Auditions in Austin-Bastrop, Texas for Theater Production

10/25/2021

CROWNS a Musical

Location: Austin-Bastrop, Texas

Type: Theater

African-American cast

Winner of the Helen Hayes Awards for Best Production and Best Musical, “Crowns” is a moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of history and identity as seen through the eyes of Yolanda, a young African-American woman who has been sent South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Chicago. Here, in a culture that is so different than that in which she has grown up, hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety. There is a hat for every occasion — from flirting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms. And, as strong women tell the stories of their lives through stories of their hats, Yolanda witnesses a tradition tracing back to African rituals and slavery and forward to the New Testament and contemporary fashion. Gospel music and dance underscore and support the narratives. The conclusion finds the standoffish young woman, whose cultural identity as a young African-American urban woman has been so at odds with the older Southern women, embracing hats and their cultural significance as a part of her own fiercely independent identity.

Characters: African-American cast, age range 30 to mid 70s and one teen

All characters must be singers with significant vocal ranges.

Young African-American teen- Female 16-22

African-American Women – Females (5 roles) 25- mid 70’s

African-American Man – Minimum age of 30

Musicians and technicians are also needed and encouraged to attend the auditions.

Payment: Non Paid

City or Location of call: Austin-Bastrop, Texas
Please submit to: plays@bastropoperahouse.org by 2021-11-19
Please submit headshot. Readings will be provided for auditions. Please be prepared to sing one minute of a gospel song or hymn of your choice. Piano accompaniment will be available.

This casting notice was posted by: Bastrop Opera House



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