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Audition Announcement

*** Lyric Music Theater Auditions ***


Book by Lawrence D. Cohen • Lyrics by Dean Pitchford • Music by Michael Gore

Adapted from the book by Stephen King

 

Directed by Joshua Chard (joshuachard@gmail.com)
Musical Direction by Bob Gauthier
Choreography by Jamie Lupien Swenson

•Saturday November 18, 1:00 PM (Please sign in no later than 2:00 PM)
•Sunday November 19, 6:30 PM (please sign in no later than 7:30 PM)
•Callbacks Monday November 20, 7:00 PM (You must be available for callbacks to be considered for a role)

If you cannot make the November 18 or 19 audition dates, please contact Joshua to set up another time.

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

Set in the present, Carrie – The Musical is a true ensemble piece with complex characters. The production team is committed to diverse casting to build an ensemble that matches the diversity present in a contemporary high school. We encourage actors of all backgrounds and identities to audition for this show.

Seeking an enthusiastic, risk-taking cast of 14-18 people. Due the intensity of the language and situations in this musical, we will only be seeing actors ages 17 and up. No exceptions. All student characters are seniors in high school; however most productions utilize adult actors. We encourage adults to audition.

Rehearsals will begin December 4 and will be Monday-Thursday 6:30-9:30 PM. There will be no rehearsals December 22-January 1. Sunday rehearsals will only be scheduled in the event of weeknight rehearsals being cancelled due to weather. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal.

Show dates: February 9-25, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM. All actors must be available February 4-8 for dress rehearsals, no exceptions. Please bring a list of conflicts to auditions. Availability may be a consideration in casting decisions.

People auditioning for certain roles will be required to sing selections from the show. See character descriptions for required songs. A copy of the score will be available at auditions. For characters that do not have a song listed, please prepare a song in the style of the show (Broadway Pop) that showcases your voice. Please bring a copy of the music in your key. All auditioners will be asked to sing with the pianist. Need Carrie sheet music? Wondering what cuts you should sing? Contact Joshua at joshuachard@gmail.com. Auditioners singing selections from Carrie may hold music.

Auditions will be singing only. Callbacks will include dancing and readings from the script, as well as more singing.

Characters

CARRIE WHITE: (Female – able to look like a senior in high school) A painfully shy outsider who, in spite of her best efforts to belong, has been the victim of her classmates’ cruel jokes since childhood, as well as her mother’s strict, biblically-ordained control at home. She transforms from ugly duckling into graceful-and then vengeful- swan. Vocally, she must be capable of lyrical sweetness as well as fierce power. Actresses auditioning for the role of Carrie White should prepare Carrie. 

MARGARET WHITE: (Female – Carrie’s Mother– 40’s to 50’s) A woman of visceral extremes, she balances her fervent religious convictions with equally sincere true-believer spirituality and tender, maternal love for Carrie. Like Carrie, with whom she shares several duets, her voice must range from expressive and melodic to ferocious and frightening. Actresses auditioning for Margaret White should prepare And Eve Was Weak and When There’s No One.

SUE SNELL: (Female – able to look like a senior in high school) A straight-A student who’s been popular her entire life, she’s remarkably level headed for her age. Her unthinking participation in a cruel act of bullying causes a crisis of conscience that leads her on a journey to try to right things. Vocally, she has a pop ballad voice that delivers sweet sincerity and strength. Actresses auditioning for Sue Snell should prepare Once You See.

TOMMY ROSS: (Male – able to look like a senior in high school) Popular star athlete, valedictorian, and all around stand-out, he’s the boy that all the girls want to be with, and all the boy want to be. Yet he also has unexpected, quirky sensitivity and is just starting to mine his personal life and feelings – a budding poet. His voice should have an effortless pop quality. Actors auditioning for Tommy Ross should prepare Dreamer In Disguise.

CHRIS HARGENSEN: (Female – able to look like a senior in high school) Rich, spoiled-rotten, and wickedly funny, Chris is a popular beauty whose arrogant self-assurance makes her believe that the rules don’t apply to her. Loaded with sexual dynamite, she has serious daddy and anger-management issues. Her voice is pop-rock percussive and powerful. Actresses auditioning for Chris Hargensen should prepare The World According to Chris (first verse and chorus).

BILLY NOLAN: (Male – able to look 20) Now in his sixth year in high school, Billy’s a sexy, stupid·like-a-fox bad boy whose wise mouth troublemaking has led him to spend more time in detention than in class. All these qualities make it easy for his girlfriend Chris to manipulate him to do her bidding. His voice is that of a wailing rocker. Actors auditioning for Billy Nolan should prepare The World According to Chris (his verse and chorus).

MISS LYNN GARDNER: (Female – able to play mid 30’s) This girls’ P.E. teacher can be a strict disciplinarian if necessary, but when Carrie arouses her maternal instinct, she surprises herself by also revealing a protective "fairy godmother” side. Her voice is warm and strong, just like the woman. Actresses auditioning for Miss Gardner should prepare Unsuspecting Hearts.

MR. STEPHENS: (Male – able to play mid 30’s+) This well-intentioned English teacher and guidance counselor struggles to help his students realize their potential. A dedicated educator, he’s stretched thin in his duties, woefully underpaid, and a bit overwhelmed as to how to handle the Billy Nolans of the classroom combat zone.

NORMA: (Female – able to look like a senior in high school) Nasty, gossipy and a shameless suck-up to authority, Norma is second-in-command to Chris’ queen bee.

FRIEDA: (Female – able to look like a senior in high school) Sue’s brainy pal, she’s an easy-going, get-along follower and a tireless extracurricular-committee-volunteer.

HELEN: (Female – able to look like a senior in high school) Giggly and easily shocked, her immaturity and need to belong make her the perfect example of the herd mentality.

GEORGE: (Male – able to look like a senior in high school) Tommy’s jock wingman since childhood, George idolizes him. George is secretly attracted to Tommy.

STOKES: (Male – able to look like a senior in high school) A bit of a nerd, he’s happy to be included as one of Tommy’s posse.

FREDDY: (Male – able to look like a senior in high school) The wisecracking class clown and official yearbook photographer, he can’t believe any girl would ever give him the time of day.

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