HAMPTON ARTS AND 5th WALL THEATRE COMPANY TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES 

By | July 2, 2017

HAMPTON ARTS AND 5th WALL THEATRE COMPANY TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
Hampton Arts, in coproduction with 5th Wall Theatre Company in Richmond, will hold auditions
for singer/actor/musicians for country western musical

The American Theatre, Hampton, VA (Richard M. Parison, Jr., Artistic Director) and The 5th Wall Theatre Company, Richmond, VA (Carol Piersol, Artistic Director), are holding auditions for their co-production of the Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes.

Pump Boys and Dinettes, will be part of The American Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Season and the 2017-2018 Season at 5th Wall Theatre Company. The musical tells the story of four men who work at a gas station on Highway 57 in North Carolina, and the two sisters who are waitresses at the Double Cupp Diner next door.

What:
Auditions for Pump Boys and Dinettes
Director: Richard M. Parison, Jr.
Music Director: Anthony Smith
Choreographer: Karen Getz
Written and conceived by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann.

Principals must be available February 12 – April 22, 2018 for performances in both cities.

Rehearsals in Richmond: February 12 – March 8, 2018
Rehearsals in Hampton: April 9 – 12, 2017

Performances in Richmond: March 9 – April 8, 2018
Performances in Hampton: April 13 – 22, 201
Where:
Hampton: The American Theatre, 125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, 23663
Richmond: Diversity Thrift in the Gallery, 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond 23220

When: 
You only need to audition in ONE location.
Hampton Auditions: August 2, 2017
Richmond Auditions: August 3, 2017
Callbacks will take place in Richmond, VA on August 4, 2017

Character Descriptions:
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, ukelele, accordion, and various percussion (tamb, shakers, also found objects/props onstage).

Jackson (Lead): Male, 25-40
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 sing 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 Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Jim (Lead): Male, 30-45
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 Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

L.M. (Lead): Male, 30-40
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. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Rhetta Cupp (Lead): Female, 25-40
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. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Prudie Cupp (Lead): Female, 25-40
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. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Requirements:
Headshot and resume
Auditionees should prepare
1. 32-bars of a comic or upbeat country song and accompany yourself if you play an instrument (guitar, piano, bass, accordion, etc.).
2. 32-bars of a second country song during which you will be accompanied by a pianist. Please bring sheet music in the correct key.

Audition Process:
HAMPTON ROADS Auditions: To set up a time for your appointment in Hampton Roads, please Email katie.crowell@hampton.gov for an audition time. We will email your confirmation time back to you within 2-3 days.

RICHMOND Auditions: To set up a time for your appointment in Richmond, please Email carol@5thwalltheatre.org for an audition time. We will email your confirmation time back to you within 2-3 days.

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

About Hampton Arts and 5th Wall Theatre Company
In 1987, the Hampton City Council established the City department known as the Hampton Arts Commission. Since its creation, The Hampton Arts Commission (now popularly known as Hampton Arts) has been a much respected and praised institution responsible for a remarkable renaissance of the arts not only within the City of Hampton, but also within the entire Hampton Roads region. Hampton Arts oversees both the venues and the programming at The American Theatre and The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center.

5th Wall Theatre was founded in Richmond in 2013 to provide the platform and power to allow artists and audiences alike to view the world with a different, more open, perspective.

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