Auditions | Dreamgirls
Music by Henry Krieger
Book by Tom Eyen
Date: Saturday, November 6
Time: 12 to 4 PM
Players by the Sea
106 6th Street North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Callbacks will be held on November 7 at 1 PM
Show dates: January 21, 2022 - February 14, 2022
Directed by: Jereme Raickett
Musical Direction by: Tina Wilson
Choreography by: Joshua Abbott
What to prepare: Please prepare 16-32 bars of a pop song or ballad, that shows off your range. The audition will include a quick jazz combo highlighting specific skills and personality. Please be prepared to dance. Wear something comfortable, leotards, shorts, and jazz pants are acceptable. Also, bring ballet, tap, or character shoes if you have them.
A musical based on the show business aspirations and successes of acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, etc.
A young female singing trio gets their big break at an amateur competition as 1960s Motown music becomes popular with both white and black audiences. But things begin to spin out of control when their opportunistic show business promoter demotes the talented lead singer in favor of one of the more glamorous backup singers. The journey to stardom and love is full of challenges.
EFFIE MELODY WHITE: Female, 20-40ish, African American – powerful belt, large and in charge, lead singer of The Dreamettes. Journeys from snappy confidence to depths of betrayal, but triumphs in the end. Seeking actor with willingness to dig deep emotionally as well as belt.
DEENA JONES: Female, 18-40ish, African American – mezzo-soprano, initially modest backup singer for Dreamettes. Replaces Effie, under pressure. And falls for Curtis, knowing Effie had him. The Diana Ross-esq character so must move from innocent to “star.”
LORRELL ROBINSON: Female, 18-30ish, African American – soprano, the youngest backup singer. Speaks her mind. Eager for success, swept off her feet by married James Thunder Early. High energy and attitude encouraged for this role, with a touch of the romantic.
MICHELLE MORRIS: Female, 18-40ish, African American – soprano, replacement backup for Effie. Wants to stay out of in-fighting. Falls in love with C.C., and helps bring brother and sister together in the end.
CURTIS TAYLOR: Male, 25-45ish, African American – tenor/high baritone, a Cadillac dealer turned the Dreams’ brilliant manager, then music mogul. Charming, smooth, and funny, he’s ruthless in the pursuit of his dreams. Dumps Effie and James in pursuit of glory.
C.C. WHITE: Male, 20-30, African American – tenor, talented songwriter for the Dreamettes/Dreams and is Effie’s brother. Initially enthralled by Curtis’ business smarts.
JAMES "THUNDER" EARLY: Male, 30-50, African American – tenor/strong falsetto, a James Brownlike flashy star of early R&B that Curtis steals from Marty. A trendsetter, but trends pass him by. Be ready to be a showman, and let loose.
MARTY MADISON: Male, 40’s-60’s, African American – baritone, early manager of James Early, cleans up after many of James’ messes, old-school, honest and loyal.
ENSEMBLE AND FEATURED ROLES (10-20 parts)
WAYNE … Male, assistant to Curtis
RANK … Male, press agent
DWIGHT … Male, TV director
M.C. … Male or Female (as male), master of ceremonies at The Apollo Theater
CHARLENE & JOANN … Females, backup singers for J.T. Early
MORGAN … Male, Effie’s lawyer
JERRY … Male or Female Nightclub owner Male and Female Singing Groups to be double-cast:
Female Groups: STEPP SISTERS … LES STYLE … [DAVE] &THE SWEETHEARTS
Male Groups: LITTLE ALPERT & THE TRUE-TONES … THE FIVE TUXEDOS … TINY JOE DIXON … DAVE (& THE SWEETHEARTS [Pat Boone types]) … JAMES EARLY BAND