Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford & Walter Bobbie
Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Music by Tom Snow | Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar,
Kenny Loggins
and Jim Steinman

Directed by Laney Clark
Music Directed by Beau Mahurin
Choreography by Sally Gage

AUDITION DATES: January 20 & 21, 2019 @ 7 p.m.
SHOW DATES: March 22-24, 29-31 & April 5-7, 2019

* Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in late January. *


When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the preacher's rebellious daughter Ariel sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend Chuck tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

*No appointments necessary.*

  • Bring prepared a 16-bar (minimum) song selection appropriate to the style of the show (contemporary, modern rock/pop, belter, etc.). Live accompaniment will be provided. Sheet music is openly requested. NO PRE-RECORDED TRACKS ARE ALLOWED.
  • Bring comfortable attire and appropriate shoes to learn/perform one or more dance sequences while on-site. --- This show requires the ability to vocalize *and* harmonize while dancing, including some soaring notes that may push stamina and vocal range.
  • No prepared monologues necessary. Be prepared for randomly assigned cold readings from the script.

Please keep the evening of Tuesday Jan 22 open
in the event of additional necessary callbacks!

IMPORTANT!!! The directing team reserves the right to ask some candidates to stay behind in closed audition trials, especially those individuals auditioning for "Ren", "Ariel", "Rusty", "Willard", "Wendy Jo" or "Urleen". If you are not asked to stay, this does NOT mean that you are not being considered, but rather that the team has gathered what is necessary from your audition process.

If you are auditioning for the roles of:

  • "Ariel" or "Rusty" – familiarize yourself with "Holding Out for A Hero" and "Let's Hear it For the Boy".
  • "Ren" or "Willard" – familiarize yourself with "I Can't Stand Still".
  • ALL YOUNG WOMEN – be familiar with "Somebody's Eyes".

* All roles are currently available.*

All major "teen" roles must be able to look and feel
as if they are seniors in high school.


  • REN McCORMACK – a teen from Chicago. Witty/comedic, a cut-up. A newly adopted tone of desperation overshadows his loving personality as he tries too hard to convince the world – and himself – that his father’s desertion hasn’t wounded him as deeply as it has. Makes the complete journey from boyhood to maturity. (Pop Tenor / DANCER)
  • ARIEL MOORE – Daughter of Rev. Shaw & Vi Moore. Smart, moving between different worlds and their rules, alternating between sweetly demure to explosive and thrill-seeking. Uses her humor to keep a lid on the grief she feels about her brother’s death and the weight it has left behind. (Mezzo-Belter / DANCER)
  • RUSTY – Ariel’s best friend. Sassy and self-assured on the surface, but in many ways the most deeply romantic character. Truly believes that she and Willard were meant to be together. (Soprano-Belter / DANCER)
  • WILLARD HEWITT – Ren’s new friend, a country boy. Not dumb, but rather a gentle soul with quick fists, which are his defense against a world that he often has trouble comprehending. Gradually emerges with humor and innocence, coming into his own with Ren's help. (Bari-Tenor / DANCER)


  • URLEEN Ariel's friend. (Soprano-Belter / HARMONIZER / Mover)
  • WENDY JO – Ariel's friend. (Mezzo-Belter / HARMONIZER / Mover)
  • CHUCK CRANSTON – Ariel's redneck "bad boy" boyfriend. (Bari-Tenor Soloist / Mover)
  • LYLE – Chuck's buddy. (Tenor / HARMONIZER / Mover)
  • TRAVIS – Chuck's buddy. (Tenor / HARMONIZER / Mover)
  • COWBOY BOB – Honky-tonk singer. (Bari-Tenor Soloist / DANCER)
  • JETER – Ren's friend. (Tenor / HARMONIZER / Mover)
  • BICKLE – Ren's friend. (Bari-Tenor / HARMONIZER / Mover)
  • GARVIN – Ren's friend. (Baritone / HARMONIZER / Mover)
  • Additional ENSEMBLE --- Students, line dancers, etc.


  • REVEREND SHAW MOORE – preacher, Ariel's father. Charismatic, charming even, with a quick mind, a loving heart, and a sense of humor. Privately in mourning. (Baritone)
  • VI MOORE – Shaw’s wife. Has an unflagging good humor she must display in order to keep her household – and her husband’s congregation – running smoothly. (Mezzo)
  • ETHEL McCORMACK – Ren’s mother; the source of his intelligence, his resilience, and his sense of humor. Has to remain strong for Ren following the departure of her husband / Ren's father. (Mezzo)


  • LULU WARNICKER – Ren’s aunt
  • WES WARNICKER – Lulu’s husband.
  • COACH ROGER DUNBAR – The high school gym teacher.
  • ELEANOR DUNBAR – Roger’s wife.
  • A COP – Male or female.
  • BETTY BLAST – Owner of the "Burger Blast" restaurant.
  • PRINCIPAL CLARK – High school principal (male or female).
  • Additional ENSEMBLE --- Townspeople, choir members, etc.

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