Auditions for Dream Girls | Arlington VA

10/18/2011

Casting notice posted on auditionsfree.com, casting location: Arlington, VA
AUDITIONS – DREAMGIRLS

Dominion Stage announces Auditions for DREAMGIRLS
Monday, October 24, 2011 and Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sign Ins begin at 7:30 PM; Auditions begin at 8 PM
… Last Sign In at 9 PM

Arlington Cultural Affairs/Theater on the Run
3700 South Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206

DREAMGIRLS
Music by Henry Krieger, Lyrics and Book by Tom Eyen

Directed by Anya Randall-Nebel
Music Direction by John-Michael d’Haviland
Produced by David M. Moretti
Choreograghed by Richelle Howie

Spanning from the fabulous sixties through the arrival of disco, DREAMGIRLS follows the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry and the “business” part of show business. A musical extravaganza that follows the creation and career of a female singing trio, the show provide the highs and lows that come with fame, greed and misguided loyalties, and the need for defining what is important in following one’s dreams.

AUDITION SPECIFICS
The Production Team is looking to cast a diverse group of men and women (including African American, Caucasian and Multicultural; Late Teens Welcome) in a variety of character and ensemble roles.

Monday, October 24, 2011 and Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sign Ins begin at 7:30 PM; Auditions begin at 8 PM
Last Sign In at 9 PM
No reservations or RSVP required
Arlington Cultural Affairs/Theater on the Run
3700 South Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206
> Enter via parking lot in back

Please prepare 16 bars that best demonstrate your music range and are in the style of the show. An audition pianist will be provided. All should come dressed to move for a simple dance/movement audition.

CALL BACKS >> By invitation Wednesday, October 26, 2011

GENERAL NOTES

All roles are unpaid and volunteer. All roles are open and not pre-cast. If cast, you must join Dominion Stage as a Production Member ($25)

Rehearsals: 2-3 times per week; Saturdays. Rehearsals will be worked around the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years holidays.

Rehearsal location: 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington, VA 22206, enter via parking lot in back

Performance Location:
Gunston Theater One,
2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206

Performance Dates:
Friday, Jan 13 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 14 @ 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan 20 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 21 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan 22 @ 2 p.m. (Matinee)

Thursday, Jan 26 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan 27 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 28 @ 8 p.m.

Back Up Performance Date/STRIKE (Mandatory) > Sunday, Jan 29 @ 12 noon

Questions/More Information >> Dreamgirls@DominionStage.org

Dreamgirls Character Descriptions

EFFIE WHITE – African American woman, 20-30. Vibrant young woman who is as oversized in talent as she is in person. Effie is the true powerhouse in the group, a soaring singer whose voice overpowers and transcends Deena’s and Lorrell’s. She is smitten with Curtis from the start and is overcome with anger and jealousy when she senses his
growing attraction to Deena. Effie should be full-figured, and her size carries with it a true sense of sexuality. Must have a huge gospel belt voice. Must move very well.

DEENA JONES – African American woman, 20-30. The young, thin, beautiful member of the dreams. Happy singing backup to Effie until Curtis puts her in the lead and grooms her as star of the group. Mezzo, big full belt. Must move very well.

LORRELL ROBINSON – African American woman, 20-30. The third member of The Dreams. Sexy, flirtatious girl from the projects of Detroit who has been singing with her best friends Effie and Deena for years. Carries on an affair with Jimmy Early, who refuses to leave his wife for her. Soprano, on top of most triad harmony, big full belt.
Must move very well.

CURTIS TAYLOR, JR. – African American man, 30-40. Handsome, and very sexy. Slick car salesman who becomes the Dreams’ manager. Has a appreciation of R & B music and a sense of what it sells. Motivated by dreams, he takes over the management of Jimmy Early’s career and also oversees the rise to stardom of The Dreams. Initially warm and approachable he becomes hardened by wealth and power and the need to control everything and everyone. Baritone. Must move well.

JAMES “THUNDER” EARLY – African American man, 30-40. James Brown-like R & B star. The Dreamettes become his backup singers. Has an affair with Lorrell. Charismatic, sexy, high energy. Rock and R & B tenor. Must
move well.

C.C. WHITE – African American man, 20-30. Effie’s songwriter brother; writes all the dreams hit songs. Endearing and soft-spoken, he tries to do what’s best but slowly gives up his ideals to Curtis’ controlling vision. High baritone. Must move well.

MICHELE MORRIS – African American woman, 20s. Effie’s replacement in the dreams. Thin and beautiful, she sings bottom in the harmonies. Mezzo soprano, big belt. Must move well.

MARTY – African American man, 30-45, street savvy, long-time manager who oversaw Jimmy’s career and rise to R & B stardom. Represents an earlier age of black entertainment. At odds with Curtis and his ideas and schemes. Later oversees Effie’s comeback. Baritone. Should move.

1 CAUCASIAN MAN AND 2 CAUCASIAN WOMEN – Strong singers who move well to play Dave and The Sweethearts (Pat Boone singer and his backup girls who sing the all American pop version of “Cadillac Car”. Will play other ensemble roles such as reporters, press agents, etc.

1 CAUCASIAN MAN – Strong singer, character actor to play Frank, the press agent and various supporting roles.
Must move well.

Ensemble of male and female (African American/Muticultural/Caucasion) singer/dancers to play various supporting roles: must be strong singers and move very well. All ensemble members should possess unique and vivid personalities and have the ability to play a wide variety of characters. Wayne and Tiny Joe Dixon will be cast from this ensemble.

Casting Location: Arlington, VA
Contact email: marketing@dominionstage.org

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