Not So Common Players
Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley Music by Jeanine Tesori
Director: Alana Streifert
Musical Director: Matthew Streifert
Choreographer: Melissa Mason Lacijan
Producer: Jason Ford
Costume Designer: Debbie Lummis
Sound Designer: Barry Streifert
Lighting Designer: Jim Mackenzie
Publicity: Alan Sangiacomo
Auditions will be held:
Sunday, May 17 @ 4:00pm (sign-in @ 3:30)
Monday, May 18 @ 7:00pm (sign-in @ 6:30)
Auditions will take place at the NSCP Storefront (next to Toys R Us) in the Village Plaza, 19 Clifton County Road, Clifton Park.
Rehearsals will begin in mid-August. Performances will take place at the Shenendehowa East Little Theater.
Performance dates are October 16-18, 22-25.
Please come prepared with 16-32 bars of a Broadway show tune. An accompanist will be provided. Singing from the show is fine.
Synopsis: As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she's traveling across the 1964 Deep South towards a miracle - the healing touch of a TV evangelist that will make her beautiful. Though she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those that are lying deeper than her skin; and on the way she meets a young, African-American Soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical "imperfections".
Cast of Characters:
VIOLET - Female, 20-35 yrs old – Vocal Range: G3 - F5
The title character, a young North Carolina woman whose face was scarred in a childhood accident. She is stubborn and prickly, but filled with equal parts hope and obsession that she may heal and be made beautiful.
FLICK - Male, 20-30 yrs old – Vocal Range: C4 - E6
An African-American soldier; a dreamer and go-getter. He doesn’t enjoy the army, but enjoys the respect it garners him. There is something gentle, good about him, not to be interpreted or confused with weakness or lack of authority.
MONTY - Male, 20-30 yrs old – Vocal Range: A3 - G5
A paratrooper and Flick’s friend from basic training. Rough around the edges. Self-consumed, but not necessarily purposefully so. Fighting his own demons.
FATHER - Male, 35-45 yrs old – Vocal Range: A3 - F5
A simple, widowed man who lovingly raises his daughter alone doing the best he can with the little knowledge and resources he has to do so. Stern but friendly, smart but uneducated. Accidentally scars Violet’s face while he is chopping wood.
YOUNG VIOLET - Female, 10-13 yrs old – Vocal Range: A3 - E5
Not quite as guarded or prickly as her older self, but still tough and stubborn. She has a keen curiosity and the rough edges of being brought up solely by her father. (Note: MTI suggests that the age range for this role is 10-13. However, the actor would more likely be in the "real life" age range of 12 - 16. Any age is welcome to audition.)
PREACHER - Male, 30-40 yrs old – Vocal Range: B3 - G5
An impassioned, theatrical man who preaches with all the bravado he can muster. Once had a true healing touch but has lost it in his quest to become a showman. Dismissive and egotistical. (Actor may double as Bus Driver, Rufus, Radio Singer, and Bus Driver 4.)
GOSPEL SOLOIST - Female, 35-70 yrs old - Vocal Range: F3 - G5
A member of the volunteer choir that sings for the Preacher’s telecast. Sings for God with passion and power. African-American. (Actor may double as Landlady and Woman Knitting.)
MABEL - Female, 30-50 yrs old – Vocal Range: A3 - G5
A talkative woman on the greyhound bus who shares stories of her many husbands and how she loves gray eyes. (Actor may double as Music Hall Singer and Woman With Fan.)
OLD LADY - Female, 55-65 yrs old – Vocal Range: F3 - E5
A former beauty in her heyday. Staunch, tired and frustrated with life. (Actor may double as Hotel Singer and Old Lady 2.)
EARL - Male, 50-70 yrs old – Vocal Range: B3 - F5
A strange character on the greyhound bus who sneaks smokes in the bathroom and is carrying a smelly suitcase he claims holds a flea circus. (Actor may double as Radio Soloist, Waiter, Leroy Evans, Mechanic, and Bus Driver 3.)
VIRGIL - Male, 20-25 yrs old - Range: B3 - B5
The Preacher’s assistant. Knows the smoke & mirrors of the Preacher’s show and must begrudgingly deal with anyone who might derail it. (Actor may double as Billy Dean, Creepy Guy, Radio Singer, and Bus Driver 2.)
* If you have any questions, please contact the Director, Alana Streifert, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pat O’Donnell at 518-371-6681.