actor with a fantastic high baritone singing voice. FEATURED ENSEMBLE

• CHURCH LADY, u/s SHUG
Female, African-American, 30s - 40s. To appear in the onstage ensemble as a CHURCH LADY (A trio of busybody types who love to gossip about the people of their town. They comment on the action throughout the show), and understudy the principal role of SHUG (A popular singer, we meet her at death’s door. Comfortable in her sexuality, dynamic, powerful, irresistible, 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). FEATURED ENSEMBLE

• BUSTER
Male, African-American, 20s - 30s. Appearance of a boxer. Sense of comedy. Small singing role. Very much part of the Ensemble.

• PREACHER, u/s MISTER
Male, African-American, late 40s. To appear in the onstage ensemble with a specialty as PREACHER and understudy the principal role of MISTER (Also known as Albert. Handsome, 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). FEATURED ENSEMBLE.

• ADAM
Male, African-American, 20s. Celie's son grown up. No text. This track will also cover a principal role. Must be a fantastic actor who sings very well. ENSEMBLE

• OLD MISTER, u/s PA
Male, African-American, late 40s. To appear in the onstage ensemble with a specialty as OLD MISTER (Mister’s father. He owns the farmland on which Mister works and lives with Celie and his children. Old Mister is a mean-spirited, selfish man who disapproves of his son) and understudy the specialty of PA (Also known as Alphonso. Celie and Nettie’s stepfather who rapes and abuses Celie and gives away her two children). Needs a commanding actor with a fantastic high baritone singing voice. FEATURED ENSEMBLE

• GRADY, u/s HARPO
Male, African-American, 20s - 30s. To appear in the onstage ensemble with a specialty as GRADT and understudy the principal role of HARPO (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). Must have a great baritenor voice. FEATURED ENSEMBLE

• OLIVIA
Female, African-American, 20s. Celie's daughter grown up. No text. This track will also cover a principal role. Must be a fantastic actor who sings very well. ENSEMBLE

• CHURCH LADY, u/s CELIE
Female, African-American, early 20s - mid 30s. To appear in the onstage ensemble as a CHURCH LADY (A trio of busybody types who love to gossip about the people of their town. They comment on the action throughout the show), and cover the principal role of CELIE (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 that is sometimes wicked. She is an observer. Her eyes are very telling. Eventually breaks away from a life of mistreatment and finds love and independence. Needs a great belt singing voice with lots of soul). FEATURED ENSEMBLE

• CHURCH LADY, u/s SOFIA
Female, African-American, early 30s - mid 40s. To appear in the onstage ensemble as a CHURCH LADY (A trio of busybody types who love to gossip about the people of their town. They comment on the action throughout the show) and understudy the principal role of SOFIA (Powerful warrior woman. Physically bigger but beautiful. Comfortable being large and sexual, knows how to use her sexuality, great sense of humor, touching, vulnerable. Married to Harpo, she does not let anyone mistreat her). FEATURED ENSEMBLE

• FEMALE SWING #1
Female, African-American, 20s – 30s. To cover the onstage ensemble and possibly a featured or principal role. Must be a fantastic actress who sings very well. ENSEMBLE

• FEMALE SWING #2
Female, African-American, 30s – 40s. To cover the onstage ensemble and possibly a featured or principal role. Must be a fantastic actress who sings very well. ENSEMBLE

• MALE SWING #1
Male, African-American, 20s – 30s. To cover the onstage ensemble and possibly a featured or principal role. Must be a fantastic actor who sings very well. ENSEMBLE

• MALE SWING #2
Male, African-American, 30s – 40s. To cover the onstage ensemble and possibly a featured or principal role. Must be a fantastic actor who sings very well. ENSEMBLE


Union Information:
AEA

Company:
Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Tom Siracusa


Audition Information:

When:
Equity Chorus Call / Singers
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
10 AM - Equity Female Singers
2 PM - Equity Male Singers


Where:
Telsey + Company
311 West 43rd Street, 10th floor
New York, NY


What to Prepare:
• Prepare a brief standard that can be interpreted as soulful, or a brief gospel-type song.
• Show singing range. Bring sheet music and a photo/resume stapled together.
• A piano accompanist will be provided


Minors must be accompanied by an adult

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