5th Wall Theatre Audition Notice – PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES

By | July 16, 2017

5th Wall Theatre | Audition Notice

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES

Book and Music, and Lyrics by: John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann
Director:  Richard M. Parison, Jr.
Musical Director:  Anthony Smith
Choreographer:  Karen Getz

Production:  March 9 – April 8, 2018 in Richmond VA at Diversity, April 13 – 22, 2018 in Hampton VA at The American Theatre.

Rehearsals are currently scheduled for February 12 – March 8, 2018 in Richmond and April 9 – 12, 2018 in Hampton.

Director Richard M. Parison, Jr. is seeking 2 women and 3 men with country/blues/soul voices in accordance with the breakdowns below:

JACKSON:  (Male – 25-40) Any ethnicity.  Traditionally, he is the lead guitarist (country style) of the Pump Boys.  Referred to as Lover Boy, the ladies like Jackson.  Sexy, well-built, classically handsome.  Will perform one number with no shirt.  Jackson is a strong singer, able to sign tight harmonies, and mostly sings the top line in the music.  Will be asked to prepare the song “Mona” from the show both vocally and on guitar.  Tap dancing skills are a plus.

JIM:  (Male – 30-45) Any ethnicity.  The front man of the Pump Boys.  Traditionally, he plays rhythm guitar (country style).  Must have the ability to chat with the audience in a very easy way.  The storyteller of the evening, he introduces us to the other characters.  Jim is a strong singer, able to sing tight harmonies, and mostly sings the middle line in the music.  Will be asked to prepare the song “Highway 57” from the show both vocally and on guitar.  Tap dancing skills are a plus.

L.M.:  (Male – 30-40) Any ethnicity.  The piano player (country/honky-tonk style) of the Pump Boys.  Also could play accordion.  They say women gravitate towards L.M., but that only makes him suspicious.  Strong singer, able to sing tight harmonies.  Tap dancing skills are a plus.

RHETTA CUPP:  (Female – 25-40) Any ethnicity.  A Dinette who works at the Double Cupp Diner, and the older sister of Prudie.  A mother of two, she remains single.  Full of life, she can sing, dance, and, of course, make great pie.  Prefer ability to play instruments.  Strong singer, belt and soul, and sings bottom line.  Tap dancing skills are a plus.

PRUDIE CUPP:  (Female – 25-40) Any ethnicity.  A Dinette who works at the Double Cupp Diner, and the younger sister of Rhetta.  Like her sister, she is also full of character and fun, can sing, dance, and make great pie.  Needs to have percussive skills.  Prefer ability to play instruments.  Strong singer, mix, sings top line.  Tap dancing skills are a plus.

GENERAL CHARACTER NOTES:  The show is performed in a comfortable yet musically precise style that emphasizes virtuosity, range, and character.  The four Pump Boys play instruments to a high professional level throughout, and the Cupp Sisters join in on percussion plus other instruments as able.  All musicians should be able to improvise very well in a country/blues style.  Actors who can play multiple instruments are highly desirable.  Possible instruments include:  Guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, accordion, and various percussion (tambourine, shakers, also found objects/props onstage).

Please note:  AEA, EMC and non-union members who meet the requested role requirements may audition.

Auditions will take place in two locations, but actors only need to attend one of these two auditions:

  • August 2nd from 5-8 PM at The American Theatre in Hampton, VA
  • August 3rd from 5-8 PM at Diversity Thrift in Richmond, VA

Callbacks will take place in Richmond on August 4th from 5-8 PM at Diversity Thrift in Richmond, VA.

AUDITION MATERIALS TO PREPARE:

  • 32 bars of a comic or upbeat country song; the director requests that you accompany yourself if you play an instrument (guitar, piano, bass, accordion, etc.).
  • 32 bars of a second country song during which you will be accompanied by a pianist.  Please bring sheet music in the correct key.
  • Headshot/resume

TO SET UP AN AUDITION TIME:

  • If you are auditioning in Hampton, please email katie.crowell@hampton.gov for an audition time.  We will email your confirmation time back to you within 2-3 days.
  • If you are auditioning in Richmond, please email carol@5thwalltheatre.org for an audition time.  We will email your confirmation time back to you within 2-3 days.

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