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.*
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.
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.
prepared monologues necessary. Be prepared for randomly assigned
cold readings from the script.
keep the evening of Tuesday Jan 22 open
in the event of additional necessary callbacks!
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.
you are auditioning for the roles of:
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.*
major "teen" roles must be able
to look and feel
as if they are seniors in high school.
CHARACTERS - LEADS
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)
– 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
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)
CHARACTERS - FEATURED
Ariel's friend. (Soprano-Belter / HARMONIZER / Mover)
WENDY JO – Ariel's friend. (Mezzo-Belter / HARMONIZER
CHUCK CRANSTON – Ariel's redneck "bad boy"
boyfriend. (Bari-Tenor Soloist / Mover)
LYLE – Chuck's buddy. (Tenor / HARMONIZER / Mover)
– 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
Additional ENSEMBLE --- Students, line dancers,
CHARACTERS - LEADS
– preacher, Ariel's father. Charismatic, charming even, with
a quick mind, a loving heart, and a sense of humor. Privately in
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)
CHARACTERS - FEATURED
WARNICKER – Lulu’s husband.
ROGER DUNBAR – The high school gym teacher.
DUNBAR – Roger’s wife.
A COP – Male or female.
BLAST – Owner of the "Burger Blast" restaurant.
PRINCIPAL CLARK – High school principal (male or
ENSEMBLE --- Townspeople, choir members, etc.
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